ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE With Chelsea in the lead and Arsenal and Manchester United in a tie for the second spot, it's a matter of time before we know the winners. ANKIT JAIN

Liverpool finally got their first away win of the season courtesy Maxi Rodriguez's toe poke in the 86 {+t} {+h} minute. Liverpool looks to revive their form as they churn out results even with abject performances. Chelsea on the other hand though still look down the table with a comfortable five- point lead over their nearest rivals Arsenal and Manchester United. As the traditional big four registered wins, the lavish lads from Manchester City failed to contrive anything out of theMolineux. They returned home empty handed and are slip further away from league leaders Chelsea.

Setbacks and wins

West Ham United crumbled in the dying minutes of the game when Arsenal's relentless pursuit for a winner came through a Clichy cross and Song to seal three points. Robert Green, who kept the Hammers in with a handful of stunning saves couldn't save Song's last gasp winner. The derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa remained goalless as both the sides nullified each other.

Spurs with the ‘blistering Bale' in their starting 11 looked to threaten the hosts Manchester United, but little did they know that Rafael had other plans. Rafael da Silva kept Bale at bay for almost the entire game. Nani whipped in a decent cross on the half hour mark and Vidic headed past Gomez to put Manchester United in front. The only threat Spurs carried was in the form of Van Der Vaart who pounced on to every opportunity but received little support from his team mates. In the 84th minute, ref Mark Clattenburg clattered it by awarding a bizarre goal to Manchester United. Spurs protested the legitimacy of the goal but to their disbelief Clattenburg just waived away the protests, and once again made the run the headlines for wrong reasons as he did a couple of weeks back for inconsistent refereeing.

Newcastle United lambasted their arch rivals Sunderland 5-1 as Nolan's hat-trick and Shola Ameobi's double engulfed St James Park in absolute hysteria. Steve Bruce's side were trailing 3-0 at half time and before they could recuperate they were down to 10 men with Bramble sent off in the 53rd minute. The Magpies were at Dreamland and perhaps this day would remain etched in the memories of the Toon fans for a long long time. Sunderland fans though would just wish they had amnesia, as next week they prepare to take on a stern Stoke side.

Ankit is a III year B.Com. student at Loyola College.

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