VIDEO: Chelsea blow it at Blackburn; Rooney & Park on target as Man United beat Liverpool to go top; Man City close in on Spurs after Fulham win

Blackburn 1 – Chelsea 1 (Premier League, March 21, 2010) (MOTD highlights here.) Chelsea took less than six minutes to score at Ewood Park, Anelka danced in from the right-hand touch-line and played a simple of square pass to Didier Drogba, who dispatched it directly into the bottom right corner of the net for his 22nd league goal of the season. (First half highlights here.) Chelsea failed to find a second goal in a tepid performance, and 20 minutes from time they were punished as Salgado found space to cross from the right and El Hadji Diouf was able to head home at the back post.

Carlo Ancelotti’s post match interview can be seen here, Sam Allardyce here.

Manchester United 2 – Liverpool 1 (Premier League, March 21, 2010) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Liverpool’s recent hoodoo over Manchester United struck inside five minutes at Old Trafford when Gerrard drove towards the edge of the box and freed Duyt down the right, the Dutchman whipped in his cross and Fernando Torres steered his header in the far post. The Scousers then shot themselves in the foot when Mascherano foolishly allowed Valencia to fall in the box when he grabbed his arm, and Wayne Rooney equalised after Reina had saved his initial spot-kick. (Should the Argentine have seen red?) (First half highlights here.) United controlled the match after the break, and their pressure told just before the hour when Darren Fletcher’s right wing cross was header home by Park Ji-Sung from close range. Liverpool rarely looked like finding an equaliser, with United returning to the top while Liverpool’s top four hopes were left in tatters.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s post match comments can be seen here, Darren Fletcher’s here, Rio Ferdinand’s here & Park Ji-Sung’s here. Rafa Bentiez’s interview can be seen here.

Fulham 1 – Manchester City 2 (Premier League, March 21, 2010) After their Europa League heroics Fulham were taken apart in the first half (highlights here) at home to Man City, Roque Santa Cruz opened early on after Craig Bellamy hit the post with a powerful low drive. Bellamy was the creator of City’s second too as the Welshman played in Carlos Tevez, the Argentine left Manchester United-bound Chris Smalling on his backside before drilling the ball home from eight yards. The Cottagers grabbed a lifeline 15 minutes from time when Barry was adjudged to have handled in the box and Danny Murphy made no mistake with his spot-kick.

Roberto Mancini’s post match interview can be seen here, Roy Hodgson’s here.

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Leicester 2 – Coventry 2 (Championship, March 21, 2010) The Foxes dominated the first half and Andy King’s clinical finish put them ahead after James McPake’s error. King then grabbed a disputed second when his header was adjudged to have bounced fractionally over the line off the underside of the crossbar. (First half goals here.) But McPake lashed home a volley to reduce the deficit and Gary Deegan levelled from close range late on.

Blackpool 2 – Crystal Palace 2 (Championship, March 20, 2010) Palace looked to be heading for all three points after Nick Carle (3) and Darren Ambrose (34) put them in control, but Blackpool fought back with goals from Charlie Adam (47) and Ben Burgess (89).

Ipswich 1 – Barnsley 0 (Championship, March 20, 2010) A fourth-minute strike from Daryl Murphy was enough to give Ipswich a 1-0 victory at home to Barnsley after visiting keeper Luke Steele committed a howler racing out of his goal but failing to make contact with the ball.

MK Dons 0 – Southampton 3 (League One, March 20, 2010) Southampton  were the big winners of the day as they thrashed MK Dons 3-0 at Stadium:MK with Rickie Lambert netting a stunning second-half hat-trick for Alan Pardew’s side including a brilliant 40-yard lob.

Oldham 0 – Brighton 2 (League One, March 20, 2010) Brighton beat Oldham thanks to a wonder-strike from Elliott Bennett and a Jon Worthington own-goal.


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