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Tuesday 03 January 2012

Barclays Premier League Tuesday round-up

Leaders Man City beat Liverpool and there are wins for Spurs and Sunderland

Sergio Aguero scores Man City's first goal in their impressive victory against Liverpool

Manchester City 3-0 Liverpool

Manchester City moved three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League courtesy of an impressive victory against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

The leaders went ahead in the first half when Sergio Aguero's 22-yard shot skimmed under Pepe Reina and in, and Yaya Toure headed in David Silva's corner to double their advantage.

Gareth Barry was shown a red card in the second half, but soon after Yaya Toure was fouled in the Liverpool box and James Milner stroked home from the penalty spot.

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Tottenham were made to work hard to beat a dogged West Brom side at White Hart Lane as they moved to within three points of Manchester United in second place.

Spurs had to wait until after the hour mark to go in front, when a lovely move ended with Gareth Bale finding Jermain Defoe, the striker turning in the penalty area and firing past Ben Foster.

Tottenham dominated most of the match, but they had some nervy moments at the end as they managed to cling on to another vital victory.

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Wigan Athletic 1-4 Sunderland

Martin O'Neill continued his fabulous start as Sunderland manager by leading his team to a convincing triumph at Wigan, which moved them up to 10th.

Sunderland took the lead through Craig Gardner's free-kick and then doubled the lead thanks to James McClean's header at the second attempt.

Hugo Rodallega rifled one back for Wigan, but Stephane Sessegnon and David Vaughan wrapped things up for the Black Cats in the closing stages.

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Key Points

  • Man City go three points clear at top of League
  • Defoe goal earns Spurs victory over West Brom
  • Sunderland score four as they ease past Wigan