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Diouf delivers Rovers a point

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Former Black Cat El-Hadji Diouf clambered off the bench to salvage a 2-2 draw for Blackburn at Ewood Park - but the home side were a fingertip away from claiming all three points.Darren Bent's second half double looked likely to earn Steve Bruce's men a rare win but Rovers clawed back first through Morten Gamst Pedersen then Diouf.Then in a grandstand finish which bore little resemblance to the...Full Story »

Honours even after dour Lancashire derby

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Wigan and Blackburn cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium which did nothing to improve either side's fortunes.Benni McCarthy's first Barclays Premier League goal of the season put the visitors ahead in the 30th minute only for Hugo Rodallega's 53rd-minute header to level things up.Wigan have now won just one of the last eight league matches, with Blackburn enjoying victory on...Full Story »

Hammers sink Pompey strugglers

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Alessandro Diamanti scored his third goal in as many games to maintain West Ham's hopes of survival and keep Portsmouth rooted to the foot of the Barclays Premier League.The Italian forward struck from the penalty spot at Upton Park midway through the first half of a match short on quality, clear-cut opportunities or reasons to suggest either team deserves to be higher in the table. Radoslav Ko...Full Story »

Toffees rally to nick a point

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Marouane Fellaini struck late on to deny Sunderland victory as Everton claimed a fourth successive Barclays Premier League draw.The midfielder blasted home an 85th-minute equaliser to deny the Black Cats what would have been only their second league win in 10 attempts since they beat Liverpool on Wearside on October 17.Steve Bruce's men looked to be on their way when Darren Bent headed home his...Full Story »

Tevez gets Mancini off to a flier

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Roberto Mancini made a winning start to life as Manchester City manager as the Blues put a turbulent few days behind them by beating Stoke.Martin Petrov and Carlos Tevez supplied the first-half goals that marked Mancini's coronation.Yet the Italian would also have been aware it took two brilliant Shay Given saves, the first to deny Tuncay when the sides were still deadlocked, and another to tur...Full Story »

Reds scrape Wolves win

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Liverpool scrambled their way to a much-needed 2-0 win against Wolves as the pressure lifted from the Anfield club.But it was never going to be simple against an organised Wanderers side, with the points only being secured after the Midlanders were reduced to 10 men when defender Stephen Ward was sent-off.Even that was a bizarre decision, with referee Andre Marriner at first getting the wrong m...Full Story »

Honours even as Spurs hold Cottagers

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Tottenham escaped Craven Cottage with a 0-0 draw after Fulham failed to capitalise on their superiority in their Barclays Premier League clash.Spurs had Heurelho Gomes to thank for keeping them in contention with the Brazilian keeper making a string of fine saves.In the second half alone he kept out goalbound efforts from Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora, while Damien Duff and Zoltan Gera also we...Full Story »

Nugent earns Clarets point

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

David Nugent gave a timely reminder of his scoring ability at Turf Moor as he secured a point for Burnley as their Premier League clash with Bolton ended 1-1.The striker's loan deal from Portsmouth is up shortly and he has struggled to hold down a place in the Clarets' starting XI.However, he was recalled against Bolton and took his chance by finding the target in the 56th minute.It was only Nu...Full Story »

Battling Blues get the point

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea had to be content with a Boxing Day point at in-form Birmingham.While Chelsea enjoyed the better chances, it was Birmingham who had the ball in the net at St Andrew's, Christian Benitez poking it over the line and apparently being played onside by an injured Didier Drogba only to see the flag raised against him.The visitors, defending a four-point lead ov...Full Story »

Reds slide to Pompey defeat

Posted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by PA

Javier Mascherano was sent off as Liverpool suffered a disastrous 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth.Pompey's victory, with the goals coming from Nadir Belhadj and Frederic Piquionne, will ignite hope of survival in the Barclays Premier League.However, Liverpool chances of finishing in the top four are uncertain - they missed a chance to record back-to-back league wins for the first time since September....Full Story »

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