Date: 20th August 2006 at 10:04pm
Written by:

The Barclays Premiership got underway this weekend with a 3-0 Pompey win over Blackburn, thanks to goals from Svetoslav Todorov (23) and a brace from Kanu (62 & 80) but how did the others kick-off their seasons…

Saturday 19/08/06
Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa
Arsenal left it late to secure a point in the first Premiership game at the new Emirates Stadium. Gilberto Silva (83) equalising Olof Mellberg’s (54) opener. The match would mark a league debut however for Theo Walcott.

Bolton 2-0 Tottenham
Early strikes, the first from Kevin Davies (9) and a wonderful 40 yard Ivan Campo (13) strike earned injury struck Bolton all three points against a below par Spurs in the Sky Prem Plus evening game.

Everton 2-1 Watford
A late Damien Francis (89) debut goal wasn’t enough to save Watford, as an earlier debut Andrew Johnson (15) goal, and a more than dubious penalty award, scored by Mikael Arteta (81) gave Everton victory at Goodison Park.

Newcastle 2-1 Wigan
A Shola Ameobi (63) goal proved the match winner at St James’ Park. Captain Scott Parker (37) opened the scoring only for Scotsman Lee McCulloch (58) to equalise before the hour mark.

Reading 3-2 Middlesbrough
Reading kicked off their Premiership career with a 3-2 win over Middlesbrough. Stuart Downing (11) and Yakubu (20) put the visitors two up only for Reading to stage an amazing comeback. Two goals in a minute from Dave Kitson (43) and Steve Sidwell (44) would see the scores level at half-time. Leroy Lita (54) would net the winner.

Sheff Utd 1-1 Liverpool
Sheffield United surprised Liverpool in the early Saturday kick-off Sky Sports game. Rob Hulse (46) scored Sheffield United`s first Premiership goal for 12 years to put United ahead. A questionable penalty award for a foul on Steven Gerrard would see Robbie Fowler (70) coolly stroke home the resulting penalty.

West Ham 3-1 Charlton
Darren Bent’s (14) early penalty would prove the highlight for Iain Dowie’s men, as following Djimi Traore`s (25) debut sending off for two bookable offences, two from Bobby Zamora (51 & 65) and an injury time debut strike from Carlton Cole (90) ensured West Ham kicked off their season with three points.

Sunday 20/08/06
Chelsea 3-0 Man City
The defending Champions kicked of there season in the late afternoon Sky Sports clash at Stamford Bridge. John Terry (10) and Frank Lampard (25) would have Chelsea cruising before debutant Bernardo Corradi (62) was sent off for a second bookable offence. Didier Drogba (77) would round off a convincing victory again Pompey`s next opponents.

Man Utd 5-1 Fulham
A new Premiership Record crown of 75,115 saw Man United replace Pompey at the top of the league in the lunchtime Sky Sports tie. Louis Saha (7), an own Goal from Ian Pearce (15), Wayne Rooney (16) and Cristiano Ronaldo (19) would have the hosts four up in 20 minutes. Heidar Helguson’s shot would deflect in off Rio Ferdinand (40) for an own goal, before Rooney (64) completed the rout.

Interestingly no visitors would come away from a host grounds with anything more than a point. Only Aston Villa and Liverpool would in fact manage even this.

New boys Reading and West Ham would be the only clubs to win having fallen behind, Reading from two goals down.

Next up for Pompey, Manchester City at the Stadium of Manchester Arena on Wednesday night, PLAY UP POMPEY!!!