Saturday 03 December 2011

Barclays Premier League Saturday round-up

Yakubu scores four for Blackburn while Man City, Arsenal and Tottenham all win

Yakubu heads in for Blackburn against Swansea on his way to an astonishing four-goal haul

Blackburn 4-2 Swansea

Blackburn moved off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League thanks to a four-goal haul from Yakubu in a rain-soaked thriller at home against Swansea.

The striker put Rovers ahead early on only for Leroy Lita to head in an equaliser, before Yakubu nodded home in first-half injury time to make it 2-1.

Yakubu headed in once more to complete his treble and although Luke Moore fired in for the Swans, they had Joe Allen sent off before Yakubu scored from the spot to seal the points.

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Man City 5-1 Norwich

Manchester City were dominant throughout as they maintained their grip on top spot in the Barclays Premier League.

They had to be patient but went in front when Sergio Aguero toe-poked through a crowd of players, with Samir Nasri's free-kick flying past John Ruddy to double City's lead.

Yaya Toure curled in to make it 3-0 and after Norwich grabbed a late consolation through Steve Morison's header, substitutes Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson still had time to grab City's fourth and fifth goals.

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QPR 1-1 West Brom

Shane Long struck nine minutes from time to earn West Brom a valuable point at QPR.

Long stabbed in Peter Odemwignie's cross from close range after QPR had missed a host of chances to win the match.

They had taken the lead when Heidar Helguson headed in Joey Barton's cross, but Barton later missed an open goal and the hosts were made to pay.

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Tottenham 3-0 Bolton

Tottenham continued their sensational run in the Barclays Premier League with a clinical victory at home against struggling Bolton.

Gareth Bale flicked in Luka Modric's corner to give the hosts the lead, before Bolton had defender Gary Cahill sent off for a foul on Scott Parker.

Spurs dominated, and they got further goals from Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe in the second half to secure a convincing win.

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Wigan 0-4 Arsenal

Arsenal kept up the pressure on the teams above them in the League by hammering Wigan at the DW Stadium, sending the Latics to the bottom of the table in the process.

The Gunners went ahead when Mikel Arteta's drive flew in and Thomas Vermaelen headed in a corner to double their lead.

Gervinho poked in the third after Ali Al Habsi had saved from Robin van Persie, but there was still time for the Dutch striker to notch a fourth.

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Key Points

  • Yakubu scores four as Rovers move off the bottom
  • Leaders Man City hit five; Arsenal thrash Wigan
  • Spurs ease past Bolton; QPR held by West Brom