Early Saturday Action Across the Pond

DerbyshireJust one week after defeating Man United and just days after knocking off Marseille away in the Champions League, Liverpool failed to earn the full three points at Anfield Road against lowly Stoke City. The nil-nil draw against a club in the relegation zone has to be a let down for the top of the table Reds.

A Michael Chopra brace gave Sunderland a 2-0 victory over ‘Boro at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats now sit just one point outside the UEFA Cup spot on the table while Middlesbrough slide back to the middle of the pack.

The misery Tyneside continues as Newcastle fell at Upton Park, 3-1. David Di Michele scored two first half goals for West Ham and Matthew Etherington added the third goal in the second half. Michael Owen did pull one back for the visitors but could not keep Toon from falling into the relegation zone.

Substitute Matthew Derbyshire knocked in a goal in the 84th minute to give home-standing Blackburn a much-needed three points against Fulham.

After Kevin Davies opened the scoring at the Reebok for Bolton, Emmanuel Eboue and Nicklas Bendtner scored within one minute of each other (26th and 27th minutes) to put Arsenal in the lead. Denilson added insurance in the 87th minute to give the Gunners the top of the table, for the time being, on twelve points.

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