29 March 2010

MANCHESTER CITY 3 (Tevez 72, Tevez 74, Tevez 84)

Carlos Tevez hit a late 12 minute hat trick to see off Wigan and keep up City's charge for a European place. Wigan more than held their own for the best part of an hour before being reduced to ten men when Gary Caldwell and Tevez went in for a crunching tackle leaving the City man injured and Caldwell perhaps a little unlucky to see a straight red card. City went ahead when a ball into the area by Patrick Vieira was chased by both Emmanuel Adebayor and Tevez, forcing the Wigan keeper Vladimir Skojkovic to make a tame attempt to block the ball and ultimately leave Tevez with a tap in. Two minutes later, a cross from Javier Garrido was flicked on by Vincent Kompany and converted at the far post by Tevez. He completed his treble when he latched onto a pass from Pablo Zabaleta before finishing well from just inside the area.

Attendance : 43,534
Red Card : Caldwell 56 (Wigan)
Assists : n/a, Kompany, Zabaleta

28 March 2010

BLACKBURN 1 (Dunn 20 Pen)

Burnley remain deep in trouble at the bottom after losing the East Lancs derby at home to Blackburn. The only goal came from a disputed penalty when Martin Olsson burst clear only to be apparently brought down by keeper Brian Jensen although replays suggested that he was almost down before the minimal contact was made. David Dunn sent Jensen the wrong way from the spot.

Attendance : 21,546
Assists : Olsson

LIVERPOOL 3 (Torres 3, Tuner 32 og , Torres 60)

Liverpool move into fifth after a comfortable win over Sunderland at Anfield. Liverpool began with a stunning goal as a long ball from keeper Jose Reina found Fernando Torres wide on the left and after cutting inside, he curled a brilliant shot over the keeper and into the far top corner. Sunderland were lucky to keep the score down until after the half hour when the hosts doubled the lead as a corner was cleared to the edge of the area where Glen Johnson took a touch and then fired a shot into the corner aided by a deflection off of the knee of Michael Turner. Torres then cracked a shot against the post before miss kicking wide as Liverpool continued to blitz their opponents. After the break Liverpool eased off a little but added a third on the hour as Johnson found Torres in the area who took his time before calmly finding the net.

Attendance : 43,121
Assists : Reina, n/a, Johnson

27 March 2010

BIRMINGHAM 1 (Phillips 92)
ARSENAL 1 (Nasri 81)

Arsenal lost ground on Chelsea and Man United after they conceded a freak stoppage time equaliser at Birmingham. They went ahead with only nine minutes left when Samir Nasri was allowed to carry the ball in from the right flank before arrowing a shot low inside the far post. Both Nasri and Cesc Fabregas came close to increasing the lead before sub Kevin Philips did his party piece although he knew little about it as Bacary Sagna's attempted clearance smacked against the head of the Birmingham striker and although the keeper got hands to it, the ball looped up and dropped agonisingly in.

Attendance : 27,039
Assists : Clichy, n/a

MANCHESTER UNITED 4 (Samuel 38 og, Berbatov 69, Berbatov 78, Gibson 82)

Man United stay a point clear at the top after a comfortable win at the Reebok against Bolton. United led at the interval thanks to Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel who, presumably in an attempt to clear a cross from Ryan Giggs, instead connected perfectly to send a first time finish past his own keeper and inside the post. Bolton almost levelled within minutes but Edwin Van Der Sar produced a brilliant save from Fabrice Muamba. United took command after the break as Dimitar Berbatov bobbled in a rebound after Darren Fletcher's shot was saved and then added a third with a cheeky flick from Nani's cross. Sub Darron Gibson smashed in the fourth off the bar with Nani again provider as United swept Bolton aside.

Attendance : 25,370
Assists : n/a, n/a, Nani, Nani

CHELSEA 7 (Lampard 15, Lampard 44 Pen, Malouda 57, Lampard 62 Pen, Malouda 68, Kalou 83, Lampard 91)
ASTON VILLA 1 (Carew 29)

Chelsea demolished Aston Villa to remain hot on the heels of Man United at the top. Frank Lampard netted four, including the opener as he slid in at the far post to convert a cross from Florent Malouda. Villa levelled when John Carew fired in Ashley Young's cross but that was as good as it got for the visitors as Lampard thumped in a penalty before half time after Yuri Zhirkov was tripped by James Collins and after Malouda added a third, sweeping in Zhirkov's cross, Lampard added another penalty with Zhirkov fouled by Richard Dunne this time. Chelsea were now in free flow as Malouda grabbed his second after being set up by Lampard and Salomon Kalou added the sixth with a low shot inside the post with Nik Anelka providing the pass. Lampard fittingly completed the rout with his fourth with a low drive after a cross was only half cleared.

Attendance : 41,825
Assists : Malouda, Young, Zhirkov (won pen), Zhirkov, Zhirkov (won pen), Lampard, Anelka, n/a

HULL 2 (Bullard 16 Pen, Fagan 58)

Hull remain in the drop zone but only on goal difference after a goal in each half saw off Fulham. Ex Fulham star Jimmy Bullard opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Chris Smalling held back Jozy Altidore. Zoltan Gera had two efforts cleared off the line for Fulham before Craig Fagan doubled the lead with a superb far post header which looped over the keeper and in from Dean Marney's cross.

Attendance : 24,361
Assists : Altidore (won pen), Marney

TOTTENHAM 2 (Crouch 27, Kranjcar 41)

Spurs inched closer to a Champions League spot after an easy win against effectively relegated Portsmouth. Two ex-Pompey players got the goals as Gareth Bale crossed for Peter Crouch to head inside the near post before Niko Kranjcar bundled in the second after Luka Modric's shot was blocked.

Attendance : 35,870
Assists : Bale, n/a

STOKE 1 (Fuller 69)

West Ham are balancing on the very edge of the drop zone after suffering their sixth league defeat in a row, this time at home to Stoke. The only goal was a cracker as Ricardo Fuller cut in from the left, beat three men and fired home. A goal reminiscent of Ricky Villa in the 1981 FA Cup Final replay (for those old enough to remember it!).

Attendance : 34,564
Assist : n/a


Stalemate at Wolves as they and Everton earned a point each. Everton came closest when Louis Saha crashed a superb shot against the crossbar.

Attendance : 28,995
Assists : n/a

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