United charge to the title as the Toon slide towards the Championship; Spurs claim a big win against Boro

Newcastle 1 – Manchester United 2 (Premier League, March 4, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) After a lightening start to the match at an icy St. James Park, it was the Magpies who broke the deadlock after 8 minutes when a Gutierrez shot was only parried by Edwin van der Sar and Peter Lovenkrands couldn’t believe his luck as he ended the United keeper’s amazing shut-out record. With the United defence rattled Obafemi Martins narrowly sent a shot wide. But after taking the lead the Toon could not hold on to it, O’Shea drive forward in the 20th minute, he picked out Wayne Rooney in the box, and the number 10 swivelled and crashed in the equaliser past Harper. (First half highlights here.) After the break United scored their second, Coloccini made a shocking error trying to cut out a Rooney pass, Park stole in and prodded the ball to Dimitar Berbatov who scored.

Manchester City 2 – Aston Villa 0 (Premier League, March 4, 2009) After James Milner brought down Shaun Wright-Phillips in the box, Elano stepped up to give City the lead from the spot. At the death City added a second, Shaun Wright-Phillips played a one-two with Stephen Ireland before scoring in the far corner.

Tottenham 4 – Middlesbrough 0 (Premier League, March 4, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Captain Robbie Keane netted inside the opening 10 minutes to set the ball rolling, Roman Pavlyuchenko doubled the home side’s lead with a 14th minute strike, with Aaron Lennon capping a fine first half display with a third five minutes before halftime. (First half highlights here.) Lennon was a potent threat throughout, and he bagged a second after Keane was the supplier, leaving the midfielder to dink a precise lob over the onrushing Jones.

Wigan 0 – West Ham 1 (Premier League, March 4, 2009) Carlton Cole gave West Ham the lead then got himself sent off before halftime for a second bookable offence. But the Hammers held on for all three points, with the help of Wigan being reduced to ten men themselves seven minutes after the restart as a result of Lee Cattermole’s reckless challenge on Scott Parker.

Stoke 2 – Bolton 0 (Premier League, March 4, 2009) James Beattie scored his fifth goal in seven appearances for the Potters since his arrival in January during the first half. Rory Delap’s long throw-in then set up Ricardo Fuller for Stoke’s second. Stoke are now out the bottom three.

Fulham 0 – Hull 1 (Premier League, March 4, 2009) A late late goal from Manucho gave Hull a much needed win.

Blackburn 0 – Everton 0 (Premier League, March 4, 2009) Goalless at Ewood Park in a game of few clear cut chances.