WBA fightback stuns United, Spurs win

Javier Hernandez was handed his second league start as United boss
Sir Alex Ferguson chose to leave Rooney on the bench after he
contradicted his manager over an apparent ankle injury while on
England duty in midweek. The 24-year-old watched on as the Mexican
forward pounced quickly to tap home after Scott Carson spilled
Nani’s fifth minute free-kick at Old Trafford. The Portuguese made
no mistake from 12 yards to give United a 2-0 half time lead but
the Baggies, who had beaten Arsenal at the Emirates last month, hit
back with two quickfire second half goals. First Chris Brunt’s free
kick went in off Patrice Evra before Somen Tchoyi tapped in from
six yards after Edwin van der Saar dropped a Brunt cross under no
pressure. The result means the Red Devils stay in third but could
find themselves one place lower if Manchester City beat Blackpool
on Sunday. Arsenal had to come from behind to get back to winning
ways with a 2-1 victory over Birmingham at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners looked to be heading towards a damaging third
successive defeat when Nikola Zigic gave Birmingham a shock lead
with a 33rd-minute header. But Samir Nasri’s controversial penalty,
which came after Marouane Chamakh went down under little pressure
from Scott Dann, and a strike from the Moroccan hitman, sealed the
victory which moves Arsene Wenger’s side into second. Jack Wilshere
was dismissed for a straight red at the death. Mark Noble saved
Robert Green’s blushes as he scored a second-half penalty to
salvage a 1-1 draw for West Ham against relegation rivals Wolves at
Molineux. Green, who was recalled by England manager Fabio Capello
last week, had shown signs of recovery from his horrendous blunder
at the World Cup in the Hammers’ previous two matches, but his
failure to clear a routine corner handed Matt Jarvis an easy tap-in
to put Mick McCarthy’s side ahead. Noble then levelled from the
spot after Kevin Foley fouled Victor Obinna in the Wolves box to
ensure that rock bottom Hammers remain level on points with the
Midlanders. Tom Huddlestone’s controversial second-half strike
ended Fulham’s unbeaten record as Tottenham ran out 2-1 winners at
Craven Cottage. Roman Pavlyuchenko tapped in to restore parity in
the 31st minute after Diomansy Kamara’s first of the season had put
Fulham ahead just seconds earlier. Fulham pushed for a winner but
the game was decided by Huddlestone’s 30-yard strike, which the
Cottagers disputed after William Gallas appeared to be in an
offside position as the ball went in. A Fabricio Coloccini goal
deep into injury time gave Newcastle a 2-2 draw against Wigan at St
James’ Park. Charles N’Zogbia, who joined the Latics from Newcastle
last year, headed Wigan ahead in the 22nd minute before he slammed
a left-foot screamer past Tim Krul to make it 2-0 a minute later.
Substitute Shola Ameobi scored his first league goal of the season
to put Chris Hughton’s side back in it before Argentina centre half
Coloccini snatched a point right at the end. Substitute Ivan
Klasnic’s strike two minutes into injury time gave Bolton a 2-1 win
over Stoke at the Reebok Stadium. Rory Delap’s first goal in over a
year had looked to have given Stoke a creditable 1-1 draw after Lee
Chung-yong’s 25-yard strike put Trotters ahead. But Klasnic tapped
in from six yards before being sent off for a second yellow card in
the dying seconds.