Man Utd cruise past West Ham
The Saturday matches of the English Premier League saw Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal post comfortable wins while Tottenham suffered a shock defeat at Wigan. Chelsea lead the points table currently as they maintained their cent per cent record in this season.
In an early kick-off Chelsea started aggressively against Stoke City but Frank Lampard had his penalty saved in the 11th minute by Thomas Sorensen. Chelsea then scored in the 32nd minute through Florent Malouda to lead 1-0 at the end of first half. Didier Drogba scored the second goal from the spot kick to give Chelsea a 2-0 victory. In what was a stubborn display by Stoke City, Chelsea never fancied to run riot as they had managed in their earlier two games.
Manchester United on the other hand produced a clinical performance against the Hammers. Wayne Rooney scored his first goal since March from a penalty kick to give United the lead. Nani’s brilliant run gave United a 2-0 lead in the 50th minute and a Berbatov volley made it 3-0 in the 69th minute.
Arsenal won 2-1 at the Ewood park with goals from Walcott and Arshavin. Arshavin stroked the ball home in the 51st minute after a Cesc Fabregas effort was blocked in the box and the visitors went on to prove themselves full value for their 2-1 win. Theo Walcott scored the Gunners’ opener after cutting in from the right flank in the 19th minute before Mame Diouf equalised seven minutes later.
Tottenham suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic. The normal fast paced Tottenham game looked lethargic today and Wigan took full advantage to record a 1-0 win. Rodallega scored for Wigan in the 80th minute.
In other matches Blackpool and Fulham produced a high voltage 2-2 draw. Bobby Zamora produced an impressive display to give Fulham the lead.However, Fulham again let an own goal to give Blackpool the equaliser. Blackpool took the lead in the second half through Varney before Etuhu scored in the 87th minute to restore parity. Newcastle and Wolves managed a 1-1 draw in an ill tempered match which produced as many as 12 yellow cards between the two sides.