Bolton 0 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (Extended highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Dimitar Berbatov was the hero in the 89th minute as he headed home a Tevez cross for the only goal of the game to send United top for the first time this season. (First-half highlights here, second-half highlights here.)
Chelsea 2 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Kalou had a great chance to put Chelsea in front at home to Stoke but the Ivorian hit his effort over the bar. (First-half highlights here.) On the hour mark Stoke stunned Stamford Bridge, debutant James Beattie brought the ball down and played in Rory Delap who chipped over Petr Cech for the opener. Just as Stoke thought they would secure their first away win of the season, Juliano Belletti popped up with a late equaliser in the 88th minute. Deep into injury-time the Blues grabbed a sensational win thanks to a fine strike from Frank Lampard.
Hull 1 – Arsenal 3 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Arsenal took the advantage at the KC Stadium when Emmanuel Adebayor rose powerfully to head home a van Persie corner. (First-half highlights here.) The Gunners were made to pay for failing to add a second, Mendy’s deflected cross fell into the path of Daniel Cousin, who got between the two defenders to head in the equaliser. But Arsenal won the match with two goals in the final 10 minutes, van Persie set up Samir Nasri for 2-one, and Nicklas Bendter (offside) wrapped up the win from yet another van Persie assist.
Sunderland 1 – Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) The Black Cats broke the deadlock 14 minutes in when Carlos Edwards’ free-kick was converted by Danny Collins at the back post. James Milner controversially levelled, when he appeared to handle the ball as he attempted to head in Young’s cross. Young was then given a straight red for a two-footed lunge before Gareth Barry converted a penalty.
Manchester City 1 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Pablo Zabaleta’s first goal for City earned his club a crucial 1-nil win over in-form Wigan, Mark Hughes’s side played most of the second half down to 10 men after captain Richard Dunne was shown a straight red card for kicking Wigan’s Egypt striker Amr Zaki.
West Brom 3 – Middlesbrough 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) West Brom moved off the foot of the table by cruising past Boro. Chris Bruntâ€™s deflected shot squeezed past Ross Turnbull to break the deadlock, before the Baggies went 2-up when Robert Koren struck a 12-yard shot past Turnbull. Boroâ€™s misery was compounded after 62 minutes when Didier Digard was sent off before Korenâ€™s brilliant 18-yard strike made it three.
Blackburn 3 – Newcastle 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Sam Allardyce came back to haunt his old club, Benni McCarthy scored from the penalty spot just after the break, Jason Roberts doubled the lead after Nicky Butt was sent off for the Magpies. And Roberts added a third four minutes from the end to put the result beyond doubt. (After the third goal, Joey Barton confronted his own teammate Jose Enrique to shout at his for the goal.)
Bristol City 2 – Wolves 2 (Championship, January 17, 2009) Championship leaders Wolves took the lead at City after a howler from home keeper Basso, Michael Kightly hurled a lofty ball into the box, the keeper came and miss and Neill Collins had the simple job of scoring. And Basso was again at fault for conceding a second goal, the keeper failing to clear his lines successfully with Matt Jarvis doubling the lead. Dele Adebola pulled a goal back for the hosts and three minutes later the comeback was completed by Nicky Maynard.
Preston 2 – Burnley 1 (Championship, January 17, 2009) Callum Davidson’s opener for Preston from the penalty spot was cancelled out by Robbie Blake’s stunning free-kick, but a second spot-kick was converted by Neil Mellor five minutes from time as Preston took the points.