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Saturday 21 January 2012

Saturday's Barclays Premier League round-up

Robbie Keane scores Villa's winner at Wolves, while Clint Dempsey hits hat-trick for Fulham

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent scores their opener in the 3-2 victory at Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Aston Villa

Former Wolves striker Robbie Keane came back to haunt his old club as he scored his first goals since joining Aston Villa on loan to earn them a superb victory in the Barclays Premier League.

Villa took the lead when Darren Bent struck from the spot after he had been brought down, but Wolves hit back superbly before half-time as Michael Kightly fired in and David Edwards headed home.

But Keane, on a short-term loan deal, made it 2-2 in the 51st minute and then - after Wolves' Karl Henry was sent off - won it with a magical 30-yarder six minutes from time.

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Everton 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn secured a valuable point in their battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League as they drew at Everton.

The Toffees took a first-half lead when Marouane Fellaini turned the ball into the path of Tim Cahill and he found the net in the League for the first time since December 2010.

But Rovers found a leveller when there was mayhem inside the Everton box, Cahill's clearance hitting David Goodwillie and the striker managing to bundle the ball home.

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Fulham 5-2 Newcastle United

Clint Dempsey became the first American to score a hat-trick in the Barclays Premier League as Fulham produced a stunning comeback to thrash Newcastle at Craven Cottage.

The Magpies went ahead through Danny Guthrie's sizzling 30-yard drive, but Fulham levelled when Davide Santon fouled Damien Duff and Danny Murphy slotted home from the spot.

After that it was all Fulham. Bobby Zamora helped to set up two goals for Clint Dempsey, Zamora hammered in from the spot himself after Tim Krul brought down Andrew Johnson, and after Hatem Ben Arfa lashed in for the visitors, Dempsey ran through to complete his treble.

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Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Wigan Athletic

QPR earned victory in Mark Hughes' first home match as manager as they climbed out of the relegation zone at the expense of bottom club Wigan.

Heidar Helguson struck from the spot after James McCarthy handled, before Akos Buzsaky doubled their advantage with a wonderful free-kick.

Hugo Rodallega pulled one back for Wigan with a brilliant set-piece of his own in the second half, but QPR made sure of the points when Tommy Smith crashed a 25-yarder into the roof of the net late on.

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Stoke City 1-2 West Bromwich Albion

West Brom won their first match at Stoke since 1982 as Graham Dorrans' late free-kick earned the Baggies all three points in the Barclays Premier League.

West Brom went in front when James Morrison's 25-yard drive swerved past Thomas Sorensen, but Stoke thought they had earned a point when Cameron Jerome headed in Jermaine Pennant's late cross.

But Dorrans' free-kick from the left somehow evaded everyone in the penalty area and crept into the far corner to earn Roy Hodgson's side victory.

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Sunderland 2-0 Swansea City

Sunderland continued their remarkable form under manager Martin O'Neill as they beat Swansea at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats took a first-half lead when Stephane Sessegnon's brilliant curler from the left-hand side of the penalty area found Michel Vorm's net.

And they made sure of the points in the 85th minute with a goal of stunning quality, as Craig Gardner flicked the ball up and hit a wonderful volley into the corner from 25 yards.

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Key Points

  • Robbie Keane scores twice in Villa win at Wolves
  • Clint Dempsey hits treble as Fulham thrash Newcastle
  • QPR, West Brom and Sunderland all win, while Blackburn hold Everton