4 March 2009


This was the game shown live on Sky and a bit of a let down compared to the rest of the evening's game as struggling Blackburn and European hopefuls Everton ground out a goalless draw. It could have been different had Jo scored inside 11 seconds but his shot deflected wide. Blackburn's best chance fell to Jason Roberts but he shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

Attendance : 21,445
Assists : n/a

HULL 1 (Manucho 93)

Hull won for the first time in twelve games with a stoppage time winner at Fulham. It looked to be heading for a goalless draw until Richard Garcia's excellent cross was volleyed in at the far post by Manucho.

Attendance : 23,051
Assist : Garcia

MANCHESTER CITY 2 (Elano 24 Pen, Wright-Phillips 89)

Man City eased their concerns at the bottom with a goal in each half to halt Aston Villa's European surge. Shaun Wright-Phillips was at the heart of everything for City and won a penalty when James Milner tripped him at he shaped to shoot. Elano confidently found the corner with the spot kick. With a minute left, Wright-Philips played a neat one-two with Stephen Ireland and slotted in the second.

Attendance : 40,137
Assists : SWP, Ireland

NEWCASTLE 1 (Lovenkrands 9)
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Rooney 20, Berbatov 56)

Man United regain their seven point lead with a hard fought win at Newcastle. The champions elect gave their hosts a goal lead as Edwin Van Der Sar, unbeaten in 1,300+ league minutes, spilled a routine shot from Jonas Gutierrez and Peter Lovenkrands pounced to tap in. John O'Shea then up Wayne Rooney who turned and walloped a cracking shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the area, aided slightly by a deflection. Before half time, came the back page headlines as Steven Taylor cuffed Cristiano Ronaldo around the side of the face as they chased the ball. Ronaldo collapsed in a heap, sparking a furious reaction from both Rio Ferdinand and boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Remarkably, Taylor was only booked! Equally remarkably, had he been sent off, United may not have grabbed their winner as Taylor's attempted chested back pass was too short and after Ji-Sung Park nicked the ball past keeper Steven Harper, Dimitar Berbatov found the empty net.

Attendance : 51,636
Assists : n/a, O'Shea, Park

STOKE 2 (Beattie 14, Fuller 73)

Stoke's relegation battle took a turn for the better with a fine win over Bolton. Glenn Whelan's header sent James Beattie clear to fire in the first and then after Bolton failed to properly clear a long throw from Rory Delap, Whelan's long range shot was parried and Ricardo Fuller scored from the rebound.

Attendance : 26,319
Assists : Whelan, n/a

TOTTENHAM 4 (Keane 9, Pavlyuchenko 14, Lennon 40, Lennon 79)

No Carling Cup hangover for Spurs as they blitzed relegation rivals Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane. Luka Modric had a hand in the opening two goals as his corner was helped on by Michael Dawson and helped in by Robbie Keane for his first since returning to the club. Modric then turned brilliantly to cross for Roman Pavlyuchenko to bundle in the second. Keane then sent Aaron Lennon through to fire the third inside the near post before the same pair combined in the second half for Lennon to clip in the fourth.

Attendance : 35,761
Assists : Dawson, Modric, Keane, Keane

WEST HAM 1 (Cole 34)

All sorts of drama at the JJB as West Ham edged past Wigan. The only goal was a result of a brilliant one touch passing move from the Hammers, culminating in David Di Michele finding Carlton Cole to curl the ball inside the far post. Then the fun began as Cole, already booked, led with a high boot as he and Emerson Boyce went for a high ball and although he barely caught the Wigan man, he was shown a second yellow card. This sparked fury from Scott Parker - also already booked - who had to be restrained from going near Boyce by TWO Wigan players, even though Boyce had only raised his hands in a gesture to the ref after the foul. After the break, Lucas Neill shown have been sent off for a studs first, ankle breaking challenge on Lee Cattermole and within minutes, Cattermole himself launched into a reckless tackle on Parker and was shown a straight although Parker's reaction to the tackle was embarrassing in the extreme as he rolled around like a slug in salt as though he'd been doused in the face with acid.

Attendance : 14,169
Red Cards : Cole 37 (West Ham), Cattermole 52 (Wigan)
Assists : Di Michele

3 March 2009

LIVERPOOL 2 (Ngog 52, Benayoun 65)

Liverpool remain third, level on points with Chelsea, after two second half goals saw off Sunderland. The visitors blew a golden chance after just four minutes when Kenwyne Jones broke clear but never looked like scoring as he effort was pushed clear by Jose Reina. They were made to pay in the second half when David Ngog opened the scoring with a first time finish after Albert Reira's cross was headed across goal by Steven Gerrard. The result was wrapped up when Sunderland keeper Marton Fulop fumbled a hooked ball across from Ngog and Yossi Benayoun had an easy chance to tap in.

Attendance : 41,587
Assists : Gerrard, n/a

CHELSEA 1 (Drogba 79)

Chelsea left it late to see off Portsmouth and move to within four points of Man United although they have played two games more. Jose Bosingwa was the provider as his cross was missed by Michael Ballack but dispatched clinically into the bottom corner by Didier Drogba after defender Sol Campbell had got a touch to the ball.

Attendance : 20,236
Assist : n/a

WEST BROM 1 (Brunt 7 fk)
ARSENAL 3 (Bendtner 4, Toure 38, Bendtner 44)

After four goalless games, Arsenal finally hit the net with three goals at bottom club West Brom in the first half. It took four minutes to open the scoring as Denilson found Nicklas Bendtner cut inside from the left and curled a shot nicely inside the post after West Brom failed to clear a corner. The hosts were level within three minutes as Chris Brunt fired a 25-yard free kick low through the wall and into the net. Arsenal regained the lead when an unmarked Kolo Toure headed in Andrei Arshavin's free kick and just before the break, Toure turned provider with a long ball for Bendtner to control and volley in he third.

Attendance : 26,244
Assists : Denilson, Moore (won fk), Arshavin (fk), Toure

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