Chelsea 2 – Stoke 0 (FA Cup quarter-final, March 7, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) Frank Lampard opened the scoring ten minutes before the break with a deflected effort after Chelsea dominated the first half. John Terry confirmed the win with a header from a Lampard corner midway through the second half andÂ celebrated in determined fashion.Â The joint interview with Lampard and Terry after the match can be seen here.
Reading 2 – Aston Villa 4 (FA Cup quarter-final, March 7, 2010) Aston Villa looked jaded and second best throughout the early stages at Reading, and the Royals set up a cupset in the 27th minute when Sigurdsson floated in a dangerous corner, Mills flicked the ball towards Shane Long at the far post and the Irishman nodded home from four yards out. Reading completed a brilliant first half adding a second in the 42nd minute, Jimmy Kebe (outstanding on the right wing) burst into the box and his cross was smartly turned home by Long for his brace. Ashley Young began the fightback two minutes into the second half, sidefooting home at the backpost. Four minutes later John Carew equalised from a Downing cross and the big Norwegian claimed the third in the 57th minute with a fine flick from a Warnock cross to complete the dramatic turnaround at the start of the second half. Carew completed his hat-trick and the victory with a penalty in the 90th minute.
Everton 5 – Hull 1 (Premier League, March 7, 2010) (MOTD highights here.) Mikel Arteta volleyed home at the back post to put Everton in front. Just before the half hour Yakubu missed a pen and a couple of minutes later Tom Cairney equalised with a quality left-footed hit. Arteta sidefooted Everton’s second after a Pienaar backheel to give the Toffees a half-time lead.Â In the second half Goodison witnessed a spanking, Richard Garcia scored a comical own goal, Landon Donovan rifled in the fourth and Jack Rodwell claimed the fifth.
Newcastle 6 – Barnsley 1 (Championship, March 6, 2010) The match at St James’ Park turned in Newcastle’s favour in the 44th minute when Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele was sent off for a foul on Peter Lovenkrands, who picked himself up to convert the penalty. Lovenkrands struck again three minutes into the second half and Danny Guthrie’s deflected effort increased Newcastle’s lead in the 50th minute. Jonas Gutierrez scored a superb solo effort in the 61st minute and celebrated by putting on a Spiderman mask hidden in his shorts. Guthrie made it 5-0 with a free-kick in the 69th minute before Kevin Nolan struck two minutes later as Newcastle claimed their biggest win of the season.Â Daniel Bogdanovic’s 83rd minute goal was no consolation for Barnsley.