Wednesday 29 January 2014
Manchester City returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League after inflicting a heavy defeat upon Tottenham Hotspur, running out 5-1 winners at White Hart Lane, while there were seven goals shared in an eventful West Midlands derby at Villa Park.
Man City knew that a victory at Spurs would take them a point above Arsenal at the top of the standings and it took them just a quarter of an hour to break the deadlock through Sergio Aguero. A foul by Danny Rose on Edin Dzeko early in the second half proved a key moment in the match as the hosts' defender was dismissed for his challenge and Yaya Toure dismissed the resultant spot-kick.
Dzeko made it 3-0 just before the hour-mark before Etienne Capoue reduced the arrears following a corner, but the 10-man hosts were left with too much to do to claw back the deficit and Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany completed the rout.
There were even more goals at Villa Park, where Aston Villa recovered after conceding two early goals to West Brom, who scored through Chris Brunt and Fabian Delph, the latter beating his own goalkeeper. Andreas Weimann and Leandro Bacuna replied quickly to bring Paul Lambert's side back into the match and Delph then atoned for his earlier mishap with a spectacular strike off the underside of the bar. Youssouf Mulumbu produced an equaliser for West Brom to make the score 3-3 before half-time, but there was only one goal in the second half and it fell to Villa, Christian Benteke deciding the contest from the penalty spot.
Chelsea missed out on the chance to go above the second-placed Gunners as they were frustrated at home by West Ham United, who laid siege to the Hammers' goal late on, with Eden Hazard proving the chief threat throughout, but the heroics of goalkeeper Adrian, who denied Oscar early on, and Frank Lampard in the dying seconds, gave Sam Allardyce's side a well-earned point. The draw leaves Chelsea three points behind Manuel Pellegrini's charges in third, while West Ham are two adrift of safety.
Elsewhere, Sunderland move out of the bottom three thanks to a narrow win over Stoke City. Adam Johnson scored the only goal of the match after 17 minutes as the Black Cats resisted a late charge from the Potters, who had Steven N'Zonzi sent off in the second half for a second bookable offence and sit a point above Gus Poyet's charges.
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Aston Villa 4-3 West Bromwich Albion | #AVLWBA | Matchday Live >>
Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United | #CHEWHU | Matchday Live >>
Sunderland 1-0 Stoke City | #SUNSTK | Matchday Live >>
Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Manchester City | #TOTMCI | Matchday Live >>