Wednesday 30 January 2013
Newcastle United secured their first win in six matches as they completed a narrow 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on a night when Manchester City's title aspirations were dented by Queens Park Rangers, who held them to a goalless draw.
Alan Pardew’s side has invested heavily in the January transfer window and the Magpies were rewarded with a much-needed win at Villa Park thanks to first-half goals by Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse and a standout debut from Moussa Sissoko.
Relegation-threatened Villa pulled a goal back through Christian Benteke's penalty but despite their best efforts were unable to avoid prolonging their own winless sequence to seven matches and slipping into the bottom three.
Villa are now only four points above bottom club QPR, who managed to hold Manchester City to a stalemate at Loftus Road. Roberto Mancini’s side moved to within four points of leaders Manchester United yet will consider the result two points dropped and a blow to their hopes of retaining the title.
Wigan Athletic moved out of the bottom three, although lie level on points with Villa, after coming back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Stoke City. The Potters went ahead through Ryan Shawcross midway through the first half before Peter Crouch doubled the lead on 48 minutes but James McArthur and Franco Di Santo earned the Latics a vital point.
In the evening's other Barclays Premier League encounter Sunderland were held to a goalless draw by Swansea City.
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Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle United | #AVLNEW | Matchday Live >>
Queens Park Rangers 0-0 Manchester City | #QPRMCI | Matchday Live >>
Stoke City 2-2 Wigan Athletic | #STKWIG | Matchday Live >>
Sunderland 0-0 Swansea City | #SUNSWA | Matchday Live >>