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Liverpool 0 - 0 West Ham United

Kevin Brodie: Well Liverpool are top of the league and somehow I just don't feel good. I just watched Liverpool fail to score, again, at home against a team that we should have beaten. OK we were better on Monday than the previous home game against Fulham; but overall we never really did enough to convince me that we were going to score. Gerrard was back to his more preferred central midfield role, which was a mistake. Neither Keane nor Kuyt played well upfront. Keane has been nothing short of a £20 million disaster to this point. Surely Crouch would give us a better option up front.

Billy Blagg: Well, this is just getting plain silly now. Months went by with the Hammers unable to keep a clean sheet then Gianfranco says "We will have a look at it" and suddenly we look as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. Just what the hell has the man done? The Hammers third clean sheet in a row brings us five points from the last three games but, more importantly, a morale boosting result at Anfield where we have famously got nothing since Geoff Hurst last nodded in a winner and I wet my nappy in the excitement.

Manchester City 0 - 1 Manchester United

Wallace Poulter: Ten man City held out against United for most of the first half until Joe Hart was beaten just before half time. Mark Hughes decided to play 11 Premiership calibre players for the second half but inexplicably took off Hamann rather than continue with Kompany in the centre of defence. Throw in a less than fit Robinho who should not have been playing and frankly it's a miracle that City only lost 1-0, even after the now traditional red card for Ronaldo in a derby match. Still, four points from the last four games was about what I expected for the run of Spurs, Hull, Arsenal and Manchester United which is a very sad commentary when three of those games were at home. Forget Christmas, we need the January sales!

Mark Payne: United were less convincing than we have been led to believe. We certainly came out of the blocks fast and Rafael is a delight at the moment but we are still a little edgey at the back. City played as many bobbling high balls into our box as they could and goals could have been conceded on a couple of occasions. It felt great to get a win again in this fixture and we need to go on a run now. I have no idea what Ronaldo was doing either. We need to get behind him though; he is still our player after all.

Stoke City 1 - 1 Hull City

Sean Kesluk I feel like I've already seen this... Despite the fact that the result mirrored the same fixture from the Championship last term, the display at the weekend between Stoke and Hull was hardly the tribute to their second-division heritage that Stoke's 1-0 win over West Brom was the week before. The Potters did a terrific job imposing their strong football on the match but were unfortunate to see Marlon King's effort in the back of the net in the 45th minute - all credit to a Hull side that has proven themselves above and beyond this campaign. But the Stoke squad showed tremendous heart to earn their first point coming from behind thus far this term, and although the home fixture against a fellow promoted club might call for three points I'll settle for a well-fought draw.

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Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1 Everton

Colin McCullough: This was a deserved win for a hardworking Everton side, in a game dominated by both defences. With Modric still out, Spurs had no-one to match the creativity of Arteta in midfield, while Bent seems to have lost the scoring touch he had briefly regained following the appointment of Harry Redknapp. On the plus side, Gomes made one or two good saves and Spurs remain outside the bottom three, if only on goal difference.

David Moyes marked his 300th game as Everton boss with a Premier League victory over Tottenham courtesy of Steven Pienaar's deflected winner. Pienaar caused a delay at the start of the second half as he was wearing the wrong shirt - then six minutes after the restart he found the back of the net when his shot cannoned in off Vedran Corluka.

Chelsea 1 - 2 Arsenal

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari was in philosophical mood when reflecting on Sunday's 2-1 defeat at home to Arsenal, admitted his side must improve to remain at the top of the Premier League table. Though still furious about the Gunners' equaliser - Robin van Persie was clearly offside when played in - the Brazilian was open enough to concede there was much work to be done at Stamford Bridge. "We have now lost three points - and in the last five games we have not played well. But that is my mistake and the players' mistake," Scolari said.

David Young: Arsenal's victory at Stamford Bridge was as unexpected as it was exhilarating. The Gunners got themselves needlessly into trouble when Manuel Almunia's poor throw cheaply gave away possession and from the resulting Chelsea cross an unfortunate Johan Djourou put through his own net. Early in the second half, and somewhat against the run of play, Robin Van Persie equalised with a goal that was clearly offside. Still, in a season where the Gunners have been short on luck, particularly with injuries, you take your breaks where you get them. Van Persie sensationally put Arsenal into the lead with a fizzing shot on the turn following a Fabregas freekick and Adebayor knock-down. We waited for the usual late Chelsea surge but it never materialised and Wenger's men played out the clock with relative ease to clinch a valuable three points that put them back in the top four. Though Arsenal's inconsistent season continues to lurch between the sublime and the ridiculous on a weekly basis, this was a result to savour.

Sunderland 1 - 4 Bolton Wanderers

Roy Keane's increasingly precarious position as Sunderland boss suffered another blow as he watched his side press the self-destruct button after a 4-1 defeat against Bolton at the Stadium of Light. Keane watched stony-faced as Johan Elmander took advantage of two horrendous defensive blunders to send Bolton soaring to their second win in the north-east in seven days in some style.

Matthew Kilsby: Four wins from five games and (I never thought I'd ever write this again) us Wanderers fans could start thinking about dusting off our passports in time for next season's UEFA jaunt. We now look a totally different side with the defence playing fantastically and Elmander banging them in up front. And although we were helped by rank awful Sunderland defending, we could and probably should have won by a greater margin. Credit must go to the manager (the hardest words I've ever had to type) for turning it around.

Wigan Athletic 2 - 1 West Bromwich Albion

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West Brom were left cursing Latics goalkeeper Chris Kirkland as he made a string of fine saves to keep them at bay and rooted to the foot of the table. With freezing fog enveloping the ground, there was little to warm the supporters of both sides for long spells. West Brom carved out some good chances but lacked the ability to put the ball in the back of the net.

Aston Villa 0 - 0 Fulham

Gareth Barry squandered the chances to lift Aston Villa into third place in the Barclays Premier League after a 0-0 draw with Fulham. The England midfielder, who has vowed to remain with Villa until at least next summer, could have had a hat-trick but his finishing touch deserted him.

Tom Wille: In the last two weeks Our Beloved Whites have scored a total of zero goals and picked up a total of two points. Not a bad haul for a road trip to Anfield and Villa Park. I see a few wins coming up in the future away from Craven Cottage. The team is playing too well to keep a zero in the W column for too long.

Middlesbrough 0 - 0 Newcastle United

Boro have now won just one of their last six Premier League games at the Riverside Stadium, but boss Gareth Southgate was in a positive mood after the 0-0 draw with Newcastle United. He said: "It was very much a point gained, a hard-earned point, but one we certainly deserved. We had the majority of the game, certainly in the second half - it was pretty much one-way traffic for long periods of the second half.

Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins nearly snatched a derby victory at Middlesbrough as Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear celebrated the news he will be staying until the end of the season with a precious away point. The Nigeria international hit the bar 10 minutes before the break as the Magpies threatened to claim their first Premier League away win of the season at the Riverside Stadium.

Portsmouth 3 - 2 Blackburn Rovers

Sean Davis was the unlikely hero of Portsmouth's first home win under new boss Tony Adams after another two-goal give-away against Blackburn gave Fratton Park a fright. On Thursday, Pompey blew a 2-0 lead against Italian giants AC Milan and had already surrendered vital Premier League points under Adams with late collapses from winning positions.

Alan Griffiths: Well another disappointing performance from a team that is reaching a point comparable with the Brian Kidd days. And as during the Kidd era there is only one person to blame for such a tactically disorganised and horrendous display. Whilst the effort from the players is there and credit should be given to them for the fight back from two goals down, they are tactically lost, with players out of position and the midfield being totally by-passed, leaving the defence totally exposed. Rovers are this seasons Derby, it doesn't matter if they score two, three or four the opposition will score one more. The Championship awaits.

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