Manchester City can complain about the time keeping all they want, but in the end they couldn't clamp down on Michael Owen in the game's dying seconds.
The Manchester derby was one of the more riveting meetings in recent memories. City was off to a flying start, and hoped to back up their win over Arsenal with a shock upset over their fierce rivals. For the defending champions, it was all about proving that they were still title contenders in spite of a sputtering start to the season.
Seven goals and six minutes of second half injury time later and the Red Devils walk away winners. Was it deserved? Maybe. But did they make plays when it counted? Certainly. Credit to an old battler like Ryan Giggs, who despite numerous miles on his legs continues to prove his worth to Sir Alex.
Shay Given was the story for City, who could have been lit up for six or seven if not for the Irishman's stunning goalmouth heroics. Dimitar Berbatov surely will see him in his nightmares for the next week, as he was held scoreless by Given's acrobatic saves. Buying Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott has yet to provide a stable defense, but City will knock in enough goals to remain dangerous.
City's may not contend for the title in May, but they have at least shown that they are a force to contend with. Depending on how their patchy defense holds together will determine how they finish. United, on the other hand, have had an up and down start, and surely craves the return of Edwin Van der Sar.
Chelsea 3, Tottenham 0
That's two in a row dropped by Spurs – but more importantly, Chelsea is on fire. The Blues have yet to lose this season, and their comprehensive victory, six from six matches, is a warning shot fired at the rest of the league. Spurs could barely muster anything dangerous against John Terry and Chelsea's defense. The only chink in the Chelsea armor is their reliance on Didier Droga, who will miss a month next year for the African Cup of Nations, and a few weeks with the injury he picked up against Spurs.
Bolton 1, Stoke City 1
High drama at the Reebok as Bolton needed a late equalizer from the spot to snatch two points away from Stoke. The visitors enjoyed the better of the play, but couldn't muster more than a Dave Kitson goal in the 52nd minute. While the action was lethargic at times, Tony Pulis seemed poised to continue the club's strong start. Matt Taylor's penalty ensured that was not the case, but if the trend continues Stoke is a mid-table team to watch out for.
Aston Villa 2, Portsmouth 0
Just as Chelsea sits on the top with six from six, Portsmouth has enjoyed a similar start, though in a much worse fashion. James Milner and Gabriel Agbanlahor both scored as Villa won their fourth game out of five tries — not bad after their opening day loss to Wigan. As for Paul Hart, the Championship is their next stop unless a miracle worker arrives.
Burnley 3, Sunderland 1
Turf Moor is quickly becoming a solid fortress for newly promoted Burnley. Two goals from David Nugent — scorer of three goals in two years at Portsmouth — have Owen Coyle's side in the right starting spot at early on in the season.
Wolverhampton 2, Fulham 1
A piddling Fulham side limped into the Midlands and once again came away empty. It was the first home victory for Mick McCarthy, and something to build on. Goals from former Reading striker Kevin Doyle and David Edwards were enough to score victory. Fulham's defense looked out to see on several occasions and are certainly going to be stretched in the Europa League.
Everton 3, Blackburn 0
The Everton ship has been steadied — at least for now — and the 6-1 romp by Arsenal has certainly disappeared from the minds of the supporters. David Moyes's side engineered perhaps their best performance of the season, comprehensively defeating Rovers behind a Louis Saha brace. They remain a work in progress, but should be a safe bet to remain in the top 10 after a scary start.
Liverpool 3, West Ham 2
It's difficult to imagine Rafa Benitez remaining employed without the seemingly weekly heroics of either Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard picking up Liverpool. Defensive mistakes are too prevalent for the Reds and will certainly prove costly. Silverware is not out of the question as long as Torres and Gerrard are healthy — though that's a strong point of contention.
Arsenal 4, Wigan 0
After back-to-back league defeats, the Gunners were out for vengeance and Wigan proved to be the perfect victim for Arsene Wenger's young club. Central defender Thomas Vermaelen — Arsenal's lone acquisition of the transfer window — scored twice and cemented the clean sheet. It was a typical trap game for Arsenal, as a lower side coming in to bunker at the Emirates. As is typical with the club, they wasted numerous early opportunities before burying the game later in the second half. Important to remember that these are the games Arsenal must win if they aspire to win a trophy.
Birmingham 1, Hull City 0
Four points from 18 for Hull City is a far cry from their flying start in 2008. It was another dismal result despite the goalkeeping play of Boaz Myhill keeping Birmingham's weak attack at bay. Not sure what was worse however, as Hull was eventually undone on a set piece. Gary O'Connor headed in a late winner to seal Hull's fate as whispers of Phil Brown's future echo around the KC.
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