13 May 2007

BLACKBURN 3 (McCarthy 21, Bentley 56, Derbyshire 67)
READING 3 (K-Hyeon 36, Doyle 59, Gunnarson 77)

Reading missed out on a European place but their first ever season in the top flight has been a resounding success, finishing 8th. They came from behind three times at Blackburn to end with a draw and were up against it after Morten Gamst Pedersen's cross was Shabani Nonda and keeper Marcus Hahnemann clashed leaving a one yard tap in for Benni McCarthy. Reading restored parity when Seol Ki-Hyeon headed a Nicky Hunt corner in off the post, however early in the second half Rovers were back ahead as Stephen Warnock's cross saw Pedersen hit the post from three yards and David Bentley tap into an open goal. Reading battled back and equalised within two minutes as Ulises De La Cruz crossed for Kevin Doyle to head in. On came Matt Derbyshire from the bench and he scored with his first touch as he ended a brilliant sweeping move by heading in Brett Emerton's cross, however Reading grabbed a deserved point when Leroy Lita's free kick hit the wall and Brynjar Gunnarsson thumped home the loose ball.

Attendance : 22,671
Assists : n/a, Hunt (ck), n/a, De La Cruz, Emerton, n/a

BOLTON 2 (Speed 32, Davies 58)
ASTON VILLA 2 (Gardner 37, Moore 81)

The final UEFA Cup place goes to Bolton who needed, and got, a point although Aston Villa twice came from behind with two stunning goals. Bolton took the lead when Gary Speed slid in a Nik Anelka pass, however Craig Gardner unleashed a superb volley to level matters as he latched onto John Carew's header. Idan Tal set up Kevin Davies to score the second from close range, however late on Villa levelled again as Ashley Young's cross was half cleared for Luke Moore to crashed a volley into the top corner.

Attendance : 26,255
Assists : Anelka, Carew, n/a, n/a

CHELSEA 1 (Drogba 57)
EVERTON 1 (Vaughan 50)

Everton are also in the UEFA Cup after a draw at outgoing Champions Chelsea. They went ahead when Leon Osman set up James Vaughan to fire the ball inside the near post, however Chelsea earned a point when Didier Drogba swept in a cross from Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Attendance : 41,746
Assists : Osman, Wright-Phillips

LIVERPOOL 2 (Xabi Alonso 62, Kewell 90 Pen)
CHARLTON 2 (Holland 2, Bent 72)

Robbie Fowler said goodbye to Liverpool without a goal to mark his farewell performance as the Anfield side were held by relegated Charlton. The visitors were ahead inside two minutes when Zheng Zhi crossed for Matt Holland to score from close range. Charlton should have increased their lead before Harry Kewell's cross was nodded down by Dirk Kuyt for Xabi Alonso to bobble in the equaliser. Charlton were back ahead when Ben Thatcher's shot was saved and Darren Bent walloped in the rebound however after Fowler was subbed to a standing ovation, Liverpool were awarded a last minute penalty when Madjid Bougherra handled. Fowler surely would have taken it but it was left to Kewell to find the net via the keeper's hand and the post.

Attendance : 43,134
Assists : Bent, Kuyt, n/a, n/a

WEST HAM 1 (Tevez 45)

West Ham knew that a point at newly elected Champions Man United would be enough to keep them safe and remarkably they grabbed a victory. The scorer was Carlos Tevez whose transfer to the club has been the catalyst for much legal wranglings recently. It came in first half stoppage time as he played a one-two with Bobby Zamora and after a tackle on him ballooned the ball into the air, he reached it first to slot past the keeper from a tight angle.

Attendance : 75,927
Assist : n/a

MIDDLESBROUGH 3 (Viduka 34, Wheater 45, Viduka 47)
FULHAM 1 (Davies 42)

Four goals either side of half time decided things at the Riverside as Middlesbrough swept Fulham aside. Mark Viduka scored the first as he collected a pass from Jonathon Woodgate, made space and shot home. Fulham were level though when a poor back header from youngster David Wheater allowed Simon Davies to lob the ball in, however Wheater made amends shortly afterwards when he thumped home a header from a Fabio Rochemback corner. Viduka completed the victory early in the second half when he battled through tackles to drill in.

Attendance : 29,556
Assists : Woodgate, n/a, Rochemback (ck), n/a


Goalless at Fratton Park as Portsmouth and Arsenal end with a whimper. Arsenal could have won it when Linvoy Primas fouled Emmanuel Eboue in the area, however Julio Baptista's well struck penalty was superbly saved by David James.

Attendance : 20,188
Assists : n/a

WIGAN 2 (Scharner 14, Unsworth 45 Pen)

Whilst the Hammers were securing their Premiership status, the other two clubs involved in the drop met at Bramhall Lane in a nerve-shredding encounter. Wigan needed a win at Sheffield United to send their opponents down whilst a draw would have good enough for United to survive and send Wigan back down. Wigan started superbly and took a deserved lead when Kevin Kilbane's cross was swept in by Paul Scharner. United equalised when Jon Stead just beat keeper Mike Pollitt to a Phil Jagielka cross and headed in, although a clash of heads between the pair delayed the game for five minutes. Also injured in the collision was Ryan Taylor who ironically came off worst and limped off to be replaced by David Unsworth who was then involved in what turned out to be the winner. Jagielka stuck up a hand to flick away a cross and a penalty was rightly awarded, allowing former United player Unsworth to convert the spot kick. After the break United threw everything at Wigan and came desperately close to grabbing an equaliser when Danny Webber burst through and although his shot beat the keeper, it hit the post and rebound across goal to safety. Wigan played the last twenty minutes with ten men when Lee McCulloch collected his second yellow for a foul on Michael Tonge but they held on just despite a couple of late scares.

Attendance : 32,604
Red Card : McCulloch 74 (Wigan)
Assists : Kilbane, Jagielka, n/a

TOTTENHAM 2 (Keane 10, Berbatov 32)

Needing just a point to secure UEFA Cup football, Spurs raced into a two goal lead against Man City. Robbie Keane struck a brilliant first as a chip from Jermaine Jenas dropped over his shoulder before he swept in a first time volley and Dimitar Berbatov added the second as an attempted pass to Aaron Lennon bounced back to him and he beat his man before firing home. Emile Mpenza headed in a cross from Didi Hamann to bring City back into it but Spurs held on and even missed a late penalty after Richard Dunne pushed Didier Zokora. It looked to have been just outside the box but justice was done when Andreas Isaksson saved Jermaine Defoe's penalty, the striker then blazing the rebound over.

Attendance : 35,426
Assists : Jenas, n/a, Hamann

WATFORD 1 (King 52 Pen)
NEWCASTLE 1 (Dyer 29)

Watford ended their relegation season with a draw against Newcastle who look to be announcing that Sam Allardyce will become their new boss. They went ahead when Nol Solano sent Kieron Dyer through to prod home, however after Nicky Butt handled in the area, Marlon King equalised from the penalty spot.

Attendance : 19,830
Assists : Solano, n/a

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