Round up

Premier League – Ferguson targets dozen


Alex Ferguson is already setting his sights on a 12th Premier League crown after Manchester United captured their 18th league title when they secured the point they needed in a nervy 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal.

FOOTBALL Manchester United sir Alex Ferguson - 0

It was a cautious display by United and they endured some anxious moments late on before the final whistle sealed a hat-trick of titles and moved them alongside Liverpool as England’s most decorated club. “That was the longest 90 minutes in history,” said Ferguson, who has won 11 league titles in 22 years at the club. “It will be even more special when we get in front of them (Liverpool). We are a young team and next season we’ll go for it again. This is a great side, a great squad, I could have picked two teams today,” he told Sky Sports. Liverpool could finish second with 86 points, the highest total not to win the Premier League, and Ferguson said Rafael Benitez’s side had been tough to keep at bay. “They beat us 4-1 at home, which was a travesty of a result, but they got great impetus from that. That gave them the scent and they took the scent and credit to them because they’ve battled all the way.”

Premier League – Keane spot on to see off City

A late penalty from Robbie Keane gave Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 win over Manchester City at White Hart Lane.
FOOTBALL Manchester City's Nigel De Jong and Tottenham Hotspur's Roman Pavlyuchenko battle for the ball Premier League 2009 - 0

Jermain Defoe put the hosts ahead on the half-hour mark, only for substitute Valeri Bojinov to hit back for City with a fine goal on 63 minutes. With the clock ticking down, the game seemed destined to end level, though referee Mark Halsey blew for a penalty after Fraizer Campbell went down under Micah Richards’ challenge on 84 minutes, and Keane coolly stroked home the penalty. Fulham’s win at Newcastle United means that Spurs remain in 8th position, behind their London rivals, with the battle for the final Europa League place going down to the final day of the season.

Boro slip closer to the drop

Middlesbrough 1-1 mist the chance to climb out of the bottom three today at the Riverside Stadium.


Middlesbrough’s survival hopes suffered a critical blow after Gareth Southgate’s side were held 1-1 by Aston Villa at the Riverside. Tuncay had given Boro hope with a spectacular overhead kick but John Carew’s equaliser destroyed the home side’s victory hopes. Boro’s talisman Tuncay landed a headed on the roof of the net late on but that was as close as the home side got in the dying minutes.

Premier League – Hull move out of drop zone

Hull City moved out of the relegation zone after picking up a valuable point at the Reebok Stadium thanks to a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers.

FOOTBALL Hull City's Craig Fagan (left) celebrates after he scores his sides equalsing goal against Bolton Premier League 2009 - 0
However, they were denied all three points by Jussi Jaaskelainen as the Bolton keeper made two class saves in the final ten minutes. Gretar Steinsson gave Bolton the lead mid-way through the first half but Chris Fagan levelled matters just after the break. The visitors then had their chances to pick up only their second win in 21 games but they could not find a way past Jaaskelainen.

Premier League – Saha takes Everton fifth

Louis Saha struck twice as Everton came from behind to beat West Ham United 3-1 in the Premier League at Goodison Park.

FOOTBALL Everton's Joseph Yobo celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the match with teammates Premier League 2009 - 0

The visitors took the lead midway through the first-half thanks to an absolute screamer from Radoslav Kovac, but the game was turned on its head eight minutes before the break when West Ham defender James Tomkins was sent-off for a foul on Tim Cahill inside the Hammers penalty area. Saha converted the resulting spot-kick, and despite a spirited effort from West Ham’s ten men in the second half, a goal from Joseph Yobo and another from Saha sealed Everton three points which moves them up to fifth in the Premier League.

Premier League – Newcastle back in bottom three

Newcastle United dropped back into the Premier League relegation zone after losing 1-0 to Fulham at St James’ Park.

FOOTBALL Newcastle United's Steven Taylor stands dejected as Fulham's Diomansy Kamara celebrates his goal with team mates Premier League 2009 - 0

Upon taking the job as temporary manager, Alan Shearer earmarked Newcastle’s final three home games as must-wins if they were to escape from the drop, but Diomansy Kamara’s first-half winner means the Magpies travel to Aston Villa on the final day with their fate now out of their own hands.

Premier League – Stoke leapfrog Wigan

Stoke City leapfrogged Wigan in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory in an entertaining clash at the Britannia Stadium.

FOOTBALL Stoke City fans - 0

Two strikes in the space of seven second half minutes proved enough to beat a valiant Latics outfit, who have now taken just one point from a possible 21. Ricardo Fuller broke the deadlock after 69 minutes when he fired the ball past Wigan keeper Richard Kingson after the visitors failed to clear their lines, with Fuller taking advantage of the slack defending. James Beattie added what proved to be the decisive goal on 76 minutes with a close range header from a Matthew Etherington cross. Fans of both sides had donned fancy dress for the occasion, but Wigan almost spoiled the Stoke party when debutant Cho Won-Hee had the most significant effort of the opening period.

~ by awbroady on May 16, 2009.

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