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Everton 1-0 Fulham

Nov 2, 2008

Louis Saha’s late winner against his former club Fulham gave Everton their first home Premier League win of the season after 87 minutes of frustration.

Marouane Fellaini did hit the post for the Toffees in the 27th minute but the home side struggled for any creativity.

Fulham should have scored in the second half but Zoltan Gera crashed his close-range header against the bar.

But substitute Saha soared high to head in his first goal for the club from Leon Osman’s dangerous cross.
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Chelsea 5-0 Sunderland

Nov 2, 2008

Nicolas Anelka hit a hat-trick as Chelsea demolished Sunderland and moved above Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.

Alex began the rout, tapping in when Marton Fulop allowed Joe Cole’s shot to squirm free, and it was quickly 2-0 when Anelka met Frank Lampard’s cross.

Florent Malouda unselfishly set up Anelka to add a third goal and Lampard headed in Cole’s cross to make it four.

Anelka fired home from Malouda’s cross to complete the scoring inside an hour.

Stamford Bridge may no longer be seen as an unbreachable fortress after Liverpool’s victory there last weekend but, for Chelsea, this was the perfect riposte to seeing their 86-match unbeaten run ended in their last outing on home soil.
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Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham

Nov 1, 2008

Aaron Lennon’s injury-time equaliser capped a stunning fightback from Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham against Arsenal.

David Bentley’s brilliant early strike put Spurs ahead, but Mikael Silvestre headed Arsenal level before half-time.

William Gallas put Arsenal in front seconds after the re-start and Emmanuel Adebayor bundled home their third.

Darren Bent pulled one back before Robin van Persie added Arsenal’s fourth – but Jermaine Jenas’s 89th-minute goal and Lennon’s tap-in earned a point.

Bentley’s audacious opener gave Redknapp the perfect start to his first official game in charge, but that early optimism soon disappeared as Arsenal took total control of the north London derby.

But once again Arsenal were guilty of their familiar crime of over-elaboration and missing chances, leaving the door open for Spurs to rescue a point from a game that looked lost.
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Hull 0-3 Chelsea

Nov 1, 2008

Chelsea bounced back from their home defeat to Liverpool and ended Hull’s sequence of four straight wins with a deserved victory at the KC Stadium.

Frank Lampard’s brilliant early lob put Chelsea ahead but Daniel Cousin almost equalised with a low strike from 20 yards that hit the post.

Suicidal hesitation in the Hull defence allowed Nicolas Anelka to steal in and smash home Chelsea’s decisive second.

Florent Malouda then converted Ricardo Carvalho’s cross from six yards.

Hull had beaten the four previous London clubs they had met this season – Fulham, Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham – but they were brought back down to earth by Chelsea.
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Liverpool 1-0 Portsmouth

Nov 1, 2008

Steven Gerrard’s 76th-minute penalty kept Liverpool clear at the top of the table with victory over Portsmouth.

Gerrard scored after Papa Bouba Diop undid his side’s resolute performance by handling a corner in Pompey boss Tony Adams’s first game in charge.

Until then, Dirk Kuyt’s shot against the post was the closest Liverpool had come to a goal.

Yossi Benayoun was also denied for the home side after a last-ditch Sylvain Distin tackle before Gerrard’s winner.
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