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Sunday 23 February 2014

Sunday review: Henderson keeps Liverpool on course

Reds midfielder scores twice in 4-3 win while Newcastle end barren run with late winner

Jordan Henderson's late goal kept Liverpool's Barclays Premier League title bid on track as they earned a thrilling 4-3 win over Swansea City.

Daniel Sturridge scored twice to become only the second player – after former Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy – to net in eight consecutive Barclays Premier League fixtures. The England striker's brace was only one part of a remarkable story that unfolded at Anfield, with five first-half goals setting the tone for a classic.

It took just three minutes for Sturridge to break the deadlock and Henderson's pinpoint finish put Brendan Rodgers' side in the ascendancy midway through the opening half. The game was turned on its head as Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Bony scored within three minutes of each other, the former drawing applause from the fans of Liverpool, his former club, after he had arrowed a stunning first-time effort into the top-right corner. Sturridge netted again before the break to take his tally for the season to 18 league goals, but Bony grabbed his second, from the spot, early in the second half.  It was Henderson who had the last say, though, his close-range finish sealing the points 16 minutes from time.

The result moves Liverpool, who hit a post late on through Steven Gerrard, back to within four points of leaders Chelsea, while Swansea remain four points above the drop zone having won just two of their last 13 league games.

Loic Remy's stoppage-time goal ended Newcastle United's barren run at St James' Park in the Barclays Premier League as they beat Aston Villa 1-0.

Alan Pardew's side had gone more than seven hours without a goal in the Barclays Premier League, but the France striker struck in the 92nd minute to lift the mood on Tyneside. Remy had been Newcastle's biggest threat in the match, forcing Brad Guzan into several saves and hitting a post in the closing stages, before he had the final say.

The victory moved Newcastle up to eighth in the table while Villa are 13th, a place above Swansea, with both on 28 points.

Robert Snodgrass gave Norwich City's Barclays Premier League survival hopes a huge boost by sealing a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road.

Chances were few and far between for both sides in the first half at Carrow Road on Sunday, but Chris Hughton's men burst out of the blocks in the second period. Some good work by Bradley Johnson sent Snodgrass through on goal and the Scot made no mistake in slotting past Hugo Lloris.

The win was Norwich's first in five top-flight matches and their first at home over Spurs in the league since 1991. Spurs failed to score for the first time under Tim Sherwood in the league and end the weekend six points adrift of the top four.

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Liverpool 4-3 Swansea City  |  #LIVSWA  |  Matchday Live >>

Newcastle United 1-0 Aston Villa | #NEWAVL |  Matchday Live >>

Norwich City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur | #NORTOT |  Matchday Live >>

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