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Premiership Weekend Wrap

last updated Monday 03rd October 2005, 8:04 AM
After Match Day 8
P Team Pd Pts Gd
1 Chelsea 8 24 +16
2 Charlton 7 15 +5
3 Tottenham 8 15 +4
4 Man Utd 7 14 +5
5 Bolton 8 14 +3
6 Man City 8 14 +3
7 Arsenal 7 13 +6
8 Wigan 7 13 +2
9 West Ham 7 12 +6
10 Middlesbro 8 11 -2
11 Blackburn 8 11 -2
12 Newcastle 8 9 -2
13 Liverpool 6 7 -2
14 Portsmouth 8 6 -4
15 Birmingham 8 6 -5
16 Aston Villa 8 6 -6
17 Sunderland 8 5 -5
18 Fulham 8 5 -6
19 West Brom 8 5 -8
20 Everton 7 3 -8

Premiership Match Day 8 ended with all but West Brom and Everton above Fulham in the Premiership table.

The day was marked by four games with five goals and only two draws, perhaps there should be more complaints about boring Premiership football tactics.

Premiership Match Day 8 Games
Home Away KO
Saturday 01 October 2005
Blackburn West Brom 2-0
Charlton Tottenham 2-3
Fulham Man Utd 2-3
Portsmouth Newcastle 0-0
Sunderland West Ham 1-1
Sunday 02 October 2005
Man City Everton 2-0
Wigan Bolton 2-1
Arsenal Birmingham 1-0
Aston Villa Middlesbrough 2-3
Liverpool Chelsea 1-4
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Fulham played their part in a showcase of attacking and entertaining football alongside Man Utd with the Cottagers opening the goal list in the second minute of the game, through Collins John. Unfortunately Fulham's defence was as porous as ever and the Thamesiders went down 3-2 in the end, albeit as is often the case with United by disputed goals, one was clearly offside and another a penalty decision that if followed up in other games will mean a huge increase in penalty awards.

Manager Coleman has an increasingly difficult and dangerous situation to wriggle out of after his squad winning one and drawing two from their first eight games, their worst ever start to a Premiership season. With their next two games being Charlton away and Liverpool at home it is hard to see any improvement in the Cottagers table position in the near future without a major slice of good fortune.

However the following six games are the easiest group of games Fulham have in the season so roll on November and a rocket assisted ascent.

Elsewhere Wigan beat Bolton to go 8th, West Ham got a lucky draw away at Sunderland (has their bubble burst?) to stay in 9th, Arsenal huffed and puffed to a 1-0 win over a 10-man Birmingham, Tottenham came from 2-0 down to beat Charlton 3-2 at The Valley(hopefully their bubble has burst as well) while Fulham Broadway beat the red scoucers 4-1 at Anfield leaving the so-called Kings of Europe two points above Fulham. Individual match comments below come from the SportingLife.

Blackburn 2-0 West Brom - (Saturday - 01 October 05)

Shefki Kuqi scored twice late on for Blackburn to hand them a 2-0 win against West Brom at Ewood Park.

With Craig Bellamy limping off early in the match, defences were on top for much of the time.

Kuqi, however, struck in the 80th minute when he headed down firmly from Morten Gamst Pedersen's floated corner. The Finland striker latched onto a Curtis Davies mistake for his second.

Charlton 2-3 Tottenham - (Saturday - 01 October 05)

Tottenham came from two goals down to beat high-flying Charlton 3-2 in a thrilling clash at The Valley.

The Addicks looked on course to close the gap on leaders Chelsea after Darren Bent's double, two cool finishes either side of half-time.

Ledley King pulled one back with an instinctive prod from a Pedro Mendes free-kick, with Mido levelling after crashing past Stephan Andersen from a tight angle in the 64th minute.

Robbie Keane came off the bench to score the winner, sent through by Jermain Defoe with 10 minutes left and powerfully finishing past Stephan Andersen.

Fulham 2-3 Man Utd - (Saturday - 01 October 05)

Ruud van Nistelrooy struck twice against Fulham at Craven Cottage as Manchester United recorded their first Barclays Premiership win since August.

United's indifferent league form appeared to be continuing when Collins John lashed past former team-mate Edwin van der Sar, only for Ji-Sung Park to lead the comeback.

The South Korea midfielder earned a penalty which Van Nistelrooy converted, then provided a deft pass for Wayne Rooney to finish past Mark Crossley.

Claus Jensen restored parity after his free-kick crept in at the far post when Rio Ferdinand had the chance to clear.

Van Nistelrooy, however, tapped in just before the break after Rooney had sent Park through on goal. It remained 3-2, with United ending a run of three league games without a win.

Portsmouth 0-0 Newcastle - (Saturday - 01 October 05)

Newcastle were without injured striker Michael Owen against Portsmouth, and neither team mustered a goal at Fratton Park.

Pompey striker Dario Silva came closest in the first half when his shot was saved by Shay Given, but chances were difficult to come by.

Lee Bowyer upset the hosts with a heavy challenge on Gregory Vignal in the second half, but it remained goalless.

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham- (Saturday - 01 October 05)

Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun rescued a point for West Ham at Sunderland as his side staged an unlikely comeback to draw 1-1.

The visitors fell behind to Tommy Miller's strike in first-half injury-time and then survived a second-half blitz from Mick McCarthy's men.

But with 18 minutes remaining, Benayoun took advantage of a fortunate deflection to race in on goal and fire past Kelvin Davis to snatch a draw.

Man City 20 Everton - (Sunday - 02 October 05)

Everton remain rooted to the foot of the table after slumping to yet another defeat - 2-0 at Manchester City.

Danny Mills broke the deadlock in a largely drab north-west derby 18 minutes from time when he rifled a 25-yard thunderbolt past his former Leeds team-mate Nigel Martyn.

The Toffeemen did have a couple of chances to level late on - but it was Darius Vassell who finished Everton off in stoppage time when he tucked home Barton's through ball for 2-0.

Wigan 2-1 Bolton - (Sunday - 02 October 05)

Henri Camara produced a match-winning performance to give Wigan their fourth victory in five Premiership matches - a 2-1 success against local rivals Bolton.

The Senegal striker scored one and made the other, ultimately tormenting a Bolton side suffering the inevitable European hangover manager Sam Allardyce had feared.

Radhi Jaidi quickly pulled one back for Bolton during a pulsating second half, but it was not enough to prevent his team suffering their first defeat after an unbeaten seven-match run that had included six victories.

Arsenal 1-0 Birmingham - ( Sunday - 02 October 05)

Birmingham goalkeeper Maik Taylor lost his one-man mission to keep out Arsenal when the Gunners grabbed a cruel late winner at Highbury on Sunday.

Substitute Robin van Persie's speculative drive skipped wickedly off the heel of defender Stephen Clemence nine minutes from the end of this Premiership clash.

Taylor had saved a penalty from Robert Pires midway through the first half, just two minutes after Blues captain Kenny Cunningham was sent off for a cynical foul just outside the area on Freddie Ljungberg.

It was again Ljungberg who went down under Damien Johnson's challenge for the spot-kick, but Taylor kept that out and then made a series of terrific saves, preventing Jose Antonio Reyes and Pires getting on the scoresheet. The late winner, given as a Clemence own goal, was cruel on the goalkeeper.

Aston Villa 2-3 Middlesbrough - (Sunday - 02 October 05)

George Boateng had the last laugh over the Holte End boo boys as he scored in Middlesbrough's 3-2 win at Aston Villa.

The former Villa midfielder put Boro back in front in the second half after Luke Moore had equalised Yakubu's opener.

Yakubu added his second and Boro's third to effectively wrap up victory, meaning a last-gasp Steven Davis goal was mere consolation for Villa.

Liverpool 1-4 Chelsea - (Sunday - 02 October 05)

Chelsea made it eight straight Barclays Premiership victories to take a nine-point lead at the top of the table as Liverpool were reduced to also-rans at Anfield.

They are now 17 points behind the leaders, albeit with two games in hand - a fact of dubious meaning against Joe Mourinho's superbly organised side.

Chelsea scored first with an early Frank Lampard penalty, before Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool hope with a driven equaliser.

But Damien Duff had the Blues ahead again before the break - and in a second half during which Liverpool had to come forward, Chelsea took advantage and struck twice more via Joe Cole and Geremi to secure an emphatic victory.

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