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Wednesday 28 November 2012

Matchweek 14: Premier League press conferences

A review of the evening kick-offs in the Barclays Premier League

  • Rickie Lambert opened the scoring for Southampton against Norwich City

  • Swansea's Wayne Routledge scored twice against West Brom in the first half

  • Jonathan Walters started Stoke City's fightback against Newcastle

Manchester City kept up the chase on Manchester United with a 2-0 win at an impressive Wigan Athletic with late goals from Mario Balotelli and James Milner. With United winning 1-0 at home to West Ham United City needed to win to keep the gap at one point at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Balotelli snatched his 69th minute opener after Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi fumbled an initial shot from Gareth Barry, then James Milner drilled home the second three minutes later before going off injured.

Newcastle United extended their poor recent record to one win in nine after late goals from Jon Walters and Cameron Jerome gave Stoke City a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium. Papiss Cisse put the Magpies in front just after the break but Walters flicked home an equaliser nine minutes from time and four minutes later Jerome struck the winner after Kenwyne Jones' nod down in the box.

Southampton's recent revival took a minor stumble as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich City. Rickie Lambert poked home from close range in the 32nd minute but Robert Snodgrass equalised on the stroke of half-time when his free-kick squeezed under Saints goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

West Bromwich Albion's run of four successive victories was brought an abrupt end in a 3-1 defeat at Swansea City.  Michu hit his eighth goal of the season in the ninth minute and Wayne Routledge added further goals in the 11th and 39th before Romelu Lukaku replied for the Baggies just before the break.

This is one of eight contests taking place on Wednesday, including high-flying West Bromwich Albion travelling to Swansea City, struggling Newcastle United's test at Stoke City and Southampton taking on Norwich City.

You can catch up on all these matches on premierleague.com's Matchday Live. Only with Matchday Live can you get detailed updates on each match, the best photos and statistics, as well as manager reaction as soon as it lands.

Southampton 1-1 Norwich City | #SOUNOR Matchday Live >>

Stoke City 2-1 Newcastle United | #STKNEW | Matchday live >>

Swansea City 3-1 West Bromwich Albion | #SWAWBA | Matchday Live >>

Wigan Athletic 0-2 Manchester City | #WIGMCI | Matchday Live >>

 

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Key Points

  • Manchester City maintain the one-point gap behind Manchester United
  • The Barclays Premier League champions beat Wigan 2-0 at the DW Stadium
  • Swansea defeated West Brom, Newcastle were beaten by Stoke, while Southampton were held by Norwich