Saturday saw Blackburn achieve a stunning 4-3 win in a humdinger of a game where Arsenal managed to score five goals and still end up on the losing side. Defensive howlers from Song and Kosclenly finished with both players scoring own goals as Arsenal contrived to lose a match they were in control of.
…Joey Barton made the headlines again.
The three promoted sides all generated wins with Swansea scoring their first goals of the season in an accomplished display as they put West Brom to the sword winning 3-0. Norwich managed to give away their fifth penalty in five games (a Premier League record) but still managed to eke out a 2-1 win over Owen Coyle’s 10-man Bolton. QPR produced a confident display routing Wolverhampton Wanderers on their home ground 3-0 as Joey Barton made the headlines again. He scored QPR’s first goal and was involved in a war of words with Wolves’ midfielder Karl Henry after a poor tackle from the Wolves’ player.
Everton put their early season woes behind them as they recorded a 3-1 win against Wigan Athletic, a match that saw Iraklis Thessalonki and on-loan Real Madrid winger Royston Drenthe score their first goals for the club. Aston Villa and Newcastle kept up their unbeaten run this season, drawing 1-1 at Villa Park with Villa thankful for Shay Given producing some outstanding saves to preserve the scoreline.
…the big matches came thick and fast…
And so to Sunday where the big matches came thick and fast and oddly enough four goals were scored in each match.
In the early kick-off, Liverpool lost 4-0 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane (their biggest defeat at Spurs for 48 years) where ill-discipline led to Kenny Dalgish’s men playing with only nine men on the pitch. Tottenham will be comforted by Luka Modric’s renewed performance and Adebayor’s goalscoring prowess as they look to get their season back on track.
…they surrendered a two-goal lead…
Sunderland defeated Stoke 4-0 at the Stadium of Light as they raced out of the traps and surged into a three-nil lead before half-time with Sebastian Larsson producing a terrific free-kick in the second half. High-flying Manchester City were brought to ground by plucky Fulham as they surrendered a two-goal lead given to them by Sergio Aguero, by conceding goals from Bobby Zamora and then a deflected effort from Danny Murphy.
Now for the final match, probably the biggest match of the season so far as Chelsea travelled to Old Trafford in the hope of erasing the bad memories from last season’s encounters. Despite Chelsea’s bright start Manchester United raced in a three goal lead (Smalling, Nani & Rooney) with their only recorded shots on target, Nani’s goal being the pick of the bunch as he lashed in from 20-yards. Chelsea pulled a goal back through Torres in a spectacularly open match that featured missed penalties and end-to-end attacking with Torres somehow missing an opening goal from seven yards out. For Torres that miss made a mockery of the stadium’s moniker “The Theatre of Dreams” as he turned that opportunity into the stuff nightmares are made of.