English Premier League Roundup
Round 6 of the English Premier league rolled on with upsets and contentious decisions filling the headlines.
A stunning 2-1 defeat of high flying Arsenal by newly- promoted Hull left Arsene Wenger scratching his head with wonder after letting a lead slip at home. An unstoppable 25m belter from Giovanni balanced out a Hull own goal, the match won four minutes later with a fantastic header from Daniel Cousin converting Andy Dawson´s perfect inswinging corner.
It was a first defeat for Arsenal by Hull since 1915 and moved the northerners up to 6th place on the table.
Liverpool continued to win- ugly in one sided and uninspired game, Fernando Torres back on the scoresheet for the first time since round one, confidently volleying in Robbie Keane´s neat cross before slamming home a loose ball three minutes later to seal the points with a 2-0 victory.
Everton´s inability to put even a single shot on goal compounded with a sending off for Australian playmaker Tim Cahill for a reckless challenge, which has been appealed by the blue merseysiders.
Manchester United scored a 2-0 victory over Bolton but were given a helping hand by referee Rob Styles, who managed to be the only person at the ground to see a penalty in a well timed Jloyd Samuel tackle on Christiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo sent the Jaaskalainen the wrong way before Rooney tidied things up with a clever dummy to slot home.
Chelsea powered through the Stoke defence at Stoke, who were unable to back up last week´s fantastic efforts at Liverpool. Goals from Portuguese recruit Jose Bosingwa and Nicolas Anelka sealed the points and moved Chelsea back to the top of the table.
Manchester City continued the erratic form that saw them fall out of League Cup midweek, losing 2-1 to Wigan. Goals from Valencia and a Zaki penalty, another contentious decision was enough to overshadow Mark Hughes´ team, Vincent Kompany scoring their only goal.
Goals from John Carew and Ashley Young took the points from Sunderland who lead after 10 minutes after Dibril Cisse´s smart finish. It was a good response from the Villa team also dumped out of the League Cup midweek, Ashley Young at the heart once again of the Birmingham side´s attacks.
A Michael Owen penalty was not enough to put the smiles back on beleaguered Newcastle fans as Christopher Samba´s header and Roque Santa Cruz´s finish gave Blackburn a 2-1 win at Ewood Park.
Goals from former Chelsea man Carlton Cole and Mathew Etherington gave West Ham a win over their London rivals Fulham, the result soured by the recent independent inquiry going against them in the Carlos Tevez ownership case. That tribunal decision is expected to cost them 30m pounds.
West Brom beat the inconsistent Middlesborough 1-0, the baggies grabbing the winner through Olsson on 53 minutes.
And Tottenham continued their worst start to a season for 53 years when they went down 2-0 to Portsmouth. Jermaine Defoe scored his 14th goal in 20 appearances for Portsmouth since his move from Tottenham, with Peter Crouch mopping up late on.
The result left the White Hart Lane club bottom of the table, compounded by an inept performance which couldn´t produce a goal against a team that has shipped 10 in their last 2 matches.
How they must miss the free scoring days of Berbatov and Keane, and of course, Defoe.