VIDEO: Arsenal defeat Bolton to keep pressure on Chelsea; Aston Villa and West Ham locked in stalemate; Rovers return against Fulham

Bolton 0 – Arsenal 2 (Premier League, January 17, 2010) Bolton were competitive in the opening exchanges against Arsenal, but just before the half hour the Gunners struck when Steinson lost the ball on the edge of his area, Cesc Fabregas picked up possession and had a neat one-two with Eduardo and the returning captain scored. (First half highlights here.) Bolton piled on the pressure after the break, but 13 minutes from time the Trotters were caught out on the counter-attack and Eduardo crossed for Fran Merida to score his first ever goal in the Premier League.

Aston Villa 0 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2010) An end-to-end battle between two teams looking at different ends of the table finished in a respectable stalemate between Villa and the Hammers. The hosts had the better of the chances, Rob Green pulling off a string of high quality saves, while struggling West Ham stayed competitive throughout the 90 minutes.

Blackburn 2 – Fulham 0 (Premier League, January 17, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Chris Samba settled the home side’s nerves with a fortuitous 24th minute opener after he ricocheted home an attempted clearance by former Rover Damien Duff. Ryan Nelsen applied the lightest of touches to Benni McCarthy’s 54th minute free-kick to hand Rovers their first three-point haul since November.


Blackpool 2 – QPR 2 (Championship, January 16, 2010) Charlie Adam’s 10th goal of the season in all competitions gave Blackpool an early lead, only for Adel Taarabt to equalise from the penalty spot 10 minutes into the second half. Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s goal appeared to have done enough to earn Seasiders manager Ian Holloway three points against his former club before Matt Connolly’s stunning goal six minutes from time earned QPR a draw.

Barnsley 1 – Sheffield Wednesday 2 (Championship, January 16, 2010) Alan Irvine, the new Owls boss, saw first-half goals from Tommy Spurr and Jermaine Johnson settle an absorbing South Yorkshire derby. Emil Hallfredsson had grabbed a fortuitous equaliser for the Tykes between the two Wednesday goals.