Premiership results 30-31 September- a review

Bolton 2-0 Liverpool ( Gary Speed, Ivan Campo)

A great result for Bolton at home and a third consecutive away defeat for the Reds. Goal 1 should not have gone in the first place, with Reina being wrongly penalised for handball. And for reasons best known to him, the former Villareal goalkeeper chose to dive the side his wall was protecting, and the ball went the other way from Gary Speed’s free kick. That goal was Bolton’s only shot on goal in the first half. A Kevin Davies cross early in the second half was met by the head of Ivan Campo. The ball rebounded off the bar and over the line to double Bolton’s lead. And as much as Liverpool tried, they were frustrated by the tactics of their opponents. Bolton as we know are a very physical side and Dirk Kuyt was left with a bloody head and was substituted for Crouch in the 49th minute.

Charlton 1-2 Arsenal ( Darren Bent, Robin Van Persie*2)

Three hardearned points for Arsenal and Charlton will feel aggrieved that a certain Mr. Clattenberg refused to award them a clear penalty for William Gallas’ handball. But the goal that decided this game was an absolute stunner from Robin Van Persie early in the second half, with the ex Feyernoord winger conjuring a beautiful volley from an Emmanuel Eboue cross. Charlton took the lead through U-21 striker Darren Bent with their first shot on target , much like Bolton earlier in the day. Van Persie equalised in the 32th minute and then went on to score that magic goal, which is definitely a contender for the goal of the season.

Everton 1-1 Manchester City ( Andy Johnson, Micah Richards)

A late goal by England starlet Micah Richards saved Manchester City the blushes and gave them a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. Everton took the lead through Andy Johnson, who found the net for the 6th time in seven games off Phil Neville’s cross. None of the City defenders tried to intercept the cross and Johnson did the needful, slotting it past Nicky Weaver just before half time. 1 point gained for City and 2 lost for Everton.

Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa ( Didier Drogba, Gabriel Agbonlahor)

Both the teams keep up their unbeaten record, although Chelsea will feel a little aggrieved at not getting more than a point. Didier Drogba put the Blues ahead, but Gabriel Agbonlahor, who also scored in Villa’s last game equalised. Villa came under real pressure in the second half, with Salomon Kalou missing a glorious opportunity at the end, but 1-1 it stayed.

Sheffield United 2-1 Middlesbrough (Rob Hulse, Phil Jagielka, Yakubu)

First win in the big league for the Blades, courtesy Jagielka’s injury time stunner.

Manchester United 2-0 Newcastle ( Ole Gunnar Solskjaer *2) 

Newcastle should thank their stars they got out of this one with only two conceded. Given the dominance of United, the game could have well shown a 6-0 or even 7-0 thrashing.

Blackburn 2-1 ( Benni McCarthy, David Bentley// Emile Heskey) 

Emile Heskey opened the scoring for the Latics off an Emmerson Boyce cross but David Bentley equalised at the stroke of half time. Jason Brown came off the bench for Brad Friedel and saved a Svetoslav Todorov penalty. And then, McCarthy, who had earlier wasted lots of chances scored the winner to give Rovers the win.

West Ham 0-1 Reading (Ki Hyun Seol) 

Another stunner from the sniper, and West Ham continue their absymal form.

Tottenham 2-1 Portsmouth ( Danny Murphy, Jermaine Defoe// Kanu) 

A blatant dive resulted in the goal which sealed the game. Harsh luck for Pompey though, they didn’t deserve to lose two in a row.

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