27 April 2009


Attendance : 47,481
Assist : n/a

26 April 2009

ARSENAL 2 (Fabregas 26, Fabregas 67)

Middlesbrough remain three points from safety after slumping to the tenth successive away defeat as two Cesc Fabregas goals gave Arsenal a comfortable win at the Emirates. The first was the culmination of a lovely passing move from the Gunners as Andrei Arshavin laid the ball back to Fabregas to drill in from the edge of the box. The lead was doubled midway through the second half as Emmanuel Eboue sent Fabregas clear to round the keeper and roll into an empty net.

Attendance : 60,089
Assists : Arshavin, Eboue

BLACKBURN 2 (McCarthy 46, Nelsen 60)

Blackburn have a six point cushion over the relegation zone after a vital win over Lancashire rivals Wigan. Rovers took the lead on the stroke of half time as Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner was met by the head of Benni McCarthy just ahead of keeper Chris Kirkland to find the corner from close range. Wigan began the second half well but were caught out by another set piece as McCarthy curled in a free kick with pace from the left edge of the area and Ryan Nelsen glanced it on and it flew into the corner of the net. Wigan were almost back in it when they someone missed FOUR chances in a remarkable twenty second spell from a corner as keeper Paul Robinson made two excellent saves and David Dunn headed off the line before the ball was headed wide for a goal kick. Home sub Keith Andrews blocked two shots in as many seconds on the line in stoppage time which summed up the game.

Attendance : 25,019
Assists : Pedersen (ck), McCarthy (fk)

25 April 2009

BOLTON 1 (Cohen 60)
ASTON VILLA 1 (Young 43)

Honours even at the Reebok as Bolton and Aston Villa are effectively playing out time for the rest of the season. Villa went ahead with a freak effort as Ashley Young's cross missed everyone in the area and went in via the inside of the far post. Bolton gained a point when debutant Tamir Cohen smashed the ball in after Andy O'Brien's header kept the ball in the area. Bolton could still go down but would need a lot of results to go against them between now and the end of the season.

Attendance : 21,709
Assists : Heskey, O'Brien

EVERTON 1 (Gosling 94)
MANCHESTER CITY 2 (Robinho 35, Ireland 54)

Man City recorded a rare away win - only their second in the league this season - as a goal in each half saw off Everton. Robinho put City ahead with a neat finish having been put through by Elano and then had a hand in the second as his long ball sent Stephen Ireland away to score inside the post. Everton pulled one back late on when Stephen Pienaar set up Dan Gosling to find the top corner but a bad day was summed up for the hosts with an injury to Phil Jagielka who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the knee and will miss the rest of the season including the FA Cup Final.

Attendance : 37,791
Assists : Elano, Robinho, Pienaar

FULHAM 1 (Nevland 29)

Fulham remain on target for a European spot after seeing off Stoke who are one place and one point above Bolton. The only goal came from a good interchange of passing ending with Andy Johnson crossing for Erik Nevland to sweep in.

Attendance : 24,997
Assist : Johnson

HULL 1 (Geovanni 72)
LIVERPOOL 3 (Alonso 45, Kuyt 63, Kuyt 89)

Liverpool keep the pressure on Man United with a hard fought win at Hull. They took the lead when Javier Mascherano took a dive on the edge of the area and although Xabi Alonso's original free kick was blocked, he walloped the rebound into the bottom corner. Hull's cause wasn't helped when Caleb Folan was sent off for kicking out at Martin Skrtel as the pair battled in the area and four minutes later the lead was doubled as Dirk Kuyt headed in Skrtel's off target shot. Hull did pull one back when an unmarked Geovanni fired in Daniel Cousin's cross but the win was secured late on when Kuyt bobbled the ball after Boaz Myhill saved from Alvaro Arbeloa.

Attendance : 24,942
Assists : n/a, n/a, Cousin, n/a

WEST BROM 3 (Olsson 40, Brunt 58, Menseguez 88)

Bottom club West Brom moved to within six points of safety after a superb win against fellow strugglers Sunderland. The hosts went ahead when Sunderland failed to clear Jonathon Greening's corner and Jonas Olsson fired in. After the break, Marc Antoine-Fortune set up Chris Brunt to score the second and late on it was three when Brunt found Juan Carlos Menseguez to turn and drill the ball in.

Attendance : 26,256
Assists : n/a, Fortune, Brunt

CHELSEA 1 (Kalou 55)

Chelsea continue their unlikely assault on the top two with a narrow win at West Ham. The only goal came from Salomon Kalou who volleyed in a Frank Lampard cross although the Hammers should have levelled from the spot after Kalou pulled back Hirita Ilunga, however Mark Noble's kick was superbly save by Petr Cech.

Attendance : 34,749
Assist : Lampard

MANCHESTER UNITED 5 (Ronaldo 57 Pen, Rooney 67, Ronaldo 68, Rooney 71, Berbatov 79)
TOTTENHAM 2 (Bent 29, Modric 32)

Man United maintain their three point lead at the top with a stunning second half comeback after Spurs netted twice in three minutes to initially take the lead. Spurs came to Old Trafford to attack and were rewarded with a two goal half time lead. Darren Bent grabbed the first as he put Rio Ferdinand under pressure from a Vedran Corluka cross and as the bounce fell nicely for him he crashed home from close range. Three minutes later and the lead was doubled as Aaron Lennon's cross found an unmarked Luka Modric at the far post to take a touch and shoot inside the upright. United stepped up a gear after the break and were handed a lifeline when Paul Scholes sent Michael Carrick clear and as he nicked the ball past keeper Heurelho Gomes, he managed to get a hand to divert it away which was not seen by the ref who awarded a penalty for upended Carrick. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp was furious even minutes after Cristiano Ronaldo had easily netted from the spot. Tempers were raised on both sides as sub Paul Scholes came on and was booked within five minutes to join four others previously yellow carded. United levelled with a quick fire break as Carlos Tevez found Wayne Rooney on the left and he cut inside to fire inside the near post although Gomes should really have done more to keep it out. Spurs were rattled now and a minute later Rooney crossed for Ronaldo to send a stooping header past the keeper at the far post and roles were reversed three minutes further on as Ronaldo crossed for Rooney and although Jonathon Woodgate kept his shot out of the net to begin with, the impetus of the ball saw it just roll over the line. More followed as Rooney crossed for Dimitar Berbatov and although Gomes kept his header out, the former Spurs man managed to bundle in the rebound. The party tricks were out in force now as United turned on the style in the latter stages with mini games of keep ball although Ronaldo almost snatched his hat trick with a minute left but shot across goal and wide.

Attendance : 75,458
Assists : Corluka, Lennon, Carrick (won pen), Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo, n/a

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