Round Seven English Premier League Summary: 4/5th October

Tim AndersonCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2008

Round 7 English Premier League

Chelsea and Liverpool moved to the top two positions of the table as the Premier League moved into an international break. There were also wins for Manchester United and Portsmouth, Tottenham extended their worst season start for 96 years, and Arsenal scraped a last minute goal to avoid embarrassment against Sunderland after their surprise loss to Hull last weekend.

Chelsea’s expected challenging tie against an inform Aston Villa never materialized, and the Blues proving too strong at the attacking game that Villa has done so well with this season. Goals to Joe Cole and Nicholas Anelka were enough to undo the Villas defense.

Arsenal again played beautiful football to no end. Their roller coaster season struck another brick wall in Roy Keane’s Sunderland, who not only bravely held out the fearsome Gunners attackers, but also took the lead through a 86 minute goal to Grant Leadbitter only for the mercurial Cesc Fabregas to raise his head higher than the rest to equalize and rescue a point at the end of normal time.

Manchester slid past one of their bogey teams in the Premier League Blackburn winning 2-0 in dismal conditions, fit again Cristiano Ronaldo a constant threat yet again setting up the second goal for Wayne Rooney’s classy finish. Nemanja Vidic seemingly impeded the other goal coming from a Wes Brown header after the Blackburn keeper James Brown.

Liverpool staged an immense comeback against new money boys Manchester City, returning from 2-0 down at half time to record a dramatic 90th minute win when Dirk Kuyt bundled home the winner.

Earlier, goals to Stephen Ireland and Javier Garrido had put City in the driving seat before a second consecutive League brace to Fernando Torres had pulled Liverpool back into the match. City was not helped by a straight red card to Zabaleta for a poor double footed tackle on Alonso and an incredible miss by £32m pound signing Robinho from all of three yards.

Hull continued their incredible introduction to the Premier League with another win 1-0 over last placed Tottenham. Once again, Tottenham’s inability to put a goal in the net proving their downfall, Hull adding the scalp of the White Hart Lane club to their north London rivals Arsenal in a wild week of success for the new boys. They are now incredibly third on the ladder after seven rounds.

Newcastle showed they have some mettle and talent in the locker room, coming from 2-0 down against Everton away to salvage a point, some confidence and breathing space for new manager Roy Kinnear.

Goals to Harper and Duff, cancelling out first half efforts from Arteta and a first goal from £15m signing Fellaini.

Other games saw West Brom beat Fulham 1-0 and Middlesborough steal three points away from in-form Wigan 1-0 with a late winner to former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere.