Premiership results 23-24 September

Both Papa Bouba Diop and Jermaine Jenas would be tearing their hair in frustration in Craven Cottage and St.James Park right now. Had both of them converted their respective scoring opportunities in the second half, a free header for Diop and a simple tap in for Jenas, the story might very well have been different for their teams. But as fate would have had it, they did not and their teams went to lose 0-2 and 0-3 respectively.

Chelsea 2-0 Fulham ( Frank Lampard*2)
Frank Lampard announced his return to form with 2 goals in the West London derby, the first a penalty earned by Kalou, and the second a typical Lampard goal. The win saw Chelsea go to the top of the table . For Fulham, it was Lampard again who proved to be a thorn in their flesh. The England medio has now scored 6 times in Chelsea’s last six meetings with Fulham.

Liverpool 3-0 Tottenham ( Mark Gonzalez, Dirk Kuyt, John Arne Riise)

Liverpool started off their second half with renewed vigour and were rewarded when Mark Gonzalez scored on his Anfield (start) debut to put the Reds ahead. That goal ironically for Spurs came 38 seconds after Jenas had failed to tap in Edgar David’s cross at the other end. Gonzalez’s goal was engineered by Steven Gerrard, with the Reds skipper producing a beautiful turn to skip past Assou Ekotto and although Bellamy hit the post with his shot, Gonzalez was there to pounce on the rebound. The second goal had Spurs screaming for offside, although only Gerrard was in a offside position but he wasby no means interfering with play. Kuyt produced a thundering shot to put the Reds up by two goals. That took the sting out of Spurs, and John Arne Riise compunded Martin Jol’s misery with a magnificient long range effort which gave Paul Robinson no chance. That makes it a hattrick of magnificient long range Liverpool goals this season.

1.) Daniel Agger against West Ham

2.) Xabi Alonso against Newcastle.

3.) John Arne Riise against Tottenham Hotspur.

Other results :

Arsenal 3-0 Sheffield United ( William Gallas, Phil Jagielka own goal, Thierry Henry)

Another game where all three goals came in the second half. First home win for Arsenal at the Emirates stadium and first goal for William Gallas as a Gunner.

Manchester City 2-0 West Ham ( Georgios Samaras*2)

Relief for Stuart Pearce and further trouble for Alan Pardew is how I’d sum up the result of the game.

Aston Villa 2-0 Charlton ( Gabriel Agbonlahor and Luke Moore)

The youngsters came to the party for Villa and Martin O’Neill as strikes on either side of the lemon break assured three points for the Birmingham based team.

Manchester United 1-1 Reading ( Kevin Doyle penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo)

Reading played their hearts out and deserved their point, but you would still look at this as three points dropped for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. Kevin Doyle put his side ahead from the spot after Gary Neville handballed Ki Hyun Seol’s cross from the right. The United skipper was completely caught unawares, and Doyle did the rest. An excellent piece of individual skill and a cool finish by Cristiano Ronaldo salvaged points for United, who are now 2 points behind Chelsea.

Wigan 1-1 Watford ( Henri Camara// Hamari Bouazza) 

Middlesbrough 0-1 Blackburn ( Shabani Nonda) 

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