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Monday, 28 September 2009

Weekend Roundup

Weekend Roundup: "English football is bursting at the seams with goals at the moment, and even the notoriously negative and defensive top flight is making a valuable contribution, with 33 goals scored in the Premier League this weekend.

Premier League

On Saturday, Birmingham City went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Bolton Wanderers, while Aston Villa went 1-0 up at Blackburn Rovers but lost 2-1 thanks to a late David Dunn penalty despite Rovers having a man sent off. Robin van Persie's goal was enough to secure an Arsenal win at Fulham. Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick and Ryan Babel got two late on as Liverpool thrashed Hull City 6-1. If I didn't know better I'd say Phil Brown's days in charge at the KC were numbered. Liverpool's neighbours also won, Everton picking up a 1-0 win at Fratton Park. Dimitar Berbatov and John O'Shea scored the goals as Manchester United won 2-0 at Stoke City. Robbie Keane went one better than Torres, scoring four of Tottenham Hotspur's five against Burnley. Jermaine Jenas got the other. The sending off of Petr Cech for bringing down Hugo Rodallega gave Wigan Athletic the chance to go 2-1 up against ten-man Chelsea. Rodallega scored the penalty and Paul Scharner added a third at the death to end England's only 100% record. In today's game, Sunderland were pegged back to 2-2 by Wolverhampton Wanderers but ran out 5-2 winners. Kenywne Jones scored one of two Sunderland penalties before adding another. Michael Mancienne and John Mensah exchanged own goals.


Newcastle United lead the second division, overtaking West Bromwich Albion with a 4-0 win on an emotional evening at Ipswich Town, Kevin Nolan grabbing a hat-trick. Albion lost at home to Crystal Palace, and Preston North End move into third with a win at Leicester City. Middlesbrough dropped points again, drawing 2-2 with Coventry City thanks to a 95th minute goal for the Sky Blues. Plymouth Argyle are bottom of the pile with two points, losing again at home to Nottingham Forest. Ipswich are 23rd, while 22nd placed Barnsley were thumped 5-2 by Queens Park Rangers. Reading drew at home with Watford, and catch Peterborough who were beaten by two early Blackpool goals. Derby County beat Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday beat ten-man Cardiff City, and nine-man Swansea City held on to beat Sheffield United. Scunthorpe United drew with Doncaster Rovers who also had two sent off.

League One

Leeds United stay in control of League One, beating ten-man MK Dons with a stoppage time winner. Charlton Athletic did enough to see off Exeter City and stay second. Bristol Rovers drew at home with Brighton & Hove Albion, also - and these are starting to rack up - down to ten men. A stoppage time equaliser against Carlisle United drags Southampton to minus one. Tranmere Rovers also gained a point, drawing at home to Colchester United. Third-from-bottom Wycombe Wanderers also drew, picking up their sixth point at Swindon Town and leaving them three points behind a clutch of clubs on nine. There were wins for Hartlepool Town against Walsall, Leyton Orient against Millwall, Oldham Athletic against Southend United and Yeovil Town and Brentford. Gillingham drew with Norwich City, and Huddersfield Town with Stockport County.

League Two

AFC Bournemouth are four points clear at the top of the bottom division, picking up yet another victory against Burton Albion. Dagenham & Redbridge and Rotherham are behind them on 20 points, after drawing with Morecambe and beating Barnet respectively. Last-placed Darlington drew at Grimsby Town with ten men before sacking their manager. Torquay United are four points ahead despite losing at Macclesfield Town, and Northampton Town and Hereford United are five points off the bottom. The Cobblers were beaten at Shrewsbury and Hereford thrashed at Rochdale. Aldershot beat Cheltenham Town, Bradford City defeated Chesterfield, Bury beat Lincoln City and Notts County won 3-1 against Port Vale, whose manager Micky Adams has placed the entire squad on the transfer list.


Oxford United continue to run away with the Blue Square Premier with a win at Gateshead. Kettering are eight behind after thumping Ebbsfleet United, and sit one point ahead of Stevenage, who drew with Altrincham, and Mansfield Town, who beat Hayes & Yeading. Chester City's point at Wrexham gives them -14, while Grays Athletic join Hayes on seven after losing at Forest Green Rovers. Luton Town won an epic 4-3 match at Cambridge United. In the Blue Square North, three teams are at the top with 21 points. Droylsden have been pegged back after drawing with Corby, and Southport after losing to Farsley Celtic who remain bottom but now have three points. Eastwood Town are third, drawing with AFC Telford. Vauxhall Motors are second-from-bottom with nine points, beaten on Saturday by fellow strugglers Solihull Moors. In the South, Dover lead after beating Bath City. Newport County are just a point behind after victory at Woking. Thurrock are third, winning at third-from-bottom Worcester City. Below them, Weymouth are rock bottom after losing to St Albans and Lewes are level on six points with the Dorset club having been beaten by Maidenhead United.

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