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Rooney, Evra set for Chelsea
05 May 2011 13:59:55
Manchester United manager Sir
Alex Ferguson is confident both
Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra
will be fit for the crunch match
with Premier League title rivals
Chelsea at Old Trafford on
England striker Rooney missed
training on Tuesday with a
hamstring problem and was not
even on the bench for
Wednesday's 4-1 Champions
League semifinal win against
Schalke, which gave United a 6-1
aggregate success after a 2-0
first leg win in Germany.
Evra came on as a second half
substitute on Wednesday but
suffered a blow that at one stage
looked as if the defender himself
would need to be replaced.
"Patrice got a kick," Ferguson
told MUTV, the club's in-house
television station, on Thursday. "I
was ready to substitute him but
he said he was OK."
As for Rooney's absence,
Ferguson added: "Wayne will be
all right. I wasn't prepared to
take a risk."
Premier League leaders United
are currently three points ahead
of Chelsea, with both clubs still
having three games of the
domestic season left to play.
United will face a star-studded
Barcelona, who beat fierce
Spanish rivals Real Madrid in their
semi-final, in the Champions
League final at London's
Wembley Stadium on May 28.
The match is a repeat of the
2009 final, which Barcelona won
2-0 in Rome, and victory for
either side at Wembley would
give them a fourth European Cup
triumph -- level with Germany's
Bayern Munich and Dutch club
Ajax but still well short of Real's
record nine titles.
Barcelona, boasting players of
the calibre of Lionel Messi,
Andres Iniesta and Xavi, have
been widely acclaimed as the
best side in Europe.
"Everyone is saying we are
playing a fantastic team, which
we are," Ferguson said.
"But you can't write us off. You
can never write Manchester
United, Chelsea prepare for title
06 May 2011 07:27:55
Chelsea will be one win away
from completing the most
remarkable comeback in Premier
League history when they face
Manchester United in a high-
stakes title decider at Old
Trafford on Sunday.
A wildly erratic campaign which
included the club's worst run of
league form in more than a
decade looked to have
scuppered Chelsea's chances of
defending their title as recently
as March 1, when they trailed
United by 15 points.
But with relentless efficiency, and
a dollop of good fortune, Chelsea
have stitched together a
remarkable run of results that
has seen them take 25 points out
of a possible 27 from their last
United -- who this week clinched
their place in the final of the
Champions League with victory
over Schalke 04 -- have by
contrast suffered an attack of
nerves during the title run-in.
A goal-less draw at Newcastle
was followed by a scratchy 1-0
win over Everton before a
lacklustre 1-0 loss to Arsenal last
week, a result that Sir Alex
Ferguson blamed on "emotional
tiredness" after a midweek
match in Europe.
Defeat at the Emirates has left
United just three points ahead of
Chelsea with an identical goal
difference. If Chelsea win on
Sunday, they will top the table on
goal difference with two
matches to play.
A win for United however will
open up what should be an
unassailable six-point lead, with
Ferguson's team facing
straightforward fixtures against
and Blackpool in their remaining
Despite their faltering league
form, Ferguson is buoyed by the
fact that his team were able to
romp into the Champions League
final in midweek with a 4-1
victory over Schalke with what
was effectively a second string XI.
That means that United's
frontline players such as Wayne
Rooney, Javier Hernandez, Ryan
Giggs, Nemanja Vidic and Rio
Ferdinand will be fresh and
raring to go against Chelsea.
Giggs said United were
unflustered by the possibility of
allowing Chelsea into the title
race after having held such a
commanding lead in early March.
"We have not thought about
losing a big lead," said Giggs. "We
have had some tough games
where we have dropped points.
"Newcastle away. Arsenal away.
In the Newcastle game we played
well. There is probably only
Arsenal in the last couple of
months where we have not
"Generally our form is good. We
are confident we can beat any
team at Old Trafford."
Giggs also believes United will
receive a confidence boost after
reaching a third Champions
League final in four years this
"Of course reaching the
Champions League final will give
us a boost," said Giggs.
"Hopefully that will help us.
"Like any game we will go out to
win it. It will be tough because
Chelsea are flying at the moment
but, at home, we are confident of
getting that win."
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien
meanwhile underscored the
club's determination to edge
clear of United.
"We have hit a good run of form
lately and have managed to haul
ourselves back into the title race,"
he said on Chelsea's website.
"We have to beat Manchester
United at Old Trafford this
weekend to ensure we are in the
driving seat and I can assure you
we are up for it. The team is
playing well and I have no doubt
we will give it everything ..."
Elsewhere this weekend,
Manchester City can take an iron
grip on the fourth Champions
League qualifying spot with
victory at Everton.
Tottenham, who slipped to sixth
after last week's controversial
defeat at Chelsea, must beat
Blackpool at home to revive their
faint hopes of overhauling
Roberto Mancini's side.
At the other end of the table
bottom club West Ham face a
crucial basement battle with
Blackburn at Upton Park where
only three points will do as they
bid to avoid the drop.
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Manchester United v Chelsea
Kick-off: 16.10 BST
TV: Live Sky Sports 1 and
highlights, BBC Two Match of the
Manchester United (Possible,
4-4-2): Van der Sar; Fabio,
Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Nani,
Anderson, Scholes, Park; Rooney,
Chelsea (Possible, 4-4-2): Cech;
Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole;
Essien, Mikel, Lampard, Malouda;
Referee: Howard Webb.
Matches: 26. R2 Y82.
Tale of the game
This is the game of the season so
United remain at the top of the
Premier League but following
their 1-0 defeat at Arsenal they
are just three points clear.
On Wednesday they qualified for
their fourth Champions League
final and can make it another
memorable double if they
maintain control at the top of the
However, if Chelsea win at Old
Trafford they will move to the top
on goal difference â€“ currently
both teams have +38 â€“ for the
first time since November.
In 37 Premier League games
between these great rivals,
United have won 10 while
Chelsea have won 13 with 14
At Old Trafford in the
competition, Chelsea have won
five and drawn seven of 18 visits.
Last season Chelsea, defending
their Premier League title, won
2-1 at Old Trafford. Joe Cole and
Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a 2-0
lead before Federico Macheda
netted a consolation goal for
When the teams met at Stamford
Bridge in March Chelsea won 2-1
to keep, what appeared at the
time, faint title hopes still alive. It
may prove to be a most valuable
Wayne Rooney gave United a
deserved interval advantage but
Chelsea staged a stirring
fightback with David Luiz
equalised before Frank
Lampard â€™s disputed penalty
secured three priceless points
after Chelsea substitute Yuri
Zhirkov clashed with Chris
To make matters worse for
United, Nemanja Vidic was sent
off in stoppage time after
receiving a second yellow card
for a foul on Ramires.
This is the fifth meeting between
the sides; in addition to the
league game, they began the
season with the Community
Shield at Wembley with United
And in the recent Champions
League clashes, United won 1-0
at Stamford Bridge and 2-1 at Old
United have two of their last
three at Old Trafford where they
are unbeaten, have dropped just
two points and have conceded
just nine goals.
United miss Darren Fletcher,
Owen Hargreaves and Anders
Lindegaard. But Paul Scholes is
available after completing a
This season: Chelsea 2 United 1.
Last season: Chelsea 1 United 0,
United 1 Chelsea 2.
Stat of the game: Chelsea are
the last team to win a League
game at Old Trafford, 13 months
ago, when Didier Drogba got the
winner. Since then, United have
won 18 games and drawn one.
Sunday, May 8
Stoke City v Arsenal
Kick-off: 14.05 BST
TV: Live Sky Sports 1 and
highlights, BBC Two Match of the
Stoke (Possible, 4-4-2): Begovic;
Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross,
Wilson; Pennant, Whelan, Delap,
Whitehead; Walters, Jones.
Arsenal (Possible, 4-2-3-1):
Szczesny; Sagna, Djourou,
Koscielny, Clichy; Song, Ramsey;
Wilshere, Fabregas, Nasri; Van
Referee: Mark Halsey. Matches:
19. R1 Y36.
Tale of the game
When these teams met in
February Sebastien Squillaci was
the unlikely hero as Arsenal beat
Stoke to move to within one
point of Manchester United at the
top of the Premier League table.
Sundayâ€™s 1-0 win over
Manchester United means that
Arsenal can still, mathematically,
win the title.
That remains only a slim hope
after the Gunners ended a run of
three games â€“ and two points â€“
without a victory.
Arsenal have lost six games yet
only Manchester United (4) have
lost fewer in this most
unpredictable of season.
They have the best away record
in the Premier League with 30
points and 36 goals.
Arsenal need two goals two
equal their record number of
away goals in the Premier
League and three to beat the 38
they netted on the road during
the 2002-03 season.
When the teams met last season
at the Britannia Stadium Arsenal
won 3-1 â€“ wending a sequence
of four successive losses at Stoke.
But it was memorable for the
injury sustained by Aaron
Ramsey in a challenge with Ryan
Shawcross was sent off for the
challenge which saw Ramsey
suffer a serious double leg break
in the game, in February 2011,
and the Welshman did not return
feature in a first-team game for
Gunners until March.
Now, though, he is back to his
best and scored the winner
Arsenal test captain Cesc
Fabregas, who missed the win
over United with a thigh strain.
ArsÃ¨ne Wenger tests Samir Nasri,
who damaged a thigh muscle
Thomas Vermaelen has an
outside chance of returning but
Abou Diaby, Lukasz Fabianski and
Abou Diaby are all missing.
Stoke miss Matthew Etherington,
Ricardo Fuller, Danny
Higginbotham, and Mamady
This season: Arsenal 1 Stoke 0.
Last season: Arsenal 2 Stoke 0,
Stoke 1 Arsenal 3.
Stat of the game: Arsenal have
won their last four Premier
League games against Stoke.
Saturday, May 7
Tottenham Hotspur v Blackpool
White Hart Lane
Kick-off: 17.30 BST
TV: Live ESPN and highlights, BBC
One Match of the Day.
Tottenham (Possible, 4-4-1-1):
Gomes; Kaboul, Dawson, Gallas,
Corluka; Lennon, Modric, Sandro,
Bale; van der Vaart;
Blackpool (Possible, 4-3-3): Gilks;
Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste, Crainey;
Southern, Vaughan, Adam;
Phillips, Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell.
Referee: Lee Probert. Matches:
23. R5 Y57.
Tale of the game
Spurs reached the last eight of
the Champions League, beating
Inter Milan, Werder Bremen and
AC Milan on the way.
But they are in danger of failing
to reach Europe next season
after slipping into sixth place in
the Premier League following the
2-1 defeat at Chelsea.
That was their first defeat in
seven, since they were beaten
3-1 at Blackpool in February.
But since that reverse at
Bloomfield Road, Spurs have
taken eight points from a
Blackpool are just outside the
relegation zone, level on points
with 18th-placed Wigan.
They have the worst record at
home, with just 17 points. But
away from home they have 18
points, the eighth best return in
the Premier League.
Spurs have lost just one home
game all season; only Manchester
United have fewer home losses.
Spurs could be without Tom
Huddlestone and BenoÃ®t Assou-
Ekotto again while Niko Kranjcar,
Alan Hutton, Ledley King,
Jonathan Woodgate and Wilson
Palacios are all out.
Blackpool have gone eight games
without a win and are still
missing David Carney and Chris
This season: Blackpool 3 Spurs 1.
Last season: N/A.
Saturday, May 7
Everton v Manchester City
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
TV: Highlights, BBC One Match of
Everton (Possible, 4-4-1-1):
Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin,
Baines; Osman, Neville, Rodwell,
Arteta; Cahill; Anichebe.
Man City (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Hart;
Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott,
Kolarov; De Jong, Barry; A
Johnson, Toure Yay, Silva;
Referee: Phil Dowd. Matches: 28.
Tale of the game
This season: City 1 Everton 2.
Last season: Everton 2 City 0, City
0 Everton 2.
Manchester City arrive at
Goodison Park looking for a third
straight Premier League victory
for the first time since New
Year â€™s Day.
The 2-1 home win over West
Ham on Sunday keeps them in
the coveted fourth spot, seven
points clear of fifth-placed
Liverpool with a game in hand.
Everton have gone two games
without a win; a third without
three points would represent
their longest spell since February.
And they have a good home
record against City in the Premier
League with seven wins and four
draws from 13 games at
City last won there in April 2009
â€“ and that was their first win at
Goodison since October 1992.
Everton have gone nine games
without defeat at Goodison Park
but they have won just seven
games there all season.
If they failed to win against City
or in their final home game,
against Chelsea, it will represent
their fewest home wins since the
2000-01 campaign when they
won only six of 19 at Goodison
When these teams met in
December, Tim Cahill and
Leighton Baines put Everton 2-0
up by half-time but Everton â€™s
Victor Anichebe was sent off on
City pulled one back when Yaya
Toure â€™s shot deflected in off Phil
Jagielka, but Cityâ€™s Kolo Toure
was red carded late on.
Everton remain without Johnny
Heitinga, Marouane Fellaini, Jose
Baxter, Ross Barkley and Louis
City still miss Carlos TÃ©vez, Micah
Richards, Shay Given and Jerome
Boateng while Kolo Toure
remains on a club ban.
Stat of the game: Everton have
won six of their last seven
Premier League games against
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Fulham v Liverpool
Barclays Premier League
Venue: Craven Cottage Date:
Monday, 9 May Kick-off: 2000 BST
Coverage: Watch live on Sky
Sports 1; listen on BBC Radio 5
live and BBC Radio Merseyside;
text commentary on BBC Sport
website and mobiles
Fulham winger Damien Duff has
been ruled out for six weeks
after undergoing Achilles
surgery and will miss the rest of
But top scorer Clint Dempsey is
expected to return from a
hamstring strain, while defender
Brede Hangeland is available
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has
reported no fresh injury
He may be tempted to reinstate
Andy Carroll to the starting XI
following his recovery from a
Doubtful: Dempsey (hamstring)
Injured: Duff (Achilles), Gera
(ankle), Halliche (unspecified)
Doubtful: Aurelio (hamstring),
Injured: Agger (knee), Kelly
(hamstring), Gerrard (groin)
With the future of Kenny Dalglish
still unclear, Liverpool's players
head to Craven Cottage hoping to
strengthen the caretaker boss's
claim on the job by tightening
the Reds' grip on a place in next
season's Europa League.
All that matters is that we keep
on winning games and going up
the table. The Europa League is
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez
Newspaper reports this week
claimed Dalglish's wish for the
final say on all transfers is
thought to be delaying his being
named manager on a permanent
basis, but the prospect of the
Scot being allowed to walk away
from Anfield would surely be
unthinkable if he can secure the
club's involvement in continental
competition next season.
To do that Dalglish's team need
to win their battle with
Tottenham Hotspur for fifth place
in the Premier League, with next
weekend's visit of Spurs to
Anfield likely to prove decisive.
Fulham have enjoyed their own
renaissance since the turn of the
year, thanks largely to a
formidable home record that has
produced six wins and a draw.
Victory here would equal a club
record four consecutive Premier
League home wins, last set from
January to February 2006.
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EVERTON - MANCHESTER CITY
0 - 1
45+1 - Half-time and City lead
through Toure's goal.
45+1 - One minute added time
45' - Neville is harshly booked
after a clash with Kolarov.
44' - Kolarov goes down in a
heap after Toure's super
backheel played him clean
through! Excellent tackle from
Jagielka the replay confirms.
43' - RODWELL HEADS WIDE!
Superb cross from Hibbert on the
right and an excellent leap, but
he puts the header just past the
42' - Lescott is penalised for a
foul on Anichebe. The free-kick is
cleared though, throw on the
41' - Great low ball by Silva from
the left and Tour tries to slid into
a finish but it spins off the side
of his foot and well wide,
Jagielka putting him off.
40' - Hibbert is forced to put
behind for a corner under
pressure from Silva.
39' - De Jong gives away a free-
kick on Neville. Getting a bit
38' - Dzeko is left in a heap by
Anichebe but no foul says the ref
and the Everton striker helps the
grinning Bosnian up.
36' - Osman is down after a
challenge with Kolarov and then
De Jong. Didn't look like he was
caught, an awkward twist on his
ankle it seems.
35' - Almost a great move as
Kolarov puts in a low ball but
hoofed away from Dzeko as he
was set to finish.
34' - Hart puts it long and, after
some pinball, it drops to Dzeko
but his shot is blocked by
33' - Clever back header from
Lescott this time back to the
32' - City are in their stride now,
knocking it about crisply and first
to the tackle too.
31' - Everton fail to clear
Kolarov's corner, the Serb gets it
back on the left and feeds Dzeko
and it opens up for him but he
fires straight at Howard.
30' - Dzeko holds it up for
Kolarov, who wins a corner off
Osman. City in charge now.
29' - It matters not as Toure bags
a beauty! Lovely skill by Silva on
the right to flick the ball up, kill it
dead and slide Toure in, and a
rasping finish across Howard
and into the top left.
28' - City should have scored
again there as Milner found
himself in acres of space on the
right and - with Silva and Dzeko
to aim at - he got his cut-back all
28' - Anichebe is furious after he
goes shoulder to shoulder with
Lescott, he thinks he was fouled
but really that was nothing.
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NEWCASTLE UNITED -
2 - 1
43': S.Taylor 36': S.Ameobi
45+2' - HALF-TIME: A game that
was lifeless for 35 minutes
exploded into action at the end
of the first half. Birmingham kept
themselves alive with Bowyer's
goal, but it's a long way back for
the Blues who lost Liam
Ridgewell after his red for
handball. Suddenly though we
have a very interesting game, so
stick with us for the second half
in 15 minutes.
45+1' - Two extra minutes to be
45' - GOAL FOR BOWYER! Where
did that come from? A lifeline for
the Blues after a huge error from
Coloccini whose missed header
let Beausejour in - the Chilean
should have scored himself once
he had got past Krul, but Bowyer
was on hand to drill past the
43' - GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE!
Taylor scores from the corner -
he leaps well, aims at the far post
out of Foster's reach, and
although Larsson is waiting on
the line to keep it out he cannot
prevent it from rolling in. It's
looking very bad indeed for the
42' - FOSTER! MAGNIFICENT!
Nolan, completely unmarked,
wallops a shot at full speed at
goal - and somehow Foster tips it
over for a corner.
41' - Ameobiâ€™s penalty was the
100th awarded in the division
this season (and 77th scored).
Last season there were 111
penalties awarded in total in the
Premier League (86 scored).
40' - GUTIERREZ CLOSE! Great turn
to open a little space, then the
Argentine tries to place a shot
into the far corner through a
melee of defenders - just past the
39' - GREAT SAVE FROM FOSTER!
Nolan's backheeled assist let in
Lovenkrands and his shot at the
near post is tipped away one-
handed by the England stopper!
He's keeping his side in the game
as Newcastle threaten to take the
38' - Shola Ameobi scored his
second Premier League penalty
of the season. The club have
netted all five Premier League
penalties this seasonâ€“ all at St
James' Park. (Infostrada)
37' - After 35 very flat minutes at
St James' Park, enough incident
to fill a match in the space of 90
seconds. And it looks like a very
long way back for Birmingham.
36' - GOAL! Ameobi takes a good
one, low to the left. Foster
guesses right, but it's still too
well-placed for him to do
anything about it.
35' - Ameobi with the penalty
34' - Well, I say 'somehow' - I
mean somehow illegally. Chris
Foy has spotted Ridgewell use
his arm to clear it away - perhaps
twice. He's off, and Newcastle
have a penalty!
34' - CARNAGE! Ameobi has a
header saved off the line from
the Barton corner, then
Coloccini's shot is deflected on to
the post - it comes back to
Coloccini who floats a header up,
and somehow it's cleared away.
32' - Johnson wags his finger at
the assistant referee to suggest
he had not given a corner away.
He had. He doesn't get away with
31' - Newcastle pressing a bit
harder now, sensing they might
be able to take charge. Tiote and
Ameobi in particular harrying
30' - Good flicked header from
Ameobi into space for Nolan. The
Magpies skipper cannot get his
delivery back into play - and
replays show that's because his
cross took a deflection off the
boot of his marker. No corner
29' - Newcastle fans would like a
penalty as Ameobi tumbles to the
ground chasing a high cross, but
the referee is not remotely
interested. Foster gathers the
28' - The game drifting at the
moment. Neither side really
taking control, and you suspect
that the visitors are quite happy
to defend deep and strike on the
27' - Beausejour keeps the ball in
play skilfully down the wing here,
but Bowyer cannot match that
when the ball comes his way,
and passes backwards to blunt
the Birmingham attack
ASTON VILLA - WIGAN ATHLETIC
1 - 1
45' - Cleverley smashes a shot off
the elbow of Kyle Walker before
Figueroa's shot is scrambled over
the bar. No penalty or no goal for
Wigan. We ended the first period
locked at 1-1.
44' - Two minutes to be added to
43' - Collins makes an excellent
tackle to halt N'Zogbia as he
charged down the middle. Wigan
finishing the half well.
42' - Superb litte run by N'Zogbia.
Looked like that was going to be
a second goal, but he screws the
shot wide of goal. Lovely piece of
41' - You would have to think
Wigan would be happy enough
to get to half-time at 0-0. Looks
like they are going to realise
those ambitions. Moses on the
ball as he passes the ball to
40' - Petrov has a go at goal from
25 yards. Didn't really get any
pace on the shot as Al Habsi
makes a comfortable save.
39' - Has been a pretty entertaing
first period with Villa recovering
after the loss of that early goal.
Cleverley thought he was caught
by Collins, but no free-kick.
38' - Good decision by the
referee to not to award a penalty
a few moments ago. McCarthy
did not catch the home winger
Young. There was no contact.
Bent back on his feet.
37' - Bent down and in need of a
bit of treatment after a tackle by
Figueroa. Think he stamped on
36' - Young tumbles in the
visiting box under pressure, but
the referee says no penalty. He
didn't appeal. Would be
interesting to see that one again.
35' - Heskey really running the
risk of a red card here as he
continues to mouth off at the
34' - Collins has given Rodallega a
nudge in the back and Wigan
have a free-kick. Referee
speaking to Heskey.
33' - It was a foul by Alcaraz on
Heskey. Heskey definitely barged
the whistler. The referee has
done him a favour in that
incident. On we go anyway with
Heskey having calmed down a bit
32' - Heskey is going to get a
booking here. He seemed to
bump into the referee. The
striker has lost the plot here.
Complaining about being fouled.
31' - Young drills it in, but the ball
skips off the surface once before
landing in the hands of Al Habsi.
Easy enough take for the keeper.
30' - Caldwell takes out Bent.
Clear block. Lucky to avoid a
booking, but Villa have another
free-kick chance with Young and
Petrov over this one.
29' - Watson takes his time to
take the corner kick. Slips the ball
in, but Villa manage to scramble
the ball clear in a packed area.
28' - Dunne smacks an awful
passback towards Friedel, but
the balls skips off the surface and
beyond the Villa keeper for a
corner. No need to concede that
27' - Wigan with plenty of bodies
behind the ball. McCarthy and
Watson doing a fine job
shielding their defence. Plenty of
26' - Bent's control lets him
down as Caldwell picks up before
Reo-Coker wins the ball from
McCarthy. Both teams hellbent on
BOLTON WANDERERS -
0 - 1
46' - And we're underway again!
46' - Sub for Bolton at the break.
Muamba is off and Ricardo
Garnder is on.
45'+1 - And there's the half time
whistle! What a time for the
visitors to score! They have the
edge at the break!
45'+1 - And Sunderland on the
counter! Great through ball by
Sessegnon to ZENDEN!! Dummies
Jaaskelainen and the Dutchman
slots home to give Sunderland
the lead!! GOAL SUNDERLAND!!
Bolton 0 Sunderland 1!!
45' - There'll be a minute of
added time as Bolton appeal for
handball in the box. Nothing
doing says the ref.
45' - TAYLOR!! Strikes it from
outside the box, Mignolet spills it
but Ferdinand is there to deny
Sturridge as the Chelsea loanee
44' - Zenden is looking frustrated
for Sunderland wondering why
he didn't receive a pass.
thunders the ball into the crowd.
43' - Now it's knocked forward
and that's a waste. Straight out
of play for a Sunderland throw
deep in the Black Cats' half.
42' - Lee for Bolton now. Wins
the throw, but Bolton again go
41' - Sessegnon can bring it
away for Sunderland. Zenden's
shot is blocked. Elmander with a
superb ball looking for Sturridge!
That's good defending by
Onuoha. Read it well.
39' - In it comes, Mignolet
punches clear, played out to
Sturridge, tries to curl one!!
Takes a deflection of Bardsley
and hits the bar with Mignolet
stranded!! So close!!
39' - Long ball comes over. Cahill
with a great touch, eventually
finds Lee and that'll be another
38' - Bolton throw deep in the
Wearsiders' territory and they
win a corner!
37' - Mignolet plays it out to
Mensah. Colback and Zenden link
up. Good possession by the
patched-up Black Cats. No finesse
from Bolton as the ball is lashed
36' - Sturridge again on the ball.
Lee howls for it, doesn't get it as
Sturridge messes that one up.
35' - Stop-start period of play at
the moment. Sturridge tries a
snapshot but scuffs it and that'll
finish well wide of Mignolet's
33' - Shot there of David Milliband
in the crowd. Davies gestures,
not to the MP, but in annoyance
at Anton Ferdinand's challenge.
32' - Cahill knocks the ball back to
his keeper. Played out to Knight.
It finds its way back to
Jaaskelainen. And again! Boos
ring out around the Reebok.
Perhaps the beach IS in some
31' - Bruce urges his players
forward again. He's kicking every
ball down there!
30' - So, much more for the fans
to enjoy in the last few minutes
as Henderson gets caught
offside. Tight decision.
WEST HAM UNITED - BLACKBURN
West Ham United
0 - 1
46' - The second half is
underway, and West Ham have a
serious amount of work to do
after the break.
45+2' - The half-time whistle
goes at Upton Park, and
Blackburn hold a slender 1-0 lead
courtesy of Jason Roberts's 12th
minute strike! Can West Ham
respond? They need to show
considerably more urgency in the
45+1' - Da Costa rushes on to
crash a low shot into the
Blackburn wall, and West Ham
have a corner following the free
45' - Two minutes will be added
at the end of this first half, and
West Ham have a dangerous free
43' - Robinson makes his first
save of the match! Ba battles
tirelessly to hold the ball up
before feeding the onrushing
Sears with a lay off, and the
Blackburn keeper is forced to
save down low to his left.
42' - Pedersen is bundled over by
Costa in the West Ham half, and
that was poor defending.
41' - Emerton shows real skill
and class in turning Ba and
clearing upfield with composure.
40' - Diouf flies down the right in
powerful fashion, and he beats
Bridge with ease before
39' - Avram Grant looks
increasingly frustrated on the
touchline as he watches his side
lose possession yet again.
38' - Boa Morte is given a stern
warning from referee Walton
after protesting, but Da Costa is
punished with a yellow card.
37' - N'Zonzi skips past Bridge
and Spector all too easily, but he
drags his shot wide.
36' - Jones and Hitzlsperger both
go down now after a clash on
halfway, and this is very scrappy
35' - The jeers ring out as Carlton
Cole lacks any conviction in losing
out to Jones and conceding a
34' - Diouf tracks another
attacking run by Bridge before
making a fine challenge.
33' - Ba skips inside two
challenges before dinking a
delivery into the box, and Spector
heads tamely straight at
32' - Jermaine Jones goes down
with no one else around him,
and that's very strange indeed.
He limps off to the touchline.
31' - Robinson is still yet to be
tested as Ba heads wide after
rising above Givet from Bridge's
cross. He should have done
29' - Gabbidon stands his
ground superbly with a firm
challenge on Roberts, who is
seeing an awful lot of the ball.
28' - Da Costa makes an
impeccable challenge to
dispossess Roberts as he
intervenes with a well-timed
27' - Diouf goes down clutching
his head following a challenge
with Boa Morte, and the
Hammers fans are
2ND HALF TO FOLLOW.
u get mouth...joooooooooor.
EVERTON - MANCHESTER CITY
2 - 1
72': L.Osman 65': S.Distin
87' - Beckford wins a throw off
Milner with Everton hanging on.
86' - City are piling it on as
Johnson, Milner and Lescott have
a pop but it's out for another
85' - High ball into the Everton
box causes problems for
Howard, half cleared and Milner
shoots, huge deflection off
Baines and Howard is stranded
but just over!
84' - My bad, Zabaleta is off not
Milner - so no real concerns
there. Milner has switched to
83' - Meanwhile, Zabaleta has
picked up a knock that he is
trying to run off on the sidelines.
82' - I can't work out if that's
negativity or stupidity - Mancini
should have made a change
when the first one went in, and
it's taken him nine minutes to
sort his act out from the second
Everton goal. And now we have
nine or 10 minutes with Johnson
and Balotelli on the pitch.
81' - CITY SUB: And now he
brings on Balotelli, Milner making
79' - And now he brings on
Adam Johnson, Vieira making
78' - ALMOST THREE! Beckford
flies in at the near post to meet a
heavily deflected cross from
Neville but Hart somehow keeps
it out, point-blank!
77' - Taken short but then the
cross is poor. Everton retain
possession, all the way back to
76' - Neville buys a corner off
Kolarov. City are all over the shop.
75' - Everton have a throw on the
right. They're still doing all the
74' - Mancini is perplexed. He
shouldn't be - Everton decided to
take the game to City and City
had no response.
73' - Two-footed but clean tackle
from Cahill. Free-kick, no card.
72' - How did he beat Kompany
in the air there? What a leap from
Osman - who hurt himself in the
71' - GOAL EVERTON! Osman with
a superb flying header, the kind I
never knew he had in him, and it
flies into the top left! What a
goal! Great cross from P-Nev.
70' - WHAT A MISS! Beckford is
clearly offside but the flag stays
down and he puts wide. Oh,
thank cod for that - flag went up
late. That would have broken his
69' - All Everton now as Beckford
and Cahill combine but,
eventually, Hart claims.
68' - Panic in the City box as first
Beckford thinks he is fouled in
the box, then Cahill but nothing
67' - Zabelata is caught a bit late
by Osman, who is booked.
NEWCASTLE UNITED -
2 - 1
43': S.Taylor 36': S.Ameobi
86' - We're back in action. The
ball struck back sportingly to
85' - Play stops here - Ferguson
is down after a challenge with
84' - A Gutierrez run ends with
the ball at the captain's feet, and
Nolan fires a shot from 20 yards -
but his effort is not hit hard
83' - All Newcastle in the dying
minutes, but they're not making
any chances at the moment.
81' - ROUTE ONE ALMOST PAYS
OFF FOR BIRMINGHAM! Up long
from Foster, out wide to
Beausejour, and his cross should
be safely dealt with by Krul, but
the Newcastle man spills into
Larsson's path - but his block/
shot loops agonisingly over the
80' - Foster takes his time before
booting the ball forward and
encouraging Birmingham to go
79' - Coloccini sweeps the ball to
Jose Enrique, who carries
Newcastle forward. He's grown
in influence over the course of
78' - The game getting stretched
now, and Birmingham looking
out on their feet. Can Newcastle
give themselves the cushion of a
77' - Derbyshire on for Fahey - a
last roll of the dice for the
76' - HOW DON'T NEWCASTLE
SCORE?! Ranger cuts in from the
right and strokes a shot which
Foster once again does well to
save, and then a desperate block
prevents Ameobi from tucking
away the follow up.
75' - Another poor challenge
from the Blues as Jiranek slides
in on Ranger. Birmingham just
starting to get ragged once
74' - NOLAN CLOSE! A training
ground move almost pays off as
Barton clips the ball to Nolan
from the free-kick, and his
header across goal is plucked by
Foster at full stretch. Imaginative.
73' - Tiote very unhappy with
Bowyer's tackle, and it's not hard
to see why. He wasn't likely to
get the ball as the Ivorian
marauded forward. Yellow card.
72' - A case in point - Gutierrez
picks up the ball on the left, but
Carr is helped by Johnson and
they shepherd the Argentine out
for a goal kick.
71' - Newcastle camped out on
the Birmingham area, but they
cannot break down their
70' - Here comes the change -
Ranger on, Lovenkrands off for
69' - Coloccini heaves away the
ball and Barton gives chase.
Beausejour and Lovenkrands
tussle, but a foul is given against
68' - No changes yet, but it looks
like we may be about to see the
first as Nile Ranger warms up.
67' - Space for Beausejour on the
left - but he overhits his pass for
the willing runner Bowyer.
66' - GUTIERREZ CLOSE! Newcastle
beginning to control the second
half as perhaps Birmingham
begin to tire. Gutierrez' mazy run
is followed up by a good shot
which deflects away from goal.
WEST HAM UNITED - BLACKBURN
West Ham United
1 - 1
90' - Four minutes will be added
at the end of this second half as
both sides continue to hustle and
88' - WHAT A MISS! Keane misses
a glorious opportunity to give
West Ham all three points as he
ghosts into the six yard box and
somehow misses his shot with
an open goal at his mercy!
87' - Blackburn are playing the
long ball at every opportunity
now with Santa Cruz occupying
the West Ham defenders.
86' - Jones does superbly to win
a free kick at the expense of
Collison, and this could be
dangerous for Pedersen.
85' - It's desperate and frantic at
Upton Park now as both sides
press forward in search of a
84' - Olsson very unnecessarily
bundles over Piquionne, and this
provides West Ham with a
dangerous free kick.
83' - Pedersen powers down the
left for Blackburn, but he lacks
support and his cross goes
82' - Kean and Grant are both out
on the touchline waving
frantically at their players and
imploring them to press forward.
81' - Cole is playing out on the
left wing now as he looks to
provide a cutting edge for the
79' - Right, we're all set for an
enthralling finale now at Upton
Park, with either side able to
clinch a crucial victory!
78' - GOAL!!!!! HITZLSPERGER
POWERS THE HAMMERS LEVEL! The
German unleashes a trademark
drive from the edge of the
Blackburn box, and he thunders
the shot into the far corner past
Robinson to draw West Ham
76' - Ba heads wide from the
near post as Cole whips over a
devilish delivery, and the forward
needed to do much better there!
75' - Santa Cruz is showing all his
experience in holding the ball up
for Blackburn to rile the home
74' - Bridge is having a dismal
match for the Hammers today,
and he misplaces another long
ball which infuriates the fans.
73' - Keane, who has been
virtually anonymous since
coming on, races down the left at
pace only to drive a poor shot
wide of the far post.
72' - Cole races forward for the
Hammers, but again Samba is on
hand to intervene and clear the
71' - You could hear a pin drop
inside Upton Park now as the
home fans look utterly dejected.
70' - Seconds later, Kean replaces
Hoilett with Keith Andrews in a
bid to shore up the Blackburn
69' - Jason Roberts is replaced by
Roque Santa Cruz as the
goalscorer is removed in place of
a fresh pair of legs.
68' - Grant is utterly helpless now
as he watches on having made
all three of his substitutions
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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR -
0 - 0
32' - Campbell appeared to be
caught by Dawson but play on.
Modric on it now, wide to Bale
GREAT LOW BALL but sliding in
Van der Vaart can't meet it!
31' - Blackpool with a good spell
on the ball now. You wouldn't
think they were at opposite ends
of the table.
30' - Evatt flies into a strong
challenge on Modric. Fair though.
29' - Bale tries a run down the
left but he's held up and
28' - After some treatment Van
der Vaart is good to continue.
27' - Van der Vaart is down hurt
as Adam fires one well over.
26' - Rose collides with Southern
sliding in. No free kick.
25' - Modric finds Van der Vaart,
who buys some space on the
edge of the box but can only fire
straight at Gilks.
24' - Spurs don't clear and
Campbell volleys but blocked and
wide for a corner! Adam swings
it in and KORNILENKO but he
heads over!! Free header! Come
on, you have to score!
23' - GREAT SAVE GOMES!
Kornilenko's shot was blocked
into the path of Adam who rifled
in a superb volley!
22' - Great play by Campbell to
hold it up and backheel it wide,
now Kornilenko crosses but
beyond Taylor-Fletcher. Evatt
checks Rose but avoids a card.
No he doesn't, eventually the ref
21' - Southern is back to clear as
Van der Vaart tries to wriggle in.
20' - A bit of miscommunication
as Gilks comes to claim
Pavluchenko's cross but is
shoved off it by Crainey, who
clears to touch in the end.
19' - Dawson meets Rose's ball
with an imperious header across
goal but with only little Defoe in
there it's easy for Blackpool to
18' - Great ball by Modric to find
Bale on the left, he crosses but
Van der Vaart doesn't make his
bicycle kick and cleared. The
loose ball drops to Modric, who
shoots, deflected off Evatt and
17' - Great cross from Bale on the
left, Defoe takes it on his thigh
and smacks in a finish but
blocked by Evatt I think and
16' - Spurs break and
Pavlychenko feeds Defoe but
Baptiste does his job and
15' - Promising for Blackpool but
Taylor-Fletcher's finall ball is
14' - Modric takes this one but
nodded away. Van der Vaart on
the other side crosses, cleared
again. Now Bale, he swings one
in and Van der Vaart just keeps it
in at the far post but Gilks claims
ahead of Defoe.
13' - Poor delivery from Van der
Vaart, too deep. Bale races back
to pick it up, he has space to run
into and drives it low near post
but Gilks gets down. Corner.