8 February 2009


No goals in a tepid North London derby, a world away from the 4-4 draw last October. Arsenal were reduced to ten men when Emmanuel Eboue was shown a second yellow card for kicking out at Luka Modric and it was the Spurs player who came close to winning the game late on but was denied by keeper Manuel Almunia whilst through on goal.

Attendance : 36,021
Assists : n/a


Man United edge closer to the leagu with another clean sheet and another 1-0 win, this time at West Ham. The first half saw chances at a premium although home keeper Rob Green saved well when Cristiano Ronaldo helped a shot from Paul Scholes goalwards. United went ahead just after the hour as two `oldies` combined. Paul Scholes drilled a pass wide to Ryan Giggs on the left and he cut inside, beating two men before firing through a group of players to find the net. The hosts never looked like levelling and United should have had a penalty late on when Lucas Neill tripped Ronaldo.

Attendance : 34,958
Assist : Scholes

7 February 2009

ASTON VILLA 2 (Milner 27, Agbonlahor 91)

Aston Villa move into third with a comfortable win at Blackburn, equally a top flight record of seven successive away wins. James Milner netted the first with a fine shot after playing a short corner with Gareth Barry and late on, Gabriel Agbonlahor clinched the win as he latched onto a poor clearance and fired inside the near post, aided by a deflection.

Attendance : 24,267
Assists : Barry, n/a


Chelsea slip to fourth after only drawing at home to Hull. The hosts should have gone ahead early John Terry somehow shot over from three yards. Hull almost snatched an unlikely win when Kevin Kilbane hit the post in the first half and Dean Marney shot inches wide after the interval.

Attendance : 41,802
Assists : n/a

EVERTON 3 (Arteta 40 Pen, Jo 49, Jo 94 Pen)

Everton's excellent week ended on a high with a fine win at home to Bolton. They dominated the first half and went ahead from the penalty spot when Jo was upended by Andy O'Brien and Mikel Arteta made no mistake from the spot. Jo grabbed the second himself as he controlled a high ball from Phil Neville and turned on the edge of the box to fire in and late on, he doubled his personal tally from the spot after Mark Davies handled in the area.

Attendance : 33,791
Assists : Jo (won pen), n/a, n/a

MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Bellamy 51)

A Craig Bellamy goal saw Man City consign Middlesbrough to their 13th game without a win although they had chances to earn at least a point. The only goal came when Bellamy received the ball wide on the right and he cut inside to fire a low shot inside the far post. City's debutant keeper Shay Given made a series of decent saves from Afonso Alves as Boro pressed on rare occasions during the game.

Attendance : 40,588
Assist : De Jong

PORTSMOUTH 2 (Nugent 62, Hreidarsson 78)
LIVERPOOL 3 (Aurelio 69, Kuyt 85, Torres 92)

Liverpool twice came from behind to record an astonishing win at Portsmouth and go top for 24 hours at least. After a drab first half, Portsmouth took the lead when David Nugent latched onto a lovely reverse pass from Peter Crouch to slot the ball past the keeper. Crouch then turned villain with a horribly underhit back pass which forced keeper David James to handle the ball away as Dirk Kuyt closed in. From the indirect free kick in the area, Xavi Alonso set up Fabio Aurelio to smash the ball low into the corner to equalise. Enter Liverpool sub Ferdando Torres and within two minutes they could have been ahead when Kuyt had a goal ruled out for a very tight offside decision and instead they were behind as Nadir Belhadj swung in a free kick and Herman Hreidarsson headed in an effort which seemed to go through keeper Jose Reina. Amazingly Liverpool battled back again as Torres burst into the area and crossed for Kuyt who seemed to lose possession before regaining the ball and thumping it past James from a very tricky angle and two minutes into stoppage time, Liverpool won it when Yossi Benayoun crossed from the goal line and Torres found the net with a bullet header at the near post.

Attendance : 20,524
Assists : Crouch, Alonso (fk), Belhadj (fk), n/a, Benayoun

SUNDERLAND 2 (Jones 78, Healy 94)

Sunderland move up to mid table as two late goals saw off Stoke. The visitors didn't help themselves when Matt Etherington was sent for kicking out at Danny Collins off the ball and then missed a glorious chance as Henri Camara tried to break the net from five yards but only hit the bar. They were made to pay as Kenwyne Jones headed in a cross from Andy Reid and in stoppage time, Jones crossed for David Healy to net the second from a tight angle.

Attendance : 38,350
Red Card : Etherington 65 (Stoke)
Assists : Reid, Jones

WEST BROM 2 (Fortune 4, Fortune 73)
NEWCASTLE 3 (Duff 2, Lovenkrands 9, Taylor 41)

Newcastle eased their concerns at the bottom with a thrilling win at bottom club West Brom. Three goals in the opening nine minutes got the game of to an explosive start as Damien Duff slotted Newcastle ahead after Shola Ameobi had sent him clear however the hosts levelled when Marc-Antoine Fortune turned and fired in from the edge of the area after collecting a pass from Borja Valero. Newcastle quickly regained the lead as Peter Lovenkrands netted from close range after Duff's cross sparked a game of football-pinball and they increased the lead before half time when a corner from Ryan Taylor was headed in by Steven Taylor. West Brom did get one back after the break with another sharp turn and shot after good work from Andrade Teixeira but Newcastle held on.

Attendance : 25,817
Assists : n/a, Valero, Nolan, Taylor (ck), Teixeira


Honours even at the JJB as Wigan and Fulham failed to muster a goal. Fulham came close when Bobby Zamora forced a good save from Chris Kirkland whilst Ahmed Mido heade just wide for the hosts.

Attendance : 16,499
Assists : n/a

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