16 December 2009
BURNLEY 1 (Alexander 28 Pen)
ARSENAL 1 (Fabregas 7)
Arsenal lose ground on the leaders after being pegged back to a draw at Burnley. The visitors led early when Cesc Fabregas latched onto a mistake from Andre Bikey to bulldoze his way through the defence before slotting inside the post. Burnley earned a point with a customary clinical penalty from Graham Alexander after Bikey was fouled by Thomas Vermaelen.
Attendance : 21,309
Assists : n/a, Bikey (won pen)
CHELSEA 2 (Anelka 23, Lampard 79 Pen)
PORTMSOUTH 1 (Piquionne)
Chelsea regain their three point lead at the top but made hard work of seeing off bottom club Portsmouth. Chelsea took the lead when Nik Anelka swept in Alex's deflected cross but Portsmouth levelled after the break thanks to Frederic Piquionne who walloped home after Jamie O'Hara's free kick thumped against the wall. Chelsea clinched all the points when Marc Wilson clattered down Branislav Ivanovic in the area and Frank Lampard converted the spot kick.
Attendance : 40,137
Assists : n/a, n/a, Ivanovic (won pen)
LIVERPOOL 2 (Ngog 9, Torres 79)
WIGAN 1 (N'Zogbia 92)
Liverpool eased to their first home win in two months with a narrow win against Wigan. David Ngog gave Liverpool a great start with a slightest touch on Fabio Aurelio's cross and Fernando Torres made it safe late on when he rounded the keeper and although his effort was blocked on the line, he managed to bundle in the rebound. Charles N'Zogbia grabbed a late consolation for Wigan with a fierce drive having been found by Hugo Rodallega.
Attendance : 41,116
Assists : Aurelio, n/a, Rodallega
TOTTENHAM 3 (Kranjcar 37, Defoe 54, Kranjcar 93)
MANCHESTER CITY 0
Spurs beat Man City convincingly in the battle of the Top Four wannabees. They led at the interval after Niko Kranjcar scored from close range after Peter Couch saw his header blocked and it was doubled early in the second half with Crouch again supplying for Jermain Defoe to fire in first time. Kranjcar wrapped it up late on, slotting under the keeper after being set up by Aaron Lennon.
Attendance : 35,891
Assists : n/a, Crouch, Lennon
15 December 2009
BIRMINGHAM 2 (Jerome 12, Jerome 48)
BLACKBURN 1 (Nelsen 69)
Five wins in five games for Birmingham now and all by one goal, as two Cameron Jerome goals saw off Blackburn. His first came as a result of footballing pinball as Christian Benitez's header hit a man on the line and fell nicely for Jerome to net from close range. The lead was doubled when Stephen Carr set up Jerome to slot in. Rovers pulled one back through Ryan Nelsen after Pascal Chimbonda's header was saved but they couldn't muster up an equaliser, in fact Birmingham should have added to their tally only for Benitez to crack a shot against the bar with the goal gaping.
Attendance : 23,187
Assists : Ridgewell (ck), Carr, n/a
BOLTON 3 (Lee 64, Klasnic 77, Cahill 88)
WEST HAM 1 (Diamanti 69)
West Ham remain in the drop zone after a defeat at Bolton who move out of the bottom three. All the goals came after the break as Ivan Klasnic set up Chung-Yong Lee to clip in the first however the Hammers levelled when Jack Collison laid the ball back for Alessandro Diamanti to fire firmly home. Bolton regained the lead when Hammers keeper Rob Green spilled a simple save from Gary Cahill's bobbled effort and Klasnic was on hand to prod the ball over the line and they wrapped it up late on when Cahill headed in Ricardo Gardner's far post corner.
Attendance : 17,849
Assists : Klasnic, Collison, n/a, Gardner (ck)
MANCHESTER UNITED 3 (Rooney 30 Pen, Vidic 43, Valencia 66)
Man United go level on points with Chelsea ahead of the Wednesday games with a comfortable win over Wolves who fielded what was effectively a reserve line up. United went ahead with a Wayne Rooney penalty after Ronald Zubar handled a corner and then Nemanja Vidic doubled matters with a header from a Darron Gibson corner which the keeper bundled over the line. The third was a cracker as Dimitar Berbatov set up Antonio Valencia to volley in from 15 yards.
Attendance : 73,709
Assists : n/a, Gibson (ck), Berbatov
ASTON VILLA 2 (Heskey 24, Milner 61)
Villa go third with their fourth win in a row as they saw off Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. James Milner threaded the ball through for Emile Heskey to drill in the opener and Milner added the second himself as he collected a loose ball and unleashed a superb shot from 25 yards which arrowed into the top corner. The hosts ended with ten men after Lorik Cana was shown a second yellow for a late challenge on Milner.
Attendance : 34,821
Assists : Milner, n/a
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