Brief reports of Premier League matches played on Saturday: ASTON VILLA 0 FULHAM 0 Villa missed the chance to reach third place in the table although Fulham are proving tough to beat of late. Ashley Young was Villa's most impressive player, setting up chances for Steve Sidwell and Gareth Barry but they both went to waste. Fulham barely had a shot on target. MIDDLESBROUGH 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 Joe Kinnear celebrated the signing of a contract that will keep him as Newcastle boss until the end of a season by watching his lowly side claim an important point. Obafemi Martins struck the bar with a first-half shot for Newcastle but there was little else for the visiting fans to get excited about. Boro's best effort came from Afonso Alves. STOKE CITY 1 HULL CITY 1 Hull's solid away form continued although they should have taken all three points from a disappointing game. Marlon King put Hull in front just before halftime but Stoke replied when visiting goalkeeper Boaz Myhill was adjudged to have tripped Ricardo Fuller in the area and Fuller got up to dispatch the spot kick in the 73rd minute. SUNDERLAND 1 BOLTON WANDERERS 4 Sunderland lost a third consecutive home league game as their confidence drained away against Bolton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light. Djibril Cisse gave the home side an early lead but manager Roy Keane's 100th game in charge turned into a nightmare. Matthew Taylor headed the equaliser soon after and Gary Cahill's shot put the visitors ahead. Bolton's record signing Johan Elmander seized on a mistake before halftime to make it 3-1 and struck early in the second to kill off Sunderland. WIGAN ATHLETIC 2 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 An improved display from bottom club West Bromwich Albion came to nothing as Emmerson Boyce headed a late Wigan winner. West Brom took a deserved lead just after halftime when Ishmael Miller punished a Titus Bramble error but Henri Camara levelled for Wigan just past the hour. West Brom have now lost five of their last six league games.
29 November 2008
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