Aston Villa 1 – Tottenham 1 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Villa opened after a tenth minute corner was hit to the near post where Habib Beye glanced the ball into the six-yard box and Gabby Agbonlahor picked up the crumbs to slot the ball into the net. Spurs levelled 13 minutes from time when a Tottenham attack was only partially cleared by the Villains and Michael Dawson cracked home a rocket that Brad Freidel had no chance of saving.
Portsmouth 1 – Manchester United 4 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) (Extended highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Avram Grant’s start to life as the new Pompey manager started badly as, after the hosts had peppered the United goal early doors, Wayne Rooney slotted home a 25th minute penalty to fire Fergie’s boys into the lead. The South Coasters though won their own (soft?) penalty on the half hour for a push in the box and Kevin Prince Boateng dusted off the memories of Stoke to slot in the equaliser. United regained the lead early in second half when Fletcher picked out Giggs over the top who in turn fed Wayne Rooney for his brace. Giggs, 36 on Sunday, then won United’s second penalty of the game to allow Wayne Rooney to claim his hat-trick. Ryan Giggs capped a wonderful performance by netting his 100th Premier League goal with a sweetly struck free-kick.
Manchester City 1 – Hull 1 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) City produced yet another sub-standard performance against Hull in the first half, but the Citizens stole the lead in injury time when a Shaun Wright-Phillips shot from distance took a deflection en route to goal. City had to settle for a seventh successive draw though when Kolo Toure hauled back Hesselink to gift the Tigers a penalty, Jimmy Bullard did the business from the spot – before all of his team-mates sat down to receive a Brown-style ticking off in a real comedy moment.
West Ham 5 – Burnley 3 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â The Clarets were stung on 18 minutes when Parker’s quick free kick caught the backline napping, and Jack Collison was able to beat Jensen. Junior Stanislas a made it two after the half hour, tucking a shot in-off the left post and Carlton Cole closed out the first half (highlights here) with a third from the spot. Guillermo Franco and Luis Jimenez added to the tally before Steven Fletcher grabbed a double, Steven Caldwell was sent off and Chris Eagles scored. (Second half highlights here.)
Fulham 1 – Bolton 1 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) German striker Ivan Klasnic put the Trotters ahead with a shot on the turn in the 35th minute. Gary Megson’s men then soaked up an almighty Fulham assault and eventually the Cottagers’ pressure paid off as Damien Duff popped up to level 15 minutes from time.
Wigan 1 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) Wigan bounced back from their White Hart Lane hammering by grabbing a 1-0 win over Sunderland thanks to a Hugo Rodallega strike 15 minutes from time.
Blackburn 0 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, November 28, 2009) Stoke continue to pick up points away and will be the happier with the result following a game that saw chances for both sides.
Scunthorpe 1 – Leicester 1 (Championship, November 28, 2009) Leicester took three minutes before scoring at Scunthorpe as Martin Waghorn latched onto a long ball to outpace the home defence and strike in the opener. But deep into stoppage time, Martyn Woolford struck to grab a point for the home side with a shot from the edge of the Foxes’ box.
Northwich Victoria 1 – Lincoln 3 (FA Cup round two, November 28, 2009) The hosts fell behind to Chris Fagan’s superb volley. Matt Bailey equalised after the break with another shot on the turn but was then brushed off by Jaime Clarke who restored Lincoln’s lead. A clever through ball by Scott Kerr then set Clarke free once more and he slotted home to seal the win.
Northampton Town 2 – Southampton 3 (FA Cup round two, November 28, 2009) Ndiaye Papa Waigo and the impressive Adam Lallana got two goals in four minutes to put Saints into a comfortable interval lead, and when Dean Hammond added a third just before the hour it looked all over. But Northampton rallied, and Adebayo Akinfenwa and Ryan Gilligan put the hosts back in with a shout but in the end the Saints held on.