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Premiership Review - 4th February 2012

last updated Sunday 05th February 2012, 12:53 AM

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Saturday 4th February 2012
13:00 Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn  
15:00 Norwich 2-0 Bolton  
15:00 QPR 1-2 Wolves
15:00 Stoke 0-1 Sunderland
15:00 West Brom 1-2 Swansea  
15:00 Wigan 1-1 Everton  
17:30 Man City 3-0 Fulham ESPN
Sunday 5th February 2012
13:30 Newcastle v Aston Villa Sky1
16:00 Chelsea v Man Utd Sky1
Monday 6th February 2012
20:00 Liverpool v Tottenham Sky1
Manchester City moved three points clear at the top of the table after a home win over Fulham, Arsenal enjoyed key contributions from the past, present and future as they destroyed 10 man Blackburn 7-1.

Djibril Cisse saw red on his home debut for QPR after Bobby Zamora had opened his account and Wolveswere able to take advantage to win and climb out of the bottom three.

Norwich and Swansea continue to impress in the Premier League after respective victories over Bolton and West Brom, Sunderland saw off 10-man Stoke, while Everton came from behind to draw with Wigan.

Saturday  4th February 2012

13:00 - Arsenal (3) 7 Blackburn (1) 1

Robin van Persie bagged a hat-trick as ruthless Arsenal demolished 10-man Blackburn 7-1 at Emirates Stadium to record a first win in five Premier League outings.

Steve Kean's struggling Rovers were simply taken apart by the Gunners and were not helped by Gael Givet's dismissal before half-time for a two-footed challenge on the home side's skipper, in a match which kicked off early due to travel disruption on the London Underground.

Emerging talent Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened his Premier League account with a brace, while Mikel Arteta and returning hero Thierry Henry were also on target, with Morten Gamst Pedersen's superb first-half free-kick scant consolation for the visitors.

Arsenal Szczesny, Koscielny (Sagna 68), Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Coquelin, Song (Benayoun 72), Rosicky, Arteta, Walcott, van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Henry 68).
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Park, Ramsey, Arshavin.

Booked: Koscielny, Vermaelen.

Goals: van Persie 2, 38, Oxlade-Chamberlain 40, Arteta 51, Oxlade-Chamberlain 54, van Persie 62, Henry 90.

Blackburn Robinson, Lowe (Orr 36), Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson, Pedersen, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Dunn (Hanley 45), Modeste.
Subs Not Used: Bunn, Formica, Rochina, Goodwillie, Vukcevic.

Sent Off: Givet (43).

Booked: Modeste, Nzonzi, Martin Olsson.

Goals: Pedersen 31.

Att: 59, 643

Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).

15:00 - Norwich (0) 2 Bolton (0) 0

Norwich climbed into the top half of the Premier League table courtesy of a 2-0 home success which increases Bolton's relegation concerns as they slip back into the bottom three.

The Canaries broke the deadlock in the 70th minute when Andrew Surman volleyed home at the second attempt after his initial shot from Simeon Jackson's smart pull-back had been blocked.

And Paul Lambert's side made sure of the points with just five minutes to go as Adam Bogdan could only push out Russell Martin's shot for Anthony Pilkington to follow up and score.

Norwich Ruddy, Naughton, Whitbread (Bennett 40), Ayala (Martin 23), Drury, Fox, Pilkington, Surman, Hoolahan, Holt, Jackson (Morison 74).
Subs Not Used: Steer, Johnson, Crofts, Wilbraham.

Goals: Surman 70, Pilkington 85.

Bolton Bogdan, Mears, Wheater, Knight, Ricketts, Eagles (Sanli 73), Muamba (Kevin Davies 57), Reo-Coker, Petrov, Mark Davies, Ngog (Sordell 82).
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Klasnic, Pratley, Boyata.

Att: 26, 358

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

15:00 - QPR (1) 1 Wolverhampton (0) 2

QPR's new strike duo of Bobby Zamora and Cisse both made an impact on their home debut in the 2-1 defeat by Wolves, but for very differing reasons.

Zamora, brought in from Fulham on deadline day, opened the scoring in the 16th minute, only to see his forward partner dismissed 11 minutes before the interval.

Cisse reacted badly to being caught late by Roger Johnson, pushing the Wolves defender in the back before briefly grabbing him around the throat, to leave Mark Clattenburg with little option.

The visitors were back on level terms in the opening moments of the second half thanks to Matt Jarvis' measured finish from Kevin Doyle's clipped pass to the far post.

And the Republic of Ireland international then eased the growing pressure on manager Mick McCarthy as he slotted home in the 71st minute after good work from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

QPR Kenny, Young (Hall 65), Onuoha, Ferdinand, Taiwo, Taarabt, Derry (Traore 64), Barton, Wright-Phillips, Cisse, Zamora (Hulse 74).
Subs Not Used: Cerny, Hill, Mackie, Smith.

Sent Off: Cisse (34).

Goals: Zamora 16.

Wolverhampton Hennessey, Stearman (Doyle 46), Johnson, Bassong, Ward, Foley, Frimpong (Ebanks-Blake 24), Edwards, O'Hara (Milijas 87), Jarvis, Fletcher.
Subs Not Used: De Vries, Elokobi, Hunt, Berra.

Booked: Johnson, Fletcher, Bassong.

Goals: Jarvis 46, Doyle 71.

Att: 17, 351

Ref: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).

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

James McClean defied the blizzard conditions at the Britannia Stadium as Sunderland overcame 10-man Stoke to continue their renaissance under Martin O'Neill.

The home side saw Robert Huth harshly dismissed on the stroke of half-time after catching David Meyler with a late sliding challenge on the treacherous surface, with Potters boss Tony Pulis furious with referee Martin Atkinson.

The Black Cats pressed home their advantage on the hour mark, with McClean slaloming into the area before slotting home under former Wearside keeper Thomas Sorensen.

Stoke Sorensen, Wilkinson (Shotton 85), Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Pennant (Woodgate 45), Whelan, Delap, Walters, Jerome (Fuller 40), Crouch.
Subs Not Used: Begovic, Jones, Diao, Whitehead.

Sent Off: Huth (45).

Sunderland Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Turner, Richardson, Larsson, Gardner, Meyler (Elmohamady 85), Colback, McClean, Sessegnon.
Subs Not Used: Westwood, Bridge, Campbell, Wickham, Ji, Kyrgiakos.

Booked: O'Shea.

Goals: McClean 60.

Att: 27, 717

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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

Swansea inflicted West Brom's eighth home defeat of the season, coming from behind to steal all three points in a flurry of goals at the snowy Hawthorns.

Marc Antoine Fortune fired the Baggies ahead early in the second half when he was left in acres of space at the far post from a corner and given the time to control before firing home.

But Brendan Rodgers' side responded immediately, with Gylfi Sigurdsson converting Neil Taylor's cross, before turning provider for Danny Graham to convert the winner.

West Brom Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey, Morrison, Dorrans (Cox 71), Mulumbu (Scharner 64), Thomas (Tchoyi 72), Fortune, Odemwingie.
Subs Not Used: Fulop, Ridgewell, Andrews, Jones.

Booked: Morrison, Shorey.

Goals: Fortune 54.

Swansea Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Dyer (Routledge 88), Graham, Sinclair.
Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Monk, McEachran, Lita, Moore, Agustien.

Booked: Britton.

Goals: Sigurdsson 55, Graham 59.

Att: 24, 274

Ref: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

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

Substitute Victor Anichebe spared Tim Howard's blushes as Everton were forced to come from behind to take a point against rock-bottom Wigan, just days after their memorable midweek success at home to leaders Manchester City.

The Toffees fell behind in the 76th minute when Jean Beausejour's cross flicked off Phil Neville's boot and should have been a routine claim for the American, but he was inexplicably beaten by the spin and could only watch in horror as the ball ended up in the net.

But David Moyes' men were back on terms when Leighton Baines' corner was headed clear, with the full-back's second attempt headed home superbly by Anichebe.

Wigan Al Habsi, Stam (Jones 65), Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour, McCarthy, McArthur, Gomez (Rodallega 64), Moses, Di Santo (Crusat 68).
Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Alcaraz, Watson, Diame.

Booked: McArthur, Figueroa.

Goals: Neville 76 og.

Everton Howard, Hibbert (Anichebe 81), Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Pienaar, Fellaini, Gibson, Donovan, Cahill (Neville 46), Stracqualursi (Jelavic 60).
Subs Not Used: Mucha, Drenthe, Gueye, Duffy.

Goals: Anichebe 83.

Ref: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

17:30 - Man City (2) 3 Fulham (0) 0

Manchester City restored their three-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table with a 3-0 victory over Fulham as Chris Baird endured an evening to forget against Adam Johnson in a snowstorm at the Etihad Stadium.

The Cottagers defender was penalised after City's winger tumbled over his trailing leg in the area early on, with Sergio Aguero despatching the penalty beyond Mark Schwarzer with aplomb.

And the Northern Ireland international's game went from bad to worse when he could only divert Johnson's attempted pull back into the danger area beyond his own goalkeeper in the 30th minute.

The conditions worsened markedly after the interval, with the groundstaff called upon to clear the lines on several occasions, before Aguero put a third goal on a plate for Edin Dzeko.

Man City Hart, Richards, Savic, Lescott, Kolarov, Nasri (Milner 54), Barry, Silva, Johnson (Pizarro 90), Aguero (De Jong 80), Dzeko.
Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Clichy, Rekik.

Booked: Kolarov.

Goals: Aguero 10 pen, Baird 30 og, Dzeko 72.

Fulham Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos (John Arne Riise 73), Baird, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu (Ruiz 68), Duff, Dembele (Gecov 85), Dempsey.
Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Kasami, Hughes, Frei.

Booked: Senderos, Dembele, Baird.

Att: 46,963

Ref: Mike Dean (Wirral).

Sunday 5th February 2012

13:30 - Newcastle (5) v Aston Villa (12)

Senegal strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse are included in Newcastle's squad following their country's premature departure from the African Nations Cup, with the latter in line for a debut following his January move from Freiburg. Midfielder Yohan Cabaye serves the second game of his three-match ban, while defender Steven Taylor (Achilles) and midfielders Sylvain Marveaux (groin) and Sammy Ameobi (knee) continue their respective recoveries.

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is again a major fitness doubt with back and hamstring spasms. Winger Marc Albrighton (thigh) and central defender James Collins are also battling to be fit while midfielder Chris Herd continues to recover from an ankle injury.

Last season: Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 0, Newcastle 6 Aston Villa 0

Last five league matches: Newcastle L W W L W; Aston Villa W L D W D

Top scorers: Demba Ba (Newcastle) 15; Darren Bent (Aston Villa) 10

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

16:00 - Chelsea (4) v Man Utd (2)

John Terry will miss the clash with Manchester United with the knee problem that kept him out of Tuesday's match at Swansea. Terry has been unable to train this week, meaning Gary Cahill may make his debut. Frank Lampard could return from the calf injury that has kept him out of the last two games, but Ashley Cole is suspended, while Ramires (knee) and John Obi Mikel (hamstring) are still out.

Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to welcome Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley back to his squad at Stamford Bridge. Young has been missing for six weeks with a knee problem, while Cleverley has not featured since injuring an ankle at Everton in October. Wayne Rooney (ankle) and Nani (foot) are also back after missing two games, while David De Gea is set to return in goal with Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard sidelined for at least a month with an ankle injury.

Last season: Man Utd 2 Chelsea 1, Chelsea 2 Man Utd 1

Last five league matches: Chelsea L W W D D; Man Utd L L W W W

Top scorers: Frank Lampard (Chelsea) 11; Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) 18

Referee: Howard Webb

Monday 6th February 2012

20:00 - Liverpool (6) v Tottenham (3)

Striker Luis Suarez returns from an eight-match suspension and will go straight back into the squad to face Tottenham at Anfield. The Uruguay international has not played since Boxing Day and is likely to be given a place among the substitutes. Captain Steven Gerrard is also back having been rested for the midweek win at Wolves.

New signing Louis Saha could make his Tottenham debut at Anfield. Jermain Defoe (hamstring) is unlikely to play, Rafael van der Vaart is struggling with a calf problem and Emmanuel Adebayor hobbled off during Tuesday's win over Wigan with a hamstring complaint. Aaron Lennon (hamstring) is extremely doubtful, William Gallas (calf) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) are unavailable, but Kyle Walker (groin) and Ledley King (knee) should be fit.

Last season: Liverpool 0 Tottenham 2, Tottenham 2 Liverpool 1

Last five league matches: Liverpool W L D L W; Tottenham W W D L W

Top scorers: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) 9; Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) 12

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

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