Giggs’ solo stunner sends United back to the top; Toothless Spurs held by 10-man Arsenal

West Ham 0 – Manchester United 1 (Premier League, February 8, 2009) After an exciting match without any goals to show for the endeavour, Manchester United’s captain and evergreen number 11, Ryan Giggs, found the net on the hour mark with a sublime solo goal as the Welsh wizard beat two players before curling home a right-footed shot.

Tottenham 0 – Arsenal 0 (Premier League, February 8, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Emmanuel Eboue had the ball in the net early doors but the goal was chalked off for a foul by Adebayor. The match then blew up in the 36th minute, Modric and Eboue clashed and the Ivorian (who had already been booked) lashed out at the Croatian. Both players were booked, Eboue was sent off. (First half highlights here.) In the second half it was all Spurs without any end product, much to the disappointment of the White Hart Lane crowd.

Wigan 0 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) Bobby Zamora was guilty of missing two good chances in the first first half while Wigan were forced to use all three substitutions before the break.


Blackpool 2 – Doncaster 3 (Championship, February 7, 2009) The sides were level at the break after Rovers midfielder Brian Stock cancelled out David Vaughan’s strike from distance with a long-range effort of his own. Sam Hird put the visitors 2-1 up in the 54th minute but Blackpool equalised immediately through DJ Campbell before James Coppinger hit the winner after being played in by Stock.