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Friday 18 November 2011

Barclays Premier League Saturday round-up

Thirty-one goals scored on a spectacular day of top-flight action

Manchester City 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Manchester City consolidated their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League with their fifth successive victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Second-half goals from Edin Dzeko, Alexandr Kolarov and Adam Johnson secured all three points for Roberto Mancini's side, although they were down to 10 in the 75th minute when captain Vincent Kompany was sent off for a professional foul.

Stephen Hunt converted from the penalty spot for the visitors.

Norwich City 3-3 Blackburn Rovers

Grant Holt's stoppage-time penalty denied Blackburn three vital points in a thrilling draw against Norwich at Carrow Road.

David Hoilett put the visitors ahead just before half-time with a spectacular 20-yard strike before Steve Morison equalised in the 53rd minute.

Two goals in three minutes from Yakubu and Christopher Samba looked to have secured three points for Rovers but Bradley Johnson's goal, along with Holt's penalty, ensured Norwich were rewarded for their endeavours.

Sunderland 2-2 Aston Villa

Teenager Connor Wickham scored his first Barclays Premier League goal for Sunderland as they twice fought back to earn a draw against Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light.

Stiliyan Petrov opened the scoring before Wickham slid home from the edge of the box in the 38th minute.

An 85th-minute Richard Dunne header put the visitors back in front but Stephane Sessegnon secured a point two minutes before full-time.

Swansea City 3-1 Bolton Wanderers

Swansea registered their third home victory of the season as they swept Wigan aside at the Liberty Stadium.

Second-half goals from Joe Allen, Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham clinched the points, although striker Graham managed to find the back of his own net with a 73rd-minute own goal.

Wigan 0-2 Fulham

Goals from Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele compounded Wigan's place at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League at the DW Stadium as Fulham inched further away from the relegation zone.

The defeat was Wigan's third at home, increasing the pressure on manager Roberto Martinez.

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Key Points

  • Man City consolidate at top with win over Wolves
  • Norwich and Sunderland are held at home
  • Swansea and Fulham both register victories