Spurs drop two crucial points by drawing with Pompey; West Ham beat Fulham in the London derby

Tottenham 1 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, January 18, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Spurs created the better of the chances in the first half, but a combination of fine goalkeeping from David James and poor finishing from the Lilywhites saw the opening 45 end in stalemate. David Nugent missed a sitter for Pompey at the end of the half. (First half highlights here.) Spurs were made to pay for their misses, James released Armand Traore down the left who carried the ball up-field unchallenged, his pass fed David Nugent and the striker drilled a low shot (off Bale) past Gomes into the corner. Tottenham rallied, Modric slid a pass to Jermain Defoe who gratefully scored against his former employers to make the game all-square. Darren Bent (horrible miss) and Vedran Corluka could (and should) have both won the game for Spurs late on. (Second half highlights here.)

West Ham 3 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, January 18, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) The London derby between West Ham and Fulham started brilliantly for the hosts but shockingly for former Hammer John Pantsil, who chested Neill’s lofted ball in the box straight to David di Michele who gobbled up the opportunity to score. But the Cottagers were soon level, and in marked contrast to Pantsil, Paul Konchesky set about enjoying his return to Upton Park by picking up the ball inside his own half, racing down the left and letting rip with a 30-yard howitzer that gave Rob Green no chance at his near post. (First half highlights here.) On the hour mark the Hammers regained the lead, Konchesky brought down Cole in the box and Mark Noble scored from the spot. And Zola’s boys then pulled further ahead when di Michele teed up Carlton Cole for his fifth goal in as many games. (Second half goals here.)


Southampton 1 – Doncaster 2 (Championship, January 17, 2009) Martin Woods and James Coppinger handed Doncaster a crucial away win at the Saints, who could only pull one goal back through Marek Saganowski.

Brighton 0 – Leeds 2 (League One, January 17, 2009) Lee Trundle, making his debut on loan from Bristol City, put Leeds ahead on the hour before Fabien Delph settled the match eight minutes from time a stunning solo goal, carrying the ball forward from well-inside his own half before curling home a left-footed shot from outside the box.