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13 December 2009 :: 20:12:51 pm 1230

Man Utd Lose at Home in Night of Upsets

Last nights English Premier League action featured no fewer than 4 major upsets as Manchester United and Tottenham both lost at home, whilst Chelsea and Manchester City failing to capitalise on the opportunity. With only Chelsea and Manchester United creeping away from the pack this year, 3rd and 4th position have never looked so unpredictable. Arsenal have a claim on one of the two spots, with Tottenham, Aston Villa, Man City and Liverpool doing all they can to secure every important Champions League Qualifying fourth spot.
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Manchester Utd v Aston Villa (0-1)

Gabriel Agbonlahor’s first-half header was the only goal of the game as Aston Villa stunned champions Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford. Villa’s victory was their first taste of success in “Theatre of Dreams” for 26 years and their first victory over United for 14 years. The win propelled the determined Villa outfit into 3rd place on the table.

Stoke City v Wigan Athletic (2-2)

Stoke twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Wigan after Maynor Figueroa had produced a goal of the season candidate at the Britannia Stadium. Wigan were perhaps the more attacking team in a match that saw end to end action from start to finish. The most notable moment in the match came when a Figueroa free-kick from within his own half found the back of the net.

Bolton Wanderers v Manchester City (3-3)

Bolton shared a 3-3 draw with 10-man Manchester City in a pulsating encounter at the Reebok Stadium. A brace from Ivan Klasnic and an inspired strike from Gary Cahill gave Bolton the lead three times as the hosts showed an attacking threat rarely seen in their indifferent displays so far this season. City showed immense determination and character, hauling themselves back on each occasion to salvage a point despite their shocking defending and Craig Bellamy’s red card. Carlos Tevez netting a fine brace and Micah Richards was also on target for City.

Birmingham City v West Ham United (1-0)

Lee Bowyer’s third goal in four games fired Birmingham to a 1-0 victory over West Ham at St Andrews. Birmingham remains undefeated in 7 games now bringing them level on points with Liverpool in 8th place on the table. For Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola, defeat was a further blow in a week when Dean Ashton was forced into early retirement. The Chelsea legend must now find a way to rouse his troops out of the relegation zone.

Chelsea v Everton (3-3)

Everton took advantage of some unusually slack Chelsea defending to grab a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea dominated a topsy-turvy game in west London but an alarming inability to deal with Everton set pieces saw Carlo Ancelotti’s side concede three times and drop two points, which could yet prove crucial in the fight for the title. The only saving grace is that nearest title rivals Manchester United lost in their later fixture.

Burnley v Fulham (1-1)

Wade Elliott cancelled out Bobby Zamora’s opener as Burnley and Fulham played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Turf Moor in the Premier League. Elliott, the scorer of the Clarets’ play-off winning goal last season, smashed a superb volley past Mark Schwarzer on the hour mark to cancel out Zamora’s earlier strike scored against the run of play. The visitors had the edge in terms of chances, with Brian Jensen the busier of the two keepers, but much like in their home win over Sunderland last week, Fulham finished the game barely hanging on.

Tottenham Hotspurs v Wolverhampton Wanderers (0-1)

Wolverhampton Wanderers successfully moved out of the bottom three following their hard-fought 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. Kevin Doyle’s third-minute header was enough for Mick McCarthy’s men to move above West Ham and Bolton after they kept their first clean sheet in the league since August and achieved back-to-back victories for the first time this season. The defeat denied Spurs the chance to move back above local rivals Arsenal and into third spot on the table.

Hull City v Blackburn Rovers (0-0)

Hull City and Blackburn Rovers played out a 0-0 draw at the KC Stadium overnight. The result preserves Hull’s run of six home matches without defeat. The hosts enjoyed the better chances in a hard-fought encounter, with Craig Fagan seeing his shot saved by Paul Robinson after having been put through on goal. Referee Chris Foy later waved away penalty appeals when Jozy Altidore went down in the area after a clumsy Christopher Samba challenge.

Sunderland v Portsmouth (1-1)

Younes Kaboul snatched a precious point for rock-bottom Portsmouth with an injury-time strike in an entertaining 1-1 draw with Sunderland, before being sent of for a second yellow after removing his shirt in celebration. Darren Bent’s 10th goal of the season looked to have handed the Black Cats victory, but they failed to build upon his 23rd-minute strike and were made to pay for it. The draw leaves Grant’s side rooted to the bottom of the table on 11 points while Sunderland remains in 10th on 21 points.

Reporter : Harry Green   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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