Fulham 0 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) After a goalless first half in which Fulham had dominated (highlights here) Arsenal took the lead seven minutes after the break, Robin van Persie bringing down a Fabregas expertly and finishing with aplomb.
Liverpool 6 – Hull 1 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Hull looked devoid of confidence conceding early at Anfield, Riera slipping a ball into Fernando Torres who turned two Hull defenders before finding the far corner. But the Tigers fought back to level quickly, Srktel and Carragher once again failed to deal with a ball in the box and Geovanni volleyed in the equaliser. Just before the half hour a brilliant solo goal from El Nino, Torres collecting a Benayoun ball in the box and waltzing past a couple of weak challenges before applying the clinical finish. Two minutes in the second half Torres raced towards the Kop to calmly slot in his hat-trick goal. Steven Gerrard put the nail in Hull coffin seeing his over-hit cross sail in off the underside of the bar. A late brace from sub Ryan Babel (first and second) sealed the comfortable Liverpool rout.
Wigan 3 – Chelsea 1 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â The Latics punished slack Chelsea defending on the quarter hour, a quick corner between Rodallega and N’Zogbia ended with Titus Bramble heading in Wigan’s opener. (First half highlights here.) Chelsea needed just one second half minute to equalise as Malouda held up the ball up before crossing for Didier Drogba to score (terrible keeping from Kirkland). But then the drama happened, Hugo Rodallega was taken out by Cech in the box, the Chelsea keeper saw red, and Rodallega dusted himself to score from the spot. In injury time Paul Scharner slid in to finish after Maynor Figueroa squared across the six-yard box to sent the home fans ecstatic.
Stoke 0 – Manchester United 2 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half at the Britannia, and incisive second half move involving Fletcher, Giggs and finally Dimitar Berbatov saw Manchester United move ahead at Stoke. The evergreen Giggs continued his superb form of late by going on to set up the second, delivering a dead-ball which John O’Shea glanced into the net.
Portsmouth 0 – Everton 1 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) An excellent match at Fratton Park saw both teams have good chances to break the deadlock, but minutes before the break pointless Pompey conceded to an excellent solo effort from Louis Saha. (First half highlights here.) Pompey worked their socks off after the break, hitting the woodwork, having efforts cleared off the line and persistently attacking the Everton goal but the Toffees held firm to consign the South Coasters to their seventh straight defeat.
Birmingham 1 – Bolton 2 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Bolton’s Israeli midfielder Tamir Cohen continued his fine recent goalscoring form by heading the Trotters into the lead at Birmingham. With under five minutes to go Kevin Phillips rolled back the years to strike home the Brum equaliser from the edge of the box.
Blackburn 2 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Gabby Agbonlahor’s goalscoring purple patch continued at Blackburn early doors, Christopher Samba pulling Rovers level after 24 minutes. (First half highlights here.) Late on James Collins was penalised for handballing in the Villa box and David Dunn stepped up to win the match for Rovers.
Tottenham 5 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, September 26, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) A Robbie Keane penalty and a deflected Jermaine Jenas strike gave Spurs a 2-nil lead over Burnley at the break. (First half highlights here.) A second half hat-trick from Robbie Keane wrapped up a brilliant home performance from the North Londoners.
Ipswich 0 – Newcastle 4 (Championship, September 26, 2009) Three goals in four first-half minutes from the Toon ensured that it would be another miserable afternoon on the pitch for Roy Keane’s team. Kevin Nolan opened the scoring with a header and quickly added to that with a composed finish. Ryan Taylor’s free-kick ended the quick-fire scoring spree and ensured the game was over as a contest by the break. Nolan’s second header of the match shortly after the restart completed his hat-trick and left Keane looking furious as he watched from the home dug-out.
MK Dons 0 – Leeds 1 (League One, September 26, 2009) Robert Snodgrass ensured Leeds remain on top of League One with a late winner to sink MK Dons. Snodgrass’ third goal of the season in the 92nd minute keeps Leeds out in front at the top of the table by two points from Charlton.
Bristol Rovers 1 – Brighton 1 (League One, September 26, 2009)