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Barclays Premier League Round Up January 3rd

Chelsea v QPR
Full time result: 0-1
Shaun Wright-Phillips returned to SW6 to haunt his old team and interim Chelsea manager, Rafa Benitez, by scoring the only goal of the game that secured a first win at Stamford Bridge for QPR since 1983.
Wright-Phillips smashed a right footed shot past Ross Turnbull in the Chelsea goal on 78 minutes.
Early in the game Marko Marin should have seen red for a horrendous tackle, but escaped with a yellow.
Man of the match: Julio Cesar – Superb saves to keep QPR hopes alive.

Liverpool v Sunderland
Full time result: 3-0
Luis Suarez bagged a brace scoring in the 26th and 52nd minutes of the game last night. His first was a shot with the outside of his right foot that Simon Mignolet in the Sunderland goal couldn’t get his fingertips too.
The second came from a lofted ball by Steven Gerrard, which Suarez got on the end of and converted the chance easily.
Teenager Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a beautifully judged lob over Mignolet on 19 minutes.
Man of the match: Luis Suarez – Showed incredible skill and desire.

Man City v Stoke
Full time result: 3-0
Pablo Zabaleta scored the best of the goals when he opened the scoring in the 43rd minute. The
defender created and finished the move for the goal, slotting past Asmir Begovic.
Edin Dzeko made it 2-0 for the champions when Begovic couldn’t keep hold of the ball from a shot,
the Bosnia striker wasn’t complaining and slotted home from close range.
Sergio Aguero completed the scoring by converting a penalty, that was awarded when Steven N’Zonzi brought down David Silva.
Man of the match: Sergio Aguero – Great movement and superb vision.

Newcastle v Everton
Full time result: 1-2
Newcastle failed to win at home again this season despite taking the lead through Papiss Cisse in the 2nd minute, “Who’s Demba Ba?”. A long ball from Krul was misjudged by Distin and Cisse flicked the ball over Tim Howard and into the bank of the net.
But Everton fought back and Leighton Baines, in the 43rd minute, smashed in a wonderfully struck free kick past Krul.
Substitute Victor Anichebe scored the decisive goal in the 60th minute, Nikicia Jelavic had deceived Fabricio Collocini down the wing and Anichebe had slotted home the cross.
Man of the match: Leighton Baines – Different class and magnificent free kick.

Southampton v Arsenal
Full time result: 1-1
Arsenal earned a point at St Mary’s without even scoring a goal in the game on Tuesday after Southampton had taken the lead.
Gaston Ramirez curled a shot into the back of the Arsenal net after a piece of typical comedy Arsenal defending in the 34th minute.
But on 41 minutes Arsenal got lucky when Theo Walcott swung in a free kick, won by Mikel Arteta, that was turned into his own net by Guly Do Prado at the near post.
Man of the match: Jack Cork – Brilliant despite unfamiliar role.

Swansea v Aston Villa
Full time result: 2-2
A four goal thriller in Wales began when Wayne Routledge rounded Brad Guzan to slot home into an empty net in the 9th minute.
It took until the 44th minute for Villa to equalise, when Andreas Weimann gave Michel Vorm in the Swansea goal no chance by hitting the ball low in the bottom corner.
The third and second for Villa came on 84 minutes when Nathan Dyer fouled Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke duly converted the spot kick.
But in the 94th minute Danny Graham and Swansea had the last laugh when he smashed the ball home at the second attempt.
Man of the match: Brad Guzan – Kept Villa in the game with early saves.

Tottenham v Reading
Full time result: 3-1
An early header from Pavel Progrebnyak in the 4th minute turned out to be a conciliation goal considering what Tottenham did to respond.
In the 9th minute Michael Dawson headed Spurs level after a cross from to score his first goal since February 2011.
Emmanuel Adebayor converted a sublime cross from Aaron Lennon in the 51st minute and from them on Tottenham never looked liked losing.
Clint Dempsey finished Reading off in the 79th minute when his shot was deflected and looped over Adam Federici into the net.
Man of the match: Aaron Lennon – No goals this week, but outstanding.

West Ham v Norwich
Full time result: 2-1
An early penalty for West Ham, after a controversial decision by Mark Clattenburg in the 3rd minute, was slotted home by Mark Noble.
On 26 minutes Joey O’Brien doubled the Hammers lead converting a cross from Mark Noble on the wing, but more controversy surrounding the build up play where Alexander Tettey was left in pain but Clattenburg waved play on.
A conciliation goal in the 90th minute for Norwich was scored by Russell Martin, who struck home from distance.
Man of the match: Mark Noble – Ran the show all afternoon.

Wigan v Man United
Full time result: 0-4
Man United cruised to victory over Wigan on Tuesday and the scoring was opened by Javier Hernandez in the 35th minute, who pounced on a spilled save from Ali Al Habsi in the Wigan goal.
Robin Van Persie doubled the lead on 43 minutes when he deceived Adil Ramis and slotted home United’s second.
United’s third and Hernanadez’s second came on 63 minutes, when he reacted first to the ball when it bounced off the wall from a Van Persie free kick.
United finished the rout in the 88th minute when Van Persie was presented with a chance he couldn’t miss at 6 yards out.
Man of the match: Javier Hernanadez – Deadly finishing from the Mexican ace.

West Brom v Fulham
Full time result: 1-2
“Keep calm and pass me the ball” was the message on Dimitar Berbatov’s shirt last week and it paid off when he opened the scoring in the 39th minute. A exquisitely finished right foot volley from a Ashkan Dejagah cross.
Romelu Lukaku levelled the scores on 49 minutes. A cross from Billy Jones was tapped in by Lukaku at the near post.
Fulham re-took and held onto the lead in the 58th minute, when Alexander Kacaniklic turned the Albion defenders and slotted ball home under keeper Ben Foster.
Man of the match: Dimitar Berbatov – Scored and overall a classy performance.

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