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Bolton 2-1 Portsmouth

Dec 22, 2008

Bolton secured victory thanks to two goals in the first three minutes but also missed a glut of chances.

Matthew Taylor fired the hosts ahead when he flipped the ball up and volleyed in before Ricardo Gardner made it 2-0 with another cracking volley.

Peter Crouch headed in at the far post to hand Pompey a lifeline, but they almost conceded again when Rafn Steinsson’s header hit the post.

Kevin Davies had a header cleared off the line as Bolton pressed for a third.

It proved elusive and meant Bolton, who should really have won by a comfortable margin, had to endure an edgy last few minutes.
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Wigan 3-0 Blackburn

Dec 14, 2008

Antonio Valencia inspired Wigan to victory over Blackburn to pile more pressure on Rovers boss Paul Ince.

Emile Heskey’s backheel, followed two minutes later by Valencia’s low drive, gave Wigan a perfect start as they dominated the first half.

Substitute David Dunn gave Rovers more attacking threat, but their best chance came from Ryan Taylor’s near own-goal.

And the visitors were caught off guard when Valencia’s cross fell to Lee Cattermole to wrap up a 3-0 win.

Rovers have now lost six successive league games and are without a win in 10, leaving them second from bottom.
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Sunderland 4-0 West Brom

Dec 14, 2008

Sunderland produced an inspired display to outclass bottom-of-the-league West Brom and claim their first win since the departure of Roy Keane as manager.

Kenwyne Jones opened the scoring when he profited from some non-existent marking to head past Scott Carson.

Jones tapped in after two fine saves by Carson, and Andy Reid made it three before half-time with a back-post header from Steed Malbranque’s cross.

Djibril Cisse then drilled in from the spot after Roman Bednar’s handball.

Such a comfortable margin was the least Sunderland deserved for their overwhelming superiority against a West Brom side who are six points adrift of safety.
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Middlesbrough 1-1 Arsenal

Dec 14, 2008

Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes suffered another blow as they were held to a draw at Middlesbrough.

Emmanuel Adebayor headed the visitors in front after 17 minutes from Cesc Fabregas’s corner.

But Boro hit back and former Gunners striker Jeremie Aliadiere headed a fine equaliser from Tuncay Sanli’s fierce cross 12 minutes later.

Robin van Persie wasted a good chance after the break, while keeper Manuel Almunia parried Stewart Downing’s shot.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will view this as two points wasted as they try to keep in touch with the title pace-setters – seeing his side dominate possession but fail to take advantage
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Man City 0-1 Everton

Dec 14, 2008

Tim Cahill’s winner deep into injury time gave Everton a dramatic victory against Manchester City at Eastlands.

Cahill rose to meet Leon Osman’s corner to head past City’s Joe Hart as the game looked certain to end in deadlock.

Mikel Arteta struck the bar with a free-kick early on and Shaun Wright-Phillips hit the woodwork for City.

Marouane Fellaini forced a fine save from Hart, while Everton’s Tim Howard did well to deny Robinho and Stephen Ireland to set up the late win.

Everton boss David Moyes was ecstatic at the final whistle, especially after seeing his own side fall victim to an injury-time strike against Aston Villa last Saturday.
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