Manchester United 1 – Everton 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) An early wobble in the Everton defence produced a nervous moment from a dangerous Park cross. Tim Howard was then forced to turn over Carlos Tevez’s shot from inside the six-yard box before Cristiano Ronaldo came within inches of scoring, seeing his shot rebound off the inside of the post. The barrage continued, Howard tipped over again from Ronaldo, and just before the break to pressure paid off as Ronaldo slotted home a penalty after Carrick was tripped in the box. (First half highlights here.) Carlos Tevez skied a good opportunity inside the box at the start of the second half, and later in the half a deflected Tevez free-kick forced Howard to tip-over yet another effort on his goal.
Stoke 1 – Manchester City 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) Stoke subjected City to their set-piece barrage early on, but their hopes for a crucial win took a blow when Rory Delap was sent off for a foul on SWP which was compounded by kicking the ball into the former Chelsea winger. Deep into lengthy first-half injury time, Stoke’s January signings Matthew Etherington and James Beattie combined to put the ten men into the lead.
Arsenal 0 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Abou Diaby headed against the bar off from Nasri’s inswinging corner, while at the other end Gael Clichy cleared James Collins’ effort off the line in West Ham’s only chance of note during a drab first half (highlights here) at the Emirates. After the break Emmanuel Adebayor forced Green into saving his point-blank header. (Second half highlights here.)
Aston Villa 0 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Villa came within a whisker of scoring against Wigan, the Latics were fortunate to see Zat Knight’s header hit the post and stay out. (First half highlights here.)
Hull 2 – West Brom 2 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) Hull took the lead on the stroke of halftime as Bernard Mendy took the ball round Scott Carson to score. The Baggies levelled after the break, Jay Simpson scoring his first Premier League goal. Mendy turned provider for Craig Fagan to put Tigers back in front in the 69th minute but a Chris Brunt penalty four minutes later earned the Baggies a point.
Bolton 3 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Sebastien Puygrenier put the Trotters in front heading in Davies’s free-kick. Bolton doubled their lead in the 64th minute when striker Kevin Davies shot into the far corner from a Cahill flick-on. Chimbonda’s cut-back found Darren Bent minutes after his introduction from the bench, and two minutes later Bent netted again when Palacios’s shot was parried into his path. But Bolton struck late on, Kevin Davies scoring his second heading in a Taylor corner.
Fulham 3 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) Andrew Johnson seized upon a fine Clint Dempsey pass to open the scoring for Fulham in the 14th minute. Erik Nevland put Fulham two up and added another to secure the win with David Nugent adding a late consolation for Portsmouth.
Middlesbrough 0 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, January 31, 2009) Sam Allardyce extended his promising sequence of results to eight without defeat, six in the Premier League, to take a 10th point from a possible 18.
Sheffield Wednesday 1 – Birmingham 1 (Championship, January 31, 2009) Lewis Buxton broke the deadlock for the Owls with his first goal for the club in the 56th minute. In the 93rd minute, Kevin Phillips stole in at the far post to head home Scott Sinclair’s fine cross and salvage a point from a game they appeared destined to lose.
Southampton 2 – Swansea 2 (Championship, January 31, 2009) Marek Saganowski gave the home side the lead after 17 minutes when he took full advantage of Monk’s poor backpass, only for Jordi Gomez’s to level matters before halftime. Saints’ Lee Molyneux saw red shortly after the interval and Gorka Pintado’s close-range finish looked like making it six consecutive wins for the Swans. Saganowski had other ideas though, and he converted Surman’s cross after 76 minutes to earn a share of the spoils.