3 April 2011
FULHAM 3 (Zamora 23, Zamora 28, Etuhu 72)
Fulham move into tenth - but still only six points from safety - after a comfortable win against Blackpool who are in serious danger of relegation as the lie one place and one point ahead of the bottom three. Two quick fire goals from Bobby Zamora did the damage as he firstly latched onto a loose pass by James Beattie to run at the defence and crash the ball into the roof of the net and within five minutes he did it again as he headed in Danny Murphy's free kick. After the break the hosts wrapped it up when Clint Dempsey hit the post and Brede Hangeland crossed the rebound for Dickson Etuhu to convert.
Attendance : 25,692
Assists : n/a, Duff (fk), Hangeland (fk)
MANCHESTER CITY 5 (Johnson 9, Tevez 15 Pen, Silva 63, Vieira 67, Yaya Toure 73)
Man City move above Chelsea and into third place as they swept Sunderland aside at Eastlands. City burst into an early two goal lead as a sweeping move involving Yaya Toure and Adam Johnson exchanging passes before the latter cut inside to thump a shot inside the near post. Six minutes later, Carlos Tevez found space and as he looped the ball over Phil Bardsley, he was clattered by the Sunderland man for a clear cut penalty which Tevez converted via the keepers hand and the post. They eased off a little until the hour marked when City added a third as a cross from Tevez found Mario Balotelli and although his shot was blocked, David Silva was bursting into the area to tap past the keeper. Four minutes later, a corner from Aleksandar Kolarov was cleared back to him and his drilled cross was bundled in by Patrick Vieira who had come off of the bench just prior to the corner being taken. Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet did manage to bundle the effort away but it had clearly crossed the line before he did. Sunderland were in disarray now, no more so than an awful pass in his final third by Lee Cattermole, latched onto by Toure to clip the ball over the advancing keeper for the fifth.
Attendance : 44,197
Assists : Yaya Toure, Tevez (won pen), n/a, Lescott (ck), n/a
2 April 2011
The title race is back in the hands of Man United after Arsenal failed top break down ten man Blackburn. Jack Wilshire missed a sitter in the first half but the Gunners struggled even after Rovers had Steven Nzonzi sent off for a wild challenge on Laurent Koscielny although they almost grabbed a late winner when Michel Salgado blocked an effort by Nicklas Bendtner on the line. Arsenal remain second, seven points behind United with a game in hand whilst Rovers are still in the incredibly close battle stay up as they are 14th but only two points above the drop zone.
Attendance : 60,087
Red Card : Nzonzi 76 (Blackburn)
Assists : n/a
BIRMINGHAM 2 (Philips 4, Gardner 59)
BOLTON 1 (Elmander 70)
Birmingham collected a vital win against Bolton to go two points clear of the bottom three. They led early when Kevin Phillips dispatched a corner from Sebastien Larsson into the net with a clinical half volley and they doubled the lead on the hour through local lad Craig Gardner who played a one-two with Cameron Jerome before drilling a low shot in off the far. Bolton set up a tense finale when Johan Elmander collected a chested pass from Kevin Davies to volley in from the edge of the area but the hosts held on.
Attendance : 26,142
Assists : Larsson (ck), Jerome, Davies
EVERTON 2 (Osman 38, Baines 83 Pen)
ASTON VILLA 2 (Bent 47, Bent 68)
High drama and controversy at Goodison as Everton and Aston Villa shared four goals but that only told part of the story. Both sides netted either side of the interval as the hosts went ahead when Diniyar Bilyaletdinov found Leon Osman who wriggled through the defence before finding the net with a half hit effort which keeper Brad Friedel should have kept out. Villa levelled early in the second half with a first time shot from Darren Bent from Stuart Downing's cross. Midway through the half came the moment that left Everton fuming as a shot from Jermaine Beckford hit the underside of the bar and bounced down on the line and away to safety, however as Everton claimed a goal, Villa rightly played to the whistle and broke away with a long clearance by Friedel which Ashley Young headed on for Bent to produce a fine finish. Replays showed Beckford's effort was indeed just over the line! Spurred on by injustice, Everton then had a moment of luck themselves as Phil Jagielka went down under a challenge by Jean Makoun and Leighton Baines walloped in the spot kick but again replays showed little, if any, contact on the Everton man. Villa are still in trouble though, two points above the bottom three.
Attendance : 37,619
Assists : Bilyaletdinov, Downing, Young, Jagielka (won pen)
NEWCASTLE 4 (Nolan 22, Ameobi 45, Lovenkrands 50, Gutierrez 93)
WOLVES 1 (Ebanks-Blake 58)
Wolves remain in the relegation zone after being thumped at Newcastle. The hosts were well ahead at the break when Shola Ameobi set up Kevin Nolan to slot home and then Ameobi doubled matters with a cracking header from a cross by Peter Lovenkrands. Again, provider then turned scorer early in the second half as Lovenkrands converted Joey Barton's cross. Wolves had some brief hope when Matt Jarvis crossed for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to pull one back but the hosts wrapped it up in stoppage time when Steven Taylor's pass found Jonas Gutierrez to surge forward and fire in the fourth.
Attendance : 49,939
Assists : Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Barton, Jarvis, Taylor
STOKE 1 (Walters 8)
CHELSEA 1 (Drogba 33)
Chelsea dwindling title hopes are pretty much gone after the came from behind to draw at Stoke. The home side led early when Jonathon Walters won the ball in midfield and ran at the left side of the defence before cutting in and drilling a low shot past Petr Cech, however Chelsea earned a point from Didier Drogba's crashing header from Nik Anelka's cross. Either side could have won it after the break with both clubs hitting the woodwork twice and Cech making an excellent save from Robert Huth's header. Ricardo Fuller almost won it for Stoke in stoppage time but headed across goal and wide when he looked certain to find the net.
Attendance : 27,508
Assists : Whelan, Anelka
WEST BROM 2 (Brunt 62 Pen, Brunt 88 Pen)
LIVERPOOL 1 (Skrtel 50)
West Brom eased their relegation fears as two penalties saw them come from behind at beat Liverpool and go four points clear off the drop zone. It was a sweet victory for Baggies boss Roy Hodgson after his former club had taken the lead when Martin Skrtel headed in a corner from Raul Meireles. The hosts battled back and levelled when Sotirios Kyrgiakos fouled Peter Odemwingie but seemingly took the ball as well, however a penalty was awarded and Chris Brunt smashed in the spot kick. Odemwingie was a constant threat and late on he was fouled again, this time by keeper Jose Reina, allowing Brunt to win it from the spot.
Attendance : 26,196
Assists : Meireles (ck), Odemwingie (won pen), Odemwingie (won pen)
WEST HAM 2 (Noble 11 Pen, Noble 25 Pen)
MANCHESTER UNITED 4 (Rooney 65, Rooney 73, Rooney 79 Pen, Hernandez 84)
Wayne Rooney struck a fourteen minute hat trick as league leaders Man United came from two down to win away for the second time this season with West Ham on the wrong end of the comeback this time.
The visitors began well but went behind when Patrice Evra handled into the area after Carlton Cole's flick on and Mark Noble made no mistake from the penalty spot. Amazingly, history repeated itself within a quarter of an hour as Cole cut in from the left and was tripped by Nemanja Vidic marginally inside the area to concede another penalty, again converted by Noble, blasting it high into the roof of the net. United continued to have the better of things and were denied a way back into the game when Ji-Sing Park's stinging effort was superbly saved by Robert Green but just before the break, Vidic hauled back Demba as he went clear on goal but was only shown a yellow card, possibly due to some doubt as to whether Ba would have reached the through ball.
The second half saw the arrival of Javier Hernandez in place of Evra but it was his strike partner Wayne Rooney who got his side back into it with a superb curling free kick from the edge of the area to halve the deficit and within eight minutes he'd levelled matters up as he collected a firmly hit pass from Antonio Valencia, turned his man and arrowed a lot shot into the bottom corner. The hat trick was completed when a flicked cross from Fabio hit Matthew Upson on the arm and the ref awarded a penalty and Rooney sent Green the wrong way from the spot to turn the game completely on its head. Five minutes later, they added a fourth to rub salt into the wounds as a low cross from Giggs was slotted in at the far post by Hernandez.
Attendance : 34,546
Assists : n/a, Cole (won pen), n/a, Valencia, n/a, Giggs
Poor game at the DW Stadium, leaving Spurs drifting away from the Champions League places and Wigan bottom. In a game of few chances, the hosts almost won it late on but Conor Sammon shot straight the keeper from a great position.
Attendance : 18,578
Assists : n/a
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