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Weekend Premiership Review - 6th7th Nov 2010

last updated Monday 08th November 2010, 6:09 PM
Fulham defender Brede Hangeland's last-gasp goal earned battling Fulham a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

Marc Albrighton had looked like celebrating with the winning goal, but Hangeland popped up with an unlikely equaliser for Fulham to deny Gerard Houllier's side all three points.

Arsenal were below par in their attempts to draw level to a goal by Newcastle striker Andy Carrol. Two losses at home already raises concerns about The Gunners ability to win the Premiership

Manchester United earned a fortuitous 2-1 win over battling Wolves at Old Trafford deep in injury time while Liverpool won a third game on the trot.

Elsewhere Bolton upset European heroes Tottenham.

Saturday - 6th November 2010

Premiership Results
Saturday 6th November
12:45 Bolton 4-2 Tottenham
15:00 Birmingham 2-1 West Ham
15:00 Blackburn 2-1 Wigan
15:00 Blackpool Everton
15:00 Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa
15:00 Man Utd 2-1 Wolves
15:00 Sunderland 2-0 Stoke
Sunday 7th November
13:30 Arsenal 0-1 Newcastle
15.00 West Brom 0-2 Man City
16:00 Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea
Bolton (1) 4 Tottenham (0) 2
Tottenham Hotspur endured a European hangover after they were beaten 4-2 by Bolton Wanderers. Spurs headed into the clash at the Reebok Stadium off the back of their emphatic 3-1 scalp of European champions Inter Milan. But Harry Redknapp's men struggled to get going as an offside Kevin Davies put Bolton in front in the first half before Gretar Steinsson made it 2-0 after the break.

And the Trotters extended their advantage as Davies tucked away a penalty. But then Spurs finally woke up, and splendid goals from Alan Hutton and Roman Pavlyuchenko sparked a tense finale, only for Martin Petrov to race clear and put the result beyond doubt. Bolton climbed above Spurs into sixth on goal difference, such is the congestion in this season's Premier League table.

Birmingham (0) 2 West Ham (0) 2
West Ham United looked set to claim just their second win of the season only for the club to relinquish a two-goal advantage at Birmingham City. Frederic Piquionne put the Hammers in front with a smart finish following a super pass by Luis Boa Morte. And their advantage was extended when Valon Behrami slotted home.

But the home side rallied, with Cameron Jerome stretching to reduce the deficit before Liam Ridgewell pounced to equalise with 17 minute remaining. West Ham boss Avram Grant was none too pleased post the final whistle after witnessing neither referee Michael Oliver nor linesman award a penalty kick when Jean Beausejour quite clearly tugged the shirt of Lars Jacobsen. The Hammers remain bottom, while they are three points from safety.

Premiership table
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Chelsea 11 5 0 0 16 0 3 1 2 11 5 22 25
2 Man Utd 11 5 1 0 15 5 1 4 0 9 8 11 23
3 Arsenal 11 4 0 2 15 6 2 2 1 7 5 11 20
4 Man City 11 3 1 1 7 5 3 1 2 8 5 5 20
5 Newcastle 11 2 1 2 14 7 3 1 2 6 7 6 17
6 Bolton 11 2 3 1 10 8 1 3 1 7 8 1 15
7 Tottenham 11 2 2 1 6 4 2 1 3 7 10 -1 15
8 Sunderland 11 3 3 0 7 3 0 3 2 4 9 -1 15
9 Liverpool 11 3 2 1 9 6 1 1 3 3 8 -2 15
10 West Brom 11 3 2 1 8 6 1 1 3 6 13 -5 15
11 Everton 11 2 2 1 7 5 1 3 2 5 5 2 14
12 Blackpool 11 1 2 2 9 10 3 0 3 8 13 -6 14
13 Fulham 11 2 3 1 8 6 0 4 1 5 6 1 13
14 Aston Villa 11 2 3 0 5 1 1 1 4 5 13 -4 13
15 Birmingham 11 2 3 1 6 5 0 3 2 6 9 -2 12
16 Blackburn 11 2 2 2 6 6 1 1 3 5 7 -2 12
17 Stoke 11 2 1 2 6 6 1 0 5 4 10 -6 10
18 Wigan 11 1 2 3 4 14 1 2 2 4 6 -12 10
19 Wolves 11 2 2 1 7 6 0 1 5 4 12 -7 9
20 West Ham 11 1 1 3 5 9 0 3 3 4 11 -11 7
Blackburn (0) 2 Wigan (0) 1
Blackburn Rovers secured a much-needed win to lift the club out of the bottom three. Sam Allardyce's men overcame Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park for their first victory in five matches. Morten Gamst Pedersen broke the deadlock with a free-kick that whipped straight home despite it coming from an improbable-looking angle.

And then Jason Roberts fired in versus his former club to make it 2-0. Charles N'Zogbia's excellent free-kick threatened to set up a nervy finish for Rovers, but the home side ultimately held on. Wigan now occupy 18th spot in the division, having won just one of their last eight games.

Blackpool (1) 2 Everton (1) 2
Blackpool played out a cracking game with Everton that ended in a 2-2 draw. Neil Eardley netted the first of the four goals scored at Bloomfield Road as he expertly curled in a free-kick in the opening exchanges. But the Toffees hit back just three minutes later, with Tim Cahill rising in the box to head in his 50th Premier League goal.

Blackpool regained their advantage early in the second period when David Vaughan reacted well during a goalmouth scramble. However, the points were to be shared as the promising Seamus Coleman, who spent part of last season on loan at the Seasiders, notched to make it 2-2. Everton remain unbeaten in the league since 18th September while Blackpool sit 14th, four points above the bottom three.

Fulham (0) 1 Aston Villa (1) 1
Fulham left it mighty late to ensure they avoided a third loss of the campaign as Brede Hangeland headed in deep into second-half injury-time. Marc Albrighton had given Aston Villa the lead in the first period, in turn ending his side's goal drought.

Albrighton's strike was as a result of a fine pass by Barry Bannan, who looks a super talent. However, in the fifth minute of stoppage-time, Hangeland rose to nod in and deny Villa a first triumph in five attempts. Both Fulham and Villa remain locked on 13 points, just three above the relegation places. And the Cottagers face a stern test in their next fixture as Mark Hughes takes his charges to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Up-coming Premiership games
Tuesday 9th November
19.45 Stoke v Birmingham
20:00 Tottenham v Sunderland
Wednesday 9th November
19.45 Aston Villa v Blackpool
19.45 Chelsea v Fulham
19.45 Newcastle v Blackburn
19.45 West Ham v West Brom
19.45 Wigan v Liverpool
20.00 Everton v Bolton
20.00 Man City v Man Utd
19.45 Wolves v Arsenal
Man Utd (1) 2 Wolverhampton (0) 1
Manchester United reduced the gap on leaders Chelsea to two points with their last-gasp scalp of Wolves at Old Trafford. United were, in truth, unimpressive but ultimately demonstrated the match-winning mentality needed to regain the league title.

Ji-sung Park put the Red Devils in front prior to the half-time interval, but Wolves substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake restored parity to ignite hope for manager Mick McCarthy that his side might claim a valuable point. But, deep into stoppage-time, Park tip-toed into the area before angling home at the near post to secure a late win for Sir Alex Ferguson's men. Also worthy of note in the encounter was Owen Hargreaves' first start after a two-year lay-off, which, sadly for the midfielder, lasted just a few minutes before he had to be replaced due to a hamstring injury.

Sunderland (1) 2 Stoke (0) 0
There was controversy at the Stadium of Light as Stoke City were beaten 2-0 by Sunderland courtesy of an Asamoah Gyan double. On his first league start for the club he joined for £13million, the Ghana international opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a close-range effort, before Steed Malbranque saw his spot-kick saved by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Then came the controversial moment as Kenwyne Jones' goal-bound header was stopped on the line by the hand of Lee Cattermole, but referee Martin Atkinson only awarded a corner. The Potters' misery was compounded when Ryan Shawcross was handed his marching orders before Gyan wrapped up the success late on. It was the ideal response by the Black Cats following their Tyne-Wear derby loss while their home form continues to impress. For Stoke, four defeats in a row see the club only kept out of the drop zone on goal difference.

Sunday - 7th November 2010

Arsenal (0) 0 Newcastle (1) 1
Another team who made it three straight victories are Newcastle, who are now positioned fifth in the division. And to think there were claims that manager Chris Hughton's position was a fragile one. The Magpies were terrific as they defeated a poor Arsenal team at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The towering figure of Andy Carroll got the goal following a mistake by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may have bemoaned that was the visitors' only meaningful shot at goal, but Arsenal were impotent in their attempts to draw level, let alone win. Two losses at home already is not championship winning form by any means. Newcastle trail the Gunners by three points and they rightly deserve all the accolades they are receiving at present.

West Brom (0) 0 Man City (2) 2
Manchester City returned to winning ways courtesy of Mario Balotelli, who had a mixed outing at West Bromwich Albion. The big-money signing from Inter Milan netted twice for his side to help them to a 2-0 success, halting a run of back-to-back league losses. His first was something of a poacher's effort while the second exampled strength and quality as he arrowed in.

But things turned sour for Balotelli in the second period when he received a straight red card for seemingly kicking out at Youssuf Mulumbu. The Baggies themselves were then reduced to 10 men as Mulumbu was handing his marching orders for sliding in on Carlos Tevez. City's triumph put them back level on points with Arsenal, with Roberto Mancini's men now fourth. West Brom, meanwhile, have suffered straight losses and will look to respond at West Ham on Wednesday.

Liverpool (2) 2 Chelsea (0) 0
Despite Liverpool heading into their meeting with Chelsea at Anfield having won their previous two matches, few gave Roy Hodgson's men a chance of even achieving a draw against a Blues side that had only lost once in the top flight all season. However, spearheaded by an on-song Fernando Torres, Liverpool stunned the pace-setters, with their Spanish hero breaking the deadlock in clinical fashion on 11 minutes.

And a minute before the break, Torres netted an even more impressive goal, this time curling home into the far corner. The Reds then defended admirably for the second 45 minutes to frustrate their opponents. A corner fully turned for Liverpool? Possibly. The club are now on a run of four straight wins in all competitions, seventh in the league and level on points with the likes of Tottenham. For Chelsea, they can take comfort from the fact that their next match is a home affair, which usually means three points in the bag.

Source James Dall at SkySports
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