30 January 2008


No goals as Goodison as Everton and Spurs won a point each. The home side had the better of the chances with Andy Johnson denied twice by keeper Radek Cerny.

Attendance : 35,840
Assist : n/a

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Ronaldo 10, Ronaldo 13 fk)

Man United returned to the top of the table as they swept Portsmouth aside at Old Trafford. Player of the Year elect Cristiano Ronaldo effectively won the game inside the early stages with two quick fire goals, starting with a one-two as Ronaldo chested the ball off to Nani and then raced onto the through ball to slot in. Just minutes later, he struck a stunning free kick which sailed over the wall and dipped viciously to find the top corner, leaving keeper David James, playing his 500th Prem game, standing. Just after the hour, Ronaldo should have grabbed his hat trick only to drag a shot wide from the edge of the area.

Attendance : 75,415
Assists : Nani, Ronaldo (won fk)

CHELSEA 1 (Ballack 32)

Chelsea stayed within four points of the two red leaders with a narrow win against Reading. In truth, the home side dominated but only managed one goal as Michael Ballack sent a superb header into the net from Paulo Ferreira's cross.

Attendance : 41,171
Assist : Ferreira

DERBY 1 (Sun Jihai 47 og)
MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Sturridge 63)

Bottom club Derby were denied their second win of the season as Daniel Sturridge netted his second Man City goal in four days. Derby went ahead just after half time in flukey circumstances as Kenny Miller's attempted shot was heading for the corner flag before Sun Jihai's leg got in the way to divert it past his own keeper. Sturridge, on his first start for City, levelled later in the half as he bobbled Martin Petrov's cross into the net off of the post.

Attendance : 31,368
Assists : n/a, Petrov

WEST HAM 1 (Noble 94 Pen)

Liverpool's season threatens to disintegrate as they lost to a last minute penalty at West Ham. The game was in the final seconds of stoppage time when Freddie Ljungberg cut inside Jamie Carragher whose trailing leg tripped the Swede. Mark Noble found the bottom corner with the spot kick even though keeper Jose Reina went then right way.

Attendance : 34,977
Assist : Ljungberg (won pen)

29 January 2008


Fulham earned their first point under new boss Roy Hodgson in a poor game at Bolton. The hosts came closest to breaking the deadlock when Fulham keeper Antti Niemi flapped at a cross however Lubo Michalik could only loop the ball wide of an open net.

Attendance : 17,732
Assist : n/a

MIDDLESBROUGH 1 (Aliadiere 19)

Wigan dropped into the bottom three after defeat at Middlesbrough. Tuncay grazed the post twice with two early chances for Boro before Stuart Downing sent Jeremie Aliadiere clear and he finished well with a stinging near post shot.

Attendance : 22,963
Assist : Downing

SUNDERLAND 2 (Murphy 15, Prica 66)

Sunderland move out of the bottom three after a hard fought win over fellow strugglers Birmingham. Sunderland led at the break after a deep cross was nodded into the six yard box by Kenwyne Jones where both defenders and keeper seemed to leave the ball for each other, allowing Daryl Murphy to volley in from close range. Cameron Jerome should have equalised shortly afterwards as he burst through however his shot was weak and easily saved by Craig Gordon. In the second half the lead was doubled as Liam Ridgewell's poor header wasn't powerful enough to reach his own keeper and in nipped half time sub Rade Prica to fire in a debut goal. Prica then had another ruled out for handball as the ball hit his hand after he totally mistimed a header at goal before scooping the ball in.

Attendance : 37,674
Assists : Jones, n/a

ARSENAL 3 (Adebayor 40, Flamini 72, Fabregas 80)

Arsenal go top for a day at least after sweeping aside Newcastle for the second time in four days. The Gunners dominated for long spells and took the lead just before half time when Mathieu Flamini's cross was converted by Emmanuel Adebayor with a diving header at the far post. Flamini hit a brilliant second as he collected a pass from Cesc Fabregas and unleashed a belter from 30 yards which arrowed into the top corner. Fabregas made it three with a powerful volley after being set up by Nicklas Bendtner.

Attendance : 60,127
Assists : Flamini, Fabregas, Bendtner

26 January 2008

ASTON VILLA 1 (Young 73 fk)
BLACKBURN 1 (Santa Cruz 68)

Attendance : 39,602
Assists : n/a, Agbonlahor (won fk)

21 January 2008

LIVERPOOL 2 (Benayoun 19, Crouch 88)
ASTON VILLA 2 (Harewood 69, Aurelio 72 og)

Liverpool needed a late goal to earn a point after Aston Villa came from behind to lead at Anfield. Liverpool were ahead at half time when a corner was cleared to Dirk Kuyt on the edge of the area and his ball into the box found Yossi Benayoun and although his first effort was blocked, he reacted quickly to bundle in the rebound. Villa sent on Marlon Harewood midway through the second half and it sparked a remarkable turnaround as the hosts failed to deal with set pieces. The equaliser came from a free kick hoisted into the area and after Martin Laursen nodded it across goal, Harewood hooked the ball over his own head and into the net. Three minutes later, Villa were ahead with another free kick into the box, this time headed on by John Carew and as Olaf Mellberg volleyed across goal, it struck Fabio Aurelio and looped into his own net. Gabriel Agbonlahor then missed a glorious chance to put the game beyond Liverpool as he took too long when through on goal. Sub Peter Crouch then entered the fray for the hosts and with two minutes to go he struck as Villa failed to deal with a free kick which went over Laursen's head and hit Jamie Carragher to fall nicely for Crouch to sweep the ball in.

Attendance : 42,590
Assists : n/a, Laursen, n/a, Carragher

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