29 April 2007

ARSENAL 3 (Baptista 4, Adebayor 84, Gilberto Silva 87 Pen)
FULHAM 1 (Davies 78)

Attendance : 60,043
Assists : Adebayor, n/a, Fabregas, Hleb (won pen)

28 April 2007

BLACKBURN 4 (Roberts 60, Hreidarsson 77 og, Roberts 80, Derbyshire 83)
CHARLTON 1 (Bent 71)

Charlton moved down to 19th as a second half goal blitz from Blackburn saw them slide even deeper into trouble. It took an hour for Rovers to take the lead when Jason Roberts turned and shot on the edge of the area and keeper Scott Carson somehow allowed the ball to go through his hands and into the net at the near post. Things looked even bleaker for Charlton when Ben Thatcher was sent off for a second bookable offence after scything down David Bentley, however another defensive howler gifted them an equaliser as Stephen Warnock sent a header against his own bar and Darren Bent was quickest to the rebound and headed in. Cue a seven minute spell when Rovers struck three times, although the first was unlucky on the visitors as Morten Gamst Pedersen's awful cross hit the heel of the back-peddling Herman Hreidarsson and bobbled into his own net. Roberts added his second with a tap in after excellent work from Benni McCarthy and Pedersen and the game was sealed when a clearing header from Christopher Samba sent Matt Derbyshire away to drive in the fourth.

Attendance : 24,921
Red Card : Thatcher 64 (Charlton)
Assists : Tugay, n/a, n/a, Pedersen, Samba

ASTON VILLA 2 (Carew 24, Maloney 75)

Not quite a nothing game but realistically neither Man City or Aston Villa are likely to finish too near a European or relegation spot. Villa's 2-0 win was comfortable enough and was kicked off by a superb near post header by John Carew from Ashley Young's cross. City missed a golden chance in first half stoppage time when Joey Barton sent a penalty over the bar after keeper Thomas Sorensen had climbed all over Darius Vassell and they were made to pay late on when Shaun Maloney's free kick crept inside the post.

Attendance : 40,799
Assists : Young, Maloney (won fk)

MIDDLESBROUGH 2 (Viduka 66, Pogatetz 89)
TOTTENHAM 3 (Keane 12, Berbatov 47, Keane 83)

Spurs are still in touch for a European place after a rare away win at Middlesbrough. Robbie Keane stole the show again with two goals, beginning with a neat finish from 12 yards after good work from Dimitar Berbatov. The lead was doubled from Berbatov himself with a stunning acrobatic first time volley from the edge of the area after being found by Hossamn Ghaly. Boro pulled one back when Mark Viduka's header from Stuart Downing's cross gave them hope, however Keane eradicated that late on with a close range finish after a good run and cut back from Aaron Lennon. A Fabio Rochemback corner was headed home by Emmanual Pogatetz with a minute left but Spurs held on.

Attendance : 27,861
Assists : Berbatov, Ghaly, Downing, Lennon, Rochemback (ck)

PORTSMOUTH 2 (Benjani 27, Kranjcar 32)
LIVERPOOL 1 (Hyypia 59)

Portsmouth continue to battle with Spurs and Reading for a UEFA Cup place and did their cause the power of good by beating a Liverpool side missing a number of players ahead of the midweek CL clash with Chelsea. Forgotten keeper Jerzy Dudek was at fault for the opener as opposite number David James thumped the ball downfield and as Dudek hesitated on the edge of the area, Benjani nipped in, lobbed the ball over him and headed into the gaping net. Five minutes later a fine crossfield ball from Lauren found Niko Krancjar and he fired in past the keeper. Liverpool pulled one back when Sami Hyypia headed in a Robbie Fowler corner but they really only have eyes for the CL now this season.

Attendance : 20,201
Assists : James, Lauren, Fowler (ck)

SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 (Powell 44 og)

Sheffield United move up to 15th - three points clear of the drop zone - after a narrow win at home to already relegated Watford. United needed a stroke of luck to win the game as Michael Tonge's shot was headed into his own net by Chris Powell but off all the clubs at the bottom, they look like dragging themselves out of trouble.

Attendance : 30,690
Assist : n/a

WEST HAM 3 (Boa Morte 30, Benayoun 57, Harewood 82)

West Ham collected a stunning win at relegation rivals Wigan to put both clubs level on points and only goal difference keeping the Hammers in the bottom three. They went ahead on the half hour when a long ball from Lucas Neill sent Luis Boa Morte through and his lob seemed to take an age to drop and bounce into the net. Wigan pressed forward in the second half and were caught on the counter-attack twice as the Hammers looked clinical on the break. A lovely move eventually saw Bobby Zamora set up Yossi Benayoun to score off the post and late on a repeat performance ended with Nigel Reo-Coker finding Boa Morte and although he could have scored, his square saw Marlon Harewood tap into an empty net.

Attendance : 24,726
Assists : Neill, Zamora, Harewood

CHELSEA 2 (Kalou 22, Jaaskelainen 34 og)
BOLTON 2 (Michalik 19, Davies 54)

Chelsea dropped points in the title race and are now five behind Man United with three games left after only drawing at home to Bolton. Chelsea were shocked early on when Bolton took the lead. A free kick from Andranik Teymourian was headed goalwards by Abdoulaye Meite and although it was blocked, Lubomir Michalik was on hand to shoot the loose ball in. The hosts fought back and equalised when a superb cross was Wayne Bridge was glanced in by Salomon Kalou. The scorer had a hand, or head, in the second goal as his effort was nodded against the bar by Meite and bounced over the line after hitting keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen on the leg. Bolton were refusing to roll over though and levelled matters early in the second half with another free kick as Idan Tal found Kevin Davies who headed in at the far post.

Attendance : 41,105
Assists : n/a, Bridge, n/a, Speed (fk)

EVERTON 2 (Carrick 12 og, Fernandes 50)
MANCHESTER UNITED 4 (O'Shea 61, P Neville 68 og, Rooney 79, Eagles 93)

Man United came from two goals down to record a vital win at Everton on the afternoon that could well have seen the title race decided. Everton took advantage of a slow start from United and went ahead early when a well struck free kick from Alan Stubbs took a slight deflection and beat the keeper from 25 yards. The lead was doubled early in the second half with a superb strike from the edge of the area by Manuel Fernandes having been found by Mikel Arteta. United got back into it thanks to a howler from Everton keeper Iain Turner who dropped a simple catch from a corner and allowed John O'Shea to sweep the ball in and United's equaliser was a massive irony as former United star Phil Neville put through his own net after trying to clear a Cristiano Ronaldo header. Things got worse for the home side (and Chelsea) when former Evertonian Wayne Rooney put United ahead when he capitalised on Everton's failure to clear a cross, made space in the area and slotted in from a tricky angle and in stoppage time, youngster Chris Eagles wrapped up the win and in all probability the league title as Rooney set him up to run at the defence and net the fourth.

Attendance : 39,682
Assists : n/a, Arteta, n/a, n/a, Rooney

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