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Saturday 10 December 2011

Barclays Premier League Saturday round-up

Man Utd bounce back by beating Wolves, while Arsenal and Liverpool also win

Wayne Rooney fires in to put Manchester United 2-0 ahead against Wolves at Old Trafford

Manchester United 4-1 Wolves

Man Utd put their midweek Champions League exit behind them to move to within two points of rivals Manchester City at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

United went in front early on when Nani drove forward and fired home, before Wayne Rooney doubled their lead with his 10th League goal of the campaign.

Steven Fletcher headed one back for Wolves straight after half-time, but Nani's tap-in restored the two-goal difference and Rooney's turn and finish wrapped it up for the hosts.

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Arsenal 1-0 Everton

Profilic striker Robin van Persie was once again the Arsenal hero as his second-half wonder goal helped them to victory against Everton.

On a day when the club celebrated their 125th anniversary, Van Persie made it even more memorable with a stunning volley that put the Gunners ahead with 20 minutes left.

Everton nearly snatched a last-gasp leveller, but Connor McAleny drove a shot inches wide after Marouane Fellaini's flick-on.

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Bolton 1-2 Aston Villa

Bolton's awful home form continued as they slipped to defeat and went bottom of the Barclays Premier League in the process.

Villa took a 2-0 lead in the first half, with Marc Albrighton firing home Gabby Agbonlahor's cross and then Stiliyan Petrov drilling in from 25 yards via a slight deflection off Gary Cahill.

Bolton did pull one back when Kevin Davies caused mayhem in the Villa box and Ivan Klasnic took advantage to fire home, but they could not find an equaliser.

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Liverpool 1-0 Queens Park Rangers

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored his first Barclays Premier League goal since 1st October to hand them a first win at Anfield in five at home against QPR.

Suarez struck just after the interval, making the most of being left unmarked to head in a Charlie Adam free-kick.

QPR rarely threatened and their goalkeeper Radek Cerny had to be at his best to make two superb saves to deny Maxi Rodriguez as Liverpool dominated.

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Norwich City 4-2 Newcastle United

Norwich climbed into the top 10 in the Barclays Premier League with a thumping victory over high-flying Newcastle at Carrow Road.

Norwich took the lead six minutes before the break when a goalmouth scramble from a corner ended with Wes Hoolahan scoring, though Newcastle levelled in first-half stoppage time when Demba Ba controlled a pass and slotted coolly home.

Canaries strikers Grant Holt and Steve Morison both headed in to make it 3-1, and after Newcastle had Dan Gosling sent off and Demba Ba curled in for the Magpies, Holt nodded in again to wrap up the points.

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Swansea City 2-0 Fulham

Swansea were once again indebted to their Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm after winning at home against Fulham.

The Swans went ahead when Clint Dempsey deflected Scott Sinclair's drive into his own net before Fulham were awarded a penalty, Dempsey's effort brilliantly saved by the excellent Vorm.

Danny Graham made sure of the victory for the Welsh side soon after, flicking in a corner at the near post to round off a fine afternoon for Swansea.

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West Brom 1-2 Wigan Athletic

Wigan hauled themselves off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League by coming from behind to win impressively at the Hawthorns.

Steven Reid hammered the Baggies in front with a superb free-kic, curling into the Latics net from almost 25 yards.

But Wigan hit back when Victor Moses wonderfully dispatched a shot into the top corner from the edge of the box and they secured a vital win when Reid fouled Moses and Jordi Gomez stepped up to score from the penalty spot.

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