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08 November 2009 :: 17:11:16 pm 6019

English Premier League Review For Saturday The 7th Of November 2009

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Premier League, 7th of November 2009 (PDN): Saturday’s fixtures included Wolverhampton v Arsenal, Manchester City v Burnley, Blackburn v Portsmouth, Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland. Goals were the feature of Saturday’s matches with an in impressive 23 scored in only 5 matches with just the one draw, resulting in a very entertaining night of football as follows;

Wolverhampton v Arsenal (1-4)
Relegation candidates hosted title hopefuls Arsenal in what proved to be a one sided affair that finished 4-1 in Arsenals favour. Wolves initially enjoying the majority of possession in the first 45, however somehow they found themselves on the end of a 3 goal deficit going into the break. Own goals by Ronald Zubar (28th mins) and Jody Craddock (35th min) and a wonderful passing move coolly finished off by Cesc Fabregas allowed the Arsenal team to relax and play the free flowing brand of football we have come to expect from them over the previous few seasons.

After the break Arsenal barely had to reach top gear and yet another goal was forthcoming in the form of a brilliant strike by Andrei Arshavin after a corner was punched away by Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. Jody Craddock got a late consolation goal for his side (89th min), this time at the correct end of the pitch, with a well placed header into the right hand corner of the net to cap off the match. Arsenal subsequently moved into second place on the table whilst Wolves were pushed into the bottom three.

Manchester City v Burnley (3-3) 

A scrappy affair at the City of Manchester Stadium saw the honours shared at 3 goals a piece. The Manchester City faithful were unlucky to see their team go 2-0 down inside the first 40-minutes following a penalty that was converted by Graham Alexander (18th min), due to an unfortunate hand-ball by City’s Joleon Lescott after a Burnley corner. The second goal for Burnley came from Scottish striker Steven Fletcher who scored from a wonderfully timed cross by former Manchester United trainee Chris Eagles (32nd min). The persistent City team did however manage to get one back before the interval to keep hopes alive of a second-half fight back after a shot from Shaun Wright-Phillips was deflected in off former City player Stephen Jordan (42nd min).

When play resumed it was a much more determined City side that took the match to the visitors scoring 2 goals in 3 minutes to overturn the first half deficit. A well struck Gareth Barry free-kick resulted in an easy tap-in for City captain Kolo Toure (55th min), after the ball was headed down by Lescott with the Burnley defence in tatters. The second came from another cross this time by Wright-Phillips who managed to pick out Craig Bellamy (58th min) for his 5th goal of what is proving to be a very productive season. Burnley had the last say however when a failed interception gifted Kevin Macdonald an easy equaliser also ensuring Burnley grabbed a share of the spoils and their first away points of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland (2-0) 

Perennial top four hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur played out a high tempo end to end match against Steve Bruce’s efficient Sunderland side which finished with a 2-0 score line favouring the home side. The first-half saw just the one goal coming from a well placed Robbie Keane shot (11th min). The rest of the opening half was played in the middle of the pitch where neither team really looked like taking control.

The second-half saw both teams come out firing, with a penalty given to Sunderland following a late challenge by a Spurs defender. Darren Bent stepped up to convert against his former club but was ultimately denied following a brilliant Heurelho Gomes save. It was Tottenham who stole the points however after a long range pearler by Tom Huddlestone screamed past Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon. Bruce’s Sunderland side must be praised however as even know they received no luck on the night they fought hard and played some entertaining football right to the final whistle.

Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers (5-1) 

Goals galore was the theme night at Villa Park on Saturday, with Aston Villa coming away with a convincing 5-1 win over a hapless Bolton side. Following the opening strike from Ashley Young (5th min) the first-half looked to be a nervous affair as both teams tried to assert some dominance on proceedings. Aston Villa went 2-0 up in the 42nd minute through a Gabriel Agbonlahor shot which embarrassingly past through Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen’s legs. Johan Elmander scored (44th min) a real poacher’s effort after the ball deflected off the post from a Gary Cahill shot leaving Villa keeper Brad Friedel wrong footed, giving the Bolton fans some hope with a 2-1 score line at the break.

The second-half saw the Villa players rise to the challenge finishing off an at times uninterested Bolton side with goals from John Carew (53rd min), James Milner (71st min) and Carlos Cuellar (75th min). As a result of the 3-3 draw at Manchester earlier that evening Villa leapfrogged City on the table to take 5th spot only 1 point behind forth placed Tottenham, whilst Bolton continue to flounder near the bottom of the table after only 2 wins for the season.

Blackburn Rovers v Portsmouth (3-1) 

Two teams from the bottom three went head to head in what ultimately proved to be an unusual match. Apart from the 30 yard screamer hit by Portsmouth’s Jamie O’Hara (15th min) to open the scoring for the visitors, nothing worth mentioning occurred in a poor first half display by both teams, who seem more interested on trying not to lose the match rather than trying to win.

Half-time substitute Jason Roberts turned the match on its head with a reflex tap-in on 52-minutes following a head down by Ryan Nelson after a David Dunn corner. Nelson deservedly got what is only his 2nd goal in almost 5 years with the club from another Dunn corner on 72-minutes, with Roberts finished off the night with a brace after latching onto a left wing cross from Benni McCarthey 5 minutes from full-time.

Matches scheduled for the 8th of November include, Chelsea v Manchester United, Wigan Athletic v Fulham, West Ham United v Everton and Hull City v Stoke, a review of these matches will be made available as of the 9th of November following the completion of all fixtures.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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