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Premier League MatchDay 19 review

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MatchDay 19 Saturday, December 28, 2013
Time Home   Away Att Referee
12:45 West Ham 3-3 West Brom 34,946 M Dean
15:00 Aston Villa 1-1 Swansea 37,028 R East
15:00 Hull 6-0 Fulham 23,925 R Madley
15:00 Man City 1-0 C.Palace 47,107 A Marriner
15:00 Norwich 0-1 Man Utd 26,851 P Dowd
17:30 Cardiff 2-2 Sunderland 27,247 C Foy
MatchDay 19 Sunday, December 29, 2013
13:30 Everton 2-1 Southampton 39,092 M Clattenburg
13:30 Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal 52,161 L Probert
16:00 Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool 41,614 H Webb
16:00 Tottenham 3-0 Stoke 36,072 K Friend
Premier League MatchDay 19 kicked-off on Saturday 28th December with West Ham and West Brom serving up a thrilling 3-3 draw at Upton Park. However both teams had to settle for a point each, with Albion now having drawn their last three league games to remain in a survival scrap with the Hammers, who stay in the drop zone.

Aston Villa were made to sweat as they held on for a 1-1 draw against Swansea at Villa Park to claim an important point in a possible relegation battle. Swansea nearly grabbed all three points at the death but neither side could grab the crucial winner.

Hull City brought the curtain down on 2013 in style as they routed lowly Fulham 6-0 at the KC Stadium. Fulham conceeded a goal 4 minutes after the restart and suddenly lost their shape. Three further goals then followed in a whirlwind six-minute spell around the hour mark.

Manchester City climbed to the top of the table on Saturday with a hard-fought 1-0 win over battling Crystal Palace at the Etihad. Edin Dzeko's second-half goal proved to be enough to end Palace's resistance and maintain City's perfect record at home as they made it 10 wins out of 10 in the Premier League at the Etihad.

Premiership table - after 29th Dec 2012
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Arsenal 19 6 2 1 16 6 7 1 2 21 12 19 42
2 Man City 19 10 0 0 38 6 3 2 4 16 15 33 41
3 Chelsea 19 9 1 0 22 8 3 3 3 13 11 16 40
4 Everton 19 6 3 1 19 9 4 4 1 12 9 13 37
5 Liverpool 19 8 0 1 25 6 3 3 4 19 17 21 36
6 Man Utd 19 4 2 3 11 8 6 2 2 21 14 10 34
7 Tottenham 19 4 3 3 11 13 6 1 2 11 11 -2 34
8 Newcastle 19 5 3 2 17 10 5 0 4 12 14 5 33
9 Southampton 19 4 3 2 16 9 3 3 4 10 11 6 27
10 Hull 19 5 3 2 15 6 1 2 6 7 17 -1 23
11 Swansea 19 2 4 3 16 14 3 2 5 8 11 -1 21
12 Stoke 19 4 4 1 10 6 1 2 7 8 23 -11 21
13 Aston Villa 19 2 2 6 7 14 3 3 3 11 11 -7 20
14 Norwich 19 3 3 4 10 11 2 1 6 6 21 -16 19
15 West Brom 19 2 3 4 11 12 1 6 3 11 15 -5 18
16 Cardiff 19 3 3 4 10 15 1 3 5 5 15 -15 18
17 C. Palace 19 3 1 5 7 13 2 0 8 5 15 -16 16
18 Fulham 19 2 1 6 11 17 3 0 7 8 24 -22 16
19 West Ham 19 2 3 5 12 16 1 3 5 6 12 -10 15
20 Sunderland 19 2 1 6 10 16 1 4 5 5 16 -17 14
Danny Welbeck came off the bench to give Manchester United a 1-0 win in Saturday's Premier League clash at Norwich. The England striker replaced Ryan Giggs at the interval at Carrow Road after a poor first half from the reigning champions, who were without Wayne Rooney due to a recurrence of his groin injury.

Jack Colback struck in injury-time to earn Sunderland a point and stun managerless Cardiff in a 2-2 draw in south Wales. Playing just over 24 hours after Malky Mackay was sacked, Cardiff dominated the opening hour with Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell putting them two goals ahead. But Sunderland rallied late through a Steven Fletcher toe-poke, before substitute Colback's deflected effort beat David Marshall in the fourth of five added minutes to salvage a draw.

In the first game on Sunday Romelu Lukaku netted the winner as Everton edged past Southampton with a 2-1 win following a thrilling encounter at Goodison Park. Seamus Coleman had got the visitors off to the perfect start when he found the net after just nine minutes with a ferocious finish.

Arsenal will go into 2014 top of the Premier League table after Olivier Giroud's second-half header secured a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St James' Park. Goalscoring opportunities were scarce throughout a testy encounter on Tyneside, but Giroud's first goal in over a month was enough to hand Arsenal a seventh away win of the season. Newcastle pushed for a late equaliser and came close when Szczesny hammered the ball at Remy and looked on helplessly as it ran just wide.
MatchDay 20 Saturday, January 1, 2013
Time Home   Away TV Referee
12:45 Swansea v Man City Sky1 P Dowd
15:00 Arsenal v Cardiff   J Moss
15:00 C.Palace v Norwich   M Dean
15:00 Fulham v West Ham   M Clattenburg
15:00 Liverpool v Hull   C Pawson
15:00 Southampton v Chelsea BT1 M Atkinson
15:00 Stoke v Everton   A Marriner
15:00 Sunderland v Aston Villa   M Jones
15:00 West Brom v Newcastle   L Mason
17:30 Man Utd v Tottenham BT1 H Webb

Chelsea kept in touch with Premier League leaders Arsenal after a pulsating display including coming from behind to beat fellow title challengers Liverpool 2-1 at Stamford Bridge. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers - who lost Sakho, Glen Johnson and Joe Allen to injury during the game - may be left aggrieved by referee Howard Webb's refusal to give his side at least one second-half spot-kick and to send off Oscar for a poor challenge on Lucas Leiva in stoppage time.

Tim Sherwood claimed his first home victory since being appointed Tottenham Hotspur boss with a comfortable 3-0 win over Stoke City. The opening goal of a largely one-way contest came in the 37th minute as Roberto Soldado calmly converted from the penalty spot after Ryan Shawcross blocked Emmanuel Adebayor's acrobatic shot with his arms raised. Crouch had half a chance to pull a goal back for Stoke, but he wasted it and Tottenham achieved their first league win at home since October 27.


Saturday 28th December 2013



12:45 West Ham (1) 3 West Brom (2) 3 ~ Sky Sports 1



In the day's early game, Nicolas Anelka's double was not enough to give West Brom a much-needed win over fellow strugglers West Ham at Upton Park as the sides had to settle for a 3-3 draw. Joe Cole gave the Hammers the early lead, but his former Chelsea teammate Anelka -- who became the ninth man to score for six different Premier League clubs -- netted twice in quick succession to put the visitors ahead going into the break.

The hosts then threatened to take all three points when two goals in two minutes from Modibo Maiga and Kevin Nolan had Sam Allardyce's men 3-2 up, but Saido Berahino provided a swift reply in the 69th minute to complete a remarkable scoring spell and ensure the spoils were shared.

West Ham 4-2-3-1: Jaaskelainen 5; McCartney 6, O'Brien 6, Tomkins 5 (Demel 10mins 6), Rat 6; Noble 7, Diame 5; J Cole 6 (Collison 83mins), Nolan 7, Jarvis 6; C Cole 7 (Maiga 46mins 8)
Subs not used: Adrian, Taylor, Diarra, Chambers

Booked: C Cole, Nolan, Diame

Scorers: Cole 4, Maiga 65, Nolan 67

West Brom 5-3-2: Foster 5; Ridgewell 6, Olsson 6, Lugano 5 (Amalfitano 68mins 6), McAuley 5, Jones 6; Brunt 7, Mulumbu 7, Morrison 6 (Yacob 78mins 5); Berahino 8 (Sessegnon 85mins), Anelka 8
Subs not used: Myhill, Sinclair, Vydra, Dawson

Booked: Mulumbu, Ridgewell

Scorers: Anelka 40, Anelka 45, Berahino 69

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 34,946


15:00 Aston Villa (1) 1 Swansea (1) 1



Aston Villa ended a run of four straight losses by drawing 1-1 with 11th-placed Swansea, who are five points clear of the relegation zone. Villa took a seventh-minute lead through Gabriel Agbonlahor after neat link-up play between the forward and Andreas Weimann.

Swansea responded nine minutes before the break when Roland Lamah converted Pablo Hernandez's cross for his first goal in English football and neither side could find a second-half winner.

Aston Villa (4-4-2): Guzan 6, Lowton 6, Clark 6, Baker 6, Luna 5; Bacuna 5, (El Ahmadi 70, 5) Westwood 6, Delph 5, Tonev 4; (Kozak 62, 5) Weimann 5, (Albrighton 79,6) Agbonlahor 6.
Subs not used: Helenius, Steer, Sylla, Bowery

Booked: Bacuna, El Ahmadi, Clark

Scorers: Agbonlahor 7

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Tremmel 6, Tiendalli 6, (Rangel 55, 6) Flores 7, Williams 7, Davies 7; De Guzman 8, Canas 6; Hernandez 6, Shelvey 6, Lamah 6; (Pozuelo 68, 6) Bony 5. (Vazquez 84)
Subs not used: Amat, Britton, Routledge, Zabret

Booked: Lamah, Rangel

Scorers: Lamah 36

Referee: Roger East

Attendance: 37,028

Verdict: Aston 0 Villa Swansea 0


15:00 Hull City (0) 6 Fulham (0) 0



Hull recorded their biggest ever win in the Premier League with a 6-0 demolition of Fulham at the KC Stadium. Hull had never scored more than three goals in a match in their two-and-a-half seasons in the Premier League, but doubled that tally against Rene Meulensteen's side despite the match being goalless at half-time.

Parity lasted only four minutes of the second half as Ahmed Elmohamady fired home from a half-cleared corner. Robert Koren converted a low cross on the hour mark, before the Fulham implosion began in earnest.

George Boyd struck on 63 minutes before birthday boy Tom Huddlestone scored his first goal in two years -- and immediately made good on his promise to have his hair cut when he next scored by taking scissors to his mop on the sidelines. Matt Fryatt reacted quickest to a rebound to make it 5-0, and Koren scored his second of the game to complete the humiliation.

Hull City (4-1-4-1): McGregor 6; Rosenior 6, Chester 6, Davies 6, Figueroa 7; Huddlestone 9; Elmohamady 8 (McShane 77), Livermore 7 (Graham 73, 6), Koren 8, Boyd 7; Sagbo 7 (Fryatt 66, 7).
Subs not used: Bruce, Meyler, Faye, Harper.

Scorers: Elmohamady 49, Koren 60, Boyd 63, Huddlestone 67, Fryatt, 74 Koren 84

Fulham (4-2-3-1): Stockdale 6; Zverotic 5, Hughes 6, Amorebieta 5, Riise 6; Sidwell 5, Karagounis 3 (Richardson 75, 6); Ruiz 5 (Kacaniklic 60, 5), Kasami 4, Dejegah 3 (Bent 64, 5); Rodallega 4.
Subs not used: Boateng, Riether, David, Bettinelli.

Referee: Robert Madley

Attendance: 23,925


15:00 Man City (0) 1 Crystal Palace (0) 0 



Manchester City went top on Saturday as Edin Dzeko scored in a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium. Dzeko's second-half goal was enough to claim all three points for Manuel Pellegrini's side, but Palace provided an excellent account of themselves and were unlucky not to take a share of the spoils back to London.

Despite suffering a nasty cut to his eye in a first-half collision with Cameron Jerome, Joe Hart produced a fine performance in the City goal to keep the away side at bay, and when Dzeko fired into the roof of the net from 12 yards out just past the hour mark, Palace could not rally to find a response.

Man City: Hart 7; Boyata 6 (Negredo 55, 6), Kompany 7, Nastasic 5, Clichy 5; Fernandinho 7 (Nasri 55, 7), Garcia 5; Navas 6, Silva 6, Milner 5 (Kolarov 75, 6); Dzeko 6.
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Lescott, Toure, Rodwell.

Booked: Silva

Scorers: Dzeko 66

Crystal Palace: Speroni 7; Mariappa 6, Gabbidon 7, Delaney 7, Parr 7; Puncheon 7, Ward 6, Jedinak 8, Bannan 6 (Gayle 81), Bolasi (Williams 76, 6); Jerome 5 (Chamakh 35).
Subs not used: Campana, Phillips, Moxey, Price.

Booked: Delaney

Referee: Andre Marriner 7

Attendance: 47,107


15:00 Norwich (0) 0 Manchester United (0) 1 



With Wayne Rooney absent from the Manchester United side to face Norwich due to a groin strain, Danny Welbeck assumed the role of hero with the only goal in a 1-0 win at Carrow Road.

Welbeck came on as a substitute at half-time with the game goalless but took just 12 minutes to make the breakthrough, although he required an element of fortune as Javier Hernandez charged down Ryan Bennett's attempted clearance to set him up. From there, he kept his composure to round John Ruddy and tuck the ball home.

The result means that United are just two points adrift of the top four, although David Moyes' men have played an extra game.

Norwich: Ruddy 6, Martin 7, Bennett 5, Bassong 6, Olsson 7; Snodgrass 6 (Murphy 79'), Fer 6, Johnson 6, Redmond 7; Hoolahan 6 (Elmander 89'); Hooper 6 (Van Wolfswinkel 69' - 4).
Subs not used: Whittaker, Bunn, Garrido, Becchio.

Booked: Fer, Johnson, Bennett, Redmond

Man United: De Gea 7, Smalling 6, Vidic 6, Evans 6, Evra 5; Cleverley 6, Carrick 5; Young 5, Giggs 4 (Welbeck 45 - 7), Kagawa 6 (Januzaj 69 - 6'); Hernandez 5 (Fletcher 87).
Subs not used: Anderson, Lindegaard, Fabio Da Silva, Zaha.

Booked: Hernandez, Giggs, Smalling

Scorers: Welbeck 57

Referee: Phil Dowd

Attendance: 26,851


17:30 Cardiff City (1) 2 Sunderland (0) 2 ~ SkySports 1



Jack Colback struck in injury time to earn Sunderland a point and stun managerless Cardiff. Playing just over 24 hours after Malky Mackay was sacked, Cardiff dominated the opening hour with Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell putting them two goals ahead.

But Sunderland, who were dreadful for the first 45 minutes, rallied late through a Steven Fletcher toe-poke, before substitute Colback's deflected effort beat David Marshall in the fourth of five added minutes to make it 2-2 at the final whistle.

Cardiff (4-5-1): Marshall 7; Theophile 6, Caulker 6, Turner 6, John 7; Noone 7 (Cowie 72, 6), Mutch 7, Medel 6, Kim 7 (Gunnarsson 79), Whittingham 6; Campbell 6 (Cornelius 82).
Subs not used: Lewis, Hudson, Odemwingie, Maynard.

Booked: Mutch, Kim, Campbell

Scorers: Mutch 6, Campbell 58

Sunderland: Mannone 6; Bardsley 5, Roberge 5, Diakite 5, Dossena 4; Cattermole 6 (Colback 74, 7), Ki 7; Larsson 6 (Gardner 74, 6), Giaccherini 6, Borini 7 (Fletcher 46, 6); Altidore 5.
Subs not used: Cabral, Celustka, Ba, Pickford.

Booked: Cattermole, Bardsley

Scorers: Fletcher 83, Colback 90

Referee: Chris Foy 6

Attendance: 27,247

Sunday 29th December 2013


13:30 Everton (1) 2 Southampton (0) 1



Everton finished 2013 on a high as Romelu Lukaku's first goal in six games helped them to a 2-1 home victory over Southampton. The Toffees - looking to bounce back from the Boxing Day defeat to Sunderland that had ended their hopes of going through the whole calendar year unbeaten at Goodison Park in the league - went ahead in the ninth minute when Seamus Coleman burst into the area and finished with a powerful strike.

Saints substitute Gaston Ramirez equalised in the 71st minute, beating Toffees goalkeeper Joel Robles, who it appeared should have done better in his attempt to save the effort, with a shot from distance. But the hosts were back in front as Lukaku converted from James McCarthy's pass, the on-loan Chelsea striker taking his tally for Everton this season to nine goals.

Everton (4-3-2-1): Robles 5; Coleman 8, Alcaraz 7, Distin 5, Baines 7; Osman 6 (Mirallas 72, 6), McCarthy 7, Oviedo 7 (Pienaar 60, 6); Naismith 6, Barkley 7; Lukaku 7.
Subs not used: Springthorpe, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jelavic, Stones.

Scorers: Coleman 9, Lukaku 74

Booked: Oviedo, McCarthy.

Southampton (4-1-3-2): Davis 7; Chambers 7 (Clyne 88), Lovren 6, Fonte 6, Shaw 6; Cork 6 (Ramirez 65, 7); Davis 6, Lallana 7, Ward-Prowse 6 (Gallagher 83); Rodriguez 6, Lambert 6.
Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Reed.

Scorers: Ramirez 71

Booked: Cork, Ramirez, Lambert, Lallana.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg 7.

Attendance: 39,092


13:30 Newcastle (0) 0 Arsenal 0) 1 ~ SkySports 1



Olivier Giroud's 11th goal of the season fired Arsenal back to the top with a scrappy 1-0 win at Newcastle.

The Frenchman struck with a 65th-minute header to seal a tight encounter which never really took off, although the Gunners were grateful when goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny blasted a clearance straight at Loic Remy and saw the ball run just wide of the post with time running down.

Arsene Wenger's men enjoyed long periods of possession at St James' Park, but were rarely able to make it count, and it took a set-piece from Theo Walcott, who was otherwise largely anonymous, to present Giroud with his big chance.

Newcastle might have gone in ahead at the break had Szczesny not tipped over Moussa Sissoko's effort or had Mathieu Debuchy's header not come back off the crossbar. However, they were unable to sustain the pressure as they slipped to just a second defeat in 10 league outings in front of a crowd of 52,161.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Tiote, Anita (Shola Ameobi 74), Sissoko (Haidara 79), Cabaye, Gouffran (Ben Arfa 62), Remy.
Subs not used: Cisse, Yanga-Mbiwa, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs (Arteta 70), Flamini, Wilshere, Walcott (Jenkinson 80), Cazorla, Rosicky, Giroud.
Subs not used: Podolski, Fabianski, Bendtner, Miyaichi, Gnabry.

Booked: Giroud, Flamini, Rosicky

Scorers: Giroud 65

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 52,161


16:00 Chelsea (2) 2 Liverpool (1) 1 ~ SkySports 1



Chelsea claimed a 2-1 win over Liverpool in a pulsating Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. In Luis Suarez's first match with Chelsea since April's infamous bite on Branislav Ivanovic earned him a 10-match ban, Jose Mourinho's side deprived the prolific striker of scoring opportunities and took full advantage.

The Blues responded from going behind to Martin Skrtel's fourth-minute goal with a brilliant Eden Hazard effort and a rare striker's goal. Samuel Eto'o showed a goal-poacher's instinct to decide the game with his third Premier League goal of the season - and just the sixth by a Chelsea striker.

Liverpool hit the bar through Mamadou Sakho and might have had a penalty when John Terry clumsily clambered over Suarez in the box; although Hazard also had justifiable claims for a first-half spot-kick dismissed by referee Howard Webb. Suarez had another penalty claim denied when Eto'o tripped him off the ball as Chelsea held on to move two points behind leaders Arsenal in third place. Liverpool are six points off the pace at the halfway stage of the season.

Chelsea: Cech 6; Ivanovic 5 (Cole 30, 6), Cahill 7, Terry 7, Azpilicueta 7; Luiz 7, Lampard 6 (Mikel 45, 6); Willian 6, Oscar 6, Hazard 8; Eto'o 6 (Torres 87).
Subs not used: Essien, Torres, Mata, Schurrle, Schwarzer.

Booked: Terry, Luiz, Cahill, Oscar

Scorers: Hazard 17, Eto'o 34

Liverpool: Mignolet 5; Johnson 6 (Aspas 83), Skrtel 7, Sakho 6 (Toure 90), Agger 6; Allen 6 (Smith 60, 5), Lucas 6, Henderson 6; Sterling 6, Coutinho 6; Suarez 7.
Subs not used: Rossiter, Brad Jones, Alberto, Cissokho

Scorers: Skrtel 3

Booked: Johnson

Referee: Howard Webb

Attendance: 41,614


16:00 Tottenham (1) 3 Stoke City (0) 0



Tim Sherwood tasted victory at White Hart Lane for the first time as Tottenham put on a vintage display to defeat Stoke 3-0. Roberto Soldado converted his fifth penalty of the campaign while Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembele also scored fine goals to give Spurs a comfortable win.

Dembele and the returning Paulinho bossed the midfield against a physical Stoke side while Lennon's performance on the right flank gave Tottenham extra cutting edge.

Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Chiriches, Fryers, Lennon, Paulinho, Eriksen, Dembele, Adebayor, Soldado.
Subs not used: Capoue, Chadli, Friedel, Bentaleb, Veljkovic, Fredericks, Lamela.

Scorers: Soldado pen 37, Dembele 65, Lennon 69

Booked: Dembele, Lamela

Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Cameron, Pieters, Walters, Palacios, Nzonzi, Assaidi, Ireland, Crouch.
Subs not used: Pennant, Jones, Ness, Butland, Etherington, Muniesa, Adam.

Booked: Walters, Shawcross

Referee: Kevin Friend

Attendance: 36,072



















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