Saturday 19 October 2013
Jack Wilshere scored his first Barclays Premier League goal on home soil as Arsenal earned a 4-1 win over Norwich City to move two points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table.
Wilshere and Mesut Ozil put Arsenal in control before Jonny Howson pulled one back for the hosts. However, Arsene Wenger's men were not to be denied as an Aaron Ramsey strike and a second from Ozil sealed victory.
Adam Lallana scored a late equaliser to earn Southampton a 1-1 draw at Manchester United. Robin van Persie struck in the 26th minute to end Southampton's run of not conceding in their past five matches in all competitions, but Lallana got the last touch on Dejan Lovren's effort from James Ward-Prowse's 89th-minute corner to extend his side's unbeaten League run to five matches.
Samuel Eto'o scored his first League goal as Chelsea came from behind to defeat Cardiff City 4-1 at Stamford Bridge. The 32-year-old striker – who joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Anji Makhachkala in August – had failed to score in his four previous league appearances but picked an ideal time to break his duck.
Earlier Jordon Mutch made the most of poor defending from David Luiz to put Cardiff in front after 10 minutes before Eden Hazard levelled in bizarre circumstances. Eto'o put Chelsea in front in the 66th minute and his strike eased the tension, with Oscar and Hazard putting gloss on the win – that lifted them to second place in the table – with late goals to the delight of manager Jose Mourinho, who was sent to the stands for dissent.
Everton secured a third straight home win as they overcame a dogged Hull City 2-1 at Goodison Park. Kevin Mirallas gave the hosts the lead in the with a low shot that beat an unsighted Allan McGregor, but Yannick Sagbo hit back to equalise before half-time. However, Steven Pienaar scored the winner less than a minute after being introduced as a second-half substitute to send Roberto Martinez's side into the top seven.
Three goals in seven minutes contributed to a nightmare start as Sunderland manager for Gus Poyet who witnessed his sde succumb to a 4-0 defeat at Swansea City. The visitors had turned in a disciplined defensive display in the opening 45 minutes, but a Phil Bardsley own goal was swiftly followed by a superb Jonathan de Guzman finish and a Wilfried Bony spot-kick after the break. Steven Fletcher's own goal, from Chico Flores's header, sealed Swansea's first win over Sunderland since 1982 and a first at home since March, leaving Poyet's men rooted to the bottom of the division.
West Bromwich Albion earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Stoke City to set a new club-record unbeaten streak in the Barclays Premier League. The West Midlands side had the lion's share of the chances at the Britannia Stadium but after being unable to break the deadlock, picked up a point that extends their undefeated run to five top-flight matches. The home side will also be happy with a result that ends a run of three straight league losses that had left them languishing towards the bottom of the table.
Sergio Aguero scored twice to help Manchester City beat West Ham United 3-1 in Saturday's late match and claim their first Barclays Premier League away win of the season. City had one point to show from their first three road trips of the campaign but reversed that trend with a professional performance at Upton Park that lifted them to fourth in the table.
Aguero opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a cool finish and his second-half header looked to have sealed three points for Manuel Pellegrini's side. Ricardo Vaz Te pulled a goal back for West Ham with a bicycle kick, but it was not enough as David Silva wrapped up the points for City late on.
Earlier in the day, Steven Gerrard's 100th Barclays Premier League goal and a Daniel Sturridge header secured Liverpool a 2-2 draw against Newcastle United. Brendan Rodgers' side had to twice come from behind to earn a point at St James' Park on a day that saw Gerrard become the 24th player to reach the milestone of a century of goals in the Premier League.
Strikes from Yohan Cabaye and Paul Dummett had put Alan Pardew's side ahead, only for Gerrard and Sturridge to equalise. Cabaye opened the scoring midway through the first half with a dipping strike from long range, but Gerrard brought Liverpool level from the spot after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had been dismissed for fouling Luis Suarez. Newcastle went back in front with Dummett's first goal for the club just before the hour, but Sturridge then equalised with 18 minutes remaining after excellent work from Suarez.
On Sunday Andros Townsend crowned a memorable week, in which he helped England qualify for the World Cup, by scoring his first Barclays Premier League goal in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-0 victory at Aston Villa. Townsend's intended cross eluded Roberto Soldado, Lewis Holtby and, most importantly, Brad Guzan in the Villa goal to give Spurs a 31st-minute lead, before Soldado wrapped up the points in the second half with his third top-flight goal of the season to lift Spurs up to fifth place in the standings.
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