Everton 2 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, December 6, 2009) (Longer highlights here, MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless but competitive first half at Goodison Park, Spurs needed just over sixty seconds to score after the restart as Jermain Defoe converted Lennon’s right wing cross. Spurs doubled their lead before the hour as Michael Dawson scored a fine diving header from a Krancjar corner. Spurs appeared to be coasting to victory, but 15 minutes from time Everton netted a lifeline as the impressive Seamus Coleman flew past the average Gareth Bale on the right before turning in along the goal-line and sliding the ball back Luis Saha who finished with aplomb. Four minutes from time Goodison erupted as Tim Cahill scored yet another crucial Toffee goal stooping low to head in a Baines cross. And then the crazy late drama as Wilson Palacios was pushed over in the box by a reckless Hibbert and the penalty was called, Palacios was forced off in the process, before Jermain Defoe saw his straight spot-kick saved by Howard.
Fulham 1 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, December 6, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Sunderland fell behind at the Cottage after seven minutes, Damien Duff laid the ball off to right-back John Pantsil whose cross was headed in by Bobby Zamora.
Newcastle 2 – Watford 0 (Championship, December 5, 2009) Chris Hughton’s team took the lead through Peter Lovenkrands in the 20th minute after Marlon Harewood had deflected Craig Cathcart’s backpass to the former Rangers striker. The Magpies were reduced to 10 men four minutes after half-time when Kevin Nolan received a second yellow, but any nerves inside St James’ Park were eased with seven minutes remaining when debutant Fabrice Pancrate produced a stunning strike to extend Newcastle’s winning run to six matches.
Blackpool 1 – Barnsley 2 (Championship, December 5, 2009) Charlie Adamâ€™s seventh goal of the season,Â a 72nd-minute penalty, put the Seasiders ahead. But defender Bobby Hassell equalised with five minutes remaining and Andy Gray netted from the spot three minutes later.