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Weekend’s Premier League Football Blighted by Adverse Weather

20/12/2010
Heavy snow and icy conditions around the UK meant that only two of the scheduled Premier League ties went ahead last weekend as ground staff struggled to keep their pitches clear enough to play on.

Of the nine scheduled games last weekend, only Bolton’s trip to Sunderland and Blackburn’s home tie against West Ham were deemed safe enough to play, with the temporary hiatus allowing the Black Cats to jump up to sixth place.

Sunderland’s lofty league position – which now sees them level on points with Tottenham Hotspur, having played a game more – was the product of a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bolton, with on-loan striker Danny Welbeck getting the game’s only goal.

Blackburn, meanwhile, laboured to a point against lowly West Ham in a dire affair at Ewood Park. Ryan Nelsen opened the scoring for the hosts, but as Blackburn failed to capitalise, substitute Junior Stanislas grabbed a priceless equaliser for the Hammers.

Unfortunately for Avram Grant’s men, the result wasn’t enough to lift them off the bottom of the table and the solitary point was some way short of the three he’ll allegedly need from the next two games if he is to save his job at the London club.

Though the snow is still playing havoc with football fixtures across the country, Manchester City’s scheduled clash with Everton is still due to go ahead at the City of Manchester Stadium and want-away striker Carlos Tevez is expected to start.
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