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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 September 2006, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Premiership clockwatch
Arsenal 3-0 Sheffield Utd
Aston Villa 2-0 Charlton
Fulham 0-2 Chelsea
Liverpool 3-0 Tottenham
Man City 2-0 West Ham
Middlesbrough 0-1 Blackburn
Wigan 1-1 Watford

Later kick-off:
Reading v Man United (1715 BST)


By Charlie Henderson

1654: FULL-TIME Arsenal 3-0 Sheffield United
A first Premiership win for Arsenal at the Emirates and the Gunners continue their climb up the table after the win at Manchester United last week. The Blades remain rooted to the foot of the table.

1652: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 2-0 Charlton
There may not be many happy Americans at the K Club, but there is one at Villa Park where Randy Lerner's new acquisition go fourth. Worrying times for Charlton who drop a place behind Watford to 19th.

1652: FULL-TIME Fulham 0-2 Chelsea
How vital was that Papa Bouba Diop miss? Chelsea won't care. The victory over their local rivals means they go top of the Premiership for the first time this season - although they could be leapfrogged by Manchester United later today.

FULL-TIME Manchester City 2-0 West Ham
City may be struggling on the road but the win maintains their unbeaten home record and the three points will see them rocket five places up the table and leapfrog the Hammers.

1651: FULL-TIME Wigan 1-1 Watford
Wigan are still waiting for a third home win of the year and the point means Watford look like moving up to 18th.

1651: FULL-TIME Middlesbrough 0-1 Blackburn
There were boos at half-time and there are even more at the final whistle. Boro drop two places to 16th but Rovers are on the rise with a first away win of the season.

1647: Ashley Cole is absolutely clobbered by Fulham's Michael Brown. A quite disgraceful late tackle, which catches the left-back's ankle, and he is lucky to escape without a booking.

1646: Are Blackburn looking good for the points at the Riverside? The Boro fans streaming for the exit think so.

1644: Watford are running out of time to cap their second-half fightback with a first Premiership win on the road since August 1999. That victory at Liverpool is their only Premiership away win to date.

1642: GOAL Arsenal 3-0 Sheffield United
A Thierry Henry goal is not exactly unusual, but a headed one is. The Frenchman's fine finish from Emmanuel Eboue's inviting cross means he has now scored against every Premiership team he has played against.

1638: GOAL Fulham 0-2 Chelsea
Chelsea wrap up the points at Fulham with a second goal from Frank Lampard. Didier Drogba's lay-off on the edge of the D is rifled beyond Antti Niemi with pinpoint precision and that makes it six in six against Fulham for the England international.

1636: A chance for Sheffield United to pull one back but Rob Hulse is just unable to get on the end of a cross from Colin Kazim-Richards having got ahead of Kolo Toure and Johan Djourou.

1631: GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Sheffield United
Arsenal double their advantage and it is an own goal. Phil Jagielka attempts to clear Thierry Henry's cross from the left but only conspires to glance it into his own net off his right knee.

1630: GOAL Fulham 0-1 Chelsea
The Blues break the deadlock with a goal from Frank Lampard. He hammers a penalty into the roof of the net after Liam Rosenoir had handled the ball in the area as he challenged Salomon Kalou.

1626: For the teams two down it is time for a change. Charlton bring on Marcus Bent and Darren Ambrose, while West Ham boost their attack with Carlos Tevez and Carlton Cole coming on.

1625: GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Sheffield United
A first goal in any match for Arsenal at the Emirates and a first goal for the club for William Gallas. Thierry Henry clips a pass into the box and Cesc Fabregas nudges a volley into the path of the Frenchman who hammers home.

1623: Chelsea come close with a trio of chances in a matter of seconds. Salomon Kalou's shot is blocked by Ian Pearce, Andriy Shevchenko's follow-up is parried by Antti Niemi and Didier Drogba hammers the loose ball into the ground, where it bounces up, hits the angle of post and bar and goes over.

1622: GOAL Manchester City 2-0 West Ham
There are goals flying in left, right and centre. Georgios Samaras beats the offside trap to dink the ball over Roy Carroll after he was played in by fellow striker Bernardo Corradi. It is the second of the day for the Greek international.

1621: GOAL Wigan 1-1 Watford
Hamer Bouazza levels things up for Watford with a wonderfully worked free-kick from 25-yards out. There go Wigan's hopes of keeping a rare clean sheet.

1620: GOAL Aston Villa 2-0 Charlton
That American is now two up. Juan Pablo Angel plays a wonderfully weighted diagonal ball through for Luke Moore who slots home.

1619: Papa Bouba Diop should have put Fulham in front. The tall Sengalese midfielder climbs high to get on the end of Franck Queudrue's free-kick from the right but glances his header wide of the Chelsea goal.

1616: Randy Lerner's looking happy with life at Villa Park. An American one up? There hasn't been too much of that so far today.

1613: Michael Brown thinks he should have a penalty after a 50/50 challenge with Chelsea keeper Petr Cech, but the decision goes against the Fulham man. The action at the Cottage has really picked up.

1612: Marlon King comes close to making it all square for Watford against Wigan but sees his shot tipped on to the post by Chris Kirkland. The Latics have kept only one clean sheet in their last 12 league matches. Can they make it two?

1610: GOAL Manchester City 1-0 West Ham
A quite superb run from Ishmael Miller down the left ends when his shot is half-blocked and bounces up for Georgios Samaras who lashes in on the volley.

1607: Never mind a domestic win, the Gunners have yet to score first in any game at their new stadium. Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock, celebrating his 1,000th match in charge, will hope the status quo remains.

1606: The action at the Emirates, where Arsenal are looking for a first Premiership win, is the last to resume.

1603: Referee Mike Halsey gets things going again at Craven Cottage. The referees are wearing black armbands today in tribute to refereeing coach Peter Foakes who died earlier in the week.

1600: A half-time pie and the sight of Middlesbrough substitute Mark Viduka running out for the second half seems to have calmed the locals at the Riverside. Lee Cattermole is also coming on with Gaizka Mendieta and James Morrison making way.

The whistle at the Riverside is met by a chorus of jeers by the home fans, and there is discontent at Fulham as well where Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has a few words with referee Mike Halsey.

1547: Micah Richards charges into the West Ham box, but instead of rounding off the run with a rousing shot he squares it to Bernado Corradi who sees his effort defelcted wide off Paul Konchesky.

1544: Comedy keeping from Hammers stopper Roy Carroll. He goes down in stages and makes a hash of a cross-cum-shot from Georgios Samaras, but there are no Manchester City players around to make him pay.

1541: Chelsea's new-look back four seem somewhat disjointed but Fulham, with only Collins John in attack, have yet to seriously and consistently test them. The corresponding fixture last season is the only occasion Jose Mourinho's Blues have lost a league match to London opposition.

1537: Charlton have lost their last six away games and have not won on the road in 16 matches. That is the worst record in the Premiership and it looks as if it is going to get worse.

1536: GOAL Aston Villa 1-0 Charlton
Martin O'Neill is dancing that jig of delight as Gabriel Agbonlahor volleys home for Villa. The 19-year-old comes steaming in at the back post to convert Gareth Barry's cross from the right with aplomb.

1534: The widely held belief is that Arsenal can't "mix it" with some of the league's more abrasive teams and Sheffield United are certainly mixing it as Cesc Fabregas receives treatment for a thick lip.

1529: GOAL Wigan 1-0 Watford
Like buses, you wait a while and then there are two. Referee Rob Styles has a brief conflab with his linesman before deciding Henri Camara has scored a legitimate goal despite a hint of offside. A long ball forward caused confusion in the Watford ranks and it is deemed the final touch before the Wigan striker pounced was off a Hornets head.

1527: GOAL Middlesbrough 0-1 Blackburn
Finally a goal. Shabani Nonda, in his first start for Rovers, profits from a quick free-kick and climbs well to head in David Bentley's cross from the right.

1526 Arjen Robben goes close to his first goal since February, spearing a shot in on goal which cannons off the Fulham crossbar.

1521: An early change for West Ham with Anton Ferdinand going off and Haydn Mullins coming on. Rio's younger brother hobbles to the touchline.

1520: Where are the goals? Wigan striker Emile Heskey gets a sniff of a chance but is flagged for offside. Not surprising really as Watford have taken a leaf out of George Graham's Arsenal tactic book when it comes to offside. They have had 30 decisions go their way this season. Make that 31.

1518: New Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner looks as if he has arrived fresh from a Milk Tray advert as he tugs on his black polo-neck shirt at Villa Park.

1516: Sheffield United's Alan Wright is sporting a bandage the size of a helipad on his bald bonce after an earlier clash of heads.

1514: Some drama at Fulham for Sir Richard Attenborough to get his teeth into, but unfortunately it is not of a Blue hue for this Chelsea fan. Wayne Routledge curves a shot in on goal which Petr Cech palms away.

1512: Shabani Nonda and Benni McCarthy go close for Rovers at the Riverside.

1510: Former Chelsea goal-getter Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink goes close for Charlton. Villa keeper Thomas Sorensen does well to palm the Dutchman's close-range shot into the side netting after an Olof Mellberg slip.

1509: Frank Lampard, who has scored in four of his last five appearances against Fulham, gets an early sight of goal but his free-kick is narrowly wide.

1506: Back up to speed this end and William Gallas is motoring at the Emirates. Wearing Dennis Bergkamp's old number 10 shirt he is not shy about getting into forward positions, but after exchanging passes with Tomas Rosicky shoots wide.

1500: The six matches kick off and the computer turns itself off.

1458: Players emerge around the grounds and at Villa Park the new boss Randy Lerner is in attendance. In the VIP seats is the old supremo Doug Ellis and BBC chairman and Addicks director Michael Grade. His combo of Charlton baseball cap and smart suit is not something that can be recommended.

1457: A troupe of dancing girls, pom-poms and all, skip out at the JJB Stadium ahead of the Wigan and Watford players who have been enjoying dressing rooms that are the "envy of the sporting world" - according to the Latics website.

1454: As well as Villa-Charlton, goals could be at a premium at Manchester City. Only six goals have been scored in the past five league games between City and today's visitors West Ham.

1452: A giant Boro shirt is being peeled off the centre circle at the Riverside and a word of warning for the 11 in regular-sized red shirts today. A player from the home side has been sent off in three of the last four meetings between Middlesbrough and Blackburn.

1450: 'Smile' by Fulham fan Lily Allen is blaring out over the PA system at Craven Cottage. But there are no smiles for Chelsea skipper John Terry who is out with a back problem. Frank Lampard takes the captain's armband.

1447: Charlton boss Iain Dowie is joining in the warm-up with his players at Villa Park in a match that has 0-0 written all over it. The Addicks have failed to score in their last three games against Villa, who have failed to score in three of their last four games with the Addicks.

1445: The Gunners have won all four matches this season when their talismanic skipper (is there a copyright on that?) has not played. They have yet to win when Thierry Henry has started.

1444: There is a welcome sight at the Emirates for Arsenal fans with Thierry Henry coming out for the warm-up ahead of his playing return. But how welcome is it?

1442: While the Ryder Cup is played out under battleship grey clouds and sodden squalls in Ireland, the grounds up and down the country for the afternoon's Premiership matches are bathed by blue skies and sunshine.

1440: Liverpool run out deserved 3-0 winners at home to Tottenham and climb to fifth in the Premiership. The result means Spurs are yet to score away in the league and maintain their 100% losing record on the road.


Arsenal welcome back skipper Thierry Henry from injury and Alexander Hleb drops to the bench, while injury-hit Sheffield United give a debut to record signing Claude Davis.

Gavin McCann is fit for Aston Villa and Liam Ridgewell is preferred to Martin Laursen in the heart of the defence, while Luke Moore partners Juan Pablo Angel in attack. Charlton welcome back Hermann Hreidarsson to the defence and midfield duo Bryan Hughes and Matt Holland overcome groin and hip injuries respectively.

Jonathan Woodgate makes his home debut for Middlesbrough who also recall Gaizka Mendieta and Stuart Parnaby. Blackburn make one change, with Shabani Nonda replacing Francis Jeffers, who is ill.

Fulham duo Carlos Bocanegra and Papa Bouba Diop are both in the starting line-up after passing late fitness tests, but Brian McBride's ankle injury is still troubling him and he starts on the bench. Chelsea have a re-shaped defence with John Terry and Khalid Boulahrouz out and Geremi and Paulo Ferreira coming in - the latter at centre-back. Arjen Robben replaces the suspended Michael Ballack.

Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce hands 19-year-old Ishmael Miller his first Premiership start. West Ham manager Alan Pardew leaves Argentine superstar Carlos Tevez on the bench and defender Christian Dailly is brought into the starting line-up.

Wigan make one change from the side that drew 2-2 with Everton, with fit-again Henri Camara replacing Andreas Johansson up front. Watford manager Adrian Boothroyd recalls Jay DeMerit and Hamer Bouazza, relegating Lloyd Doyley and Darius Henderson to the bench.

Saturday's football photos
23 Sep 06 |  Football


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