Manchester United 4 – Manchester City 3 (Premier League, September 20, 2009) (MOTD highlights here and MOTD highlights with interviews and analysisÂ here.)Â Pre-match the talk was all about Tevez’s inclusion for City, one minute forty plus seconds later Wayne Rooney was the only striker on people’s minds as the United number ten steered a shot into the near post following a quick thrown-in. A horrendous error by Ben Foster on the quarter hour brought Tevez back into the game, the Argentine robbing the keeper of the ball before teeing up Gareth Barry to stroke in the equaliser. Carlos Tevez closed out the first half (highlights here) by hitting the outside of the post, but minutes after the break Old Trafford erupted as Darren Fletcher headed the hosts back into the lead. Amazingly City hit back, Craig Bellamy picked up the ball just outside the top left of the box, and with little options the Welsh firebrand cracked a stunner into Foster’s far top corner. United pressed for a winner, and after a series of superb Given saves Darren Fletcher finally nodded to Red Devils ahead for the third time after a precision free-kick from Giggs. Incredibly at the death Craig Bellamy levelled for the third time, Rio gave the ball away too cheaply with a sloppy pass to Bellamy, the Welshman raced into the box and beat Foster (too easily?) at the keeper’s near post. Sir Alex threw on Little Mickey at the death and heart-stoppingly the former Liverpool forward grabbed a 95th minute winner after a through-ball from the superb Giggs. (Second half highlights here.) (Michael Owen & Darren Fletcher’s post match interview here.)
Chelsea 3 – Tottenham 0 (Premier League, September 20, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Jose Bosingwa rattled a shot against the Spurs bar early doors. Chelsea’s dominance paid off when AshleyÂ Cole connected with Drogba’s cross from the right to score with a diving header. Just before the hour the Pensioners’ doubled their lead as Michael Ballack turned home a Lampard cross. And Spurs then began to fall to pieces, Ashely Cole launched a 60-yard ball to Didier Drogba over the top and the striker did brilliantly to collect, round Cudicini and score.
Everton 3 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, September 20, 2009) Everton lead after a Baines free-kick from the left found Louis Saha in plenty of space to place a side-foot volley past Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson. After the break the Toffees went 2-up, Fellaini gained a yard on the right wing and swung over a cross which Saha headed into the bottom corner of the goal. Joseph Yobo sealed a crucial three points for Everton scrapping home a third from a corner.
Wolves 2 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, September 20, 2009) Kevin Doyle headed the home side ahead just before the twenty minute mark, David Edwards doubled the lead early in the second half. Danny Murphy’s penalty gave the Cottagers some hope.
Newcastle 3 – Plymouth 1 (Championship, September 19, 2009) Steven Taylor headed Newcastle into a sixth-minute lead but Karl Duguid fired home from close-range five minutes after the break to equalise.Â Kevin Nolan headed them back in front on the hour mark and Andrew Carroll added a third late on to preserve Newcastle’s 100% home league record.
Middlesbrough 0 – West Brom 5 (Championship, September 19, 2009)
Sheffield United 3 – Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Championship, September 18, 2009)
Exeter 2 – Tranmere 1 (League One, September 19, 2009) An Adam Stansfield double left John Barnes facing yet another sacking point blank in the face as second-bottom Tranmere slumped to their seventh straight loss.