Brief reports of Premier League matches played on Saturday: ASTON VILLA 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 0 Aston Villa managed a home point against United for the first time since 2001 as they moved into the top four. Wayne Rooney missed the best chance of the game in the second half, blazing a bouncing ball over the crossbar after a clever pass from Michael Carrick put him clear. Villa posed plenty of threat and could have had a penalty when Gabriel Agbonlahor seemed to be pulled down by Nemanja Vidic. CHELSEA 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 Chelsea's home record contrasts sharply to their 100 percent away form after another disappointing day at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have now dropped nine points at home after Newcastle battled grimly for their draw. Joe Cole had a goal disallowed for Chelsea on his return from injury while Shay Given made a great save to keep out Frank Lampard. LIVERPOOL 0 FULHAM 0 Liverpool huffed and puffed against a bright Fulham side who are now four matches unbeaten. The visitors were the better side before the break and twice keeper Pepe Reina had to come to Liverpool's rescue to keep out efforts from Jimmy Bullard and Andy Johnson. Liverpool were better in the second half with Fernando Torres their main attacking threat. The Spaniard produced one fine save from Mark Schwarzer while Dirk Kuyt should have done better late on when he blazed a chance wide. MANCHESTER CITY 3 ARSENAL 0 Arsenal capitulated in meek fashion as they lost for the fifth time in the league this season. Manuel Almunia took over as captain after William Gallas was dropped. The Gunners badly missed the injured Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor and the suspended Cesc Fabregas and barely threatened for the entire 90 minutes. A mistake in first-half stoppage-time let in Stephen Ireland to put City ahead. Robinho scored a superb second and Daniel Sturridge completed Arsenal's misery with a late penalty. MIDDLEBROUGH 1 BOLTON WANDERERS 3 Bolton flew into a two-goal lead with only 10 minutes on the clock. Gretar Steinsson headed Bolton in front and Matt Taylor produced a tidy finish for the second. Boro's Emanuel Pogatetz pulled one back after the break but any hope of a revival were scuppered almost immediately as Johan Elmander crashed in a third for the visitors. It was Boro's first defeat in six league games. PORTSMOUTH 2 HULL CITY 2 Hull have now gone five matches without a league win but are still riding high after twice coming from behind to snatch a point at Fratton Park. The visitors were run ragged early on and Pompey took a deserved lead when Peter Crouch headed in after 20 minutes. Hull replied with a header after the break from Michael Turner but Portsmouth took the lead again with a tremendous volley from Glen Johnson. Noe Pamarot's headed own goal one minute from time earned Hull a point. STOKE CITY 1 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 Stoke's impressive home form continued with a fifth victory from seven matches at the Britannia Stadium. The home side suffered an early setback when striker Dave Kitson was carried off on a stretcher. However, they were rewarded for their persistence when Mamady Sidibe headed a late winner to keep West Brom bottom of the table.
22 November 2008
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