17 April 2011
ARSENAL 1 (Van Persie 98)
LIVERPOOL 1 (Kuyt 102)
Two stoppage time penalties, one for each club, saw Arsenal and Liverpool draw 1-1 as an uneventful game ended remarkably. Although Laurent Koscielny headed against the bar from a corner in the first half, all too often Arsenal were guilty (as per usual) of overplaying in and around the area rather than taking a shot at goal. Indeed as the second half wore on, Liverpool looked more likely with Luis Suarez twice forcing saves from Gunners keeper Wojciech Szczesny. With five minutes to go, Robin Van Persie finally found space in the area and with only the keeper to beat, Jose Reina did superbly to thrust a hand in the air to block the Dutchman's shot. There were eight minutes of stoppage time, largely due to a head injury to Jamie Carragher and after six of those eight, Cesc Fabregas drove into the area and was tripped by Jay Spearing to earn the hosts a penalty which Van Persie slotted into the bottom corner. Astonishingly, in the 11th minute of added time, Emmanuel Eboue bundled over Lucas in the area at the other end to gift Liverpool a spot kick which Dirk Kuyt buried with power. The final whistle sounded seconds later sparking an angry touchline exchange between the two managers.
Attendance : 60,029
Assists : Fabregas (won pen), Lucas (won pen)
16 April 2011
BIRMINGHAM 2 (Larsson 41, Gardner 66)
Sunderland's slide continues as they slumped to defeat at Birmingham who move level on points with their opponents, five points above the drop zone. Sunderland gifted the hosts an opener when Phil Bardsley and keeper Simon Mignolet left the ball to each other, allowing Sebastien Larsson to nip in and prod the ball into the empty net. The win was secured midway through the second half when Alexander Hleb set up Craig Gardner to fire in from the edge of the area.
Attendance : 28,108
Assists : Jerome, Hleb
BLACKPOOL 1 (Campbell 83)
WIGAN 3 (Rodallega 3, N'Zogbia 46, Eardley 67 og)
Blackpool slip into the bottom three after a home defeat against Wigan took the visitors from bottom to fourth from bottom in one afternoon! Wigan led early when Charles N'Zogbia sent Hugo Rodallega through and he took full advantage of a slip by defender Craig Cathcart and slot in from a tight angle. N'Zogbia grabbed the second himself when Charlie Adam lost possession and he ran at the back line before his shot dribbled past the wrong-footed keeper and inside the far post. The third followed in the second half when Mohammed Diame's shot took a massive deflection off of Neal Eardley to find the net. Blackpool grabbed a late consolation when DJ Campbell scored from close range after Matt Phillips drilled a cross in.
Attendance : 16,030
Assists : N'Zogbia, Diame, n/a, Phillips (ck)
EVERTON 2 (Osman 54, Baines 75 Pen)
Blackburn are only two points above the relegation zone after a defeat at Everton who are making a late bid for a European spot. Both goals came in the second half as a short corner by Gueye found Leon Osman who walloped a shot across goal and inside the far post, helped by a slight deflection. They doubled it when Coleman was clattered in the area by Phil Jones and Leighton Baines crashed in the penalty.
Attendance : 35,857
Assists : Gueye (ck), Coleman (won pen)
WEST BROM 1 (Odemwingie 17)
CHELSEA 3 (Drogba 22, Kalou 26, Lampard 45)
Chelsea came from behind to win at West Brom who remain six points above the bottom three and should be safe. The Baggies led early when Peter Odemwingie was sent clear by Jerome Thomas and clipped the ball neatly over the keeper. Two quick fire goal turned the game on its head as firstly Didier Drogba blasted in after Florent Malouda's cross was cleared to him and then Drogba's long range shot was saved by Scott Carson but Salomon Kalou was quickest to the rebound and fired in. Frank Lampard wrapped it all up on half time with a shot from Malouda's cut back. Fernando Torres came on as a late sub and thought he'd broken his goal-duck but after rounding the keeper and tapping in, he found that he was offside.
Attendance : 25,163
Assists : Thomas, n/a, n/a, Malouda
WEST HAM 1 (Keane 2)
ASTON VILLA 2 (Bent 36, Agbonlahor 91)
Aston Villa netted a late winner at West Ham to ease their relegation fears but left the Hammers two points fro safety. The Hammers led early when Villa failed to clear a corner and after Thomas Hitzlsperger nodded the ball back into the area, Robbie Keane turned to fire in with replays showing him to be onside. Villa levelled when Mark Noble lost the ball on the edge of his own area and Luke Young crossed for Darren Bent to glance in a header. They won it in stoppage time when Gabriel Agbonlahor headed in Ashley Young's cross.
Attendance : 33,000
Assists : Hitzlsperger, Young, Young
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