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Premier League MatchDay 25 Review

last updated Tuesday 05th February 2013, 2:13 PM


Premiership Results
Saturday 2nd February 2013
KO Home   Away Ref TV
12:45 QPR 0-0 Norwich J Moss Sky2
15:00 Arsenal 1-0 Stoke C Foy  
15:00 Everton 3-3 Aston Villa M Jones  
15:00 Newcastle 3-2 Chelsea H Webb  
15:00 Reading 2-1 Sunderland L Mason  
15:00 West Ham 1-0 Swansea L Probert  
15:00 Wigan 2-2 Southampton A Marriner  
17:30 Fulham 0-1 Man Utd K Friend ESPN
Sunday 3rd February 2013
13:30 West Brom 0-1 Tottenham M Clattenburg Sky1
16:00 Man City 2-2 Liverpool A Taylor Sky1
Premier League MatchDay 25 kicked off at 12:45 on Saturday with Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn saving a penalty as big-spending QPR were held to a goalless draw at Loftus Road.

Lukas Podolski's deflected free-kick proved the difference as Arsenal eked out a much-needed victory against Stoke.

Aston Villa threw away a two-goal lead against Everton as Marouane Fellaini's second of the match deep into added time denied the visitors a much-needed win at Goodison Park.

Newcastle pulled off a vital 3-2 victory against Chelsea to pull further clear of trouble. It was a fantastic match which twisted one way and then the other, and the crowd went crazy with their celebrations.

Premiership table - after 3rd Feb 2013
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Man Utd 25 11 0 1 32 15 9 2 2 28 16 29 62
2 Man City 25 9 3 1 29 11 6 5 1 18 10 26 53
3 Chelsea 25 6 4 2 26 11 7 3 3 25 16 24 46
4 Tottenham 25 6 4 2 18 12 7 2 4 24 17 13 45
5 Everton 25 6 6 1 22 16 4 6 2 18 14 10 42
6 Arsenal 25 7 3 3 33 18 4 5 3 16 11 20 41
7 Liverpool 25 6 3 3 22 10 3 6 4 22 22 12 36
8 Swansea 25 4 6 2 22 18 4 4 5 12 10 6 34
9 West Brom 25 7 2 4 19 12 3 2 7 15 23 -1 34
10 Stoke 25 5 6 1 16 13 1 6 6 8 17 -6 30
11 West Ham 25 6 4 3 21 14 2 2 8 7 22 -8 30
12 Sunderland 25 4 4 4 14 12 3 4 6 14 21 -5 29
13 Fulham 25 5 3 5 21 17 2 4 6 15 25 -6 28
14 Norwich 25 5 4 3 14 14 1 6 6 11 26 -15 28
15 Newcastle 25 6 1 6 17 18 1 5 6 16 26 -11 27
16 Southampton 25 3 5 4 15 14 2 4 7 18 30 -11 24
17 Reading 25 4 6 3 22 24 1 2 9 10 22 -14 23
18 Wigan 25 2 4 7 17 27 3 2 7 12 20 -18 21
19 Aston Villa 25 2 4 6 9 18 2 5 6 14 31 -26 21
20 QPR 25 1 7 5 8 19 1 4 7 10 18 -19 17
Reading once again scored a late goal to take all three points off Sunderland, with two-goal Jimmy Kebe the hero of the day.

Andy Carroll gave his team's fight against relegation a much-needed shot in the arm as West Ham edged past Swansea to record just their second win of 2013.

Shaun Maloney salvaged what could prove to be a vital point for Wigan with a 90th-minute equaliser against fellow strugglers Southampton at the DW Stadium.

A solitary effort from Wayne Rooney is enough to settle an eventful tie and send Man Utd 10 points clear at the top of the table. It was a brave effort from Fulham who will be disappointed to end the game empty-handed.

On Sunday MatchDay 25 saw Bale's second-half thunderbolt settle the game between West Brom and Tottenham, with Popov's dismissal, for spitting, leaving West Brom with too much to do. Spurs moved to within a point of Chelsea in third.

In the last game of the weekend Manchester City lost more ground on league leaders Man United after only being able to draw with Liverpool, but a terrific game ended with a fair scoreline that saw three magnificent goals in the process.


Saturday 2nd February 2013

12:45 - QPR (0) 0 - 0 (0) Norwich  - Sky 2


Mark Bunn saved Adel Taarabt's second-half penalty as Norwich earned a goalless draw with basement boys Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Bunn conceded the penalty when he brought down Jamie Mackie inside the box, but the Norwich keeper made amends for his mistake with a superb save to keep out Taarabt's spot-kick and deny QPR all three points.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Da Silva (Ben Haim 74), Samba, Hill, Traore, Wright-Phillips (Zamora 54), Mbia (Jenas 69), Derry, Townsend, Taarabt, Mackie.
Subs not used: Green, Park, Granero, Bothroyd.

Booked: Mbia, Hill.

Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington (Elliott Bennett 24), Hoolahan (Becchio 88), Holt.
Subs not used: Camp, Whittaker, Howson, Jackson, Barnett.

Booked: Garrido, Bunn, Tettey, Turner, Bassong.

Referee: Jon Moss.

Attendance: 17,543.

15:00 - Arsenal (0) 1 - 0 (0) Stoke 


Arsenal closed the gap on Tottenham and Chelsea with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stoke at the Emirates.

After being denied on several occasions by Asmir Begovic, Arsenal finally made the breakthrough 12 minutes from time with a controversial goal from Lukas Podolski.

Podolski's low-free-kick took a wicked deflection off Geoff Cameron to wrongfoot Begovic, but it looked like referee Chris Foy was preparing to disallow the goal before awarding the strike after consulting his assistant.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Diaby (Cazorla 68), Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Podolski 8),Walcott (Ramsey 90),Giroud.
Subs not used: Mannone, Rosicky, Andre Santos, Jenkinson.

Goals: Podolski 78.

Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson, Walters (Jerome 84), Cameron (Owen 84), Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington, Crouch (Jones 83).
Subs not used: Sorensen, Adam, Whitehead, Kightly.

Booked: Whelan, Wilkinson, Shawcross.

Attendance: 59,872.

Referee: Chris Foy.

15:00 - Everton (1) 3 - 3 (2) Aston Villa  


Everton came from two goals down to earn a 3-3 draw with Aston Villa at Goodison Park to deny Paul Lambert's side a much-needed win.

Villa made the perfect start with Christian Benteke firing the visitors in front after just two minutes to stun the home fans.

Everton drew level on 21 minutes but parity proved short-lived as three minutes later Villa restored their lead but Villa made it 3-1 just past the hour mark.

However Everton kept fighting and pulled a goal back on 69 minutes. They continued to throw everything at Villa and in injury-time Fellaini rose highest to head home Leighton Baines' corner to break the visitors' resistance and earn Everton an unlikely point.

Everton: Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga (Oveido 65), Distin, Baines, Mirallas (Jelavic 65), Gibson (Naismith 90), Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Anichebe.
Subs not used: Mucha, Hitzlsperger, Neville, Duffy.

Goals: Anichebe 21, Fellaini 69, 90

Booked: Osman

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Westwood, El Ahmadi (Holman 82), Agbonlahor (Baker 90), N'Zogbia (Sylla 79), Weimann, Benteke.
Subs not used: Given, Bent, Bowery, Dawkins.

Goals: Benteke 2, 61, Agbonlahor 24

Booked: Benteke, Lowton, Agbonlahor, Sylla

Referee: Mike Jones

Attendance: 38,121

15:00 - Newcastle (1) 3 - 2 (0) Chelsea


Moussa Sissoko's late goal earned Newcastle a thrilling 3-2 win over Chelsea to climb further clear of trouble at the wrong end of the table and pile the misery on Rafa Benitez.

Demba Ba endured a painful return to St James' Park when he took a boot in the face from former team-mate Fabricio Coloccini and, after lengthy treatment, was forced off before half-time.

Newcastle broke the deadlock four minutes before the break but Chelsea equalised ten minutes into the second half and then went ahead through Juan Mata. Newcastle refused to lie down and they drew level on 68 minutes with Sissoko scoring his first goal for the club.

Just when it seemed like it would end all-square Sissoko popped up with his second goal of the game in the closing seconds to give Newcastle back-to-back wins.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Perch, Cabaye, Gouffran (Marveaux 84), Sissoko (Yanga-Mbiwa 90), Gutierrez, Cisse.
Subs not used: Elliot, Anita, Bigirimana, Obertan, Shola Ameobi.

Booked: Perch, Cisse.

Goals: Gutierrez 41, Sissoko 68, 90.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Bertrand, Ba (Torres 43).
Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Azpilicueta, Benayoun, Ake.

Booked: Ramires, Cole, Mata.

Goals: Lampard 55, Mata 61.

Attendance: 52,314.

Referee: Howard Webb.

15:00 - Reading (1) 2 - 1 (1) Sunderland


Reading continued their recent improvement with a 2-1 win over Sunderland.

Reading got off to a flying start by going in front after just seven minutes when Jobi McAnuff picked out Jimmy Kebe inside the box and he controlled superbly before smashing his shot high into the net past Simon Mignolet.

Sunderland drew level just before the half-hour mark when Pavel Pogrebnyak fouled John O'Shea inside the box to concede a penalty and Craig Gardner drilled his spot-kick past Adam Federici.

Reading grabbed the winner five minutes from time when Kebe got on the end of Ian Harte's cross at the far post to head in off the underside of the crossbar.

Reading: Federici, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Kebe, Leigertwood, McAnuff, McCleary (Le Fondre 65), Pogrebnyak (Blackman 72), Akpan.
Subs not used: Stuart Taylor, Shorey, Karacan, Morrison, Guthrie.

Booked: McAnuff.

Goals: Kebe 7, 85.

Sunderland: Mignolet, N'Diaye, Bramble, O'Shea, Colback, Larsson (Rose 46), Gardner, Vaughan (McClean 62), Johnson, Fletcher, Sessegnon (Graham 79).
Subs not used: Westwood, Bardsley, Wickham, Mangane.

Booked: Gardner, Bramble, Sessegnon.

Goals: Gardner 29 (pen).

Attendance: 23,829.

Referee: Lee Mason.

15:00 - West Ham (0) 1 - 0 (0) Swansea


Andy Carroll's second goal for West Ham earned Sam Allardyce's side a much-needed win over Swansea at Upton Park.

Carroll netted the only goal of the game 13 minutes from time when he headed home past Gerhard Tremmel.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Tomkins, O'Brien, Nolan (Pogatetz 90), Jarvis (J Cole 62), Taylor, Noble, Diame (O'Neil 86), Carroll, Vaz Te.
Subs not used: Spiegel, Collison, C Cole, Chamakh.

Booked: Vaz Te.

Goals: Carroll 77.

Swansea: Tremmel, Chico, Williams, Rangel, Davies, Britton (Moore 57), Michu, Pablo, Routledge (Dyer 75), De Guzman, Ki Sung-yeung.
Subs not used: Cornell, Monk, Tiendalli, Lamah, Shechter

Booked: Chico.

Referee: Lee Probert.

Attendance: 34,962.

15:00 - Wigan (1) 2 - 2 (0) Southampton


Wigan picked up a precious point after a late 2-2 draw with fellow strugglers Southampton to deny Mauricio Pochettino his first win as manager.

Wigan made the breakthrough on 25 minutes when Gary Caldwell headed Jean Beausejour's corner powerfully past Artur Boruc.

Southampton deservedly drew level on 64 minutes when Rickie Lambert bravely headed home past Ali Al Habsi.

Southampton hit the front five minutes from time with Morgan Schneiderlin finishing off a flowing move from the visitors with a close-range finish from Jay Rodriguez's cross.

Wigan hit back to level matters in the final minute when Maloney got on the end of Paul Scharner's header to score from close range.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa, Stam (Gomez 56), McCarthy (Henriquez 90), McArthur, Beausejour, Espinoza (McManaman 75), Di Santo, Maloney.
Subs not used: Robles, Jones, Golobart, Campabadal.

Goals: Caldwell 25, Maloney 90.

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne (Lallana 60), Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Puncheon (Ward-Prowse 81), Ramirez (Steven Davis 46), Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Fox, Lee, Richardson.

Goals: Lambert 64, Schneiderlin 85.

Booked: Cork, Rodriguez.

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

17:30 - Fulham (0) 0 - 1 (0) Man Utd - ESPN


Wayne Rooney's second-half goal earned Manchester United a second win over Fulham in a week following a 1-0 success at Craven Cottage.

The Premier League leaders struck the woodwork three times in a first half which was temporarily halted when the floodlights went out while Fulham twice saw attempts cleared off the line and also hit the woodwork.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland (Hughes 46), Senderos, Riise, Duff, Karagounis (Emanuelson 68), Baird, Dejagah (Petric 82), Ruiz, Rodallega.
Subs Not Used: Etheridge, Frimpong, Davies, Kacaniklic.

Booked: Baird.

Manchester United: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia (Hernandez 66), Cleverley (Giggs 75), Carrick, Nani (Welbeck 84), Rooney, van Persie.
Subs Not Used: Amos, Anderson, Smalling, Kagawa.

Booked: Rooney.

Goals: Rooney 79.

Attendance: 25,670

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).


Sunday 3rd February 2013

13:30 - West Brom (0) 0 - 0 (0) Tottenham - Sky 1


Gareth Bale netted another spectacular strike for Tottenham Hotspur as they overcame 10-man West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at The Hawthorns.

A close encounter swung in Spurs' favour three minutes into the second half when Baggies full-back Goran Popov was shown a straight red card for spitting at Kyle Walker.

Andre Villas-Boas' side were able to make their numerical advantage count on 67 minutes, with Bale shifting the ball onto his left foot and firing a 20-yard thunderbolt past a helpless Ben Foster.

West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Popov, Dorrans (Rosenberg 81), Yacob (Fortune 81), Morrison, Brunt, Long, Lukaku (Ridgewell 51)
Substitutes: Myhill, Thomas, Jones, Tamas

Booked: Dorrans

Red Card: Popov

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker (Gallas 77), Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon (Sigurdsson 85), Dembele, Parker, Bale, Dempsey, Defoe (Holtby 39)
Substitutes: Friedel, Huddlestone, Naughton, Livermore

Goals: Bale 66

Attendance:

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

116:00 - Man City (0) 0 - 0 (0) Liverpool - Sky 1


A dreadful misjudgement by Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina earned Manchester City a point but the defending champions still lost ground in the title race in a 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

In an entertaining, seesaw contest a vintage Steven Gerrard strike looked set to win the game for Brendan Rodgers' visitors after former City player Daniel Sturridge had controversially equalised Edin Dzeko's opener.

But, with 12 minutes remaining, Reina, whose Liverpool career remains in doubt beyond the end of the season, then foolishly rushed from his goal to be beaten by Sergio Aguero and the Argentine superbly finished from an almost impossible angle.

It could be viewed as a point gained for City but Roberto Mancini's team are now still nine points behind derby rivals Manchester United at the top of the table with 13 matches remaining in the season.

Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Nastasic (Kolarov 56), Lescott, Clichy; Milner, García, Barry (Nasri 88), Silva (Maicon 73); Dzeko, Agüero.
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Rodwell, Sinclair, Tevez.

Booked: Dzeko, Garcia.

Goals: Dzeko 23, Aguero 78.

Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique (Skrtel 75); Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson; Downing, Sturridge (Allen 90), Suarez. Subs not used: Jones, Wisdom, Shelvey, Sterling, Borini. Booked: Henderson, Sturridge, Carragher, Gerrard.

Goals: Sturridge 29, Gerrard 73.

Attendance: 47,301.

Referee: Anthony Taylor.








































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