11 February 2007

ARSENAL 2 (Hall 81 og, Rosicky 85)
WIGAN 1 (Landzaat 35)

Two late goals saved Arsenal's blushes as they came from behind to beat struggling Wigan. The visitors took the lead through a cracking shot from Denny Landzaat who latched onto a weak clearance and hammered a beauty into the top corner from fully 25 yards. Arsenal pressed forward looking for an equaliser which eventually arrived with nine minutes left but left Wigan boss Paul Jewell furious. During the build up, a through ball to Mattieu Flamini should have been flagged offside and his cross was turned into his own net by Fitz Hall. No such luck with the winner though as another flowing move saw Julio Baptiste cross for Tomas Rosicky to send a flashing header into the net from close range.

Attendance : 60,049
Assists : n/a, n/a, Baptista

BOLTON 2 (Speed 23 Pen, Nolan 51)
FULHAM 1 (Knight 66)

Bolton kept the pressure on the top four with a narrow win against Fulham. They went ahead when Nik Anelka was bundled over in the area by Michael Brown allowing Gary Speed to send a penalty confidently into the middle of the goal. The lead was doubled when Kevin Nolan hammered in from close range after Stelios Giannakpolous had headed against the post and although Fulham pulled one back when Zat Knight brilliantly headed in a Simon Davies corner, they couldn't grab a draw from the game.

Attendance : 24,919
Assists : Anelka (won pen), n/a, Davies

10 February 2007

PORTSMOUTH 2 (Mendes 5, Kanu 81)
MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Corradi 62)

Portsmouth continued their unlikely hunt for a European spot with a narrow win over Man City. They went ahead early when a corner was punched clear to Pedro Mendes who took a touch to control the ball and then blasted into the roof of the net from 20 yards. City levelled it up when a cross from Darius Vassell was superbly headed in by Bernardo Corradi, however Pompey clinched it late on when Glen Johnson's pass in the area found Kanu who slotted it across goal and inside the far post.

Attendance : 19,344
Assists : n/a, Vassell, Johnson

CHELSEA 3 (Drogba 45 fk, Xavier 66 og, Drogba 83 fk)

Chelsea remain on the heels of Man United thanks largely to two Didier Drogba free kicks against Middlesbrough. The first came on the stroke of half time as he fired a low shot through a gap left by team mates and into the bottom corner and then with seven minutes to go, he netted again from the left edge of the area although this time he was aided by a deflection which looped the ball in. Between the two free kicks, Abel Xavier diverted an Arjen Robben cross into his own net to edge Chelsea further ahead.

Attendance : 41,699
Assists : Diarra (won fk), n/a, n/a

EVERTON 1 (Johnson 10)

Everton gained some revenge for Blackburn walloping them in the FA Cup a month ago with a narrow home win. Andy Johnson scored the only goal with a cracking close range volley after both Lee Carsley and Mikael Arteta had nodded the ball on.

Attendance : 35,593
Assist : Arteta

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Park 24, Fletcher 82)

Man United stay six points clear at the top with a comfortable, yet uninspired, home win against struggling Charlton. They went ahead with a close range header by Ji-Sung Park after a cross from Partice Evra was deflected into the air and the win was clinched late on when Wayne Rooney's original shot was saved, however he clipped the rebound perfectly for Darren Fletcher to nod into a gaping net.

Attendance : 75,883
Assists : n/a, Rooney

NEWCASTLE 2 (Martins 26, Solano 70 Pen)
LIVERPOOL 1 (Bellamy 6)

Newcastle came from behind to beat Liverpool in a game played in heavy rain. Former Toon star Craig Bellamy put Liverpool ahead early on when keeper Steve Harper's poor clearance fell to Jermaine Pennant and his cross was easily dispatched by Bellamy. Twenty minutes later, another goalkeeping howler as Jose Reina ran from his goal to clear a through ball but only blasted it against team mate Daniel Agger and opposition striker Obafemi Martins. The ball bounced perfectly for the latter to take his time and tap into an empty net. The home side cliched a vital win when good skill in the area by Stephen Taylor saw him upended by John Arne Riise, allowing Nol Solano to drill the penalty into the bottom corner.

Attendance : 52,305
Assists : Pennant, n/a, Taylor (won pen)

SHEFFIELD UNITED 2 (Hulse 27, Jagielka 62 Pen)
TOTTENHAM 1 (Jenas 2)

Spurs's away-day hoodoo shows no sign of improving as they sqaundered a lead at Sheffield United. They began on fire and were ahead inside two minutes when a flicked ball from Robbie Keane sent Jermain Jenas clear to lob the ball home, however United were level by half time when Rob Hulse met a Colin Kazim-Richards corner at the far post and his header bounced across goal and inside the far post. The winner came from the penalty spot when Teemu Tainio body-checked Stephen Quinn in the area. Phil Jagielka blasted home the spot kick.

Attendance : 32,144
Assists : Tainio, Kazim-Richards (ck), S Quinn (won pen)

WATFORD 1 (Henderson 12 Pen)

A tale of two penalties at Upton Park as bottom club Watford recorded their first away win of the season at fellow relegation possibles West Ham. The only goal came when Darius Henderson was hauled back in the area by Anton Ferdinand and got up to find the bottom corner from the penalty spot. The Hammers wasted a golden chance to get level when Nigel Reo-Coker was tripped by Gavin Mahon as he bore down on goal, however Marlon Harewood sent the keeper the wrong way but in the process missed the target as his kick sailed wide. Remarkably, prior to this game, West Ham and Watford were the only two Prem clubs not to have been awarded a penalty in a league game this season.

Attendance : 34,625
Assist : Henderson (won pen)

READING 2 (Sidwell 16, 92)

A goal in each half from Steve Sidwell gave Reading all three points against Aston Villa. Reading led after an entertaining first half in which both clubs could have easily scored a couple. The goal came from a corner swung near post by Stephen Hunt which was glanced in at the near post by an unmarked Steve Sidwell. The second half was more of the same culminating with Reading clinching the win deep into stoppage time when Sidwell played a one-two with Dave Kitson before slotting a first time effort into the bottom corner.

Attendance : 24,122
Assists : Hunt, Kitson

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