Chelsea 2 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, October 4, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea and Liverpool played out a very tight encounter during the first half (highlights here), the Reds have a couple of decent penalty shouts while the Blues had the lion’s share of possession. Just before the hour Chelsea struck, Mascherano was tackled by Lampard in the centre of the park, Essien fed Deco and in turn the ball advanced to Drogba who crossed for Nicolas Anelka to convert a quick counter-attack. In Injury time the Pensioners killed the game, Drogba rolled Aurellio by the corner flag before teeing up Florent Malouda for the killer second.
Arsenal 6 – Blackburn 2 (Premier League, October 4, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Against the script Arsenal conceded early doors to Rovers, Paul Robinson lumped a ball into the Gunners’ area where Vermaelen was beaten to the header by Steven N’Zonzi, who looped the ball over a stranded Mannone for 1-nil. The North Londoners rallied through there top scorer in the 16th minute, Thomas Vermaelen carried the ball upfield before a series pass saw Cesc lay the ball off to the Belgian who smacked home a sweet left-footer 18-yards out. On the half hour Blackburn retook the lead, Robbo was forced into a one-handed save from Fabregas and immediately Blackburn attacked with David Dunn benefitting from a wicked deflection to score. Far too easily Arsenal levelled inside 120 seconds, Fabregas was given time and space to pick out Van Persie in the box and the Dutchman thrashed home for 2-2. The goal-rush continued although this time Arsenal struck, Cesc played in Andrei Arshavin in an almost identical position to RVP minutes earlier and the Russian made no mistake. (First half highlights here.) Ten minutes into the second half Arsenal opened up a 2-goal cushion as the superb Cesc Fabregas eases a left-footed shot into past Robinson. There was still time for two of Arsenal’s subs to get on the scoresheet, a free-flowing attack was finished by the returning Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner scored a stunning sixth at the death. (Second half highlights here.)
Everton 1 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, October 4, 2009) Robert Huth’s header five minutes after the break gave Stoke the lead from a corner. Everton rallied, and extended their unbeaten run to six games when stand-in skipper Leon Osman lashed home the equaliser from the edge of the box.
West Ham 2 – Fulham 2 (Premier League, October 4, 2009)Â (MOTD highlights here.)Â Carlton Cole nodded the Hammers ahead only for the goal to be cancelled out by a Danny Murphy penalty and a Zoltan Gera strike after the Cottagers had debutant Kagisho Dikgacoi sent off. Junior Stanislas’ late intervention rescued a point for the hosts after an afternoon of drama at Upton Park.
Barnsley 2 – Ipswich 1 (Championship, October 3, 2009) Jonathan Macken scored at the death to secure the three points for the hosts, and extend the Tractor Boys’ winless start to the campaign to 11 matches. Iain Hume had given Barnsley an early lead before Liam Rosenior levelled on the stroke of half-time.
Newcastle 0 – Bristol City 0 (Championship, October 3, 2009) City keeper Dean Gerken pulled off saves from Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan and might have expected to have had more to do after 74 minutes when Jamie McCombe appeared to pull down Marlon Harewood in the penalty area, but Graham Salisbury, the referee, decided against awarding a penalty.
Reading 0 – Middlesbrough 2 (Championship, October 3, 2009) Sean St Ledger had put Boro ahead with a deflected header from Adam Johnson’s corner, before Leroy Lita’s superb effort secured a first win in four games.
Peterborough 1 – Nottingham Forest 2 (Championship, October 3, 2009) Posh took the lead in the 50th minute when Aaron McLean headed home, but before the celebrations had ended Forest were level when Radoslaw Majewski scored direct from a free-kick from an acute angle. Just five minutes later Paul Anderson netted from close range as Forest scalped the points.
Swansea 2 – QPR 0 (Championship, October 3, 2009) Mark Gowerâ€™s first goal for the club helped to secure a morale-boosting win against a QPR side who had Martin Rowlands and Ben Watson, the midfield players, sent off in the second half.
Millwall 5 – Tranmere 0 (League One, October 3, 2009) Tranmere boss John Barnes saw the pressure increase after a thumping defeat at Millwall as James Henry hit a hat-trick for the hosts, while headers from Andy Frampton and Steve Morison completed the rout to leave beleaguered Barnes clinging on to his job.
Wycombe 0 – Leyton Orient 1 (League One, October 3, 2009) Scott McGleish returned to haunt his old club Wycombe as his late header earned Leyton Orient victory at Adams Park.