Saturday 22 May 2010

Big times for Blackpool

Blackpool 3 Cardiff City 2 (Wembley Championship play-off final)

Blackpool earned a place in the Premier League with a 3-2 play-off win against Cardiff in the heat of Wembley. Michael Chopra who touched the ball onto the woodwork in the 3rd minute got behind the Blackpool defence in the 9th minute to tuck away (pictured) a pass from Wittingham and put the Blue Birds ahead, but only 4 minutes later Charlie Adam curled in a free-kick for the Tangerines. Joe Ledley picked up a great pass from Whittingham in the 38th minute to slot the ball past Gilks, but once again Blackpool responded swiftly with Taylor-Fletcher hitting the post and then heading the ball over the line within 2 minutes of the Cardiff goal when a corner-kick caused problems in the Cardiff defence. In first-half stoppage time DJ Campbell dribbled his way into the box and slipped but poked the ball to Brett Ormerod who put the Tangerines ahead for the first time in the match, and with no further goals in the 2nd half Blackpool celebrated promotion to the Premier League.

Thursday 13 May 2010

Party time for Chelsea

A convincing 4-0 home win for Manchester United against Stoke was overshadowed by Chelsea ripping Wigan apart 8-0 to claim the Premier League title at the Bridge with Didier Drogba netting a hat-trick to finish top scorer in the league with 29 goals. Tottenham surrendered a 2 goal lead to lose 4-2 at relegated Burnley and finish 4th while Arsenal ended the season with a 4-0 win at home to Fulham guaranteeing them a spot in the Champions League. Manchester City had to be content with 5th place as they could only draw 1-1 at West Ham for whom Luis Boa Morte scored after returning from injury. Aston Villa suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Blackburn but finished 6th with Liverpool unable to overtake them ending their poor season with a goalless draw at Hull, but finishing ahead of their local rivals Everton who finished with a 1-0 home win against Portsmouth thanks to a Bilyaletdinov belter deep into stoppage time. Portsmouth who had long been relegated to the Championship will be joined by Burnley and Hull City.

Friday 7 May 2010

Chelsea on course

Goals from Drogba and Lampard gave Chelsea a vital 2-0 victory at Liverpool to keep them a point ahead of Manchester United who won 1-0 at Sunderland with only a match remaining. Tottenham earned a Champions League place with 1-0 wins at home to Bolton and away to Manchester City denying their Manchurian hosts the privilege and threatening to overtake Arsenal in 3rd place after the Gunners lost 2-1 at Blackburn. Aston Villa had already missed out on a top 4 spot losing 3-1 at Manchester City. With their 2-2 draw at Wigan, Hull became the 3rd team after Portsmouth and Burnley to be relegated from the Premier League. Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion were promoted to the Premier League and will be joined by one of Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City, Leicester City and Blackpool after the play-offs.