Keane’s brace keeps Liverpool top; Nasri at the double as Arsenal see off United; Belhadj brightens up the Stadium of Light; Trotters tame the Tigers; West Ham throw away the points against Everton

Liverpool 3 – West Brom 0 (Premier League, November 8, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Gerrard played in Yossi Benayoun in a goal-scoring position, but Scott Carson came to the Baggies rescue although the ball hit Jonas Olsson’s arm on the rebound. In the 34th minute Liverpool scored, a wonderful pass from Steven Gerrard played in Robbie Keane in the inside left position, and the Irishman broke his Premier League duck for the Reds with a class finish past Carson. And Keane was quick to chalk up his second, Aurelio released the forward from a swift counter-attack, and after beating Carson in no-mans land Keane tucked in number two. In injury time Liverpool got the third, Mascherano poked the ball to Kuyt, who slipped Arbeloa and the full-back cuts inside from the right and curls a beauty into the top-left corner.

Arsenal 2 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, November 8, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Wayne Rooney missed a great chance in the opening stages as Manchester United appeared to have the upper hand at the Emirates, but the Gunners picked up their game after 20 minutes with Samir Nasri hitting a half-volley that deflected off Gary Neville, giving van der Sar no chance. Immediately after the restart the Gunners doubled their lead when Samir Nasri produced another fine finish after Fabregas had played him in. Brazilian right back Rafael pulled one back for United in the final minute with a great left-footed volley, but United couldn’t find an equaliser in six minutes of injury-time. (Second half highlights here.)

Sunderland 1 – Portsmouth 2 (Premier League, November 8, 2008) In the third minute at the Stadium of Light, Djibril Cisse held off Sol Campbell and finished well from a brilliant through ball by Andy Reid. Portsmouth levelled in breathtaking fashion after the break, the ball fell to Nadir Belhadj who fired off a howitzer that flew into the net. Tony Adams then got the break he was looking for since taking over at Pompey, Glen Johnson was brought down by El Hadji Diouf in the box and Jermain Defoe crashed in the penalty for the three points.

Hull 0 – Bolton 1 (Premier League, November 8, 2008) Bolton found a scrappy opener at Hull, a corner fell to Matty Taylor in the box and the full back improvised to steer a left-footed shot in the near post.

West Ham 1 – Everton 3 (Premier League, November 8, 2008) After a quiet opening half, 20-year-old Jack Collison announced himself to the Premier League collecting a deft flick from Freddy Sears and curling home a beauty past Tim Howard. The Hammers held the lead into the final ten minutes, but then three goals in five minutes turned the match on its head. Joleon Lescott met Saha’s cross for the equaliser, an Anichebe cross was converted by Louis Saha for the second, and Faubert lost possession too easily with Saha slamming in the third from 25-yards.

Wigan 0 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, November 8, 2008) Wigan’s dismal form at the JJB continues, the Latics have the worst home record in the league and both teams’ fragile confidence was exposed in an encounter low on quality.


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