Sunday, November 05, 2006

Fireworks in London as Wenger loses the plot...

Wenger in fighting mood after
his side goes a goal hehind.

5 November 1605 was the day that Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators planned to action their 'Gunpowder' plot that would have seen the houses of Parliament blown to kingdom come. Roll the clock forward 401 years on to the day and Saddam Hussein got sentenced to death by hanging as did Guy Fawkes. Events in the capital were nearly as dramatic, as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lost the plot too and nearly started a fight with Alan Pardew because the West Ham manager joyfully celebrated what turned out to be his sides winning goal in the first London derby of the day at Upton Park where it finished 1-0. Marlon Harewood got the goal late on in the game after superb link up between Sheringham and Etherington on the left. After coming on as a second half substitute Sheringham, 40, gave something of a master class, he barely wasted a touch and made the difference between the two sides.

The fireworks didn't end there. At White Hart Lane, Chelsea needed to win to stay level at the top of the table with United. Spurs hadn't beat Chelsea in the league for 16 years, so a win was well overdue, but it was Chelsea who drew first blood through the most unlikely of scorers as Makelele gave the visitors a first half lead after Spurs failed to clear their lines. Makelele scored with a well taken half volley into the bottom corner of the net giving Robinson no chance. The home side hit back before half time through Dawson who scored from a free-kick with a well taken glancing header.

The second half was equally as eventful as the first, as Spurs took the lead after Keane skipped passed hapless Chelsea substitute Boulahrouz, Keane's ball found its way to Arron Lennon who made no mistake. But the drama didn't end there as John Terry was given his second yellow card of the day for what looked like a push, the Chelsea skipper looked as though he said something to either the referee or to a Spurs defender, what followed wasn't in doubt - the red card.

Chelsea weren't done though and Robben hit the post late on with a superb curling left effort that shaved the post. It was end to end stuff, but Spurs held on much to the relief of their supporters and of course Sir Alex Ferguson who had the pleasure of seeing all the top sides lose this weekend apart from Liverpool. Man City lost to the bottom of the league too, so it really has been a good weekend for the reds.

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