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Premier League Review ~ 21st - 22nd January 2012

last updated Monday 23rd January 2012, 12:10 PM

Premiership Results
Saturday 21st January 2012
12:45 Norwich 0-0 Chelsea Sky2
15:00 Everton 1-1 Blackburn  
15:00 Fulham 5-2 Newcastle
15:00 QPR 3-1 Wigan
15:00 Stoke 1-2 West Brom  
15:00 Sunderland 2-0 Swansea  
15:00 Wolves 2-3 Aston Villa  
17:30 Bolton 3-1 Liverpool ESPN
Sunday 22nd January 2012
13:30 Man City 3-2 Tottenham Sky1
16:00 Arsenal 1-2 Man Utd Sky1
On Sunday Man City held on to the top spot in the Premier League after Mario Balotelli fired home from the penalty spot in the fifth minute of added time for City to beat Tottenham 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

Man Utd finished the weekend off by keeping their Premier League title chase on course, and giving Arsenal more problems, when Danny Welbeck grabbed a late winner for Manchester United to down Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

Premiership table - 23:01:12
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Man City 22 11 0 0 34 6 6 3 2 26 12 42 54
2 Man Utd 22 8 1 2 33 14 8 2 1 21 7 33 51
3 Tottenham 22 8 2 1 21 9 6 2 3 20 15 17 46
4 Chelsea 22 7 1 3 24 16 5 4 2 16 9 15 41
5 Arsenal 22 7 2 2 17 8 4 1 6 22 25 6 36
6 Newcastle 22 6 3 2 16 11 4 3 4 16 19 2 36
7 Liverpool 22 4 7 0 14 8 5 1 5 11 13 4 35
8 Stoke 22 4 4 3 15 13 4 2 5 8 20 -10 30
9 Norwich 22 4 4 3 17 15 3 4 4 15 21 -4 29
10 Sunderland 22 4 4 3 16 11 3 2 6 13 13 5 27
11 Aston Villa 22 3 3 5 12 14 3 6 2 14 15 -3 27
12 Fulham 22 5 3 3 21 17 1 5 5 7 14 -3 26
13 Swansea 22 5 5 1 15 6 1 3 7 8 21 -4 26
14 Everton 22 3 3 5 11 13 4 2 5 11 13 -4 26
15 West Brom 22 2 2 7 8 14 5 2 4 14 17 -9 25
16 QPR 22 2 4 5 12 18 3 1 7 10 19 -15 20
17 Bolton 22 2 1 8 14 25 4 0 7 14 22 -19 19
18 Blackburn 22 3 0 8 16 22 1 6 4 17 23 -12 18
19 Wolves 22 3 2 6 16 20 1 4 6 9 20 -15 18
20 Wigan 22 1 4 6 10 21 2 2 7 9 24 -26 15

On Saturday Robbie Keane came back to haunt his former club Wolves with his first goals for Aston Villa while Liverpool's UEFA Champions League hopes were dealt a blow by defeat at Bolton.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was seriously upset with some of his players' performances threatening them with the axe.

Newcastle were overwhelmed by Fulham at Craven Cottage in a storming comeback by The Cottagers including the first Premier League hat-trick by a USA player, Clint Dempsey.

Elsewhere Fernando Torres was off target again for Chelsea as Norwich kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League this season.

While Sunderland burst Swansea's bubble, West Brom left it late to beat mis-firing Stoke, Blackburn earned a valuable point at Everton and QPR climbed out of the bottom three.

Saturday 21st January 2012

12:45 - Norwich (0) 0 Chelsea (0) 0 - Sky2

Chelsea striker Torres drew another blank as Norwich recorded their first clean sheet in the Premier League this season with a 0-0 draw at home to the Blues.

Spain international Torres has now not found the net for 15 games - the worst run of his career since arriving in England - and missed a glorious chance in the second half having been denied by a superb save from the excellent John Ruddy before the interval.

Norwich Ruddy, Martin, Whitbread, Ayala, Naughton, Fox (Crofts 79), Johnson, Pilkington, Surman (Bennett 90), Morison (Jackson 79), Holt.
Subs Not Used: Steer, Drury, Hoolahan, Wilbraham.

Chelsea Cech, Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard (Malouda 37), Meireles (Essien 79), Sturridge, Torres (Lukaku 77), Mata.
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Romeu, Bertrand.

Att: 26,792

Ref: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).

15:00 - Everton (1) 1 Blackburn (0) 1

lackburn showed good spirit to come from behind and draw 1-1 at Everton as Tim Cahill finally ended his 14-month scoring drought, before contributing to the visitors' leveller.

The Australia international was on hand to fire home from close range in the 24th minute as Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson and his defence were left appealing in vain for handball against Marouane Fellaini.

Cahill was then involved in Rovers' equaliser, firing an attempted goalline clearance straight at David Goodwillie after Tim Howard had spilled Morten Gamst Pedersen's lofted free-kick in the Goodison wind.

Everton Howard, Neville, Duffy, Heitinga, Baines, Donovan, Gibson (Stracqualursi 87), Fellaini, Anichebe (Vellios 80), Cahill, Saha (Drenthe 54).
Subs Not Used: Mucha, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Gueye.

Booked: Gibson, Drenthe.

Goals: Cahill 24.

Blackburn Robinson, Lowe, Dann, Givet, Olsson, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Petrovic, Dunn (Formica 60), Pedersen, Goodwillie (Modeste 75).
Subs Not Used: Bunn, Rochina, Vukcevic, Hanley, Henley.

Booked: Petrovic, Hoilett.

Goals: Goodwillie 72.

Att: 32,464

Ref: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

15:00 - Fulham (0) 5 Newcastle (1) 2

Newcastle suffered a staggering second-half collapse away to Fulham as they saw a 1-0 interval advantage transformed into a 4-1 scoreline in the space of 16 minutes, before eventually going down 5-2.

Danny Guthrie's screamer had given Alan Pardew's usually solid Magpies the lead, but they capitulated after the break at Craven Cottage, with referee Lee Mason awarding the home side two penalties.

Danny Murphy converted the first after Davide Santon was ruled to have fouled Damien Duff, before Clint Dempsey's quick-fire brace, with Bobby Zamora then firing home from the spot after Tim Krul felled Andy Johnson.

Hatem Ben Arfa pulled one back for the visitors with five minutes remaining but any hopes of a late comeback were immediately shelved when Dempsey completed his hat-trick, making him the first American to bag a treble in the Premier League.

Fulham Stockdale, Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, John Arne Riise, Ruiz (Baird 46), Murphy, Sidwell (Johnson 37), Duff, Dempsey (Frei 90), Zamora.
Subs Not Used: Etheridge, Gecov, Hughes, Briggs.

Goals: Murphy 52 pen, Dempsey 59, 65, Zamora 68 pen, Dempsey 89.

Newcastle Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Guthrie (Perch 76), Cabaye (Gosling 83), Gutierrez, Best (Ryan Taylor 86), Shola Ameobi.
Subs Not Used: Elliot, Lovenkrands, Obertan, Ferguson.

Booked: Santon, Guthrie, Simpson, Krul.

Goals: Guthrie 43, Ben Arfa 85.

Att: 25,692

Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

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

QPR climbed out of the drop zone as they celebrated Mark Hughes' first home Premier League game at the helm with a 3-1 victory over rock-bottom Wigan.

Heidar Helguson coolly rolled home the opener from the penalty spot after James McCarthy's inexplicable handball in the box, with Akos Buzsaky making it 2-0 before the interval with a free-kick which left Ali Al Habsi with no chance as it crashed off the post and into the net.

Hugo Rodallega gave the Latics hope in the second period with a free-kick which more than matched Buzsaky's effort, curling the ball home in stunning fashion to leave Paddy Kenny with no chance at all, before Helguson's penalty after being hauled down by Gary Caldwell was saved by Al Habsi.

But any hopes of a fightback from the visitors were extinguished when Tommy Smith drilled home from outside the box to make sure of the points.

QPR Kenny, Young, Hall, Ferdinand, Hill, Mackie, Buzsaky (Derry 82), Barton, Wright-Phillips, Helguson, Campbell (Smith 46).
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Orr, Bothroyd, Ramage, Macheda.

Booked: Barton, Young.

Goals: Helguson 33 pen, Buzsaky 45, Smith 81.

Wigan Al Habsi, Gohouri, Caldwell, Boyce (Stam 69), Figueroa, Gomez (Crusat 61), McCarthy, Watson, McArthur (Sammon 46), Moses, Rodallega.
Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Di Santo, McManaman, Lopez.

Booked: McCarthy, Gohouri.

Goals: Rodallega 66.

Att: 16,002

Ref: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

15:00 - Stoke (0) 1 West Brom (1) 2

West Brom gave themselves further breathing space over the relegation dogfight developing below them as Graham Dorrans' late free-kick secured a 2-1 success away to Stoke.

James Morrison fired the Baggies in front with a long-range effort which inexplicably deceived Potters goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, before Jon Walters saw his penalty superbly saved by Ben Foster.

Substitute Cameron Jerome looked to have given Tony Pulis' men a point with his header from Jermaine Pennant's free-kick four minutes from time, only for Dorrans to have the final say for Roy Hodgson's side.

Stoke Sorensen, Woodgate (Pennant 52), Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Shotton (Jerome 78), Whelan, Delap (Wilkinson 88), Etherington, Walters, Crouch.
Subs Not Used: Begovic, Jones, Fuller, Whitehead.

Goals: Jerome 86.

West Brom Foster, Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey, Thomas (Dawson 90), Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison, Cox (Tchoyi 87), Fortune (Long 83).
Subs Not Used: Fulop, Mattock, Jara Reyes, Odemwingie.

Goals: Morrison 35, Dorrans 90.

Att: 26,865

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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

Swansea were brought down to earth with a bump following the euphoria of their victory over Arsenal after a 2-0 defeat by revitalised Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Stephane Sessegnon's stunning finish after a one-two with James McClean in the 14th minute set the home side on their way, with the Black Cats having already been forced into an early change after Nicklas Bendtner suffered a head injury.

And Craig Gardner, who has been linked with a move away from Wearside, demonstrated his class with an astonishing strike five minutes from time.

Sunderland Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Richardson, Larsson (Elmohamady 89), Cattermole, Vaughan (Gardner 78), McClean, Bendtner (Wickham 12), Sessegnon.
Subs Not Used: Westwood, Turner, Ji, Meyler.

Goals: Sessegnon 14, Gardner 85.

Swansea Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Dyer, Britton (Routledge 78), Sinclair, Allen, Sigurdsson (McEachran 66), Graham.
Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Monk, Moore, Agustien, Richards.

Att: 36,904

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

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

Keane opened his account for Aston Villa with a brace against Wolves with the 10-man Molineux side slipping into the bottom three after going down 3-2 at home.

The Republic of Ireland international, who is on a short-term loan from LA Galaxy, fired home a dramatic late winner after earlier bringing his side back on terms with another smart finish.

The home side recovered from going 1-0 down early on to Darren Bent's penalty to take the lead through Michael Kightly's trickery and David Edwards' close-range header.

But Keane brought the scores level shortly after the interval, before Emmanuel Frimpong departed on a stretcher after an accidental clash with Stiliyan Petrov and Karl Henry saw red for a silly kick at Marc Albrighton.

Wolverhampton Hennessey, Foley (Ebanks-Blake 90), Johnson, Berra, Ward, Henry, Frimpong (Milijas 56), Kightly, Edwards (Stearman 82), Jarvis, Fletcher.
Subs Not Used: De Vries, Elokobi, Hunt, Doyle.

Sent Off: Henry (75).

Booked: Kightly.

Goals: Kightly 21, Edwards 31.

Aston Villa Given, Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Albrighton, Petrov, Gardner (Bannan 87), Agbonlahor (Warnock 46), Bent, Keane (Weimann 90).
Subs Not Used: Guzan, Cuellar, Delfouneso, Baker.

Goals: Bent 11 pen, Keane 51, 84.

Att: 27,084

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

17:30 - Bolton (2) 3 Liverpool (1) 1

Kenny Dalglish saw Liverpool's slump continue in a miserable 3-1 defeat at Bolton, which leaves the visitors six points adrift of the top four.

Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker gave Owen Coyle's Bolton a shock two-goal lead inside the opening half-an-hour and, although Craig Bellamy earned Liverpool some hope before half-time, Gretar Steinsson made sure of the win in the 50th minute.

The victory was just Bolton's second at the Reebok Stadium in the league this season and lifted Coyle's men out of the relegation zone, while adding to the questions about Dalglish's Luis Suarez-less Liverpool, who have now won just once in six top-flight games.

Bolton Bogdan, Steinsson, Knight, Wheater, Ricketts, Eagles (Sanli 90), Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov, Mark Davies, Ngog (Kevin Davies 88).
Subs Not Used: Lynch, Pratley, Boyata, O'Halloran, Riley.

Goals: Mark Davies 4, Reo-Coker 29, Steinsson 50.

Liverpool Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Maxi (Kuyt 64), Henderson, Adam (Downing 64), Bellamy, Gerrard, Carroll.
Subs Not Used: Doni, Coates, Carragher, Shelvey, Kelly.

Booked: Jose Enrique, Kuyt.

Goals: Bellamy 37.

Att: 26,854

Ref: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

Sunday 22nd January 2012

13:30 - Man City (0) 3 Tottenham (0) 2

Mario Balotelli fired home from the penalty spot in the fifth minute of added time as Manchester City edged out Tottenham in a five-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium.

Spurs looked set to become the first side to deny Roberto Mancini's league leaders victory on their own turf in the Premier League until Ledley King was penalised for pulling down Balotelli and the Italian substitute stepped up to beat Brad Friedel.

The previously unremarkable contest burst into life with an astonishing spell of four goals in 10 second-half minutes.

Man City Hart, Richards, Savic, Lescott, Clichy, Barry, Milner, Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko (Balotelli 65).
Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Johnson, Kolarov, Onuoha, De Jong.

Booked: Clichy, Balotelli.

Goals: Nasri 56, Lescott 59, Balotelli pen 90 .

Tottenham Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon (Pienaar 88), Parker, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart (Livermore 67), Defoe.
Subs Not Used: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Dawson, Kranjcar.

Booked: Parker.

Goals: Defoe 60, Bale 65.

Att: 47,422

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

16:00 - Arsenal (0) 1 Man Utd (1) 2

Danny Welbeck grabbed a late winner for Manchester United to down Arsenal 2-1 at Emirates Stadium and keep their Premier League title chase on course.

Leaders Manchester City had beaten Tottenham earlier on Sunday to pile pressure on Sir Alex Ferguson's men heading into the North London encounter.

The Red Devils came through the test with flying colours, going ahead on the stroke of half-time through Antonio Valencia after he nodded home a tidy Ryan Giggs cross.

Prolific Gunners captain Robin van Persie pulled the hosts level 20 minutes from time, netting a superb pass from teenage winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who enjoyed an impressive afternoon on his first Premier League start.

But Welbeck saved the day for United in the 81st minute after Valencia turned provider, allowing the young striker to slot home from close range.

Arsenal Szczesny, Djourou (Yennaris 46), Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Rosicky, Song, Ramsey (Park 83), Walcott, van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arshavin 74).
Subs Not Used: Almunia, Squillaci, Benayoun, Miquel.

Booked: Ramsey, Koscielny, van Persie, Rosicky, Song.

Goals: van Persie 71.

Man Utd Lindegaard, Jones (Rafael Da Silva 17), Smalling, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani (Scholes 75), Rooney, Welbeck, Rafael Da Silva (Park 76).
Subs Not Used: De Gea, Berbatov, Hernandez, Fabio Da Silva.

Booked: Rafael Da Silva, Evra.

Goals: Valencia 45, Welbeck 81.

Att: 60,093

Ref: Mike Dean (Wirral).

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