January 3, 2009
David Foley dumped Barclays Premier League Stoke out of the FA Cup after his superb strike at Victoria Park helped earn Hartlepool a 2-0 win.
With his side already leading through defender Michael Nelson’s powerful header four minutes after the break, the 21-year-old blasted a 25-yard shot past goalkeeper Steve Simonsen to condemn the top-flight strugglers to defeat in front of a delighted crowd of 5,367.
The Potters, who have slipped into the relegation zone on the back of three successive defeats, hit the post early on, but rarely looked like reversing their run of recent form as the League One outfit grew in confidence.
January 3, 2009
The visitors went ahead in the 57th minute when Reading’s attempts to catch their hosts offside went wrong, leaving Roger Johnson able to set McCormack up to head home his 15th goal of the season from close range.
Cardiff could have doubled their lead seven minutes later as Gabor Gyepes latched on to Paul Parry’s corner, but Federici was equal to the Hungarian defender’s header.
Striker Leroy Lita, making his first appearance back in a Reading shirt following his loan spell at Norwich, was then denied from close range by Cardiff defender Johnson.
Cardiff secured their place in the fourth round when McCormack turned provider as he slotted Ledley through to double their advantage in the 83rd minute
January 2, 2009
Spurs got a good home win against Wigan tonight final score 3-1.They advance into the fourth round of the FA Cup,two goals came from Pavlyuchenko and one from Modric did the damage.Wigan had looked the better side in the opening period and will count themselves unlucky to have gone out. Their midfield was full of passion and speed on the counter-attack as Spurs tried to unlock their defence through excellent Croatian Modric who had a great game. Tottenham, without a win in their previous five games, had struggled through the first half against a Wigan side that had won five of their previous six matches.
However, Russia striker Pavlyuchenko’s 52nd minute penalty changed the game and the eight times FA Cup winners deserved their place in Sunday’s fourth round draw.Spurs livened up after the goal with Pavlyuchenko looking dangerous and Campbell forcing Kingson into a good save with a powerful header.
Modric then showed quick reactions when, face down on the ground after slipping, he headed in the rebound after Jamie O’Hara’s shot came back off a post following an excellent build-up in the 76th minute.
Wigan kept pressing and pulled a goal back three minutes from time when Camara seized on a loose ball to score from close range.
Pavlyuchenko, though, had the last word when he cut inside to fire home Tottenham’s third in stoppage time.
English highlights to come
January 2, 2009
A look back at football in 2008 saw united win Uefa champions league,spurs win the carling cup,portsmouth the Fa Cup and much more.See all the main highlights and videos below
His narcissistic preening, on field play-acting and adolescent sulking may provoke revulsion in opposing fans but for much of last year Ronaldo was quite simply the most devastating player the Premier League had seen. With 42 goals, many from the wing, Ronaldo approached perfection and not since George Best has one player so terrified opposition defences. His summer agitation for a move to Real Madrid may have besmirched it somewhat but the achievement is astonishing.
Tottenham win the Carling Cup, Feb 24
It all looked so promising. Just months into the job as Tottenham manager and Juande Ramos had his first trophy. Spurs came from a goal down Didier Drogba¹s free-kick to win the match, courtesy of a Dimitar Berbatov penalty and an extra time header from Jonathan Woodgate. This should have been the first step in a Tottenham revival but seven months later they were bottom of the league and Harry Redknapp was arriving with the cavalry.
Portsmouth win the FA Cup, May 17
No club outside the so-called big four had won the cup since Everton in 1995 so it was refreshing to have three Championship sides in the semi-finals with Portsmouth, who had not win this competition since the outbreak of the Second World War. Kanu was the hero, scoring the only goal in both the semi against West Brom and the final against Cardiff. A superb achievement for Harry Redknapp and ultimately a parting gift to the club he had so thoroughly revitalised.
The Champions League final: Manchester United v Chelsea, May 21
High drama in Moscow as the all-English final lived up to expectations. The game kicked off in hammering rain. Ronaldo scored. Lampard levelled. Drogba punched. Ronaldo missed. Terry slipped. Van der Sar saved. Roman Abramovich¹s dream of winning the trophy eludes him at the last moment but for Sir Alex Ferguson it is a second Champions League title and proof that this team is the best he has assembled.
The Special One returns, June 2
Job offers came and went as Jose Mourinho played the Portuguese king in exile. Internazionale owner Massimo Moratti finally tempted him back into the game with the challenge of breaking English hegemony in the Champions League. Jose being Jose he gave his first press conference in fluent Italian and, as some Italian journalists observed, with a hint of a Milanese accent. It will come as no surprise that Inter swiftly established themselves at the top of Serie A.
Theo Walcott¹s hat-trick, Sept 10
Not since John Barnes stunned the Maracana has a young English winger announced his talent so spectacularly on the international stage. Croatia had not lost at home since their entry into international football and had twice beaten England in Euro 2008 qualifying. All that was forgotten as Walcott tore the Croats to pieces in the most morale-boosting England victory since the 5-1 defeat of Germany in Munich.
Arsenal 4 Spurs 4 29th Oct
Surely the most thrilling finale to a North London derby as Harry Redknapp inspired Spurs to an incredible comeback. David Bentley, a former Arsenal player, scored probably the goal of the season to give Spurs the lead only for a bewitching Arsenal to cruise into a 3-1 lead. Darren Bent pulled one back but Robin Van Persie restored the two-goal cushion. In the dying minutes Spurs scored twice through Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon to level an enthralling game.
Germany 1-2 England, Nov 19
After so many defeats at so many tournaments it is now customary for England teams and managers to be measured against the great Teutonic rivals. Fabio Capello took his team to Berlin after an excellent start to World Cup qualifying but even he could not have anticipated the ease with which an English second string outclassed the Germans. Only a Terry-Carson error gifted Germany a goal, otherwise there was only one team in it. Germany looked a spent force, England, inspired by Michael Carrick, looked like world beaters. Never before has a friendly match felt so significant.