Tottenham 0 – Wolves 1 (Premier League, December 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Wolves were starring at their result of the season at halftime (first half highlights here) at White Hart Lane as the visitors defended a 1-goal lead earned after Milijas’ free-kick from the right was converted by a deft touch from Kevin Doyle.
Stoke 2 – Wigan 2 (Premier League, December 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Wigan struck after the quarter hour at Stoke, Thomas Sorensen saved Rodallega’s header from a Jason Koumas free-kick, but Emmerson Boyce was alert to bravely nodding the ball over the line. The Potters rallied after going behind and in the 37th minute they equalised when Tuncay broke the Latics’ offside trap before calmly stroking the ball into the far corner. (First half highlights here.) Stoke continued to pound the Wigan without finding the net, and they were punished in extreme circumstances by Maynor Figueroa’s quick thinking, the Honduran cracking an incredible free-kick from his own half directly into Sorenson’s top corner with 20 minutes remaining. Wigan barely had time to savour their lead as from a Stoke corner Ryan Shawcross outjumped Figueroa to level for Pulis’ men. At the death Huth hauled down Gomez (offside) in the box, only for Hugo Rodallega to fire a pathetic penalty which Sorenson saved with ease.
Birmingham 1 – West Ham 0 (Premier League, December 12, 2009) Lee Bowyer (six goals) scored the only goal of the game against his former club to secure Birmingham’s place in the top half of the after their seventh match without defeat, and increase the relegation worries of a West Ham side who had Mark Noble sent off in the closing stages.
Burnley 1 – Fulham 1 (Premier League, December 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.) Owen Coyle’s team fell behind to Bobby Zamora’s goal but Wade Elliott ensured Burnley would avoid just their second home defeat of the season when he struck with a blistering volley 10 minutes later.
Sunderland 1 – Portsmouth 1 (Premier League, December 12, 2009) (MOTD highlights here.)Â Sunderland had taken the lead through Darren Bent’s tenth goal of the season with 23 minutes gone but, although Andy Reid hit the bar with an 80th-minute free-kick, they failed to push home their advantage and were made to pay at the death. Younes Kaboul struck three minutes into stoppage time and was promptly sent off for removing his shirt in celebration having already been booked.
Hull 0 – Blackburn 0 (Premier League, December 12, 2009) Phil Brown: “It was a scrappy game. You tend to get sucked into a way of playing when you play against Blackburn instead of getting the ball down and playing the way we have played of late. ”
Leicester 3 – Sheffield Wednesday 0 (Championship, December 12, 2009) Steve Howard opened the scoring after just seven minutes when he got on the end of Matt Fryatt’s chipped cross. Andy King doubled the Foxes’ advantage midway through the first half as he slotted home from close range. The Foxes wrapped up the win when a superb team move saw the ball break to King, who finished smartly from 12 yards out.
Brentford 0 – Leeds 0 (League One, December 12, 2009) Brentford and Leeds shared the spoils in a gritty 0-0 draw at Griffin Park where chances were few and far between.