Observer fans give their verdict on Saturday's Premier League games

• Delight, despair and all points in between• To take part in the fans' verdict, email 1-1 West HamSimon Leigh, Observer readerWe played very poorly in the first half. So did West Ham, but they managed to score from their only attack. Keith Andrews gets quite a tough time from our fans, but I think he has been quite an underrated performer and he has scored some vital goals for us. It's going to be incredibly tight at the bottom and whether a point will be good enough in the long-term remains to be seen. We're desperately crying out for some creativity - something that should have been addressed in the January transfer window - and a fully fit Roque Santa Cruz.Robinson 6; Ooijer 6 (Andrews ht 8), Samba 9, Nelsen 7, Givet 8; Diouf 8, Mokoena 4, Warnock 7, Pedersen 7; Roberts 6, McCarthy 6 Norman Collins, the game I thought the best we could hope for was a goalless draw - considering our injuries - so I'm not disappointed with 1-1. Without Carlton Cole we've got nothing up front and don't look like we could punch a hole in a paper bag. One plus point was Kieron Dyer who looked very dangerous when he came on and it would be a big bonus for us if he could play a full 90 minutes. This season has been beyond our wildest dreams and, although it's going to be difficult, seventh position is ours to lose.Green 7; Spector 4, Tomkins 8, Neill 6, Ilunga 6; Kovac 6, Parker 6, Noble 7; Boa Morte 6 (Lopez 78 6), Di Michele 3 (Dyer 81 6); Tristan 3 (Payne 90 6)Fulham 2-0 Man Utd Mick Roots, Observer reader We were brilliant. We've had a blinding day - and it's going to carry on. If you can beat Man Utd it's a massive achievement and to do it in the way we did it is absolutely fantastic. United are a class side and in the other two games against them this season - in the league and the Cup - we showed them too much respect. We didn't do that today - we have gone out there without fear. Everyone was writing us off but now we have the magical 40 points. This game will go down in history for us - the place was absolutely rocking.Schwarzer 8; Pantsil 8, Hughes 8, Hangeland 9, Konchesky 8; Davies 8, Etuhu 8, Murphy 9 (Dacourt 67 8), Dempsey 8 (Gera 81 8); Johnson 8, Zamora 8 (Kamara 77 8).Pete Boyle, Terrace songsmith's been a terrible week for us, when you take into account the Liverpool result in the Premier League at Old Trafford too, but we United fans still have faith - don't worry about that. Don't get me wrong, of course we're gutted about what's happened today and we have no excuses. Maybe it didn't help that we also played Fulham in the Cup too recently. But in the words of the Miners' Strike, all those years ago: "We shall overcome". We have the international break now and hopefully we can come back stronger.Van der Sar 6; O'Shea 6 (Tevez 70 8), Ferdinand 6, Evans 6, Evra 6; Fletcher 7, Scholes 7, Giggs 6, Park 6; Ronaldo 6, Berbatov 6 (Rooney ht 6).Newcastle 1-3 ArsenalRichard Holmes, Observer readerGiven the amount of possession we had in the first half it was a little bit worrying that Arsenal didn't seem to need to get out of second gear to beat us after the break. The Martins missed penalty and Ryan Taylor's stupid foul on Clichy were crucial, and while it didn't help that we had to reorganise at the back after Bassong went off there can be no excuses. We were clueless in the last 20 minutes and St James' was so quiet at the end. I just can't see us beating anybody at the moment - and it's Chelsea up next. I'm worried.Harper 6; S Taylor 6 (Owen 65 n/a) Coloccini 5, Bassong n/a (Beye 38 5), José Enrique 5; R Taylor 3, Nolan 4, Butt 5, Duff 6; Lovenkrands 6 (Ameobi 79 n/a), Martins 6Gary Engelbert, Observer readerEverything is coming right at the perfect time and we were a happy away end no matter how far away we were from the pitch. We were far too good for Newcastle and the main reasons were Arshavin, who just looks world-class already and never wastes the ball, and Bendtner, who has had a lot of stick but led the line superbly and took his goal well too. We are unbeaten in 16 in the league now but it's only in the last four or five games we have really clicked. And we've got the FA Cup and Champions League to come. Happy days.Almunia 8; Sagna 6, Touré 6, Gallas 7, Clichy 8; Nasri 8, Diaby 7; Denilson 6, Arshavin 8 (Song 74 8); Van Persie 7, Bendtner (Eboué, 88 n/a). Stoke 1-0 Middlesbrough Nick Dunn, Observer readerIt was a very nerve-racking game and the players seemed a bit unsettled in the first half. But the crowd really got behind the team and we looked much more organised after half-time. There's a certain contingent unhappy with Pulis's style of play, but the majority would rather see us stay up than play like West Brom and go down. Beattie has been brilliant and he's one of the crucial signings that could keep us up. If we keep putting in the same kind of performances we should do it, but it's so close I wouldn't want to say.Sorensen 9; Wilkinson 6 (Kelly ht 8), Ab Faye 8, Shawcross 9, Higginbotham 7; Lawrence 7 (Sidibe 83 n/a), Whelan 7, Diao 6, (Etherington 51 8), Delap 7; Beattie 8, Fuller 7Andy Morgan, ComeOnBoro.comIt's over now; there's no doubt in my mind that we'll go down. We have to win four of our last eight and still have to play Manchester United and Arsenal. The same lessons aren't being learnt: we concede in the last 10 minutes time and time again. Downing and Tuncay create opportunities but we have a toothless attack. Everyone is sick of this season; when people start questioning Gibson you know things are bad. It's not a case of quality, it's a case of tactics, motivation and psychology. It boils down to a lack of experience.Jones 7; Wheater 7, Huth 6, Pogatetz 5; McMahon 7, (Hoyte 80) O'Neil 7, Shawky 6; Downing 9, Taylor 8 (Johnson 86); King 6 (Alves 55 5), Tuncay 8 Portsmouth 2-1 EvertonColin Farmery, Pompey-Fans.comA lot of us were fearing the worst after Baines scored and for the next 20 minutes we really struggled. However, we got a lucky break with the corner that led to the first goal - something that we haven't had all season - and from then on I thought we were in control. Crouch scored two great goals and Distin and Campbell were back to their best. It's dangerous to say we're too good to go down, but we've got enough quality to stay up.James 7; Kaboul 7, Campbell 8, Distin 8, Hreidarsson 7; Johnson 7, Mullins 8, Davis 8, Nugent 8 (Kanu 74 8); Kranjcar 7; Crouch 9 Steve Jones, BlueKipper.comI'm obviously disappointed with the result, but if you stand back and look at it, we've had a fantastic season. For the first half we were in control and we were punished for not doubling our lead. I was more disappointed with their second goal as our defence appeared to give Crouch a free run to the ball. Unfortunately we never really threatened in the second half, despite having a lot of possession. Our run-in isn't too bad and I still think we can grab the final Champions League spot.Howard 7; Jacobsen 6 (Gosling 85 6) Lescott 7, Jagielka 7, Baines 8; Neville 6; Osman 6, Fellaini 6, Pienaar 9; Saha 6, Jo 6 (Rodwell 90 6) Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea Bill Allfrey, PlanetSpurs.comIt was a fantastic game to watch. We played very well, and no one had a bad game - but Modric was the star. Everything went through him. King and Woodgate were solid, and nothing got past them, while Jenas and Palacios chased everything and dominated Chelsea's midfield in the first half. We stepped back a bit in the second, and Gomes made saves when he had to. He restricted himself to one punch. This looks like a good team, and we could have challenged Villa or Arsenal if we'd had it all season, but I think seventh place is realistic.Gomes 7; Corluka 7, King 8, Woodgate 8, Assou-Ekotto 7; Lennon 7 (Zokora 90 6), Palacios 8, Jenas 8, Modric 9 (O'Hara 87 6); Keane 8; Bent 7Trizia Fiorellino, Chair, Chelsea Supporters GroupThe players just didn't turn up. We had too many off days, but Belletti was particularly bad and should have been replaced long before he was. I was surprised to see him come out after half-time. Ballack was also poor and Bosingwa was half asleep, while Drogba was back to being frustrating. The players were slow and lazy and only seemed to start playing four minutes from the end when we were bombarding Tottenham and hit the bar. Every time we get a chance to make up the gap on United, we blow our chance.Cech 7; Bosingwa 5, Terry 7, Alex 6, Cole 7; Ballack 5; Belletti 4 (Quaresma 61 7), Essien 6 (Malouda 76 7), Lampard 6; Drogba 6, Anelka 5West Brom 1-1 BoltonSteven Wilton, started brightly and created a fair few opportunities, but - story of our season - we didn't take them. Then Bolton got more and more into the game, launching the ball to their big centre-forwards. We passed the ball around quite nicely and we were the only team that looked like we wanted to win the game. Martis and Olsson played well in central defence, but Jay Simpson looks to have lost a yard or two since he picked up that injury in the FA Cup. I don't think we were lucky to get a point - it was the least we deserved.Carson 6; Zuiverloon 6 (Valero 75 5), Martis 7, Olsson 7, Robinson 6 (Dorrans 75 6); Morrison 6, Koren 6, Greening 6, Brunt 7; Simpson 4 (Bednar 58 6), Fortuné 7 Adam Orr, Observer ReaderOur problem is, we go 1-0 up and seem to back off - then we get caught out. McCann and Muamba don't have the experience to hold the ball up in midfield. We deserved to win because of the amount of chances we created, but we're too slow when we attack - there is no sustained pressure. Elmander was our best player purely for the amount of running he did - he went off because I don't think he could walk any more. Kevin Davies also played well out of position. I'm still a bit nervous, but 41 points should keep us up.Jaaskelainen 7; Steinsson 6, Cahill 7, Puygrenier 8 (Shittu 59 5), Samuel 6; Taylor 8, McCann 7, Muamba 6, Gardner 6; Davies 7, Elmander 9 (Smolarek 90 n/a)Premier LeagueArsenalNewcastle UnitedTottenham HotspurChelseaBlackburn RoversWest Ham UnitedStoke CityManchester UnitedFulhamMiddlesbroughWest BromBolton © Guardian News & Media Limited 2009 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds
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