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23 November 2009 :: 14:11:24 pm 5869

Tottenham In 10 Goal Thriller Whilst Man Utd And Chelsea Edge Ahead

An action packed weekend in the English Premier League was just completed with an impressive 33 goals being scored across the 10 matches. Title favourites Manchester United and Chelsea both secured valuable wins, whilst perennial top four contenders Tottenham played out a 10 goal thriller with Wigan Athletic at White Heart Lane.
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Liverpool v Manchester City (2-2)

In an exciting match between two possible top four candidate teams, the honours where eventually shared. The first half saw Liverpool trying to attack the flanks of City with some incisive attacking raids, City where content to play back on the ball waiting for possession and a chance to built some fluid attacks.

After the interval it was Liverpool who got the game going with a 49th minute close range strike from defender Martin Skrtel. Man City new they needed to up their game, and from that point on they didn’t disappoint, with Emmanuel Adebayor managing to loss his defender in the Liverpool area latching onto a well placed cross by Craig Bellamy on 69 minutes. A second quickly followed in the 76th minute when Steven Ireland was able to flick a well time ball from Tevez into the net of Reina, giving City a 2-1 lead. However Yossi Benayoun saved Benitez and the Reds faithful with an equaliser just a minute later, ensuring that the spoils were shared.

Birmingham City v Fulham (1-0)

In a rain swept match at the St. Andrews stadium it was a hard working City side that eventually came away with the 3 points. The match was a scrappy affair which saw both teams fail to really get any fluidity into their game. Passing and ball control was poor with the weather conditions on the night not helping matters.

In the end it was a 16th minute Lee Bowyer strike that sealed the scrappy victory. The goal came through a well timed James McFadden lob which saw Bowyer latch onto the ball with precision, putting it beyond the advancing Schwarzer and into the top corner of the net.

Burnley v Aston Villa (1-1)

Burnley continued their impeccable home form this season with a hard fought draw to high flying Aston Villa. Earlier in the week Villa manager Mark Hughes mentioned the difficulty his side were having at trying to emulating their impressive away form from the previous season. Last nights match did not do the Villa faithful any favours, although they did manage to take something from the match.

Burnley went ahead in the 9th minute through a wonderfully crafted Robbie Blake free-kick that was coolly finished off by Burnley captain Steven Caldwell, after a unlucky touch from the Villa keeper. Aston Villa rescued a point from the match through an 86th minute header from substitute England striker Emile Heskey. Burnley had done enough to win the game; however it was Villa’s resolve and ability to fight in a close match that eventually saw the Burnley team succumb in defence.

Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-0)

Chelsea took their tally of consecutive home wins to 12, also not having conceded a goal at home in 10 matches with a convincing 4-0 win over the low lying Wolves team

French winger Florent Malouda put the Blues ahead after only 4 minutes with a wonderful crafted 20 yard strike, which found the roof of the Wolves net. A double from tireless midfielder Michael Essian, one from a corner, and the other from a well placed drive on 22 minutes officially ended Wolves chances before the half hour mark. After the interval Joe Cole managed to get his first goal in over 10 months from a precision effort off of some precision Anelka and Kalou lead-up play. This loss firmly places Wolves in the bottom three, whilst Chelsea retained a 5 goal advantage over second place Manchester United.

Sunderland v Arsenal (1-0)

In a tense affair at the Stadium of Light it was Sunderland who eventually came away with an unlikely victory over title contenders Arsenal. The defeat was a first for Arsenal in 14 matches.

Arsenals enjoyed the lion’s share of possession for most of the match, but were just unable to break down the stubborn Sunderland defence in order to produce the vital winner. In the end it was a rather fortunate Darren Bent strike that gave the home side the 3 points, following a corner that was first headed into the legs of Frazier Campbell subsequently bouncing back into the path of strike partner Darren Bent who coolly put it away.

Hull City v West Ham United (3-3)

Hull City staged an amazing fight back in a topsy-turvy match that eventually saw the points shared. Both teams where sitting in the relegation zone prior to the commencement of the match, doing just enough to lift themselves out at the conclusion.

West Ham went 2 up inside the first 15 following goals by Guillermo Franco and Jack Collison. It was a spirited Hull team that appeared on the night however, lead by the effervescent Jimmy Bullard. A fortunate own goal by Carlton Cole let the Hull team back into the game following a pinball shot in the box. Remarkably Hull went into the break 3-2 up after both Kamil Zayatte and Jimmy Bullard respectively found the net, the later through a penalty. After the break a careless challenge by Bernard Mendy saw the Hull team reduced to 10 giving the Hammers a way back into the match. West Hams Manuel da Costa levelled the tie after a period of dominance from the Hammers team ensuring that they gained a very valuable away point for their troubles.

Manchester United v Everton (3-0)

A demolition job was completed on a distinctly lacklustre Everton team at the infamous Old Trafford ground on Saturday. In a match that never really saw the Everton players get going United dominated in every statistical department.

Man Utd’s 3 goals came through the ever impressive Darren Fletcher, English holding midfielder Michael Carrick and Cristiano Ronaldo replacement Antonio Valencia. Although the match went to the break at 1-0 the Everton team really never looked like threatening, only managing a few fleeting shots on goal to trouble Dutch keeper Edwin Van Der Sar. The win puts Manchester United into 2nd on the table following Arsenals stumble at The Stadium of Light over the weekend, whilst Everton continue to languish in the middle of the table.

Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers (0-2)

With their manager in hospital awaiting heart surgery Blackburn went into this match trying to achieve their first away win in 10 matches and did not disappoint. In an at times scrappy affair it was the persistence of Blackburn, capped with a little bit of fortune that saw them come away with the three points.

A well placed shot from veteran midfielder David Dunn on the 38th minute mark saw Rovers take the lead in what had otherwise been a very confused first-half. Fortune favoured Blackburn in the second half when Sam Ricketts headed a ball back to his keeper only to find that he had neatly placed the ball in the back of his own net (72nd min). The Blackburn team left the ground with the 3 points in the bag and hopefully put a bit of a smile on Allardyce’s face in otherwise difficult times.

Tottenham Hotspur v Wigan Athletic (9-1)

From a first-half that only netted the 1 goal it was a rampant Tottenham that resumed after the break scoring an incredible 8 goals in the second 45. Poor Wigan defending and the shear pace of striker Jermaine Defoe caused Wigan’s hopes of a second half fight back to collapse.

Tottenham’s goals came about via 5 from the red hot English striker Jermaine Defoe (51, 53, 58, 69, 86th minute), who was assisted by lanky striker Peter Crouch (9th min), the every impressive Aaron Lennon (64th min), Niko Kranjcar (90th min) and an own goal from the very unlucky Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland on 88 minutes. A goal reminiscent of the mid-week Thierry Henry shocker that sent France through to the World Cup Finals was scored Paul Scharner was the only consolation for a unimpressive Wigan team.

Stoke City v Portsmouth (1-0)

A cool turn and shoot move by Jamaican Striker Ricardo Fuller saw Stoke City secure the three points at home to a deplorable Portsmouth side.

The first half ended goalless after both teams failed to convert a litany of chances. After the interval a Ricardo Fuller special gave Stoke a slim lead which they never relinquished. Portsmouth remain stuck deep in the relegation zone, whilst Stoke continue to fight bravely for valuable points week after week.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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