Barclays Premier League Reviews
ASTON VILLA 1 STOKE CITY 2
GOALS:- VILLA: SINCLAIR 20th. STOKE: DIOUF 45th; MOSES PEN 90th.
New Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood's reign began with a stoppage-time defeat by Stoke, the club's sixth straight league loss, leaving them second from bottom. In the dugout for the first time since replacing the sacked Paul Lambert, Sherwood saw on-loan winger Scott Sinclair head in Fabian Delph's cross. Mame Diouf beat Brad Guzan from six yards to level before the break and Victor Moses' 91st-minute penalty won it - with Villa's Ron Vlaar shown a red card for bringing down the winger.
CHELSEA 1 BURNLEY 1
GOALS:- CHELSEA: IVANOVIC 14th. BURNLEY: MEE 81st.
Chelsea had Nemanja Matic sent off as the Barclays Premier League leaders were held to a draw by relegation-battling Burnley. Branislav Ivanovic put the Blues ahead when he slotted in Eden Hazard's cross. An Ivanovic shot struck Michael Kightly's arm and Diego Costa was pushed by Jason Shackell as the home side had two penalty appeals rejected. Matic was dismissed when he reacted angrily to a challenge from Ashley Barnes and Burnley capitalised when Ben Mee headed in a late corner.
CRYSTAL PALACE 1 ARSENAL 2
GOALS:- PALACE: MURRAY 90th. ARSENAL: CAZORLA PEN 8th; GIROUD 45th.
Arsenal survived a late scare as they held on to beat Crystal Palace and take third spot in the Barclays Premier League. Santi Cazorla put the Gunners ahead when he converted a penalty after Pape Souare brought down Danny Welbeck. The England striker was involved in his side's second goal as his low effort was parried by Julian Speroni before Olivier Giroud netted the rebound. Palace's Glenn Murray scored in injury time after a goalmouth scramble and then hit the post as Arsenal held on.
HULL CITY 2 QUEENS PARK RANGERS 1
GOALS:- HULL: JELAVIC 16th; N'DOYE 89th. QPR: AUSTIN 39th.
Dame N'Doye scored his second Barclays Premier League goal in as many games as Hull City earned a late win over 10-man Queens Park Rangers (QPR) to move clear of the relegation zone. Nikica Jelavic volleyed the home side into a 16th-minute lead from Steven Caulker's poor headed clearance. Charlie Austin then headed a first-half equaliser for QPR just minutes after Joey Barton, booked in his previous seven games, had been sent off for lashing out at Tom Huddlestone.
MANCHESTER CITY 5
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0
GOALS:- CITY: AUGUERO PEN 2nd; NASRI 12th; DZEKO 21st; SILVA 51st, 53rd.
Manchester City recorded their biggest Barclays Premier League victory of the season to cut Chelsea's title lead to five points. David Silva scored twice in an emphatic win as the champions took advantage of Burnley's surprise draw at Stamford Bridge to give notice that their title defence is far from over. They made the perfect start when Sergio Ag¸ero netted a second-minute penalty. Samir Nasri soon made it 2-0 from Edin Dzeko's cross before the Bosnia striker ended his 15-game goal drought to put the game beyond Newcastle with only 21 minutes gone.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0
Sunderland remain in Barclays Premier League relegation trouble after drawing for the 13th time this season. Albion defender Joleon Lescott escaped with a booking after appearing to commit a professional foul on striker Danny Graham in the 5th minute; and Sunderland winger Adam Johnson had a goal ruled out for offside, while Seb Larsson was denied by Ben Foster.
SWANSEA CITY 2 MANCHESTER UNITED 1
GOALS:- SWANSEA: KI 30th; GOMIS 73rd.
UNITED: HERRERA 28th.
Manchester United suffered only their second Barclays Premier League defeat since November as Bafetimbi Gomis' second-half goal gave Swansea victory. Ander Herrera's low strike put United ahead, but the hosts responded immediately as Ki Sung-yueng flicked in from Jonjo Shelvey's cross. Louis van Gaal's side dominated the second period but failed to score. Shelvey's 73rd-minute shot deflected off Gomis to give the Swans a first league double over United.