13 April 2008

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Ronaldo 54 Pen, Hargreaves 72 fk)
ARSENAL 1 (Adebayor 48)

Attendance : 75,985
Assists : RVP, n/a, Evra (won fk)

LIVERPOOL 3 (Gerrard 60, Torres 82, Voronin 90)
BLACKBURN 1 (Santa Cruz 92)

Attendance : 43,283
Assists : Levia, Gerrard, Riise, n/a

12 April 2008


No goals at Portsmouth as the Newcastle revival continues. Pompey came closest through Jermain Defoe whose volley beat the keeper but was off target however they ultimately had keeper David James to thank for a close range reaction save from Michael Owen's shot.

Attendance : 20,507
Assist : n/a

BIRMINGHAM 1 (Zarate 83)
EVERON 1 (Lescott 78)

Birmingham had their safety barrier above the drop zone halved despite coming from behind to earn a point against Everton. Both goals came late as the visitors went ahead when Lee Carsley's cross was headed goalwards by Yakubu and then diverted across goal and inside the far post by Joleon Lescott. Birmingham levelled with a superb free kick over the wall and into the top corner by Mauro Zarate.

Attendance : 25,923
Assists : Yakubu, n/a

BOLTON 1 (Davies 47)

Bolton are just two points from safety after a narrow but deserved win at home to West Ham. Kevin Davies grabbed the winner just after half time with a tap in after Matt Taylor's corner saw keeper Robert Green and defender Jonathon Spector get in each others way.

Attendance : 23,043
Assist : n/a

ASTON VILLA 6 (Young 25 fk, Carew 26, Petrov 36, Barry 58, Agbonlahor 76, Harewood 85)

Aston Villa destroyed already relegated Derby at Pride Park as six different scorers netted for the visitors. Villa took a quarter of the game to break their opponents down as Ashley Young's floated free kick saw keeper Roy Carroll flap at the ball under pressure from Olaf Mellberg and it sailed over him and into the net. A minute later, Carroll could only clear Gareth Barry's cross to the edge of the area where John Carew's low drive beat everyone to double the lead. A nightmare first half for the keeper got worse as his clearance then fell to Stilian Petrov whose shot from the edge of the centre circle arrowed into the top corner as Carroll desperately chased back. More goals followed after the break as Barry tapped into an empty net after Carroll saved well from Gabriel Agbonlahor who then burst through from a long kick from keeper Scott Carson to drill the fifth in across Carroll and inside the far post. Patrik Berger set up Marlon Harewood to net a carbon copy of the fifth to wrap up the rout. Statistically, Derby are well on course to break a number of unwanted Premiership records!

Attendance : 33,036
Assists : Carew (won fk), n/a, n/a, n/a, n/a, Berger

FULHAM 2 (McBride 24, Nevland 92)

Fulham gave themselves some hope of survival with a good win at Reading. Simon Davies set up both goals as his cross was hammered in by Brian McBride and then with time ebbing away, he sent Erik Nevland clear to slot in the second. This was Fulham's first away win of the season but they remain four points clear of safety.

Attendance : 24,112
Assists : Davies, Davies

SUNDERLAND 1 (Whitehead 82)
MANCHESTER CITY 2 (Elano 79 Pen, Vassell 87)

Sunderland are still not certain of survival after losing at home to Man City. A drab game came to life late on starting with a strange penalty award as Daniel Sturridge went down in the area under apparent challenge from Nyron Nosworthy already replays showed no contact. Elano walloped in the penalty to put City ahead. Three minutes later, a cross from Andy Reid was brilliantly volleyed into the roof of the net by Dean Whitehouse, however City won it when Elano sent Darius Vassell through and as he went to blast his shot goalwards, his miss-hit effort beat the keeper and bobbled over the line.

Attendance : 46,797
Assists : Sturridge (won pen), Reid, Elano

TOTTENHAM 1 (Grounds 27 og)
MIDDLESBROUGH 1 (Jenas 69 og)

Honours even at White Hart Lane as Middlesbrough came from behind at Spurs. The hosts went ahead after Dimitar Berbatov's cross was met by Aaron Lennon only for the unlucky Jonathon Grounds to divert the ball into the net. Boro levelled thanks to a scorching right foot shot from Stuart Downing from 30 yards which took a slight deflection off of Jermaine Jenas.

Attendance : 36,092
Assists : n/a, n/a

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