Monday 28 November 2011

Barclays Premier League Saturday round-up

Leaders Man City make it nine wins in a row as they end Newcastle's fine unbeaten run

Micah Richards was among the scorers as Manchester City ended Newcastle's run

Man City 3-1 Newcastle

Mario Balotelli scored the first of two penalties for Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City, who handed Newcastle United their first league defeat of the season.

Balotelli coolly netted after Ryan Taylor's handball, then Micah Richards finished from Sergio Aguero's through ball.

Richards was fouled by Hatem Ben Arfa after the break with Aguero scoring the penalty and although Dan Gosling pulled back a late consolation, City held on for a comfortable win.

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Wigan 3-3 Blackburn

Yakubu's injury-time penalty salvaged a draw for Blackburn as their match against fellow strugglers Wigan ended in a thrilling draw.

The forward put Rovers in front after just 68 seconds, but Jordi Gomez's shot levelled the match before Gary Caldwell headed Wigan in front - raising Latics' fans hopes of a win after an awful run of eight successive defeats.

Junior Hoilett levelled for Rovers, but Albert Crusat's first Wigan goal restored the home side's lead - until Yakubu's late show left matters even.

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Everton 2-1 Wolves

A late penalty by Leighton Baines secured a victory for Everton, who had to come from behind.

Wolves took the lead when Toffees' midfielder Marouane Fellaini - who signed a new deal at Goodison Park this week - fouled David Edwards in the box and Stephen Hunt converted.

Phil Jagielka's header from Baines' free-kick levelled matters before Baines himself slotted in the winning penalty following a foul on Louis Saha.

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Stoke 2-3 QPR

Heidar Helguson scored twice as QPR earned their third away win of the season in a dramatic match at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke led when Jonathan Walters fired home, but Helguson brought Rangers level with a header.

Luke Young put the visitors in front before Helguson made it 3-1 with a close-range finish - and despite Ryan Shawcross's late header, QPR held firm.

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Sunderland 0-0 Fulham

Fulham held Sunderland to a battling draw at the Stadium of Light, a result which left both teams hovering above the relegation zone.

Sunderland's Kieran Richardson hit the bar in the first half, while Fulham's Mark Schwarzer had to make a fine save from Stephane Sessegnon late on.

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West Brom 2-1 Bolton

Shane Long made the perfect return from injury as his header gave West Brom victory over Bolton.

Jerome Thomas put West Brom into the lead after sprining the offside trap, but Ivan Klasnic levelled with a penalty following a foul on Fabrice Muamba.

Long, who had missed four weeks with a knee injury, headed the winner in the 56th minute.

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Key Points

  • Manchester City end unbeaten Newcastle run
  • Late Yakubu penalty thwarts Wigan
  • QPR edge out Stoke in five-goal thriller