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Premier League Review – Matchday 22

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 19 Jan 2016

Wayne Rooney netted once again to secure a much needed victory for his side

Wayne Rooney netted once again to secure a much needed victory for his side

A seventy-eighth minute strike from Wayne Rooney was enough to give Manchester United the points and their fans the bragging rights in Sunday afternoon’s clash with Liverpool.

The thirty-year-old was left unmarked in the area and smashed in an effort from close range after Marouane Fellani’s header came off the bar.

Louis Van Gaal’s side have now moved up a place to fifth and remain two points behind fourth place Tottenham Hotspur, who thumped Sunderland 4-1 in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Christian Eriksen scored his first goals at White Hart Lane in a year while Moussa Dembele and Harry Kane were also on target as Maurico Pochettino’s men came from behind to tighten their grip on the final Champions League qualification place.

Foxes still in the hunt

The Black Cats remain in the relegation zone in nineteenth place, six points above bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa, who held high-flying Leicester City to a 1-1 draw with Villa Park.

The Foxes remain on points with leaders Arsenal, who themselves could only manage a draw from their trip to Stoke City on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners’ goal difference is three greater than Leicester’s while they are a point ahead of third place Manchester City who were the latest side to stop Crystal Palace from scoring.

Favourites emphatic

The title favourites scored twice either side of half time to take their goals tally to forty-three while the Eagles have now gone five league games without scoring.

Southampton beat West Bromwich Albion to secure back to back league wins for the first time since November while the Baggies are down in thirteenth place, two points above champions Chelsea who were involved in a six-goal thriller against Everton.

John Terry gave the Toffees the lead five minutes into the second half on his seven hundredth appearance at club level, with Kevin Mirallas doubling the visitor’s advantage six minutes later.

Goals from Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas pulled the Blues level before Ramiro Fures Mori thought he had sealed the victory in stoppage time.

A day to remember for Terry

However, Terry went from zero to hero by netting an equaliser with the last kick of the game though despite the point, the Blues have fallen even further behind in the race for the top four.

They are now fourteen points behind the Champions League qualification places and are just four above the relegation zone.

On the day they announced Francesco Guidolin as head coach, Swansea City narrowly beat out-of-form Watford to climb out of the relegation zone while Newcastle United remain in trouble despite triumphing over West Ham United by two goals to one.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth gave themselves some breathing space with a comprehensive 3-0 win over a Norwich City side who slip below the Cherries following that result.

Can Francesco Guidolin guide Swansea to safety?


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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