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Premier League MatchDay 12 Review

last updated Tuesday 20th November 2012, 10:27 AM

Premiership table - after 19th Nov 2012
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Man City 12 6 1 0 18 5 2 3 0 7 5 15 28
2 Man Utd 12 4 0 1 15 8 5 0 2 14 9 12 27
3 Chelsea 12 4 1 1 14 7 3 2 1 10 6 11 24
4 West Brom 12 6 0 1 14 5 1 2 2 5 8 6 23
5 Everton 12 3 2 0 10 6 2 3 2 12 10 6 20
6 Arsenal 12 3 2 1 16 8 2 2 2 7 5 10 19
7 West Ham 12 3 3 1 11 6 2 1 2 4 6 3 19
8 Tottenham 12 2 2 2 8 8 3 0 3 12 13 -1 17
9 Fulham 12 3 1 2 13 7 1 3 2 12 15 3 16
10 Swansea 12 2 3 1 10 9 2 1 3 8 7 2 16
11 Liverpool 12 2 3 2 8 7 1 3 1 9 9 1 15
12 Newcastle 12 3 1 3 7 9 0 4 1 6 8 -4 14
13 Norwich 12 3 2 1 6 6 0 3 3 3 12 -9 14
14 Stoke 11 2 3 0 4 1 0 4 3 6 10 -1 13
15 Sunderland 11 1 2 1 3 3 1 4 2 7 9 -2 12
16 Wigan 12 1 2 3 8 11 2 0 4 4 10 -9 11
17 Reading 11 1 4 1 9 10 0 2 3 5 9 -5 9
18 Aston Villa 12 1 2 2 7 8 1 1 5 3 14 -12 9
19 Southampton 12 1 2 3 10 11 1 0 5 8 19 -12 8
20 QPR 12 0 3 3 4 12 0 1 5 5 11 -14 4
Match Day 12 in the Premier League saw Manchester City in rampant mood at home to Aston Villa to reclaim top spot in the table after rivals Manchester United suffered a surprise defeat at Norwich City, while Chelsea's domestic wobble continued after defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Arsenal won the North London derby 5-2 after Tottenham striker Adebayor was red carded for a bad tackle..

Fulham lost at home after Captain Brede Hangeland was sent off for a two footed tackle.

Liverpool enjoyed an ultimately convincing home win over Wigan Athletic as Newcastle United lost at home for the second time in a week after being beaten by Swansea City.

Reading secured a first Premier League victory of the season while Queens Park Rangers are still without a win after losing at home to Southampton.

Saturday 17 November 2012

12:45 - Arsenal (3) 5 Tottenham (1) 2 Sky

Arsenal ruthlessly took advantage of former striker Emmanuel Adebayor's red card to beat North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 at Emirates Stadium.

Adebayor had given Spurs a dream start by scoring from close range on 10 minutes after Wojciech Szczesny had pushed out a shot, but the Arsenal old boy was sent off eight minutes later for a lunging challenge on Santi Cazorla.

The Gunners equalised on 24 minutes through Per Mertesacker's header and took the lead three minutes before half-time when Lukas Podolski's shot ricocheted off ex-Arsenal defender William Gallas.

There was still time for the home side to score again before the interval as Olivier Giroud finished low at the near post from Cazorla's cross.

Cazorla got the goal his performance deserved on the hour mark when slotting home at the far post, but Spurs gave themselves hope of an unlikely comeback when Gareth Bale scored with 20 minutes to go.

However, Arsenal put the seal on an emphatic victory in stoppage time when Theo Walcott scored to ensure Arsene Wenger's side jumped above their neighbours in the table.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta, Wilshere (Ramsey 72), Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski (Santos 80), Giroud (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86).
Subs: Mannone, Jenkinson, Coquelin, Arshavin.

Booked: Podolski.

Goals: Mertesacker 24, Podolski 42, Giroud 45+1, Cazorla 60, Walcott 90+1.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker (Dawson 46), Gallas, Vertonghen, Naughton (Dempsey 46), Lennon, Sandro, Huddlestone (Carroll 72), Bale, Adebayor, Defoe.
Subs: Friedel, Livermore, Townsend, Sigurdsson.

Booked: Lennon, Sandro.

Sent off: Adebayor.

Goals: Adebayor 10, Bale 71.

Att: 60,111.

Ref: Howard Webb.

15:00 - Liverpool (0) 3 Wigan (0) 0

Luis Suarez helped himself to a brace as Liverpool perked up in the second half to overcome Wigan 3-0 at Anfield.

After a poor first half, Liverpool hit the front two minutes into the second period when Raheem Sterling burst down the right and pulled the ball back for Suarez to finish emphatically.

Suarez was similarly clinical on 58 minutes when he was played in by Jose Enrique before flicking the ball beyond the onrushing Ali Al Habsi.

Sterling then had a hand in Liverpool's third goal on 65 minutes as his low shot was palmed out by Al Habsi and Enrique reacted quickest to turn home the loose ball.

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Agger (Carragher 82), Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Suarez (Shelvey 87), Fernandez Saez (Henderson 36).
Subs Not Used: Jones, Sahin, Cole, Coates.

Goals: Suarez 47, 58, Jose Enrique 65.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell (Gomez 69), Figueroa, Boyce, Watson (Jones 32), McCarthy, Beausejour, Maloney, Di Santo (Miyaichi 69),Kone.
Subs Not Used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Stam.

Booked: Figueroa, Caldwell, Di Santo.


Ref: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

15:00 - Man City (1) 5 Aston Villa (0) 0

Manchester City extended their unbeaten start to the season with a dominant second-half display securing a 5-0 victory over struggling Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium.

The champions had produced a scrappy first-half performance before making the breakthrough two minutes before half-time when David Silva lifted the ball home from close range after Villa had failed to clear a corner.

City were then given a helping hand to forge clear as Andreas Weimann appeared to be harshly penalised for handball on 54 minutes and Aguero dispatched the spot-kick.

Just 11 minutes later, another handball decision went City's way as Barry Bannan was penalised and this time Carlos Tevez made no mistake from the spot.

Aguero helped himself to his second of the afternoon on 67 minutes as his low shot took a slight nick off a Villa defender and beat Brad Guzan at his near post.

Tevez then emulated his fellow Argentine on 74 minutes when he tapped home at the far post following an excellent low cross from Samir Nasri.

Manchester City: Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Clichy (Kolarov 73), Nastasic, Nasri, Barry, Silva (Sinclair 76), Y Toure, Aguero (Dzeko 69), Tevez.
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Lescott, Sinclair, Garcia.

Goals: Silva 43, Aguero 54 pen, 67, Tevez 65 pen, 74.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, Stevens, Lowton, Ireland (Albrighton 62), Westwood, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Benteke (Bowery 83), Weimann (Holman 62), Subs not used: Given, Baker, El Ahmadi, Delph.

Booked: Bannan.

Att: 47,072

Ref: J. Moss

15:00 - Newcastle (0) 1 Swansea (0) 2

Swansea City climbed into the top half of the Premier League after holding on for a 2-1 triumph at Newcastle United.

Swansea took the lead on 58 minutes when Pablo Hernandez seized on Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul's poor clearance before crossing for his fellow Spaniard, Michu, to powerfully head home.

The points were made safe three minutes from time when Danny Graham's shot was parried by Krul into the path of Jonathan de Guzman, who fired high into the net.

Demba Ba gave Newcastle late hope when nodding home after Sylvain Marveaux had struck the crossbar, but there was no time to force an equaliser.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson (Bigirimana 73), Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Ben Arfa, Anita, Tiote, Ferguson (Shola Ameobi 45), Sammy Ameobi (Marveaux 78), Ba.
Subs not used: Elliot, Amalfitano, Tavernier, Abeid.

Goals: Ba 90.

Booked: Santon.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Dyer (Routledge 61), Michu (Graham 81), Hernandez, Shechter (Agustien 65).
Subs not used: Cornell, Chico, Moore, Tiendalli.

Goals: Michu 58, De Guzman 87.

Booked: Britton, Shechter, Rangel.

Ref: Phil Dowd.

Att: 49,403.

15:00 - QPR (0) 1 Southampton (2) 3

Southampton won the battle of the Premier League's bottom two after beating Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at Loftus Road to pile the pressure on Mark Hughes.

Woeful defending allowed Southampton to take the lead midway through the first half when Rickie Lambert headed home from about a yard out after QPR had wasted numerous chances to clear a corner.

QPR were architects of their own downfall again on the stroke of half-time when failing to deal with the threat of Nathaniel Clyne, who fed Jason Puncheon to curl home left footed from the edge of the area.

The hosts needed a fast start to the second half and got what they wanted when Junior Hoilett glanced home Adel Taarabt's cross on 49 minutes.

QPR's defensive woe was summed up with seven minutes left when Adam Lallana fired in a low cross and Anton Ferdinand diverted the ball past goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

QPR: Julio Cesar; Traore, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Bosingwa (Fabio 73); Diakite (Derry 71), Taarabt, Granero, Faurlin (Mackie 46); Cisse, Hoilett
Subs not used: Green, Wright-Phillips, Dyer, Ehmer

Booked: Bosingwa

Goals: Hoilett 49

Southampton: Gazzaniga; Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw (Fox 74); Schneiderlin, Ramirez (S Davis 61), Cork, Lallana; Puncheon, Lambert (Rodriguez 90)
Subs not used: K Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Mayukav

Goals: Lambert 23, Puncheon 45, Ferdinand OG 83

Att: 18174

Ref: M Dean

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

Adam Le Fondre scored twice in the second half as Reading came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium to pick up a first three points of the season.

A comedy of errors saw Everton go in front on 10 minutes when Steven Naismith tucked the ball home from inside the six-yard box after Reading had fluffed several opportunities to clear a long ball forward.

Reading drew level six minutes into the second half when Nicky Shorey whipped in a cross which Adam Le Fondre headed into the top corner.

Le Fondre then decisively put Reading ahead with 11 minutes to go when he drilled home from the penalty spot after the striker had been barged over by Everton full-back Seamus Coleman.

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts, Le Fondre (Hunt 81).
Subs Not Used: Stuart Taylor, Mariappa, Pogrebnyak, McCleary, Harte, Cummings.

Booked: Roberts, Gorkss, Hunt.

Goals: Le Fondre 51, 79 pen.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Naismith (Oviedo 80), Osman, Fellaini, Hitzlsperger (Vellios 82), Pienaar, Jelavic.
Subs Not Used: Mucha, Distin, Junior, Kennedy, Duffy.

Booked: Coleman,Fellaini.

Goals: Naismith 10.

Att: 24,184

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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

West Brom continued their excellent run of form at home after Steve Clarke masterminded a 2-1 victory over his former club Chelsea at The Hawthorns.

West Brom were quickly out of the blocks and took a 10th minute lead when Shane Long headed home at the far post from James Morrison's pinpoint cross.

Chelsea levelled on 39 minutes in similar circumstances as Cesar Azpilicueta's cross to the far post was met by Eden Hazard and the Belgian's header deflected in off Billy Jones.

The Baggies were back in front five minutes after half-time when Long turned provider to cross for Peter Odemwingie to glance home a header at the near post.

West Brom: Myhill, Jones, Olsson, Tamas, Ridgewell, Morrison (Dorrans 70), Yacob, Mulumbu, Gera (Brunt 70), Long (Rosenberg 80), Odemwingie.
Subs Not Used: Luke Daniels, Reid, Popov, Fortune.

Goals: Long 10,Odemwingie 50.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, Romeu (Oscar 62), Mikel (Ramires 80), Hazard, Sturridge,Torres (Mata 62), Moses.
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Cole, Marin.

Goals: Hazard 39.

Att: 25,933 .

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

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

Norwich stretched their unbeaten run to five games in the league after posting a shock 1-0 home success over previous leaders Manchester United.

A resolute defensive performance from the Canaries was rewarded on the hour mark when Anthony Pilkington's looping header helped to knock United off their perch.

Though United spent large parts of the game in Norwich's half, they rarely looked likely to conjure up an equaliser, with Sebastien Bassong's inadvertent header coming closest to beating John Ruddy.

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 90), Johnson, Tettey, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Howson 83), Holt (Morison 83).
Subs not used: Bunn, Jackson, Tierney, Ryan Bennett.

Goals: Pilkington 60.

Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand (Anderson 83), Smalling, Evra, Valencia (Scholes 69), Carrick, Giggs, Young, Van Persie, Hernandez (Welbeck 69).
Subs not used: Johnstone, Jones, Cleverley, Fletcher.

Booked: Da Silva.

Att: 26,840.

Ref: Anthony Taylor.

Sunday 18 November 2012

16:00 - Fulham (0) 1 Sunderland (0) 3 - Sky

Three second-half goals saw Sunderland pick up their first Premier League win in seven attempts at the expense of 10-man Fulham.

A red card for Fulham captain Brede Hangeland for a rash challenge on Lee Cattermole was the only action of a nervy yet well-contested first half.

A 50th-minute goal from Steven Fletcher, the striker's first since a 1-0 win at Wigan in September, opened the scoring before substitute Mladen Petric levelled for the hosts.

Sunderland then scored twice within seven minutes of Petric's equaliser, through Carlos Cuellar and Stephane Sessegnon, to eventually triumph 3-1 and pick up only their second win at Craven Cottage in the Premier League era.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Riether, Sidwell, Karagounis (Senderos 35), Duff, Kacaniklic (Rodallega 27), Berbatov, Ruiz (Petric 59).
Subs not used: Stockdale, Kelly, Smith, Dejagah,

Booked: Sidwell

Sent off: Hangeland 31

Goal: Petric 62

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Cattermole, Larsson (McClean 70), Colback (Vaughan 79), Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs not used: Westwood, Kilgallon, McClean, Campbell, Wickham, Saha

Booked: O'Shea, Johnson, Cattermole

Goals: Fletcher 50, Cuellar 65, Sessegnon 70

Att: 25646.

Ref: L Probert

Monday 19 November 2012

20:00 - West Ham (0) 1 Stoke (1) 1

West Ham missed out on the opportunity to move up to fifth in the Barclays Premier League after being held to a draw by Stoke at Upton Park on Monday evening.

The Hammers fell behind to an early Jonathan Walters goal as Stoke went in search of their first away league win in 15 outings but ended up with a share of the spoils courtesy of a rare goal from Joey O'Brien. West Ham's task was always going to be harder after conceding the lead as Stoke looked to sit back and soak up the pressure.

Sam Allardyce's side struggled to create chances in the first half but were much more potent after the break and dominated proceedings following O'Brien's strike, only his second goal for the club.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien (Demel 77), Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Diame, O'Neil, Carroll (Cole 85), Maiga (Taylor 85).
Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Spence, Hall.

Booked: Noble.

Goal: O'Brien 48.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson (Shotton 32), Whelan (Palacios 62), Adam, Nzonzi, Walters, Crouch, Etherington (Kightly 74).
Subs not used: Sorensen, Jones, Upson, Jerome.

Goal: Walters 13.

Att: 35,005

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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