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Premier League MatchDay 21 2014~ Review

last updated Tuesday 14th January 2014, 10:52 PM


MatchDay 21 Saturday, January 11, 2014
Time Home   Away TV Attendance
12:45 Hull 0-2 Chelsea BT1 24,924
15:00 Cardiff 0-2 West Ham   27,750
15:00 Everton 2-0 Norwich   36,827
15:00 Fulham 1-4 Sunderland   25,564
15:00 Southampton 1-0 West Brom   28,610
15:00 Tottenham 2-0 C.Palace   36,102
17:30 Man Utd 2-0 Swansea Sky1 75,035
MatchDay 21 Sunday, January 12, 2014
14:05 Newcastle 0-2 Man City Sky1 49,423
16:10 Stoke 3-5 Liverpool Sky1 27,160
MatchDay 21 Monday, January 13, 2014
20:00 Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal Sky1 36,097
Premier League MatchDay 21 saw three table toppers Chelsea on Saturday, Manchester City on Sunday and finally Arsenal on Monday.

Saturday kicked off with goals from Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres that sent Chelsea top of the Premier League, albeit it for an afternoon, as they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hull at the KC Stadium.

West Ham eased some of the pressure off manager Sam Allardyce after they edged out Cardiff 2-0. The Hammers had conceded 11 goals in their last two outings so were also happy to keep a clean sheet. With Andy Carroll making a first appearance of the season as a substitute this was a good day for Allardyce with co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan in attendance

Everton were comfortable 2-0 winners over Norwich. Gareth Barry superbly gave them the lead 23 minutes in after firing in his effort from 20 yards out, with the fine strike being his 50th in the Premier League. Everton boss Roberto Martinez may have concerns about how his side's concentration wandered towards the end but victory wrapped up a fine day for the Toffees.

Premiership table - after 13th Jan 2014
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Arsenal 21 7 2 1 18 6 8 1 2 23 13 22 48
2 Man City 21 10 0 0 38 6 5 2 4 21 17 36 47
3 Chelsea 21 9 1 0 22 8 5 3 3 18 11 21 46
4 Liverpool 21 9 0 1 27 6 4 3 4 24 20 25 42
5 Everton 21 7 3 1 21 9 4 5 1 13 10 15 41
6 Tottenham 21 5 3 3 13 13 7 1 2 13 12 1 40
7 Man Utd 21 5 2 4 14 10 6 2 2 21 14 11 37
8 Newcastle 21 5 3 3 17 12 5 0 5 12 15 2 33
9 Southampton 21 5 3 3 17 12 3 3 4 10 11 4 30
10 Hull 21 5 3 3 15 8 1 2 7 7 19 -5 23
11 Aston Villa 21 2 2 7 8 16 4 3 3 12 11 -7 23
12 Stoke 21 4 5 2 14 12 1 2 7 8 23 -13 22
13 Swansea 21 2 4 4 18 17 3 2 6 8 13 -4 21
14 West Brom 21 3 3 4 12 12 1 6 4 11 16 -5 21
15 Norwich 21 3 3 4 10 11 2 2 7 7 24 -18 20
16 Fulham 21 3 1 7 14 22 3 0 7 8 24 -24 19
17 West Ham 21 2 3 5 12 16 2 3 6 9 14 -9 18
18 Cardiff 21 3 3 5 10 17 1 3 6 5 17 -19 18
19 Sunderland 21 2 1 7 10 17 2 4 5 9 17 -15 17
20 C. Palace 21 3 2 5 8 14 2 0 9 5 17 -18 17
Sunderland are no longer occupying bottom spot after they collected a 4-1 win at Fulham thanks to Adam Johnson's hat trick. The 11-cap England midfielder laid on Sunderland's other goal as Gus Poyet's men drove to a comprehensive win at Craven Cottage.

Southampton's man-of-the-season so far Adam Lallana struck the only goal of the game as the Saints defeated West Brom 1-0. Lallana converted from close range in the second half from Gaston Ramirez's neat flick over Jonas Olsson in the West Brom defence.

Christian Eriksen and Jermain Defoe ensured Tim Sherwood's good start to full-time life in the Tottenham hot seat continued as Spurs saw off Crystal Palace 2-0 at White Hart Lane. Spurs boss Sherwood spent a large part of the first half yelling at his players, who could not string a series of passes together. The home crowd started getting on their team's back too.

Manchester United halted their three-match losing streak against Swansea as second-half goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck eased the pressure on beleaguered manager David Moyes. Swansea had won at at Old Trafford, for the first time in last weekend's FA Cup tie, however the Welsh side were unable to repeat their heroics as United rediscovered the form that earned them six straight wins before that awful start to 2014.
MatchDay 22 Saturday, January 18, 2014
Time Home   Away TV Referee
12:45 Sunderland v Southampton BT1 Chris Foy
15:00 Arsenal v Fulham   Lee Probert
15:00 C.Palace v Stoke   Mark Clattenburg
15:00 Man City v Cardiff   Neil Swarbrick
15:00 Norwich v Hull   Howard Webb
15:00 West Ham v Newcastle   Andre Marriner
17:30 Liverpool v Aston Villa Sky1 Jonathan Moss
MatchDay 22 Sunday, January 19, 2014
13:30 Swansea v Tottenham Sky1 Martin Atkinson
16:00 Chelsea v Man Utd Sky1 Phil Dowd
MatchDay 22 Sunday, January 20, 2014
20:00 West Brom v Everton Sky1 Michael Oliver


Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo scored as Manchester City moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a controversial 2-0 victory in the encounter at Newcastle. The Bosnian striker set the visitors on their way to a 10th successive win over the Magpies with an early finish and Negredo struck in added time as City extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 games. However, the home side were hugely aggrieved to see a 34th-minute Cheick Tiote equaliser ruled out by referee Mike Jones for offside.

Strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge rekindled their deadly partnership to help Liverpool record their first league victory at Stoke in more than 29 years. However, the 5-3 scoreline by no means tells the whole story as it was a stuttering performance interspersed with moments of predatory brilliance which saw the Reds squander a 2-0 lead. But with two goals from Suarez taking his tally to 22 in 16 league games and Sturridge scoring his 12th of the season Brendan Rodgers' side had enough firepower to see off their hosts.

Quickfire goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud sent Arsenal back to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa. The closing stages were scrappy and frantic - amid which Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his long-awaited Arsenal comeback. Arsenal's record of having not lost at Villa Park since 1998 was maintained but Villa's finish, despite a run of just one win in seven games, will offer encouragement.

Saturday 11 January 2014



12:45 Hull (0) 0 Chelsea (0) 2 ~ BTSports 1



Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres struck as Chelsea overcame Hull City 2-0 at the KC Stadium to go top of the Premier League. Chelsea made the vital breakthrough on 56 minutes when David Luiz and Ashley Cole played in Hazard, who cut inside from the left and drilled a powerful finish into the bottom corner.

Torres then put the result beyond any doubt on 87 minutes when he had enough pace to jockey Alex Bruce out of position as he bore down on goal before finishing crisply past Allan McGregor. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first Premier League match as Cardiff manager ended in defeat as West Ham posted a 2-0 win in south Wales, despite being reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes to go.

Hull (4-5-1): McGregor 7; Chester 6 (Fryatt 77), Bruce 5, Davies 6, Figueroa 5; Elmohamady 5, Livermore 6, Huddlestone 6, Meyler 6 (Koren 67, 6), Boyd 6 (Quinn 83); Sagbo 5
Subs not used: Harper, Rosenior, Graham, Faye.

Booked: Livermore, Figueroa.

Chelsea (4-5-1): Cech 6; Azpiliucueta 5, Cahill 6, Terry 6, Cole 6; Willian 7 (Schurrle 87), Ramires 6 (Essien 89), Luiz 7, Oscar 6 (Mikel 79), Hazard 8; Torres 6
Subs not used: Schwarzer, Mata, Eto'o, Bertrand

Scorers: Hazard 56, Torres 87

Booked: Cahill.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg 6.

Attendance: 24,924


15:00 Cardiff (0) 0 West Ham (1) 2



West Ham lost Guy Demel to injury after just 10 minutes when the full-back was caught in the face by team-mate Roger Johnson and was then taken to hospital to be assessed. Cardiff thought they had taken the lead just after the half-hour mark when Kim Bo-kyung's deflected shot came back off the bar, but did not bounce over the line before Fraizer Campbell was penalised for bundling West Ham keeper Adrian over the line.

The visitors then took the lead three minutes before half-time when Matt Jarvis played in a first-time cross from the right and Carlton Cole finished past David Marshall. The Hammers' cause suffered a blow on 72 minutes when fit-again defender James Tomkins was shown a second yellow card after catching Campbell. But Mark Noble drilled home an injury-time second to make the game safe for West Ham, who move out of the relegation zone and drop their opponents into the bottom three.

Cardiff: Marshall 6, Theophile-Catherine 5, John 6, Whittingham 5, Caulker 6, Hudson 5 (Cornelius 78), Noone 6, Medel 6 (Wolff Eikrem 65, 6), Campbell 6, Kim 6, Odemwingie 6 (Bellamy 46, 7)
Subs not used: Turner, Gunnarsson, McNaughton, Lewis

Booked: Medel

West Ham: Adrian 7, Demel 6 (McCartney 17, 5), Rat 6, Taylor 6, Johnson 5, Tomkins 5, Downing 7, Noble 7, C Cole 7 (Carroll 72 , 6), Collison 6 (Diarra 75, 6), Jarvis 7
Subs not used: Maiga, DIame, Jaaskelainen, Cole

Scorers: Cole 42, Noble 90

Booked: McCartney, Johnson, Tomkins, Diarra

Red card: Tomkins

Referee: Lee Mason 7

Attendance: 27,750


15:00 Everton (1) 2 Norwich (0) 0



Everton moved back up to fourth spot in the standings after posting a comfortable 2-0 success over Norwich City at Goodison Park. The Toffees took the lead midway through the first half when Romelu Lukaku laid the ball off to Gareth Barry and the midfielder was allowed to stride forward before arrowing a rising 25-yard shot beyond John Ruddy.

Norwich keeper Ruddy was again left grasping at air for Everton's second goal on 59 minutes when Kevin Mirallas curled a 25-yard free-kick up and over the wall.

Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard 6, Coleman 7, Stones 7, Jagielka 7, Baines 7: McCarthy 7, Barry 8: Mirallas 7, Osman 6 (Heitinga 69mins 6), Pienaar 7 (Naismith 71mins 6): Lukaku 7.
Subs not used: Robles (GK), Hibbert, Oviedo, Naismith, Gueye, Vellios

Scorers: Barry 23, Mirallas 59

Booked: Stones

Norwich (4-4-2): Ruddy 6, Whittaker 6, Bennett 6, Bassong 5, Olsson 6: Snodgrass 6, Fer 6, Johnson 6, Garrido 5 (Redmond 66mins 7): Hooper 5, van Wolfswinkel 6 (Murphy 88mins).
Subs not used: Bunn (GK), Martin, Hoolahan, Elmander, Fox

Booked: Bennett, Bassong

Referee: Kevin Friend

Attendance: 36,827


15:00 Fulham (0) 1 Sunderland (2) 4



Adam Johnson scored the first hat-trick of his career as Sunderland moved up a spot to 19th after thrashing fellow strugglers Fulham 4-1 at Craven Cottage. Sunderland went ahead on 29 minutes when Johnson curled a left-footed free-kick over the wall towards the top corner, but David Stockdale was unable to keep it out after getting both hands to the ball. The Black Cats increased their advantage four minutes before the break when Johnson's low free-kick into the box teed up Ki Sung-yueng and the South Korean's shot took a deflection off Philippe Senderos on its way past Stockdale.

Fulham pulled a goal back seven minutes after half-time when Damien Duff whipped in a corner and Steve Sidwell stooped to head home after his run was not tracked. But Sunderland reasserted on 69 minutes following a superb counter-attack as Ki and Jozy Altidore exchanged passes before the on-loan Swansea man's incisive pass set up Johnson to finish through Stockdale's legs.

Johnson completed his hat-trick five minutes from time when he sent Stockdale the wrong way from the penalty spot after Senderos brought down substitute Altidore with a half-hearted challenge.

Fulham (4-2-3-1): Stockdale 5; Riether 6, Senderos 5, Amorebieta 5, Riise 5; Parker 6, Sidwell 6; Duff 6 (Dejagah 68, 5), Taarabt 5 (Kasami 63, 5), Dempsey 5 (Bent 79); Berbatov 5
Subs not used: Kacaniklic, Richardson, Hughes, Etheridge

Booked: Sidwell, Riise, Parker

Scorers: Sidwell 52

Sunderland (4-1-4-1): Mannone 7; Bardsley 7, O'Shea 7, Brown 7, Alonso 6; Cattermole 7; Borini 7 (Larsson 75, 6), Ki 8, Colback 7, Johnson 9 (Celustka 87); Fletcher 6 (Altidore 66, 6)
Subs not used: Gardner, Pickford, Giaccherini, Ji

Scorers: Johnson 28, Ki 41, Johnson 68, Johnson pen 85

Booked: Bardsley, Colback, Johnson

Referee: Mike Dean 6

Attendance: 25,564


15:00 Southampton (0) 1 West Brom (0) 0  



New West Brom manager Pepe Mel watched from the stands as Adam Lallana's goal secured Southampton a 1-0 win at St Mary's.

Southampton made the breakthrough on 66 minutes when Gaston Ramirez dinked a pass into the path of Adam Lallana and the England international controlled the ball brilliantly before slotting a low right-footed shot past Ben Foster.

Southampton: Boruc 7; Clyne 6, Fonte 7, Lovren 7, Shaw 7; Cork 5 (Ramírez 62 6), Schneiderlin 6; S Davis 5, Lallana 7 (Ward-Prowse 84), Rodriguez 6 (Do Prado 90); Lambert 6.
Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Yoshida, Do Prado, Hooiveld, Gallagher.

Booked: Lovren

Scorers: Lallana 66

West Brom: Foster 5; Reid 5, McAuley 7 (Gera 81), Olsson 6, Ridgewell 5; Amalfitano 5 (Vydra 86), Morrison 5, Mulumbu 5, Brunt 5; Anelka 3 (Berahino 77), Long 5.
Subs not used: Yacob, Sinclair, Myhill, Lugano.

Booked: Olsson, Long

Referee: Howard Webb

Attendance: 28,610


15:00 Tottenham (0) 2 Crystal Palace (0) 0



Crystal Palace slipped to the foot of the table after suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of London rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane as Jermain Defoe scored just a day after it was confirmed he will be joining Toronto FC. Palace wasted a golden chance to take the lead on eight minutes when Mousa Dembele's clumsy challenge brought down Marouane Chamakh in the box, but Jason Puncheon's penalty was woeful as he fired high and wide into the stands.

Nabil Benteleb's curler came back off the post for Spurs before the hosts took the lead on 50 minutes when Emmanuel Adebayor flicked on a long ball and Christian Eriksen took a touch before crashing a shot past Julian Speroni. Spurs went further ahead on 73 minutes when Aaron Lennon fed Defoe and, after the ball bounced kindly in the box, the substitute lifted his shot over Speroni.

Tottenham: Lloris 6; Walker 5 (Naughton 48, 5), Dawson 7, Chiriches 7, Rose 5; Lennon 6, Bentaleb 7, Dembele 7, Eriksen 7 (Chadli 76); Adebayor 6, Soldado 5 (Defoe 58, 7)
Subs not used: Friedel, Holtby, Capoue, Fryers.

Scorers: Eriksen 49, Defoe 72

Booked: Naughton

Crystal Palace: Speroni 5; Mariappa 6, Gabbidon 5, Delaney 6, Parr 5; Bolasie 6 (Williams 69), Jedinak 7, Ward 6, Puncheon 5 (Guediora 82); Chamakh 6, Jerome 6 (Gayle 69).
Subs not used: Price, O'Keefe, Moxey, Bannan

Booked: Mariappa, Jedinak

Referee: Michael Oliver - 6

Attendance: 36,102


17:30 Manchester United (0) 2 Swansea (0) 0 ~ SkySports1



Manchester United avenged last week's FA Cup third-round defeat by Swansea City with a 2-0 Premier League victory over Michael Laudrup's side at Old Trafford. Adnan Januzaj struck the crossbar for United with an early free-kick, but it was Swansea who controlled possession in the first half without posing a major threat.

However, United scored the decisive first goal barely a minute into the second half when Antonio Valencia fired home the loose ball after Gerhard Tremmel had pushed out Shinji Kagawa's shot. The second goal arrived on 59 minutes when Patrice Evra bundled the ball into the box and Danny Welbeck flicked a shot beyond Tremmel.

Man Utd:De Gea 6; Rafael 7, Smalling 6, Vidic 6, Evra 7 (Buttner 79, 6); Fletcher 6, Carrick 6; Valencia 7, Januzaj 8, Kagawa 7; Welbeck 6 (Hernandez 86).
Subs: Giggs, Lindegaard, Cleverley, Zaha, Lingard.

Scorers: Valencia 47, Welbeck 59

Swansea:Tremmel 5; Rangel 5, Amat 6, Williams 7, Davies 6; Britton 7, Canas 6 (Flores 17, 6); Shelvey 6 (Vazquez 63, 6), Pozuelo 5, Routledge 6; Bony 6.
Subs: Taylor, Cornell, Richards, Lucas, Donnelly.

Booked: Rangel, Bony

Referee: Chris Foy 7

Attendance: 75035


Sunday 12 January 2014



14:05 Newcastle (0) 0 Manchester City (1) 2 ~ SkySports1  



Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo scored as Manchester City moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a controversial 2-0 victory in the first Super Sunday encounter at Newcastle. The Bosnian striker set the visitors on their way to a 10th successive win over the Magpies with an early finish and Negredo struck in added time as City extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 games.

However, the home side were hugely aggrieved to see a 34th-minute Cheick Tiote equaliser ruled out by referee Mike Jones for offside. The Ivory Coast international blasted home from distance, but after speaking to assistant Stephen Child, Jones ruled out the goal - to the fury of Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, who later became involved in an angry touchline spat with opposite number Manuel Pellegrini.

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Krul 6; Yanga-Mbiwa 6 (Haidara 83), Williamson 7, S.Taylor 6, Santon 7; Anita 6 (Cisse 73, 6), Tiote 8; Sissoko 6, Cabaye 7, Gouffran 7 (Ben Arfa 83); Remy 5.
Subs not used: Gosling, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Elliot. Booked: Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote, Yanga-Mbiwa.

Booked: Yanga-Mbiwa, Tiote, Sissoko, Cabaye

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart 8; Zabaleta 7, Kompany 7, Demichelis 6, Kolarov 7; Yaya Toure 6 (Garcia 60, 6), Fernandinho 6; Nasri 6 (Milner 79), Silva 7; Negredo 7, Dzeko 6 (Navas 52, 6).
Subs not used: Richards, Lescott, Clichy, Pantilimon. Booked: Fernandinho, Zabaleta.

Booked: Zabaleta, Fernandinho

Scorers: Dzeko 8, Negredo 90

Referee: Mike Jones 5

Attendance: 49,423


16:10 Stoke (2) 3 Liverpool (2) 5 ~ SkySports1



Strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge rekindled their deadly partnership to help Liverpool record their first league victory at Stoke in more than 29 years. However, the 5-3 scoreline by no means tells the whole story as it was a stuttering performance interspersed with moments of predatory brilliance which saw the Reds squander a 2-0 lead after a Ryan Shawcross and neat Suarez finish had seen them making a blistering start.

Stoke hit back through former Reds Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam before Steven Gerrard converted a penalty to restore the away side's lead. Another from Suarez, taking his tally to 22 in 16 league games, made it 4-2 before Jonathan Walters gave the home fans hope with five minutes to play.

But Sturridge came off the bench and rounded off the win with his 12th of the season on his first appearance since November 23 because of an ankle sprain.

Stoke City: (4-2-3-1) Butland 6, Cameron 6, Shawcross 5, Wilson 4, Pieters 4; Nzonzi 6, (Ireland 81) Whelan 6; Walters 6, Adam 8, Arnautovic 7; Crouch 7.
Subs not used: Sorensen, Muniesa, Pennant, Palacios, Etherington, Shotton.

Scorers:Crouch 39 Adam 44, Walters 84

Booked: Shawcross

Liverpool: (4-3-3) Mignolet 6, Johnson 6, Toure 6, Skrtel 7, Cissokho 5; Leiva 6, Gerrard 6, Henderson 6; Sterling 7, Suarez 8, Coutinho 6. (Sturridge 66, 8)
Subs not used: Ward, Alberto, Aspas, Moses, Ibe, Kelly.

Scorers:Shawcross og 5, Suarez 32, Suarez 71, Gerrard 51, Sturridge 87

Booked: Cissokho

Referee: Anthony Taylor - 6

Attendance: 27,160

Monday 13 January 2014



20:00 Aston Villa (0) 1 Arsenal (2) 2 ~ SkySports1



Quickfire goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud sent Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa. Wilshere put Arsenal ahead in the 34th minute at Villa Park and then provided the pass for Giroud to double the lead just a minute later.

Villa rallied late on and pulled one back with Christian Benteke's first goal in four months, but they could not force an equaliser. Arsenal's record of having not lost at Villa Park since 1998 was maintained but Villa's finish, despite a run of just one win in seven games, will offer encouragement.

Aston Villa: Guzan 6, Vlaar 6, Baker 5, (Bacuna 21, 5) Clark 5; Lowton 5, El Ahmadi 5, (Weimann 73, 6) Westwood 5, Delph 6, Luna 5; Benteke 5, Agbonlahor 5.
Subs not used: Helenius, Albrighton, Steer, Sylla, Tonev.

Booked: El Ahmadi, Agbonlahor

Scorers:Benteke 76

Arsenal: Szczesny 6, Sagna 6, Mertesacker 6, Koscielny 6, Monreal 6; (Gibbs 66, 6) Flamini 7, Wilshere 8; Gnabry 6, (Rosicky 69, 6) (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86) Ozil 6, Cazorla 7; Giroud 7.
Subs not used:Podolski, Fabianski, Jenkinson, Park.

Booked: Monreal, Wilshere

Scorers:Wilshere 34, Giroud 35

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Attendance: 36,097



















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