Wednesday 11 April 2012

Wednesday's Barclays Premier League round-up

Man City win to narrow gap at top to five points as Wigan beat Man Utd

Sergio Aguero scored a brace and set up the other two in Man City's 4-0 win

Wigan Athletic 1-0 Manchester United

Shaun Maloney scored the winning goal as Wigan climbed out of the bottom three by securing their first ever Barclays Premier League victory over Manchester United.

Maloney struck with a curling right-foot shot from outside the area that flew past United keeper David de Gea in the second half.

Wigan had chances to add to their lead while Wayne Rooney went close for table-toppers United, whose lead was reduced to five points. 

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Manchester City 4-0 West Bromwich Albion

Sergio Aguero inspired Manchester City to a convincing win at home to West Brom that saw them cut the lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League to five points.

Aguero gave City an early lead with a stunning strike from outside the box and he added a second eight minutes after the break from close range.

The forward then turned provider to set up Carlos Tevez to score his first goal since returning to the side and a neat finish from David Silva from an Aguero pass completed the rout.

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Queens Park Rangers 3-0 Swansea City

QPR secured a vital win over Swansea to move two points clear of the drop zone.

Joey Barton fired Rangers ahead in first-half stoppage time and Jamie Mackie doubled their lead with a shot from the edge of the area that took a slight deflection past Michel Vorm.

Akos Buzsaky ensured a fifth home win in the Barclays Premier League this season with another long-range effort.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Arsenal

Two goals in the opening 11 minutes put Arsenal on the way to a comfortable away win to bottom-of-the-table Wolverhampton Wanderers, tightening their grip on third place in the table.

Robin van Persie opened the scoring in the sixth minute with an audacious chipped penalty after Theo Walcott had been brought down in the area by Sebastien Bassong, who was sent off for the challenge.

Van Persie then set up Walcott to score a second five minutes later and Yossi Benayoun secured the victory for the visitors midway through the second half with a right-foot shot from the edge of the area.

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Key Points

  • Sergio Aguero leads Man City to 4-0 win over West Brom to narrow gap at top
  • Wigan beat Man Utd for the first time ever in the Barclays Premier League
  • Arsenal win at Wolves and QPR are convincing victors at home to Swansea