Eight Barclays Premier League football matches took place on Saturday 12th February 2011, four of which ended in draws on yet another entertaining afternoon of football, which saw 19 goals scored.
Arsenal 2-0 Wolverhampton
Arsenal overcame Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium courtesy of a goal in either half from Robin van Persie (16, 56). The Gunners were deserved victors as they dominated this match throughout, restricting Wolves to a humble zero shots on target, and two wayward efforts over the duration.
Arsenal are now clear second in the league, four points behind Manchester United. Wolves finish the day bottom of the table.
Birmingham 1-0 Stoke
Birmingham took another three point step towards Premier League survival by picking up a late, late winner in their home game against Stoke City. Nikola Zigic once more provided the goal – on 90 + 3 minutes – which collected the points for the men in blue.
Birmingham move up to 14th, while Stoke slide to 9th.
Blackpool 1-1 Aston Villa
Blackpool and Aston Villa shared a point after a 1-1 scoreline in the North West. Agbonlahor scored for the visiting Villans after 10 minutes, but Grandin replied for the hosts just four minutes later. So the scoreline remained at the end of the match, espite both sides sharing a good number of chances in the remainder of the game.
Villa finish the day in 15th, one point ahead of Blackpool, who are 16th, with a game in hand. Both sides need a win soon to put space between them and the bottom three and avoid being pulled into a relegation battle.
Blackburn 0-0 Newcastle
Blackburn and Newcastle played out a rare 0-0 draw at Ewood Park, though Newcastle will be disappointed they didn’t return to the North East with all three points after the hosts failed to hit the target in the entire 90 minutes, while they have only Paul Robinson, in the Blackburn goal, to blame for their inability to score from a handful of chances, particularly in the second half.
Newcastle and Blackburn finish the day as they began – level on points – in tenth and eleventh places respectively.
Liverpool 1-1 Wigan
Liverpool’s recent progress up the table looked to be continuing when the in-form Meireles scored on 24 minutes in front of the Anfield faithful, however, Wigan are currently fighting for their lives in third-bottom in the league, and grabbed a vital away point courtesy of a 65th minute goal from Gohouri. Liverpool, having had the better of the chances, and retaining more possession than Wigan, will be a little disappointed not to have picked up another three points, however.
Liverpool finish the day sixth in the table, while Wigan remain in the danger zone, in 18th, they are level on points with West Brom one place above.
Man Utd 2-1 Man City
It took something special to separate Man Utd and Man City at Old Trafford in the day’s early kick-off and that special moment came in the form of a wonderful Wayne Rooney overhead volleyed winner on 78 minutes. Rooney was supplied by Nani who had opened the scoring for the hosts on 41 minutes in yet another impressive display.
Prior to Rooney’s wonder-strike, City had looked to have earned themselves a point courtesy of their 65th minute goal from Silva, particularly given the fact that they had edged the shot count, though United – very narrowly – had the lion’s share of possession: this looked to be a fair draw until Rooney provided a touch of class with a goal he described as his “best ever” after the final whistle.
Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham
Tottenham took advantage of City’s misfortune and Chelsea not playing to make a dent on the league table with a hard fought and arguably against-the-run-of-play victory away at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.
Sunderland opened the scoring through Gyan on 11 minutes: the player taking advantage of William Gallas having to go off the field to change his boots, before Michael Dawson equalised for the visitors with a powerful header from a corner on 44 minutes, just before half time. Spurs wrapped up the three points via a 57th minute Kranjcar strike to maintain their push for a Champions League place.
Tottenham leapfrog Chelsea in the league, into fourth, and are just two points behind Manchester City, with a game in hand. Sunderland are now 7th in the table.
West Brom 3-3 West Ham
The new arrival of Roy Hodgson to the Hawthorns brought even more interest to this relegation battle between West Brom and West Ham, and the manager must have thought his men had done enough to get three vital home points when they went 3-0 up in 32 minutes, via goals from Dorrans (3), Thomas (8) and a Reid own goal on 32 minutes.
However, West Ham performed a remarkable turnaround in the second half as a brace from Ba (50, 83) either side of a Carlton Cole (58) strike saw them return home with a share of the points.
West Brom are now only out of the relegation zone by goal difference: they sit 17th. West Ham are two points below in 19th, still in touching distance from safety.
Barclays Premier League Results – Saturday 12th February 2011
- Arsenal 2-0 Wolverhampton
- Birmingham 1-0 Stoke
- Blackburn 0-0 Newcastle
- Blackpool 1-1 Aston Villa
- Liverpool 1-1 Wigan
- Man Utd 2-1 Man City
- Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham
- West Brom 3-3 West Ham