16 December 2007

ARSENAL 1 (Gallas 45)

Arsenal stay top in the second of the two Clash of the Titans on Sunday. Chelsea old boy William Gallas got the only goal against his former club but it was keeper Petr Cech who made the error as he misjudged a corner from Cesc Fabregas to allow Gallas to score at the far post.

Attendance : 60139
Assist : Fabregas (ck)


Man United went temporarily top ahead of Arsenal's win after a narrow win at Anfield. Liverpool dominated possession but United found the net just before half time as Ryan Giggs played a corner to the edge of the box and although Wayne Rooney's shot was going wide it was turned in by Carlos Tevez.

Attendance : 44,459
Assist : Rooney

15 December 2007

NEWCASTLE 1 (Barton 92 Pen)

Drab game at the Cottage as a last minute penalty gave Newcastle the points at Fulham. The award of the kick was disputed by Fulham but Alan Smith clearly seemed to be upended by Elliot Omozusi which allowed Joey Barton to find the bottom corner from the spot.

Attendance : 24,959
Assist : Smith (won pen)

BIRMINGHAM 1 (Forssell 4)
READING 1 (Hunt 51 Pen)

Birmingham and Reading remain in lower-mid table after a point each at St Andrews. The hosts were off to a dream start when Gary McSheffrey's corner was nodded on by Muamba and bundled in at the second attempt by Mikael Forssell. Reading levelled early in the second half an underhit back pass by Matt Sadler gifted Nicky Hunt the ball only for keeper Maik Taylor to trip him in the area. Hunt converted the spot kick himself.

Attendance : 27,300
Assist : n/a, Hunt (won pen)


Derby remain rooted to the bottom after defeat at home to Middlesbrough. The only goal was a cracker from Tuncay whose first time volley from Stuart Downing's cross flew in.

Attendance : 32,676
Assist : Downing

MANCHESTER CITY 4 (Bianchi 7, Michalik 48 og, Vassell 77, Etuhu 94)
BOLTON 2 (Diouf 31, Nolan 40)

Highly entertaining match at the City of Manchester Stadium as Man City came from behind against Bolton to maintain their 100% home league record. They took an early lead when Darius Vassell cut the ball back for Michael Johnson whose effort across goal was prodded in by Rolando Bianchi. By the break, Bolton had turned the game around as El Hadji Diouf diverted in a shot from Kevin Davies and then Kevin Nolan found the corner after a cross by Ricardo Gardner was only cleared to the edge of the area. City gained parity early in the second half when Dietmar Hamann's shot was headed past his own keeper by Lubo Michalik and then went ahead when Martin Petrov crossed for Vassell to cheekily back flick the ball goalwards and it bobbled agonisingly over the line. City had chances to wrap it up but only clinched the win in stoppage time as Javier Garrido set up Kelvin Etutu to fire in the fourth.

Attendance : 40,506
Assists : Johnson, Davies, n/a, n/a, Petrov, Garrido

TOTTENHAM 1 (Berbatov 81)

Since beating Reading 7-4, Portsmouth's home form has slumped as they again failed to score in their defeat against Spurs. The only goal came late as Aaron Lennon crossed for Dimitar Berbatov to score at the far post.

Attendance : 20,520
Assist : Lennon

SUNDERLAND 1 (Higginbotham 10)
ASTON VILLA 1 (Maloney 73 fk)

Sunderland earned a useful point against Aston Villa but were disappointed it wasn't all three. They took the lead when Danny Higginbotham headed powerfully in from a corner by Ross Wallace, however Villa equalised thanks to Shaun Maloney's lovely curling 20-yard free kick. With time running out, Danny Collins bundled in a corner only for it to be disallowed for a foul on the keeper.

Attendance : 43,248
Assist : Wallace (ck), Maloney (won fk)

EVERTON 2 (Yakubu 45, Johnson 93)

Everton won at West Ham for the second time in three days thanks to a goal at the end of each half. Yakubu opened the scoring with a header after Tim Cahill nodded the ball across goal and with the Hammers pushing everyone forward late on, Phil Neville's long ball wasn't dealt with by Matthew Upson and sub Andy Johnson netted with a lob over the keeper from 35 yards.

Attendance : 34,430
Assists : Cahill, n/a

WIGAN 5 (Landzaat 10, Bent 12, Scharner 37, Bent 66, Bent 81)
BLACKBURN 3 (Santa Cruz 45, Santa Cruz 50, Santa Cruz 61)

Amazing game at the JJB as Wigan beat Lancastrian rivals Blackburn in an eight goal thriller which included TWO hat tricks, a missed penalty and a red card. Wigan blazed into a three goal lead as Marcus Bent's flick sent Denny Landzaat clear to slot in the first and then Bent doubled the lead after holding off two defenders before turning a shot past the keeper. Rovers had the chance to pull one back but Chris Kirkland pushed Benni McCarthy's weak kick around the post after a penalty was awarded for an apparent foul by Emile Heskey on Christopher Samba and they were made to pay when a free kick by the corner flag was blasted across goal by Ryan Taylor and headed in by Paul Scharner. Blackburn gave themselves hope when Roque Santa Cruz collected a throw in on his chest, turned and hit a beauty into the net from the edge of the area and early in the second half he scored again, this time with a tap in after Emerson Boyce almost headed the ball into his own net. Blackburn's hopes took a dive when Brett Emerton was sent off after kicking out at Taylor off the ball but within four minutes they were level when Santa Cruz completed his treble with a close range header from Stephen Warnock's cross. Bent then restored Wigan's lead with a far post header from Antonio Valencia's drilled cross and after Santa Cruz missed a sitter of a header to make it 4-4, Bent completed his hat trick as he converted Julius Aghahowa's cross.

Attendance : 16,489
Red Card : Emerton 57 (Blackburn)
Assists : Bent, n/a, Taylor (fk), Warnock, n/a, Warnock, Valencia, Aghahowa

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