Tottenham 2 – Liverpool 1 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Liverpool needed just two and half minutes to beat Gomes at White Hart Lane, Robbie Keane played in Dirk Kuyt and the Dutchman continued his recent form by firing an arrow across the keeper on the angle. Spurs’ best chance of scoring in the first half fell to Luka Modric, but his shot was well saved by Riena. After the break Gerrard struck the post after good work by Kuyt, and Spurs then almost shot themselves in the foot as a terrible pass from Gomes fell behind King, and after Keane robbed the ball into the path of Gerrard, the Reds’ skipper was unfortunate to see his effort come back off the bar. Tottenham made Liverpool pay for their misses, as a Bentley corner was turned into his own net by Jamie Carragher, under pressure from King. And then for the second game running Spurs pulled the rabbit out the hat in injury time, Bentley’s swerving shot was saved by Reina but Bent turned the ball back in the box and Roman Pavlyuchenko scored the winner. Harry Redknapp has now recorded seven points in three games at Spurs to lift the cockerels off the bottom of the table.
Manchester United 4 – Hull 3 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Cristiano Ronaldo put United into the lead in the third minute at home to Hull, with a low shot that went in off the post. But United were pegged back when Daniel Cousin headed in a Dawson free-kick just after the twenty minute mark. Just over five minutes later Michael Carrick restored United’s lead and Cristiano Ronaldo made it 3-1 just before the break. (First half highlights here.) Ten minutes into the second half, Nemanja Vidic volleyed home a Rooney corner. Bernard Mendy and Geovanni pulled goals back but there was no fairytale fourth for Phil Brown’s men.
Chelsea 5 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Alex scored Chelsea’s 1000th Premier League goal to put the Blues ahead against Sunderland and a similar goal by Nicolas Anelka put Scolari’s side in control. On the stroke of halftime Anelka grabbed his second and Chelsea’s third finishing off a well-worked move. Early in the second half Frank Lampard scored his 100th league goal, heading home a Joe Cole cross, and Nicolas Anelka completed his hat-trick and the rout with a bundled fifth.
Stoke 2 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Stoke shocked Arsenal with a goal in the eleventh minute, Ricardo Fuller heading home a Rory Delap throw-in (the same players who combined for their winner v Sunderland). (First half highlights here.) The second also came from a Delap throw, as Seyi Olofinjana bundled home from close range. Minutes later Robin van Persie was sent off but the Gunners did pull a goal back through a rare Gael Clichy shot that took a couple of deflections on route to goal.
Everton 1 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) The Toffees won their second consecutive game with another late goal. This time Louis Saha rose highest to an Osman cross for the winner in the 87th minute, which was also his first goal for the club since his move from United.
West Brom 2 – Blackburn 2 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) Benni McCarthy fired Rovers in front with a penalty, but the South African’s game was short lived as he was sent off for picking up two yellow cards in the opening 36 minutes. The Baggies made their numerical advantage count after the break as Roman Bednar and Ishmael Miller put the hosts in front. But with seconds remaining Keith Andrews’ 20-yard special powered past Carson to tie the match.
Portsmouth 1 – Wigan 2 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) Amr Zaki gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of halftime converting a penalty after yet another foul in the box from Papa Bouba Diop. Pompey looked to have secured a point when Nico Kranjcar lashed the ball home past Kirkland eight minutes from time. But Emile Heskey scored his 100th career in injury time to deny Tony Adams his first result as the new boss. (Second half goals here.)
Middlesbrough 1 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, November 1, 2008) Hayden Mullins cracked in a stunning shot to give the Hammers the lead at the break. But the Londoners were denied the win as a free-kick on the edge of the box was smacked home by Mido.