Premier League round-up
Published : 03 Oct 2009 15:28:06Rss feed
Manchester United snatched a late draw at home to Sunderland, Portsmouth claimed their first points of the season, Hull City eased the pressure on Phil Brown, Burnley continued their superb home form, while Bolton and Spurs shared four goals. An injury-time own goal from Anton Ferdinand denied Sunderland a deserved win at Old Trafford as champions Man Utd came back to draw 2-2. Darren Bent fired the visitors into an early lead, but United responded in the early stages of the second half through Dimitar Berbatov's acrobatic effort. Kenwyne Jones' header appeared set to give Sunderland the points until Ferdinand - after former United player Kieran Richardson had been needlessly sent off - deflected Patrice Evra's shot into his own net. Paul Hart saw his Portsmouth side claim their first victory of the season at the eighth time of asking as they snatched a priceless 1-0 success away to Wolves. Hassan Yebda scored the only goal of the game in the 19th minute when he escaped the attentions of the home defence to head home at the far post from Kevin-Prince Boateng's cross. Wolves had strong claims for a penalty waved away in the second half after Marc Wilson appeared to handle, while David James made a superb late save from Greg Halford's cheeky free-kick with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake blazing the follow-up over. Hull City climbed out of the bottom three with a 2-1 victory over Wigan as the Latics were brought crashing back down to earth following their shock win over Chelsea last time out. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink glanced home a near-post header on the hour mark to ease the tension around the KC Stadium with Geovanni adding a second soon after following some poor defending by the visitors. Scott Sinclair set up a tense finale as he headed home from close range with three minutes to go but the Tigers held on for a much-needed success. SurgingBurnley extended their 100 per cent Turf Moor record with Birmingham the latest side to leave Lancashire with nothing after suffering a 2-1 reverse. Joe Hart made a hash of attempting to save Steven Fletcher's 53rd-minute shot to hand the Clarets the lead before Andre Bikey's cool finish after a surging run and neat one-two with David Nugent made it 2-0. Sebastian Larsson pulled a late goal back for the Blues in the dying seconds with a great free-kick, much to the disgust of home boss Owen Coyle, but there was not enough time for an improbable comeback. Bolton twice allowed the lead to slip from their grasp as Tottenham battled back to secure a share of the points in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium. Ricardo Gardner gave the Trotters the perfect start with his fourth minute opener before Niko Kranjcar levelled before the break after Peter Crouch's knock-down. Kevin Davies bundled the ball home at the far post after a slick passing move in the 69th minute only for Vedran Corluka to swiftly head home from a corner moments after a shocking miss from Crouch.
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