A late penalty earned Everton all three points in a pulsating encounter at Goodison Park which saw the visitors go up early and totally against the run of play. Everton outshot Wolves 15-5 and were unfortunate to go down when Marouane Fellaini fouled David Edwards just inside/at the edge of the box. A penalty was awarded, and Stephen Hunt tucked it home.
The response was fairly quick, Phil Jagielka equalising with a header seven minutes later, but despite huge pressure applied by the hosts in the second half, Wolves' defence was uncompromising and it looked as though they were going to escape with a point. But then in the 83rd minute Everton won a soft call of their own when Stephen Ward was penalised for standing too close to Louis Saha, with Leighton Baines blasting home from the spot to give the Toffees a 2-1 win.
Stoke continued their miserable run of form with a 3-2 home loss against Queens Park Rangers, who overcame an early goal from Jonathan Walters and fired off three of their own (a brace from Heidar Helgusson and one from right back Luke Young). The hosts managed to pull back a goal when professional how-not-to-wear-a-mustache-model Ryan Shawcross bundled in a corner in the 64th minute, but QPR's defence held and they escaped the Britannia with the win.
Both teams had fine chances to score in their encounter at the Stadium of Light, but neither Sunderland (denied by the woodwork repeatedly) not Fulham (denied by Clint Dempsey's unusually poor finishing) could get anything from the match. If either of Kieran Richardson's or Jack Colback's attempts had gone in rather than smack against the crossbar, we'd have had a very different game, but instead we had to settle for a 0-0 draw that became more and more boring as time went on.
Shane Long made the most out of his return to West Brom, scoring the winning goal in the second half against Bolton Wanderers to earn the Baggies all three points at the Hawthorns. The two sides had traded first half goals, with Jerome Thomas beating the offside trap and rounding Jussi Jaaskelainen while the Bolton defence stood around complaining before Ivan Klasnic leveled from the penalty spot. Although the match was level for half an hour following Klasnic's spot kick, West Brom kept putting on the pressure and it came as no surprise when Long rose to nod home a cross by Nicky Shorey to make it 2-1, which is how the game would stay.
A topsy-turver thriller at the DW Stadium saw Wigan Athletic and ten-man Blackburn Rovers fight it out to a hilarious draw that featured a last minute penalty won by a goalkeeper and a goal that came from an illegal corner. Barely a minute into the match, Yakuba had put the visitors ahead after Gary Caldwell failed to deal with a long throw-in, but Jordi Gomez replied with a lovely long range clip and Caldwell made amends with a neat header to put the hosts 2-1 up.
The second half got incredibly odd - Morten Gamst Pederson decided to dribble a corner kick rather than pass it, a move that every referee save Neil Swarbrick would consider illegal, and the resultant cross was eventually tapped in by Junior Hoilet while Wigan's defence stood around in a state of confusion. The hosts did manage to get their noses back in front thanks to Albert Cruset discovering the secret of quantum teleportation and phasing the ball straight through Paul Robinson, but it was the Blackburn goalkeeper who had the last laugh, going up for a last minute do-or-die corner and being kicked in the head, earning a penalty which Yakubu converted to make it 3-3 just before full time blew.
Ok, maybe Robinson wasn't laughing. Being kicked in the head hurts.