Arsenal 4 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Having been questioned on his arrival at Arsenal for being too small to be a centre-back, Thomas Vermaelen headed home powerfully after connecting with a Van Persie dead-ball. (First half highlights here.) The Gunners pressed their advantage early in the second half, Thomas Vermaelen sweetly curled his fifth goal of the season into the top corner before Eduardo grabbed a third after the Latics defence fell to pieces. At the death Cesc Fabregas added a fourth with a simple goal at the near post.
West Ham 2 – Liverpool 3 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Fernando Torres opened the scoring on 20 minutes with a wonderful solo effort, but an Alessandro Diamanti penalty brought the teams level again nine minuets later. Dirk Kuyt prodded home Steven Gerrard’s header to make it 2-1 four minutes before halftime, but Carlton Cole was on hand to equalise in first half injury time. Liverpool eventually nicked the win 15 minutes from time as Ryan Babel raced down the right before crossing perfectly for Torres to head home and seal the points.
Aston Villa 2 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) James Milner broke into the Pompey box as was foolishly tripped by Belhadj, and the Villa midfielder dusted himself down to score from the spot. Villa’s lead doubled in the 43rd minutes as Gabby Agbonlahor left the South Coasters starring another defeat in the face.
Burnley 3 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After Sunderland had started brightly at Turk Moor, Burnley’s first meaningful attack saw Wade Elliot felled in the box by Anton Ferdinand and Graham Alexander wellied the spot-kick straight down the middle of the goal. The Black Cats levelled six minutes before the break after Reid slipped a ball into Darren Bent who was free in the box (Carlisle recklessly keeping the forward onside) and the striker coolly stroked the ball home. Midway through the second half the Clarets retook the lead as substitutes Eagles and Mears combined down the right before third sub David Nugent (who knew he still had it in him!) headed a beauty into the near post. In the 86th minute a loose ball from Jones gifted possession to Burnley, Elliot advanced upfield with David Nugent eventually turning and curling a stunner into the far corner.
Hull 0 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Birmingham took the lead 15 minutes from time, Keith Fahey put in a fine delivery from a corner on the right and Garry O’Connor headed in at the far post to beat Boaz Myhill.
Bolton 1 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, September 19, 2009) Matt Taylor scored his second successive penalty for Bolton as the Wanderers came from behind to secure a late point against Stoke at the Reebok Stadium. After a goalless first half the visitors took the lead early in the second half through Dave Kitson.
Middlesbrough 0 – West Brom 5 (Championship, September 19, 2009) West Brom got their noses in front in the top of the table clash at Boro after Chris Brunt saw his free-kick deflect into the net. A superb first time lob by Brunt, from fully 40-yards out, doubled the Baggies lead and Youssuf Mulumbu added a third before the break as the visitors dominated the opening forty-five. Roman Bednar and Jerome Thomas added to the score in the final 10 minutes to pile the misery on Boro.
Leeds 4 – Gillingham 1 (League One, September 19, 2009) Bradley Johnson’s two first half goals put Leeds on the way to a 15th successive home league win and Jonny Howson grabbed the third immediately after halftime. Andy Barcham pulled one back for Gillingham but Jermaine Beckford hit the fourth 11 minutes from time to lift the hosts to the top of the table.
Brighton 2 – Southend 3 (League One, September 19, 2009) Substitute Francis Laurent hit a dramatic winner in the second minute of stoppage time for Southend to end Brighton’s run of two straight wins. Nicky Forster had earlier scored twice to cancel out goals from Lee Barnard and Southend debutant Roy O’Donovan.