18 March 2007

EVERTON 1 (Johnson 90)

Everton stunned Arsenal with a last minute winner to keep their European hopes alive. For all of Arsenal's `easy on the eye` play, the best chances fell to Everton as both Lee Carsley and Leon Osman hit the post prior to the winning goal. As the heavy rain desended onto Goodison, Arsenal failed to clear a near post corner and Andy Johnson walloped the loose ball past defender and keeper at the near post.

Attendance : 37,162
Assist : n/a


No goals and not much excitement at Villa Park as Aston Vill and Liverpool battled out a drab goalless draw. Liverpool almost snatched the win late on only for Robbie Fowler's header to be well saved by Thomas Sorensen.

Attendance : 42,551
Assist : n/a

CHARLTON 2 (Zhi 53, Thomas 88 Pen)

Charlton gave themselves some real hope of getting out of the relegation zone with two second half goals to see off Newcastle. China captain Zheng Zie was at the heart of both goals as firstly he nodded in after Darren Bent's free kick had clattered off the bar and then late on he was barged over in the area by Nol Solano, allowing Jerome Thomas to send the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Attendance : 27,028
Assists : n/a, Zhi (won pen)

17 March 2007

BLACKBURN 1 (Samba 47)
WEST HAM 2 (Tevez 71 Pen, Zamora 75)

West Ham moved off the bottom with a win at Blackburn which owed much to the ineptitude of the match officials. Rovers went ahead just after half time when Christian Samba powered home a header from Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner and they looked in charge until the last twenty minutes when Carlos Tevez went down in the area under a challenge from Brett Emerton. A penalty was awarded leaving Rovers furious and sparking a mini pushing and shoving match among the players. The replay from some angles suggested that Emerton's trailing leg caught Tevez, however the Hammers striker got up and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot. Worse following minutes later when a almighty scramble from a corner saw Lee Bowyer have a shot cleared off the line and then Bobby Zamora's effort was blocked by his own man - Tevez - clearly offside on the goal-line. Amazingly the assistant ref said that the ball had crossed the line with replays proving it was only just on the line and certainly nowhere near being over! Late on, David Bentley was sent off for a second bookable offence, although he appeared to be shoved in the back before his handball. It summed up a bad day at the office for Blackburn.

Attendance : 18,951
Red Card : Bentley 90 (Blackburn)
Assists : Pedersen (ck), Tevez (won pen), n/a

CHELSEA 3 (Shevchenko 4, Kalou 17, Ballack 58)

Chelsea continue to just about stay in touch with Man United after a comfortable home win over Sheffield United, who themselves remain on the edge of the relegation zone. The champions ripped into an early two goal lead as Ricardo Carvalho broke from the back to set up Andrei Shevchenko to finish with a stunning volley and then Shaun Wright-Phillips crossed for Shevchenko to touch the ball on and leave Salomon Kalou with a far post tap in. Wright-Phillips also set up the final goal with a free kick nodded firmly in by Michael Ballack.

Attendance : 41,897
Assists : Carvalho, Shevchenko, Wright-Phillips

MANCHESTER CITY 2 (Distin 61, Mpenza 74)

Man City eased their relegation fears with a win at Middlesbrough who seemed to have half an eye on Monday's FA Cup replay. Joey Barton's corner set up the opener as Emile Mpenza kept the ball in the area and Richard Dunne hammered it in from close range. Mpenza grabbed the second himself as he was sent through by Barton and stretched to prod the ball past the keeper and in off the post.

Attendance : 26,427
Assists : Mpenza, Barton


Defences well on top as Reading and Portsmouth battled out a goalless draw. Pompey almost won the game in the second half but Richard Hughes saw his effort hit the post.

Attendance : 24,087
Assist : n/a

TOTTENHAM 3 (Jenas 41, Robinson 63 fk, Ghaly 85)
WATFORD 1 (Henderson 89)

Spurs are on a roll at the moment and you know it's going for you when your own goalkeeper scores! Luckless Watford were on the receiving end and were already a goal down after Jermaine Jenas headed in a cross from Pascal Chimbonda when the most remarkable goal of the season happened. Paul Robinson took a free kick on the left, only slightly forward of his own area and hoisted it to the edge of the opposition box where Danny Shittu left it to bounce and it did - straight over Watford keeper Ben Foster and into the net! Occasionally we see last minute goals from keepers up to try and salvage the game, but very rarely one like this! Spurs went on to add a third when Aaron Lennon set up Hossam Ghaly to finish with ease and although Watford grabbed a late consolation when Tommy Smith crossed for Darius Henderson to score easily, all the talk was about Robinson's goal.

Attendance : 36,051
Assists : Chimbonda, Malbranque (won fk), n/a, Smith


Drab stuff with Wigan having the better of the chances against Fulham. The best chance fell to Henri Camara who somehow missing from close range when the ball hit his knee and bobbled wide.

Attendance : 16,001
Assist : n/a

MANCHESTER UNITED 4 (Park 14, Rooney 17, Park 25, Rooney 74)
BOLTON 1 (Speed 87 Pen)

Man United took another big step toward regaining their league title as they blitzed Bolton at Old Trafford. Ironically Bolton began quite well only for United to take the lead when Cristiano Ronaldo got to the goal-line, just kept the ball in and cut it back for Ji-Sung Park to slam in from close range. Wayne Rooney added the second with Ronaldo again the provider as he and Rooney broke from a Bolton corner for the latter to send a subtle chip over the keeper and in and eight minutes later, a long range effort from Ronaldo - who else! - was fumbled by Jussi Jaaskelainen and Park was the first to the loose ball to bundle into the net. United could and should have added more before Ronaldo was subbed with twenty minutes left and his replacement took just four minutes to set up a fourth as Alan Smith's lobbed pass sent Rooney clear and his blasted finish gave the keeper no chance. Bolton grabbed a late consolation when Nemanja Vidic was judged to have pushed Adboulaye Faye, allowing Gary Speed to unconvincingly score from the spot.

Attendance : 76,058
Assists : Ronaldo, Ronaldo, n/a, Smith

14 March 2007

CHELSEA 1 (Lampard 28 Pen)

Attendance : 39,429
Assist : Kalou (won pen)

ARSENAL 1 (Diaby 10)

Attendance : 39,968
Assist : Baptista

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