VIDEO: Chelsea whack five past Blackburn; Stoke smash-and-grab at Spurs; Birmingham sink Sunderland; Wolves & Aston Villa share spoils; Rodallega at the double for Wigan; Hull & Pompey draw; Boro held; Leeds lose

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Chelsea 5 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, October 24, 2009)  (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) The Blues needed 20 minute before moving ahead of Rovers as a low cross from the left by Anelka was turned into his own net by Gael Givet as the defender had Drogba waiting to pounce behind him. Frank Lampard narrowly missed with a header on the half hour. (First half highlights here.) At the start of the second half Frank Lampard crashed home number two minutes later the match was over as a spectacle as Michael Essien scored a curling 35-yard strike past Robinson, who should have done better. Rovers were then on the verge of embarrassment as Frank Lampard notched number four from the penalty spot. From a Ballack corner Didier Drogba then headed home number five.

Tottenham 0 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, October 24, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Jonathan Woodgate (before he was forced off injured) cleared an early Stoke attack amazingly off his own line, while after Spurs were dominant in the first half (highlights here) Beattie produced an equally brilliant goal-line clearance to deny a Peter Crouch header. Spurs continued to pressure the Potters in the second half without success, and five minutes from time Stoke completed the smash-and-grab as Fuller worked magic down the right before teeing up Glenn Whelan for a terrific finish into the far post.

Birmingham 2 – Sunderland 1 (Premier League, October 24, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After Alex McLeish had put out the rally call earlier in the week, St. Andrews erupted ten minutes before the break as Liam Ridgewell headed in Birmingham’s opener against the Black Cats. Three minutes into the second half and the Blues were 2-up, James McFadden collecting a cute flick from Jerome just inside the box before the Scot steadied himself and produced the killer finish. A Scott Dann own goal set up a nervy finish with eight minutes remaining as he haplessly volleyed in a Michael Turner header at the wrong end, but Birmingham held on for the points.

Wolves 1 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, October 24, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Wolves forward Kevin Doyle had an early penalty shout which came and went, and the hosts had several other chance in the first half (highlights here) but Aston Villa’s stingy defence held firm at the break. With 11 minutes remaining Villa scored, the ball was worked down the right until Heskey fed Gabby Agbonlahor in the box with the striker able to turn his marker and beat Hennessey. The lead was held for just two minutes though, Kightly won a penalty under a challenge from Sidwell and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake made no mistake from the spot.

Burnley 1 – Wigan 3 (Premier League, October 24, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Steven Fletcher had given the Clarets a fourth-minute lead when sliding to meet Blake’s cross, but the Latics were level seven minutes later as Jensen suffered a nightmare experience as he stumbled, lost his footing and allowed Hugo Rodallega a simple finish into an unguarded net. Rodallega grabbed his second of the match in the 51st minute and  Emmerson Boyce added a third in the 76th minute after Paul Scharner had flicked on at the near post.

Hull 0 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, October 24, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Following a grim first half, Pompey turned the screw slightly after the interval, with Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill denying Aruna Dindane and Hassan Yebda.

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Preston 2 – Middlesbrough 2 (Championship, October 24, 2009) Life after Gareth Southgate started brightly for Boro as Gary O’Neil converted a 43rd minute free-kick to give them the lead at Preston. Paul Parry equalised on the hour mark from close range. The visitors regained the advantage in the 67th minute, Adam Johnson drilling home a fine shot, only for Billy Jones’ stoppage-time header rescued a draw for Preston.

Millwall 2 – Leeds 1 (League One, October 24, 2009) Neil Harris headed home his tenth goal of the season in the third minute from Chris Hackett’s free-kick to put the Lions ahead only for Patrick Kisnorbo to lash home the equaliser nine minutes later. Gary Alexander grabbed Millwall’s winner with seven minutes left as Simon Grayson’s side lost for the first time this season.

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Clyde 0 – Manchester United 4 (Friendly, October 19, 2009) United’s reserves went in front in the 22nd minute courtesy of an own-goal from Clyde’s Paul Stewart and further goals from Febian Brandy, Rafael and Magnus Eikrem made it a comfortable victory for the Reds.


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