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Premier League review 02nd February 2013

Moussa Sissoko scored a brace as Newcastle defeated Chelsea 3-2 at St James Park

Moussa Sissoko scored a brace as Newcastle defeated Chelsea 3-2 at St James Park

Yesterday’s Premier League games produced another goal fest. One of the games of the day came at St James Park, where Newcastle defeated Chelsea 3-2.

The home side gained the lead on 41 minutes. Davide Santon produced superb cross that has headed past Petr Cech by Jonas Gutierrez.

Ten minutes into the second half and the visitors were back on level terms. Full-back Ashley Cole found Frank Lampard, who fired home a stunning swerving effort from 25 yards. The Blues looked to have turned the game around on 61 minutes.

Much-maligned Fernando Torres found Juan Mata and the Spaniard curled home a sumptuous effort from inside the penalty area. That lead didn’t last long though as the Magpies hit back on 68 minutes. Yoan Gouffran’s effort was parried by Petr Cech and midfielder Moussa Sissoko was on hand to score from the rebound.

Sissoko scored his second goal of the game in the dying moments. The French midfielder struck a fantastic effort from the edge of the penalty box to beat Petr Cech. The victory moved Newcastle four points clear of the relegation zone.

League leaders Manchester United moved ten points clear at the top of the table with a 1-0 victory at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. The first half was an entertaining affair with United hitting the woodwork on three occasions and the home side also being denied by the woodwork.

The first half was interrupted when the floodlights failed and delayed the game for ten minutes. The only goal of the game arrived on 79 minutes. Wayne Rooney latched onto a long-ball and coolly fired past Mark Schwarzer.

Elsewhere, Arsenal defeated Stoke 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic denied the home side for most of the afternoon, but was finally beaten on 78 minutes. Lukas Podolski’s free-kick took a hefty deflection and found a way past Begovic.

It looked like the goal maybe disallowed, but after speaking to his linesman Chris Foy allowed the strike. The win took the Gunners within a point of arch-rivals Tottenham, who are currently fourth.

Everton rescued a point at the death against Aston Villa, as the Toffee’s came back from two goals down to draw 3-3 with the strugglers. Villa took a shock lead with just two minutes on the clock, Christian Benteke beating Johnny Heitinga before firing past Tim Howard.

The home side were back on level terms on 21 minutes. Nigerian international Victor Anichebe rolled Ciaran Clark and shot low past Brad Guzan. That parity didn’t last long though, as Villa regained their lead on 24 minutes.

Matthew Lowton’s cross was headed home by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Villa extended their lead just past the hour mark. Lowton fired in a superb cross and Benteke headed home in front of Johnny Heitinga.

Everton got a goal back on 69 minutes. Fellaini played a nice give and go with Anichebe, before the Belgium international found a low finish past Guzan. It was the big Belgian who earned his side a point, heading home a Leighton Baines corner in stoppage-time to give the Toffee’s a point.

Reading were another team that scored a late goal, as the Royals claimed a 2-1 win against Sunderland at the Madejski Stadium. The home side were ahead on seven minutes. Winger Job McAnuff crossed to find Jimmy Kebe, who smashed the ball high into the roof of Simon Mignolet’s goal.

Sunderland equalised on 29 minutes. Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak was adjudged to have fouled Black Cats defender John O’Shea and Craig Gardner made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick. Reading have scored a number of late goals in recent games and this game was no different.

Ian Harte’s cross was headed home by Kebe at the far post with just five minutes remaining. The victory moved the Royals two points clear of the relegation zone.

West Ham halted their poor run of form with a 1-0 victory over Swansea at the Boleyn Ground. The only goal of the game came on 77 minutes. England striker Andy Carroll headed home Mark Noble’s corner kick for only his second top flight strike in a Hammers shirt.

In the early kick-off QPR and Norwich drew 0-0 at Loftus Road. The home side were awarded a penalty kick on 56 minutes. Canaries keeper Mark Bunn was adjudged to have brought John Mackie down in the penalty area.

Referee John Moss cautioned the Norwich keeper, but Bunn then produced a fine save from Adel Taarabt’s penalty kick. QPR are now six points away from Premier League safety.

Wigan and Southampton drew 2-2 at the DW Stadium in a relegation six-pointer. The home side took the lead on 25 minutes. Jean Beausejour’s corner was headed home by centre-back Gary Caldwell.

Saints talisman Rickie Lambert headed his team back on level terms on 64 minutes. The visitors looked to have scored the winner on 85 minutes, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin scoring from close-range from Jay Rodriguez’s cross.

The home side rescued a vital point in the last minute though, midfielder Shaun Maloney scoring from close-range from Paul Scharner’s header.  The draw leaves Wigan two points away from safety, while Southampton are now three points clear of the drop zone.

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