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06 December 2009 :: 20:12:06 pm 1283

Man Utd Win, Chelsea Stumble Against City

In an entertaining evening of EPL action, Manchester United snatched three points in a convincing win over the Hammers, whilst Chelsea were stunned by a determined Manchester City side. Arsenal won at home against Stoke, whilst Liverpool continued their poor form in the league drawing at Ewood Park.
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West Ham United v Manchester United (0-4)

Manchester United made light of their current injury crisis, convincingly winning 4-0 in their Premier League match at Upton Park. The reigning champions started the match with Neville and Brown in central defence, whilst midfielder Darren Fletcher was at right-back. Neville was subsequently injured forcing Michael Carrick into the unfamiliar role of center-back. By the end of the match Patrice Evra was the only recognised defender in the United backline.

Paul Scholes opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time with a crisp finish, while Darron Gibson, Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney added second-half flourishes, killing the match.The celebrations were tempered by injuries to captain Gary Neville and fellow defender Wes Brown. World-class strikers Michael Owen and Dimitar Berbatov were both out of favour, both sitting on the bench for the match.

Manchester City v Chelsea (2-1)

City ended a run of seven consecutive draws in a thrilling encounter that served notice of their ambitions, with the result being celebrated on both sides of Manchester as Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table was cut down to 2. Emmanuel Adebayor scored at both ends with Carlos Tevez netting a free-kick to give the home side a memorable victory. Chelsea’s chances weren’t helped when Frank Lampard missed a spot-kick in the second half as Manchester City went on to grab the three points at Eastlands.

New signing Emmanuel Adebayor inadvertently gave Chelsea the lead with an own-goal on eight minutes, however; he restored parity for City with a close range shot eight minutes before the interval. Tevez’s free-kick put City in front in the 56th minute, before Lampard squandered a late penalty which would have earned his team a point in the hard fought match.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bolton Wanderers (2-1)

In a relegation battle Jody Craddock and Nenad Milijas were the match winners for Wolves as the Molineaux club scrapped past a dogged Bolton side 2-1. The significance of this match was borne out of the fact that both Wolves and Bolton occupied places in the bottom three; however it was the home side that started the match with the most purpose and desire.

A Nenad Milijas free-kick which fortunately fell for Craddock, who did not fail to put Wolves in front with a stabbed shot hitting the top of the net, Wolves heading into the interval with a narrow lead. In the second-half, Gary Megson’s half-time team talk must have fallen on deaf ears, as Wolves regained their momentum. The game was becoming more and more scrappier, until a moment of pure genius from Milijas who scored with a 25 yard screamer. Substitute Johan Elmander improved the point’s difference with a consolation goal in the 80th minute.

Wigan Athletic v Birmingham City (2-3)

Birmingham staged a tremendous fight back to beat Wigan away at the DW Stadium, claiming the three points in an incredible Premier League fixture. Birmingham took their unbeaten run to six games, moving into eighth place in the Premier League.

Charles N’Zogbia’s stunning strike put Wigan ahead on the half an hour, whilst a brace of long-range efforts from Sebastian Larsson and another from Christian Benitez put Birmingham ahead inside nine second-half minutes. Substitute Jordi Gomez clawed a goal back for Wigan with two minutes left but it was not enough as Alex McLeish’s side recorded a victory.

Blackburn Rovers v Liverpool (0-0)

Liverpool was held to a goalless draw by Blackburn Rovers in an entertaining Premier League clash at Ewood Park. The visitors were without Fernando Torres, who was still not deemed fit enough, even for a place on the bench. The hosts welcomed back boss Sam Allardyce, after his recovery from minor heart surgery.

The first half was an even if uneventful affair, with neither side taking too many risks with Rovers centre-halves Christopher Samba and Ryan Nelsen being the stand-out performers for the hosts. Liverpool occasionally got their passing game together, but the home side’s combative midfield of Vince Grella, Brett Emerton and, in particular, Steven N’Zonzi did not give Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera any space to breathe. The second half was much more eventful and started in breakneck fashion as both sides exchanged excellent opportunities, ultimately though it was the variety of squandered chances that were a highlight.

Aston Villa v Hull City (3-0)

Aston Villa secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Hull City at Villa Park overnight, leapfroging Liverpool into fifth on the table, while Hull remain 15th just outside the relegation zone.

Richard Dunne set the home side on their way to victory with a superb finish, after being granted the freedom inside the Hull penalty area on 13 minutes. James Milner doubled Villa’s lead after catching keeper Matt Duke out of his goal following a clearance. A late penalty from substitute John Carew put the icing on the cake for Martin O’Neill’s team, while Hull not only have a comprehensive defeat to think about on their trip back up North, but also a potentially serious injury to midfield talisman Jimmy Bullard.

Arsenal v Stoke City (2-0)

The margin of victory could have been considerably more handsome in an excitingly tense match, but for some wasteful finishing from Arsenal, some heroic defending from Emmanuel Eboue and their skipper squandering a 21st-minute penalty. Clinical strikes either side of half-time helped the Gunners back to winning ways against a typically stubborn Stoke side.

Russian striker Andrei Arshavin put the hosts in front in the 26th minute with some exquisite close control, shuffling his way past Abdoulaye Faye to slot home a crisp finish after a slick exchange with Cesc Fabregas on the edge of the penalty area. The match looked to be petering out poorly in a pretty drab second half, but substitute Aaron Ramsey lifted the mood once more, easing the anxiety around the Emirates Stadium with a composed finish, 11 minutes from time.

Portsmouth v Burnley (2-0)

New Portsmouth manager Avram Grant picked up his first points in his return to the Premier League. Portsmouth striker Aruna Dindane made up for a pitiful penalty miss to help his side to a 2-0 home win over Burnley.

Striker Dindane wasted an easy penalty chance, and the subsequent rebound chance on the half-hour mark. After the break Hermann Hreidarsson fired the South Coast club ahead in the 65th minute, thanks to a brilliant ball from substitute Nigerian striker Kanu. Aruna Dindane then made up for his earlier mistake, sealing Pompey’s third win of the season after he connected with Jamie O’Hara’s pinpoint cross in the 83rd minute.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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