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Saturday 14 January 2012

Barclays Premier League round-up

Scholes on the scoresheet as Man Utd beat Bolton, while Spurs are held and Blackburn win

Paul Scholes scored for the first time since August 2010

Manchester United 3-0 Bolton

Paul Scholes marked his Barclays Premier League return by scoring the first as Manchester United beat Bolton to move level on points with leaders Manchester City.

Scholes, who came out of retirement last week, tapped in from Wayne Rooney's cross to score his first goal since netting against Fulham in August 2010.

Danny Welbeck added the second with a low finish and Michael Carrick hit the third from 20 yards with a cool sidefoot.

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Aston Villa 1-1 Everton

Victor Anichebe's equaliser earned Everton a point against Aston Villa, who gave a debut to loan signing Robbie Keane.

Stephen Ireland set up Darren Bent to open the scoring for the hosts after half-time with a scuffed finish.

But Anichebe had the final say as he slotted home after Landon Donovan's through ball.

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Blackburn 3-1 Fulham

Blackburn recovered from the early loss of star striker Yakubu to secure a crucial win against Fulham.

Yakubu was shown a red card for a foul on Danny Murphy after just 22 minutes, but Morten Gamst Pedersen put Rovers ahead with an excellent free-kick in first-half injury time.

David Dunn's shot doubled the lead after the break and although Damien Duff's smart finsh pulled one back for Fulham, Mauro Formica fired in to secure the win.

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Chelsea 1-0 Sunderland

Frank Lampard fired in the rebound after Fernando Torres's smart volley came off the bar as Chelsea inflicted only the second defeat for Sunderland under manager Martin O'Neill.

There were further chances for the Blues as Torres, Lampard and Juan Mata went close.

Sunderland will feel they could have earned a draw, however, with late chances for Craig Gardner and Nicklas Bendtner going begging.

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Liverpool 0-0 Stoke

Stoke battled to earn a point as Liverpool were held at home for the seventh time this season in the Barclays Premier League.

Dirk Kuyt missed a golden chance for the Reds as he put a header wide from eight yards.

For Stoke, Matthew Etherington shot straight at Jose Reina in a rare attack.

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Tottenham 1-1 Wolves

Tottenham missed the chance to go level on points with the Manchester clubs at the top of the Barclays Premier League as they had to settle for a draw against resilient Wolves.

The visitors took the lead when Steven Fletcher bundled in from close range after Luka Modric blocked the ball on the line.

Modric rifled in an excellent equaliser but, despite pressing late on, Spurs could not find a winner and failed to win at home in the League for only the third time this season.

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West Brom 1-2 Norwich

Andrew Surman and Steve Morison scored the goals as Norwich edged a tight encounter at the Hawthorns against West Brom.

A Surman volley put Paul Lambert's Canaries ahead just before half-time, but substitute Shane Long scored from the penalty spot after Jerome Thomas was fouled.

However, the Baggies slumped to a third successive Barclays Premier League defeat as Morison headed the winner with 11 minutes to go.

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Key Points

  • Scholes scores as Man Utd go level with Man City at top of Barclays Premier League
  • Tottenham held at home by battling Wolves
  • Ten-man Blackburn earn vital win over Fulham