Bolton v Tottenham – (4-2)
Big shock here as Spurs failed to take their Champions League form into the Premier League. Kevin Davies got the first after poor defending from Spurs, though he appeared to be a yard offside. After the break Icelandic defender Steinsson grabbed the second, before Davies got the third from the penalty spot, Lee having been bundled over in the box by Assou-Ekotto. Spurs staged a fightback though, with Alan Hutton scoring a brilliant curler on his weaker left foot, before Pavyluchenko dispatched an amazing volley in the 87th minute. There was to be no comeback however, with Petrov finishing off in a one-on-one to end the tie 4-2 in the 90th minute.
Birmingham v. West Ham – (2-2)
West Ham threw away a 2-goal lead against Birmingham. Piquionne opened the scoring just after the break, latching onto a beautiful Boa Morte through ball, and then Valon Behrami doubled the Hammers lead 10 minutes later. The returning Cameron Jerome got the first one back for Birmingham after some poor defending, and then Ridgewell tapped home the equaliser after Robert Green had fumbled a Larsson free kick. The home side could have bagged an amazing three points, but Jerome had his effort deflected onto the crossbar by Gabbidon.
Blackburn v. Wigan – (2-1)
Blackburn jumped above Wigan to get out of the relegation zone in this must-win game for both sides. Emerton had a good game on the right flank, providing a cross for Morten Gamst Pedersen who’s header was saved by Al Habsi. Pedersen got the opener soon after in the 58th minute, with a free kick from out on the right side of the field. Pretty shocking keeping to be honest
Emerton provided the ball for Jason Roberts to tap home a second for Blackburn, though there was a hint of offside. N’Zogbia managed to grab one back for the Latics, but they couldn’t prevent Blackburn from sending them into the relegation zone.
Blackpool v. Everton – (2-2)
Everton twice came from behind to secure a draw away to Blackpool. Neil Eardley opened the scoring for the home side with a nice free kick as early as the 9th minute, though the lead lasted hardly 5 minutes. Tim Cahill scoring his 50th goal in the Premier League with a trademark header.
Just after the restart Blackpool regained the lead, with a very scrappy goalmouth battle ending with Vaughan putting the ball in the net. Everton again responded immediately with Seamus Coleman grabbing the equaliser 2 minutes later. Louis Saha should really have won it for the Merseyside club, but screwed his shot wide in the 70th minute.
Fulham v. Aston Villa – (1-1)
Villa were denied a win by a late Hangeland goal, after youngster Marc Albrighton handed them the lead in the 41st minute with a well-taken finish. Villa should have sealed the points in the 89th minute, but Schwarzer made a great save from an Ashley Young header. Then deep into injury time (90th + 4), Hangeland popped up to head home a Danny Murphy free kick to steal a point.
Man Utd. v. Wolves – (2-1)
Park ji-Sung saved Man Utd at the death with a brace, his winner coming deep in injury time as Wolves threatened to derail their title challenge further.
Park got the first just before half-time, after a great ball from Fletcher, while Kevin Doyle had a goal-bound effort deflected by Vidic earlier in the half.
Substitute Ebanks-Blake grabbed his third of the season 2 minutes after arriving on the field with a nice turn and finish inside the box. Both sides had chances to win the match, but Park settled the game, weaving his way into the box and slotting home the winner in the 90th minute.
Sadly Owen Hargreaves, who started the game in his first appearance for a good two years, didn’t last 5 minutes as he was forced off with hamstring injury. It is a great shame for a player who had so much talent, and there has to be massive doubts over the future of his career.
sunderland v. Stoke – (2-0)
sunderland bounced back from their thrashing in the Tyne-Wear derby with a much needed win at home to Stoke. Asamoah Gyan grabbed a brace, with Malbranque also missing a penalty for the Black Cats. Stoke were denied an equaliser when a Kenwyne Jones header was deemed not to have crossed the line, however replays show that Lee Cattermole had kept it out with his arm. Ryan Shawcross was later sent off for two yellows in the 82nd minute for Stoke, before Gyan sealed the points with his second goal.
Arsenal v. Newcastle United – (0-1)
The Toon got a great win against a team they hadn’t beaten since 2006. A brilliant Andy Carroll header put them ahead in injury time of the first half, while Arsenal threatened earlier through a Cesc Fabregas free kick which deflected off the wall and onto the bar. Tim Krul had also made one of the saves of the season from a Samir Nasri shot. Newcastle put in an organised, controlled display, and despite Arsenal having most of the possession, they failed to convert their chances with Fabregas in particular having an off day. Good performances from Coloccini, Barton and Tiote provided a base, though in truth everyone fought hard for the team. Koscielny was sent off in injury time for the Gunners after pulling down Ranger on a run to the goal. Fantastic.
West Brom v. Man City
West Brom went down at home to Man City, thanks to a brace from Marco Balotelli. The big Italian striker showed his class but also his fiery temperament, getting sent off midway through the second half. His first was a tap in from a Tevez cross, while his second came from a beautiful through ball from David Silva, taking a poor touch but using his body to outmuscle the defender and smash his shot home. In the 65th minute Balotelli was then sent off for lashing out at Mulumbu, while the West Brom player was later shown his marching orders late on in the 82nd minute for a reckless challenge on Tevez. The win moved City up to 4th level on points with Arsenal.
Liverpool v. Chelsea
Torres fired Liverpool to a massive win against Chelsea, scoring both the goals in the first half. His first was all class as he took down a Kuyt chip over the defence and then dispatched his shot calmly past Cech, while his second was even better, receiving the ball on the left, cutting inside, and curling an amazing finish through the Chelsea defence and into the top corner. Brilliant, total class. Reina made two fine saves from Malouda and Anelka, but despite Chelsea pressure the Reds held onto a vital win.