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Saturday 30 November 2013

Saturday review: Ramsey sends Arsenal seven points clear

A review of Saturday's matches with Arsenal extending the lead in the table

Aaron Ramsey returned to haunt his former club as Arsenal recorded a 3-0 victory at Cardiff City.

The midfielder, who swapped South Wales for North London in 2008, scored two of his side's goals, either side of a Mathieu Flamini strike. The result, Arsenal's fifth win on the road this season in the Barclays Premier League, extends the club's lead at the summit to seven points, with the rest of the top six not playing until Sunday.

Gerard Deulofeu inspired Everton to a comprehensive 4-0 win over Stoke City at Goodison Park. The Barcelona loanee, who was handed his first Barclays Premier League start after a bright display as a substitute against Liverpool last week, was the shining light in a vibrant attacking display that lifts Roberto Martinez's side to fourth in the table.

Everton dominated from start to finish and Deulofeu opened the scoring just before the break by finishing off a superb team move, before second-half goals from Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo and Romelu Lukaku ensured they made it 16 home top-flight games without defeat.

Fulham slumped to a 3-0 defeat at West Ham United to make it their worst ever start to a Barclays Premier League season. Modibo Maiga had the first half's best chance as he headed an effort against a post, but goalmouth action was infrequent for the rest of the period.

The hosts did have the lead less than 60 seconds after the break, however, as Fernando Amorebieta deflected a Mohamed Diame shot past Maarten Stekelenburg. Carlton Cole and Joe Cole scored in the closing stages to seal an emphatic scoreline for West Ham's 12 Barclays Premier League matches, while Jol’s team suffered a fifth successive loss.

Tony Pulis' tenure as Crystal Palace manager got off to a losing start with a 1-0 defeat away to Norwich City. The former Stoke manager, who was announced as Ian Holloway's successor last weekend, saw his men fall to their 10th Barclays Premier League loss of the campaign after a first-half goal from Gary Hooper. 

The striker netted his second league goal for the hosts in the 30th minute, after some impressive build-up play from Wes Hoolahan. Pulis will take some positives from the defeat, however, after a battling display, and he will have an almost immediate chance to seek a response when Palace host West Ham on Tuesday.

Sunderland's search for an away Barclays Premier League win continues after their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday. Gus Poyet's side are winless on the road this season but did pick up their first away point since the 1-1 draw against Southampton in August.

They could have left Villa Park with all three, Emanuele Giaccherini hooking the ball over the bar from point-blank range at the end of the first half. The hosts had slightly the better of a tight affair, but again it was the visitors who came closest to scoring in the second half, Fabio Borini striking the crossbar with a header in the 67th minute.

In the late match, Newcastle United moved up to fifth in the Barclays Premier League with a fourth straight victory, beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at St James' Park.

Yoan Gouffran gave Newcastle the lead 10 minutes before the break, nodding into an empty net after an attempted punch by Boaz Myhill. West Brom started the second half in positive fashion and were rewarded when Chris Brunt levelled, the midfielder smashing a powerful effort past Tim Krul after Shane Long's glancing header had found him free in the area.

Yet the visitors were level for just four minutes as Moussa Sissoko's swerving effort from distance beat Myhill to secure three points for Pardew's side.

Our Matchday Live provides full match reports while there will also be post-match reaction and manager press conferences. To see more, click on the links below.

Saturday 30 November

Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland  |  #AVLSUN  Matchday Live >>

Cardiff City 0-3 Arsenal   |  #CARARS  |  Matchday Live >>

Everton 4-0 Stoke City  |  #EVESTK  |  Matchday Live >>

Norwich City 1-0 Crystal Palace   |  #NORCRY  |  Matchday Live >>

West Ham United 3-0 Fulham   |  #WHUNOR  |  Matchday Live >>

Newcastle United 2-1 West Bromwich Albion  | #NEWWBA  |  Matchday Live >>

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