Aston Villa and Everton draw a 6-goal thriller; Fulham bag an impressive win at woeful City

Manchester City 1 – Fulham 3 (Premier League, April 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Stephen Ireland scored a terrific opener to give City the lead at home to Fulham. Five minutes into the second half Clint Dempsey side-footed Fulham level. Nine minutes later the comeback was complete when Dickson Etuhu put the Cottagers in front. Clint Dempsey wrapped up only Fulham’s second away win of the season with seven minutes to go after good work by Bobby Zamora.

Aston Villa 3 – Everton 3 (Premier League, April 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Aston Villa were prised open early on by Everton as Jo and then Leighton Baines troubled the home defence with Marouane Fellaini eventually tapping the ball over the line. Twenty-two minutes in and it was 2-nil to the Toffees, Tim Cahill (foul on Davies?) followed up his own header then rebounded off the bar to nod in the visitors’ second following a corner. Villa got back into the game after the half hour, Milner put a ball into the box which Everton failed to clear and John Carew was on hand to sweep the ball into the net. (First half highlights here.) Everton stretched their lead at the start of the second half, Steven Pienaar collected a ball with his back to goal outside the box, the South African rolled Luke Young and then he bent a beauty past Freidel. Sixty seconds later Villa hit back, James Milner scoring a screamer of his own curling a free-kick around the wall. With the wind in their sails Villa drew level in the 66th minute, Petrov was adjudged to have been felled by Lescott in the box (harsh decision) and Gareth Barry made no mistake from the spot to equalise.