It was this kind of a day for most of the Premiership
Second tier clubs were unable to make up ground on the leaders of the English Premier League, and were in fact unable to score at all.
Starting at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal put forth a sorry home effort against West Ham United, drawing nil-nil. The result is pretty nice for the Hammers who currently sit in eighth place. One does not pick up an away point at the Emirates very often. Arsenal, meanwhile, should be happy to get anything out of today’s match. They’re lucky that Aston Villa drew above them.
Next we go to Villa Park where Aston Villa were equally inept on a day where they could have put a huge distance between themselves and the Gunners below them. Instead, a nil-nil draw with seventh place Wigan was the result. Again, not bad for Wigan emerging from a tough away match with a point, though they’re still quite a ways behind Arsenal for the final European qualification spot. Villa equal Chelsea and Liverpool on points but trail in differential so retain fourth. Chelsea and Liverpool play each other tomorrow.
A third match today ended without anyone scoring, Blackburn and Middlesbrough at the Riverside. Both clubs are in the relegation zone and even with their shared points, do not budge from eighteenth and nineteenth respectively.
On to a match where both clubs bothered to score. Bolton held off Tottenham on Kevin Davies’ second goal in the 87th minute, 3-2. Darren Bent went for a double within a three-minute span (72nd, 74th) to even the match on two goals each. The victory sends Wanderers up to twelfth place while Spurs slink back to fourteenth, another good opportunity missed.
The Britannia Stadium saw a red card and a single goal from the home side in Stoke City‘s 1-0 victory over hapless Man City. City, who cannot win away at all, gave up a short-handed goal after Rory Delap was sent off for Stoke in the 37th minute. James Beattie scored just before half for Stoke and the score held. Stoke jump out of the relegation zone but still have just 24 points. City meanwhile, continue their up-and-down season, this time ending up in tenth place.
Hull City and West Bromich Albion also completed a match without a winner today, a 2-2 draw at the KC Stadium. Hull had a 2-1 lead but Chris Brunt’s 73rd minute penalty for Albion evened the score on two. West Brom remain DFL even with the point after Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Stoke all earned points today as well. Hull continue to fall and are now in eleventh place.
Finally, Erik Nevland had a second half brace and Fulham took a 3-0 lead before winning 3-1 over sorry Portsmouth. Ever since the departure of Harry Redknapp (for the not really greener pastures of Tottenham), Pompey have been downright awful as evidenced again by their terrible performance today. David Nugent did score in the 84th minute to avoid the clean sheet but Pompey fall down to fifteenth place with this result. Fulham get back on track with the three home points and claim today’s ninth position.
Manchester United and Everton are kicking off in a matter of minutes and the big Chelsea-Liverpool match will be tomorrow, as well as the woeful Sunderland-Newcastle battle.