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Premier League MatchDay 11 Review ~ 10th and 11th Nov 2012

last updated Tuesday 13th November 2012, 1:17 PM

Premiership table - after 11th Nov 2012
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Man Utd 11 4 0 1 15 8 5 0 1 14 8 13 27
2 Man City 11 5 1 0 13 5 2 3 0 7 5 10 25
3 Chelsea 11 4 1 1 14 7 3 2 0 9 4 12 24
4 Everton 11 3 2 0 10 6 2 3 1 11 8 7 20
5 West Brom 11 5 0 1 12 4 1 2 2 5 8 5 20
6 West Ham 11 3 2 1 10 5 2 1 2 4 6 3 18
7 Tottenham 11 2 2 2 8 8 3 0 2 10 8 2 17
8 Arsenal 11 2 2 1 11 6 2 2 2 7 5 7 16
9 Fulham 11 3 1 1 12 4 1 3 2 12 15 5 16
10 Newcastle 11 3 1 2 6 7 0 4 1 6 8 -3 14
11 Swansea 11 2 3 1 10 9 1 1 3 6 6 1 13
12 Stoke 11 2 3 0 4 1 0 3 3 5 9 -1 12
13 Liverpool 11 1 3 2 5 7 1 3 1 9 9 -2 12
14 Wigan 11 1 2 3 8 11 2 0 3 4 7 -6 11
15 Norwich 11 2 2 1 5 6 0 3 3 3 12 -10 11
16 Sunderland 10 1 2 1 3 3 0 4 2 4 8 -4 9
17 Aston Villa 11 1 2 2 7 8 1 1 4 3 9 -7 9
18 Reading 10 0 4 1 7 9 0 2 3 5 9 -6 6
19 Southampton 11 1 2 3 10 11 0 0 5 5 18 -14 5
20 QPR 11 0 3 2 3 9 0 1 5 5 11 -12 4
Match Day 11 in the Premier League saw Manchester United hold onto top spot after storming back to beat Aston Villa after going behind 2-0. Man City also had to come from behind against Tottenham to hold second spot. Chelsea were unable to improve on an early goal by John Terry and were held to a 1-1 draw by Liverpool

Arsenal were involved in a six-goal derby thriller at Emirates Stadium with never say die Fulham. The Cottagers are now the second highest scoring team in the Premier League.

Elsewhere, Sunderland ended their long barren run in front of goal at Goodison Park but were left with nothing to show for their efforts, Stoke piled even more pressure on beleaguered Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes and a costly error denied Southampton a much-needed success.

Saturday 10 November 2012

15:00 - Arsenal (2) 3 Fulham (2) 3

Arsenal wasted the opportunity to close on the top four after suffering yet more defensive woe during a topsy-turvy London derby with Fulham.

It appeared as though everything was going to plan for the Gunners 23 minutes into an all-capital clash, but once again Arsene Wenger was forced to watch on as his troops shot themselves in the foot.

Arsenal edged in front on 11 minutes as Olivier Giroud met a Theo Walcott corner to nod in his first Premier League goal at the Emirates, and 12 minutes later it was two as another summer signing, Lukas Podolski, got across Aaron Hughes to turn a Mikel Arteta cut back past Mark Schwarzer.

Fulham had played the better football up until that point, though, and deservedly pulled one back on 29 minutes when Dimitar Berbatov was left all alone to connect with a Bryan Ruiz corner - with the Bulgarian barely getting off the floor as he glanced into the net from six yards.

Former Tottenham frontman Berbatov was causing the Gunners all sorts of problems and it was from his floated delivery that substitute Alex Kacaniklic - on for the injured Kieran Richardson - was able to force a header into the turf and past the weak wrists of Vito Mannone.

A remarkable turnaround was then completed on 67 minutes as Arteta hauled Ruiz down inside the box and, after a stuttering run-up, Berbatov stroked the calmest of spot-kicks into the bottom corner.

Martin Jol's Cottagers could only hang onto their lead for a matter of minutes, though, with Giroud able to grab his second header of the game moments after seeing an effort cannon back off the woodwork.

A debateable penalty award deep into stoppage-time handed Arsenal the opportunity to snatch a barely-deserved success, but Arteta fluffed his lines from 12 yards as Schwarzer sprawled to his left to parry the ball to safety.

Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Coquelin (Ramsey 55), Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott (Arshavin 84), Podolski (Oxlade-Chamberlain 77), Giroud.
Subs: Szczesny, Andre Santos, Jenkinson, Chamakh.

Booked: Ramsey Goals: Giroud 11, 69, Podolski 23.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Ruiz, Baird, Sidwell, Richardson (Kacaniklic 24), Berbatov, Dejagah (Duff 85).
Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Rodallega.

Booked: Sidwell.

Goals: Berbatov 29, 67, Kacaniklic 40.

Att: 60,093.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

15:00 - Everton (0) 2 Sunderland (1) 1

Everton started the weekend clinging onto a Champions League spot, after four games without a win, but were able to cement that standing after coming from behind to overcome out-of-sorts Sunderland.

The Black Cats arrived on Merseyside having failed to find the target in three of their last four top-flight fixtures, with an own goal from Newcastle's Demba Ba all they had to show for their efforts in those games.

Martin O'Neill's men were, however, able to get back on the scoresheet at Goodison, with AdamJohnson sweeping home on the stroke of half-time to become the first man other than Steven Fletcher to net a league goal for the Black Cats this season.

Everton needed someone to step up and grab the game by the scruff of the neck, and Marouane Fellaini answered their call.

The talismanic Belgian levelled matters himself on 76 minutes, with Sunderland allowing him to spin on the edge of the box and drill low into the corner, and three minutes later his clever flick freed Nikica Jelavic to offer another masterclass in clinical finishing.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 30), Osman, Neville (Vellios 73), Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 86).
Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Gueye.

Booked: Heitinga.

Goals: Fellaini 76, Jelavic 79.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson (Vaughan 84), Larsson, Colback (Wickham 88), McClean, Fletcher (Saha 69), Sessegnon.
Subs: Westwood, McFadden, Kilgallon, Bramble.

Booked: Rose, Gardner, Vaughan.

Goals: Johnson 45.

Att: 35,999.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

15:00 - Reading (0) 0 Norwich (0) 0

On another breathless afternoon of top-flight action, Reading and Norwich failed to join the party as they played out a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals have now gone 11 games without a win, and remain inside the drop zone as a result, while the Canaries are unbeaten in four and heading in the right direction under Chris Hughton.

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, McCleary (Kebe 60), Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts (Le Fondre 78), Hunt (Pogrebnyak 60).
Subs Not Used: Stuart Taylor, Mariappa, Robson-Kanu, Cummings.

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 86), Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan,Holt (Morison 85).
Subs Not Used: Bunn,Howson, Jackson, Tierney, Ryan Bennett.

Booked: Turner.

Att: 24,080.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

15:00 - Southampton (0) 1 v Swansea (0) 1

Southampton will be pleased to be off the bottom, following a 1-1 draw with Swansea, but Nigel Adkins will be left scratching his head as to how to go about plugging the division's leakiest defence.

The Saints gave themselves hope of picking up a welcome three-point haul when Morgan Schneiderlin took full advantage of hesitancy within the Swans' back four to flick the ball into the air and nod past Gerhard Tremmel.

Luck has not been on Adkins' side this season, though, and once Maya Yoshida had his pocket picked by Nathan Dyer on 73 minutes there was only going to be one outcome, with the Swans winger making no mistake when presented with a clear sight of goal.

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw (Fox 74), Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Lambert, Ramirez.
Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka.

Booked: Schneiderlin, Lallana.

Goals: Schneiderlin 64.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies, Ki, Britton (Shechter 66), De Guzman (Agustien 86), Hernandez, Michu, Routledge (Dyer 56).
Subs not used: Cornell, Tate, Moore, Tiendalli.

Booked: Williams, Agustien.

Goals: Dyer 73.

Att: 30,501.

Referee: Andre Marriner.

15:00 - Stoke (0) 1 QPR (0) 0

Stoke desperately needed to get back to winning ways against struggling Queens Park Rangers, and they collected just their second success of the season at the Britannia Stadium.

Charlie Adam picked the perfect time to open his goal account for the club, with the Scotland international bringing a lacklustre contest to life on 52 minutes.

QPR's back four focused their attention on dealing with the threat posed by Peter Crouch, forgetting that Adam had been left all alone to rifle in a half-volley when the ball dropped his way.

Hughes' men remain without a victory this season and find themselves back at the foot of the table following events at St Mary's.

Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam (Whitehead 77), Etherington (Kightly 71), Walters, Crouch (Jones 74).
Subs not used: Sorensen, Upson, Palacios, Jerome.

Booked: Nzonzi, Whitehead.

Goals: Adam 52.

Queens Park Rangers: Julio Cesar, Traore, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Diakite, Taarabt, Granero, Faurlin (Zamora 78), Cisse, Hoilett.
Subs not used: Green, Hill, Onuoha, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Mackie.

Booked: Diakite, Traore, Granero.

Referee: Martin Atkinson.

Att: 27,529.

15:00 - Wigan (1) 1 West Brom (2) 2

Few would have tipped West Brom to be challengers for a UEFA Champions League spot this season, but they sit level on points with Everton after seeing off Wigan 2-1 at the DW Stadium.

The Baggies' success this term has been built on an almost faultless record on home soil, but they proved that they can collect points on their travels by putting in a professional performance against the Latics.

Chris Brunt's pinpoint delivery from the left allowed Steve Clarke's side to open the scoring just past the half-hour mark, with James Morrison rising highest in a crowded penalty area to power home a header from close range.

Two minutes before the interval the Baggies doubled their lead, with Gary Caldwell inadvertently turning a Billy Jones cross past his own goalkeeper.

Arouna Kone grabbed a lifeline for Wigan seconds later, as he converted a teasing Jean Beausejour delivery to the back post, but Roberto Martinez's men were brought back down to earth with a bump following back-to-back successes.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell (Stam 63), Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, Watson (Gomez 84), Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo (Boselli 84), Maloney.
Subs not used: Pollitt, Jones McManman, Fyvie.

Goals: Kone 44.

Booked: McCarthy.

West Brom: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob, Lukaku (Rosenberg 85), Morrison (Gera 67), Brunt, Long (Odemwingie 67).
Subs not used: Daniels, Popov, Dorrans, Tamas.

Goals: Morrison 31, Caldwell og, 43.

Booked: Yacob, Lukaku, Jones, Gera.

Referee: N Swarbrick.

17:30 - Aston Villa (1) 2 Man Utd (0) 3 Sky

Javier Hernandez inspired Manchester United to come from behind and claim a thrilling 3-2 victory over Aston Villa which extends their lead at the top of the table to four points.

Andreas Weimann fired Aston Villa in front on the stroke of half-time with a powerful finish after Christian Benteke had proved too strong for Chris Smalling down the left wing and laid the ball back to the edge of the area.

Weimann struck again five minutes after the interval with a finish from close range following good work by Stephen Ireland and Gabriel Agbonlahor, but the goal only sparked United into life.

Half-time substitute Hernandez reduced their arrears in the 58th minute when he ran on to Paul Scholes' long pass and slipped a shot past the onrushing Brad Guzan.

United drew level just five minutes later as the Mexican volleyed in Rafael's cross from a tight angle, with the help of a deflection off Ron Vlaar.

United piled on the pressure in the closing stages and were rewarded three minutes from time when Hernandez showed good movement to lose his marker and head home a Robin van Persie cross.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Stevens, Weimann (Holman 81), Westwood, Ireland (El Ahmadi 79), Bannan (Delph 87), Agbonlahor, Benteke.
Subs not used: Given, Albrighton, Bowery, Williams.

Booked: Ireland.

Goals: Weimann 45, 50.

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes (Cleverley 72), Young (Hernandez 46), Rooney (Anderson 79), Van Persie.
Subs not used: Lindegaard, Welbeck, Fletcher, Buttner.

Booked: Carrick.

Goals: Hernandez 58, 87 Vlaar (og) 62.

Att: 40,538.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

Sunday 11 November 2012

13:30 - Manchester City (0) 2 Tottenham (1) 1 - Sky

Edin Dzeko lived up to his super-sub billing by firing Manchester City to victory against Tottenham.

Dzeko struck three minutes from time to complete a defiant second-half comeback from the unbeaten Blues, who closed the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United to two points.

It was the Bosnian's seventh goal of the season, six of which have come from the bench, after Sergio Aguero had cancelled out Steven Caulker's first-half header. It also extended City's unbeaten home Premier League record to an incredible 35, and their present unbeaten league run to 16, adding weight to manager Roberto Mancini's pre-match dismissal of any sense of crisis at the Etihad Stadium.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic (Maicon 56), Clichy, Toure, Barry, Silva, Tevez (Dzeko 73), Kolarov, Aguero.
Subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Dzeko, Sinclair, Javi Garcia, Toure, Razak.

Booked: Zabaleta .

Goals: Aguero 65, Dzeko 88.

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker (Dawson 78), Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Sandro, Huddlestone, Lennon (Naughton 87), Bale, Dempsey, Adebayor (Defoe 80).
Subs: Lloris, Naughton, Defoe, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Carroll.

Booked: Walker, Adebayor.

Goals: Caulker 21.

Att: 47,208 .

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

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

Former skipper Kevin Nolan returned to haunt his old club as West Ham condemned Newcastle to a first defeat in six games.

Nolan's 39th-minute strike, so typical of the goals he once scored for the Magpies, was enough to edge a tight encounter in which the visitors enjoyed the better of the first half but had to survive a stern examination after the break.

Newcastle were once again far from their best, but did create more than enough chances to get something out of the game and would have done but for some poor finishing and the resilience of goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who produced fine saves from Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa.

Opposite number Tim Krul prevented Andy Carroll from opening his West Ham account with a 72nd-minute save with the visitors threatening on the counter-attack.

But ultimately it was Sam Allardyce, who was sacked by Newcastle after just eight months at the helm, who was smiling as his successor Alan Pardew was left to bemoan another disjointed display and defeat at the hands of his former employers in front of a largely disappointed crowd of 51,855.

Newcastle: Krul, Santon, Simpson (Obertan 79), Williamson, S Taylor, Ferguson, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez (Anita 24), Cisse (Sh Ameobi 45), Ba.
Subs not used: Elliot, Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Marveaux.

Booked: Ben Arfa .

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Reid, McCartney (Demel 66), Tomkins, O'Brien, Nolan, Jarvis (Maiga 34), Benayoun (O'Neil 52), Noble, Diame, Carroll.
Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Cole, Hall.

Booked: Noble, O'Brien .

Goals: Nolan 37.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Att: 51,855.

16:00 - Chelsea (1) 1 Liverpool (0) 1 - Sky

Luis Suarez dealt a huge double blow to Chelsea's Premier League title hopes today after inadvertently ending John Terry's comeback and snatching a deserved draw for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Terry looked set to enjoy a dream return to action after his domestic four-match racism ban when he powered the European champions ahead from a corner at Stamford Bridge.

But the Blues captain then collided accidentally with the man at the centre of football's other race scandal, forcing him off on a stretcher, with Suarez going on to equalise for Liverpool and almost steal victory.

The draw prevented Chelsea from climbing back into second place as they recorded their third league game without a win to lie three points behind Manchester United.

The home support may have turned up expecting another Stamford Bridge goal-fest, having witnessed 30 in the previous five games here.

But having shipped 14 goals in their last seven matches, Chelsea appeared to adopt a more conservative approach against a Liverpool side who recalled virtually all their available big guns but persevered with their experiment of playing three at the back.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Terry (Cahill 39), Ivanovic, Bertrand, Mikel, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar (Moses 77), Mata, Torres (Sturridge 82).
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Romeu, Ferreira, Marin.

Booked: Mikel.

Goals: Terry 20.

Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Agger, Johnson, Allen, Gerrard, Sterling, Sahin (Suso 60), Jose Enrique, Suarez.
Subs Not Used: Gulacsi, Cole, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing.

Booked: Allen, Johnson, Gerrard.

Goals: Suarez 73.

Att: 41,627.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

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