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Premier League MatchDay 26 Review

last updated Tuesday 12th February 2013, 11:54 AM

Premiership Results
Saturday 9th February 2013
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12:45 Tottenham 2-1 Newcastle P Dowd Sky2
15:00 Chelsea 4-1 Wigan M Dean  
15:00 Norwich 0-0 Fulham H Webb  
15:00 Stoke 2-1 Reading M Oliver  
15:00 Sunderland 0-1 Arsenal A Taylor  
15:00 Swansea 4-1 QPR N Swarbrick  
17:30 Southampton 3-1 Man City M Atkinson ESPN
Sunday 10th February 2013
13:30 Aston Villa 2-1 West Ham M Clattenburg Sky1
16:00 Man Utd 2-0 Everton M Halsey Sky1
Sunday 11th February 2013
20:00 Liverpool 0-2 West Brom J Moss Sky1
Premier League MatchDay 26 kicked off on Saturday at White Hart Lane where Tottenham had a short visit to third place after a 2-1 victory over Newcastle. Gareth Bale beat Tim Krul with a 25-yard free-kick to open the scoring for the Londoners and he then sealed the win with a superb break-away goal that ended with him slotting the ball between the Newcastle goalkeeper's legs.

Frank Lampard issued another timely contract reminder to Roman Abramovich as Chelsea eased the pressure on boss Rafael Benitez with a 4-1 win over Wigan at Stamford Bridge. Lampard lashed his 198th career goal for the Blues in the 86th minute to settle his side's nerves.

Norwich stretched their winless Premier League streak to nine games after a low-key 0-0 draw with Fulham. The result also means Martin Jol's Cottagers have won just two from their last 10.

Robert Huth headed his first goal since April last year to send Stoke on their way to a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Reading at the Britannia Stadium. Huth nodded the opener in off the bar in the 67th minute and Cameron Jerome smashed home the Potters' second nine minutes from time. Adrian Mariappa grabbed a late consolation for the Royals.

Premiership table - after 11th Feb 2013
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Man Utd 26 12 0 1 34 15 9 2 2 28 16 31 65
2 Man City 26 9 3 1 29 11 6 5 2 19 13 24 53
3 Chelsea 26 7 4 2 30 12 7 3 3 25 16 27 49
4 Tottenham 26 7 4 2 20 13 7 2 4 24 17 14 48
5 Arsenal 26 7 3 3 33 18 5 5 3 17 11 21 44
6 Everton 26 6 6 1 22 16 4 6 3 18 16 8 42
7 Swansea 26 5 6 2 26 19 4 4 5 12 10 9 37
8 West Brom 26 7 2 4 19 12 4 2 7 17 23 1 37
9 Liverpool 26 6 3 4 22 12 3 6 4 22 22 10 36
10 Stoke 26 6 6 1 18 14 1 6 6 8 17 -5 33
11 West Ham 26 6 4 3 21 14 2 2 9 8 24 -9 30
12 Fulham 26 5 3 5 21 17 2 5 6 15 25 -6 29
13 Sunderland 26 4 4 5 14 13 3 4 6 14 21 -6 29
14 Norwich 26 5 5 3 14 14 1 6 6 11 26 -15 29
15 Southampton 26 4 5 4 18 15 2 4 7 18 30 -9 27
16 Newcastle 26 6 1 6 17 18 1 5 7 17 28 -12 27
17 Aston Villa 26 3 4 6 11 19 2 5 6 14 31 -25 24
18 Reading 26 4 6 3 22 24 1 2 10 11 24 -15 23
19 Wigan 26 2 4 7 17 27 3 2 8 13 24 -21 21
20 QPR 26 1 7 5 8 19 1 4 8 11 22 -22 17
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny produced some late heroics as the 10-man Gunners were forced to cling on for a 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Arsene Wenger's men played the last half-hour with 10 men following Carl Jenkinson's sending-off for a second bookable offence.

Rock-bottom QPR sunk closer to relegation after a dismal 4-1 defeat at Swansea. Despite substitute Bobby Zamora briefly reducing the deficit, Pablo Hernandez restored Swansea's two-goal cushion on 50 minutes before Michu slid home his 15th league goal of the season to seal an easy win.

Inexplicable mistakes by Joe Hart and Gareth Barry gave Manchester City's title hopes a potentially decisive blow as Southampton secured their first win under Mauricio Pochettino in style. City goalkeeper Hart admitted in the build-up that anything but victory at St Mary's would all but end any their hopes of retaining the title, with leaders Manchester United already boasting a nine-point cushion.

Premier League MatchDay 26 continued on Sunday as Aston Villa clambered out of the relegation zone with a tense, hard-fought 2-1 victory over West Ham on Sunday. A coolly-taken penalty by Christian Benteke with just over 15 minutes remaining put Paul Lambert's side ahead, before Charles N'Zogbia found the net with a curling 25-yard free-kick moments later to seal the points. The result takes Villa to 17th in the table with 24 points.

Ryan Giggs continued his record of having scored in every Premier League season as he propelled Manchester United to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Everton at Old Trafford. Giggs, 39, also became the second oldest goalscorer in Premier League history (behind Teddy Sheringham) with his 13th minute opener.

Premier League MatchDay 26 finished on Monday when West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster included a Steven Gerrard penalty among a string of saves which laid the platform for the Baggies to record their first league win since Boxing Day. The former England international denied the Liverpool captain twice, once from the spot, as well as Jordan Henderson, Daniel Agger, Stewart Downing and Fabio Borini.

Saturday 9th February 2013

12:45 - Tottenham (1) 2 Newcastle (1) 1  - Sky 2

Gareth Bale's wonderful run of form continued as he scored both goals for Tottenham in their 2-1 win over Newcastle at White Hart Lane. The Welsh wizard was a constant thorn in Newcastle's side and he opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick after just five minutes.

Newcastle threatened to equalise in the second of seven added minutes through substitute Shola Ameobi, but Lloris saved well to deny the striker. Krul's acrobatics denied Bale his hat-trick twice in added time, but the winger did not mind. He had already done enough damage to see off the Toon.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton (Assou-Ekotto 75), Lennon, Parker, Dembele (Livermore 90), Holtby (Adebayor 69), Dempsey, Bale.
Subs not used: Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Sigurdsson.

Goals: Bale 5, 78.

Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Santon, Perch (Tiote 82), Sissoko, Cabaye, Gutierrez (Shola Ameobi 86), Gouffran (Marveaux 58), Cisse.
Subs not used: Harper, Anita, Yanga-Mbiwa, Obertan.

Booked: Cabaye, Shola Ameobi.

Goals: Gouffran 24.

Referee: Phil Dowd.

Att: 36,244.

15:00 - Chelsea (1) 4 Wigan (0) 1 

Chelsea returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at Stamford Bridge, but the scoreline was somewhat flattering. Rafa Benitez's side won their first game in three outings but this was anything but an impressive display and Wigan will feel they could have taken something from their trip to west London.

Chelsea put the game to bed with two goals in the final few minutes, Frank Lampard coolly slotting home from the edge of the box before German substitute Marko Marin headed his first goal for the club.

Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill (Benayoun 88), Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Oscar (Mata 77), Lampard, Hazard (Marin 90), Torres.
Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Ba, Bertrand.

Booked: Marin.

Goals: Ramires 23, Hazard 56, Lampard 86, Marin 90.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam (Jones 83), Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Espinoza (Kone 59), Maloney, Di Santo.
Subs not used: Robles, Henriquez, Gomez, McManaman, Golobart.

Booked: Scharner, Figueroa.

Goals: Maloney 58.

Att: 41,562 Referee: Mike Dean.

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

Two sides low on confidence played out a goalless draw at Carrow Road on Saturday, with Norwich and Fulham cancelling each other out. Neither team was able to carve open a clear-cut opportunity, with defences very much on top in a game which leaves Chris Hughton and Martin Jol looking anxiously over their shoulders at the basement battle unfolding beneath them.

Even the return of Dimitar Berbatov from a hamstring injury could not inspire Fulham. Berbatov missed last weekend's defeat at Manchester United, and soon needed more treatment after he was caught in the face by a high boot from Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson and had to go off to the changing room to have stitches in a bloodied nose.

Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Elliott Bennett (Jackson 78), Hoolahan, Becchio (Kamara 85).
Subs not used: Camp, Whittaker, Howson, Surman, Tierney.

Booked: Snodgrass, Bennett

Fulham: Schwarzer, Manolev, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise, Sidwell, Frimpong (Emanuelson 63), Duff, Ruiz (Dejagah 90), Berbatov, Rodallega (Petric 75).
Subs not used: Etheridge, Karagounis, Hughes, Kacaniklic.

Booked: Frimpong, Manolev Referee:Howard Webb.

Att: 26,816

15:00 - Stoke (0) 2 Reading (0) 1 

Stoke recorded their first victory of the year thanks to a hard-earned 2-1 success against plucky Reading at the Britannia Stadium. Robert Huth headed the hosts ahead before Cameron Jerome doubled the advantage after 81 minutes with a thunderous right-foot finish.

However, the Royals pulled one back just two minutes later thanks to Adrian Mariappa's first goal for the club, but Tony Pulis' men held on for the points despite claims for a penalty by Adam Le Fondre deep in stoppage time.

Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson (Cameron 85), Kightly (Jerome 65), Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Crouch (Jones 65).
Subs not used: Sorensen, Owen, Adam, Whitehead.

Goals: Huth 67, Jerome 81.

Booked: Whelan, Cameron.

Reading: Federici, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Kebe, Akpan, Leigertwood, McAnuff (McCleary 74), Blackman (Le Fondre 56), Pogrebnyak (Hunt 80).
Subs not used: Stuart Taylor, Shorey, Karacan, Morrison.

Goals: Mariappa 83.

Att: 26,737.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

15:00 - Sunderland (0) 0 Arsenal (0) 1 

Santi Cazorla grabbed the crucial goal as Arsenal held on for a 1-0 victory at Sunderland despite playing most of the second half with 10 men.

The Gunners were terrific in the first half and were rewarded when Cazorla struck on 35 minutes following a flowing move.

Jack Wilshere had to be replaced just after the interval due to injury and Carl Jenkinson's dismissal allowed Sunderland to start dominating, but Wojciech Szczesny and Bacary Sagna led a magnificent rearguard effort as Arsenal boosted their hopes of a top-four finish.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose (Vaughan 82), Sessegnon, Cattermole (Larsson 46), N'Diaye (Graham 68), Colback, Johnson, Fletcher.
Subs not used: Westwood, Bardsley, Mangane, Cuellar.

Booked: Cattermole, Larsson, Colback.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Monreal, Arteta, Wilshere (Diaby 50), Ramsey, Walcott (Miquel 87), Giroud, Cazorla.
Subs not used: Mannone, Rosicky, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Booked: Jenkinson, Walcott.

Sent off: Jenkinson (62).

Goals:Cazorla 35.

Referee:Anthony Taylor.

Att: 46,402

15:00 - Swansea (2) 4 QPR (0) 1 

QPR's Premier League relegation fears increased after Harry Redknapp's men were thrashed 4-1 by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. After dominating the opening stages, Michu gave the Swans the lead when his miss-hit rebound looped in.

The second was far too easy for the home side, as Angel Rangel ran in behind the visiting defence, and had time for two bites at the cherry to put his side 2-0 up.

Substitute Bobby Zamora had given QPR hope early in the second half, but Pablo Hernandez's sneaky third and a wonderful team goal sealed victory at a canter for Michael Laudrup's side, who are up to seventh with this result, and piled more misery on the hapless Rs.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico (Bartley 33), Williams, Davies,Hernandez, de Guzman, Ki, Routledge (Agustien 62), Dyer, Michu (Moore 80).
Subs not used: Tremmel, Lamah, Shechter, Tiendalli.

Booked: Davies.

Goals: Michu 8, Rangel 18, Hernandez 50, Michu 67.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Onuoha, Samba, Hill, Traore, Townsend, Derry (Granero 46), Mbia, Jenas (Wright-Phillips 68), Taarabt, Mackie (Zamora 46).
Subs not used: Green, Park, Ben Haim, Bothroyd.

Booked: Samba, Taarabt, Traore.

Goals: Zamora 48.

Att: 20,529.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick.

17:30 - Southampton (2) 3 Man City (1) 1 

Manchester City were dealt what could be a massive blow to their Premier League title hopes as Southampton claimed a deserved 3-1 victory for their first win under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

A spirited Saints side were 2-1 up by the break and Gareth Barry completed a nightmare afternoon for the defending champions when he put through his own net after the restart.

City hinted at a comeback just before half-time when Edin Dzeko bundled home off Pablo Zabaleta's break but they failed to see it through and now face the prospect of slipping 12 points behind Manchester United in the title race, with their neighbours set to host Everton on Sunday.

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox (Richardson 71), Cork, Schneiderlin, Steven Davis (Ward-Prowse 80), Puncheon (Lallana 61), Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Forren, Lee, Chaplow.

Booked: Lambert.

Goals: Puncheon 7, Davis 22, Barry (og) 48.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott (Kolarov 66), Javi Garcia, Clichy, Nasri (Milner 55), Yaya Toure, Barry, Silva (Maicon 73), Aguero, Dzeko.
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Sinclair, Rodwell, Yaya Toure.

Booked: Clichy, Yaya Toure.

Goals: Dzeko 39.

Att: 31,738

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Sunday 10th February 2013

13:30 - Aston Villa (0) 2 West Ham (0) 1  - Sky 1

Christian Benteke and Charles N'Zogbia combined to lift Aston Villa out of the Premier League relegation zone with a priceless 2-1 victory over West Ham at Villa Park. Benteke showed no sign of nerves as he rolled home from the penalty spot to break the deadlock with 16 minutes to go after N'Zogbia had been tripped in the area by Mark Noble.

And the former Wigan and Newcastle man then stepped up to curl home an outstanding free-kick to double the advantage for Paul Lambert's men four minutes later.

The victory sees Villa climb to 17th in the Premier League table, pushing Reading down into the bottom three but only one point adrift of the Midlands side.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Baker, Weimann (Dawkins 64), Westwood, Delph, Bowery (Bent 63), N'Zogbia (Sylla 85), Benteke.
Subs not used: Given, Holman, Bannan, Bennett.

Goals:Benteke (pen) 74, N'Zogbia 78.

Booked: Clark, Baker, Bent.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien (Demel 24), Reid, Tomkins, Pogatetz, Noble (Carlton Cole 76), Diame, Nolan, Taylor (Vaz Te 67), Joe Cole, Carroll.
Subs not used: Spiegel, Jarvis, Chamakh, O'Neil.

Goals:Westwood (og) 87.

Booked: Reid, Pogatetz.

Att: 30,503.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).

16:00 - Man Utd (2) 2 Everton (0) 0  - Sky 1

Manchester United pounced on the opportunity to pull 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory over Everton at Old Trafford. Ryan Giggs grabbed the opening goal to extend his record of having scored in every season of the Premier League, and Robin van Persie added a second just before half-time.

Everton fought hard in the second half in an effort to get back into the game but were rarely able to threaten as their own top-four hopes were dented, with United warming up for their UEFA Champions League game at Real Madrid in fine style.

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Vidic, Evans (Smalling 81), Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Jones (Carrick 56), Giggs, Rooney, Van Persie.
Subs not used: Amos, Anderson, Hernandez, Nani, Welbeck.

Goals:Giggs 13, Van Persie 45.

Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 70), Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Anichebe (Jelavic 57).
Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Stones, Duffy.

Booked: Mirallas, Fellaini

Att: 75,525

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire) .

Monday 11th February 2013

20:00 - Liverpool (0) 0 West Brom (0) 2 - Sky 1

Liverpool were left stunned at a 2-0 defeat by a Ben Foster-inspired West Bromwich Albion at Anfield  after being the victims of a classic smash and grab. Brendan Rodgers's team had scored 12 times in their last three Premier League home games to renew their ambitious long-term plans of returning to the top four but they were shell-shocked by Gareth McAuley and Romelu Lukaku's late goals.

Chances and possession were wasted and Liverpool's night had been summed up with less than 15 minutes remaining when captain Steven Gerrard saw a penalty, which was contentiously won by Luis Suarez, saved by heroic West Brom keeper Foster. For West Brom, who before kick-off had kept just one clean sheet in their last 29 Premier League away games - with that shutout coming at Anfield in their 1-0 win in April 2012 - it was a first win in eight in all competitions but attention will focus on Liverpool's misery.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson (Sterling 60), Downing (Coutinho 78), Shelvey (Borini 60), Suarez.
Subs Not Used: Jones,Allen,Skrtel,Wisdom.

Booked: Suarez.

West Brom: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Dorrans (Lukaku 74), Morrison, Brunt, Long (Fortune 86).
Subs Not Used: Myhill, Rosenberg, Jones, Tamas, Thomas.

Booked: Reid, Ridgewell, Morrison, Brunt.

Goals: McAuley 81,Lukaku 90.

Att: 44,752

Ref: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

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