Portsmouth 0 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, August 30, 2009) For all of Man City’s riches, the Citizens broke the deadlock at Fratton Park in the most bread and butter fashion as Emmanuel Adebayor headed home a Barry corner on the half hour. City were denied a second from Micah Richards as the linesman flagged for a questionable offside. (Nadir Belhadj’s individual match highlights can be seen here.)
Everton 2 – Wigan 1 (Premier League, August 30, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Everton’s tough start to the new season appeared like continuing when, 10 minutes into the second half, Paul Scharner produced one of the lowest diving headers in history to meet a Charles N’Zogbia cross at the back stick. The Toffees rallied on the hour, Louis Saha heading home a corner despite being surrounding by three Wigan defenders. Then, in injury time at the death, Leighton Baines struck home a penalty to give Everton a much-needed three points.
Aston Villa 2 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, August 30, 2009) Villa took the lead early doors as John Paintsil got the final touch on a fierce inswinging corner from Ashley Young. Martin O’Neill’s charges double their advantage on the hour, Gabi Agbonlahor picked up the ball in midfielder, headed towards goal, and unleashed a thunderbolt past Schwarzer.
Sheffield United 2 – West Brom 2 (Championship, August 29, 2009) Albion striker Roman Bednar gave his side the lead twice at Bramall Lane only for the Blades to equalise through Ched Evans and David Cotterill’s late penalty.
Plymouth Argyle 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 3 (Championship, August 29, 2009) Marcus Tudgay was the main architect of the Pilgrims’ demise as his header set up Richard Wood to give Wednesday a first-half lead before scoring from the spot in the second half. Alan Gow’s excellent free-kick gave Plymouth hope late on but Tudgay wrapped up the win in stoppage time.
Tranmere 0 – Charlton 4 (League One, August 29, 2009) John Barnes’s Tranmere slumped to their third straight loss taking a battering at the hands of the Addicks.
Millwall 1 – Brighton 1 (League One, August 28, 2009)