Manchester United 2 Manchester City 1
United took the lead in the first half when it seemed City that had more of the opportunities to score. United took the when Nani beautifully controlled a great pass by Ryan Giggs and calmly put it away, Showing David Silva how it’s done, with Silva missing a great chance earlier on. City again had more of the chances in the first half and then drew level with Silva getting the goal, but the game went United’s way when Wayne Rooney scored an amazing bicycle kick. Vincent Kompany had him under lock and key for the majority of the game, but when he was able to strike he did, in emphatic fashion.
Arsenal 2 – Wolves 0
Wolves may have been able to beat Manchester United, but failed to show their teeth at the Emirates today as Arsenal ran out comfortable winners, beating Wolves 2-0. Both goals came from in-from striker Robin van Perise the first on the 16th, and the second on the 56th. Arsenal’s opener saw Fabregas and van Perise link up, with van Persie scoring a volley from Fabregas’s pin-point pass. Young Wilshire continued his rise to stardom with another good game, he may be the player who in a few years replaces Fabregas. Arsenal could have added more but last ditch defending and some great goalkeeping keep it 1-0 for the first half. Walcott missed a great chance, set up by Wilshire, to make it 2-0 in the second half, but it did come when van Persie when Arsenal went on the counter attack. Fabregas set Walcott on his way, when then Walcott squares it to van Persie to put home. The game finished 2-0 put if it wasnt for Wayne Hennessey it could have been more.
Birmingham City 1 – Stoke 0
An inspired decision to move the advertisement boards forward to block any chances of Rory Delay to unleash one of his long trow-ins worked a treat, as Stoke were unable to be as dominant in the Air as normal. And ironically enough it was a big aerial presence that gave Birmingham a late late win when Zigic scored on the 90th minute, earning them all 3 points, but leaving Tony Pulis left fuming. In fairness the game should have ended 0-0 but football doesn’t work on fairness.
Blackburn 0 – Newcastle 0
Newcastle closet to scoring first when the attacking left back, but Jose Enrique’s cross was unable to find anyone, and when Nolan shot it was blocked. Blackburn then were unlucky not to score when Roque Santa Cruz’s header hit the post and Kalinic’s shot went wide. Most of Newcastle’s best chances started with Enrique, and when he delivered a beautiful long ball to Lovenkrands, his chipped unfortunately hit the bar. Another whipped cross was unlucky not to have a head or foot connect with it as that would have seen Newcastle take the lead. The second half saw Coloccini chest down, then flick up and volley a shot but it was straight at Robinson and the resulting corner didn’t lead to anything. Jose Enrique, forward as usual, saw him dribble into the box but was unable to get a shot off as he lost control but that did result in Barton getting a shot away but unable to score. Unfortunately Newcastle were unable to convert the possession they had and deserved to win the game, but Jose Enrique was undoubtably man of the match.
Blackpool 1 – Aston Villa 1
Gabriel Agbonlahor showed his scoring ability in the wake of saying he would like to play a more central role, but with Bent on his current from he his left as an attacking forward, and in truth with his pace, probably is better suite there. Makoun won the ball in the middle of the park and a great one-touch pass by Bent put Agbonlahor through and with his speed he ate up the ground in front of him, went round the keep and slide the ball across gaol leaving two Blackpool players stranded, sliding in the goal and put Villa 1-0 after 10 minutes. But the attacking style of Blackpool saw the Seasiders draw level minutes later when Grandin score on the 14th mine. Makoun saw red in the second half, but Blackpool were unable to grab a second, but it was a deserved point. If Blackpool are able to stay up, then Holloway will need to focus on his defense.
Liverpool 1 – Wigan 1
Suarez started his first Premiership game, and soon showed some of the South American way with a dive, but luckily didn’t get a penalty for it, But Liverpool did take the lead with the in-form Raul Meireles scoring a nice volley, 5 in 5 for him now. Suarez was unlucky not to score when his curling side footed shot beat the keeper, but hit the post. The second half though disappointingly for Liverpool saw Wigan draw level with a goal from Gohouri on the 65th. It was close to offside, when N’Zogbia’s cross was flicked on the was a chance Gohouri was off. Liverpool almost won the game when Suarez hit the bar this time with free kick. Meireles had a shot late but he wasnt able to make it 6 in 5 as it went wide.
West Brom 3 – West Ham 3
Last week saw Newcastle come back from 4-0 down, and that and Scott Parker’s apparent rousing half-time team talk saw West Ham come back from 3-0 to draw 3-3. Two goals within the first 10 minutes from Dorrans (3rd) and Thomas (8th) saw West Brom in control of the game and when Reid scored an own goal Baggies fans’ must have thought they had 3 points in the bag, But it was only half time and not full-time, and the game isn’t over until te final whistle. West Ham came out fighting and in a post match interview a fat lipped Carlton Cole said how Scott Parker’s passionate team talk had all the West Ham players inspired. “I got to say the captain at half time was inspirational” “When i came off i said you just gave me so much inspiration” “it spurred us on”. New signing Demba Ba grabbed the first on the 50th minute and then the inspired Cole made it 3-2 on the 58th minute and then Ba on the 83rd volleyed home from an acute angle. West Ham fans’ that had left at half-time didn’t learn from those Newcastle fans that left last week.
Sunderland 1 – Tottenham 2
Sunderland took the lead when Asamoyah Gyan score on the 11th minute. Gallas was out of position due to changing his boots, but Gyan still did well to control Richardson’s cross and score. Tottenham drew level when Dawson headed in Pienaar’s corner. Tottenham almost took the lead in the second half again from a corner but the ball was cleared off the line. Malbranque had the chance to put Sunderland in the lead, but Gomes saved the hard shot, But Tottenham did take the lead when Niko Kranjcar scored his second in two games, show Redknapp why he should be played more often, volleying home Sandro’s cross. Richardson almost drew level but his deflected shot hit the bar and went over. A good performance from Tottenham but Kranjcar and Sandro in particular.