8 December 2008
WEST HAM 0
TOTTENHAM 2 (King 68, O'Hara 90)
Two second half goals saw Spurs win at West Ham and rise above their London rivals in the battle against the drop. Spurs looked the better side throughout and went ahead when Aaron Lennon's cross was met by Ledley King with a bouncing header into the corner. With time ebbing away, Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes saved well from Lucas Neill and David Di Michele and as Spurs broke away, Vedran Corluka found sub Jamie O'Hara who hammered a shot into the far corner from 25 yards.
Attendance : 34,277
Assists : Lennon, Corluka
7 December 2008
EVERTON 2 (Lescott 30, Lescott 93)
ASTON VILLA 3 (Sidwell 34 seconds, Young 54, Young 94)
Aston Villa go fifth after a win at Everton in a game which began and ended in sensational fashion. Villa were ahead after half a minute - the quickest Prem goal of the season so far - as a good interchange of passes saw James Milner set up Steve Sidwell to fire in from 25 yards. On the half hour the hosts levelled as a free kick from Mikel Arteta was helped on by Leon Osman and Joleon Lescott touch the ball in from close range. Villa regained the lead after the break as Phil Jagielka's horribly underhit back pass sent Ashley Young clear and he finished with a fine shot. With stoppage time almost up, Everton piled everyone forward and snatched an equaliser when Villa failed to clear a cross and Tim Cahill kept the ball in the area and Lescott thumped it in with an acrobatic shot. Amazingly, straight from the kick off, Gabriel Agbonlahor pass sent Young through on goal again and he curled in a dramatic winner.
Attendance : 31,922
Assists : Milner, Arteta (fk), n/a, Cahill, Agbonlahor
WEST BROM 1 (Greening 39)
PORTSMOUTH 1 (Crouch 58)
West Brom stay bottom but ended their run of four defeats with a draw against Portsmouth. The Baggies took the lead before half time when Chris Brunt's bullet free kick cracked against the bar and Jonathon Greening netted the rebound with a first time shot. Pompey levelled before the hour as Sean Davis found Peter Crouch and his long range effort was deflected and went in off the bar.
Attendance : 24,964
Assists : n/a, n/a
6 December 2008
ARSENAL 1 (Adebayor 16)
Arsenal maintained their outside challenge for the title with a narrow win at home to Wigan. The only goal came early as Alex Song set up Emmanuel Adebayor to fire in from the edge of the box. Adebayor later hit the post but Wigan had chances as well with Emile Heskey heading straight at the keeper.
Attendance : 59,317
Assist : Song
BLACKBURN 1 (Santa Cruz 86)
LIVERPOOL 3 (Alonso 69, Benayoun 79, Gerrard 95)
Liverpool stay top after a late goal burst to see off struggling Blackburn. All the goal came in the last 21 minutes as Steven Gerrard's cross was mishit by Dirk Kuyt, however Xabi Alonso was on hand to score although his effort was not cleanly struck either. The lead was doubled thanks to a solo run by Yossi Benayoun who collected a pass from Kuyt and ran at the defence before firing in a low shot from a tricky angle. Rovers pulled one back when a cross from Keith Andrews was helped on by Andre Ooijer and headed in at the far post by Roque Santa Cruz but in stoppage time, Albert Reira set up Gerrard to add a third with keeper Paul Robinson out of his goal.
Attendance : 26,920
Assists : n/a, Kuyt, Ooijer, Riera
CHELSEA 2 (Anelka 9, Deco 21)
Chelsea are still hot on the heels of Liverpool with a good win at Bolton. The result was effectively wrapped up early as Nik Anelka headed in a Jose Bosingwa cross and then after Salomon Kalou's shot was saved, Michael Ballack nodded it back into the area for Deco to score with a superb acrobatic effort.
Attendance : 22,023
Assists : Bosingwa, Ballack
FULHAM 1 (Bullard 27)
MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Benjani 6)
Honours even at Craven Cottage as Fulham came from behind to hold Man City. The visitors took the lead when Pablo Zabaleta crossed for Benjani to head home superbly. Fulham should have had a penalty when Richard Dunne handled in the area but minutes later they were level when Bobby Zamora found Jimmy Bullard in the area and he smashed a shot across goal and inside the far post from a tight angle.
Attendance : 24,012
Assists : Zabaleta, Zamora
HULL 2 (Turnball 82 og, King 85 Pen)
MIDDLESBROUGH 1 (Tuncay 79)
A dramatic finale saw Hull come from behind to see off Middlesbrough. The visitors took the lead with eleven minutes left when Yuncay back heeled Justin Hoyte's cross from practically on the line. Hull were level within three minutes when a shot from Bernard Mendy cracked against the post, hit keeper Ross Turnbull on the back and dribbled over the line. Hull went for victory and got it when Boro defender David Wheater bundled over Geovanni in the area and was sent off. Marlon King converted the spot kick to complete a quick fire comeback.
Attendance : 24,912
Red Card : Wheater 84 (Middlesbrough)
Assists : Hoyte, n/a, Geovanni (won pen)
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 (Vidic 91)
Man United needed a stoppage time winner from Nemanja Vidic to finally break the resistance of managerless Sunderland. The visitors defended in depth and in numbers throughout and United struggled to make any impact and ironically only after Cristiano Ronaldo substituted himself midway through the second half did they create anything clear cut as Dimitar Berbatov headed over from eight yards and Vidic had a header saved by the keeper. As the game entered four minutes of additional time, United struck as Michael Carrick's deflected effort hit the post and Vidic was on hand to smash in the loose ball.
Attendance : 75,400
Assist : n/a
NEWCASTLE 2 (Owen 8, Owen 24)
STOKE 2 (Sidibe 60, Faye 91)
Late drama as St james Park as Stoke came from two goals down to draw at Newcastle. The home side were in charge at half time thanks to two Michael Owen goals as he slotted in a cross from Jonas Gutierrez and then slid to to convert another good ball in from Obafemi Martins. Stoke battled back after the break and pulled one back when Mamady Sidibe netted after good work from Ricardo Fuller and in stoppage time, Newcastle failed to deal with a cross from Glenn Whelan and Abdoulaye Faye had time to take a touch before scrambling in from close range to deny his former club.
Attendance : 47,422
Assists : Gutierrez, Martins, Fuller, Higginbotham
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