LONDON - Brief reports of Premier League matches played on Saturday: ARSENAL 0 FULHAM 0 Arsenal were jeered off the pitch after a fourth successive 0-0 league draw left them struggling to get back into the top four. Robin van Persie had a point-blank header saved by Mark Schwarzer but a confident Fulham had their share of the game and Andy Johnson could and should have converted at least one of four decent opportunities. CHELSEA 2 WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 Frank Lampard was the Chelsea hero again as he seized on a Michael Ballack header to nod the winner in injury time. John Terry's deflected volley has put the home side ahead midway through the first half but Wigan were always in the game and thought they had done enough for a point when Olivier Kapo levelled after 82 minutes. EVERTON 2 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 Two pieces of clinical finishing, helped by poor defending, made the difference as bottom club West Brom played plenty of football, had one effort cleared off the line and also hit the bar but lost again. Tim Cahill, not for the first time in recent weeks, was left unmarked at a free kick to head a sluggish Everton into the lead after 36 minutes and substitute Louis Saha added a superb second with a clever spin on the edge of the box followed by a fierce low shot 20 minutes from time. MIDDLESBROUGH 2 LIVERPOOL 0 Boro's first win in 15 league games and Liverpool's second league defeat of the season was a huge result for both teams. A Xabi Alonso own goal put Boro ahead after 32 minutes and a confident finish by Tuncay following good work by Jeremie Aliadiere made it 2-0 in the 64th. Liverpool, who beat Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, missed two great chances through Nabil El Zhar while Dirk Kuyt also missed a fine opportunity late on and Steven Gerrard limped off 15 minutes from time.
28 February 2009
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