5 May 2010

STOKE 1 (Etherington 83)

Stoke moved into the top half as they won at Europa League finalists Fulham. The only goal came late as Matt Etherington fired in off the post after Ricardo Fuller's cross took a slight deflection.

Attendance : 20,831
Assist : Tuncay

TOTTENHAM 1 (Crouch 82)

Spurs confirmed fourth place and a Champions League place with a deserved win at fifth placed Man City. Although the hosts had the majority of possession, they created little and Spurs should have been ahead at the break after Peter Crouch headed against the post and Ledley King had a header disallowed for climbing on his opponent although it was remarkably similar to a goal that he scored at Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago which was allowed. Consistency? Jermaine Defoe had a shot superbly turned around the post in the second half before Spurs won it late on as a fizzed cross from Younes Kaboul was deflected and only palmed away by the keeper, allowing Crouch to nod in.

Attendance : 47,370
Assist : n/a

3 May 2010

WIGAN 2 (Moses 31, Gohouri 92)
HULL 2 (Atkinson 42, Cullen 64)

Hull are officially relegated after a late Wigan goal denied them victory at the DW Stadium. In truth, safety was exceptionally unlike anyway as they needed to win their final two games with a turnaround of 22 goals, but the writing was on the wall when Wigan took the lead when Victor Moses showed excellent pace before cutting inside and firing in off the far post. To their credit, Hull went head with goals either side of half time as Kevin Kilbane's cross found Will Atkinson to head in however he thought it had been ruled out when he saw the raised offside flag only for the official to lower it as Atkinson was not one of the offside pair! After the break, George Boateng's cross deceived the keeper and Mark Cullen nodded in. With time ebbing out, Wigan levelled to send Hull down when Steve Gohouri scored with an acrobatic shot from Paul Scharner's header.

Attendance : 20,242
Assists : Diame, Kilbane, Boateng, Scharner

BLACKBURN 2 (Dunn 43, Samba 68)
ARSENAL 1 (Van Persie 14)

Blackburn ended their home campaign with a victory as they came from behind to beat Arsenal, who could yet lose third place to either Man City or, more likely, local rivals Spurs. The Gunners went ahead when Robin Van Persie netted with a close range header after Bacary Sagna helped on a corner. Rovers levelled just before the interval with a David Dunn tap in at the far post after Keith Andrews crossed when the keeper fluffed a corner. They won it midway through the second half with keeper Lukasz Fabianski again at fault as he battled with his own defender Sol Campbell but didn't get the ball as Christopher Samba nodded in from a yard.

Attendance : 26,138
Assists : Sagna, Roberts (ck), MGP (ck)

2 May 2010

FULHAM 3 (Dempsey 45, Cole 58 og, Okaka 79)
WEST HAM 2 (Cole 61, Franco 92)

Fulham showed no European hangover as they beat West Ham just three days after clinching a place in the Europa League Final. They were rarely in trouble after Simon Davies sent Clint Dempsey through to score with a clinical finish. Carlton Cole then scored at both ends within four minutes although he knew little about the own goal as he was unlucky to get in the way of Chris Baird's shot which was heading for a throw in and it flashed past his own keeper, but pulled a goal back when he headed in Mark Noble's free kick. Fulham regained their two goal lead when Bjorn Helge Riise's cross was tapped in by Stefano Okaka but the Hammers made it look closer when Guillermo Franco scored a stoppage time consolation when he converted Scott Parker's cut back.

Attendance : 24,201
Assists : Davis, n/a, Noble (fk), Nevland, Parker

CHELSEA 2 (Drogba 33, Lampard 54)

Chelsea maintain their narrow lead at the top of the league with a goal in each half to see off Liverpool at Anfield. They needed a touch of luck to open the scoring when Steven Gerrard's back pass was intercepted by Didier Drogba who rounded keeper Jose Reina before slotting into an empty net. They secured the win early in the second half when Nik Anelka's cross was swept in by Frank Lampard. A win at home to Wigan next Sunday will clinch the title for Chelsea whilst Liverpool are left to reflect on one of their poorest seasons in years.

Attendance : 44,375
Assists : n/a, Anelka


Man United stay hot on the heels of Chelsea after a win at Sunderland but will need Chelsea to slip up next weekend to stand any hope of overtaking them. The only goal was a firm finish by Nani after a penalty area scramble ended with him being found by Darren Fletcher.

Attendance : 47,641
Assist : Fletcher

1 May 2010

BIRMINGHAM 2 (Jensen 29 og, Benitez 41)
BURNLEY 1 (Thompson 87)

Birmingham ended their home campaign with a narrow win against already relegated Burnley. They led when Cameron Jerome's bundled effort crept over the line via keeper Brian Jensen and they doubled it before the break as Roger Johnson's far post header was nodded in by Christian Benitez. Burnley grabbed a late consolation when Jack Cort sent Steven Thompson through to slot in.

Attendance : 24,578
Assists : n/a, Johnson, Cork

MANCHESTER CITY 3 (Tevez 41 Pen, Adebayor 43, Bellamy 89)
ASTON VILLA 1 (Carew 16)

Man City remain hot on the heels of fourth placed Spurs with as they came from behind to beat fellow Champions League hopefuls Aston Villa who now have to be content with the Europa League. Villa took the lead when Stuart Downing fed the ball through for John Carew to shoot under keeper Marton Fulop. Two quick-fire goals before the interval turned the game on its head as Steven Warnock brought down Adam Johnson, allowing Carlos Tevez to drill home a low penalty and then Johnson cut the ball back for Emmanuel Adebayor to slot in. Between the two City goals, Carew cracked a shot against the post at the other end. City clinched a vital win late on as Shaun Wright-Phillips found Craig Bellamy who curled in the third. City play Spurs on Wednesday in a game which they cannot afford to lose.

Attendance : 47,102
Assists : Downing, Johnson (won pen), Johnson, SWP

PORTSMOUTH 3 (Dindane 20, Utaka 39, Brown 67)
WOLVES 1 (Doyle 35)

Bottom club Portsmouth won their final top flight home game as they saw off Wolves. Pompey led through a fine header by Aruna Dindane from Michael Brown's free kick but Wolves levelled when Kevin Doyle bundled in from close range after keeper David James had kept out headers from Doyle and Ronald Zubar. The hosts quickly regained the lead with a low near post drive from John Utaka after he'd collected a throw from Brown and it was Brown himself who added a third with a clinical finish after Tommy Smith had nodded on a cross.

Attendance : 19,213
Assists : Brown (fk), n/a, Brown (throw-in), Smith


Everton's European hopes ended with a goalless draw at Stoke. They did get the ball in the net but Phil Jagielka's header was disallowed for a harsh offside against Victor Anichebe.

Attendance : 27,579
Assists : n/a

TOTTENHAM 1 (Huddlestone 38)

Spurs remain a point clear in fourth place with a narrow home win against Bolton. The points were clinched before half time when Tom Huddlestone launched a superb shot from 20 yard which ripped into the top corner after being found by Beniot Assou-Ekotto.

Attendance : 35,852
Assist : Assou-Ekotto

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