4 April 2006

Birmingham (1) 1 (Jarosik 37)
Bolton (0) 0

Birmingham move out of the bottom three for the first time in five
months after a narrow win against Bolton, whose own European hopes are
taking a battering. The only goal was a superb one as Jiri Jarosik
collected a pass from Damien Johnson, skipped past a defender and struck
a brilliant shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Attendance : 26,493
Assist : Johnson

3 April 2006

Blackburn (0) 1 (Kuqi 84)
Wigan (0) 1 (Roberts 53)

Honours even in the Lancashire derby as Blackburn came from behind to 
earn a point against Wigan in a controversial encounter. Blackburn had 
the better of a tight first half in which both clubs had goals harshly 
disallowed. Rovers' effort came first as Wigan keeper John Filan spilled 
the ball under pressure from Paul Dickov, allowing Morten Gamst Pedersen 
to tap into am empty net, however the ref decided that Dickov's 
challenge was illegal when, at worst, contact was minimal. Equally 
unlucky was Arjan De Zeeuw who hammered the ball in from close range 
only to be ruled out by the linesmans flag, possibly for a tight offside 
decision against Jason Roberts. Wigan went ahead early in the second 
half when Roberts cheekily scored from close range after Rovers failed 
to clear a corner and Pascal Chimbonda headed the ball goalwards, 
however Rovers levelled matters when Filan again lost the ball in his 
control when Lucas Neill barged into him, this time though the whistle 
didn't go when it should have and Shefki Kuqi scord from the loose ball.

Attendance : 20,410
Assists : Chimbonda, n/a 

2 April 2006

West Ham 0
Charlton 0

No goals at Upton Park in a poor game which summed up the mid table
positions of both clubs. West Ham had the better chances, mostly in the
second half, as Bobby Zamora had a header cleared off the line and Teddy
Sheringham almost celebrated his 40th birthday with a goal, however his
close range shot was well saved by Charlton keeper Thomas Myhre.

Attendance : 34,753
Assist : n/a

Manchester City 0
Middlesbrough 1 (Cattermole 42)

Middlesbrough collected a useful win at fading Man City thanks to a goal
from a local Boro lad. The breakthrough in a poor game arrived just
before half time as Stuart Downing's cross was nodded inside the far
post by Lee Cattermole.

Attendance : 40,256
Assist : Downing

1 April 2006

Birmingham (0) 0
Chelsea (0) 0

Birmingham collected an unexpected point in their battle against the
drop as they held Champions elect Chelsea to a goalless draw at St
Andrews. The home side had the better of the first half with Emile
Heskey missing a trio of half-chances and Oliver Tebily forcing a
stunning save from keeper Petr Cech. After the break Chelsea stepped up
a gear and had two goals disallowed, albeit correctly, for offside. Late
on Hernan Crespo had a close range shot save and another blocked whilst
Ricardo Carvalho sent a free header wide.

Attendance : 26,364
Assist : n/a

Arsenal (2) 5 (Adebayor 19, Henry 25, 46, Van Persie 71, Diaby 80)
Aston Villa (0) 0

Arsenal's end of season revival continued with a vengance as they
walloped Aston Villa at Highbury with a stunning display of football.
The rout started when Thierry Henry's effort was headed off the line,
however Emmanual Adebayor was on hand to head in via defender and bar.
Six minutes later, Henry doubled the lead with a fine lob having been
sent clear by Jose Antonio Reyes and in the first minute of the second
half, he doubled his personal tally with a briliant curler from 25 yards
after Adebayor's back heel gave him the chance. Sub Robin Van Persie
made it four after good work from Robert Pires, the Dutchman rounding
the keeper twice before shooting in from a tight angle and the fifth
followed shortly afterwards as a counter attack saw Adebayor set up
Vassiriki Diaby to sweep the ball into the roof of the net.

Attendance : 38,183
Assists : n/a, Reyes, Adebayor, n/a, n/a, Adebayor

Bolton (1) 1 (Davies 26)
Manchester United (1) 2 (Saha 33, Van Nistelrooy 79)

Man United came from behind to beat Bolton as move to within seven
points of Chelsea. Bolton went ahead when Kevin Nolan found Kevin Davies
to surge through the United defence and slot in, however within seven
minutes, United levelled when Mikael Silvestre sent Louis Saha clear
down the left and his superb shot with the outside of his boot found the
far corner. The winner came from sub Ruud Van Nistelrooy, his second in
two games, shooting home from close range from Saha's cut back.

Attendance : 27,718
Assists : Nolan, Silvestre, Saha

Everton (2) 2 (Osman 5, McFadden 26)
Sunderland (1) 2 (Stead 16, Delap 80)

Bottom club Sunderland gained a rare point after twice coming from
behind at Everton. The hosts were ahead early on when Gary Naysmith's
cross was met by James Beattie with a bobbler of a volley that was
touched in by Leon Osman, however Sunderland fought back and were level
when a near post corner was nodded on by Chris Brown for Jon Stead to
tap in his first goal for his club. Everton were back ahead before half
time as the visitors failed to deal with a long throw by Phil Neville
and allowed James McFadden to sweep the ball in, however again
Sunderland battled back and earned a draw late on as Dean Whitehead's
cross was headed in by Rory Delap.

Attendance : 38,093
Assists : Davies, Brown, Neville (throw in), Whitehead 

Fulham (1) 1 (Malbranque 10)
Portsmouth (2) 3 (O'Neil 30 secs, Lua-Lua 24, Christanval 62 og)
SENT OFF: Brown (Fulham) 74

Three wins in three games now for Portsmouth who are now only in the
relegation zone on goal difference after an excellent victory at Fulham.
They went ahead with the quickest goal of the Prem season so far as
Benjani Mwaruwari's cross was bobbled in at the far post by Gary O'Neil
after just half a minute, however by the tenth minute the home side were
level as Steed Malbranque collected a throw in, turned inside and
unleashed a beauty of a shot that curled in off the far post. That was
as good as it got for them through as Mwaruwari headed the ball on for
Lomana Lua-Lua to out pace the defender and score with a superb shot
with the outside of his foot. Pompey clinched it in the second half
largely thanks to a stroke of luck as Lua-Lua found O'Neil and his long
range effort struck Phillippe Christanval on the head and looped past
his own keeper. Fulham were reduced to ten men twelve minutes later when
Michael Brown launched into a two-footed tackle on Sean Davis to end a
miserable day for the home side.

Attendance : 22,322
Assists : Benjani, Bridge? (throw in), Benjani, n/a

Newcastle (2) 3 (Bowyer 2, Ameobi 25, Shearer (pen) 30)
Tottenham (1) 1 (Keane 19)
SENT OFF: Dawson (Spurs) 61

Spurs are clinging onto fourth place after crashing to defeat at
Newcastle. Things began badly for the Champions League hopefuls when
Charles N'Zobgia's fine run and cross was tapped in by Lee Bowyer,
however Spurs did equalise when Aaron Lennon's cross was headed in by
Robbie Keane. Newcastle didn't take long to regain the lead as Shola
Ameobi reacted quickest to poke the ball in after Paul Robinson failed
to hold Nol Solano's shot and within five minutes, the lead was doubled
thanks to a thumping Alan Shearer penalty after Bowyer was bundled over
by Edgar Davids. Jermaine Jenas missed a sitter for Spurs after the
break and Keane crashed a shot against the bar, however it was
effectively over when Michael Dawson was sent off for holding back
Shearer, his second bookable offence.

Attendance : 52,301
Assists : N'Zogbia, Lennon, n/a,  Bowyer (won pen)

West Brom (0) 0
Liverpool (2) 2 (Fowler 7, Cisse 38)

Liverpool stay within five points of Man United after a comfortable win
at struggling West Brom. Liverpool dominated the first half and deserved
their two goal half time lead which started thanks to another goal from
prodigal son Robbie Fowler. Xabi Alonso began the move with a pass which
Paul Robinson failed to cut out on it's way to Djibril Cisse and
although he appeared to handle the ball, play went on and his low cross
was tapped in at the far post by Fowler. Two of the trio combined again
half an hour later as Alonso long pass was perfect for Cisse to collect,
round the keeper and fire in. The hosts came more into it after the
break with sub Zoltan Gera coming close, however Liverpool rarely looked
in any danger of losing their lead.

Attendance : 27,576
Assists : Cisse, Xabi Alonso

29 March 2006

Manchester United (1) 1 (Van Nistelrooy 45)
West Ham (0) 0

Seven wins in a row now for Man United as they move to within nine 
points of Chelsea after a narrow, yet comfortable win against West Ham. 
United had the better of things throughout and won in late in the first 
half when Ji-Sung Park's excellent run and cross from the right was 
swept in at close range by Ruud Van Nistelrooy. 

Attendance : 69,522
Assist : Park

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