Arsenal 4 – Tottenham 4 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) In the London derby, Tottenham stunned the Emirates into silence with a wonder strike from David Bentley after 13 minutes. Modric won the ball in midfield, Jenas chested the ball down to David Bentley, who flicked the ball up and volleyed it from fully 35-yards. But Spurs couldn’t hold onto their lead, and Arsenal drew level when Mikael Silvestre got ahead of Jenas from a corner to head home the leveller. Spurs were then undone by another set piece immediately after the restart, William Gallas heading home Fabregas’ free-kick. Arsenal then scored a quality third, Nasri was played through the middle and he chipped the onrushing Gomes, with Adebayor applying the finishing touch over the line. Back came Spurs, Huddlestone’s drive was spilled by Almunia and Darren Bent scored from the rebound. But the Gunners quickly reasserted their authority on the game, Hutton sloppily gave the ball to Adebayor, he picked out van Persie and the Dutchman drove home number four. But the scoring still wasn’t over, Clichy’s slip presented the ball to Jenas and the Spurs captain drove forward before curling a left-foot beauty past Almunia. And just when the game couldn’t get more crazy, in the 93rd minute Modric smacked a shot against the post and Aaron Lennon was in the right place to score the equaliser. This was one of the truly great Premier League matches.
Hull 0 – Chelsea 3 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) It took Chelsea just three minutes to take the lead at Hull, Frank Lampard scoring with a breathtaking chip which drifted into the top corner of Myhill’s goal. Anelka then dragged a shot wide, while Geovanni made life awkward for Petr Cech with a free-kick (both chances here). (First half highlights here.) The Blues doubled their lead early in the second half as Anelka chased down a long hopeful ball forward, and after indecision in the Hull backline, Anelka slotted home. Chelsea’s third was pure class as the Blues worked the ball on the left hand side before Malouda turned home a beautiful cross to kill the game.
Manchester United 2 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Manchester United made light work of taking the lead over the Hammers, Nani had plenty of time to pick out Ronaldo who slotted the ball home with ease. United quickly made it two, Dimitar Berbatov produced some wonderful skill to keep the ball in on the touchline, before teeing up Ronaldo for an easy second.
Liverpool 1 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) Steven Gerrard’s penalty into the bottom corner 14 minutes from time proved decisive after Pompey had seemed to be on course to frustrate the Reds.
Stoke 1 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) Stoke climbed out of the relegation zone with a win over the Black Cats as Ricardo Fuller got on the end of a trademark long throw from Rory Delap 17 minutes from time.
Aston Villa 3 – Blackburn 2 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) Rovers took a first half lead through Stephen Warnock, however Luke Young’s first goal for the club levelled matters on the stroke of the interval before Barry scored the decisive second in the 65th minute. Gabriel Agbonlahor put the icing on the cake for Villa with three minutes remaining before Brett Emerton snatched an injury-time consolation.
Middlesbrough 2 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) City’s unpredictable form continued at the Riverside after an Alfonso Alves penalty in 53rd minute and a lateÂ Gary O’Neiil strike sunk Mark Hughes’ men.
Fulham 2 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) Andy Johnson opened his Fulham account at Craven Cottage, with two goals to continue Wigan’s freefall down the table.
Bolton 0 – Everton 1 (Premier League, October 29, 2008) Marouane Fellaini’s last minute goal gave Everton their first win in nine games as they beat struggling Bolton at the Reebok.