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Premier League MatchDay 22 ~ Review

last updated Tuesday 21st January 2014, 11:04 AM


Premier League MatchDay 22 saw the three table toppers Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City pull further away from the rest of the league.

MatchDay 22 Saturday, January 18, 2014
Time Home   Res. Away Att. Referee
12:45 Sunderland 2-2 Southampton 38,115 Chris Foy
15:00 Arsenal 2-0 Fulham 60,000 Lee Probert
15:00 C.Palace 1-0 Stoke 24,440 Mark Clattenburg
15:00 Man City 4-2 Cardiff 47,213 Neil Swarbrick
15:00 Norwich 1-0 Hull 26,655 Howard Webb
15:00 West Ham 1-3 Newcastle 33,343 Andre Marriner
17:30 Liverpool 2-2 Aston Villa 44,737 Jonathan Moss
MatchDay 22 Sunday, January 19, 2014
13:30 Swansea 1-3 Tottenham 20,769 Martin Atkinson
16:00 Chelsea 3-1 Man Utd 41,615 Phil Dowd
MatchDay 22 Sunday, January 20, 2014
20:00 West Brom 1-1 Everton 24,184 Michael Oliver
Sunderland battled back from a poor start to hold Southampton to a 2-2 draw in a pulsating game at the Stadium of Light. Saints dominated the first half and carved out a 2-0 lead The Black Cats improved after the break and drew level on 71 minutes .

Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla struck twice in the second half as Arsenal beat Fulham 2-0 to stay ahead of Manchester City at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Fulham - who made the expected sweeping changes from their midweek FA Cup third-round replay win over Norwich - had never won in any competition at Arsenal, losing 22 of their trips so far to north London.

Tony Pulis masterminded a 1-0 victory over his former club Stoke as Crystal Palace moved out of the bottom three of the Premier League. The result sees the Eagles not only move off the foot of the table, but out of the relegation zone while Stoke slip to 13th.

Premiership table - after 21st Jan 2014
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Arsenal 22 8 2 1 20 6 8 1 2 23 13 24 51
2 Man City 22 11 0 0 42 8 5 2 4 21 17 38 50
3 Chelsea 22 10 1 0 25 9 5 3 3 18 11 23 49
4 Liverpool 22 9 1 1 29 8 4 3 4 24 20 25 43
5 Tottenham 22 5 3 3 13 13 8 1 2 16 13 3 43
6 Everton 22 7 3 1 21 9 4 6 1 14 11 15 42
7 Man Utd 22 5 2 4 14 10 6 2 3 22 17 9 37
8 Newcastle 22 5 3 3 17 12 6 0 5 15 16 4 36
9 Southampton 22 5 3 3 17 12 3 4 4 12 13 4 31
10 Aston Villa 22 2 2 7 8 16 4 4 3 14 13 -7 24
11 Hull 22 5 3 3 15 8 1 2 8 7 20 -6 23
12 Norwich 22 4 3 4 11 11 2 2 7 7 24 -17 23
13 West Brom 22 3 4 4 13 13 1 6 4 11 16 -5 22
14 Stoke 22 4 5 2 14 12 1 2 8 8 24 -14 22
15 Swansea 22 2 4 5 19 20 3 2 6 8 13 -6 21
16 C. Palace 22 4 2 5 9 14 2 0 9 5 17 -17 20
17 Fulham 22 3 1 7 14 22 3 0 8 8 26 -26 19
18 West Ham 22 2 3 6 13 19 2 3 6 9 14 -11 18
19 Sunderland 22 2 2 7 12 19 2 4 5 9 17 -15 18
20 Cardiff 22 3 3 5 10 17 1 3 7 7 21 -21 18
Edin Dzeko scored Manchester City's 100th goal of the season as they won 4-2 at home to Cardiff in the Premier League. However, City failed to return to the top of the table after Arsenal won 2-0 at home to Fulham, while Cardiff now prop up the top flight.

A late header from defender Ryan Bennett moved Norwich five points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone as the Canaries eventually saw off Hull City at Carrow Road. The defender rose above Alex Bruce to meet a Robert Snodgrass corner in the 86th minute to give Norwich a 1-0 victory as they move up to 12th in the Premier League standings.

Newcastle United got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at Upton Park which pushed West Ham United into the Premier League drop zone. Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy made the most of the Magpies' control in the first half to open up a commanding lead, and the Hammers were unable to build on the lifeline of a Mike Williamson own goal as they conceded a third late on.

Liverpool came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa in an entertaining Premier League clash at Anfield. Villa raced into a deserved 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Andreas Weimann and Christian Benteke, but Daniel Sturridge pulled a goal back right on the stroke of half-time. Liverpool won a penalty early in the second half as Luis Suarez went down in the box under a challenge from Brad Guzan and Steven Gerrard scored from the spot.

MatchDay 23 Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Time Home   Away TV Referee
19:45 Man Utd v Cardiff   Craig Pawson
19:45 Norwich v Newcastle   Chris Foy
19:45 Southampton v Arsenal   Lee Mason
19:45 Swansea v Fulham   Michael Oliver
20:00 C.Palace v Hull   Roger East
20:00 Liverpool v Everton BT1 Martin Atkinson
MatchDay 23 Wednesday, January 29, 2014
19:45 Aston Villa v West Brom   Mark Clattenburg
19:45 Chelsea v West Ham   Neil Swarbrick
19:45 Sunderland v Stoke   Robert Madley
19:45 Tottenham v Man City BT1 Andre Marriner
Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice as Tottenham claimed a fifth straight Premier League away win with a 3-1 victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. The win moves Tottenham up to fifth, level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool as Sherwood, who opted against sticking with a 4-4-2 formation here, remained unbeaten in the Premier League since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas.

Samuel Eto'o's first hat-trick in Premier League football gave Chelsea a 3-1 win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. The three points sees Chelsea move back to within touching distance of leaders Arsenal and second placed Manchester City - although the win - Jose Mourinho's 100th in the Premier League - does mean the top three are now six points clear. United stay seventh, six points adrift of fourth place and 14 points off the top and the defence of their title surely now looks in tatters.

Diego Lugano's header denied Everton a place in the top four and gave Pepe Mel a point in his first game as West Brom coach after a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns against a misfiring Everton side who briefly had one foot in the Champions League places when Kevin Mirallas fired them into a first-half lead.

Saturday 18 January 2014



12:45 Sunderland (1) 2 Southampton (2) 2 ~ BTSports 1



The day's early kick-off saw Sunderland mount an excellent comeback which saw them claim a 2-2 draw with Southampton.

The Saints dominated the opening 45 minutes and raced into a two-goal lead thanks to Jay Rodriguez and a clinical finish from Dejan Lovren.

Sunderland replied, though, straight after Lovren's goal when Fabio Borini fired home with their first shot of the game. The leveller then came 19 minutes from time as Adam Johnson smashed into the top corner, although Artur Boruc will feel he could have done better with both goals.

The game was marred late on by two serious-looking injuries for Soutampton as Lovren and second-half substitute Gaston Ramirez were stretchered off.

Sunderland: Mannone 7; Bardsley 6, O'Shea 6, Brown 6, Alonso 6; Cattermole 5 (Gardner 63, 7); Johnson 7, Larsson 5 (Colback 63, 6), Ki 6, Borini 7; Altidore 5 (Fletcher 72, 6).
Subs not used: Celustka, Giaccherini, Roberge, Pickford.

Booked: Cattermole, Ki.

Scorers: Borini 32, Johnson 71

Southampton: Boruc 6; Chambers 6, Fonte 6, Lovren 7 (Yoshida 87), Shaw 7; Schneiderlin 7, Cork 7; S.Davis 6, Lallana 6 (Ramirez 73, 6) (Ward-Prowse 87), Rodriguez 8; Lambert 7.
Subs not used: Clyne, Do Prado, Hooiveld, K.Davis.

Scorers: Rodriguez 4, Lovren 31

Referee: Chris Foy 6.

Attendance: 38,115.


15:00 Arsenal (0) 2 Fulham (0) 0



The Gunners overcame Fulham 2-0, thanks to two late strikes from Santi Cazorla, whilst City secured a 4-2 success against Cardiff City at the Etihad.

Cazorla was indeed the match-winner at the Emirates as, after a goalless first half, the Spaniard took control.

His first came on 57 minutes as he lashed the ball home from 12 yards after good work from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud.

Just five minutes later and the three points were secured as he fired home from the edge of the box, just putting the ball out of Maarten Steklenburg's reach.

Arsenal: Szczesny 6; Sagna 7, Mertesacker 7, Koscielny 7, Monreal 7; Flamini 8, Wilshere 7; Gnabry 7 (Podolski 71), Ozil 6 (Chamberlain 86), Cazorla 8; Giroud 6.
Subs not used: Rosicky, Fabianski, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Park.

Scorers: Cazorla 57, Cazorla 62

Fulham: Stekelenburg 6; Riether 6, Hangeland 7, Burn 6, Richardson 6; Sidwell 6, Parker 6; Dejagah 5 (Bent 68), Dempsey 6, Kacaniklic 6 (Kasami 86); Berbatov 6.
Subs not used: Riise, Stockdale, Karagounis, Duff, Hughes.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire) 7

Attendance: 60000


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



The big movers of the day were Crystal Palace as they climbed off the bottom of the table and up to 16th in the table with their 1-0 win over Stoke City at Selhurst Park.

On a day which will no doubt live long in the memory of Tony Pulis - the winner came just after the break.

Oussama Assaidi gave away the ball in his own box, Jason Puncheon picked it up and got the better of Marc Wilson and curled the ball past Jack Butland.

Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Speroni 6, Mariappa 6, Gabbidon 5, Delaney 6, Parr 5; Bolasie 5 (Moxey 86), Ward 6, Jedinak 6, Puncheon 7; Guedioura 5 (O'Keefe 68 5), Chamakh 6 (Wilbraham 86).
Subs not used: Price, Williams, Bannan, Gayle.

Scorers: Puncheon 51

Stoke (4-2-3-1): Butland 7; Cameron 5, Shawcross 5, Wilson 5, Pieters 4; Whelan 5 (Ireland 58 4), Nzonzi 4; Adam 5, Walters 6 (Guidetti 79), Assaidi 5 (Arnautovic 72 5); Crouch 5.
Subs not used: Sorensen, Muniesa, Shotton, Palacios,

Booked: Arnautovic, Nzonzi

Referee: Lee Mason 8

Attendance: 24,440


15:00 Manchester City (2) 4 Cardiff City (1) 2



If Arsenal's win was far from convincing, then free-scoring Man City had a surprisingly tough day against Cardiff - despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise.

City dominated the early stages and they went ahead after just 14 minutes after great work from David Silva saw him pull the ball back for Edin Dzeko to dispatch, although goal-line technology was called in to give the goal.

Suddenly Cardiff came to life and they levelled on the half-hour mark through Craig Noone. Aron Gunnarsson slipped a great ball inside and Noone cut in past Vincent Kompany and finished at his near post.

City restored the lead just before the interval and there was a touch of luck about Jesus Navas's goal as Steven Caulker made a good block on Edin Dzeko, but the clearance bounced into the stride of the Spaniard and he slammed it home. Both sides had chances in the second half, and Joe Hart had plenty of work to do to keep City ahead - but City's class told in the end as they eased to the three points thanks to a further two goals.

Firstly a classic counter-attack saw Yaya Toure stroke the ball home and then the returning Sergio Aguero fired home on his comeback appearance. There was time for Fraizer Campbell to add another in injury time and it was some consolation for Cardiff who turned in a good display.

Manchester City: Hart 7; Zabaleta 7, Kompany 6, Demichelis 5, Kolarov 6; Navas 7 (Clichy 82), Toure 8, Garcia 6, Silva 7 (Milner 80); Negredo 5 (Aguero 62, 7), Dzeko 6.
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Lescott, Nastasic, Fernandinho.

Scorers: Dzeko 14, Navas 33, Toure 76, Aguero 79

Booked: Negredo, Kolarov

Cardiff: Marshall 7; Theophile-Catherine 5, Caulker 7, Turner 7, McNaughton 6 (John 68, 6); Medel 6; Noone 8, Gunnarsson 7 (Eikrem 78, 6), Mutch 6, Whittingham 5 (Bellamy 68, 6); Campbell 7.
Subs not used: Hudson, Odemwingie, Kim, Lewis.

Scorers: Noone, 29, Campbell, 90

Attendance: 47,213

Referee: Neil Swarbrick, 7


15:00 Norwich City (0) 1 Hull City (0) 0    



Hull City remain in 10th, but Norwich City gave their survival hopes a huge boost as they grabbed a 1-0 win at Carrow Road.

The winner came just three minutes from the end as Ryan Bennett rose to meet a Robert Snodgrass corner and seal the win.

Hull's day went form bad to worse late on as Tom Huddlestone saw red for a second yellow card in injury time.

Norwich: Ruddy 6; Martin 6, R Bennett 7, Bassong 6, Olsson 6; Snodgrass 8, Johnson 7, Fer 6, Gutierrez 6 (Pilkington 69mins 6); Hooper 6, Van Wolfswinkel 5 (Becchio 80mins)
Subs not used: Bunn, Whittaker, Hoolahan, Redmond, Tettey

Scorers: Bennett 87

Booked: Johnson

Hull: McGregor 6; Chester 5 (Figueroa 15mins 5), Bruce 6, Davies 6; Elmohamady 5, Livermore 5, Huddlestone 5, Koren 5 (Fryatt 82mins), Rosenior 6; Sagbo 6 (Boyd 67mins 5), Jelavic 6
Subs not used: Harper, Meyler, Faye, Quinn

Booked: Figueroa, Rosenior, Huddlestone

Attendance: Huddlestone 89

Referee: Howard Webb

Attendance: 26,655


15:00 West Ham (1) 1 Newcastle United (2) 3



Newcastle went ahead 16 minutes in as Yohan Cabaye finished neatly into the corner after good work from Yoan Gouffran. Newcastle doubled their lead just after the half-hour as Loic Remy took down a cross from Moussa Sissoko in the six-yard box and fired past Adrian.

West Ham got themselves back into the game just before the break when Tim Krul failed to deal with a cross and Carlton Cole looked to poke it home, but it went in off Mike Williamson. Newcastle wrapped up the win in the final minute when Cabaye added his second with a curling free-kick which was too good for Adrian to keep out.

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Adrian 6; M Taylor 5, Johnson 5, Collins 6, Rat 5; Collison 6 (Morrison 46, 6), Noble 6; Downing 6, Diame 5 (Carroll 62, 6), Jarvis 6 (J Cole 73, 6); C Cole 6.
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Maiga, Diarra, Chambers.

Scorers: Williamson og 45

Newcastle: (4-2-3-1): Krul 6; Santon 6 (Dummett 74, 6), Williamson 7, S Taylor 7, Yanga-Mbiwa 6; Tiote 7, Anita 6 (Shola Ameobi 61, 6); Sissoko 7, Cabaye 8, Gouffran 6; Remy 7 (Ben Arfa 78)
Subs not used: Elliot, Haidara, Obertan, Cisse

Scorers: Cabaye 6, Cabaye 90, Remy 33

Referee: Andre Marriner 7.

Attendance: 33,344


17:30 Liverpool (1) 2 Aston Villa (2) 2 ~ SkySports1



Liverpool were unable to strengthen their grip on fourth spot, but recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa at Anfield.

Villa had sprung a surprise on their last visit to the red half of Merseyside, and looked like repeating those heroics as they surged in front. Andreas Weimann tapped home the opener before Simon Mignolet badly misjudged a cross from Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke stooped to nod into an empty net.

Liverpool grabbed a lifeline in first-half stoppage-time, with Jordan Henderson cleverly flicking into the path of Daniel Sturridge to produce a composed, chipped finish. Parity was restored eight minutes into the second half, with Luis Suarez tumbling over a sliding Brad Guzan and Steven Gerrard making no mistake from the penalty spot, but there was to be no thrilling finish for the hosts.

Liverpool: Mignolet 6: Johnson 6, Toure 5, Skrtel 7, Cissokho 5: Sterling 6, Gerrard 6, Henderson 7, Coutinho 5 (Lucas 46, 6 (Allen 66, 6)): Sturridge 6, Suarez 7
Subs not used: Jones, Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Moses, Kelly.

Scorers: Sturridge 45, Gerrard pen 53

Aston Villa: Guzan 6: Bacuna 7, Vlaar 7, Clark 7, Bertrand 6 (Luna 81); Weimann 7, El Ahmadi7 (Sylla 64, 6), Westwood 7, Agbonlahor 8 (Holt 49, 6), Benteke 8, Delph 7
Subs not used: Helenius, Albrighton, Steer, Gardner.

Booked: Clarke, El Ahmadi, Bertrand, Bacuna.

Scorers: Weimann 26, Benteke 36

Referee: Jonathan Moss.

Attendance: 44,737


Sunday 19 January 2014



13:30 Swansea City (0) 1 Tottenham (1) 3 ~ SkySports1



Emmanuel Adebayor grabbed a brace as Tottenham won 3-1 at the Liberty Stadium to compound Swansea's relegation fears. The striker headed Spurs into a 35th-minute lead and then tapped in their third after a Chico Flores own goal had doubled the visitors' lead.

Wilfried Bony hit the bar and had a good penalty appeal for a push by Michael Dawson turned down in the first half, before getting Swansea's consolation late on.

The win moves Tottenham up to fifth, level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool as Tim Sherwood, who opted against sticking with a 4-4-2 formation here, remained unbeaten in the Premier League since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas.

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Tremmel 6; Rangel 6, Flores 5, Williams 6, Davies 6; Amat 6, Britton 6; Pozuelo 4, Shelvey 7 (Lamah 51, 5), Routledge 6; Bony 8
Subs not used: Cornell, Tiendalli, Taylor, Richards, Donnelly, Vazquez.

Booked: Amat, Bony

Scorers: Bony 78

Tottenham: Lloris 7; Walker 7, Dawson 6, Chiriches 5, Rose 7; Lennon 6 (Naughton 79) , Dembele 6, Eriksen 8, Bentaleb 6, Chadli 6 (Sigurdssson 67, 6); Adebayor 8.
Subs not used: Friedel, Holtby, Soldado, Capoue, Defoe.

Booked: Rose

Scorers: Adebayor 35, Flores og 53, Adebayor 71

Referee: Martin Atkinson 5

Attendance: 20,769


16:00 Chelsea (2) 3 Manchester United (0) 1 ~ SkySports1



Chelsea inflicted a knockout blow on Manchester United's hopes of making a successful defence of the Premier League and kept their own title bid on track with a comprehensive victory at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho's side moved two points behind leaders Arsenal after Samuel Eto'o scored a hat-trick -- his fourth, fifth and sixth Premier League goals of the season -- in a 3-1 win which exposed United's shortcomings and left them 14 points adrift of the summit.

Perhaps more crucial for David Moyes and United, whose reply came from substitute Javier Hernandez, is the deficit to the Champions League qualification places. Seventh-placed United sit six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool and fifth-placed Tottenham with 16 games remaining

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Luiz, Willian (Matic 85'), Oscar (Mikel 67'), Hazard, Eto'o (Torres 78').
Subs not used: Cole, Lampard, Mata, Schwarzer.

Booked: Luiz

Scorers: Eto'o 17, Eto'o 45, Eto'o 49

Man Utd: De Gea, Rafael Da Silva, Evans, Vidic, Evra (Smalling 61'), Jones, Carrick, Valencia, Januzaj, Young (Hernandez 56'), Welbeck.
Subs not used: Giggs, Lindegaard, Cleverley, Fletcher, Kagawa.

Booked: Young, Valencia

Sent off: Vidic

Scorers:Hernandez 78

Referee: Phil Dowd

Attendance: 41,615

Monday 20 January 2014



20:00 West Brom (0) 1 Everton (1) 1 ~ SkySports1



Diego Lugano's header denied Everton a place in the top four and gave Pepe Mel a point in his first game as West Brom coach after a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns. The Uruguay international's 75th-minute header secured a 1-1 draw against a misfiring Everton side who briefly had one foot in the Champions League places when Kevin Mirallas fired them into a first-half lead.

Mel found himself having to earn his money almost immediately as, against a backdrop of off-field issues, he coaxed an improved second-half performance out of his side which could have easily also produced a winner.

Everton tried to respond, sending on new signing Aiden McGeady for his debut late on, and although Gareth Barry's shot was diverted into the net with the last kick of the game by Distin the defender was clearly offside. The draw sees Everton remain in sixth place, while Albion climb to 13th.

West Brom: Foster 6, Reid 6, Lugano 6, Olsson 7, Ridgewell 6, Gera 6 (Mulumbu 6 60), Morrison 8, Yacob 7, Brunt 5, Vydra (Anichebe 6 46), Anelka 6 (Berahino 77).
Subs Not Used: Myhill, Amalfitano, Billy Jones, Sessegnon.

Booked: Yacob, Morrison, Ridgewell.

Scorers:Lugano 75.

Everton: Howard 7, Coleman 6 (Stones 6 79), Jagielka7 , Distin 6, Baines 6, McCarthy 5, Barry 6, Oviedo 6 (McGeady 80), Mirallas 7, Osman 5 (Naismith 89), Lukaku 6.
Subs Not Used: Robles, Hibbert, Heitinga, Vellios.

Booked: Barry, Mirallas.

Scorers:Mirallas 41.

Referee:Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

Attendance: 24,184



















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