Portsmouth 2 – Tottenham 0 (Premier League, September 28, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Despite having shipped ten goals in their last two matches, Pompey started positively against rock-bottom Spurs, Richard Hughes was twice denied by Gomes from taking the lead. Jemaine Jenas was then guilty of an idiotic handball from a free-kick, Jermain Defoe slotting home the resulting penalty to give the hosts the halftime lead. After the break matters didn’t get better for Spurs, and Portsmouth unsurprisingly doubled their lead when Defoe fed Troare on the left hand side, his shot was blocked by Gomes but Peter Crouch was on hand to head home the second. In the final stages Diarra was dismissed for a second yellow for a rash tackle on Assou-Ekotto. Spurs stay rooted to the foot of the table on a pathetic two points from six games.
Wigan 2 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, September 28, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Wigan got off to a terrific start, Antonio Valencia hitting a rasping drive from outside the box whichÂ arrowed in the top-right hand corner of Joe Hart’s net. But Steve Bruce’s charges let themselves down conceding a poor equaliser, Elano’s free-kick was poorly dealt with by Palacios at the near post allowing Vincent Kompany to steer the ball over the line. The Latics controversially hit back, Wilson Palacios impersonated a high jumper following a challenge from Garrido, ref Bennett pointed to the spot and Amr Zaki continued his superb record since arriving in England. (First half highlights here.) The second half was a far duller spectacle, City failing to find an equaliser and ending in the second consecutive defeat for Mark Hughes’ men.