20 December 2010
MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Jagielka 72 og)
EVERTON 2 (Cahill 4, Baines 19)
Man City missed the chance to top the table after slumping to defeat at home to Everton. The Merseysiders led early when a cross from Leighton Baines was just too high for Victor Anichebe however, Seamus Coleman crossed from the other flank to find Tim Cahill totally unmarked in the six yard box to nod in. Pablo Zabaleta was off for treatment to a head knock when the visitors doubled the lead as Baines found Anichebe on the left and when his low cross was laid off first time by Cahill, Baines was on hand to curl a lovely shot inside the far post. After the break, City were handed a lifeline when Anichebe was booked twice in five minutes for dopey challenges on keeper Joe Hart and then Zabaleta and was rightly sent off yet although City were seeing plenty of the ball, chances were rarely than a Heathrow take-off until Yaya Toure's attempted shot across goal flew into the net via defender Phil Jagielka to reduce the deficit. Within five minutes they almost levelled when Mario Balotelli burst clear and bobbled an effort against the post and after Carlos Tevez latched onto the loose ball, Howard recovered well to block his shot. The numbers were evened out in stoppage time when Kolo Toure was shown two quick fire yellow cards for cynical tackles on Sylvain Distin and then Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
Attendance : 45,028
Red Cards : Anichebe 60 (Everton), Kolo Toure 94 (Manchester City)
Assists : Coleman, Cahill, n/a
18 December 2010
BLACKBURN 1 (Nelsen 51)
WEST HAM 1 (Stanislas 78)
Blackburn began the post-Allardyce era with a disappointing home draw against bottom club West Ham. The hosts led just after half time when Ryan Nelsen netted with his knee after his initial effort was kept out by debutant keeper Ruud Boffin. The Hammers battled back as Matthew Upson thudded a shot against the post before Scott Parker's run into the area saw the ball rebound to Junior Stanislas to curl in the equaliser.
Attendance : 21,934
Assists : n/a, n/a
SUNDERLAND 1 (Wellbeck 32)
Sunderland move into the dizzy heights of sixth with a narrow win against Bolton. The only goal came when keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen saved from Darren Bent but Danny Wellbeck was on hand to follow up with a diving header. The fans were also treated to a remarkable save when home stopper Craig Gordon showed astonishing reactions to keep out Zat Knight's close range prod from three yards!
Attendance : 35,101
Assist : n/a
All other games postponed.
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