Hull 1- West Ham 0 (Premier League, October 19, 2008) Hull were outplayed by West Ham in the first half (highlights here), but the Hammers missed a hatful of chances to head into the break ahead. And the Tigers pounced early in the second half, Michael Turner powered home a header on 50 minutes.
Stoke 2 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, October 19, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) After a cagey opening, Gareth Bale took out Tom Soares in the box when the midfielder was through on goal, Bale saw red, and Higginbotham slotted home the penalty. Spurs hit back, Alan Hutton’s ball into the box fell to Darren Bent, who scored from eight yards to level. (First half highlights here.) After the break Stoke upped their game and a beautiful cross from Sidibe found Rory Delap at the back post who turned the ball home. Thereafter there were a host of injuries, in particular Corluka was down for several minutes. The result was that the game was extended for 11 minutes of added time, in which Spurs truly fell to pieces. Firstly Ricardo Fuller missed a penalty after Woodgate brought down Soares. Then Dawson saw red for a two footed tackle on Sidibe. There was still time for Fuller to rattle the post one more time, as Spurs lost again to fall three points adrift from 19th placed Newcastle.
Derby 2 – Plymouth 1 (Championship, October 18, 2008) Plymouth opening with a stunner, Paul Gallagher fired home a 20-yard volley that arched into the net over Stephen Bywater. But the Rams have found form in recent weeks, and levelled through Rob Hulse on the stroke of halftime. The Rams then recorded back-to-back wins for the first time in 18 months when Green’s shot cannoned off the post and in off Duguid.
Ipswich 2 – Swansea 2 (Championship, October 18, 2008) Pablo Counago gave Ipswich the lead on 43 minutes, but Swansea turned the game on its head with goals from Ferrie Bode (49) and Jordi Gomez (69) only for Counago to level matters eight minutes from time.
Millwall 3 – Leeds 1 (League One, October 18, 2008) Leeds scored first when Luciano Becchio drilled home a from 25-yards but David Martin countered that with a deft lob over keeper Lucas to make it all-square. Neil Harris then chose an opportune time to get his first goals of the season, sealing the win with a header and a cute finish from an acute angle after some shocking Leeds defending.