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What the fans say...

Portsmouth 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Colin Roberts: A much needed and well-deserved win for us that puts a fair amount of pressure on Spurs and relieves it on the South Coast. Not that we were ever worried of course. The left side is starting to gel excellently with Belhadj and Traore finding each other's feet well and Crouch is mastering the flick-down with his head. Defoe scored, natch, and Sol Campbell gave his finest account so far this season as if to hold two fingers up to the travelling support and the relentless abuse they directed his way. Portugal on Thursday and with a bit of confidence regained this weekend, I'm certainly less worried than I was.

Colin McCullough: The Spurs fans are rapidly losing patience with Juande Ramos following what is now the worst start to a season for 53 years. Chants of "you don't know what you're doing" rang around Fratton Park, as - with Spurs 2-0 down - Bent was introduced, but only at the expense of fellow striker Pavlyuchenko. In the end, Spurs surrendered meekly to a Portsmouth side that had conceded ten goals in their previous two games.

Wigan Athletic 2-1 Manchester City

Liam O'Connor Unfancied Wigan took on the billionaires of Manchester City, who brought the samba skills of Elano, Jo and Robinho. Wigan got off to a flyer when a poor free kick from Oliver Kapo took a deflection only to come to Valencia, who took two touches and, bang, Joe Hart didn't move and Valencia ran to the fans kissing the badge. Only minutes later City were awarded a free kick which Vincent Kompany bundled across the line. Ten minutes before half time and a delicate Heskey touch put Wilson Palacios through, who was ruthlessly hacked down by Javier Garrido and Amr Zaki duly dispatched the penalty. In the second half Wigan put eleven men behind the ball and defended excellently against a poor City attack, and on 92 minutes Zaki ran one on one with Dunne only for Joe Hart to push over the bar, game over, 2-1, Wigan very happy, and City so much poorer than their last league drubbing of Pompey.

Wallace Poulter: It says a lot about the poor state of refereeing that Wilson Palacios' impersonation of stepping on a land mine wasn't the worst decision in the Premiership this week. Until the FA start charging players for bringing the game into disrepute for such blatant dives then the problem will only get worse. City will continue to have highs and lows until the team can be molded correctly in January.

Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

Sean Kesluk There is no doubt that the bubble has burst from last weekend with the latest result against Chelsea. That said there are a lot of positives to take from Saturday's performance. The Potters spent 76 minutes within a shout of the title favorites thanks to their physical and determined approach, but few would have said that it would be enough to get a result. Without the weapon that is Rory Delap's throw-in there was little hope on the day for Stoke's brutally direct long-ball tactics. It was a respectable if uninspiring performance from the boys in red & white, but the result never seemed to be in question.

David Esposto Saturday's match was a clash of class vs. grit, and for most of the match, newcomers Stoke showed Chelsea they would not be intimidated by the experience of the squad from west London. While Stoke were equal to the task for most of the match, it was Jose Bosingwa who came to the rescue and scored his first goal for the club in the 36th minute to dash the spirits of the home crowd at the Britannia Stadium, before Nicolas Anelka cemented the three points with his goal in the 76th minute. Chelsea offensive barrage was dully rewarded, as they regained top spot in the Premier League - albeit for a couple of hours anyway.

Everton 0-2 Liverpool

Tony Burns: Everton's slump continued and they were second best to a Liverpool team who always seemed to be playing within themselves. Our wins over Liverpool are normally built on agression and commitment - being on the front foot from the first whistle. Sadly that was missing on Saturday and Liverpool got the inevitable goals through Fernando Torres. To make matters worse, Cahill was sent off presumably for mouthing off at the referee because the tackle shouldn't have even warranted a yellow card.

Kevin Brodie: Is their anything sweeter then an airing of You Will Never Walk Alone being belted out at Goodison Park on derby day with about 5 minutes to go for a Liverpool supporter? Liverpool snuffed out their opponents with a composed display on Saturday. The first half was pretty even with Liverpool having most of the ball but not creating a great deal. The second half was turned on it's head inside of a couple of minutes with Torres finishing off great work by Keane and Kuyt. Everton simply could not match us in any area of the pitch, including the physical side. I thought we might miss Mascherano but Gerrard and Alonso dominated their men in the middle. I didn't think Cahill's tackle was all that bad, but I thought he should have been booked early so in the end he deserved to go. Three games for that tackle is a bit harsh, however, his sending off had no impact on the match.

Manchester United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Mark Payne: This was a great relief; the injustice of the 1958 Cup Final still lingers for some of us. Of course it wasn't a penalty, none of the United fans behind the goal thought so either, but we certainly deserved to be in front by then anyway. We are far from the finished article at the moment, Gary is either dreadfully short of match practice or 90% of the man he was but the big worry is the body language of the team. Berbatov tries stuff and then puts his hands on his hips when it doesn't work and Ronaldo's heart doesn't seem to be in it. Is he just going through the motions? I hope not, because we cannot afford to lose any more ground.

Matthew Kilsby: No one in the stadium appealed, no one in a red shirt appealed. Blimey, not even Ferguson appealed. And yet Rob Styles, the consistently clueless man in the middle, pointed to the spot. I suspect that United would have gone on to break down the Wanderers' stubborn defence but decisions like that aren't half galling. Having kept United at bay for an hour and having created the best chance, to go home with another defeat is desperately hard to take. I just feel sorry for the League Two teams that will have to suffer through the incompetence of Rob Styles in his next game.

Arsenal 1-2 Hull City

David Young: After the thrill of seeing the Arsenal youngsters relentlessly go at Sheffield United in the Carling Cup last Tuesday, it was shocking to see the so-called first-teamers turn in such a lazy, complacent and flat performance on Saturday. To their credit, Hull neither put ten men behind the ball nor tried to kick the Gunners out of it. They were well-organised, well-motivated and hard-working - three attributes that were distinctly lacking in their hosts' display. The Tigers' equaliser was a screamer and they got their just rewards when snatching their winner. Hull got exactly what they deserved from this match - as did the Arsenal players who ought to be ashamed of their lack of application and effort. On their day, Arsene Wenger's team can beat anyone but now twice this season they have proved they can lose to anyone too. One suspects that unless a few players sort themselves out, this won't be the last "upset" Arsenal fans will have to endure this season.

Richard Haddock: Comment to follow...

Aston Villa 2-1 Sunderland

Jerrad Peters: Roy Keane's comment that "something was there for the taking" was spot on. Sunderland dominated possession at times against Aston Villa on Saturday and were unlucky to come away with nothing. That said, Villa played below their ability but still came away with three points – a mark of a good side. Martin Laursen and Curtis Davies were rock-solid as a pairing and Ashley Young punished the Black Cats with a pair of superbly taken free kicks. Villa will take some dislodging from the top four. They continue to consolidate their position each weekend.

Peter Osborne: Comment to follow...

Fulham 1-2 West Ham United

Tom Wille: After dominating and controlling most of the first half on Saturday at Craven Cottage, Fulham let the last five minutes of the opening stanza do them in as West Ham scored two goals in that time frame to give the Hammers a 2-1 win. Not only did Fulham concede two goals late in the first half, but Andy Johnson picked up his second yellow card and in turn was shown a red leaving Fulham with only ten men the entire second half. The Cottagers did pull one back through a Danny Murphy penalty, but West Ham proved to be too much for Fullham on this day. Overall, it was a disappointing loss for the Cottagers. After defeating Arsenal and Bolton in consecutive matches, Fulham has slumped the last two weeks. Thus the feel good start to the season for Fulham has worn off and reality is setting in. It is important that Roy Hodgson right the ship and get things headed back on course or it could be a tough year for the Cottagers.

Billy Blagg: Comment to follow...

Newcastle United 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Rob Lee: Well I can't make my mind up as to whether Rovers were very good or Newcastle were very bad, for if Rovers had taken their chances, the game would have been dead and buried before half time. However as they say it was a game of two halves and Newcastle had more possession after the break, however, apart from Owen's penalty Jason Brown in the Rovers goal only had one other shot to save. Whilst Rovers did have the rub of the green, with Samba's goal and the referees failure to give Nelsen a second yellow, Rovers were well worth the 3 points as they extended their winning run to 3 games. The other plus point from Saturday game was the nameless Santa Cruz coming out of his dry patch, to head home Emerton's right wing cross. The big test will come next weekend when the visitors to Ewood are United.

Alan Griffiths: Comment to follow...

Middlesbrough 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Daniel Gray: Comment to follow...

Dino Pasalic: Comment to follow...

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