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Monday 28 November 2011

Barclays Premier League Saturday round-up

Newcastle earn a point at Man Utd while Tottenham's winning streak continues

Newcastle striker Demba Ba (far left) scores a penalty to earn a draw at Man Utd

Man Utd 1-1 Newcastle

Newcastle secured a hard-earned point at champions Manchester United to continue their superb start to the season.

The hosts went ahead early in the second half when Wayne Rooney's volley struck Steven Taylor and then flew into the net off Javier Hernandez.

But the Magpies got back on level terms when Rio Ferdinand was adjudged to have tripped Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba stepping up to slot past David de Gea and earn his side a draw as keeper Tim Krul pulled off some fine saves towards the end.

West Brom 1-3 Tottenham

Spurs continued their incredible recent run with a fabulous come-from-behind victory against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

The hosts surged ahead when Youssouf Mulumbu headed in Steven Reid's terrific cross, but Tottenham got themselves back on terms when Emmanuel Adebayor slotted in after his penalty had been saved by Ben Foster.

After the break Spurs showed their class, Jermain Defoe rifling in from just outside the penalty area and Adebayor wrapping up the points late on by converting a Gareth Bale cross.

Bolton 0-2 Everton

Bolton's troubled season at the Reebok Stadium continued as they suffered yet another home defeat, this time at the hands of Everton.

The hosts got off to a terrible start as their central defender David Wheater was shown a straight red card for his tackle on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov after only 20 minutes.

But Everton had to wait until the second half to score the goals their dominance deserved, Marouane Fellaini heading in a Leighton Baines cross and then Apostolos Vellios converting from close range.

Chelsea 3-0 Wolves

Chelsea put their recent troubles at Stamford Bridge behind them as they soundly beat a disappointing Wolves side in front of their own fans.

The Blues went in front early on through captain John Terry's header, before Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata added gloss to the scoreline before half-time.

Wolves improved after the break, but Chelsea cantered to a much-needed win to ease the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Norwich 2-1 QPR

Norwich were indebted to substitute Grant Holt for netting them three points against fellow newly promoted team QPR at Carrow Road.

The Canaries took a first-half lead when Russell Martin fired in after a melee in the QPR penalty area, before the visitors levelled just after the break when Jamie Mackie's shot struck the post and Luke Young scored from the rebound.

But Norwich were not to be denied, Holt scoring three minutes after coming on as he poked in fellow sub Wes Hoolahan's cross.

Sunderland 1-2 Wigan

Wigan hauled themselves off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League thanks to an injury-time winner at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland.

The Black Cats took the lead early on when Nicklas Bendtner's shot forced an error from the otherwise superb Ali Al-Habsi and Sebastian Larsson tucked into the Latics net.

But Wigan equalised just before half-time through Jordi Gomez's penalty and then in the dying moments grabbed a vital three points when Franco di Santo took advantage of a horrible error from Wes Brown to slot into an empty net.

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Key Points

  • Newcastle hold champions Man Utd at Old Trafford
  • Chelsea cruise to victory at home against Wolves
  • Wigan off the bottom; Spurs continue fine run