10 February 2010

ARSENAL 1 (Diaby 72)

Arsenal returned to the title race after narrowly seeing off Liverpool in a game which rarely lived up to pre-match expectations. After a dismal first half, the second half improved and Arsenal eventually went ahead when Thomas Rosicky sent in a pinpoint cross from the right and an unmarked Abou Diaby crashed his header into the net.

Attendance : 60,045
Assist : Rosicky

ASTON VILLA 1 (Cuellar 19)
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 (Collins 23 og)

Man United moved to within a point of leaders Chelsea after coming from behind at Aston Villa but will see it as an opportunity lost. The hosts took the lead when Stuart Downing's cross was only cleared into the air and Carlos Cueller nodded a looping header just out of reach of the keeper. United levelled within four minutes when Ryan Giggs volleyed the ball across goal and James Collins could only deflect into his own. United looked most likely to grab a winner throughout despite a red card to Nani before the half hour mark as he launched into a two-footed challenge on Stilian Petrov.

Attendance : 42,788
Red Card : Nani 29 (Manchester United)
Assists : n/a, n/a

BLACKBURN 1 (Olsson 16)

Hull are a point and a place above the drop zone after slumping to defeat at Blackburn. The only goal was an odd effort as Martin Olsson's shot from an impossible angle went through keeper Boaz Myhill and found the net via his foot. Hull ended with ten men when George Boateng led with his elbow as he jumped with Morten Gamst Pedersen.

Attendance : 23,518
Red Card : Boateng 40 (Hull)
Assist : Pedersen

EVERTON 2 (Saha 33, Saha 75)
CHELSEA 1 (Malouda 17)

Chelsea remain top despite Everton coming from behind to beat them at Goodison. It was all going to plan for Chelsea when Petr Cech's long ball was nodded on by Didier Drogba before being volleyed in by Florent Malouda. Everton levelled as they took advantage of Chelsea's poor defending at set pieces for Louis Saha to head in Landon Donovan's corner. Saha could have added another before the interval but his penalty was comfortable saved after Ricardo Carvalho had swept Donovan's legs away but with time edging away, Sylvain Distin's long ball was misjudged by John Terry allowing Saha to control on his chest and wallop home the winner.

Attendance : 36,411
Assists : Drogba, Donovan (ck), Distin

WEST HAM 2 (Diamanti 47 fk, Cole 67)

West Ham lead four clubs who are just a point above the bottom three with a comfortable win against in form Birmingham. They took the lead in first half stoppage time with a superbly accurate free kick from Alessandro Diamanti which sailed into the top corner. Carlton Cole wrapped it up with a close range diving header from Julian Faubert's cross.

Attendance : 34,458
Assist : Parker (won fk), Faubert

WOLVES 1 (Jones 27)

Wolves did the double over Spurs who continue to blow hot and cold this season. The only goal came from a Matthew Jarvis cross superbly swept in by David Jones which was enough to Wolves out of the bottom three.

Attendance : 27,992
Assist : Jarvis

9 February 2010

FULHAM 3 (Murphy 23, Elm 31, Zamora 54 fk)

Fulham made no mistake in seeing off Burnley whose away form continues to be poor. Both opening goals had a hint of offside as David Elm nodded on Nicky Shorey's pass for Danny Murphy to control and blast in. Eight minutes later, Elm added the second himself with a tap in after Bobby Zamora's effort was saved by Brian Jensen. Zamora wrapped it up with a free kick from 20 yards.

Attendance : 23,005
Assists : Elm, n/a, Zamora (won fk)

MANCHESTER CITY 2 (Tevez 31 Pen, Adebayor 73)

Man City moved to within goal difference of fourth place after a goal in each half beat struggling Bolton. New City signing Adam Johnson was a constant threat all game and after a fine down the right, he was caught by Paul Robinson leaving Carlos Tevez to drill the penalty straight at keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen however it had enough power to bounce over the line. City clinched the win after Emmanuel Adebayor controlled a pass from Patrick Vieira and then crashed an unstoppable volley into the net.

Attendance : 42,016
Assists : A Johnson (won pen), Vieira

PORTSMOUTH 1 (Dindane 95)
SUNDERLAND 1 (Bent 12 Pen)

Crisis club Portsmouth grabbed a last minute equaliser against Sunderland which saw three players sent off as well as Pompey boss Avram Grant. The game began in farcical fashion when Darren Bent burst clear and was tripped by Ricardo Rocha who was sent off, however the ref then thought he'd dismissed the wrong player and recalled Rocha and showed a red card to Hassan Yebda instead. Amid more protest and consultation with his assistant, the ref then realised he was correct in the first place and off went Rocha again. Bent kept calm among all the farce and dispatched the spot kick into the bottom corner. Grant confronted the official at half time and was sent to the stands for the second half where Sunderland had two players sent off as Lee Cattermole went in studs first on Angelos Bassinas to earn a second yellow before sub David Meyler led with his elbow on Steve Finnan. With time almost, a deep cross from Jamie O'Hara was headed in by Aruna Dindane.

Attendance : 16,242
Red Cards : Rocha 9 (Portsmouth), Cattermole 54 (Sunderland), Meyler 87 (Sunderland)
Assist : Bent (won pen), O'Hara

WIGAN 1 (Scharner 14)
STOKE 1 (Tuncay 74)

Honours even at the DW stadium as Stoke came from behind to draw at Wigan. The hosts led early through Paul Scharner who headed in brilliantly from the edge of the area from Charles N'Zogbia's free kick. Stoke levelled in the second half when Matt Etherington crossed for Tuncay to head home.

Attendance : 16,033
Assists : N'Zogbia (ck), Etherington

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