14 March 2010
MANCHESTER UNITED 3 (Rooney 46, Rooney 84, Berbatov 89)
Man United go two points clear at the top having played a game more than second placed Chelsea after seeing off Fulham at Old Trafford. United had the better of a goalless first half as Dimitar Berbatov headed a golden chance wide and Wayne Rooney's stinging shot was well saved by keeper Mark Schwarzer. Fulham did have chances themselves as Bobby Zamora looped an effort just over whilst early on Clint Dempsey's long range effort was only just over the bar. United took less than 30 seconds of the second half to take the lead as Rooney found Nani wide and the return ball was perfect for the striker to slide the ball past the keeper to continue his remarkable scoring run. Zamora missed a good chance to level when he allowed Nemanja Vidic to get back and block his shot after he broke clear and it proved vital as United doubled the lead when Berbatov did well on the right and cross low for Rooney to sweep the ball home. A third followed shortly afterwards when Berbatov got onto the end of a near post cross from Ji-Sung Park to send a diving header into the net.
Attendance : 75,207
Assists : Nani, Berbatov, Park
SUNDERLAND 1 (Jones 9)
MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Johnson 91)
Honours even at the Stadium of Light as a stoppage time goal salvaged a point for Man City at Sunderland. The hosts deservedly led at half time with an early header from Kenwyne Jones which gave keeper Shay Given no chance from Steed Malbranque's cross. After the break City sub Roque Santa Cruz, Craig Bellamy and Shaun Wright-Phillips were both denied by keeper Craig Gordon within seven minutes of the restart as the visitors stepped up a gear. Carlos Tevez also forced a brilliant reaction save from the home keeper as the game wore on and City continued to press for a leveller. With ten minutes to go Bellamy found space but his shot from a tight angle was again kept out as did a stinging deflected effort from the same man as the game entered stoppage time but from the corner, City finally equalised as the ball wasn't cleared and fell to sub Adam Johnson on the right edge of the area and he curled a brilliant effort over everyone and into the top corner.
Attendance : 41,398
Assists : Malbranque, n/a
13 March 2010
BIRMINGHAM 2 (Jerome 26, Gardner 52)
EVERTON 2 (Anichebe 19, Yakubu 22)
Birmingham came from two goals down to earn a draw against Everton as both clubs remain in the top half. Everton blazed into a two goal lead as Phil Neville found Victor Anichebe who turned in the area and walloped in an unstoppable shot before Steven Pienaar crossed for Yakubu to nod in at the far post. Birmingham battled back and pulled a goal back within four minutes as Cameron Jerome got the slightest touch on Keith Fahey's cross to find the net inside the far post and they grabbed a point in the second half when Jerome's header was volleyed first time into the bottom corner by Craig Gardner.
Attendance : 24,579
Assists : Neville, Pienaar, Fahey, Jerome
BOLTON 4 (Elmander 10, Davies 48 Pen, Muamba 53, Taylor 69)
Bolton moved eight points clear of the drop zone after a thumping win against fellow relegation battlers Wigan. A Kevin Davies header set up Johan Elmander to slot in the opener and then Davies added the second himself from the penalty spot after Tamir Cohen tumbled over Gary Caldwell's leg and within five minutes they scored again when Fabrice Muamba found the far post with a low shot after being found by Elmander and they completed a fine win when Matt Taylor latched onto a mistake from Caldwell to slot in the fourth.
Attendance : 20,053
Assists : n/a, Cohen, Lee, n/a
BURNLEY 1 (Thompson 73)
WOLVES 2 (Jarvis 26, Carlisle 47 og)
Burnley are in free fall after losing a relegation six pointer at home to Wolves, leaving the hosts three points behind their opponents and safety. Wolves led at half time when Tyrone Mears didn't get enough power on his header back to his keeper, allowing Matt Jarvis to nick the ball past Brian Jensen in goal and tap in from close range. They doubled the lead with a freakish goal as a shot from Adlene Guedioura was heading miles wide but struck the heel of Clarke Carlisle and found the bottom corner. The hosts did pull one back when he headed in Graham Alexander's bobbled shot but they couldn't find an equaliser.
Attendance : 21,217
Assists : n/a, n/a, Alexander
CHELSEA 4 (Alex 16, Drogba 45, Malouda 77, Drogba 90)
WEST HAM 1 (Parker 30)
Chelsea regain top spot for 24 hours at least after initially making hard work of seeing off West Ham before a second half goal blitz. They led thanks to a glancing header from Alex after a cross by Florent Malouda however by the interval the Hammers were levelled when Kieron Dyer's throw was taken on the chest by Scott Parker before he unleashed a cracker of a shot from 30 yards which flew in. After the break, Malouda's pinpoint cross gave Didier Drogba a simple chance to head in from close range and then roles were reversed as Malouda collected a pass from his team mate and netted from the edge of the area. Late on, Drogba added a fourth from close range again after Robert Green couldn't hold Frank Lampard's shot.
Attendance : 41,755
Assists : Malouda (ck), Dyer, Malouda, n/a, n/a
HULL 1 (Bullard 28 Pen)
ARSENAL 2 (Arshavin 14, Bendtner 93)
Arsenal go level on points with Chelsea at the top having played a game more as they netted a stoppage time winner at ten man Hull. Arsenal went ahead when Nicklas Bendtner found Andrey Arshavin on the edge of the area and after squeezing between two defenders, he fired a low shot into the net. Hull levelled after a flicked pass found Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink in an offside position but play continued and he was bundled over by Sol Campbell, allowing Jimmy Bullard to wallop home the spot kick. Late in the half saw a flurry of bookings with three yellow cards in as many minutes and a fourth followed in stoppage time as George Boateng was shown a second yellow - although it perhaps should have been a straight red anyway - for a studs first late challenge onto the knee of Bacary Sagna. Hull looked to have held on during the late second half onslaught but three minutes into the six extra, Denilson's long range effort was palmed away by keeper Boaz Myhill and Bendtner's volley bounced into the ground and past the keeper to break Hull hearts.
Attendance : 25,023
Red Card : Boateng 46 (Hull)
Assists : Vennegoor (won pen), n/a, n/a
ASTON VILLA 0
Attendance : 27,598
Assists : n/a
TOTTENHAM 3 (Defoe 46, Pavlyuchenko 55, Pavlyuchenko 85)
BLACKBURN 1 (Samba 80)
Spurs consolidate fourth place with a decent win against Blackburn. Spurs went ahead in stoppage time of a decidedly drab first half as a near post corner from Niko Kranjcar was touched on by Vedran Corluka and thumped in at the far post by Jermaine Defoe from a matter of two yards, beating sub keeper Jason Brown who replaced the injured Paul Robinson during the opening half. Rovers began the second half well but were caught by a sucker punch as an attack broke down and Spurs countered with Defoe finding Roman Pavlyuchenko who made space before drilling a low shot which flew under the keeper. Spurs were in control and were denied one, possibly two, clear cut penalties before Rovers pulled one back as a deep corner from Morten Gamst Pedersen was headed home at the far post by Chris Samba although the hosts felt that he used Michael Dawson to get leverage in his leap. Five minutes later, Spurs clinched it as a drilled low cross from Gareth Bale was tapped in at the far post by Pavlyuchenko just seconds after totally miss-kicking with the goal at his mercy.
Attendance : 35,474
Assists : Corluka, Defoe, Pedersen (ck), Bale
10 March 2010
BURNLEY 1 (Nugent 52)
STOKE 1 (Tuncay 23)
Attendance : 20,323
Assists : Sidibe, Paterson
9 March 2010
PORTSMOUTH 1 (Kanu 92)
BIRMINGHAM 2 (Jerome 16, Jerome 42)
Attendance : 18,465
Assists : Benitez, Benitez, O'Hara (ck)
SUNDERLAND 4 (Campbell 1, Bent 64, Bent 74 Pen, Bent 88)
Attendance : 36,087
Red Card : Ricketts 74 (Bolton)
Assists : Cana, Cattermole, Bent (won pen), Campbell
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