Manchester United 1 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, December 6, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Managerless Sunderland got to half-time without conceding, Berbatov went close early doors after a flick from Ronaldo and then the Bulgarian nearly flicked home from a Rooney shot. After the break United continued to miss the target when Berbatov sent a header over the bar, but just as it seemed that the game would end goalless Nemanja Vidic scored a vital 91st minute winner after Michael Carrick’s deflected shot came back off the post.
Blackburn 1 – Liverpool 3 (Premier League, December 6, 2008) Morten Gamst Pederson was desperately unlucky not give give Rovers the lead when his swerving shot crashed the Liverpool crossbar. Goals from Xabi Alonso and Yossi Benayoun put Liverpool in charge, only for Roque Santa Cruz to give the home side some hope before Steven Gerrard wrapped up the points in the final moments of the game.
Bolton 0 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, December 6, 2008) Nicolas Anelka returned to haunt his old club by heading home Boswinga’s cross to give the Blues the lead at the Reebok. And after his recent slump Deco returned to form with a brilliant scissor-kick after the Trotters failed to clear a Chelsea attack.
Arsenal 1 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, December 6, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Arsenal took an early lead over Wigan thanks to Emmanuel Adebayor’s collected finish after 16 minutes. (First half highlights here.)
Fulham 1 – Manchester City 1 (Premier League, December 6, 2008) City led in the sixth minute through Benjani’s header from Zabaleta’sÂ cross, but the Cottagers equalised through Jimmy Bullard’s first goal of the season, a fine strike into the far corner of the net.
Goals from Hull 2 – Middlesbrough 1 and Newcastle 2 – Stoke City 2 can be seen on this video.
Newcastle 2 – Stoke City 2 (Premier League, December 6, 2008) Michael Owen opened the scoring in the eighth minutes from a Gutierrez cross and then Owen doubled the lead on 24, sliding home a Martins cross. But Stoke showed real quality in the second half to equalise thanks to goals from Sidibe (’60) and Faye (’90).
Hull 2 – Middlesbrough 1 (Premier League, December 6, 2008) Tuncay put Boro in front but an og from Ross Turnbull and a Marlon King penalty secured another three points for Hull.
Mansfield 1 – Oxford 3 (Conference, December 4, 2008) Goals from James Constable, Jamie Guy and Sam Deering earned Jim Smith’s side victory.