6 April 2008

EVERTON 1 (Osman 56)

Everton kept their slim hopes of grabbing fourth place alive with a narrow win over relegated Derby. The only goal game early in the second half as a through ball from Manuel Fernandes found Leon Osman and he finished well with a shot inside the near post.

Attendance : 36,043
Assist : Fernandes

MIDDLESBROUGH 2 (Alves 35, Alves 56)
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Ronaldo 10, Rooney 74)

Man United go three points clear at the top despite being held at Middlesbrough. The Champions took an early lead when Michael Carrick's drilled cross was tapped in by Cristiano Ronaldo however Boro were level by the break when Jeremie Aliadiere set up Afonso Alves to clip in his first Prem goal. His second wasn't far behind as Aliadiere again sent him clear and he finished brilliantly with a curling shot inside the far post. United grabbed a draw after good work from Ji-Sung Park set up Wayne Rooney to score with a deflected effort from close range. Although the lead at the top is three points, United goal difference is +53 compared to +35 of Chelsea's, however the pair meet in three weeks at Stamford Bridge!

Attendance : 36,043
Assists : Carrick, Aliadiere, n/a, n/a

5 April 2008

ASTON VILLA 4 (Barry 9, Agbonlahor 56, Agbonlahor 60, Harewood 85)

Aston Villa ended their recent poor run with a crushing win against Bolton who remain four points from safety. Classic wing play set up the opening two goals as Ashley Young showed excellent skill before crossing for Gareth Barry to head in although the keeper almost kept it out and then Barry himself crossed for Gabriel Agbonlahor to guide in the second. Minutes later after Young's shot was blocked, Barry hammered home the third, aided by a big deflection and late on, Barry's free kick was headed in by Marlon Harewood.

Attendance : 37,773
Assists : Young, Barry, n/a, Barry (fk)

BLACKBURN 1 (Pedersen 30)
TOTTENHAM 1 (Berbatov 7)

Blackburn hopes of a UEFA Cup spot remain possible after coming from behind to draw at home to Spurs. The Londoners went ahead when Jermaine Jenas crossed for Dimitar Berbatov to take two touches to score from close range, however superb skill on the right from David Bentley saw his cross converted by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

Attendance : 24,592
Assists : Jenas, Bentley

FULHAM 1 (Healy 74)
SUNDERLAND 3 (Collins 45, Chopra 54, Jones 76)

Sunderland surely secured Premiership football next season after going ten points clear of the drop zone with their second away win in a row having gone all season previously without a single win on the road. Fulham were the hosts and are six points from safety as the Black Cats went ahead just before the break when Danny Collins nodded in a cross from Daryl Murphy. The lead was doubled when a header from Kenwyne Jones was lobbed first time over the keeper by Michael Chopra. Fulham gave themselves brief hope when Clint Dempsey set up David Healy to curl in a beauty from 25 yards but just two minutes later, Dean Whitehead's surging run resulted in his cutback being controlled and well finished by Jones.

Attendance : 25,053
Assists : Murphy, Jones, Davies, Whitehead

CHELSEA 2 (Dunne 6 og, Kalou 53)

Chelsea move to within two minutes of leaders Man United who play on Sunderland with a comfortable win at Man City. They needed some luck to get started as Nik Anelka's cross was turned into his own net by Richard Dunne and the lead was doubled early in the second half as Michael Essien's through ball found Salomon Kalou who rounded the keeper and slotted into the empty net.

Attendance : 42,594
Assists : n/a, Essien

NEWCASTLE 3 (Martins 18, Owen 43, Viduka 58)

Keegan is back at Newcastle with back to back wins after failing to win any of his first ten games since returning. Reading were firmly put to the sword started with a superb piece of coolness from Obafemi Martins who collected a pass from Nicky Butt and then took advantage of a slip from Liam Rosenior to weave into a shooting position before sliding the ball in. Habib Beye's chip then set up Michael Owen to hook the ball across goal and inside the far post before Beye set up Mark Viduka to thump in the third from close range.

Attendance : 52,179
Assists : Butt, Baye, Baye

WIGAN 2 (Taylor 15, Taylor 55)

Wigan boss Steve Bruce saw his new side beat his old one at the JJB. Birmingham star just four points above the drop zone after two goals from Ryan Taylor gave Wigan an eight point buffer, starting with a well controlled volley after excellent work from Antonio Valencia. He was also heavily involved in the second as his cross caused chaos and after both Emile Heskey and Taylor saw efforts saved, the ball bounced in off of the latter. In between the goals, Birmingham were reduced to ten men when Damien Johnson was red carded for a two footed 'jump in' tackle on Kevin Kilbane although the Wigan man did try and persuade the ref to keep Johnson on the pitch.

Attendance : 17,926
Red Card : Johnson 37 (Birmingham)
Assists : Valencia, n/a

ARSENAL 1 (Bendtner 54)
LIVERPOOL 1 (Crouch 42)

Arsenal are drifting out of the title race after the second 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool in four days. Unlike in midweek. Liverpool went ahead when Yossi Benayoun's lob found Peter Crouch and after beating his man he drilled a shot inside the near post from the edge of the area. The Gunners did level when Niklas Bendtner headed in a free kick from Cesc Fabregas at close range but they couldn't find a winner. The clubs meet again on Tuesday - defeat will probably mean end of season for the losers.

Attendance : 60,111
Assists : Benayoun, Fabregas (fk)

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