Blackburn 0 – Liverpool 0 (Premier League, December 5, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Missing Fernando Torres, Liverpool struggled to create much in the opening 45 at Blackburn, Steven Gerrard having one of the few half-chances with a shot that deflected behind for a corner. Gerrard warmed Robinson’s hands with a low shot 10 minutes into the second half. David Ngog missed the chance of the match when the Frenchman managed to hit the bar from two yards out from Glen Johnson had superbly teed up the striker.
Aston Villa 3 – Hull 0 (Premier League, December 5, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Richard Dunne put Villa in front, James Milner lobbed in the second (thanks to a brilliant quick throw) and John Carew completed the victory from the penalty spot.
Portsmouth 2 – Burnley 0 (Premier League, December 5, 2009) (Longer highlights here and MOTD highlights here.) Fratton Park witnessed controversy on the half hour as Hreidarsson took a blatant dive in the Burnley box, Phil Dowd was conned into awarding Pompey the penalty but justice was served as Aruna Dindane fluffed the spot-kick and the the rebound. Burnley proceeded to create the better chances in the match, but in the 64th minute Dindane played in Hermann Hreidarsson in the inside left channel and the left-back thumped a low shot into the far post. In the final ten minutes Aruna Dindane headed in the South Coasters second to earn Avram Grant his first victory in his new job.
Wigan 2 – Birmingham 3 (Premier League, December 5, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Charles N’Zogbia curled in a brilliant goal to put the Latics into the lead. Birmingham gained the win in the second half thanks to a Sebastian Larsson free kick that evaded everyone, a goal from livewire striker Christian Benitez and another impressive Larsson dead ball. Jordi Gomez pulled one back for the home side.
Wolves 2 – Bolton 1 (Premier League, December 5, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Jody Craddock scored yet again in the third minute and Nenad Milijas doubled the lead with a cracking left-footed drive. Johan Elmander grabbed a consolation for struggling Bolton.
Leeds 2 – Huddersfield 2 (League One, December 5, 2009) Leeds led twice thanks to an early goal from Robert Snodgrass followed by a second-half strike by substitute Max Gradel which put Leeds back in front after Lee Novak’s equaliser. But more than 36,000 fans saw Jordan Rhodes’ header 12 minutes from time earn a point for the Terriers.