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Saturday 17 December 2011

Barclays Premier League Saturday round-up

A late goal stuns Blackburn, Fulham add to Bolton's woes and Swans deny Magpies

Odemwingie struck the late winner for West Brom

Blackburn 1-2 West Brom

Peter Odemwingie hit a spectacular 89th-minute winner as West Brom stunned Blackburn.

After a goalless opening period, struggling Rovers went behind when James Morrison volleyed the Baggies in front.

Scott Dann netted the equaliser for Rovers, but Odemwingie had the stylish last word with his long-range effort.

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Everton 1-1 Norwich

A late equaliser from Leon Osman salvaged a point for Everton against Norwich.

Grant Holt put the Canaries in front as he slotted in with a low shot on 28 minutes.

Everton enjoyed more possession than their visitors, but found Norwich stubborn opponents - and it took Osman's deft flick from Royston Drenthe's shot to finally break their resistance.

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Fulham 2-0 Bolton

First-half goals from Clint Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz secured the points for Fulham, who inflicted a fifth consecutive Barclays Premier League defeat on bottom side Bolton.

Dempsey headed in just after the half hour mark and Ruiz chipped in another just a minute later to make the points safe.

Bolton had chances, most notably through Fabrice Muamba and Mark Davies, but they could not find the breakthrough.

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Newcastle 0-0 Swansea

Swansea battled to earn a goalless draw at Newcastle, leaving the Magpies without a win in five Barclays Premier League matches.

Newcastle pressed throughout and were unfortunate as Fabricio Coloccini and Demba Ba both hit the woodwork, but Swansea held out.

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Wolves 1-2 Stoke

Stephen Hunt's early penalty was not enough as Stoke came from behind to see off Wolves and secure their fourth consecutive Barclays Premier League victory.

A Kevin Doyle own goal, conceded from Robert Huth's free-kick, brought Stoke level just before the hour mark.

And Peter Crouch completed the comeback with a header to seal the win - the first time Stoke have won four top-flight matches in succession since 1981.

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Key Points

  • Blackburn beaten by late Odemwingie strike
  • Fulham secure win over bottom side Bolton
  • Newcastle thwarted as Swansea earn draw