Saturday 17 November 2012

City profit from rivals' defeats to go top

Man City rout Aston Villa; Chelsea beaten at West Brom; vital wins for Southampton and Reading

  • Man City striker Sergio Aguero rifles one of his two goals past Aston Villa's Brad Guzan

  • Steven Naismith gave Everton an early lead against Reading

  • Eden Hazard's header for Chelsea made it 1-1 against West Bromwich Albion

Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero scored two goals apiece as Manchester City beat Aston Villa 5-0, while Chelsea suffered a surprise defeat at West Bromwich Albion and Southampton piled more misery on winless Queens Park Rangers with a 3-1 away victory.

Manchester City moved a point clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table after completing a 5-0 victory against Aston Villa. David Silva gave the hosts the lead on the stroke of half-time before Aguero and Tevez scored a goal and a penalty each in the second half. Manchester United's 1-0 defeat at Norwich City meant that they slipped to second place.

Chelsea are four points adrift of Roberto Mancini's side after succumbing to a 2-1 reverse at The Hawthorns. Although Eden Hazard cancelled out Shane Long's opening strike, Peter Odemwingie headed the Baggies in front five minutes after the interval and Steve Clarke's fourth-placed side held on for the win that takes them to within a point of the Blues.

Reading completed their first Barclays Premier League win of the season with a 2-1 success against Everton, who had taken the lead through Steven Naismith before Adam Le Fondre scored twice to complete a fine fightback for the Royals.

Southampton also earned three valuable points as they overcame struggling Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at Loftus Road. Junior Hoilett responded to first-half strikes by Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon before Anton Ferdinand's own goal sealed the rock-bottom 'R''s fate.

Elsewhere, Luis Suarez scored twice and Luis Enrique once as three unanswered second-half strikes earned Liverpool a 3-0 victory against Wigan Athletic, while Newcastle United slumped to a 2-1 home defeat by Swansea City for whom Michu and Jonathan De Guzman were on target before Demba Ba's added-time consolation.

You can catch up with full reports, managers' reactions, statistics, and the best photos on premierleague.com's Matchday Live.

Liverpool 3-0 Wigan Athletic | #LIVWIG | Matchday Live >>

Manchester City 5-0 Aston Villa | #MCIAVL | Matchday Live >>

Newcastle United 1-2 Swansea City | #NEWSWA | Matchday Live >>

Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Southampton | #QPRSOU | Matchday Live >>

Reading 2-1 Everton | #RDGEVE | Matchday live >>

West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Chelsea | #WBACHE | Matchday Live >>

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Man City striker Sergio Aguero rifles one of his two goals past Aston Villa's Brad Guzan