FOOTBALL NEWS

31/01/2009 16:58, Report by James Tuck

League: Villa held

Aston Villa missed the chance to go second in the Premier League table after being held to a goalless draw by Wigan on Saturday afternoon.

With second-placed Liverpool hosting third-placed Chelsea on Sunday, there was an opportunity for Villa to leapfrog the pair, but Martin O'Neill's men failed to break down a dogged Latics side.

Fifth-placed Arsenal were also unable to close the gap as they drew 0-0 with West Ham at the Emirates Stadium, while Bolton went above Spurs after a Kevin Davies goal gave them a late 3-2 win over Harry Redknapp's side at the Reebok Stadium.

Two goals from ex-United striker Erik Nevland helped Fulham see off Portsmouth 3-1 to go ninth above Man City, who lost 1-0 at Stoke.

Basement dwellers West Brom battled to a 2-2 draw at Hull, while the two sides above the Baggies, Middlesbrough and Blackburn, played out a stalemate at the Riverside.

Results and Fixtures

Saturday 31 January 2009

Arsenal 0-0 West Ham
Aston Villa 0-0 Wigan
Bolton 3-2 Tottenham
Fulham 3-1 Portsmouth
Hull 2-2 West Brom
Middlesbrough 0-0 Blackburn
Stoke 1-0 Man City
United 1-0 Everton


Sunday 1 February 2009

Liverpool v Chelsea, 16:00
Newcastle v Sunderland, 13:30

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