Cats lick Latics, Spurs held

Simon Cox’s equaliser with nine minutes left earned the Baggies a

point and dented the hosts’ top-four hopes at White Hart Lane.

Peter Odemwingie gave West Brom a shock fifth-minute lead with a

typically composed strike but it was level when some slack

defending allowed Roman Pavlyuchenko to steady himself and rifle a

low shot home. A similarly expert strike from Jermain Defoe handed

Spurs the lead in the 66th minute but substitute Cox’s superbly

curled shot earned the Baggies a deserved draw. Spurs’ rivals for a

top-four place, Manchester City, play Blackburn on Monday.

Sunderland recovered from a poor start to beat Wigan 4-2. Wigan’s

Mohamed Diame smashed home an unstoppable strike seven minutes into

the second half but Sunderland levelled immediately when Steed

Malbranque’s inch-perfect cross was headed in by Asamoah Gyan. In

the 69th minute Jordan Henderson slammed home before Stephane

Sessegnon put the result seemingly beyond doubt with a penalty

after being fouled by Antolin Alcaraz. Henderson then added the

fourth before Franco Di Santo pulled one back. Maxi Rodriguez

scored a hat-trick as Liverpool breezed to a 5-0 win over

Birmingham. In the seventh minute the winger capitalised on Ben

Foster’s mistake, stabbing home when the England goalkeeper spilled

Jay Spearing’s shot. It was 2-0 when Dirk Kuyt forced the ball home

after two saves by Foster – who subsequently went off injured. Maxi

wrapped it up with two more strikes and Joe Cole added a fifth

after some shocking defending from the Blues. Andy Johnson earned

Fulham a 1-1 draw at Molineux to leave relegation-threatened Wolves

bitterly disappointed. Steven Fletcher’s header gave Wolves a 1-0

lead they looked like holding onto until Johnson’s intervention,

Bobby Zamora holding the ball up brilliantly for his diminutive

partner to fire home. Blackpool and Newcastle cancelled each other

out in a 1-1 draw at Bloomfield Road. Newcastle led after a

clinical low finish by Peter Lovenkrands 17 minutes in but

Blackpool equalised through DJ Campbell in the 32nd minute, when he

glanced home despite Jose Enrique’s attempted headed clearance on

the line. Aston Villa and Stoke drew 1-1 at Villa Park. Stoke

produced a trademark goal to lead as Rory Delap launched the ball

in from a throw-in and Kenwyne Jones glanced home. However, Villa

were level before the break as Kyle Walker crossed for Darren Bent

to steer home with his head before a goalless second half.