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Everton 1-1 Middlesbrough

Nov 17, 2008

Yakubu marked his return from injury with his first goal in 10 matches as Everton drew with Middlesbrough.

Just eight minutes were on the clock when Gary O’Neil fired Boro’s opener, slipping in unmarked at the near post.

But it was Everton who dominated in terms of chances, with Joleon Lescott hitting a post and Louis Saha and Tim Cahill wasteful in front of goal.

It was left to Yakubu to level from Mikel Arteta’s free-kick, extending both sides’ unbeaten run to five games.
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Man City 1-2 Tottenham

Nov 9, 2008

Darren Bent scored two as 10-man Tottenham continued their good recent run against nine-man Man City.

Robinho fired the opener for the home side in the 15th minute before Gelson Fernandes was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Bent ran clear and slotted home to equalise for Spurs and then side-footed home his second on the hour.

City’s Richard Dunne was shown a straight red and Spurs’ Benoit Assou-Ekotto was dismissed late on.
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Fulham 2-1 Newcastle

Nov 9, 2008

Danny Murphy’s 100th club career goal earned Fulham a welcome win as Newcastle’s recent renaissance under Joe Kinnear ended at Craven Cottage.

Andy Johnson rewarded the hosts’ bright start when he lashed home from 16 yards following Claudio Cacapa’s error.

But the Magpies rallied and, after Damien Duff had hit a post, Shola Ameobi fired them level from six yards.

However, Fabricio Coloccini’s foul on Johnson gave Murphy the chance to win it from the spot, and he duly obliged.
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Blackburn 0-2 Chelsea

Nov 9, 2008

Nicolas Anelka scored twice to continue his fine start to the season as Chelsea marched back to the top of the Premier League with a win at a wet Ewood Park.

In a one-sided first half, only keeper Paul Robinson kept Rovers in it, saving well from Anelka and Jon Obi Mikel.

However, he could do little when Anelka deflected in Jose Bosingwa’s drive.

Rovers rallied in the second half, Petr Cech saving from Jason Roberts having earlier denied Carlos Villanueva, but Anelka clipped in a second to seal it.
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Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd

Nov 9, 2008

Samir Nasri struck twice as Arsenal beat Manchester United and delivered an emphatic confirmation of manager Arsene Wenger’s belief that they are still serious Premier League contenders.

Nasri’s deflected shot opened the scoring in the 22nd minute and he doubled their advantage three minutes after the interval with a powerful finish from Cesc Fabregas’s precise pass.

Substitute Rafael volleyed United back into contention with a minute of normal time left – but Arsenal survived six extra minutes and an outbreak of mass anxiety at the Emirates to clinch the three points.

It was a victory they merited, with United creating and wasting chances but never carrying the same sense of self-belief as Arsenal in a highly charged atmosphere.

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