Four games ended in a one all draw on saturday afternoon with Aston villa v Bolton, Stoke v West Ham, Blackburn v Fulham and Sunderland v Arsenal being the culprits. Newcastle managed to get a victory away at Everton, Tottenham won at home against Wolves and West Brom beat Birmingham. Sunday saw more wins as Chelsea beat Blackpool, Manchester City won away at Wigan and Manchester United won over rivals Liverpool.
Stoke 1 – West Ham 1
The early kick off was between stoke and west ham, and with both teams needing the points, west ham maybe a little bit more desperately than stoke, the game could have either been all out for the win, or all out not to lose. Scott Parker put the West Ham into the lead on the 32nd minute when from a free kick put in by Obinna was met by a header that was cleared off the line when Delap cleared the ball only for it to smack Shawcross in the face. Parker was quickest to react and scored. But Stoke got back in the game when a cross from Pennant was met by Jones who headed it home. A little bit of sloppy defending causing West Ham to drop points but at least they are off the mark. Strangely enough it’s their first points of the season and they were managerless as Avram Grant was unable to attend due to Yom Kippur. Was his absence missed or was it needed for West Ham to record some points this season?
Aston Villa 1 – Bolton 1
Gerard Houllier may not have taken charge just yet, but was present to watch as Aston Villa couldn’t keep their lead. Ashley Young put Aston Villa in the lead after 13 minutes with a lovely free kick. But poor defending saw Villa conceded with Bolton’s Kevin Davies controlling the ball and then lashing in the shot on the turn.
Blackburn 1 – Fulham 1
Mark Hughes’ Fulham remain unbeaten but had to come back from behind as Christopher Samba gave the home side the lead. But it shouldnt have stood as there was a blatant foul on Schwarzer by El-Hadji Diouf. How the referee didn’t see it is amazing. Fulham pulled back the unjust goal with a goal from Clint Dempsey, He managed to score a header with no foul. Both teams had chances but nothing came from either of their attacks.
Everton 0 – Newcastle 1
Everton’s poor start to the season continues and with the loss to Newcastle find themselves 19th in the league with only 2 points. Performances don’t win points as Everton havent been playing so badly to only have 2 points but luck just doesn’t seem to be on their side, but loanee Ben Arfa’s goal was no fluke. A great long-range effort would have had any goalkeeper picking it out of the net and keeps Newcastle’s good start going. Positions this early in the season may not be as important as they are at the end, but a good start helps when things get tough, just as a bad start makes it all the more tougher.
Sunderland 1 – Arsenal 1
Arsenal would have wanted to win to get them close to Chelsea and it seemed that a lucky goal had given them the win, but on the 94th minute Bent equalized to the fury of Arsene Wenger. Fabregas scored a fluke goals as he blocked a clearance from Anton Ferdinand as hit it hit his shin and flew over the keepers head from about 45 yards. Fabregas came off at the half hour mark, and with all the injuries Arsenal have at the moment Wenger will be hoping he wont be out for long. The clock hadn’t run over for much as Sunderland’s corner was cleared but put back in by Zenden, and Arsenals inability to keep composure and clear the ball saw Bent react and put it away, leaving Arsenal fans and Wenger fuming. Not as valid as Moyes’ last week though where play should have continued but didn’t.
Tottenham 3 – Wolves 1
Rafael Van der Vaart scored his first goal for Tottenham when he converted the Penalty on the 77th minute. That was the equalizer Spurs needed after Steven Fletcher put Wolves in front. Tottenham had left it late to get the win and scored twice with Pavlyuchenko scoring on the 87th and then Hutton sealing the win at the death. Spurs had the possession but couldn’t break down the wolves defence and it did look like Wolves were going to hold out for the draw.
West Brom 3 – Birmingham 1
West Brom grabbed all three points from Birmingham whose away form unfortunately isn’t as good as their home one. Cameron Jerome put Birmingham into the lead 13 minutes in but then an OG from Dann gave West Brom a way back into the match. New signing Odemwingie has continued his great start to the season and put West Brom into the lead and then Jonas Olsson scored the winner on the 69th minute.
Manchester United 3 – Liverpool 2
Gerrard’s two goals got Liverpool back into the game after Berbatov had scored two one being a beautifully skillful goal. Berbatov has been in good form this season compared to last and his hat trick and that goal will help silence some of the fans that have been on his back. Berbatov’s second goal was a thing of beauty and came from Nani’s cross Rooney went for the header but missed and with instinct Berbatov controlled it with his knee and then turned his back to goal and leaned back to hit it in to the top corner leaving Reina no chance. Liverpool needed the win but with the loss leaves them in 16th with only 5 points, already 10 points off the lead.
Wigan 0 – Manchester City 2
Manchester City won with goals from Tevez in the first half and Yaya Toure scoring his first City goal in the second. Wigan havent had the best start to the season and City havent helped any today but this was a win that city needed moving them up to 4th in the league. With City wanted to challenge for European places if not for the title they need to win games like these and have a better home form.
Chelsea 4 – Blackpool 0
Chelsea have continued with their great started, winning all five games, having maximum points. It was all over in the first half and maybe they had relaxed in the second but Blackpool had chances to get on the score sheet and were unlucky not to.Malouda have keep his great start going scoring twice today and Kalou and Drogba scored the other two. Chelsea look unbeatable and Chelsea’s next Premiership match is against Manchester City who they lost to both times last season and will not only be looking to keep their winning start but also for revenge.