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29 November 2009 :: 11:11:22 am 5841

Rooney Hat-Trick Sinks Pompey As Giggs Scores Century

In a multitude of premier league fixtures overnight, Manchester United overcame Portsmouth in poor weather conditions whilst West Ham and Burnley played out an 8 goal thriller at Upton Park.
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Portsmouth v Manchester Utd (1-4)

A Wayne Rooney hat-trick helped Manchester United to an eventful win at a damp Fratton Park. Pompey’s new Israeli manager Avram Grant lost his last match in the charge of a premier league club on penalties against Man Utd, fittingly losing his first match in charge of Portsmouth to Man Utd ironically with an abundance of penalties involved.

English striker Wayne Rooney scored from 2 disputed penalties before finishing off a stunning counter attacking move to complete his hat-trick. Veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs scored his 100th premier league goal with a late free-kick to give United an impressive 4-1 win over struggling Pompey. Kevin-Prince Boateng netted the only goal for the home side, coming from yet another controversial penalty decision.

Aston Villa v Tottenham (1-1)

Tottenham Hotspur produced an impressive second-half comeback to claim a 1-1 draw away at Villa Park. Both sides had chances to win the game however a draw was a fair result in a match where both teams had a chance to prove their top 4 credentials.

Both sides were slick in midfield, but at times they sacrificed adventure for accuracy, ending up passing the ball around in their own halves with no real intent on forming an attack. Tottenham captain Michael Dawson volleyed a 77th-minute equaliser to cancel out an early goal by Gabriel Agbonlahor, giving the visitors a valuable point away against their league rivals.

Wigan v Sunderland (1-0)

Wigan produced the ideal response to last week’s 9-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham, earning a valuable 3 points against an unimpressive Sunderland outfit. Former Latic’s boss Steve Bruce’s return to the DW Stadium was an unhappy one as the striker he signed 10 months ago inflicted what is now their fifth away defeat of the campaign.

The Black Cats barely threatened throughout and after Wigan’s Jason Scotland hit the post in the first half Rodallega’s sixth league goal of the season decided the contest. Manager Roberto Martinez showed that he can make the hard decisions when it comes to team selection, with left-back Erik Edman dropped from the squad completely after his horror show against Aaron Lennon at White Hart Lane last weekend.

West Ham United v Burnley (5-3)

Three late goals did not prevent Burnley going down 5-3 at the hands of West Ham in their match at Upton Park. Gianfranco Zola’s side have pulled away from the lower echelons of the table with a very valuable home win.

First-half goals from Jack Collison, Junior Stanislas and Carlton Cole punished the visitor’s shoddy defence and gave the Hammers a commanding 3-0 lead going into the interval. Guillermo Franco made it four shortly after half-time, with substitute Luis Jimenez adding a fifth with the hosts’ second penalty. Steven Fletcher then netted a consolation brace within six minutes for the visitors as the West Ham defence became increasingly complacent. Steven Caldwell was shown a straight red card for hauling down jet-heeled substitute Zavon Hines in stoppage time, but it had little bearing on an already conclusive result as did the resultant Chris Eagles tap-in 3 minutes later.

Manchester City v Hull City (1-1)

Manchester City became the first side since Southampton in 1994-95 to draw seven Premier League matches on the trot after throwing away their lead in this match against struggling Hull.

Shaun Wright-Phillips scored the opening goal just before half-time, with a 25-yard shot that took a slight deflection off the head of Anthony Gardner before beating keeper Matt Duke at his near post. City however was unable to close out the game and Hull was awarded a penalty with nine minutes left on the clock. Jimmy Bullard struck the kick into the top of the net and Hull withstood a late spell of pressure to win another valuable away point.

Fulham v Bolton Wanderers (1-1)

Fulham winger Damien Duff grabbed a second-half equaliser in a 1-1 draw which denied Bolton their first win in four Premier League games, saving Fulham’s blushes in a match they dominated.

Ivan Klasnic surprisingly put the Wanderers in front in the 34th minute when he fired home a shot from close range. A second-half onslaught from Fulham finally paid off when winger Damien Duff drilled home a right-foot shot into the bottom corner of the net to earn Roy Hodgson’s side a share of the spoils at Craven Cottage.

Blackburn Rovers v Stoke City (0-0)

Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City both missed a hatful of chances to claim all three points in a goalless draw at Ewood Park. The hosts were without manager Sam Allardyce, who is undergoing heart surgery on Friday with assistant manager Neil McDonald taking his place in the dug-out.

The home side started better, playing some incisive football amid a flurry of hard challenges. Stoke keeper Thomas and opposite number Paul Robinson were both in a defiant mood as chances went begging at both ends of the pitch. Rover’s defender Christopher Samba missed a golden opportunity to win the game at the death, heading wide from close range. Both teams walked away with a valuable point maintaining their middle table positions.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Harry Roberts   Category : Sports News

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