Manchester United 0 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, December 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) United’s patched up starting eleven conceded after 21 minutes at home to Villa, Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Young combined on the left before Young’s cross was turned past Kuszczak by the Villa centre-forward. Wayne Rooney received a deserved booking by ref Atkinson after the striker dived in the box when looking for a penalty. (First half highlights here.)
Chelsea 3 – Everton 3 (Premier League, December 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Everton breached the Stamford Bridge defence after 12 minutes as Leighton Baines curled over a free-kick from the right which deflected off Terry’s back under a challenge Louis Saha before hitting a post and rebounding off Petr Cech and over the line. Chelsea were soon on an even-footing as Lampard teed up Didier Drogba on the edge of the area and the Ivorian’s first-time finish beat Howard. Once level the Blues forged ahead as Nicolas Anelka converted from a corner after the Toffees had failed to clear their lines. The Pensioners were far from their best however, and in the 5th minute of stoppage time at the end of the first 45, Yakubu Aiyegbeni drew Everton level after Terry had failed to clear a throw-in into the Blues’ box. (First half highlights here.) After their first half hiccups, all looked rosy for Chelsea when Branislav Ivanovic’s right-wing cross was scored on the volley by Didier Drogba. But again the Blues defence let them down as an Everton set-play exposed Chelsea’s soft centre once again at Luis Saha was fortunate to see the ball rebound off him and into the net.
Bolton 3 – Manchester City 3 (Premier League, December 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After their heroics against Chelsea last time out, City were brought back down to earth at Bolton as Ivan Klasnic (offside?) stabbed home the Trotters’ opener from Lee Chung-Yong’s shot after 10 minutes. Carlos Tevez pulled the Citizens level with a defected shot from the edge of the Bolton box, but the Reebok was rocking once again in the 44th minute as Gary Cahill curled a beauty into Shay Given’s top corner. But City went into the break at 2-all as Craig Bellamy slid Micah Richards through in the inside right channel and the full-back found the equaliser. (First half highlights here.) Bolton started the second half just as they did the first, Ivan Klasnic putting Megson’s side into the lead for the third time in the match. City then had Bellamy sent off for a second yellow, but Carlos Tevez again proved his goalscoring prowess by firing home the visitors’ third.