Dimitar Berbatov (pictured) scored five goals as Manchester United destroyed Blackburn Rovers 7-1 at Old Trafford. Ji-Sung Park and Nani scored the other two for United as they jump back past Arsenal to top the Premier League table. Only a Christopher Samba goal prevented the clean sheet as Rovers capitulated early and often. Rovers drop to thirteenth place and are only four points clear of the relegation zone.
At Goodison Park West Bromwich Albion continued what has been a terrible season for Everton with a 4-1 away victory. Paul Scharner, Chris Brunt, Somen Tchoyi and Youssouf Mulumbu scored for the Baggies while Tim Cahill scored the lone goal for the Toffees. Both sides had players sent off, Mikel Arteta for Everton and Mulumbu for West Brom. Everton sink to sixteenth place while West Brom break a poor run and move back up to eleventh.
West Ham United finally got a win in a 3-1 home victory against Wigan Athletic at the Boleyn Ground. Valon Behrami, Victor Obinna and Scott Parker scored for the home side with Tom Cleverley providing the only resistance on the score sheet for the Latics. The win is only the second of the season for the Hammers but coming against another club in the drop zone, it is a vitally important one. With Wolves winning, West Ham do not improve their position on the table but do pick up three points on eighteenth place Wigan.
Speaking of Wolverhampton Wanderers, they completed a dramatic comeback to earn a 3-2 home win over Sunderland at Molineux. Wolves scored from Stephen Hunt and Sylvain Ebanks-Blake in the game’s final ten minutes after Danny Welbeck had given the Black Cats a 2-1 on 77 minutes. The three points are massive for Wolves, keeping them clear of West Ham on differential and moving within two points of Wigan’s fourteen points. For Sunderland it is a disaster, keeping them in seventh place.
Another late comeback saw Bolton Wanderers pick up a 2-2 home draw with Blackpool after trailing 2-0 as late as the 75th minute. Martin Petrov scored on 76 minutes and Mark Davies’ 89th minute equalizer stole a point for the Trotters and moved them back ahead of Tottenham for fifth place. The Seasiders will surely be upset with losing a big lead against a quality side, particularly away. The point does move the Tangerines up to tenth place but full points would have seen the promoted side all the way to seventh.
Clint Dempsey equalized for Fulham before the hour in a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at Craven Cottage. Sebastian Larsson opened scoring in the twentieth minute for the visitors before Dempsey drew level on 54 minutes. There the score remained leaving both sides with a disappointing point. Brum inch into fourteenth place, ahead of Villa on goal difference. The Cottagers used their point to move a point away from Wigan for the final position in the relegation zone.
And a Matthew Etherington equalizer in injury-time got shared points for Stoke City against Manchester City, 1-1 at the Britannia Stadium. Micah Richards gave the Citizens an 81st minute lead in the always difficult away game but Etherington stole the point for the Potters in the game’s dying moments. City keep fourth place fail to pick up any ground against winners Arsenal and Manchester United. Stoke are still in eighth place, just out of Europe on goal differential.