Sunday 25 November 2012

Saturday review: United fight back yet again

A round-up of the four 3pm kick-offs in the Barclays Premier League

  • Javier Hernandez scores Manchester United's third goal against QPR

  • Steven Naismith put Everton ahead but Norwich pegged them back

  • Jordi Gomez slots home Wigan's first goal against Fulham

  • Charlie Adam scored the only goal as Stoke beat Fulham

New Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp watched from the Old Trafford stands as his side surrendered a second-half lead en route to a 3-1 defeat against Manchester United.

The bottom-of-the-table visitors, under the temporary guidance of Mark Bowen, took the lead in the 52nd minute when Jamie Mackie pounced from close range after Anders Lindegaard had pushed out Kieron Dyer's cross-shot. But Redknapp, whose appointment to succeed Mark Hughes was confirmed this morning, saw his side swiftly undone by two set-pieces, Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher both on target with headers from Wayne Rooney corners, before Anderson surged forwards and set up Javier Hernandez for a cool finish to settle matters.

Victory took United back to the top of the Barclays Premier League standings ahead of Manchester City's trip to Chelsea tomorrow.

In the other 3pm kick-offs, Jordi Gomez's hat-trick spared Ali Al Habsi's blushes as Wigan Athletic overcame Reading 3-2, Everton and Norwich drew 1-1 and Stoke City edged Fulham 1-0.

Sean Morrison's first goal for Reading had earned the visitors an interval lead at the DW Stadium. But Gomez equalised 13 minutes into the second period, lashing high into the net after his initial low effort from substitute Franco Di Santo's cross had been parried by Adam Federici. He grabbed a second 10 minutes later with a superb diving header from Jean Beausejour's cross.

Ten minutes from time, Hal Robson-Kanu's blocked shot looped high into the air and Al Habsi fumbled the ball under his crossbar and looked on helplessly as it trickled over the line. However, Gomez was not done, and swept home from Arouna Kone's pass in stoppage time to complete his treble.

There was also late drama at Goodison Park, where Sebastien Bassong's 90th-minute header from Javier Garrido's free-kick earned Norwich a point. Steven Naismith had given Everton a 12th-minute lead.

Charlie Adam's 26th-minute goal secured Stoke City a 1-0 win against Fulham at the Britannia Stadium, the Scotland midfielder benefitting from a knockdown by Peter Crouch.

You can catch up on all Saturday's matches on premierleague.com's Matchday Live. With Matchday Live you can read detailed reports on each match followed by manager reaction, with the best photos and statistics.

Everton 1-1 Norwich City | #EVENOR | Matchday Live >>

Man Utd 3-1 Queens Park Rangers | #MUNQPR | Matchday Live >>

Stoke City 1-0 Fulham | #STKFUL | Matchday Live >>

Wigan Athletic 3-2 Reading | #WIGRDG | Matchday Live >>

 

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Key Points

  • Manchester United come from behind to beat QPR 3-1
  • Everton are frustrated by a late equaliser from Norwich
  • Stoke and Wigan gain home wins over Fulham and Reading respectively