The Monday Marks: Bramble & Co. shatter Chelsea record

On the face of it, this didn't look like being a cracker of a weekend in Premier League land, but in actual fact we were treated to some thoroughly entertaining fare.

Chelsea lost their unbeaten record, Liverpool and Spurs both scored a hatful, Ginger Mourinho Gary Megson masterminded yet another away win for Bolton and Sunderland and Wolves served up a 'Super Sunday' more entertaining than even Richard Keys himself would have predicted.

Here are the 'Monday Marks'…

Wigan 9 (beat Chelsea 3-1)At the 35th time of asking, the Latics finally put one of the 'big four' to the sword. Having already seen off West Ham and Aston Villa this season, Roberto Martinez' side certainly don't look likely to struggle - as so many predicted over the summer. Goalscorer Titus Bramble may even be starting to catch the eye of a certain Mr Capello...

Liverpool 8 (beat Hull 6-1)If this were a boxing match, it would have been called off after a minute when the ref noted there were 11 pugilists (and 11 punchbags). This rout will decide neither team's season, although it might not help one manager survive.

Tottenham 7 (beat Burnley 5-0)Ten goals in four days isn't a bad way to bounce back from successive defeats, and the form of Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch gives 'Arry a real selection headache. You have to feel for Roman Pavlyuchenko, don't you?

Sunderland 7 (beat Wolves 5-2)Pessimists will worry about the wobble which let Wolves back level from the dead. Optimists will focus on a five-goal feast. The truth, like Sunderland's projected finish, lies somewhere near the sunnier end.

Man United 7 (won 2-0 at Stoke)Oh Ryan, how Alex would love to clone you. Resilient in defence and patient in creation, United were foundering only on Nani's nonsense before Giggs made two. Football's not easy, but it can be simple.

Blackburn 7 (beat Villa 2-1)Never a good idea to go a goal down by five past three against Villa, so Blackburn dug hard to turn it round – especially after going down a man when Grella pushed it too far. Long ball and penalty? What do Rovers fans care?

Bolton 6 (won 2-1 at Birmingham)An attacking line-up, intelligent substitutions and a third win in five thanks to a promising signing nobody else spotted. Gary Megson had better be careful: he might end up with grudging admiration.

Arsenal 6 (won 1-0 at Fulham)Whatever next? After learning to score from set-pieces and headers as regularly as any top-flight team, now the Gunners have managed a scrappy 1-0 away win. Next up: Wenger buys huge target man.

Everton 6 (won 1-0 at Pompey)Terrible shirts, but Everton won't be bothered by aesthetics. They clawed out the three points thanks to Louis Saha's fifth of the season. Decisive finishing and doughty defending: it's hard to argue with that.

Fulham 6 (lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal)Unlucky. Vito Mannone made twice as many saves as Mark Schwarzer and Arsenal always looked harried by a hard-working home team. The suspicion remains, though, that Fulham need more goals.   

Stoke 5 (lost 2-0 at home to Man U)No shame in losing to the champions, but City never threatened and don't seem to be worrying teams as much as last term. Mind you, they've already played the top three, so no need to panic.

Villa 5 (lost 2-1 at Blackburn)Four successive clean sheets sullied by capitulation under physical pressure. As ex-Rover Stephen Warnock puts it, "I realised it was tough for teams coming here; only now do I know just how tough." Too tough for Villa, it seems.

Wolves 5 (lost 5-2 at Sunderland)Credit Wolves for fighting back – and then going for the win, a decision backed by the players even in defeat. However they may eventually prefer pragmatism to being patronised à la West Brom. 

Chelsea 5 (lost 3-1 at Chelsea) The Blues finally surrendered their unbeaten record with a surprise defeat in the northwest. Clearly, not time to panic yet, although Carlo Ancelotti may be concerned that the Blues only managed to hit the target twice over the course of 90 minutes.

Portsmouth 5 (lost 1-0 at home to Everton)Once again, Pompey didn't play particularly badly – but lost and didn't score. Strachan's name is circulating but he's ex-Southampton: a win at Wolves might set up a fairytale when Redknapp brings Spurs to town.  

Birmingham 4 (lost 2-1 at home to Bolton)Pleasing to hear St Andrews echo to cries of "FourFourTwo! FourFourTwo!". Unless you're an increasingly narked Alec McLeish, that is. Kevin Phillips can't save the day every week – and he didn't this week, either.

Burnley 4 (lost 5-0 at Spurs)The most concerning thing for Owen Coyle will be that Spurs didn't have to be anywhere near their best to put five past his side on Saturday. Still no away points or goals garnered, although there are certainly easier trips to come.

Hull 3 (lost 6-1 at Liverpool)Torres was inspired, but it only took him four shots to bag his hat-trick. Brown desperately needs a home win against Wigan next Saturday before the international break presents a tempting window to shop for a new boss.

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