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Premier League Review ~ 3rd and 4th November 2012

last updated Monday 05th November 2012, 1:50 PM

Match Day 10 in the Premier League saw Fulham fans enjoying the fun of a game saving last minute goal for a change. Fulham went ahead in the 7th minute with an outstanding freekick from Bryan Ruiz but were then kept under pressure by Everton for much of the game.

Premiership table - after 4th Nov 2012
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Man Utd 10 4 0 1 15 8 4 0 1 11 6 12 24
2 Chelsea 10 4 0 1 13 6 3 2 0 9 4 12 23
3 Man City 10 4 1 0 11 4 2 3 0 7 5 9 22
4 Everton 10 2 2 0 8 5 2 3 1 11 8 6 17
5 Tottenham 10 2 2 2 8 8 3 0 1 9 6 3 17
6 Arsenal 10 2 1 1 8 3 2 2 2 7 5 7 15
7 Fulham 10 3 1 1 12 4 1 2 2 9 12 5 15
8 West Ham 10 3 2 1 10 5 1 1 2 3 6 2 15
9 West Brom 9 4 0 1 10 4 0 2 2 3 7 2 14
10 Newcastle 10 3 1 1 6 6 0 4 1 6 8 -2 14
11 Swansea 10 2 3 1 10 9 1 0 3 5 5 1 12
12 Liverpool 10 1 3 2 5 7 1 2 1 8 8 -2 11
13 Wigan 10 1 2 2 7 9 2 0 3 4 7 -5 11
14 Norwich 10 2 2 1 5 6 0 2 3 3 12 -10 10
15 Stoke 10 1 3 0 3 1 0 3 3 5 9 -2 9
16 Sunderland 9 1 2 1 3 3 0 4 1 3 6 -3 9
17 Aston Villa 10 1 2 1 5 5 1 1 4 3 9 -6 9
18 Reading 9 0 3 1 7 9 0 2 3 5 9 -6 5
19 QPR 10 0 3 2 3 9 0 1 4 5 10 -11 4
20 Southampton 9 1 1 3 9 10 0 0 4 5 16 -12 4
However despite going 2-1 behind Fulham kept going and were able to grab a point through a last minute Steve Sidwell goal. Fulham have now lost just two home games in 2012.

Robin van Persie struck inside three minutes against his former club as Manchester United beat 10-man Arsenal at Old Trafford, which saw Jack Wilshere sent off. The win meant that United go top of the Premiership.

Pablo Hernandez struck a late equaliser as Chelsea rounded off another controversial week by losing their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League. While Roberto Mancini's tinkering backfired again as Manchester City blew the chance to join Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League at West Ham.

Tottenham fans vented their anger at Andre Villas-Boas as their side slumped to a shock defeat against strugglers Wigan at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool and Newcastle played out a frantic 1-1 draw at Anfield with both goals being moments of high skill. It left Liverpool just 3 points above the relegation zone.

QPR and Reading both remain without a win in the Barclays Premier League this season after cancelling each other out at Loftus Road on Sunday afternoon. The result did little to help either team, with Rangers remaining five points from safety - although they did climb off the bottom for 24 hours at least - with Reading only a point ahead.

With one game to go in Premier League Match Day Ten the main news is Man Utd going top of the league with the other possible challengers failing to win. At the bottom it was business as usual with QPR and Reading starting to be cut adrift in the relegation zone.

Saturday 03 November 2012

12:45 - Man Utd (1) 2 Arsenal (1) 1 - Sky

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie showed his former club Arsenal what they are missing as he fired home the Red Devils' opener inside three minutes at Old Trafford to inspire a 2-1 win in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men were the superior side throughout and Van Persie reminded the Gunners of his talents in the opening moments as Thomas Vermaelen failed to deal with Rafael's cross and the Dutchman pounced to fire past Vito Mannone.

Wayne Rooney missed a penalty for the home side towards the end of the first half after a Santi Cazorla handball but Patrice Evrapiled more misery on the Gunners when he doubled the scoreline after heading home a Rooney cross in the 67th minute.

Arsenal's afternoon went from bad to worse two minutes later as England midfielder Jack Wilshere, making only his second appearance for Arsene Wenger's side after a long injury lay-off, was dismissed after picking up a second yellow card for a tackle on goalscorer Evra.

Cazorla pulled one back for the 10-man visitors with a curling effort deep into stoppage-time but it was no more than a consolation strike as the Gunners left Old Trafford empty-handed, having been largely outplayed by their bitter rivals.

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia (Nani 82), Carrick, Cleverley (Anderson 61), Young, Rooney, van Persie.
Subs not used: Lindegaard, Hernandez, Scholes, Powell, Wootton.

Booked: Young, Cleverley, Anderson, Rooney, Van Persie.

Goals: Van Persie 3, Evra 67.

Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Arteta, Ramsey (Walcott 52), Wilshere, Cazorla, Podolski (Arshavin 81), Giroud.
Subs not used: Martinez, Koscielny, Coquelin, Jenkinson, Chamakh.

Booked: Arteta, Arshavin Sent off: Wilshere.

Goals: Cazorla 90.

Att: 75,492.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

15:00 - Fulham (1) 2 Everton (0) 2

Marouane Fellaini netted a double against Fulham but could not inspire an Everton win as Steve Sidwell scored a last-gasp equaliser to hold the visitors to a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.

Fulham opened up an early lead thanks to an own goal from Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard, who inadvertently knocked in an excellent seventh-minute free-kick from Bryan Ruiz as it came back off the post.

But the visitors dominated after that early strike, eventually seeing rewards for their efforts in the 55th minute, when Fellaini side-footed home a Kevin Mirallas cross for a deserved equaliser.

The influential midfielder then added another just over 10 minutes later, showing great skill to bring down and control a long Phil Jagielka ball before driving home a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

However, there was time for a final twist as Sidwell came off the bench to turn in the leveller from close range.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangerland, Riise (Dejagah 58), Duff, Diarra (Petric 75), Baird, Kacaniklic (Sidwell 67), Ruiz, Berbatov.
Subs not used: Stockdale, Senderos, Karagounis, Rodallega.

Goals: Howard (og) 7, Sidwell 90.

Booked: Riise, Diarra, Bair.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 78), Osman, Neville, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Distin 88).
Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Duffy.

Goals: Fellaini 55, 72.

Booked: Osman.

Referee: N Swarbrick.

Att: 25,699.

15:00 - Norwich (1) 1 Stoke (0) 0

Norwich got back to winning ways as Bradley Johnson's strike handed them a 1-0 victory over Stoke at Carrow Road.

Johnson fired the Canaries ahead on the stroke of half-time, rising to meet a curling free-kick from Robert Snodgrass with a glancing header, bending the ball into the far corner.

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner (R Bennett 54), Garrido (Barnett 69), Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Morison 87), Holt.
Subs: Bunn, Howson, Jackson, E Bennett.

Booked: Tettey.

Goal: Johnson 44.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson (Whelan 85), Whitehead, Adam, Nzonzi, Kightly (Etherington 61), Crouch, Walters (Jones 69).
Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Upson, Jerome.

Booked: Shawcross, Wilkinson, Adam, Whitehead, Etherington.

Att: 26,072.

Referee: Marriner.

15:00 - Sunderland (0) 0 Aston Villa (0) 1

Aston Villa claimed a much-needed 1-0 success at Sunderland as Gabby Agbonlahor grabbed a second-half winner.

The Midlanders broke the deadlock in the 57th minute, with Matty Lowton lifting in a cross for Christian Benteke in the box and the Belgian nodding it on to strike partner Agbonlahor, who made no mistake smashing it into the roof of the net from close range.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley (Campbell 81), O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Larsson, Cattermole, Gardner (McClean 67), Johnson, Fletcher, Sessegnon (Saha 67).
Subs not used: Westwood, Rose, Kilgallon, Vaughan.

Booked: Bardsley, Fletcher.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, (Lichaj 11 (Stevens 71)) Weimann (Holman 85), Ireland, Westwood, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Benteke.
Subs not used: Given, Albrighton, Delph, Bowery.

Booked: Clark, Lichajm Benteke.

Goal: Agbonlahor 67.

Att: 41,515.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

15:00 - Swansea (0) 1 Chelsea (0) 1

Chelsea slid into second in the table as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Swansea thanks to Pablo Hernandez's late equaliser.

The Blues took the lead with just over an hour on the clock after Gary Cahill's header from an Eden Hazard corner hit Victor Moses' back and ricocheted in.

But Hernandez was the hero for the Swans as he drilled home a low shot in the dying stages to hand the hosts a point.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Davies, Routledge (Graham 65), Britton (Dyer 65), de Guzman, Ki, Hernandez, Michu (Shechter 79).
Subs not used: Cornell, Tate, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Goal: Hernandez 88.

Booked: Britton, De Guzman.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Romeu (Ramires 46), Mikel, Moses (Sturridge 72), Oscar (Bertrand 79), Hazard, Torres.
Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Piazon.

Goal: Moses 81.

Booked: Azpilicueta.

Referee: Kevin Friend.

Att: 20,527.

15:00 - Tottenham (0) 0 Wigan (0) 1

Tottenham suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Wigan.

The Latics, who had won just two of their nine opening fixtures before Saturday, were not content to sit on the back foot and had three decent chances to open the scoring, with Spurs keeper Brad Friedel keeping the scores level at half-time.

But after the interval, the American punched clear an inswinging Shaun Maloney corner into the path of Ben Watson to volley over the line.

Tottenham: Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Walker (Carroll 79), Caulker, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bale, Sandro (Sigurdsson 23), Defoe (Adebayor 57).
Subs not used: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Falque Booked: Dempsey.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa, McCarthy, Watson, Maloney, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo (Gomez 69) .
Subs not used: Pollitt, Stam, Lopez, Jones, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli.

Booked: Figueroa.

Goals: Watson 56.

Referee: M Atkinson.

Att: 35,534

17:30 - West Ham (0) 0 Man City (0) 0 - ESPN

Manchester City remain third, a point behind Chelsea, after a 0-0 draw at West Ham with Roberto Mancini's tinkering backfiring again.

Ten days after his three-at-the-back experiment in City's shattering Champions League defeat at Ajax, manager Mancini was at it again at the other end of the pitch at Upton Park.

But the decision to start with Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko in the same XI for the first time failed just as spectacularly as the champions failed to score for the first time in almost seven months.

It could have been even worse for Mancini's men had Kevin Nolan not seen an early goal controversially ruled out for offside as West Ham more than held their own and were marshalled brilliantly by Winston Reid and James Tomkins.

There were no excuses for the shocking defending that should have seen City behind inside four minutes.

Mark Noble played a simple straight free-kick over the top, which Nolan brilliantly volleyed first time past Joe Hart.

The assistants' flag was up instantly, although replays showed Nolan may have been level.

Barry then produced one of the misses of the season midway through the half as he controlled Carlos Tevez's ball on his chest but somehow prodded wide from barely three yards.

Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Reid, Collins (Spence 84), McCartney, Jarvis, Noble, Diame (O'Neil 71), Benayoun, Nolan, Carroll (Cole 77).
Subs Not Used: Spiegel, Maiga, Chambers, Hall.

Booked: Collins, Benayoun, McCartney.

Man City: Hart, Nastasic, Kompany, Toure, Clichy, Barry, Toure, Nasri (Sinclair 90), Tevez (Javi Garcia 84), Dzeko, Balotelli (Aguero 69).
Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Razak.

Att: 35,005.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

Sunday 04 November 2012

13:30 - QPR (0) 1 Reading (1) 1 - Sky

QPR and Reading both remain without a win in the Premier League this season after cancelling each other out at Loftus Road as the game ended 1-1.

The visitors began the brighter and took the lead in the 16th minute, former QPR defender Kaspars Gorkss volleying in after Rangers were all at sea defending a corner.

The hosts were booed off at half-time but ramped up the pressure at the start of the second half and equalised in the 66th minute through Djibril Cisse.

And QPR would have won it but for a brilliant save from Alex McCarthy to deny Adel Taarabt, the second stunning stop of the afternoon from the Reading keeper.

The result did little to help either team, with Rangers remaining five points from safety - although they did climb off the bottom for 24 hours at least - and Reading only a point ahead.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Traore (Onuoha 84), Ferdinand, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Diakite, Taarabt, Granero, Cisse, Mackie (Zamora 81), Hoilett.
Subs not used: Green, Hill, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Faurlin.

Goal: Cisse 66.

Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Shorey, Morrison, Gorkss, Leigertwood, McAnuff (Robson-Kanu 79), Tabb, Hunt, McCleary (Kebe 62), Roberts (Le Fondre 88).
Subs not used: Federici, Pearce, Cummings, Pogrebnyak.

Booked: Hunt, Le Fondre.

Goal: Gorkss 16.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

Att: 16,797

16:00 - Liverpool (12) v Newcastle (10) - Sky  

Luis Suarez was once again the centre of attention as Liverpool came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw against 10-man Newcastle United on Sunday - in a game they were unlucky not to win in the closing stages.

Yohan Cabaye gave Alan Pardew's side the lead at Anfield on the stroke of half-time with a beautifully struck effort, as Newcastle started the game brightly.

An outstanding piece of individual skill from Suarez then levelled matters with just over 20 minutes remaining - before Fabricio Collocini was dismissed for a horrible attempted challenge on the Uruguayan that set up a tense finale.

Pardew later accepted the referee's decision.

Handed the numerical advantage Liverpool had a number of great chances to win the match - but Suarez, Raheem Sterling and substitute Jonjo Shelvey were all unable to beat Tim Krul as the points were shared.

Ahead of kick-off there was a celebratory mood on Merseyside, as Steven Gerrard was presented with an award for reaching 600 appearances for the club.

Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Allen, Sahin (Downing 74), Suso (Shelvey 66), Suarez, Sterling.
Subs not used: Gulacsi, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Carragher.

Goal: Suarez 67.

Newcastle: Krul, Anita, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Perch (Simpson 27), Cabaye (Ferguson 68), Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba (Sammy Ameobi 50).
Subs not used: Harper, Williamson, Shola Ameobi, Obertan.

Goal: Cabaye 43.

Booked: Santon.

Sent off: Coloccini.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

Att: 44,803

Monday 05 November 2012

20:00 - West Brom (8) v Southampton (19) - Sky

West Brom captain Chris Brunt and defender Billy Jones have recovered from their respective hamstring and knee injuries and could play a part.

Head coach Steve Clarke is optimistic forward Shane Long will be back after a hamstring injury, while midfielder Claudio Yacob could also return from a similar problem.

Southampton could welcome back record signing Gaston Ramirez who has been absent for five weeks due to a thigh problem.

He has trained this week, but defender Frazer Richardson (groin) and midfielder Jack Cork (knee) remain sidelined.

Striker Tadanari Lee featured in the League Cup defeat to Leeds following his elbow injury and could make his league return.

Referee: Mark Halsey

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