Aston Villa 0 – Chelsea 3 (FA Cup semi-final, April 10, 2010) After Chelsea made a poor start to their FA Cup semi-final with Villa, the Midlanders had daggers pointed at ref Howard Webb after 15 minutes as Gabby Agbonlahor was denied a stonewall penalty when the forward was hauled down by Mikel in the box. The deadlock was broken in the 67th minute through Didier Drogba, scoring his fifth successive goal at Wembley, tapping home a John Terry shot from a corner. In the final minutes Chelsea put some gloss on the scoreline, Florent Malouda headed home a brilliant Ballack cross and Frank Lampard grabbed the third in injury time.
West Ham 1 – Sunderland 0 (Premier League, April 10, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) After a goalless first half at Upton Park, the Eastenders were in raptures early in the the second half as Ilan Araujo steered home Carlton Cole’s flick-on from a free-kick.
Hull 1 – Burnley 4 (Premier League, April 10, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Hull needed just three minutes to move ahead of Burnley when Jozy Altidore crossed to the far post where a free Kevin Kilbane was able to nod a header into the net. But Brian Laws’ Burnley showed character to equalise ten minutes from the break, Tyrone Mears cut inside his defender down the right and crossed to the near post, where Martin Paterson expertly controlled a shot a low, first-time effort into the far corner. (First half goals here.) 38-year-old Graham Alexander then took charge as he scored two second half penalties. His first, on 64 minutes, came after Boateng was adjudged to have fouled Michael Duff. His second, six minutes later, followed a foul by Mouyokolo on on-loan David Nugent. Wade Elliott added a 90th minute fourth with a terrific free-kick that floated into the far top corner in a win that lifts the Clarets above their relegation rivals, but still four points short of the safety mark.
Crystal Palace 0 – QPR 2 (Championship, April 10, 2010) Relegation-threatened London rivals Crystal Palace and QPR, who recently have employed each others managers as Paul Hart and Neil Warnock swapped jobs, met in a classic six-pointer and the Super Hoops struck after 11 minutes when Akos Buzsaky cracked an unstoppable 20-yard past keeper Speroni. The Eagles saw the match slip out their hands on the hour when poor marking from a corner allowed defender Kaspars Gorkss to sneak in front of his marker and steer a header into the unguarded far post.
Leeds 2 – Southend 0 (League One, April 10, 2010) Leeds scored two second-half goals to boost their promotion hopes but increase Southend’s relegation worries. Max Gradel opened the scoring with a shot that took a deflection off Pat Baldwin before Luciano Becchio headed the second close to full-time.