Tottenham 2 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, April 14, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) White Hart Lane went mental 10 minutes into the north London derby, Almunia punched a corner only as far as 19-year-old league debutant Danny Rose 25-yards out and the fearless teenage whacked an incredible first time volley straight back into the net. Barely a minute of the second half had passed before Spurs grabbed a crucial second, Jermain Defoe threaded a perfect ball to Gareth Bale in the centre of the Arsenal box and, after Sagna had kept him onside, the Welshman simply stroked the ball into the corner for his first goal in two and a half years. Arsenal threw on Robin van Persie in the final stages with the Dutchman forcing Gomes into two brilliant saves, but eventually Arsenal’s pressure told in the 82nd minute when Nicklas Bendner scrambled a Walcott cross into the net to give the Gunners a faint lifeline. Gomes pulled out another top save to deny Van Persie in the closing stages as Spurs won their first league derby since 1999, torpedoed Arsenal’s title hopes and put themselves firmly back in the top four picture.
Aston Villa 2 – Everton 2 (Premier League, April 14, 2010) Everton broke the deadlock at Aston Villa through a tried and trusted formula, Leighton Baines whipped a dangerous free-kick into the box and Tim Cahill steered a header into the far corner. Gabriel Agbonlahor’s glancing header from Milner’s cross restored parity for little more than a minute before Tim Cahill struck again with yet another header. Villa snatched a point at the death when Phil Jagielka, under pressure from John Carew, headed into his own net.