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By ESPN Staff
Oct 26, 2008

Prem wrap: Harry off to a flyer, Villa rampant

Harry Redknapp took less than 24 hours to deliver what Tottenham Hotspur wanted all season - a victory to kick-start their Premier League campaign.

Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent grabbed the goals as they beat Bolton 2-0 at White Hart Lane but all eyes were on Redknapp after his appointment to succeed Juande Ramos as Spurs boss.

They are still bottom of the table but made up ground on the other strugglers with a first league win of the season at the ninth attempt.

Elsewhere on Sunday Liverpool beat Chelsea 1-0 to end the Blues' 86-game unbeaten home league record to move three points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Xabi Alonso scored the only goal of the game at Stamford Bridge in the ninth minute when his 20-yard shot deflected off Jose Bosingwa to leave goalkeeper Petr Cech flat-footed.

Chelsea had their moments but Ashley Cole wasted their best chance of the match in the 73rd minute by firing wide from eight yards.

Bolton had Gavin McCann sent off in the second half for two bookable offences.

British record signing Robinho completed his first Manchester City hat-trick to take sorry Stoke apart at Eastlands.

The £32.5million Brazilian opened his account after just 14 minutes, then added another from Daniel Sturridge's excellent pass just after the re-start.

But he saved the best until last, finishing off a flowing four-pass move 17 minutes from the end with a clinical finish past Thomas Sorensen as City won 3-0.

Gabriel Agbonlahor further enhanced his claims to be a part of Fabio Capello's England plans by creating two goals and scoring another as Aston Villa thrashed Wigan 4-0.

Agbonlahor won a controversial first-half penalty which Gareth Barry converted and then stole the show in the second half with a predatory strike and a brilliant assist.

In the 57th minute he bundled home a close-range shot and then embarked on a delightful run and inch-perfect cross for substitute John Carew to head home five minutes later.

Substitute Steve Sidwell curled home a superb fourth goal in the last minute at the JJB Stadium.

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