Sunderland 1 – Manchester United 2 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After dominating the early stages, Paul Scholes headed in a Wayne Rooney cross to put United on their way at Sunderland. Again suspect defending harmed United’s title charge, Ben Foster couldn’t claim a Tainio cross and Kenwyne Jones poked home at the second attempt. Moments after coming on the Italian wonderkid Federico Macheda again made a major impact towards United’s attempt to hold off Liverpool, diverting Carrick’s effort past Gordon.
Liverpool 4 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) There are some goals which ooze class. Fernando Torres broke the deadlock against Rovers with a wonder-strike after four minutes, the striker taking down a long Carragher pass on his chest and, without even looking at the goal, El Nino cracked a half-volley from right to left that beat Robinson all ends-up. On the half hour the Liverpool nerves were completely settled, Fernando Torres rose high to beat Samba (who was being played as the lone Blackburn striker) to an Alonso free-kick, heading the Reds into a 2-nil lead. The second half was a snooze-fest, Blackburn offering little and Liverpool struggling to add further goals. Daniel Agger cheered up the Kop crashing home a fine third into the top corner in the final ten minutes, and David Ngog nodded in a fourth on the line at the death.
Chelsea 4 – Bolton 3 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Michael Ballack scored his first league goal of the season to put Chelsea 1-up at home to Bolton. Didier Drogba added a second with a left-footed finish to convert Frank Lampard’s free-kick. Lampard’s seventeenth goal of the season from the penalty spot and a second from Drogba seemed to have sealed a handsome win. But Bolton hit three goals in less than ten minutes as strikes from Andy O’Brien, Chris Basham and Matt Taylor set up the prospect of one of the most remarkable comebacks in Premier League history. But it was not to materialise as Chelsea hung on for the win.
Wigan 1 – Arsenal 4 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Former Spurs striker Mido acrobatically scored the opener at the JJB against Arsenal. (First half highlights here.) Arsenal turned on the style after the break, Theo Walcott smashing in the leveller into the top corner after good work by Arshavin. Cesc then teed up Mikael Silvestre for a rare goal to put the Gunners ahead. Jason Koumas was hugely at fault for Arsenal’s third, the midfielder passing the ball straight to Andrei Arshavin who made no mistake in front of goal. Alex Song added gloss to the scoreline sliding in the fourth in injury time.
Middlesbrough 3 – Hull 1 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Boro enjoyed a dream start when Tuncay Sanli turned home the loose ball after just three minutes. Hull were quickly back on level terms when Manucho headed home a Nick Barmby cross. Back came Boro, Tony McMahon’s corner from the right was met by a neat flick at the near post from Matthew Bates. Marlon King made the points safe late on when he slotted past Duke after Kamil Zayatte had dallied on the ball.
Stoke 1 – Newcastle 1 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) Stoke won a corner after the half hour, the Magpies’ defence fell to pieces trying to defend Liam Lawrence’s delivery and an unmarked Abdoulaye Faye was able to profit heading in the opener. Nine minutes from time Newcastle levelled, Ryan Taylor’s launched a throw-in into the box, the ball was cleared only to Damien Duff whose cross was expertly headed home by Andy Carroll.
Tottenham 1 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) Roman Pavlyuchenko’s second half strike, the Russian collected the ball in the box, spinning and finding the far corner, settled the London derby.
Portsmouth 2 – West Brom 2 (Premier League, April 11, 2009) Pompey will see this as two points dropped against the bottom side. Younes Kaboul scored a cracker for the home side but goals from Jonathan Greening (what was James doing?) and Chris Brunt (fine free-kick) turned the game on its head. A cracking free-kick from Niko Kranjcar levelled things up.