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Premiership Wrap 11th March 2010

last updated Thursday 11th March 2010, 11:34 AM
Fulham did not play in the Premiership over the weekend with their next game being the away trip to Man Utd on the coming Sunday.

The Cottagers maintained their 10th place but 9th placed Everton and 8th placed Birmingham increased their lead.

At the top of the table Man Utd took advantage of Chelsea not playing by beating Wolves and going top. Arsenal beat Burnley and are now 3rd with the same points as Chelsea although having played an extra game.

At the bottom Portsmouth are gone with upto 6 or 7 other teams still fighting to avoid the dreaded trap door.

Premiership table
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Man Utd 29 12 1 1 39 8 8 2 5 28 16 43 63
2 Chelsea 28 12 1 1 41 12 7 3 4 24 14 39 61
3 Arsenal 29 12 1 2 41 15 7 3 4 28 17 37 61
4 Tottenham 28 9 2 3 30 9 5 5 4 20 18 23 49
5 Man City 27 9 4 0 30 14 4 6 4 22 21 17 49
6 Liverpool 29 10 2 2 33 12 4 4 7 12 17 16 48
7 Aston Villa 26 7 5 2 23 10 5 4 3 14 11 16 45
8 Birmingham 28 7 5 2 13 8 5 2 7 15 21 -1 43
9 Everton 28 8 5 2 28 18 3 3 7 16 22 4 41
10 Fulham 28 9 2 3 21 9 1 6 7 11 20 3 38
11 Stoke 28 6 4 4 20 17 2 7 5 8 16 -5 35
12 Blackburn 28 8 4 2 21 12 1 3 10 9 33 -15 34
13 Sunderland 28 6 6 2 23 14 1 3 10 13 30 -8 30
14 Bolton 29 4 5 5 18 23 3 3 9 14 31 -22 29
15 Wigan 28 4 5 5 12 18 3 2 9 15 35 -26 28
16 West Ham 28 5 4 5 24 22 1 5 8 12 23 -9 27
17 Wolves 28 4 3 8 10 20 2 3 8 11 26 -25 24
18 Burnley 29 6 5 3 19 15 0 1 14 11 46 -31 24
19 Hull 28 5 5 3 18 20 0 4 11 8 39 -33 24
20 Portsmouth 28 3 2 9 17 22 2 2 10 7 25 -23 19
Wednesday
Burnley missed the chance to move out of the Premier League drop zone as they drew 1-1 with Stoke City at Turf Moor.

The Clarets, though, battled hard as they had to come from behind to claim a point.

Stoke went ahead midway through the first half when Tuncay Sanli headed home after an archetypal Rory Delap throw, deep into the box, was not dealt with.

But Brian Laws' men were level not long into the the second half when David Nugent rose to head home a Martin Paterson cross.

The point means Burnley remain in the bottom three, but they have moved above Hull City and only goal difference is keeping Wolves above them. Stoke remain in 11th.

Tuesday
Darren Bent served up a priceless hat-trick as Sunderland finally ended their wait for a Premier League victory at the 15th attempt with a 4-0 drubbing of Bolton.

Fraizer Campbell had got the home side off to a dream start, scoring after just 41 seconds, but it was Bent who completed the job as the Black Cats dragged themselves six points clear of the drop zone into 13th place.

He took his tally for the season to 17 with a calm 64th-minute finish from Lee Cattermole's pass, converted a penalty 10 minutes later after being fouled by Bolton defender Sam Ricketts, who was sent off for his second bookable offence, and added a third two minutes from time.

Birmingham gained revenge for their weekend FA Cup exit against Portsmouth after sending the league's bottom club closer to relegation with a 2-1 triumph at Fratton Park.

Premiership results
Wednesday 10/03/2010
Burnley 1-1 Stoke
Tuesday 09/03/2010
Portsmouth 1-2 Birmingham
Sunderland 4-0 Bolton
Monday 08/03/2010
Wigan 1-0 Liverpool
Sunday 07/03/2010
Everton 5-1 Hull
Saturday 06/03/2010
Arsenal 3-1 Burnley
West Ham 1-2 Bolton
Wolves 0-1 Man Utd
Despite going down 2-0 on the South Coast on Saturday, two goals from Cameron Jerome gave them the three points.

Substitute Kanu pulled one back in the dying minutes but with Pompey already five points from safety and facing a likely nine-point deduction, this proved of little consolation in their uphill battle for survival.

Monday
Wigan picked up their first win in nine to beat Liverpool 1-0 and dent their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish.

The Reds were lacklustre throughout and did not test Latics goalkeeper Chris Kirkland at all at the DW Stadium, and they were punished by a strike from Hugo Rodallega in the first-half.

Dirk Kuyt gave the ball away in a terrible position near his own 18-yard box, and Emmerson Boyce delivered a pinpoint cross with the outside of his boot for Rodallega to poke home with 35 minutes gone.

It was richly deserved for Wigan, who played well on their re-laid pitch, and they were rarely troubled after the break.

Sunday
Everton continued their march up the Premier League with a comprehensive 5-1 demolition of Hull City at Goodison Park.

Mikel Arteta struck twice in the first half and played a part in the third - a Richard Garcia own goal - before Landon Donovan and Jack Rodwell sealed a sixth successive home league victory for the Toffees in the second period.

Up-coming Premiership games
Saturday 13/03/2010
Birmingham Everton
Bolton Wigan
Burnley Wolves
Chelsea West Ham
Hull Arsenal
Stoke Aston Villa
Tottenham Blackburn
Sunday 14/03/2010
Man Utd Fulham
Sunderland Man City
Monday 15/03/2010
Liverpool Portsmouth
Tuesday 16/03/2010
Wigan Aston Villa
The victory is Everton's biggest so far this season and means Hull have now conceded 11 goals on their two league trips to Merseyside, having lost 6-1 to Liverpool earlier in the campaign.

Young midfielder Tom Cairney had equalised for the Tigers with a brilliant volley just three minutes after Yakubu had a 29th minute penalty saved by Boaz Myhill.

The win powers David Moyes' men above Fulham and Birmingham into eighth-place in the Premier League, just five points behind a potential European place.

Saturday
Paul Scholes' 100th Premier League goal sent Manchester United back to the top of the table as they beat Wolves 1-0.

The Red Devils laboured badly at times without injured talisman Wayne Rooney, who Sir Alex Ferguson rates as "a big doubt" for Wednesday's Champions League return with AC Milan.

And they were hugely relieved when Sam Vokes blazed a clear opportunity over in stoppage time.

The victory took United two points clear of Chelsea at the top, though the Blues have a game in hand.

Earlier, Arsenal moved level on points with the Blues after a 3-1 victory over battling Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger's side took the lead in the 34th minute through Cesc Fabregas but Burnley levelled in the 50th minute when David Nugent pounced to make the most of some hesitancy in the home defence.

Arsenal grabbed a second 10 minutes later when England winger Theo Walcott took a pass from Nicklas Bendtner to put the Gunners ahead. Andrey Arshavin completed the scoring in added time to leave Burnley rooted just one place off the bottom.

In the afternoon's only other game, Bolton leapfrogged West Ham with a fine 2-1 success over their struggling rivals at Upton Park.

Bolton had not won on the road since last September but Owen Coyle's side were two ahead inside the first 16 minutes when goals from Kevin Davies and Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere stunned the home side.

West Ham tried to fightback but Alessandro Diamanti's 84th-minute strike was too little too late for Gianfranco Zola's side.







































































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