Game On – by Tim Magnus

The game of the day came at the Madjeski Stadium, where a goal flooded first half gave Manchester United a 4-3 victory over Reading.

All seven goals came in an action packed first half, which equalled the record of the most goals scored in any half in the Premier League. The first came courtesy of Han Robson-Kanu’s well taken volley but was cancelled out shortly afterwards when Anderson struck a thunderous shot past Adam Federici.

Wayne Rooney scored next to give United their first lead of the game but Reading responded with two goals, one each for Adam Le Fondre and Ravel Morrison. Rooney then grabbed his second, this time from the penalty spot after a needless foul from Jay Tabb gave Rooney the chance to equalise.

Robin Van Persie got the final goal of the game before the break in a game that will go down as a Premier League classic.

The second half surprisingly remained goalless but United didn’t mind and now hold a three point lead at the top of the table.

Rafael Benetiz suffered his first loss as Chelsea manager with a 3-1 loss to West Ham at Upton Park.

Despite dominating the first half, in which Juan Mata scored Chelsea’s only goal of the game, the European Champions couldn’t stop West Ham running riot in the second to heap more pressure onto the unpopular Benitez. Goals from Carlton Cole, Diame and Modibo Maíga gave West Ham three points that never looked likely after a first half performance which had left Upton Park very quiet.

However, the second was a total contrast with the Hammer’s being the better team and the stadium’s atmosphere electric. The win moves West Ham to eighth whilst Chelsea are now ten points off the pace at the top.

A late brace from Michu gave Swansea a shock 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Michu has now moved to ten goals this season and his goals today were top class finishes under pressure.

The win sees Swansea leapfrog Arsenal in the table whilst Arsene Wenger is facing a tough spell as the Gunner’s manager with yet another heartless performance from his team, which was greeted by a loud chorus of boos at the final whistle.

Andre Villas Boas has definitely found his feet as Tottenham manager with yet another impressive win, this time a 3-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The first goal came courtesy of a goalkeeping mistake as Mark Schwarzer failed to keep out Sandro’s long range effort.

The next two goals were scored by the in-form Jermain Defoe, who took advantage of poor Fulham defending, in particular from the struggling Philippe Senderos. The win moves Spurs into fourth, level on points with Chelsea and ten points behind the leaders.

Champions Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium by David Moyes’ gutsy Everton side.

The prolific Marouanne Fellaini put Everton ahead in the first half after a lovely cross from Leighton Baines. However, Manchester City got their equaliser before half time as a result of a penalty won by Edin Dzeko after being fouled by Fellaini.

Carlos Tevez stepped up and kept a calm head to earn a point for the undefeated Champions.

QPR are still without a win after a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Loftus Road. With both sides at the wrong end of the table, both managers saw this game as a possible three points for their sides.

Paul Lambert was even more confident of going back to Villa Park with the win when Brett Holman put his side ahead after just eight minutes. Harry Redknapp’s team were also determined not to let a relegation rival steal three points from them and quickly responded to Villa’s goal with a goal of their own from Jamie Mackie.

That’s how the game finished so despite the arrival of Redknapp, QPR still haven’t won a game this season and are still rooted to the bottom of the table.

West Brom slipped out of the Champions League places after going down 1-0 to Stoke at the Hawthorns. Dean Whitehead scored the only goal of the game late on to move Tony Pulis’ men up to ninth and only four points from fourth spot.

Despite West Brom’s astonishingly positive start to the season they have now lost their last two games and are maybe showing signs of their early season form catching up with them.

Liverpool returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Southampton at Anfield. They have now only lost one game in their last ten showing that Brendan Rodger’s rebuilding project is well and truly underway.

It was Daniel Agger who scored the only goal in this game with a precision header proving enough to see off Southampton and keep them in the bottom three, one point from safety.

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