Bolton Wanderers reached fifth place in the Premier League with a 3-2 win away to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. An own-goal and goals from Johan Elmander (pictured) and Stuart Holden put the Trotters 3-0 up before Wolves grabbed two late goals to make it close at the end. Bolton are just three points below the Champions League positions and clear of Tottenham by goal differential. Wolves, meanwhile, are still in the drop zone on just nine points.
Manchester City remain in the top four but only just after their uninspiring nil-nil draw with Birmingham City at Eastlands. Brum move out of the relegation zone with their point but it is a very disappointing result for City, particularly at home.
Newcastle United also played to a disappointing nil-nil draw at home, theirs coming against Fulham at St. James’ Park. After their big win at Arsenal last weekend Toon have lost to Blackburn and drawn Fulham. The point takes the Cottagers slightly above the drop zone while reducing the Magpies’ position to seventh.
A Gareth Bale brace and goals from Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko saw Tottenham Hotspur easily past Blackburn Rovers at White Hart Lane, 4-2. The score was 4-0 before Ryan Nelsen and Gaël Givet got goals in the final ten minutes to make the score slightly more respectable. Spurs move back up to sixth with their three home points while Rovers remain in fifteenth place, two points above the drop zone.
Despite taking more shots between them than any other game this season in the Premier League, West Ham United and Blackpool played to a nil-nil draw at the Boleyn Ground. The last place Hammers simply cannot seem to win a game, despite legitimate effort. The Seasiders are in fourteenth place and will rue the chance to pick up three away points against a struggling West Ham side.
And a 70th minute goal from young Victor Moses got Wigan Athletic a big win against West Bromwich Albion at the DW Stadium. The Latics move out of the relegation zone and into sixteenth place with the full three points at home. The Baggies are in eleventh place, having struggled to find results in the past few weeks after such a promising start.