Two Louis Saha goals and two John Terry mistakes allowed Everton to come from behind to defeat Chelsea 2-1 at Goodison Park on Wednesday. Florent Malouda gave the Blues an early lead but Saha scored once in the first half and again in the 75th minute to secure victory against the league leaders for the Toffees. The score could’ve been higher but Saha had a penalty saved just before half-time. Landon Donovan (pictured) played his best match at Everton recording an assist and playing extremely well up front in tandem with Saha. The three points don’t improve Everton’s standing but they do move within two points of eighth place Birmingham City. Chelsea were lucky to see Manchester United draw and remain just a point clear of their challengers for the top position.
Speaking of Manchester United, they did in fact draw 1-1 with Aston Villa at Villa Park. Ten-man United got their only goal from a James Collins own-goal just four minutes after Carlos Cuéllar’s opener for the home side. Nani was sent off for a reckless challenge but United were able to hold on just long enough to secure a point. That point moves them within one of leaders Chelsea, who as previously mentioned, stumbled on Merseyside. Villa’s point keeps them in play with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City for the fourth position, though the Villans remain in seventh.
Tottenham were unable to jump into fourth place because they lost disastrously to Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1-0 at Molineux. The home side scored the only goal from David Jones on 27 minutes, a score that surprisingly held. With their three points Wolves dart out of the relegation zone and into fifteenth place. Spurs remain in sixth, level on points with both Liverpool and Manchester City.
Abou Diaby’s powerful header gave Arsenal breathing room in third place and kept Liverpool wondering about their Champions League credentials. The 1-0 home victory at the Emirates was a huge boost for the Gunners who’d lost convincingly in their last two matches to Manchester United and Chelsea. In the second half the home side dominated possession and deserved their goal. Yet it was a Cesc Fàbregas hand-ball in the game’s waning seconds that will leave Liverpool feeling cheated, though their best chance of the game came on a blast from Ryan Babel that was tipped just over by Manuel Almunia. Arsenal move to within five points of second placed United and push their distance over Liverpool for third to six precious points.
West Ham United breathed a sigh of relief as Alessandro Diamanti and Carlton Cole scored goals in a 2-0 defeat of Birmingham City at Upton Park. The Hammers were in desperate need of points and their best offensive players provided the necessary lift against City. Three points pushes West Ham out of the relegation zone and up to fourteenth place where there is slightly more room to exhale. Birmingham were flat offensively and will rue the chance to get within three points of seventh place. Instead their five-point distance seems an eternity with Aston Villa playing better.
And in the worst game of the lot, Blackburn Rovers emerged with a 1-0 victory over Hull City thanks to a Boaz Myhill own-goal at Ewood Park. Neither team was particularly impressive but Myhill’s mistake on Martin Olsson’s cross in the 16th minute gave Rovers enough to earn three points. Blackburn move to eleventh place while Hull are left to sweat in seventeenth place, just a point clear of the drop zone.