VIDEO: Hull sunk by Arsenal late late show; Drogba brace blunts Hammers; Pav double downs Rovers as Spurs hold onto 4th; Bolton spank Wigan; Wolves win big at Burnley; Villa held at Stoke

Hull 1 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) The Gunners took a 14th minute lead at lowly Hull courtesy of a fabulous individual goal from Andrei Arshavin, the Russian jinking his way into the box before planting his shot past Boaz Myhill. Just before the half hour mark the Tigers levelled with a controversial goal after Campbell fell on Hesselink in the box after the striker looked offside in the build up and Jimmy Bullard converted from the spot. (First half highlights here.) With the match entering the 92nd minute Arsenal snatched a winner to reaffirm their title credentials, Nicklas Bendtner becoming the hero when he pounced on Denilson’s parried shot.

Chelsea 4 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After Ilan missed a guilt-edged opportunity to put West Ham ahead at the Bridge, Chelsea punished their London rivals when Alex powered home a 15th minute header. The Hammers, battling for their top flight survival, pulled level through Scotty Parker just before the half hour as the returning midfielder scored against his former employers with a class half-volley from 22-yards. (First half highlights here.) Ten minutes into the second half Chelsea moved back into front, Malouda floating a delightful cross onto Didier Drogba’s head and the Ivorian finished from close range. Florent Malouda capped a fine personal performance grabbed Chelsea’s third with a low left-footed shot past Green. As the match ticked into injury time Lampard took aim at Green’s goal and Didier Drogba was on hand to mop up the rebound.

Tottenham 3 – Blackburn 1 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) After a pretty awful first 45 at White Hart Lane, Jermain Defoe stabbed Spurs into the lead in injury time from a corner that Corluka flicked on, after Rovers had lost keeper Robinson earlier in the half. (First half highlights here.) The Lilywhites doubled their lead nine minutes into the second half when a static Rovers side watched as Defoe played in Roman Pavlyuchenko who drilled a shot through stand-in keeper Brown. Ten minutes from time Blackburn pulled themselves back into the game when Christopher Samba out-jumped Dawson and Corluka from a corner to head home past Gomes. Spurs responded by restoring their 2-goal cushion within five minutes as Bale played in Pavlyuchenko who couldn’t miss from two yards out.

Bolton 4 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) A bad error in the Wigan defence allowed Davies’s flick on to run through to Johan Elmander who slotted home from the edge of the area with a cool finish. Kevin Davies added the second from the penalty spot three minutes after half-time after Tamir Cohen had been tripped by Steven Caldwell. Five minutes later Fabrice Muamba lashed in a third, his first goal for the club on his sixtieth start. Matt Taylor notched the fourth with his first touch after coming off the bench.

Burnley 1 – Wolves 2 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Burnley conceded a horror goal as Wolves moved ahead in the relegation 6-pointer at Turf Moor as Tyrone Mears saw his header back to keeper Jensen intercepted by Wolves winger Matt Jarvis who nicked the ball past the big goalie to score. Clarke Carlisle deflected an Adlene Guedioura shot into his own net to make it 2-nil to the visitors in the 47th, while Steve Thompson headed one back for Burnley with 17 minutes remaining.

Birmingham 2 – Everton 2 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Victor Anichebe’s powerful left-footed strike put Everton ahead against Birmingham, and the Toffees doubled their lead when Pienaar’s cross from the right was headed in by Yakubu. The Blues got themselves back in the game before the break when Fahey’s ball was converted by Cameron Jerome from just outside the six-yard box. (First half highlights here.) A fine volley from Craig Gardner at the start of the second half gave Birmingham a share of the points and ensured they stay eighth in the table.

Stoke 0 – Aston Villa 0 (Premier League, March 13, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Stoke cancelled out Aston Villa in a goalless first half (highlights here) at the Britannia. The game failed to improve after the break leaving Villa’s top four hopes hanging by a thread while Stoke stay mid-table.

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Middlesbrough 2 – Newcastle 2 (Championship, March 13, 2010) The Tees-Tyne bragging right were shared in a pulsating derby at the Riverside that did more to enhance Newcastle’s promotion hopes than it did to assist Boro’s dreams of making the play-offs. Andy Carroll’s 82nd minute equaliser earned the Magpies a point after Barry Robson and Scott McDonald had fired Boro into the lead following Peter Lovenkrands’ 16th minute opener.

This video has all the goals from WBA 3 – Blackpool 2 at 2.00 mins, watch out for Robert Koren’s great strike and Preston 3 – Nottingham Forest 2 at 3.25 mins, the Matthew James goal is well worth a look.


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