VIDEO: Torres lifts Liverpool with late show at Aston Villa; Hull battle from 2-down at Bolton to draw

Aston Villa 0 – Liverpool 1 (Premier League, December 29, 2009) In blizzard conditions at a freezing Villa Park, the weather clearly affected both sides in an underwhelming goalless first half (highlights here) although the Villains should have scored when Stuart Downing saw Pepe Reina stop a point-blank volley from four yards out. For the majority of the second half Liverpool were hanging on by their fingernails as Villa squandered chance after chance to score, and they suffered the killer sucker-punch in the 92nd minute as Agbonlahor saw a tackle send the ball straight into Fernando Torres’ path, and the Spaniard gobbled up his chance and slipped a low shot past Friedel into the far corner.

Post match interviews with Gerrard & Torres here, and with Rafa Benitez here.

Bolton 2 – Hull 2 (Premier League, December 29, 2009) Bolton broke the deadlock with home-sick Hull after 20 minutes at the Reebok when defender Dawson only managed to partially clear the visitors lines with a header, and Ivan Klasnic was able to swat home the loose ball from 20 yards out. The Trotters were looking home and dry when a goalkeeper howler from Hull keeper Myhill gifted Kevin Davies a second. But then Hull staged a dramatic turnaround, with Stephen Hunt bundling home a corner in the 71st. Hunt struck again seven minutes later as the Irishman collected Hesselink’s flick-on and firing a deflected shot into the net.

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Nottingham Forest 2 – Coventry 0 (Championship, December 28, 2009) Nottingham Forest consolidated their third-place position as Robert Earnshaw and Dexter Blackstock (howtizer) fired them to a comfortable 2-nil victory over Coventry.