Six Barclays Premier League matches took place on the evening of Wednesday 2nd February 2011, as twelve teams played their first match since the transfer window closed on Monday.
Birmingham 2-2 Man City
Manchester City lost ground on those teams around them in the league as they were held to a 2-2 draw away at Brimingham’s St Andrews.
Tevez (4) put Man City in front, before Zigic equalised for the hosts. Kolarov (41) put the Manchester side in front once more just before half time, but a 77th minute penalty from Gardner ensured that the points were shared, and deservedly so, for Birmingham had 50% of the possession, and worked plenty of opportunities in this match.
The result sees Birmingham edge out of the relegation zone – on goal difference. Though Man City remain third in the league, they lose ground on Man Utd and Arsenal, and only remain a point ahead of Chelsea, who are fourth with a game in hand.
Blackburn 0-1 Tottenham
Spurs kept their forward momentum going with a hard-fought 1-0 victory away at Blackburn’s Ewood Park.
Peter Crouch‘s early header on three minutes settled the visiting team’s nerves, and allowed Tottenham to retain the bulk of the possession, however, it was Blackburn who has more opportunities in front of goal, finding Gomes, once more, in fine form in the Tottenham net.
Tottenham stay fourth, and Blackburn ninth, though Spurs are within just three points of the Champions League positions once again.
Blackpool 1-3 West Ham
West Ham lifted themselves off the foot of the table with a good 3-1 win away at high-flying Blackpool.
A goald from Obinna on 24 minutes was added to be a debut goal from Robbie Keane on 37 before Charlie Adam (42) replied for the hosts. Just before half time, West Ham restored their two goal advantage through Obinna‘s second on 44 minutes. The scoreline remained the same throughout the second half giving West Ham a vital three points.
The Hammers rise to 18th – still in the danger zone courtesy of Birmingham’s point against Man City, with whom they are level on points.
Bolton 1-0 Wolverhampton
Wolves slid to bottom of the table as a result of their 1-0 defeat away at Bolton.
However, in this battle of Premier League Wanderers, Bolton left it agonisingly late to take the three points: debutant loan signing from Chelsea, Daniel Sturridge, provided the winner for the hosts on 90+2 minutes.
The win puts Bolton up to eighth in the league, while Wolves are now 20th of 20, three points from safety.
Fulham 1-0 Newcastle
Fulham moved further away from danger with a 1-0 win over Newcastle United after a solid home performance.
Damien Duff, who used to be a Newcastle player, provided the winner on 67 minutes for Fulham in a close match, which saw Fulham the more incisive of two sides who shared possession evenly. Where Fulham proved superior was in the final third, where they worked far more shots on target (Fulham had 9 to Newcastle’s 3). Steve Harper, in the Newcastle goal, was their best player in a match that Fulham could otherwise have won more comfortably.
Fulham rise to 12th in the league, just one point behind Newcastle, who are 10th.
Liverpool 2-0 Stoke
Liverpool had a new look to their side, following their high profile transfer of Fernando Torres to Chelsea, though they will be delighted that one of his replacements scored en route to their 2-0 home win over Stoke City.
The in-form Meireles opened the scoring for Liverpool on 47 minutes before Suarez got a debut goal which added a bit of breathing room on 79. Liverpool are now seventh in the league, just two points behind Sunderland, who sit sixth. A UEFA place of some kind would appear to be well and truly back on the cards.
Stoke are 11th and will be hoping for a better return in this weekend’s home match with Sunderland to keep their season from deteriorating into a relegation scrap.
Barclays Premier League Results – Wednesday 2nd February 2011
- Birmingham 2-2 Man City
- Blackburn 0-1 Tottenham
- Blackpool 1-3 West Ham
- Bolton 1-0 Wolverhampton
- Fulham 1-0 Newcastle
- Liverpool 2-0 Stoke