Spurs v. Everton – (1-1)
Spurs came home from their thrilling 4-3 loss at the San Siro to record an important point against Everton.
Leighton Baines scored an absolute peach of a free-kick in the 18th minute, despite Tottenham dominating early proceedings. Yet the White Hart Lane faithful were treated to yet another Van der Vaart goal, who smashed home after poor goalkeeping from Howard in dealing with a cross.
The game was end-to-end stuff between the two sides, yet without any real chances falling to either side.
Birmingham v. Blackpool – (2-0)
Liam Ridgewell and Zigic ended Birmingham’s run of 7 games without a win to propel them up to 12th. Earlier Larsson had a free-kick tipped over the bar, before Ridgewell headed in a loose ball after some chaos in the Blackpool box.
Zigic made it two goals in two games in the 56th minute after more poor defending from the Blackpool defence, captain Charlie Adam the culprit this time as his dallied with the ball in the box.
Chelsea v. Wolves – (2-0)
Malouda continued his fine form this season with his 7th goal of the campaign. The game saw a first start in over a year for Jose Bosingwa, who performed well and will give title-rivals a source of worry with him and Cole controlling the wing-back roles. The opener came after Zhirkov and Anelka combined well, with the Russian’s wingers pinpoint cutback setting up Malouda for a sitter.
Kalou came off the bench to secure the points in the 81st minute and although Wolves threatened occasionally it was a routine win for the defending Champions.
Sunderland v. Aston Villa – (1-0)
Sunderland continued their unbeaten run at home with a solid win over Aston Villa. They were lucky however, with Villa hitting the post through Downing, while Reo-Coker was denied a stone-wall penalty.
The goal for Sunderland came from a bit of fortune, Richard Dunne knocking a cross into his own net.
The second half saw Villa take control of the match, yet they couldn’t find the finishing touch, as Sunderland held on for what was only their second win of the season.
West Brom v. Fulham – (2-1)
West Brom came from a goal down to secure yet another victory in the Premier League. The Baggies are proving to be a surprise package this year, with the newly-promoted club hanging on to 6th spot. The match didn’t start well for the home side however, with former player Zoltan Gera smashing a long-range effort against the woodwork which rebounded back off keeper Carson for an own goal.
A spirited fight back saw them get an equaliser, with the Baggies playing some lovely football. First Mulumbu and then Fortune scored goals to give the home side the lead at the break. Mark Hughes would not have been pleased with Fulham’s defending and although they didn’t concede anymore in the second half they couldn’t find another goal themselves as their poor away form continues.
Wigan v. Bolton – (1-1)
Wigan couldn’t climb ahead of Bolton in this stalemate, with both sides struggling to create chances.
Rodallega scored the opener for Wigan with a lovely finish, yet poor defending at the other end allowed Johan Elmander to get his 5th of the season.
Rodallega and Tom Cleverley both had efforts saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen, yet couldn’t find a breakthrough for the Latics as the game ended 1-1.
West Ham v. Newcastle – (1-2)
Good fucking win for the Toon away from home, as their strange form this season continues. A win could have been predicted, but the manner in which it came was perhaps surprising.
Going behind to Carlton Cole’s first of the season in the 12th minute, the Magpies went on to completely dominate the match.
Joey Barton’s centre from the right of midfield was headed down by Andy Carroll, with Kevin Nolan on hand to steer the ball home. The two newly-made housemates embraced in what was another example of the unity within the Toon dressing room.
There were a few chances for the Magpies there after, with Joey Barton and Coloccini in particular playing well. It was again a Barton cross from the right which found Carroll, and this time the Newcastle lad scored his 5th goal of the season with a close-range header in the 69th minute.
West Ham failed to test Krul from then on and it was a comfortable win.
Stoke v. Man Utd – (1-2)
Man Utd survived another scare as their Mexican wonderkid, Hernandez, scored twice to give the Red Devils a vital three points. Stoke are no pushovers at home and it was a hard-fought win for Alex Ferguson’s men who were again without Wayne Rooney. Chicharito’s first was a moment of class, heading a flick on from Vidic with the back of his head. Class. The scores stayed 1-0 at half time, yet Tuncay (who had earlier expressed dissatisfaction at not getting his chance at Stoke) came on as a sub and scored a lovely curling left-footer past Edwin van der Sar.
It looked like defensive lapses would again cost Man Utd, yet Hernandez popped up with the winner 5 minutes from time with a tap in from close range.
Liverpool v. Blackburn
Liverpool finally got their second win of the season, but it wasn’t enough to get them out of the bottom three. Meireles and Kyrgiakos both had chances in the first half to take the lead, though Robinson was in fine form. The big Greek defender made no mistake at the beginning of the second half though, heading in Stevie G’s corner. However, the lead only lasted a few minutes, Diouf’s attempt stopped on the line by Skrytel, though the clearance rebounded off Carragher and into the net. Torres proved the match winner only with a third goal of the game inside 5 minutes, latching into a Joe Cole cross to give Roy Hodgson a much needed victory.
Man City v. Arsenal
Arsenal showed they are still in the race for the League Title, seeing of Man City with three great goals. Young defender Boyata was sent off for Man City as early as the fifth minute, making it easy for the Gunners. Nasri grabbed the first after a lovely one-two with Arshavin, while Fabregas missed from the spot after being bundled to the ground by Vincent Kompany in the box. However, Man City couldn’t take advantage and Song scored the decisive second in the 66th minute. Man City had chances, though Fabianski was equal to all thrown at him and Bendtner got the third late in the game in what was his first appearance of the season. Balotelli also made his belated debut for City, while Nasri is in blistering form at the moment.