Bolton 0 – Manchester United 4 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Manchester United took a 38th minute lead at Bolton, Nani lobbed the ball over his own head to Giggs who ran from centre to left and pinged a first-time ball across the face of the area where Jlloyd Samuel had a brain-melt and passed a shot into the far corner. (First half highlights here.) In the 69th minute United doubled their advantage when Fletcher whacked a left-footed shot that Jaaskelainen could only parry and Dimitar Berbatov finished coolly from eight yards. United killed the match with a quality third, Nani tormented Ricketts on the left of the box before flashing a a cross across the face of goal where Dimitar Berbatov nonchalantly scored with the outside of his right foot. Darron Gibson added a fourth with his first touch, Nani again the architect after the Portuguese winger beat Ricketts once again.
Chelsea 7 – Aston Villa 1 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Florent Malouda’s hot-streak continued in the 15th minute against Aston Villa when the Blues’ winger saw his hopeful cross-cum-shot turned in on the slide by Frank Lampard at the back stick. Villa equalised break the half hour mark when Ashley Young cut in from the left and played a slick ball through to John Carew running in at the back post which the big Norwegian calmly side-footed in the net. Two minutes from the break Chelsea got their noses back in front, Zhirkov went down like a feather under a challenge from Collins in the box and Frank Lampard slammed in the spot-kick. (First half highlights here.) After the break Vila were taken apart, firstly when Deco and Zhirkov combined down the left before Florent Malouda caressed home number three, and minutes later Frank Lampard claimed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Zhirkov was tripped by Dunne in the box. Villa’s shame were increased when Lampard had all the time in the world to slip in Malouda down the left who bagged Chelsea’s fifth. Seven minutes from time Anelka teed up Salomon Kalou to stroke in Chelsea’s sixth in a one-sided demolition of the Villains. Frank Lampard capped a personal triumph netting a fourth in the first minute of injury time. (Second half highlights here.)
Birmingham 1 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Sol Campbell sent an early header over the Birmingham bar, while at the other end Almunia was forced into a couple of saves in a goalless first half (highlights here) at St Andrews. The Gunners breakthrough arrived 10 minutes from time when the ball arrived to Samir Nasri on the right, the Frenchman spun into a more central position before seeing his arrowed drive make it’s way into Hart’s far post. But it all fell apart for Arsenal in injury time when horror defending allowed the ball to make its way into the box where Song saw his clearance rebound off Kevin Phillip’s chest and embarrassingly slip through Almunia’s hands and into the net.
Arsene Wenger’s post match interview can be seen here.
West Ham 0 – Stoke 1 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Gianfranco Zola’s future was left to hang by a thread after a piece of individual class send West Ham crashing to another defeat, Ricardo Fuller had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he skipped past three Hammers defenders and fired his shot past goalkeeper Robert Green.
Tottenham 2 – Portsmouth 0 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Is Gareth Bale the new Roberto Carlos? Spurs’ star performer in 2010 was at it again against Pompey as the left-winger streaked down the left and saw Peter Crouch head/shoulder an effort past David James. Four minutes from the interval Tottenham went 2-up, debutant Kyle Walker played in Luka Modric on the right, the playmaker saw his shot fall into Niko Kranjcar’s path, and the Croatian scored with the outside of his right boot. (First half goals here.)
Hull 2 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Iain Dowie’s Hull took the lead against Fulham when Altidore was hauled in the box by future Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, and former Cottager Jimmy Bullard crashed his penalty into the top corner. Craig Fagan wrapped up the points with a looping header to leave Hull 18th and level on points with sinking West Ham.
Wolves 0 – Everton 0 (Premier League, March 27, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.)Â In-form teams Everton and Wolves cancelled each other out, with Moyes’s men had the best chances when Louis Saha saw his shot rebound off the crossbar before sending a close-range header over the crossbar.
Crystal Palace 1 – Cardiff 2 (Championship, March 27, 2010) Palace, arriving into the match with just one win in 12, fell behind after just five minutes to fellow cash-strapped rivals Cardiff when a poor Whittingham corner was swept home by Gabor Gyepes. Third-bottom Palace eventually equalised early in the second half when Clint Hill headed home a corner. But the Eagles blew it in the 67th minute when Chris Burke was given too much space on the edge of the box to plant his shot past Speroni.
Derby 1 – Leicester 0 (Championship, March 27, 2010) A bizarre own goal from Andy King was the difference between the two sides. In truth though it was Leicester keeper Chris Weale who should hang his head in shame as he allowed the ball to roll in following King’s routine back pass.