4 May 2006

Manchester City (1) 1 (Sommeil 38)
Arsenal (1) 3 (Ljungberg 30, Reyes 78, 83)

Arsenal moved to within a point of fourth placed Spurs with one game to 
go after a fine 3-1 win at Man City. After a cagy opening, Arsenal went 
ahead on the half hour. It was made by Thierry Henry who looked to be 
running down a blind alley until producing a reverse pass to set up 
Freddie Ljungberg who made space in the area to fire across the keeper 
and inside the far post for his first goal of the season. City equalised 
eight minutes when a deep corner was headed goalwards by Trevor Sinclair 
and helped in by David Sommeil. On half time, a superb solo run from 
Henry almost led to a goal as he found Robin Van Persie who then 
returned the pass only for the Frenchman to side foot wide. Arsenal 
began the second half well as Van Persie forced two good saves out of 
David James whilst Ljungberg cracked a shot against the post. City had 
chances as Richard Dunne and Micah Richards came close, however the 
Gunners eventually regained the lead as Emanuel Eboue cut the ball back 
for Jose Antonio Reyes to fire goalwards and although James got a hand 
to the ball, it still trickled in. Five minutes later, a break from 
Henry set us Reyes again to curl in the third goal from just inside the 

Attendance : 41,875
Assist : Henry, Sinclair, Eboue, Henry

Sunderland (1) 2 (Le Tallec 32, Brown 57)
Fulham (0) 1 (Radzinski 76)

Sunderland's first home league win of the season in their last home game 
of the season!! This was a re-arranged game from the one that was 
abandoned a few weeks ago with Fulham 1-0 up, however it was the home 
side that went ahead this time around as George McCartney's cross was 
met at the near post with a glancing header by Anthony Le Tallec. The 
lead was doubled when Nyron Nosworthy's powerful shot was only parried 
away and Chris Brown clipped in the loose ball. Fulham pulled one back 
late on when Thomasz Radzinski fired in a beauty into the top corner 
from the edge of the area, but it wasn't enough to stop Sunderland's 

Attendance : 28,226
Assist : McCartney, n/a, John

3 May 2006

Bolton (0) 1 (Vaz Te 51)
Middlesbrough (0) 1 (Johnson 47)

Honours even at the Reebok as hosts Bolton came from behind to grab a 
draw against Middlesbrough. With one eye on the UEFA Cup Final, Boro 
fielded a virtual reserve team, however they went ahead with a superb 
solo effort as Adam Johnson cut in from the left to curl a shot inside 
the far post. Bolton were level within five minutes when Ricardo Vaz Te 
sent a brilliant diving header into the net from Jay-Jay Okocha's cross. 
Boro should have won it late on, however Ugo Ehigou somehow shot wide 
from close range.

Attendance : 22,733
Assist : Wheater, Okocha

2 May 2006

Blackburn (1) 1 (Reid 43)
Chelsea (0) 0

Blackburn clinched a UEFA Cup spot with a deserved win against newly 
crowned champions Chelsea. Rovers went ahead just before half time when 
Robbie Savage's free kick from the left appeared to sail straight past 
everyone and inside the far post, however team-mate Steven Reid also 
claimed the goal with the faintest touch off of his forehead. Both clubs 
had hit the woodwork prior to that as Craig Bellamy hit the underside of 
the bar for the hosts before David Bentley somehow nodded the rebound 
wide and Eidur Gudjohnsen's stretched effort struck the post from 
Geremi's cross.

Attendance : 20,243
Assist : Savage (fk)

30 April 2006

Tottenham (0) 1 (Lennon 60)
Bolton (0) 0

Spurs are within one victory of clinching fourth place after a hard 
fought win against Bolton whose own European hopes took a severe dent. 
Bolton had the better of the first half as Spurs struggled to get a grip 
on the game, however the home side were much improved after the break 
and took the lead on the hour when Michael Carrick slid in Aaron Lennon 
to nip past a defender and shoot across goal and inside the far post. 
Bolton threw everything at Spurs for the majority of the remainder of 
the game and felt that they should have had two penalties when Stelios 
Giannokopolous was fouled by Michael Dawson and late on, Dawson was 
again involved when he misjudged a jump and seemed to handle the ball. 
Jay-Jay Okocha had a shot well saved whilst Ivan Campo shot wide whilst 
well placed as Spurs clung on for a vital win.

Attendance : 36,179
Assist : Carrick

29 April 2006

Charlton 0
Blackburn 2 (Reid 43, Powell 65 og)

Blackburn remain on course for a UEFA Cup spot after a comfortable win
at Charlton whose performance had mid-table  mediocrity written all over it.
Prior to the game, Charlton announced that boss Alan Curbishley would be
leaving his post after this season, possibly for England, probably not, however
by  half time, his team were in a familiar position of late as they were a 
goal down. It was largely down to poor defending as a long throw from 
Morten Gamst Pedersen was headed in from inside the six yard box by 
Steven Reid. The lead was doubled in the second half as Florent 
Sinama-Pongolle's deflected cross looped towards Craig Bellamy in the 
area, however as he and keeper Stephen Andersen weng for, and missed, 
the ball, the unlucky Chris Powell was behind them both and could do 
little as the ball struck him and bobbled into the vacant net.

Attendance : 26,254
Assists : Gamst Pedersen (throw in), n/a

Birmingham 0
Newcastle 0

Whilst Portsmouth were winning at the JJB, Birmingham were trying in 
vain to beat UEFA Cup chasing Newcastle, a feat that ultimately ended in 
failure as a goalless draw sent them down. Nerves played a part early, 
however as they game wore on and the proverbial kitchen sink was thrown 
forward, the chances came with arguably the best one falling to Mikael 
Forssell late on, however having found space, his shot was well saved by 
Shay Given who then also kept out the rebound from Emile Heskey. 

Attendance : 28,331
Assist : n/a

Liverpool 3 (Morientes 4, Gerrard 61, 66)
Aston Villa 1 (Barry 58)

Liverpool moved level on points with Man United after a convincing win 
against Aston Villa whose season promised much but delivered little. The 
home side wasted no time in getting started and were ahead inside four 
minutes when Xabi Alonso's through ball sent Fernando Morientes clear 
and having cut back inside his marker, slotted home well. Villa levelled 
in the second half when Aaron Hughes's cross missed everyone until 
Gareth Barry converted at the far post, however Steven Gerrard then took 
control with two excellent strikes in five minutes. His first came from 
an Alonso corner that he sent into the net with a near post volley and 
the win was confirmed when he collected a pass from Morientes to drive a 
shot into the top corner from 25 yards. 

Attendance : 44,479
Assists : Xabi Alonso, Hughes, Xabi Alonso (ck), Morientes

Manchester City 1 (Dunne 69)
Fulham 2 (John 84, Malbranque 90) 

Two late goals gave Fulham their first away win of the season at the 
expence of Man City whose recent form would have seen them in the bottom 
three had they not have had a decent start and middle to the campaign. 
City went ahead thanks to a Richard Dunne half volley after Micah 
Richards had nodded the ball down, however Fulham were level when Luis 
Boa Morte's cut back was converted off the post by Collins John. Fulham 
won it in stoppage time with Boa Morte again the provider, this time 
setting up Steed Malbranque to score with a crisp shot.

Attendance : 41,128
Assists : Richards, Boa Morte, Boa Morte

Middlesbrough 0
Everton 1 (McFadden 89)

After the Lord Mayor's Show for Middlesbrough as their remarkable 
Lazarus-style UEFA Cup semi final win was followed by a home defeat 
against Everton. The only goal came late as Leon Osman's long ball 
tempted keeper Brad Jones out of his area, however it was an awful 
misjudgement as James McFadden got to the ball first and sent a long 
range lob into the net. 

Attendance : 29,224
Assists : Osman

Wigan 1 (Camara 34)
Portsmouth 2 (Benjani 63, Taylor 71 Pen)

Portsmouth secured their Premiership survival after coming from behind 
to win thanks to a late penalty for the second game in a row, this time 
at Wigan. The hosts began well and having had what looked a good goal 
disallowed from Henri Camara, went ahead when David Thompson's cross was 
headed goalwards by Matt Jackson and although Dean Kiely kept it out, it 
fell nicely for Camara who netted with a simple tap in. Portsmouth were level 
after the break when Matt Taylor bobbled a shot across goal and against 
the post and Benjani was on hand to nod in his first goal for his new 
club. He was also involved in the winner as his far post header was 
handled by Gary Teale and after the ref had sent the Wigan man off for 
stopping a goalscoring chance, Taylor drilled the penalty into the 
bottom corner to keep his side up and send Birmingham and West Brom 

Attendance : 21,126
Red Card : Teale 70 (Wigan)
Assists : n/a, n/a, n/a

Chelsea 3 (Gallas 5, Cole 61, Carvalho 73)
Manchester United 0

Chelsea joined the illustrious list of clubs to retain the league title 
after clinching the point they needed by beating closest rivals Man 
United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, however England fans will be concerned by 
what appeared to be a serious injury to Wayne Rooney. Chelsea were ahead 
early on thanks to poor marking from United at a corner. Frank Lampard 
took the kick and after Didier Drogba nodded the ball goalwards, William 
Gallas lost his marker and was allowed to head into the net unmarked two 
yards out. United took a while to get started and after Cristiano 
Ronaldo tested Petr Cech with a long range free kick, Rooney missed a 
glorious chance as he burst between three defenders to go through on 
goal only to drag his effort well wide. Chances were largely at a 
premium throughout the half however Rooney did come close again before 
half time with a low drive from the edge of the area that Cech just got 
his hand to and John O'Shea headed over in stoppage time. The hosts 
started the second half well with Joe Cole close to doubling the lead 
with a neat chip that drifted just wide and Arjen Robben was widely off 
target with a couple of efforts. United began to push more and more 
players forward, however they were caught out from a long kick by Cech 
that was helped on by Drogba. It fell to Cole who showed some wonderful 
footwork on the edge of the area to squirm away from three defenders and 
then fire a shot past Edwin Van Der Sar that flew inside the near post. 
Cole was again volved ten minutes later when his run culminated in a 
pass to Ricardo Carvalho and his fierce drive fizzed past the keeper for 
the third goal. As the celebrations began for Chelsea, the fears began 
for England fans everywhere with ten minutes to go as Rooney was 
stretchered off with what looked a serious foot injury following a 
tackle from Paulo Ferreira, although he did win the ball fairly. With 
the World Cup six weeks away, it remains a huge worry and in many ways, 
overshadowed the rest of the game which included a glaring miss from 

Attendance : 42,219
Assists : Drogba, Drogba, Cole

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