1 May 2011

BIRMINGHAM 1 (Larsson 27)
WOLVES 1 (Fletcher 7 Pen)

Wolves remain in the bottom three after losing the lead at Birmingham and then failing to regain it against ten men. They led early when a poor kick from Ben Foster fell to Matt Jarvis who sent Steven Ward clear and was then clattered by Foster. Steven Fletcher converted the spot kick with ease. The hosts levelled when a poor back header from Michael Manscienne fell to Sebastien Larsson to volley home. Birmingham were reduced to ten men shortly afterwards when Craig Gardner was shown a second yellow card for diving (simulation) but Wolves couldn't take any further advantage.

Attendance : 26,072
Red Card : Gardner 29 (Birmingham)
Assists : Ward (won pen), n/a

LIVERPOOL 3 (Maxi 10, Kuyt 59 Pen, Suarez 65)

Liverpool move into fifth with a comprehensive win against Newcastle. They took an early lead when John Flanaghan's cross wasn't dealt with and Maxi Rodriguez scored with the aid of a deflection. After the break, Mike Williamson hauled back Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt sent the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot before Suarez exchanged passes with Kuyt to slot in the third.

Attendance : 44,923
Assists : n/a, Suarez (won pen), Kuyt

30 Apri 2011

BLACKBURN 1 (Olsson 20)

Blackburn edged three points clear of the drop zone with a narrow win over East Lancs rivals Bolton. The only goal was a cracker as Michel Salgado found Martin Olssen who ran at goal and fired home from the edge of the area.

Attendance : 28,985
Assist : Salgado


Blackpool remain out of the bottom three on goal difference despite failing to score in a home game for the first time this season. Both they and opponents Stoke had chances to win as Kenwyne Jones made space and rounded the keeper but fired wide for the visitors before sub Sergey Kornilenko headed at the keeper for the hosts.

Attendance : 16,003
Assists : n/a

CHELSEA 2 (Lampard 45, Kalou 89)
TOTTENHAM 1 (Sandro 19)

Chelsea move to within three points of Man United, who play at third placed Arsenal tomorrow, after leaving it late to see off Spurs whose Champions League hopes are disolving by the week.

Chelsea began the stronger of the two sides and came desperately close when a free kick from Didier Drogba was fingertipped onto the bar by keeper Heurelho Gomes. Ironically, Spurs then took the lead in spectacular fashion as Sandro latched onto a flick from Rafael Van Der Vaart and unleashed a bullet shot which whistled into the net from fully 30 yards only for him to then receive a partially rebuke from his manager who had been urging him to remain in front of his back four!! Michael Essien then had a header saved before Fernando Torres headed the corner over at the far post when he should have done better. On the stroke of half time, Chelsea did get a deserved equaliser amid huge controversy as Frank Lampard's long range shot was spilled by Gomes and as the ball dribbled towards the line, the keeper stretched to roll the ball back before it crossed the line. After a few seconds, the officials gave the goal but replays seemed to show that it hadn't quite crossed the line before Gomes redeemed himself. However as the debate over goal-line technology with no doubt replace the Royal Wedding as the `hot topic`, it shouldn't be forgotten that this was an absolute howler from the Spurs keeper.

After the interval Gomes did parry away a similar piledriver from Drogba and then save comfortably from Florent Malouda as Chelsea again began the half well. Drogba then walloped a free kick goalwards which Gomes only patted out and Salomon Kalou - just on as a sub - rushed his volley and blazed over. A second goal was beginning to look very likely and it could have arrived for Lampard but thumped a shot wide from the edge of the area after a good interchange of passing. They eventually snatched it when Drogba found a fraction of space in the area but his sliced effort was heading for the corner flag before Kalou stuck out a leg to divert the ball into the empty net although replays suggested that he was marginally offside.

Attendance : 41,681
Assists : van der Vaart, Drogba, Drogba

FULHAM 3 (Kakuta 33, Davies 61, Davies 73)

Fulham recorded a comfortable win at Sunderland whose injury problems saw them start without a single recognised striker. The visitors led when Bobby Zamora's cross found Gael Kakuta and although he seemed to lose control of the ball, he managed to prod it past the keeper. They wrapped it up after the break as Steve Sidwell's cross was walloped in by Simon Davies and the same player grabbed the third as he collected a Zamora cross and bundled the ball in as the Sunderland defence failed to clear.

Attendance : 39,576
Assists : Zamora, Sidwell, Zamora

WEST BROM 2 (Odemwingie 60, Mulumbu 84)
ASTON VILLA 1 (Meite 4 og)

West Brom came from a goal down and a man down to see off second city rivals Aston Villa. The visitors led with a freak own goal as Stuart Downing's cross was sliced into his own net by Abdoulaye Meite. After the break, Peter Odemwingie levelled as he crashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range after a scramble from Jonas Olssen's far post header however the Baggies were then reduced to ten men when Paul Scharner received a second yellow card for hauling down Stylian Petrov. West Brom clinched the win late on as Yousseuf Mulumbu collected a pass from Simon Cox to turn and scoop the ball over the keeper and in.

Attendance : 25,889
Red Card : Scharner 62 (West Brom)
Assists : n/a, Scharner, Cox

WIGAN 1 (N'Zogbia 21)
EVERTON 1 (Baines 78 Pen)

Wigan stay in the bottom three on goal difference after throwing away the lead against Everton. They led when James McCarthy's clipped pass found Charles N'Zobgia and although he seemed to lose the chance to shoot, he regained his footing and turned to fire into the roof of the net. After that it was down to two Everton penalties as firstly N'Zogbia swept away Leon Osman's legs in the area however Mikel Arteta's well struck spot kick was superbly saved by Ali Al Habsi, and then with time ebbing away, Hugo Rodellega crazily handled in the area and Leighton Baines showed Arteta how to do it with a blasted penalty straight from the Ray Stewart handbook.

Attendance : 17,051
Assists : McCarthy, n/a

27 April 2011

FULHAM 3 (Dempsey 15, Dempsey 48, Hangeland 65)

Attendance : 23,222
Assists : n/a, Gudjohnsen (ck), Murphy (fk)

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