7 February 2010
BIRMINGHAM 2 (Phillips 80, Phillips 85)
WOLVES 1 (Doyle 42)
Two late Kevin Phillips goals gave Birmingham a win over Wolves after the visitors led at half time. Birmingham began well but as the half wore on, Wolves got more of a foothold and took the lead just before the break. A cross from Matt Jarvis was deflected against his own post by Roger Johnson and Kevin Doyle was quickest to the loose ball to fire in from close range. Birmingham levelled with ten minutes to go when a deep cross from Keith Fahey was nodded back by Craig Gardner and volleyed in at the near post by sub Phillips and within a matters of minutes, he did it again as a fine run by Stephen Carr resulted in him crossing for Phillips to take a touch before firing low into the corner.
Attendance : 24,165
Assists : n/a, Gardner, Carr
CHELSEA 2 (Drogba 8, Drogba 23)
Chelsea return to the top of the table with victory over third placed Arsenal. Chelsea were off to a flyer with an early goal almost invitably involving John Terry as his header from Frank Lampard's corner was prodded in from a matter of a yard by Didier Drogba. Arsenal responded well with Andrey Arshavin's volley well saved by Petr Cech however when they lost possession whilst on the attack, Chelsea broke clinically and after Lampard found Drogba on the right, he cut inside and walloped the ball past the keeper to double the lead. The second half saw the Gunners have plenty of the ball but just unable to find a breakthrough although Samir Nasri did find space only to hesitate before shooting and was closed down. Cesc Fabregas forced a superb save from Cech from a free kick as Arsenal dominated possession but it was Chelsea who almost added to the scoreline when Drogba rattled the bar with a free kick.
Attendance : 41,794
Assists : Terry, Lampard
6 February 2010
A drab encounter at the Reebok ended with controversy as Bolton had a late `goal` disallowed against Fulham. Kevin Davies netted from a corner however the ref ruled that he'd pushed Brede Hangelaand as he went for the ball although in truth it was a very harsh call.
Attendance : 22,289
Assists : n/a
BURNLEY 2 (Nugent 14, Fox 55)
WEST HAM 1 (Ilan 81)
Burnley eased their relegation concerns with their first win in 13 games as they was off fellow strugglers West Ham. David Nugent scored a lovely opener with a lob from Daniel Fox's long ball forward and Fox added the second himself with a superb curling free kick from the right edge of the area. The Hammers grabbed a late consolation when new signing Ilan netted after another new arrival, Ahmed Mido, was blocked by the keeper.
Attendance : 21,001
Assists : Fox, Mears (won fk), n/a
HULL 2 (Altidore 31, Boateng 54)
MANCHESTER CITY 1 (Adebayor 59)
Man City's potential promising season is in danger of self destructing as they were well beaten at Hull. A goal either side of half time effectively won it for the hosts as Jan Vennegor of Hessalink set up Jozy Altidore to slot a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. They doubled it with a beauty from George Boateng who smashed in a first time volley from 20 yards when Stephen Hunt's corner was cleared. Man City pulled one back when Emmanuel Adebayor belted in from close range after a scramble in the area but Hull held on and are three points above the drop zone. City are sixth, three points off of fourth place.
Attendance : 24,959
Assists : Vennegoor, n/a, n/a
LIVERPOOL 1 (Kuyt 55)
Liverpool move into fourth ahead of the rest of the weekend games after winning a fiesty Merseyside derby at Anfield. The first half was littered with niggly fouls and bad tempered challenges and it was no surprise to see a red card before a goal as Sotiros Kyrgiakos and Maroune Fellaini clashed for the ball leaving both injured and the Liverpool man dismissed for a two-footed tackle although in truth both could have walked. Everton's Steven Pienaar was a little lucky to remain on the pitch as well after an awful high challenge on Javier Mascherano. Just before half time, football broke out within the battle as Steven Gerrard clattered the ball against the bar with a free kick and at the other end, Tim Cahill was unusually off target with a header as his diving effort from six yards went just over. The second half began with the visitors looking to put their numerical advantage to good use as Cahill shot at the keeper and Landon Donovan dragged an effort wide. Liverpool then forced a couple of corners and broke the deadlock as Gerrard's inswinger was nodded in from three yards out by Dirk Kuyt, although keeper Tim Howard could perhaps have done more to get to the initial cross. Everton rarely looked like levelling matters although late on, Yakubu had a shot tipped over before Pienaar was red carded in stoppage time for a late barge on Gerrard to collect his second yellow of the match.
Attendance : 44,316
Red Cards : Kyrgiakos 34 (Liverpool), Pienaar 96 (Everton)
Assist : Gerrard (ck)
MANCHESTER UNITED 5 (Rooney 40, Vanden Borre 45 og, Hughes 59 og, Berbatov 62, Wilson 69 og)
The home banker of the day ended with Man United going top after blitzing crisis club Portsmouth who are bottom - seven points from safety. United took a while to break down a visiting side gearing toward defence and when they did it was no surprise to see Wayne Rooney head in Darren Fletcher's cross from a matter of three yards. Nani then set up the second with a series of stepovers before his cross clipped the shin of Anthony Vander Borre and wrong-footed keeper David James who couldn't stop the ball bobbling over the line. Some debate about the scorer of the third as Michael Carrick's shot took a hefty deflection off of Richard Hughes before crashing in off of the underside of the bar. Carrick's or own goal? No doubt about the other two as Dimitar Berbatov, who earlier missed a sitter, was found by Johnny Evans and dribbled out of the area to find space and then crashed a shot inside the far post. Pompey were in disarray now and they netted their third own goal of the game when Marc Wilson sent an unstoppable volley past his own keeper from a cross by Patrice Evra.
Attendance : 74,684
Assists : Fletcher, n/a, n/a, n/a, n/a
STOKE 3 (Higginbotham 8, Sidibe 47, Etherington 67)
Stoke recorded a terrific win at home to ten man Blackburn. They led early through Danny Higginbotham who fired low through a crowd of players after a corner was Liam Lawrence wasn't cleared. They doubled the lead in first half stoppage time when Matt Etherington's cross was bundled in at the far post by Mamade Sidibe. Rovers didn't help their cause when Cristopher Samba received a second yellow card for pulling back Ricardo Fuller and Stoke wrapped it up when Etherington played a one-two with Lawrence before turning his man and slotting into the corner.
Attendance : 27,386
Red Card : Samba (Blackburn)
Assists : n/a, Etherington, Lawrence
SUNDERLAND 1 (Jones 64)
WIGAN 1 (Diame 20)
Honours even at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland came from behind to hold Wigan. The hosts went ahead with a scorching shot from Mohamed Diame after a superb solo run down the right. Sunderland rescued a point with a textbook header by Kenwyne Jones from Jordan Henderson's cross.
Attendance : 38,350
Assists : n/a, Henderson
ASTON VILLA 0
Two of the big four pretenders failed to muster up a goal at White Hart Lane in a game which had the potential to be far better than it was. Spurs looked most likely throughout but were kept out by Villa's resolute defence. Late on they had chances as Jermaine Defoe stung the hands of keeper Brad Friedel whilst Peter Crouch was off target twice.
Attendance : 35,899
Assists : n/a
3 February 2010
FULHAM 1 (Greening 74)
Attendance : 21,934
Assists : n/a
2 February 2010
HULL 1 (Mouyokolo 30)
CHELSEA 1 (Drogba 42 fk)
Attendance : 24,957
Assists : Hunt (ck), n/a
1 February 2010
No goals at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland and Stoke battled out a drab draw. The best chance fell early on to Stoke as Dean Whitehead's shot was saved by Dean Gordon. After that it was all downhill.
Attendance : 35,078
Assists : n/a
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