Spurs Stun Liverpool With Late Winner! EPL Roundup.By: Rob | November 1st, 2008
At the start of the day, Spurs were bottom and Liverpool top, but Liverpool have been leapfrogged by Chelsea – who picked up a 5-0 win today – and Spurs, so hapless under Juande Ramos find themselves off the foot of the table, and climbing – thought both Bolton and Newcastle are still to play this weekend.
Also, we don’t like to say We Told You So at the Offside, but Daryl was mocked in his comments for suggesting a Spurs win, which both myself and Wayne thought was a really good shout, so er, We Told You So.
Liverpool had looked much the better side in the first half, but after a fine Dirk Kuyt strike gave them a 1-0 lead, both sides looked comfortable and the game didn’t go anywhere. Liverpool had chances to sew the game up before the break, but squandered them.
After half time, Spurs still looked slightly lacklustre, but a 70th minute own goal from Jamie Carragher – where he headed past his own keeper – gave Spurs a bit of belief an they spent the last 20 minutes piling on the pressure. Wild shots from range from Gerrard and Alonso showed Liverpool’s frustration. Spurs persistance was rewarded with a 90th minute winner.
Chelsea lead the league, but their 5-0 win over Sunderland was not without controversy as Nicky Anelka grabbed a hat-trick and Roy Keane was sent to the stands after pointing out that two of Anelka’s goals were from offside positions, and the other was a dastardly bit of sportsmanship where he stole the ball from one of his own players to stick it in.
Drama too on Teeside, where West Ham lead 1-0 after being much the better team for most of the game, was followed by a late Boro equaliser from Mido. Lee Bowyer should have won the match for the Hammers but for a wonderful save, and Boro had a late goal ruled out for Offside.
There was also a late goal for 10 man Blackburn Rovers, who came from 2-1 down to get an 89th minute equaliser. Benni McCarthy had opened the scores with a penalty but was sent off later in the game for two yellow card offences. Bednar and Miller had appeared to have won the game for West Brom but for that late goal.
Arsenal’s problems get worse, after throwing away a win against Spurs in midweek they lost to Stoke today, a Rory Delap throw leading to a Ricardo Fuller header to open the scores, Olofinjana put the game beyond Arsenal. To add to Arsenal’s injury problems, Robin van Persie was sent off, meaning a suspension. Theo Wallcott was carried off with a shoulder injury.
Despite Portsmouth hitting the woodwork no less than four times, Wigan pinched a win from under their noses, with Emile Heskey grabbing the winner. Back in the old days debates used to rage about who England’s best Centre Half was – Tony Adams or Steve Bruce? Adams got all the caps (and to captain his country), but today its Brucey who’s got the smile on his face.
When Ronaldo opened the scoring against Hull in the third minute, it seemed like a hammering was on the cards, but the game twisted and turned. Hull got one back, before United went 4-1 up, but then Hull started to fight back, but couldn’t do any better than a spirited 4-3 loss. Still, its that never-say-die attitude that has got them where they are.
Finally, in a day filled with late goals, Louis Saha picked up his first goal for Everton in a dismal game against Fulham. Everton do seem to have turned a corner since that draw against Man United though.
PHOTO / Adrian Dennis