Manchester City 0 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, February 21, 2010)Â Both City and Liverpool had their good spells in the first half at Eastlands, but neither side were able to conjure up any serious goalscoring chances in a goalless opening 45. (First half highlights here.) The game failed to brighten up after the break despite the introduction of Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres for the Reds. (Second half highlights here.)
Aston Villa 5 – Burnley 2 (Premier League, February 21, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Against the form book Burnley took a 10th minute lead at Villa Park, Cork combined with Nugent who in turn rolled the ball across goal and a napping home defence was caught cold by Steven Fletcher at the far post. Just after the half hour Villa levelled with a poor goal from a Claret perspective as Ashley Young scuffed in a rather desperate cross from a short corner bounced through Danny Fox’s legs and past the despairing Jensen. (First half highlights here.) Villa sped into overdrive after the break, kicking off when Stewart Downing controlled and converted Villa’s second after young had set him up. Two minutes later Downing made it three with a deflected shot from the edge of the box, and Emile Heskey made it three goals in six minute with a calm finish from an Agbonlahor cross. Burnley’s humiliation was completed when Gabi Agbonlahor helped himself to a fourth after good work from Heskey and Milner in the build up. Martin Paterson netted a late consolation for Burnley. (Second half highlights here.)
Wigan 0 – Totttenham 3 (Premier League, February 21, 2010) Spurs took the lead in controversial circumstances at the DW Stadium when Kranjcar played in Bale who in turn played a cross into Jermain Defoe, who scored, but the striker’s goal should have been ruled out for a blatant offside. (First half highlights here.) Spurs closed out the match six minutes from time as impressive substitute Luka Modric slipped a through-ball to Roman Pavlyuchenko and the Russian bagged the winner to re-energise Tottenham’s top four ambitions. In injury time Pavlyuchenko grabbed his second of the game to mark a fine performance from the 20-minute substitute.
Blackburn 3 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, February 21, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Rovers took the lead against Bolton five minutes from the halftime interval when a simple ball upfield found Wanderers 2-on-1 at the back and Junior Hoilett combined with Nikola Kalinic and the Croatian forward saw his deflected strike end up in the visitors’ net. (First half highlights here.) In the 73rd minute Bolton fell 2-behind after the visitors failed to clear a corner, Gael Givet hooked the ball back into the mixer and Jason Roberts was on hand to score. An awful Bolton defensive display was capped by Rovers claiming a third six minutes from time, El-Hadji Diouf whipping in a cross from the left that Gael Givet all-too-easily guided into the far corner.
Fulham 2 – Birmingham 1 (Premier League, February 21, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Birmingham took a second minute lead at Fulham through a horror own goal from Chris Baird who planted a header into his own net from a Bowyer cross. Damien Duff scored a cracker in the second half to draw the Cottagers level, the Irishman cut in from the right, played a fine one-two with Zoltan Gera, steadied himself before spanking a stunning shot in-off Hart’s right-hand post. At the death Bobby Zamora stole the headlines with his 15th of the season, the striker curling a picture-perfect free-kick past Hart for the winner.
Bristol City 2 – West Brom 1 (Championship, February 21, 2010) Graham Dorrans put the Baggies on course to leapfrog Nottingham Forest into second place when he fired home his 13th goal of the season in the first half at Ashton Gate. Chris Iwelumo’s first goal since arriving on loan from Albion’s arch-rivals Wolves restored parity early in the second half and minutes later manager’s son Lee Johnson, who recently returned from a loan spell at Derby, turned the game on its head with his first goal of the season.
All the goals from Saturday’s action in the Championship can be seen here.
Accrington Stanley 2 – Bradford 0 (League Two, February 20, 2010) Peter Taylor suffered a losing start to his tenure as Bradford City manager as John Miles’ first League Two goals of the season secured a 2-0 home win for Accrington.