Colin Murray introduces highlights from the day's Premier League games, including Tottenham against QPR. There is also a comprehensive review of Saturday's eight games.
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No five-game bonanza this week but we are going on all out, with 15
minutes of Match Of the Day 2. As ever, we will look back at all
yesterday's goals an incidents, and we sent Kevin Day to Norwich. Let's
start with the only game in town, an old-fashioned London derby at
White Hart Lane. Neil Warnock and his Rangers out that have been
jamming troops to establish Premier League status, and hard work has
paid off, because last week they beat Chelsea, and Rangers dug deep
to cause a huge shock. Tottenham will have to be on their guard at
home, but in Dutch master Rafael van der Vaart they have a player
who can brush aside anyone with the greatest artistic. He has scored
five in the last four and is on top first episode of this London derby
for 16 years. -- the blank canvas. Queen's Park Rangers will try to
find a formula to stop free-scoring Spurs. Sebastien Bassong cross to
the bench, Kyle Walker played 20 times on loan at Queen's Park
Rangers last season to help them into the Premier League. Neil
Warnock affairs Armand Traore to Clint Hill at left back. Anton
Ferdinand plays, after what he Good save from Paddy Kinnock. Van
der Vaart, the man of the moment, looking to score for the third game
running. Good save from Paddy understandably, with plenty of
bodies back behind the ball. It is Park Rangers. Van der Vaart
delivers the free kick. Free header, and Adebayor could not accept the
gift. What a chance. And he does not need telling. All about to
delivery. Poor marking from a Queen's Park Rangers point of view,
and, fortunately for them, they foot. That could have gone anywhere.
It was an instinctive reaction from Heidar Helguson. And that might
Gareth Bale is free, and that is Gareth Bale! 1-0, Spurs. Clinically
finished. His first goal at White Hart Lane since January. He has
broken the deadlock after 20 minutes. It was brewed one from
Brad Friedel's kick, but watch Gareth Bale. Nobody picks him up.
He had time to take the first touch, and the second touch was emphatic.
There was no stopping that. And it had been coming. Gareth Bale's
second Premier League goal of the comes through to Assou-Ekotto, and
over the bar, from Gareth Bale. Adebayor did well to get away from
King, the flag stays down, and Rafael van der Vaart scores again,
for the theft Premier League game running, to double the league,
Foster's. Six goals in five games for him. That was not what Ledley
King originally intended, but the outcome was perfect. The clearance
from Danny Gabbidon went straight to Ledley King, and his way when
shot went straight to van der Vaart, who duly dispatched it. -- wayward
shot. No chance for Paddy Kenny, and routine for van der Vaart.
Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko cannot get a start at
the moment because of the performances of van der Vaart, in
penalty area, he goes for goal. He just tried to curl it into the top
corner. He didn't quite get the execution correct. He is gathering
his thoughts for the half-time team talk. Not sure what he is going to
prevents the corner kick, too. Van der Vaart - billion shot! Clock
away by Paddy Kinnock. -- brilliant short. -- Clawed away by Paddy
are in possession. It spins out for Rangers with Joey Barton, could
jump by Helguson, and it is in, from Jay Bothroyd. His first goal
for the club. And it has got them back in it. It has been a spirited
response in the second half. The second header was simply nodded in
by Jay Bothroyd. Not the best defending you will ever see from a
Spurs point of view. Queen's Park Rangers will not worry about that.
kick to Spurs. -- Luke Young. Last time Queen's Park Rangers beat
Spurs, Les Ferdinand was the scorer of four goals at Loftus Road. -- of
both goals. Paddy Kenny atone for his mistake to deny Gareth Bale.
What a roller-coaster few seconds that was for the QPR keeper. First
of all, he did not hold a free kick from van der Vaart, which was
routine, then he spread himself, to up, instead. -- van der Vaart,
instead. And Gareth Bale as the nation Mark stunning strike!
Magical goal from Spurs. Two for Gareth Bale, three for Spurs, and a
two-goal cushion is restored. Lovely interchange between Gareth
Bale and Aaron Lennon. And what about the finish from the Welshman?
or two at 2-1. And the Match will argue, normal service is resumed. -
will not go in for him. He will be wondering how he has not scored in
kick in the last minute of stoppage came Luke Young, and that was clear
virtually off the line by two goal Gareth Bale, to keep the two goal
advantage intact. Luke Young again, that time, it is clear by Younes
Kaboul, and then as a poor challenge by Aaron Lennon. This
will be the last action. The corner kick from Joey Barton. This time,
Spurs deal with it. Back in, and a header back across, and away by
Adebayor. A pulsating game, and it means that Spurs go marching on, 19
points out of 21 for Harry Redknapp's team. Two for Gareth
Bale, and it could easily have been more. Queen's Park Rangers mounted
a spirited response in the second half, but the third goal from
inspires Spurs again to more success. Harry's Euros move up to
5th. QPR were somewhat overran and despite pulling a goal back, they
did not have enough today. The amount of chances you created by a
frightening. Yes, we created loads of chances. I loved the way we
played, passed the ball and the movement off the ball is top class.
We have smashing players and I am pleased to be part of it. It was an
enjoyable game. In the first half we played great football and went
in at half-time world deserve to have the lead. In the second half
we came out a bit too relaxed and they hit us on the break and got
that goal. The final goal eased the game off. Even I was clapping when
the third goal went in. It was a fabulous goal. It is a pity he is
Welsh! You do not mind it when it is as good as that. You do mind it,
but you have got to appreciate quality. What about the performance
of Scott Parker? It was an amazing performance. It was a complete,
all-round performance. You hate to mention anybody in the same breath
as Dave Mackay who was one of the finest players to play at this club,
right up with the best, and Dave would have been proud of that
performance. The way they played in the first half, where can spur as
good this season? It will be a good team that finishes above them for a
4th position. I think they will be very close. Knowing Harry Patch, he
is probably thinking about a third. He has got my vote. Harry is the
How excited are you about Spurs? Just amazing. We have got some sexy
football back at the Lane, that is for sure. The way they played this
afternoon was just tremendous, all the different lines, the way they
passed the ball. It was just brilliant and as a former player I
would love to play in a team like that. They were good all over the
park. I thought they were irresistible today. They were so
difficult to play against, especially for QPR going there on
the back of the result against They attacked from every area of
the pitch. Parker keeps pinching the ball for them. When you play at
this kind of pace it is virtually impossible to defend against and
they were absolutely brilliant. Adebayor does fantastic. Lennon
comes in from the right. He makes the goal for Gareth Bale. That was
just under 10.5 seconds. The passing, the movement, the
understanding of where players can play. Again Adebayor this time and
he whips a great ball in. Still they managed to get a half chance.
He has even got Adebayor making tackles, so he must be got. This is
how clever display is, van der Vaart. That was his early chance.
Paddy Kenny does fantastic. He thinks, where is the goalkeeper
going to go? He is a real top player, what about this for a goal,
though. It is absolutely fantastic. You cannot play against that kind
of football. The thing with Tottenham, in the end they can slow
it right down. We have had left from right, right from left, down
the middle and great football. The appreciation of the passing the
ball and everything. Look at the space they create for themselves.
It was an outstanding performance. As Liverpool found out when they
went to White Hart Lane, they cannot start slow. A Neil Warnock
will be disappointed about how they set out in the first half. When you
go to somewhere like White Hart Lane, you have got to be solid in
front of your back four and cover that space with players. Also, you
have got to do the basics right, the corners, the free kicks and you
have to defend in numbers. Getting men back like this is not enough.
You have to protect the area in front of the goal. They are play it
around and QPR have got men around the ball who think there is no
problem. They are not closing the ball down. All of a sudden van der
Vaart is in that area and on goal and he gets his shot away. In the
end it was saved by the goalkeeper. The danger is there. Five men back.
They are in a circle. Gareth Bale gets the ball and passes it too
easily into that space again. It is Adebayor in the space. Getting men
back is not enough. In the end the clear it. QPR, easy possession.
Concentrate when you have got the ball. Away from home, do not give
the ball away. That was too sloppy. Parker was brilliant and he won the
ball high up the pitch. This time, no real pressure, but there is
nothing to be fearful of. Tottenham are popping the ball around. Van
der Vaart gets it. Adebayor brings it down and all of a sudden they
are popping it around in the last third. Too easy. A great ball into
the box. Luka Modric gets on the end of it. Getting men back is not
enough. That was one throw and all of a sudden they are in on goal.
That is not good enough. In a corner mark your men. As good as
Tottenham were in the first half, when you go away from home you have
to do the basics right. QPR did a lot better in the second hat.
Manchester City for them next. You said you would like to play in this
side. How much do you rate than their bite? This player has got so
much strength in his game. Look at all the set pieces, there is always
a danger in front of the goal. He can place the ball perfectly for
the strikers. He can score. His left foot is brilliant. He always
puts himself in a fantastic situation. He is concentrating on
the goal and he has got pace. He was the perfect signing for Spurs
this season. He will make a contribution to their success.
Cheap as chips in today's market. Even with van der Vaart out of the
equation, are there four better midfield players than theirs? If
you keep them fit, there are some side. Laura, you are not usually
worry about QPR. I would be worried about who will score the goals. In
the bottom 10 teams they all need a goalscorer. They have got money. It
is a no-brainer for QPR in January. Go and buy a centre-forward. Even
if it cost you 10 million, you have got to do it. Two clubs who have
had contrasting starts to the season. Norwich started the weekend
in eight and Blackburn began the weekend at the bottom. With the
home side buoyed by an historic point in Liverpool, Kevin Day
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When it comes to the Premier League they say getting there is easier
than staying there, so broadly speaking we broadcasters would have
expected Norwich to struggle. Instead they have gone full speed
ahead and now they are safely in mid- table. There is no better way
to get to Carrow Road than by a relaxing boat journey. On newcomer.
Welcome aboard the 12th 30 pm to Carrow Road, calling at Carrow Road
only. Have you been surprised that progress has been disagreeing?
Absolutely unbelievable, especially this season. Eight. Again we would
have been happy with, but we are three points ahead of target.
atmosphere at home is fantastic. The crowd are completely and
utterly behind the manager, the backroom staff and the team. We are
getting 26,000 every week. You have got Blackburn today. Our Norwich
fans always patient? They are patient but realistic at the same
time. It is in games like this we need to take points. My best image
of the season so far was her celebrating the goal at Liverpool
last week. It was fantastic. It sums up what football means to
people who own the clubs. She is a real fan and she is the same as us
and if we were in her position, we would do the same thing, embarrass
ourselves occasionally. Grant Holt scored a proper centre-forward's
goal last week. He epitomises everything that is right about
Norwich over the past few seasons. He is all muscle! Come on, City.
Are you surprised by the start to the season? It is going right at
the moment, but it will get tough in the second half. Keep your
fingers crossed. You are optimistic and pessimistic in the same
sentence. It is not just a wall of yellow, it is four walls of the
Ella. They are playing well, their confidence is up, people expect
goals and entertainment. It is a bigger game for Blackburn today
than Norwich. They need a result. It is about three points. Norwich
are buoyant, but it could be sink fabulous from Junior Hoilett for
back in front, that is what matters. That was a great delivery. Lunching
in there was samba to score again back in the game. He could do
nothing about it. Can Norwich find one more chance? They claim a hand.
The referee says it is a Norwich penalty. Was it a handball? Just
there. That is harsh, it is ambiguous. Grant hold for Norwich
to save the game. Just listen. A Norfolk cacophony as the Canaries
complete their comeback. Did you expect to come back? Yes, you do
down here. We got what we deserved. Blackburn will feel worse.
played well for 80 minutes and controlled the game. It was the
best performance of the season up until then. I am devastated.
Typical Norwich. The first half was not a good performance, but in the
last 10 minutes we showed them what Do. What about Paul Lambert? Paul
Lambert is doing a great job. The way they played yesterday was great.
And they are competitive. Together everyone achieves more and it is
true with a club like that. They have got a manager who is
completely driven. It is sleepy Norfolk and everybody is nice when
they go there, and people think they cannot be good. They are a
difficult team to play. They have gone to Stamford Bridge, Anfield,
Manchester United, and got a point at Liverpool. They have created
loads of chances against all those teams. He has been brave and he is
not afraid of sending his team out and saying, have a go. They created
14 chances away from home at Old Trafford. They have got no fear.
Between X seven and 12, I do not know how long we have to go back
the promoted teams were set up. pours. They could have taken a
pours. They could have taken a point but it feels like a defeat.
The players were down, and rightly so, because they had the game, the
three points, and lost them. Catch Match Of the Day three on the BBC's
Board website and on the red button. This week we are all doing our best
to avoid having to be honest! That is next week and it will be the
first show from the new studio in Max offer. That means this is the
last show from a hallowed match Of the Day studio at BBC Television
Centre. We have a trip down memory lane later, but we should pay
tribute to our elder statesman, the man, the legend, Lawro. How many
years? That was last week! I was in the YMCA! There is a common
denominator - can you spot it? Edu re invent you look so many
times over the years? I don't know, I have had no botox either.
look younger now than you did then. Botox! Looking back at yesterday,
we begin with Manchester City. United went to Goodison Park with
their tail between their legs after that thrashing. The Champions' get
it tight at the back, but only just. Everton have started like a train,
and what a one that was by Seamus Coleman. Danny Welbeck years away
from Tony Hibbert. He gets into the box. And Tim Howard keeps it out
from Ji-Sung Park. Big chances at Javier Hernandez is one of them,
and he scores! Manchester United have the lead. Leighton Baines, off
the woodwork. David De Gea was a spectator. He did everything,
almost perfectly. David De Gea then get out Jack Rodwell with his nose,
an unorthodox approach. And no penalty for this clash, said
referee, Mark Halsey. Manchester City keep to their winning ways,
beating goals for the second time this week. Wayne Hennessey did his
best to stop them, stopping first Samir Nasri, then Sergio Aguero,
and Edin Dzeko, but there was a strange case of Dr Jekyll which
came over him in the second half. He is going to be a goal for
Manchester City. The goalkeeper who played so well in this first half
gets into a real mix up and Manchester City take the lead. So
my Nasri coming in from the side. That is beautifully set up, and
Wayne Hennessey makes the first save but not the second, Kolarov
made it 2-0. World's centre of a comeback after Vincent Kompany was
sent off for fouling Kevin Doyle. Have red card and a penalty. And
Stephen Hunt scores. And suddenly, Balotelli is away. Balotelli is by
himself. He is not buy himself now, because Yaya Toure has joined him.
And so has Adam Johnson. 3-1. The decisive goal. Alan Hansen had
plenty to mull over as two defence has literally fell over themselves
to show which was the most porous. More chances in the first 10
minutes than most games have in 90 minutes. Robin van Persie missed a
sitter. Lovely ball, 1-0, Josue. -- Chelsea. Lovely ball from Aaron
Ramsey to Jo have been your, and Robin van Persie, into the back of
the Chelsea net. -- to Gervinho. Then the Chelsea captain restored
the lead. I and it has crept in, Sanders, and he has scored. Arsenal
are level again. -- Andre Santos. Now a Andre Marriner will call over
the Arsenal goalkeeper. It is a yellow card, with the Chelsea fans
screaming for a red. There was a covering defender in the middle.
Good save by Wojciech Szczesny. Theo Walcott. He has got through.
And he scores! It is 3-2, to Arsenal. How he wriggled through,
an outstanding individual goal from Theo Walcott. Given away, and Juan
Mata, brilliant goal. It was a pile-driver. 10 minutes to play. It
has had the feel of an end to in classic. John Terry has slipped.
And Robin van Persie cruise Arsenal 4-3 ahead. -- puts Arsenal. It is
Tomas Rosicky, and it is four against two in Arsenal's favourite.
They can finish it here. Robin van Persie is on a hat-trick, and he
scores. Chelsea three, Arsenal five, scores. Chelsea three, Arsenal five,
Robin van Persie hat-trick. He is unplayable at the moment, Robin van
Persie. It is just amazing when he can score hat-tricks, week in, week
out. The doesn't matter which took defenders push him on to it. Yes,
obviously the his left foot that, but he can play with both feet.
That is the perfect example. Good job at Arsenal have got them at the
moment. Or, Burnley, Stoke or Chester estimation Mark he is
carrying the team. Much better performance going forward. Arsenal
were unstoppable and to score five goals at Stamford Bridge. Overall,
there is a lot of work to be done, defensively all over the place at
times, by scoring five goals at Stamford Bridge. That is the best
since 1967-68, and Manchester City won the league that time. Why have
there been so many goals this season? Numerous reasons. Players
are scared of tackling more. There are more yellow cards and red cards.
The standard of defending in general is poor. Teams are having a
go at other teams. The big scores, Manchester United playing a weaker
side, the Manchester City game, three goals in the 90th minute,
these have a little bit false, but overall, teams are having a go.
reason is, once the bottom 10 teams suddenly realise they are
struggling to stay in the league, they will become so much tighter.
It is not just also of a equality of the players. We can see that
quality is there. Teams are pushing forward, a lot. And that is what
makes the difference. And that is why we're seeing so many goals.
words are getting better, offenders are getting worse. It is a good
combination! Manchester United, defensively, you can really get at
them now. That has not always been the case. Four more games now.
after Darren Bent in the form of modern Irishmen. Here is stand bit
of an a shooting position. And he takes full advantage, Stilian
Petrov, with a brilliant finish. Lovely ball. Conor Wickham, a goal
her! His first goal in the Premier League, the teenager from whom so
Westwood. To the absolute delight of all of those who have come to
boo him. And at last, the goal that has been coming. It was James
Collins and Richard Dunne he got -- to come for it, I think it was
Richard Dunne who got the touch. Stephane Sessegnon makes it 2-2.
Life at the top is a breeze for Swansea. They still have not lost
at home, and their scoring boots are on. It drops to David and Ngog.
Fabulous effort. Ricardo Gardner picked up a yellow card for this
challenge. We will show you the second a little later on. Danny
Graham tries to time his run. He has. And he could not find the
target. That was a heady touch from Ricardo Gardner. He has already
been shown the yellow card. He is in trouble. And Ricardo Gardner is
sent off. Still, Joe Allon! 1-0 Swansea. Joe Allon, the goalscorer.
It has opened up. Sinclair. Beaten away, by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
went from bad to worse when Darren Pratley conceded a penalty for this
trip on Nathan Dyer. Scott Sinclair. on goal. Danny Graham,
inadvertently, fires that passed Michel bomb, the first goal that
Swansea have conceded that home this season. -- Michael Vorm. Scott
Sinclair! The woodwork keeps Bolton in the game. On site, Danny Graham.
And surely Swansea have to select, here. At last! -- to seal it.
Another weekend, and another defeat for Wigan, bottom, and having not
isMurphy. -- there is space. Yet again a Clint Dempsey scores
was beaten completely. It hit the there would work for a Wigan, but
Fulham were clinical later on. That has wrapped it up. Roy met his old
blame at his new gaffer. As always, the extras were looking rather
attractive. The Reds were awarded a penalty. It was the assistant
referee that gave the call. Liverpool are in front. Andy
Carroll had a reasonable share for a penalty with this Steven Reid
Bromwich Albion. Liverpool dominated the rest of the
Wide. We are at the quarter way stage. No more sitting on fences.
Who are you leaning towards? Well, at the moment it is too easy,
Manchester City are flying. I will go for Manchester City, but I still
think Manchester United can make a comeback. It was interesting 30
minutes into the game when it was 0-0 at the weekend, the fans were
not aggressive, but you could see little whispers. They will have to
handle expectation. And they have got to get used to being chased.
Manchester United can cope from January to May with all the
competitions, let's see if city can do the same. They will have a bad
run at some point out it is how he keeps that squad going and how they
keep motivating them when somebody is chasing them. Do you know what
has not happened yet? No manager has been sacked. Yet. The big
headline from today. Gareth Bale and pays an did QPR today. Gareth
and Rafael with an impressive performance. That is six wins out
of the last nine for the Lilywhites. It moves them up to 5th. Newcastle
could go above Chelsea if they beat Stoke tomorrow night. You can be so
-- listen to that on BBC Radio 5 QPR are six points clear of the
danger zone. It is time to turn the lights out on our famous London
studio as much of the day and Match Of The Day 2 enter an exciting new
era in Manchester. I am more used to sitting on that side of the
camera, so this is only right that I leave the goodbyes to the legends.
Ready? 1, 2, 3. We hope you like the new-music. We have a few new
ideas. We will be best to be our sharp at the front. Where were we
when we were so rudely interrupted? Shearer has gone in behind and
scored. Look at that! He is on the pitch. What a goal! Here comes the
pot of paint. Glenn Hoddle strikes one. A beautiful goal. It looks as
if it has broken out again. Absolutely beautiful. Dalglish is
Colin Murray introduces highlights and reaction from Premier League games - including the London derby between Tottenham and QPR.
Spurs and QPR renew their rivalry after a 16-year gap - and if you check the history books, you will see the two clubs have three wins apiece from their previous Premier League meetings. However, this fixture is best known for the 1982 FA Cup final, when Spurs needed a replay to overcome their then lower division opponents.
Expert opinion and analysis comes from Lee Dixon and Mark Lawrenson - and there is also a comprehensive review of Saturday's eight games.