Saturday 30 March 2013
Another superb display by Gareth Bale inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a valuable 2-1 win over Swansea City that lifted them to third in the Barclays Premier League.
Bale set up Jan Vertonghen for his seventh minute opener then flicked home a superb 21st-minute effort to increase his side's lead. Michu had given Swansea hope with a 71st-minute header.
It took Andre Villas-Boas’s team above Chelsea, who went down by the same score away to Southampton. Rickie Lambert's 35th-minute free-kick proved enough to seal a 2-1 win at St Mary's after an early opener from Jay Rodriguez had been cancelled out by a header from John Terry.
The pressure for UEFA Champions League football increased on Chelsea as Arsenal narrowed the gap behind them to just two points after crushing Reading 4-1. Nigel Adkins' debut as Reading manager was one to forget as his side were sunk by a resurgent Arsenal side and dropped to the bottom of the table on goal difference.
Gervinho opened the scoring after 11 minutes and Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud increased the Gunners' lead before Hal Robson Kanu gave the visitors a glimmer of hope in the 68th minute. But Arsene Wenger's men sealed their win in the 77th minute when Adrian Mariappa fouled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the box and Mikel Arteta stroked home the resulting penalty.
Everton, in sixth, maintained the pressure on the sides above with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Stoke City in the late match. Kevin Mirallas got the only goal with a superb individual breakaway on 28 minutes.
Manchester City kept up their chase of city rivals United with a 4-0 cruise over Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester United had temporarily gone 18 points clear at the top after Titus Bramble's 27th-minute own goal gave Sir Alex Ferguson's team a 1-0 win over Sunderland in the lunchtime kick-off at the Stadium of Light.
City responded with Carlos Tevez and David Silva giving Roberto Mancini's men the first-half advantage before Vincent Kompany and an own goal from James Perch completed their easy win.
Wigan Athletic moved out of the relegation zone after a late strike from Arouna Kone to beat Norwich City 1-0 at the DW Stadium. Kone fired his 10th goal of the season with nine minutes remaining to lift his side above Aston Villa, who play Liverpool tomorrow.
Andy Carroll got two goals as West Ham United eased their relegation fears with a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at Upton Park. Carroll opened the scoring with a 16th-minute header and after Gary O'Neil made it 2-0 Carroll added his second after 80 minutes. Graham Dorrans pulled one back from the penalty spot for West Brom, who had Youssouf Mulumbu sent off in injury time.
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