Hugo Rodallega (pictured) scored the first Wigan goal of the season and it was enough to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at White Hart Lane. A scoreless game for 80 minutes, Wigan’s first victory came in stunning fashion as Rodallega scored the only goal of the game against Champions League bound Spurs. Though it may not equal the Latics’ victory over undefeated Chelsea last season, this has to be one of the biggest shockers of the season as Wigan had given up ten goals and scored none in their first two games.
Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba scored to continue the strong start for Chelsea in a 2-0 home victory over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard has his penalty attempt saved by Thomas Sørensen but Stoke could never quite find the offense necessary to beat a club like Chelsea. The Blues have now won three of three and sit atop the table with nine points and a +14 goal differential.
Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United drew 1-1 at Molineux. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake scored in the first half for the home side but was equaled by Andy Carroll’s second half goal for Toon. Both sides would have preferred full points from this particular match, especially given the decent start for each. But both will remain in the top ten after the weekend.
Three goals in the final twenty minutes saw a 1-0 Fulham lead turn into a 2-2 draw between the visiting Cottagers and homestanding Blackpool at newly reopened Bloomfield Road. Bobby Zamora headed in the first goal for Fulham but a John Pantsil own-goal on 71 minutes started the reinvigorated final twenty minutes. Luke Varney’s fine goal in his debut gave the Seasiders the lead five minutes later, but Dickson Etuhu equalized for the visitors on 87 minutes for Fulham’s second consecutive come-from-behind 2-2 draw. The game was also the second straight that forced the Cottagers to find a late draw after conceding an own-goal.