Arsenal 4 – Bolton 2 (Premier League, January 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Gary Cahill gave Bolton a shock lead at the Emirates which was doubled by Matt Taylor from the penalty spot. Tomas Rosicky reduced the arrears just before the break. Arsenal’s equaliser was hugely controversial, Gallas was lucky not to be shown a red card for a terrible tackle on Mark Davies only for the play to carry on and Cesc Fabregas eventually bagged the leveller. The gunners soon moved in front when Bolton fail to clear a corner allowing Thomas Vermaelen to whack a half volley home off the post. Andrei Arshavin wrapped up a terrific comeback with a fourth at the death to send Arsenal top of the league. Arsene Wenger’s post match comments here.
Liverpool 2 – Tottenham 0 (Premier League, January 20, 2010) (Longer highlights here and Sky Sports highlights here.)Â Dirk Kuyt fired past Gomes for the opener in the sixth minute against Spurs. (First half highlights here.) The Merseysiders claimed a valuable, morale boosting three points at the death when Bassong took out Ngog in the box and Dirk Kuyt held his nerve to slot in a retaken penalty. Rafa Benitez’s post match comments here.
Aston Villa 6 – Blackburn 4 (Agg. 7-4) (Carling Cup semi-final second-leg, January 20, 2010) (Longer highlights: First-half, Second-half)Â Martin O’Neill’s team found themselves 2-1 behind in the tie as Nikola Kalinic scored twice for the visitors in the opening 26 minutes at Villa Park. Stephen Warnock halved the arrears after 30 minutes and James Milner equalised from the spot and put Villa 3-2 up overall following Samba’s dismissal for a foul on Agbonlahor which led to the penalty. An own goal from Steven Nzonzi put Villa 3-2 ahead after 53 minutes with Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey making it 5-2 on the night after 62 minutes. Rovers kept on battling and Martin Olsson pulled one goal back before Brett Emerton made it 5-4 after 84 minutes. Ashley Young swept in Villa’s sixth goal in stoppage time. Martin O’Neill’s post match comments here.