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West Brom 2-2 Blackburn

Nov 2, 2008

West Brom and Blackburn shared the spoils in an intense and entertaining battle with Keith Andrews spoiling the home party with a last-gasp equaliser.

Blackburn took the lead with a Benni McCarthy penalty, but the South African was then sent off for a second booking.

West Brom hit back brilliantly in the second half with a Roman Bednar strike.

Jonathan Greening then threaded the ball to Ishmael Miller who spun and blasted in a goal that should have been good enough to win the game.

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Stoke 2-1 Arsenal

Nov 2, 2008

Ricardo Fuller and Seyi Olofinjana both scored after long throw-ins by Rory Delap as Arsenal capitulated and also had Robin van Persie sent off.

Delap sent a throw to the far post and Fuller glanced in for the opener.

Delap, himself, then looped in a header that Gael Clichy cleared off the line before Olofinjana chested in Stoke’s second from another Delap throw-in.

Van Persie saw red for shoving Thomas Sorensen before Clichy pulled a goal back with a deflected shot.

The defeat is another serious blow to Arsenal’s title aspirations, while Stoke will be delighted with three points that take them a little further away from the drop zone.

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Portsmouth 1-2 Wigan

Nov 2, 2008

Emile Heskey’s injury-time winner for Wigan left Tony Adams looking for his first point as Portsmouth boss.

Heskey’s 100th Premier League goal from Lee Cattermole’s pass settled an incredible game where Pompey hit the woodwork no less than five times.

Amr Zaki fired the Latics ahead from the penalty spot after Papa Bouba Diop fouled Titus Bramble.

Wigan’s goal lived a charmed life before substitute Niko Kranjcar looked to have saved a point for Pompey.

Portsmouth had some early defending to do when Nadir Belhadj fouled Luis Antonio Valencia and after the home defence failed to deal with the initial free-kick Lee Cattermole’s cross found Zaki whose header looped inches wide with David James floundering.

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Middlesbrough 1-1 West Ham

Nov 2, 2008

Ross Turnbull’s late double save from Lee Bowyer and Jack Collison earned Middlesbrough a highly entertaining draw with West Ham.

Hayden Mullins’s volley rattled in off the bar after 21 minutes in a first half dominated by the visitors.

Boro raised their game after the break and Justin Hoyte had a diving header ruled out for offside before Mido levelled with a low free-kick.

West Ham almost claimed the win late on but were denied by Turnbull’s heroics.
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Man Utd 4-3 Hull

Nov 2, 2008

Manchester United survived a late rally by Hull to move up to third place in the Premier League.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a low strike before Daniel Cousin headed Hull level at the near post.

Michael Carrick struck from 20 yards, Ronaldo headed in a corner and Nemanja Vidic volleyed home as United led 4-1.

But Bernard Mendy lobbed Edwin van der Sar, and when Mendy was fouled by Rio Ferdinand, Geovanni converted the penalty to set up a grandstand finish.

Hull started the match two points ahead of their opponents and defending an unbeaten away record in the Premier League but Phil Brown’s team were outclassed by their illustrious and expensively assembled opponents for most of the game.
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