Boxing Day Premier League scores – Liverpool held by Blackburn
Six Premier League matches were played on Monday afternoon, with Newcastle and Manchester United the only teams to have claimed three points.
December 26th, 2011
Sir Alex Ferguson’s team moved level on points with Manchester City after beating Wigan 5-0, while Mancini’s men could only manage a goalless draw away to a West Brom side who produced an excellent fighting performance.
Meanwhile, Chelsea were also held in the west London derby, with Fulham’s Clint Dempsey scoring the equaliser for the visitors after Juan Mata had given the Blues the lead.
Fernando Torres made a rare start for Andre Villas-Boas’ men, although this 1-1 draw surely rules Chelsea out of the Premier League title race.
Liverpool were another hotly-fancied team to slip up on Boxing Day, with Kenny Dalglish’s side falling behind at home to Blackburn before Maxi Rodriguez salvaged a point for the Reds. Charlie Adam had previously deflected an own goal past Jose Reina.
Demba Ba continued his hot scoring streak for Newcastle United to help the Magpies to a 2-0 victory away to Bolton, with Hatem Ben Arfa having given the visitors the lead at the Reebok Stadium before the Senegalese striker doubled the lead.
Sunderland and Everton shared a point apiece at the Stadium of Light, although Martin O’Neill will be right to feel a sense of injustice after Howard Webb harshly awarded the Toffees a penalty after Leon Osman tumbled to the ground.
It means that Manchester City are only top on goal difference, with their 38 goals superior to United’s 33. Tottenham have a chance to get within seven points of the Manchester clubs when playing Norwich on Tuesday.