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Saturday 09 March 2013

Victories bring hope for Aston Villa and QPR

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  • Loic Remy equalises for Queens Park Rangers in their 3-1 win over Sunderland

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor lashes Aston Villa's winner into the roof of Reading's net

  • Gareth McAuley heads towards Swansea's goal as West Brom score a second

  • Southampton's Artur Boruc stretches to save Grant Holt's spot-kick

Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers can continue to dream of Barclays Premier League survival after securing victories against Reading and Sunderland respectively.

Aston Villa are out of the bottom three after sealing a 2-1 success against Reading at the Madejski Stadium. The visitors got off to a desperate start against their fellow relegation-strugglers when Nathan Baker turned a low ball across the area into his own goal on 32 minutes, but Christian Benteke brought Paul Lambert’s side level within a minute and the game was turned on its head by Gabriel Agbonlahor’s emphatic finish on the stroke of half-time. The defeat leaves Reading level on 23 points with bottom club Queens Park Rangers.

QPR may still be bottom in the division but they can also believe in pulling off a miraculous great escape after winning back-to-back matches in the top flight for the first time in two seasons. Like Villa, Harry Redknapp’s charges fell behind to a first-half goal when Sunderland's Steven Fletcher scored on 20 minutes. However, Loic Remy began the revival on the half-hour mark and a spectacular long-range strike by Andros Townsend, followed by a last-minute goal by Jermaine Jenas sealed a crucial home win.

West Bromwich Albion also came from behind to overcome Swansea City 2-1 at The Hawthorns. Swansea took the lead through former Albion striker Luke Moore on 33 minutes, but Romelu Lukaku levelled terms five minutes before the interval and, though the Belgium striker’s second-half penalty was saved by Michel Vorm, the visitors sealed three points when Gareth McAuley’s header went in off Jonathan de Guzman for an own goal.

Ar Carrow Road Norwich City and Southampton shared a goalless draw although the hosts passed up the opportunity to snatch a last-gasp winner for the second successive match when Grant Holt’s penalty was saved by Artur Boruc.

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Saturday 9 March

Norwich 0-0 Southampton   |  #NORSOU  |  Matchday Live >>

Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Sunderland  |  #QPRSUN  |  Matchday Live >>

Reading 1-2 Aston Villa  |  #RDGAVL |  Matchday Live >>

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Swansea City  |  #WBASWA  |  Matchday Live >>

Sunday 10 March

3pm Newcastle United  v Stoke City  | #NEWSTK  | Matchday Live >>

Alan Pardew (NEW) with the latest injury news on Papiss Cisse, Shola Ambeobi and Hatem Ben Arfa, whose ambitions he outlines, the need for a win, his respect for Tony Pulis and Stoke and how to cope with their style of play.

Tony Pulis (STK) on his side’s disappointing run, the desperation for a win, his relationship with his chairman and why Newcastle have struggled this season.

4pm Liverpool  v Tottenham Hotspur  | #LIVTOT  | Matchday Live >>

Andre Villas-Boas (TOT) on the win over Inter in the UEFA Europa League, the emergence of Gylfi Siggurdsson, on catching Manchester City and travelling to Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers (LIV) on the work the owners have done at the club, his side's improving fortunes, the attitude of his players, the performance against Wigan and why there is more to his squad than Luis Suarez.

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Key Points

  • Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa seal vital victories against Sunderland and Reading respectively
  • West Bromwich Albion also triumphed against Swansea City while Norwich and Southampton shared a goalless draw
  • Follow our Matchday Live service where you can read our match reports including manager reactions