All the action from Saturday’s matches in the Premier League can be seen here.
Portsmouth 2 – Liverpool 3 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Yossi Benayoun missed an early chance when he scuffed a shot past James’ near post. Javier Mascherano tested James with a beautifully struck effort from 25-yards out. (First half highlights here.) Liverpool’s lack of any cutting edge was exposed when Pompey took a 62nd minute lead, Crouch played in the resurgent David Nugent who raced clear and fired past Reina. Pompey then shot themselves in the foot when Crouch played a shocking backpass to James, who had to handle under pressure from Kuyt. Fabio Aurelio stepped up to blast home the indirect free-kick. Pompey regained their lead, Belhadj whipped in a cross and Hermann Hreidarsson’s header was poorly dealt with by a hapless Reina. But the Reds refused to lose and Dirk Kuyt managed to find enough space to beat Distin and squeeze a shot past James at his near post for 2-2. And in injury time the amazing happened, Benayoun was freed on the left and his cross was scored by Fernando Torres in the 91st minute.
Chelsea 0 – Hull 0 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea should have taken the lead early doors, Lampard’s free-kick found John Terry but the Blues’ skipper missed with both his header and follow-up attempt. Ricardo Quaresma came close to scoring on debut after just 18 minutes, Kalou lead a breakaway attack and played in the Portuguese on the inside left channel, but his curling effort was tipped around by Matt Duke. (First half highlights here.) Chelsea were denied a penalty when Sam Ricketts stopped a Kalou shot with a clear hand in the box. But Hull were good value for their point, having the better of the chances in the second half with Craig Fagan and Dean Marney both going close.
Blackburn 0 – Aston Villa 2 (Premier League, February 7, 2009)Â James Milner gave Villa the lead at Ewood Park, the winger played a short corner with Gareth Barry which he brought into the box and arrowed into the top corner. Gabi Agbonlahor sealed the points with a last minute second, firing an angled shot past Robinson which deflected off Ryan Nelsen into the near post.
Everton 3 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) Mikel Arteta converted from the spot just before half-time after Andy O’Brien had felled Jo. The new Brazilian loan signing the broke his duck on debut, Jo collected Phil Neville’s long punt, turned Gary Cahill and fired home a fine drive. Everton’s third arrived at the death, Davies was adjudged to have handled a Gosling cross and Jo took the penalty to end his day perfectly.
Manchester City 1 – Middlesbrough 0 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) After a goalless first half in which Shay Given and Brad Jones had excelled, Craig Bellamy claimed the winnerÂ early in the second half, running at Pogatetz and then beating Jones with a low shot into the corner.
West Brom 2 – Newcastle 3 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â It was a chaotic opening at the Hawthorns, Damien Duff broke the deadlock after two minutes sliding home the opener from 10-yards. Marc-Antoine Fortune pulled the Baggies level two minutes later, collecting the ball at the edge of the area and firing past Steve Harper. But the Toon quickly went back in the lead in the 9th minute, the ball fell to new loan signing Peter Lovenkrands in the box and the Dane opened his Newcastle account. On the stroke of halftime Steven Taylor headed in Ryan Taylor’s corner to extend the Magpies’ lead. Fortune bagged his brace with a powerful strike from just inside the area in the second half.
Sunderland 2 – Stoke 0 (Premier League, February 7, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Kenwyne Jones and David Healy got referee Rob Styles out of jail for failing to spot Danny Pugh’s blatant handball on the line in the first half, as Sunderland plunged 10-man Stoke deeper into relegation trouble.
Sheffield United 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Championship, February 7, 2009) Tommy Spurr gave Wednesday a lead inside the first minute, before Arturo Lupoli headed in the equaliser four minutes into his United debut. Marcus Tudgay won the match with a 25-yard thunderbolt which arrowed into Blades’ goalkeeper Paddy Kenny’s top right-hand top corner in the 29th minute.