24 January 2011
CHELSEA 4 (Drogba 11, Malouda 41, Anelka 56, Ramires 74)
Chelsea kept their slim title hopes alive with a crushing win at Bolton. After a promising start from the hosts, it was the Champions who took the lead when Gretar Steinsson lost possession in his own final third and after the ball squirmed through to Didier Drogba, he walloped in a bullet shot from 25 yards which was past the keeper before he knew it! The lead was doubled when a deep cross was nodded on by Branislav Ivanovic and fell to Florent Malouda whose initial effort was blocked but he slotted the rebound in at the near post from a tight angle. Another followed shortly after the break when Michael Essien's low cross was only half cleared and Nik Anelka's shot found the net via a slight deflection and the same duo combined for the fourth as another Essien cross saw Anelka's effort blocked but it fell to Ramires on the edge of the area to side-foot into the bottom corner.
Attendance : 22,837
Assists : Malouda, n/a, n/a, n/a
23 January 2011
BLACKBURN 2 (Tamas 41 og, Hoilett 47)
WEST BROM 0
Blackburn move up to seventh with a comfortable win at home to West Brom. The hosts led at the interval when David Dunn's cross was headed into his own net by Gabriel Tamas with Roque Santa Cruz lurking with intent behind him, however with 90 seconds of the restart the lead was doubled as David Hoilett latched onto a chested pass from Nikola Kalinic and walloped a shot past the keeper from the edge of the area.
Attendance : 24,057
Assists : n/a, Kalinic
22 January 2011
ARSENAL 3 (Van Persie 21, Van Persie 58, Van Persie 85)
Arsenal keep within sight of Man United at the top as they swept Wigan aside with a Robin Van Persie hat trick. The hosts dominated and could have netted much more than the three, starting with Van Persie thumping home a pass from Alex Song. Just before the hour, he added a second with a neat first time finish from a clipped ball from Cesc Fabregas and should have completed his triple from the penalty spot but he launched a spot kick into orbit after Gary Caldwell was sent off for bringing down Fabregas. It only delayed the inevitable as Van Persie finally netted his hat trick with a convincing finish from Theo Walcott's set up.
Attendance : 59,522
Assists : Song, Fabregas, Walcott
ASTON VILLA 1 (Bent 18)
MANCHESTER CITY 0
Aston Villa moved away from the drop zone as they hammered a severe dent in Man City's title charge with a narrow win at Villa Park. The only goal came early as debutant Darren Bent paid back a section of the £24m transfer fee as he tapped in after Ashley Young's shot was saved by Joe Hart.
Attendance : 37,315
Assist : Young
BLACKPOOL 1 (Adam 86 Pen)
SUNDERLAND 2 (Richardson 15, Richardson 36)
Sunderland maintain their unlikely European charge with a good win at Blackpool. Kieron Richardson scored twice for the visitors before the interval as he was sent clear by Asamoah Gyan and slid home the opener from a breakaway and then doubled matters when he arrowed in Steed Malbranque's cross. Blackpool set up a dramatic late finale when Charlie Adam scored from the penalty spot after when Nedum Onuoha was adjudged to have fouled David Vaughan but Sunderland held on.
Attendance : 16,037
Assists : Asamoah, Malbranque
EVERTON 2 (Bilyaletdinov 77, Fellaini 91)
WEST HAM 2 (Spector 26, Piquionne 84)
Bottom club West Ham twice led at Goodison but failed to hold on for the win in a drama filled encounter. They led at half time when Jonathon Spector converted a cross from Luis Boa Morte and they held on until the final 13 minutes when sub Diniyar Bilyaletdinov walloped home after Phil Neville's cross and Marouane Fellaini's header wasn't cleared. The visitors regained the lead through Frederic Piquionne who crashed in a header from a Wayne Bridge cross however his understandable celebrations with his own fans earned him a second yellow card and subsequent red! Everton ultimately took advantage with a stoppage time leveller as Fellaini turned to fire in after Jack Rodwell's header found it's way to him.
Attendance : 34,179
Red Card : Piquionne 85 (West Ham)
Assists : Boa Morte, Fellaini, Bridge, Rodwell
FULHAM 2 (Dempsey 33, Dempsey 56 Pen)
Fulham eased their relegation fears with a goal in each half from Clint Dempsey against Stoke. His first came when he netted from close range after good work from Andy Johnson and after the break, he converted from the penalty spot after Ryan Shawcross was red carded for bringing him down.
Attendance : 23,766
Red Card : Shawcross 55 (Stoke)
Assists : Johnson, Dempsey (won pen)
MANCHESTER UNITED 5 (Berbatov 2, Berbatov 31, Giggs 47, Berbatov 53, Nani 76)
Dimitar Berbatov scored his third hat trick of the season as league leaders Man United destroyed Birmingham. The Bulgarian's first came after 95 seconds as he headed in from close range after John O'Shea headed on a Ryan Giggs corner. He doubled matters with a firm shot after he cut inside having been found by Wayne Rooney and in first half stoppage time, Giggs made it three with a far post conversion of a Rooney cross. Early in the second half, Berbatov completed his hat trick with a shot off the bar from a Giggs cross and Nani wrapped up the rout with a drilled effort after being found by O'Shea.
Attendance : 75,326
Assists : O'Shea, Rooney, Berbatov, Giggs, O'Shea
NEWCASTLE 1 (Coloccini 59)
TOTTENHAM 1 (Lennon 91)
Spurs rescued a point with a stoppage time equaliser away at Newcastle. The hosts led on the hour when Danny Guthrie found Fabricio Coloccini who controlled the ball before crashing a shot in although the keeper got hands to it, however Spurs salvaged a point when Aaron Lennon collected a pass from Jermaine Defoe and made space to fire in.
Attendance : 51,010
Assists : Guthrie, Defoe
LIVERPOOL 3 (Torres 36, Meireles 85, Torres 91)
Liverpool collected their first win since the second coming of King Kenny with a comfortable win at Wolves. Liverpool led when Raul Meireles broke the offside trap to get clear on the right and square the ball for Fernando Torres to net with a simple tap in and full credit to female lineswoman Sian Massey for getting a tight offside call 100% correct. They almost doubled the lead when Dirk Kuyt broke through only to be denied by keeper Wayne Hennessey but within half a minutes Meireles let fly with a first time volley from just outside the area to wallop a shot into the roof of the net as a long ball forward was met with a weak defensive header. Wolves saw plenty of the ball but rarely threatened and Liverpool wrapped it up in stoppage time with a repeat of the opener as Kuyt this time broke the offside trap and found Torres to thump the ball in from a matter of yards.
Attendance : 28,869
Assists : Meireles, n/a, Kuyt
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