United close in on Liverpool after beating stubborn Wigan; Chelsea (eventually) make light work of Southend

Manchester United 1 – Wigan 0 (Premier League, January 14, 2009) It took Manchester United sixty seconds to score against Wigan, Ronaldo burst down the right, crossed to Wayne Rooney who had the simple job of rolling the ball in the net. (Prior to the match Sir Alex Ferguson presented Cristiano Ronaldo with the FIFA World Player of the Year award.)

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Southend 1 – Chelsea 4 (FA Cup, January 14, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) After all the talk of Chelsea’s poor defending from set pieces, once again they were found wanting as Southend skipper Adam Barrett headed home the opener (Alex’s challenge was pathetic). Chelsea levelled before the break, Southend failed to deal with a high ball in the box and Michael Ballack fired the loose ball into the top corner. After the break Ballack freed Solomon Kalou down the right who drove into the box to score. Anelka added a third and in injury time Frank Lampard put his name on the scoresheet with the fourth. (Second half highlights and analysis here.)

Newcastle 0 – Hull 1 (FA Cup, January 14, 2009) Newcastle were dumped out the FA Cup by an under-strength Hull side who broke the deadlock nine minutes from time when Daniel Cousin tapped home from a Garcia cross. The main talking point of the match was the clash midway through the first half between Joe Kinnear and Phil Brown as both managers were banished to the stands.

Histon 1 – Swansea 2 (FA Cup, January 13, 2009) Gorka Pintado and Guillem Bauza on target for the Championship side. Pintado went on to miss a penalty for the Swans before Josh Simpson pulled on back for the non-leaguers.

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Charlton 0 – Nottingham Forest 2 (Championship, January 10, 2008) Nathan Tyson and Rob Earnshaw earned Billy Davies a victory in his first game in charge of Nottingham Forest leaving Charlton another step closer to the drop.

QPR 1 – Coventry 1 (Championship, January 10, 2008) Daniel Fox’s free-kick found its way under Radek Cerny for the Sky Blues’ opener but Dexter Blackstock rescued a point for QPR scoring three minutes later.


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