An extra-time goal by Nicklas Bendtner (pictured) stole a 1-0 win for Arsenal over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates. The Gunners are very short-handed with injuries right now but absolutely had to defeat Wolves to have any chance at all of winning the title. More than ninety minutes passed without a goal for either side before Bendtner finally saved Arsenal and pushed the home side to within a single point of second place Manchester United with everyone finally on equal games. Wolves could not have moved out of fourteenth place, regardless of the outcome, but the visitors will surely rue the missed opportunity in sharing points at a big club like Arsenal.
Aston Villa continued their climb toward Europe with a 1-0 away victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok. Ashley Young put in the game’s only goal on eleven minutes to send the Villans up to even points with sixth place Liverpool. Villa are also five points clear of Everton for seventh place making their position fairly safe at the moment. Bolton remain five points clear of the drop zone but could really have used even one point from a home match today.
Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers drew nil-nil at Fratton Park on a dreary day on the South Coast. Pompey are assured of relegation so a single point doesn’t do much to change their situation. Blackburn are in good shape, though they did drop from tenth to eleventh after Stoke City won.
Speaking of Stoke City, they took all three points from a home match with Hull City, winning 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium. Ricardo Fuller gave the Potters the lead in the first ten minutes and Liam Lawrence scored the second in extra-time to complete the win. With those three points Stoke return to the top ten as previously mentioned. Hull completely missed a chance to escape the relegation zone and remain equal on points with West Ham but with a lesser goal differential. The Tigers remain in eighteenth place with just six games to go.
And in the northeast, Darren Bent scored twice and Bolo Zenden added a third late to send Sunderland to a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light. Bent could’ve sealed the game far earlier than Zenden did but his two missed penalties kept Spurs in the game. Peter Crouch’s goal in the 72nd minute brought Spurs within one but Zenden polished things off in the 86th minute to gain full points for the Black Cats. Sunderland remain in thirteenth place but move to nine points clear of the drop zone. Spurs will drop out of fourth place after failing to pick up any points because Manchester City are in the process of destroying Burnley.