West Bromwich Albion continued their fine start to this season with a 2-1 home victory over Fulham at the Hawthorns. Roberto Di Matteo’s men got goals from Youssouf Mulumbu (pictured) and Marc-Antoine Fortuné after a Scott Carson own-goal had put the Baggies in an early deficit. The three points from the Cottagers move Albion up to fourth place, tied on points with Spurs, trailing only in goal differential. Fulham’s disappointing start also continues with the Cottagers in sixteenth place.
Top of the table Chelsea continued to dominate the league with an easy 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge. Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou scored for the Blues, running their lead atop the league to five points. Wolves are still in the relegation zone on just six points and actually dropped to nineteenth place with their goal differential dropping below that of Liverpool.
A Richard Dunne own-goal was the difference between Aston Villa and Sunderland as the latter won at the Stadium of Light, 1-0. With three points the Black Cats move into a European position, seventh place, leap-frogging Villa and seven other teams. As for the Villans, they slink back to tenth place.
Birmingham City won a nice 2-0 game over Blackpool at St. Andrews behind goals from Liam Ridgewell and Nikola Žigić. The visiting Seasiders were unable to work their magic against a determined Brum side that now move up toward the middle of the table. Blackpool slip back to fourteenth place, probably a fair representation of their overall play this season.
Johan Elmander cancelled out Hugo Rodallega’s opener as Bolton Wanderers drew Wigan Athletic 1-1 at the DW Stadium. The home side seemed ready to jump into the European mix after Rodallega’s goal just before the hour mark, but Elmander got yet another away goal to level the score and share the points. Salvaging the away point keeps the Trotters as high as eighth while the Latics edge slowly away from the drop zone and into fifteenth.
And goals from Kevin Nolan and Andrew Carroll saw Newcastle United past West Ham United 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground. Carlton Cole got the opener for the league’s worst side but Toon came back to win the game and move all the way up to eleventh place. Both sides desperately needed points and the Hammers will rue the missed chance at home to put away a competitor for retention.