What the fans say...
Everton 1-1 Manchester UnitedTony Burns: In a fixture that almost everyone had written off, Everton finally woke up and produced a peformance to be proud of. Typical of our season so far, we only did it for half a game. But for 45 minutes we had the best team in Europe on the rack, restoring the belief of the players, fans and manager that we could and should be challenging for the top six again this season.
Mark Payne: This was a belting match to watch and I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I didn't support United. Whilst you could say that we lacked focus in the second half and took our feet of the pedal that would be doing a disservice to Everton. They came at us like animals after the break (trying harder against us than they did against their neighbours ... ) and were very good value for the point. Giggs' form is outstanding at the moment but VDS is getting wobblier and we look breakable from the halfway line back.
Manchester City 3-0 Stoke CityWallace Poulter: The headlines will go to Robinho of course, and rightly so after his first English hat trick, but it was wonderful to see the vision of academy youngsters Evans and Sturridge to pick out the Brazilian for his goals in City's strong 3-0 win over Stoke. The new owners have spoken of their commitment to the academy moving forward and the potential partnership of world class signings and great youngsters is an intriguing blend.
Sean Kesluk One thing was definitely apparent as the two squads took to the pitch at Eastlands: the difference in height. But one thing - pains me to say it - was rather apparent as the match progressed: the difference in quality. For all their strength and determination Stoke were beaten by a squad of superior class - and by a £32.5 million Brazilian who had probably never heard of Stoke City until the week before. The score line was perhaps a bit flattering, but Eastlands has become something of a fortress recently and I wasn't expecting too much of a result from the Potters. We'll need a midweek result at home to the Black Cats though, so onwards and upwards.
Chelsea 0-1 LiverpoolDavid Esposto So that's it - it's over. The fortress known as Stamford Bridge is no more. The streak snapped by their rivals from the red side of Merseyside. The fluid, style and substance which demolished Middlesbrough was non-existent. 86 home games unbeaten is quite the feat, spanning four years and four managers, from Claudio Ranieri to Avram Grant to Jose Mourinho and now Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Kevin Brodie: Liverpool ended Chelsea's proud unbeaten run at The Bridge and deserved to win. Liverpool's goal was fortunate but the result was not. A solid display in the first half was capped off by a sparkling second half display. Going into the break at 1-0 I feared that Chelsea would really come at us in the second half, but minus an Ashley Cole chance Liverpool played all the football. The spine of the team was very solid, but the outside players made the difference. Auerillo and Riera were fantastic down our left side and caused Chelsea all kinds of problems. The right side held their own and the goal came from this flank. This is only three points in the league, but it nice to beat Chelsea, especially on their own ground. It's also nice to be top of the table but we have a long way to go.
Blackburn Rovers 1-1 MiddlesbroughAlan Griffiths: Rovers played some pretty football for the first half hour, then went off the boil and were lucky to get a draw in the end. If Santa Cruz and Emerton had put their chances away in the first half then I don't think Boro would have come back. That said was Tuncay in an off-side position when the linesman disallowed what I considered a valid goal? In all honesty a draw was a fair reward for the 17,600 fans that had bothered to venture out in atrocious weather conditions for a game that kicked off when most people would be preparing to go out for the night. If there were any pluses from the game it was Benni McCarthy getting a goal, after his 2008 drought and a promising home debut for Grella.
Daniel Gray: Another week, another late late crushing goal conceded. There was, though, much improvement from the Chelsea game, which I suppose isn't saying a lot. The return of Tuncay galvanised the team, and Afonso Alves proved the perfect striker: one sniff at goal, and only ever one intention. So much hinges on the Brazillian going on a scoring run. A result to build on. Bring on City.
West Ham United 0-2 ArsenalBilly Blagg: It's unusual to find the Man of the Match award going to a substitute bought on with twenty minutes of the match remaining, so much can be gauged by the awarding of the Sky honour to Emmanuel Adebayor, the Arsenal striker changing the course of the game with his introduction after 68 minutes. It wasn't so much that West Ham held the game in their hands until that point but rather that the Arse looked short of a cutting edge and likely to be open to a counter attack. In fact, without the introduction of Adebayor, it's likely the MOTD award would have gone to Robert Green, the Hammers keeper making several excellent saves to keep the game goalless.
David Young: Arsenal did not sparkle at Upton Park but they created enough chances to justify their win. A string of fine saves from Robert Green and two strikes against the woodwork gave the impression that it might not be the Gunners' day but they got a break when Julien Faubert turned the ball into his own net to give them the lead. The job was finished when Emmanuel Adebayor latched onto an exquisite pass from Nicklas Bendtner. The Togo striker beat Green in a one-on-one to make the game safe. Despite being a workmanlike display, it was a comprehensive enough victory and was three valuable points earned, particularly in the light of the weekend's other results.
West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Hull CityDino Pasalic: Comment to follow...
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Jerrad Peters: Aston Villa's drubbing of Wigan proved one thing about English football: you're always flirting with disaster whenever Titus Bramble comprises one half of your central defence. The 27-year-old had one of his signature outings on Sunday. Not only was he responsible for Gareth Barry's 22nd minute penalty, but he was also at fault for at least two other Villa goals. Granted, Villa were pacey and slick in attack, but the 4-0 scoreline was certainly flattering to the guests.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Bolton WanderersColin McCullough: The appointment of Harry Redknapp has brought a renewed sense of optimism to White Hart Lane. In the way that often happens with the introduction of a new manager, the team – or at least several of the players in it – seemed transformed. Modric, playing just behind the lone striker, was arguably man of the match. Bentley, for once, delivered a pinpoint cross, from which Pavlyuchenko headed a confidence-boosting first league goal for the club. Ledley King, managing to play two games in a row, made his two hundredth Premier League appearance and was outstanding alongside the equally impressive Corluka. Tom Huddlestone was given a rare start and did not disappoint. Only Gomes in goal provided some shaky moments. Otherwise, Spurs were well worth their first win of the campaign.
Matthew Kilsby: Comment to follow...
Portsmouth 1-1 FulhamColin Roberts: Comment to follow...
Tom Wille: After three consecutive losses in league Fulham finally managed to pick up a point. Despite trailing early in the second half, substitute Clint Dempsey came on late to score an 87th minute equalizer which was Fulham's first goal since the 27th of September. While many Fulham supporters were hoping for three points after Harry Redknapp's sudden departure for Tottenham, it was not to be on this day. Much has been made about Roy Hodgson's lack of substitutions over the course of this season and rightfully so. On Saturday though Hodgson brought in three subs and two of them, Dempsey and Erik Nevland, changed the match entirely and gave Fulham the goal they so desperately needed.
Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle UnitedPeter Osborne: Comment to follow...
Rob Lee: After a truly horrific display against local rivals Sunderland on Saturday, we battled hard for a much-needed 2-1 win against West Brom on Tuesday night. After putting in a surprisingly decent first half in which we could and should have scored more than the two goals we got, things were running smoothly.
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