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Saturday 07 December 2013

Saturday review: Liverpool profit from rivals' woes

Reds return to second after beating West Ham as Chelsea and Man United lose while Man City draw

Three teams widely viewed as contenders for the Barclays Premier League title race dropped points on Saturday, as Chelsea suffered a surprise defeat in a five-goal thriller at Stoke City, Manchester United lost 1-0 at home to Newcastle United and Manchester City were held 1-1 at Southampton. This allowed Liverpool, 4-1 victors at home over West Ham United, to return to second place.

Oussama Assaidi snatched all three points for Stoke City in the final minute to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory over Chelsea on Saturday. Jose Mourinho's first visit to the Britannia Stadium got off to the perfect start thanks to Andre Schuerrle's ninth-minute opener, but two goals either side of half-time from the hosts put Stoke ahead. Peter Crouch and Stephen Ireland netted for Mark Hughes' side but their lead was soon wiped out as Schuerrle grabbed his second in the 53rd minute. However, Chelsea were not able to hold on to the point as Assaidi fired a sensational effort into the top corner from 25 yards to record a memorable victory.

In-form striker Luis Suarez scored again as Liverpool beat West Ham 4-1 at Anfield to leapfrog Chelsea into second place in the Barclays Premier League table. A Guy Demel own goal put Brendan Rodgers' side in front just before half-time and France defender Mamadou Sakho scored his first Liverpool goal just after the break. Martin Skrtel's own goal gave West Ham hope, but Suarez struck 10 minutes from time for his 14th league goal of the season, the best in the competition. The Uruguayan's shot deflected in off Joey O'Brien to seal Liverpool's fifth successive home win, a run in which they have scored 20 goals. West Ham’s misery was complete when their captain Kevin Nolan sent off for a late challenge on Jordan Henderson.

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo scored a sumptuous strike to earn Southampton a 1-1 draw in a pulsating encounter with Manchester City. The Italy forward's individual effort, which arrowed into the far corner via the crossbar was reward for Mauricio Pochettino's team after they dominated the match for long periods. City forward Sergio Aguero had continued his purple patch in front of goal in the 10th minute by giving the visiting team the lead.

In the early kick-off, Manchester United succumbed to a second successive home defeat for the first time since 2002 when they lost 1-0 to Newcastle United at Old Trafford. Despite the return to the side of Robin van Persie, whose late header was ruled out for offside, United lost the match as a result of Yohan Cabaye's second-half effort.

Goals by Gary Hooper and Leroy Fer brought to an end Norwich City's run of four away defeats in the Barclays Premier League as they won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion. Hooper's 13th-minute strike, his second goal in three matches, and Fer's last-minute goal brought the three points.

Cameron Jerome punished his former club Cardiff City as Crystal Palace recorded a valuable 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park. The striker, on loan from Stoke City, opened his account for the Palace with a headed effort six minutes in. Marouane Chamakh scored his second goal in as many matches to double the hosts' lead after the interval, as Palace's resurgence under new manager Tony Pulis continued. The result gives Palace their first back-to-back league victories of the season, while Cardiff are winless in five.

In the evening fixture, John O'Shea scored a decisive own goal as Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to pick up a 2-1 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The hosts took the lead late in the first half when Adam Johnson capitalised on a Hugo Lloris error following an Ondrej Celustka cross, but Spurs were level before the break through Paulinho and O'Shea inadvertently diverted the ball past Vito Mannone in the 50th minute to hand the visitors all three points. The victory takes the North Londoners up to sixth place, level on points with Everton, who go to leaders Arsenal on Sunday, while Sunderland remain bottom of the standings, five points from safety.

For full match reports, post-match reactions and videos of the the manager press conferences go to our Matchday Live pages . For more, click on the links below.

Saturday 7 December

FT Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle United  |  #MUNNEW  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Crystal Palace 2-0 Cardiff City  |  #CRYCAR  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Liverpool 4-1 West Ham United  |  #LIVWHU  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Southampton 1-1 Manchester City  |  #SOUMCI  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Stoke City 3-2 Chelsea  |  #STKCHE  |  Matchday Live >>

FT West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Norwich City  |  #WBANOR  |  Matchday Live >>

FT Sunderland 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur |  #SUNTOT  |  Matchday Live >>

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Key Points

  • Liverpool up to second in Barclays Premier League following 4-1 defeat of West Ham United
  • Chelsea stunned by 3-2 defeat at Stoke, Man United beaten at home by Newcastle and Man City held at Southampton
  • Read all the match reports, manager reactions and watch the managers' post-match press conferences on premierleague.com