posted on Sep, 11 2004 @ 12:37 PM
Fulham 0 Arsenal 3
Arsenal returned to the top of the Barclays Premiership today after a controversial 3-0 win at Fulham. Chris Coleman was livid with referee Mark
Halsey after he turned down a penalty claim from Andy Cole and then disallowed a Collins John goal just before the break.
The Gunners' record unbeaten league run was under threat until a flurry of goals in the second half. Thierry Henry set up Fredrik Ljungberg for the
opener after 62 minutes and the Sweden international pressurised on Zat Knight to put through his own goal three minutes later. Jose Reyes added a
third 19 minutes from time to wrap up the win and maintain his record of scoring in every league match this season.
Chelsea 0 Aston Villa 0
Chelsea had been in the top spot for a couple of hours a goalless draw at Aston Villa - their first dropped points of the season. Adrian Mutu, Eidur
Gudjohnsen and John Terry all came close to snatching the points for the visitors after Didier Drogba was denied what appeared to be a clear-cut
penalty after being challenged by Ulises de la Cruz. Villa's Darius Vassell had the best chance to win the game but shot wide with the goal at his
mercy 15 minutes from the full-time whistle.
Bolton 2 Manchester Utd 2
A dramatic finale at the Reebok saw Bolton and Manchester United draw 2-2. Gabriel Heinze made a goalscoring debut for United but Kevin Nolan
equalised early in the second half when he tucked in a rebound from a Jay-Jay Okocha shot. Les Ferdinand pounced on a Tim Howard blunder in the final
moments but United equalised through Alan Smith.
Liverpool 3 West Brom 0
Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 win against West Brom at Anfield. First-half goals from Steven Gerrard and Steve Finnan gave Rafael Benitez' side a
comfortable lead. Gary Megson responded by bringing on new signing Rob Earnshaw in the second half but Luis Garcia wrapped up the points on the hour
when he scored at the second attempt after a Russell Hoult save.
Manchester City 0 Everton 1
Tim Cahill opened the scoring for Everton against Manchester City but was sent off while celebrating his first goal for the club. The Australia
international had been booked in the first half and received his marching orders from Steve Bennett for over-celebrating the 60th-minute winner.
Under-fire keeper David James responded to his critics by keeping City in the game with a string of fine saves but he could not prevent his side's 1-0
Newcastle 3 Blackburn 0
Newcastle won their first game since the departure of Sir Bobby Robson with a comfortable 3-0 win against Blackburn. Garry Flitcroft deflected a
Laurent Robert corner into his own net to give the home side the lead after nine minutes. Alan Shearer scored against his old side seven minutes later
with a close-range header to double the lead. Andy O'Brien sealed the points with a deflected shot seven minutes from time.
Boro 2 Birmingham 1
Mark Viduka scored two goals as Middlesbrough beat Birmingham 2-1 at the Riverside. Blues boss Steve Bruce started with Mikael Forssell, Emile Heskey
and Dwight Yorke in attack but it was the Middlesbrough strikers who combined to inspire the win. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink raced through on goal and
set up Viduka to finish easily past Maik Taylor. Emile Heskey equalised just before the break but the former Leeds striker grabbed a second with a
deft header from Szilard Nemeth's flick.