LONDON - Brief reports of Premier League matches played over the weekend: Played on Sunday: CHELSEA 1 WEST HAM UNITED 1 Chelsea's home form let them down again as they missed the chance to go top. Craig Bellamy put battling West Ham ahead after 33 minutes but Nicolas Anelka levelled with his 14th league goal of the season early in the second half. PORTSMOUTH 0 NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 Newcastle claimed their first away league win of the season with three second-half goals after the teams had slugged out an even 45 minutes. Michael Owen dinked home the opener after 51 minutes, Obafemi Martins tucked in the second and Danny Guthrie swept in the third just before fulltime. Played on Saturday: ASTON VILLA 4 BOLTON WANDERERS 2 Villa moved back above Arsenal into the top four after coming from a goal behind to beat Bolton with Gabriel Agbonlahor scoring twice. In-form striker Johan Elmander gave the visitors an early lead but Agbonlahor fired Villa level after 25 minutes. Villa went in front five minutes before halftime when Bolton striker Kevin Davies got the final touch to a Gareth Barry cross. Agbonlahor headed in an Ashley Young cross after the break for his 10th goal of the season before Young also got on the scoresheet. Davies replied late for Bolton. LIVERPOOL 2 HULL CITY 2 Leaders Liverpool drew for the fourth time at home in the league as the Anfield jitters struck again. Hull, who had already beaten Arsenal away this season, were 2-0 up after 22 minutes thanks to Paul McShane's header and Jamie Carragher's own goal. Steven Gerrard then took the game by the scruff of the neck, pulling one back within two minutes of Carragher's error and then firing the equaliser after 33 minutes. Sami Hyypia hit the post for Liverpool after the break. MANCHESTER CITY 0 EVERTON 1 Tim Cahill's stoppage time winner for the visitors increased the pressure on City manager Mark Hughes, whose expensively-assembled side are now just two points above the relegation zone. City, who are expected to spend heavily in January, were booed off after Cahill's headed winner from a Leon Osman corner. MIDDLESBROUGH 1 ARSENAL 1 Arsenal squandered more points in the title race after former player Jeremie Aliadiere earned Boro a point with an equaliser at the Riverside. Emmanuel Adebayor headed Arsenal in front after 17 minutes when he was not picked up from a Cesc Fabregas corner. The lead lasted just 12 minutes as Aliadiere met a Tuncay cross with a powerful reaction header. STOKE CITY 0 FULHAM 0 Fulham are still without a win on the road in the league this season but would have settled for a point at Stoke who have been formidable at home this season. Richard Cresswell had the game's best chance, firing over the crossbar in the first half. SUNDERLAND 4 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 Bottom club West Brom were blown away at the Stadium of Light as managerless Sunderland registered a resounding victory. After an even start Kenwyne Jones scored twice in four minutes midway through the first half. The Trinidad & Tobago striker then played a part in the move that allowed Andy Reid to head a third shortly before halftime. Immediately after halftime Djibril Cisse's penalty following a handball by Roman Bednar made it 4-0 as Sunderland cruised to a first home league win since October. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 0 United failed to take advantage of Liverpool's home draw with Hull City as they produced a subdued performance. Tottenham had the best chances with Aaron Lennon and David Bentley forcing saves from Edwin van der Sar in the first half and Luka Modric and Bentley going close after the break. Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes made the save of the game in stoppage time when he clawed out a free kick from Ryan Giggs as it arrowed towards the top corner. WIGAN ATHLETIC 3 BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 Rovers manager Paul Ince was a picture of gloom as he watched his struggling side dismantled by Wigan for whom Antonio Valencia was sensational. Valencia teed up Emile Heskey to cheekily backheel Wigan's first goal then cracked home the second himself. Valencia continued to torment Rovers in the second half and his cross led to Lee Cattermole heading Wigan's third.
14 December 2008
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