Manchester United 2 – Sunderland 2 (Premier League, October 3, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Steve Bruce’s Sunderland struck first at Old Trafford, Lee Cattermole fed a bread-and-butter ball into Darren Bent’s feet and, with O’Shea for company, the red-hot striker turned his man and struck a low shot into the near post. (First half highlights here.) Early in the second half United levelled, the Black Cats failed to adequately clears their lines and O’Shea was able to swing a cross into the mixer where Dimitar Berbatov scored with a sublime scissor-kick. With most expecting United to go on to win the game, Sunderland took the lead again through Kenwyne Jones who headed home a Reid cross, beating Foster in the air. In injury-time, with Sunderland down to ten men after Richardson had received two yellow cards, Anton Ferdinand deflected in an Evra shot to deny the Mackems a famous victory.
Bolton 2 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, October 3, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Spurs conceded early doors at the Reebok, from a corner visiting keeper Carlo Cudicini could only parry away a volley from Bolton’s South Korean Lee, and Ricardo Gardner was on hand to put away the rebound. Just after the half hour Spurs levelled, Palacios lifted a high ball into the box where Crouch’s cushioned header was lashed home by new-boy Nico Kranjcar. (First half highlights here.) 20 minutes from time Bolton got their noses back in front as a delightful chipped cross from Tamir Cohen was converted by Kevin Davies at the back post. But within three minutes, and after Crouch had hit the bar, Spurs had levelled as Vedran Corluka directed a header back into the near post from a corner.
Wolves 0 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, October 3, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Pompey, looking for their first points of the season away at Wolves, got off to a perfect start as Hassan Yebda crashed home a fine header after 18 minutes from a terrific Kevin Prince Boateng cross.
Burnley 2 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, October 3, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half at Turf Moor, Birmingham keeper Joe Hart should have had no trouble handling a weak left-foot effort from Steven Fletcher but the keeper allowed it to bounce off him and into the net. The Clarets soon chalked up number two, Andre Bikey pretending he was Franz Beckenbauer by strolling up from defence to play a one-two with Fletcher into the box and producing a fabulous finish to score. Sebastian Larsson netted a 90th minute free-kick consolation for the Midlanders.
Hull 2 – Wigan 1 (Premier League, October 3, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) New signing Jan Venegoor of Hesselink got the opener on the hour, Geovanni taking advantage of an error by Titus Bramble to score what proved to be the winning goal eight minutes later. Wigan pulled one back through Scott Sinclair, but Hull hung on.
Leeds 0 – Charlton 0 (League One, October 3, 2009) Jermaine Beckford shot wide from 15 yards when through on goal for United, who then saw Bradley Johnson’s shot tipped round the post by Robert Elliot. Luciano Becchio limped off and his replacement Enoch Showunmi was denied by Elliot. Casper Ankergren saved from Jonjo Shelvey for Charlton, while Showunmi’s late lob went just wide.