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Liverpool 2-2 Hull City

Dec 14, 2008

Steven Gerrard scored twice as league leaders Liverpool came back from two goals down against Hull in a match the Reds should have won after dominating.

Hull took a surprise lead when defender Paul McShane headed Marlon King’s cross into the roof of the net.

A Jamie Carragher own goal then doubled Hull’s lead before Gerrard’s goals, both from six yards, levelled matters.

The Reds had the better of the second half, with a Sami Hyypia header hitting the post and Nabil El Zhar going close.
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Aston Villa 4-2 Bolton

Dec 14, 2008

Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young inspired Aston Villa to a victory which took them above Arsenal into fourth.

Bolton took the lead through Johan Elmander’s cute near-post backheel.

But Agbonlahor controlled a long ball before slotting in the equaliser and Villa went ahead when Kevin Davies headed into his own net.

Agbonlahor nodded in a brilliant Young cross and then set up his England team-mate for a deflected finish, before Davies headed a consolation for Bolton.

The hosts could even have had a fifth had referee Lee Probert spotted what looked an obvious penalty claim in the first half but that might have been too much for the Villa Park faithful, who had not seen a league goal since 9 November
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West Ham 0-2 Tottenham

Dec 9, 2008

Ledley King and Jamie O’Hara scored the goals which earned Tottenham victory in a hard-fought derby against West Ham.

Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko hit the post just before half-time but defender King met Aaron Lennon’s cross on 68 minutes to open the scoring.

West Ham almost levelled but Heurelho Gomes made a fine double stop from Lucas Neill and David Di Michele.

From that chance, Spurs broke and substitute O’Hara fired in a superb shot to seal the victory.

The victory, manager Harry Redknapp’s fourth consecutive success at Upton Park, saw Spurs replace the Hammers in 15th place in the Premier League table.

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Everton 2-3 Aston Villa

Dec 9, 2008

Ashley Young scored an injury-time winner to shatter Everton, who had equalised only seconds earlier.

Steve Sidwell smashed in from 20 yards in the first minute but Joleon Lescott prodded home a deserved equaliser.

Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and hit the bar with another before Phil Jagielka’s woeful backpass allowed Young to slot home.

Lescott scored with an acrobatic volley to bring Everton level again but Young snatched the points when he curled in.

It was a dramatic end to game that had started in equally thrilling fashion.

Villa went into the match on the back of two consecutive goalless draws in the league but it took only 31 seconds to ensure the run would not stretch to three games.
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West Brom 1-1 Portsmouth

Dec 9, 2008

West Brom remain bottom of the Premier League after Peter Crouch’s second-half equaliser earned Portsmouth a draw in an entertaining match at The Hawthorns.

Jonathan Greening gave West Brom a deserved lead when Chris Brunt’s free-kick ricocheted off the bar and the captain side-footed in from six yards.

Crouch then levelled matters with a stunning 25-yard strike.

In a pulsating second half, David James saved from Ishmael Miller while Glen Johnson shot wide from six yards.

In the final 10 minutes Scott Carson nearly gifted victory to Portsmouth when the West Brom goalkeeper palmed Johnson’s cross towards goal only to recover and scramble to scoop the ball away to safety.

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