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Newcastle 2-2 Stoke

Dec 7, 2008

A late Abdoulaye Faye equaliser ensured Stoke came from behind to secure a deserved point against Newcastle.

Newcastle took the lead when Michael Owen was put through by Jonas Gutierrez and the striker doubled the lead with a tap-in from an Obafemi Martins cross.

Stoke improved after the break and halved the deficit after Mamady Sidibe converted Ricardo Fuller’s square ball.

And in the 90th minute the visitors drew level when Faye tapped-in from a Glenn Whelan free-kick.

It was only Stoke’s third point away from home and although their search for a first Premier League win away from the Britannia Stadium continues, manager Tony Pulis can take heart from his side’s much-improved second-half display.
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Man Utd 1-0 Sunderland

Dec 7, 2008

Nemanja Vidic scored in injury time to hand Manchester United a victory against managerless Sunderland.

The Wearsiders looked set to earn a stunning point after a resolute defensive effort until defender Vidic tapped in after Michael Carrick had hit the post.

Sunderland keeper Marton Fulop was in inspired form and United missed a string of chances as they dominated throughout.

Dimitar Berbatov headed over and Anderson was denied by a last-ditch challenge before Vidic saved the day.

His goal came as United looked set to fall further behind their title rivals as they headed for a rare goalless draw at Old Trafford.
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Fulham 1-1 Man City

Dec 7, 2008

Jimmy Bullard’s fine strike saw Fulham come from behind and deny Manchester City a rare away victory.

Benjani nodded the visitors ahead when he outmuscled two Fulham defenders to head in Pablo Zabaleta’s teasing cross.

But Fulham levelled following a flowing move which culminated in Bullard smashing the ball past keeper Joe Hart.

Both sides had chances to win the game with Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora going close for Fulham and Zabaleta having a rasping shot tipped just wide.

A City winner would have been harsh on a Fulham side who undoubtedly had the bulk of possession and created the better chances.
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Bolton 0-2 Chelsea

Dec 7, 2008

Nicolas Anelka returned to haunt his former club with the opener as Chelsea returned to winning ways in impressive fashion at the Reebok Stadium.

The Frenchman put Chelsea ahead when he headed home Jose Bosingwa’s cross after nine minutes, and Deco wrapped up the points with a superb scissors-kick.

The Blues had chances for a third, but Bolton responded valiantly late on.

Gary Cahill wasted their best chance, though, as Chelsea set a new record of 11 straight top-flight away victories.

It surpassed the record set by Tottenham in 1960 and Chelsea will be encouraged by the omens as Spurs went on to win the league in the 1960-61 season.

And Luiz Felipe Scolari will know that if Chelsea can replicate their away form at Stamford Bridge they will be in with a shout come next May, for this was a fine win that keeps up the pressure on leaders Liverpool, who also won.
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Blackburn 1-3 Liverpool

Dec 7, 2008

Goals from Xabi Alonso, Yossi Benayoun and Steven Gerrard were enough to keep Liverpool top of the table and leave Blackburn without a league win in 10.

Stephen Warnock stopped Benayoun giving Liverpool the lead before Morten Gamst Pedersen fired against the crossbar.

After half-time Alonso sidefooted past Paul Robinson to open the scoring and Benayoun shot low to double the lead.

Roque Santa Cruz’s header gave Rovers hope but Gerrard found an empty net after poor defending from the hosts.

Blackburn manager Paul Ince is likely to come under increased pressure after his side slumped to their fifth successive league defeat.
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