Stoke v. Birmingham – (3-2)
Stoke and Birmingham played out a thrilling game, where Birmingham almost pulled off another comeback after going 2-0 down. Huth and Fuller had put the Potters ahead, before Birmingham returned fire for the second time in a week. Keith Fahey and the returning Cameron Jerome grabbed the goals, however Dean Whitehead, the former Mackem player, scored the winner in the 85th minute.
Tottenham v. sunderland – (1-1)
Spurs and sunderland shared the spoils at White Hart Lane in what was really a one-sided game. Both Huddlestone and Bentley had come close for Spurs in the first half, one hitting the post and the other forcing an acrobatic save from Craig Gordon. They finally found the breakthrough when Van der Vaart converted a Crouch knock down, however some terrible defending allowed Asamoah Gyan to grab the equaliser for his 3rd goal in two games.
Villa v. Blackpool – (3-2)
Ian Holloway made 10 changes to his starting eleven from the side that grabbed a 2-2 draw against Everton, and they were only minutes away from grabbing another credible draw. Stuart Downing opened the scoring for Villa with a deflected shot after good play from Ashley Young. Yet on the stroke of halftime former Villain, Marlon Harewood scored a goal after beautiful build-up play from Blackpool. Youngster Delfouneso finished well after Ashley Young once again split the Blackpool defence. DJ Campbell thought he had earned his side a point after his shot deflected off Collins into the goal, however the Villa defender made amends, squeezing a header from a corner into the corner of the net with virtually the last kick of the game.
Chelsea v. Fulham – (1-0)
Chelsea’s Essien scored the winner in this tie, as well as getting his marching orders later in the second half. That’s all I know.
Newcastle v. Blackburn – (1-2)
Newcastle welcomed back Big Fat Sam to St James’ Park and the prick left with all three points. The first came from a defensive error by our player of the season Cheick Tiote, as he attempted to dribble out of his own box, only to be dispossessed and watch Pedersen easily finish past Krul. The Toon side was the same as it had been for the past few games, yet Ameobi had to leave the field, with Ranger coming on in his place at halftime. While creating little in the first half, Newcastle grabbed the equaliser just after halftime, with a Barton free kick finding the in-form Andy Carroll to nod home his 7th goal of the season. However as the side pushed for a winner poor defending from Coloccini and Williamson allowed Jason Robert to drift in and finish with ease past Krul in the 81st minute. I hate Big Sam, he did shit all for us and to lose to him hurts. But these results are always going to happen when you beat Arsenal and need to brought back to reality. Despite the loss we still lie in 5th spot, so there’s hope for Europe yet!!! On a side not, it is most likely that Joey Barton will get a 3-match ban for appearing to punch Pedersen in the ribcage during the match. The Ref missed it, so most likely he’ll get done by video technology.
WHam v. WBrom – (2-2)
West Ham once again surrendered a lead, this time losing out to a 71st minute strike from Pablo Ibanez. West Brom had taken the lead from a Odemwingie penalty, which was his 4th goal of the season. Scotty Parker then smashed an absolute belter into the top corner just before half time. The Hammers then got their own penalty after Dyer was bundled over in the box, Piquionne grabbing his 4th goal from the spot. The Frenchman should have sealed the points later on, but screwed his shot wide. The miss proved costly as defender Ibanez scored from a brilliant Chris Brunt cross to finish the game all square.
Wigan v. Liverpool – (1-1)
Liverpool couldn’t build on their impressive win against Chelsea, settling for a point away at Wigan. Torres scored early in the 7th minute after a brilliant through ball from Gerrard, and the captain himself should have doubled the lead 10 minutes later. WIgan had the ball in the net, yet the offside flag correctly prevented an equaliser. Rodallega made no mistake in the second half though, scoring after Pepe Reina had saved a Stam shot. Liverpool almost took the three points when Gerrard smashed a shot onto the crossbar, yet it was not to be and the teams shared the spoils.
Everton v. Bolton – (1-1)
Former Leeds youngster Jermaine Beckford saved Everton from defeat by Bolton in the 90th minute, despite having Marouane Fellaini got a red card only 5 minutes earlier. Despite the Toffees dominating most of the match they had few chances, Bolton opened the scoring through Ivan Klasnic, before Fellaini was dismissed for a terrible kick-out on Robinson after being fouled. Beckford came through with the goods though, scoring an absolute pearler just before the end.
Man City v. Man Utd – (0-0)
The Derby proved to be a waste of time, finishing 0-0 in a drab match. Both sides seemed to be happy with a point, with the only highlights being an Evra run and shot which forced a fine save out of Hart, while Tevez forced a good save from Van der Sar. Tried to watch this game but fell asleep, what does that tell you?
Wolves v. Arsenal – (0-2)
Arsenal got back to winning ways after their blip against the Toon on Sunday, finishing of a something Wolves side 2-0. Chamakh grabbed both goals, scoring the first with 58 seconds on the clock. Arshavin should have finished later in the half, before hitting the post in the second, and Fabianski also made a brilliant save from a Kevin Doyle shot. Yet the Gunners and Chamakh finished off Wolves with a goal in the last minute of the game.