Arsenal 2-1 Manchester UnitedDavid Young: Arsenal restored some faith and confidence in themselves with a quite pulsating victory against Manchester United. In a fast and furious, end-to-end match both teams had enough chances to win the game. Nicklas Bendtner should have done better with a couple of early headers and Wayne Rooney and Ronaldo missed glorious opportunities for the visitors. On another day, United might have won comfortably but the difference was that the Gunners converted two of their chances and Fergie's boys did not. Two cracking strikes from Samir Nasri gave Arsenal the advantage. A late reply from Raphael was not enough to deny the Gunners the spoils as they grimly held on to their lead until the final whistle. It was a game they could not afford to lose but whether the victory provides a springboard or merely papers over a few of this season's cracks remains to be seen.
Mark Payne: It was a cracking game of football but we were horribly profligate. Arsenal played well and took their chances but, significantly, we did not. For all of our pinging approach play there is still a lack of focus in some of the players, they should be up for this kind of game but some seemed to be going through the motions. Neville and VDS are more liabilities than dependable at the moment and we are going through a defensive transition. The great positive was the performance of Rafael, he has certainly earned a starting place in the next game and looks very assured. No complaints and not the end of the world, but not really good enough either.
Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham HotspurWallace Poulter: Mark Hughes finished 15th in his first season at Blackburn and didn't turn that team around until he brought in his own players to fit the system he prefers. Hughes will not play to the strengths of the current squad, so we have to wait until January. Until then there will be more days like Sunday's home defeat to Tottenham with the likes of Vassell and Fernandes playing instead of Hamann and Elano. Admittedly referee Mike Dean didn't help with more red cards than a communist's birthday, but any team that plays the Harry inspired Spurs right now are in trouble. The good news? Robinho really is something special.
Colin McCullough: Having started the season with just two points from their first eight games, Spurs under Harry Redknapp have now taken ten points from a possible twelve, as well as demolishing Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Cup. Although the victory at the City of Manchester Stadium was achieved against ten (and eventually nine) men, there was little doubt that the sendings off - including that of Assou-Ekotto right at the end - were justified. Spurs are not only off the bottom but out of the bottom three.
West Ham United 1-3 EvertonBilly Blagg: Daylight robbery, Smash 'n' Grab, call Inspector Morse; Write your own cliché headline, but this was an appalling home defeat, with three goals in a late burst from Everton tearing the lead from West Ham and turning a game the visitors had barely played in until the 80th minute, leaving West Ham stunned and clueless as to where to go from here. The Hammers lead from home debutante Jack Collinson's superb curler into the top corner after 63 minutes but that was scant reward in a game that the home side bossed from the off. Robert Green had barely a save to make while, at the other end, the Everton defence was continually torn apart by the speedy attacks of Sears and Bellamy.
Tony Burns: Everton continued at Upton Park where they'd left off against Bolton and Fulham - playing badly, keeping it tight and sealing the points with a late, late winner. They took that game plan to a whole new level against West Ham though, coming from 1-0 down to get all three points courtesy of three amazing goals in four minutes late on. Unbelievable. Just imagine what we'll be like when we start playing well!
Wigan Athletic 0-0 Stoke CityCorrespondent Wanted Soccernet is always interested in hearing from energetic writers with enthusiasm and we are always looking for motivated people to join our team of Correspondents. If you have a passion for your club and want to share your passion and knowledge with million's of Soccernet readers then apply to be a Correspondent on the world's site for the world game.
Sean Kesluk A point on the road is never something to take for granted as a promoted side but it never feels good to be dominated by Wigan Athletic. That of course says nothing about the wonder that is a nil-nil in the Lancashire rain; reading a dictionary just may have been a tempting alternative for 90 minutes of entertainment. And inevitably a point at the JJB is not quite a point at Anfield. It won't win us any support with the neutrals, but Stoke City might have something here with their resilience; notably Sorenson was nothing short of brilliant once again. Besides Rory Delap he has been in inspirational form thus far and just might hold the key to the campaign. And lastly it is quite nice to have put some distance between the club and the drop zone, although I expect the fight isn't over just yet.
Liverpool 3-0 West Brom AlbionKevin Brodie: Liverpool struggled during the first 15 minutes of this match, failing to impose themselves on the game. All of sudden however WBA seemed to run out of ideas and Liverpool gently seized control of the match. Keane had a great chance to give Liverpool the lead only for his shot to find the hands of Carson. Moments later Keane was on hand to find the back of the net for the first time in a Premier League game this season, after a great ball from Gerrard. Aurielo added a second following great play from Mascherano. Our Brazlian left back had a great game and his ball found Keane. Carson did nothing right in this as he tried to tackle Keane outside of the box. Our Irish striker calmly rounded him and slotted the ball home. Liverpool then over did it for the remainder of the match. Trying to either set up Keane for his third or Torres for his first after he was introduced into the action. We should have been going for the throat. Finally we added a third in injury time.
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Hull City 0-1 Bolton WanderersCorrespondent Wanted: Soccernet is always interested in hearing from energetic writers with enthusiasm and we are always looking for motivated people to join our team of Correspondents. If you have a passion for your club and want to share your passion and knowledge with million's of Soccernet readers then apply to be a Correspondent on the world's site for the world game.
Matthew Kilsby: I never thought I'd again see the day when the Wanderers won two Premiership games on the bounce and found themselves, albeit briefly, in the top half of the table. It was an excellent team performance but special praise should be reserved for Jaskelainen who made some truly outstanding saves. It was also his 401st appearance for the club: thank you Jussi for all those years of fine service.
Blackburn Rovers 0-2 ChelseaAlan Griffiths: Comment to follow...
David Esposto Not even the rain could hamper Nicolas Anelka. The Frenchmen provided the main attack as Chelsea resumed their domestic dominance with a 2-0 win over a very valiant Rovers side. With the win, Chelsea returned to the top of the table, as Anelka reached 10 goals for the season - making him the Premier League's top scorer. It was a happy 60th birthday for Scolari, after a dismal week which saw the Blues collapse in Rome, but emphatically takes charge over Rovers at E-wood Park.
Fulham 2-1 Newcastle UnitedTom Wille: On Sunday at the Cottage on a rain soaked afternoon in West London, Fulham put on a solid display against a resurgent Newcastle United side and earned an important 2-1 victory over the Magpies. £10.6 million summer signing played a key role in the win by scoring the first goal and earning a penalty in the second half ifrom which captain Danny Murphy put into the back of the net for the winner. Johnson, has now scored three goals in his last three matches and really looks as though he is becoming more and more comfortable in his role up front with Bobby Zamora. Defensively, the Cottagers were a bit sloppy in gifting Shola Ameobi a second half goal to even things up with 25 minutes to go in the contest. The win catapults the Cottagers to 10th place in the table. However, it should be noted that only three points seperate 20th place from 10th place in the league so it will take loads of work for Fulham to retain that position going forward.
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Aston Villa 1 - 2 MiddlesbroughJerrad Peters: A Steve Sidwell gaffe gifted Middlesbrough a 2-1 win at Villa Park, Saturday. Tuncay scored twice for the visitors while Sidwell notched his first goal for the club just prior to the interval. Villa were at their wasteful best, with both Gabriel Agbonlahor and Gareth Barry missing clear chances. This was the first time since last March that Villa have dropped back-to-back games in the Premier League. With Arsenal and Manchester United to come in the next fortnight, it doesn't look to get any better anytime soon.
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Sunderland 1-2 PortsmouthPeter Osborne: Comment to follow...
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