Battling Spurs take points off United; Aliadiere denies Arsenal; Hull make their point at Anfield; Blackburn & Baggies get thumped

Tottenham 0 – Manchester United 0 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) In a bright opening on a gloomy night at White Hart Lane, David Bentley warmed the hands of Van der Sar with a wonderful 35-yard effort that the keeper beat away. Aaron Lennon then showed quick feet and a low centre of gravity to skip past a couple of challenges to force Van der Sar to get down low to turn his shot away. Spurs wasted another chance when Modric sent a header over the bar. (First-half highlights here.) Van der Sar was again called upon to turn away David Bentley’s free-kick in the second half while at the other end Ferdinand headed just over the bar from Giggs’ corner. United dominated the final stages, but Spurs’ backline stood firm with Gomes making a man-of-the-match save to claw away Giggs’ last-gasp free-kick. (Second-half highlights here.)United dominated the final stages, but Spurs’ backline stood firm with Gomes making a man-of-the-match save to claw away Giggs’ last-gasp free-kick. (Second-half highlights here.)

Liverpool 2 – Hull City 2 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) Paul McShane stunned Anfield just after ten minutes when he planted a header past Reina from a King cross. The Tigers were in dreamland ten minutes later when Jamie Carragher put through his own net from a Mendy cross. Steven Gerrard pulled one back almost straight away from a low Kuyt cross. Stevie G then scored the equaliser after he was teed up by Benayoun. (First-half goals here, highlights here.) Just before the hour mark Sami Hyypia headed against the post, Liverpool failed to find a second half goal and dropping a further two points. (Second-half highlights here.)

Middlesbrough 1 – Arsenal 1 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) Emmanuel Adebayor had the freedom to head home a simple header just after the 15 minute mark at the Riverside. Boro equalised just after the half-hour, Jeremie Aliadiere planting a fine header from a Tuncay cross.

Aston Villa 4 – Bolton 2 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) (MOTD highlights here.)  Elmander put the Trotters in front, but Villa hit back with goals from Agbonlahor and Laursen before the break. (First-half highlights here.) Martin O’Neill’s side surged into fourth thanks to further goals from Agbonlahor and Young. Davied pulled one back for Bolton.

Manchester City 0 – Everton 1 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) (First-half highlights here.) A late Tim Cahill header heaped further pressure on Mark Hughes, will Sparky make it to the January transfer window?

Wigan 3 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) Paul Ince’s reign as Blackburn boss could be all over in the coming days. Emile Heskey, Antonio Valencia (first two goals here) and Lee Cattermole did the damage.

Sunderland 4 – West Brom 0 (Premier League, December 13, 2008) Sunderland returned to winning ways thanks to an easy win over the bottom side. Kenwyne Jones scored an early brace, Andy Reid added the third with a header at the back post (first three goals here) and Djibril Cisse scored a penalty after the break.

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Liverpool 1 – Manchester United 3 (Barclays Premier Reserve League, December 13, 2008) United’s kids ended the year in style beating the old enemy Liverpool with Norwood, Macheda and Morrison scoring for United while Dalla Valle scored for the Scousers.


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