11 January 2009

WIGAN 1 (Figueroa 91)

Wigan left it late to see off Spurs and move to within four points of sixth placed Everton. The goal came from the head of Maynor Figueroa as he nodded in a corner from Ryan Taylor in stoppage time.

Attendance : 17,500
Assist : Taylor (ck)

MANCHESTER UNITED 3 (Vidic 47, Rooney 63, Berbatov 87)

Man United move to within five points of leaders Liverpool with two games in hand after a comfortable win against fellow title hopefuls Chelsea. United went ahead on the stroke of half time as a Ryan Giggs corner was nodded on by Dimitar Berbatov and headed in at the far post by Nemanja Vidic. Ironically it was from a retaken corner as Cristiano Ronaldo had his header disallowed as the referee wasn't ready for the kick to be taken. United doubled the lead just after the hour when Patrice Evra sent in a superb cross from the left which Wayne Rooney buried from close range. Chelsea rarely threatened and United added a third near the end when Ronaldo's drilled free kick was thumped in at the near post by Berbatov.

Attendance : 74,455
Assists : Berbatov, Evra, Ronaldo (fk)

10 January 2009

ARSENAL 1 (Adebayor 84)

Arsenal stay in touch with the top four but left it late against Bolton. After a drab first half, the Gunners had the better of the second half but only broke through with six minutes to go when Robin Van Persie crossed for sub Nicklas Bendtner to volley in at the far post.

Attendance : 60,068
Assist : Van Persie

ASTON VILLA 2 (Davies 19, Carson 41 og)
WEST BROM 1 (Morrison 49)

Aston Villa move into third, at least until Sunday, with a narrow win over bottom club and second city rivals West Brom. The visitors had the better start but it was Villa who took the lead when Curtis Davies did well to head home a Gareth Barry cross after Steve Sidwell saw two headers blocked in quick succession. The lead was doubled before half time when Barry sent Gabriel Agbonlahor away down the left and with no team mates available for the cross, he cut into the area and saw his low effort diverted into his own net by keeper Scott Carson. The Baggies pulled one back just after half time as sub Roman Bednar set up James Morrison who found space before shooting in from the edge of the area, aided by a deflection.

Attendance : 41,757
Assists : Barry, n/a, n/a

EVERTON 2 (Fellaini 18, Arteta 46 fk)

Everton beat Hull at Goodison in a game wrapped up by half time. Leighton Baines provided a fine cross for the opener, headed in at the near post by Marouane Fellaini and in first half stoppage time, Mikel Arteta's blistering free kick from 25 yards arrowed into the top corner to clinch the points.

Attendance : 37,527
Assists : Baines, Cahill (won fk)

SUNDERLAND 1 (Jones 82)

Middlesbrough were denied a crucial three points by a late equaliser in the Tees-Wear derby. Sunderland went behind when Boro's want away midfielder Stuart Downing set up Afonso Alves to fire in from the edge of the box but with eight minutes left, Sunderland rescued a point when David Healy's low cross was converted by Kenwyne Jones.

Attendance : 29,310
Assists : Downing, Healy

NEWCASTLE 2 (Owen 19, Carroll 78)
WEST HAM 2 (Bellamy 29, Cole 55)

Honours even at St James as Newcastle and West Ham shared four goals. The hosts went ahead when Michael Owen, who had already hit the post, fired in from 20 yards after being found by Jose Enrique however the Hammers levelled after a superb interchange of passes between Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy saw the latter lift the ball in over the keeper. West Ham went ahead in the second half when Herita Ilunga's long ball was controlled and finished well by Carlton Cole but Newcastle grabbed a point when local lad Andy Carroll headed in Damien Duff's cross.

Attendance : 47,571
Assists : Enrique, Parker, Ilunga, Duff


League leaders Liverpool could only draw at lowly Stoke in a game which either club could have won. The hosts came close early when Rory Delap tried to break the net from six yards and somehow managed to hit the crossbar. Steven Gerrard nearly won it for Liverpool late on but his free kick struck the bar and then another effort hit the outside of the post with the keeper beaten.

Attendance : 27,500
Assist : n/a

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