Wednesday 17 April 2013

Man United battle back to earn hard-fought draw at West Ham

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  • Ricardo Vaz Te stoops to give West Ham United the lead against Manchester United

  • David Luiz's fierce 30-yard strike puts Chelsea ahead against Fulham

  • Carlos Tevez scores Manchester City's late winner against Wigan Athletic

Manchester United’s hopes of marching towards a 13th Barclays Premier League title suffered a minor setback as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Ham United at Upton Park, while Manchester City edged a narrow victory over Wigan Athletic.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were hoping to bring another Premier League crown to within touching distance, but after making a sluggish start twice fell behind.

West Ham took the lead through Ricardo Vaz Te, on 16 minutes and Mohamed Diame, 10 minutes after the interval, while Antonio Valencia, on 31 minutes, and Robin Van Persie, 13 minutes from time, brought the league leaders level. Despite laying siege to the Hammers’ goal, the visitors were unable to produce a winner.

Unlike United, Manchester City did score late on, Carlos Tevez providing the winner against Wigan Athletic with seven minutes remaining to reduce their city rivals’ league advantage to 13 points. Roberto Mancini’s side can move to within 10 points of United if they win their game in hand. For Wigan, defeat leaves them in the relegation zone, three points from safety.

Meanwhile, John Terry scored in either half to help Chelsea run out 3-0 winners against Fulham. David Luiz’s spectacular long-range strike gave the Blues the lead before Terry’s brace ensured Chelsea return to third place, a point above Arsenal, with a game in hand over the Gunners.

With our Matchday Live service you can read our match reports, including manager reactions, and photos and statistics from the match. Just click on the links below.

Fulham 0-3 Chelsea | #FULCHE | Matchday Live >>

Manchester City 1-0 Wigan Athletic | #MCIWIG | Matchday Live >>

West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United | #WHUMUN | Matchday Live >>

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Key Points

  • Manchester United held to a 2-2 draw by West Ham United
  • Manchester City move to within 13 points with 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic, while Chelsea beat Fulham
  • Read our match reports including manager reactions on Matchday Live