VIDEO: Spurs win leaves Liverpool playing catch-up; Wayne Rooney header sinks sprightly Birmingham

Tottenham 2 – Liverpool 1 (Premier League, August 16, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Spurs had the better chances in the first half (highlights here), Robbie Keane twice missing against his former employers, and minutes before the break the pressure paid off as Benoit Assou-Ekotto cracked home a terrific left-footed effort from a wayward Huddlestone free-kick. Glen Johnson showed his talent ten minutes into the second half winning a penalty after a weaving run into the box and, with the crowd bellowing “you’re supposed to be in jail!,” Steven Gerrard smacked home the equaliser from the spot. Just three minutes later Spurs went back in front as debutant Sebastien Bassong headed home a Modric dead-ball.

Ledley King and Sebastien Bassong’s post match interview can be seen here, while Rafa Benitez’s interview can be seen here.

Manchester United 1 – Birmingham 0 (Premier League, August 16, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Wayne Rooney followed up his own header onto the post to fire United ahead of Birmingham in the 34th minute. (First half highlights here, second half highlights here.)

Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match interview can be seen here, and Alex McLeish’s thoughts can be seen here.

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Nottingham Forest 0 – West Brom 1 (Championship, August 15, 2009) Roberto Di Matteo got his first league win as West Brom manager courtesy of an own goal from Chris Cohen and a missed penalty by home substitute Robert Earnshaw at the City Ground.

Plymouth 1 – QPR 1 (Championship, August 15, 2009) Heidar Helguson’s first-half header looked like being enough to give Rangers boss Jim Magilton the first three-point haul of his reign, but Jamie Mackie capped a late period of pressure from the hosts with a dramatic leveller.

Tranmere 4 – Gillingham 2 (League One, August 15, 2009)