English Premier League Reviews
Aaron Ramsey's early goal was enough for Arsenal to close the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points, with a hard-earned victory at Turf Moor. And though Chelsea won yesterday to extend the gap, the Gunners are hard on their heals. Ramsey's 12th-minute goal came after Jason Shackell gave the ball away to Francis Coquelin on the halfway line, and after Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both had shots saved, the Welshman slotted home.
SWANSEA CITY 1
GOALS:- SWANSEA: SHELVEY PEN 69th. EVERTON: LENNON 41st.
A second-half penalty from Jonjo Shelvey earned Swansea a point as Everton's three-game winning run in the Barclays Premier League came to an end. Shelvey, who had a spectacular first-half effort disallowed following a foul in the build-up, slotted home after Seamus Coleman had carelessly handled. Aaron Lennon had fired Everton ahead from a James McCarthy cross four minutes before the break. Swansea equalled their record Premier League points tally of 47.
HULL CITY 0
GOALS:- SOUTHAMPTON: WARD-PROWSE PEN 56th; PELLE 81st.
Southampton remain in the running for a European place after Graziano Pelle claimed his first Barclays Premier League goal in 15 matches. Substitute James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring from the penalty spot after former Hull striker Shane Long had been fouled by Tigers defender Alex Bruce. Pelle then drove home his 13th goal of the season as Hull stayed in 17th spot.
CRYSTAL PALACE 4
GOALS:- SUNDERLAND: WICKHAM 90th. PALACE: MURRAY 48th; BOLASIE 51st, 53rd, 62nd.
Yannick Bolasie's 11-minute hat-trick helped Crystal Palace humiliate relegation-threatened Sunderland. Glenn Murray put the Eagles ahead when he headed in from close range after Bolasie's deflected cross. Bolasie added a second soon afterwards, as he poked the ball past Costel Pantilimon after Murray's knockdown. A lofted finish from Bolasie made it 3-0, and he completed his treble from Murray's pass, before Connor Wickham volleyed in a late consolation.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0 ASTON VILLA 1
GOAL:- VILLA: BENTEKE 35th.
Christian Benteke scored the only goal as Aston Villa beat Tottenham to move six points above the relegation zone. Benteke headed in Leandro Bacuna's cross as Villa boss Tim Sherwood got the better of his former club. Villa deserved their victory and almost had a second when Gabby Agbonlahor hit the post from Benteke's flick-on. They had to see it out with 10 men after Carlos Sanchez was sent off for a second booking late on.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2
LEICESTER CITY 3
GOALS:- WBA: FLETCHER 8th; GARDNER 26th. LEICESTER: NUGENT 20th; HUTH 80th; VARDY 90th.
Leicester reinvigorated their hopes of escaping relegation as Jamie Vardy snatched a late winner away to West Brom. Leicester, now three points off safety, conceded first as Darren Fletcher escaped his man to head in. David Nugent poked home to level, but the Foxes fell behind again as Craig Gardner's deflected volley squirmed in. But the visitors' hard work after the break paid off as Robert Huth nodded in and Vardy scored a 91st-minute winner.
WEST HAM UNITED 1 STOKE CITY 1
GOALS:- WEST HAM: CRESSWELL 7th. STOKE: ARNAUTOVIC 90th.
Marko Arnautovic salvaged a point for Stoke with an injury-time equaliser at West Ham.
The Austrian struck after twice having a goal disallowed for offside. Aaron Cresswell's
brilliant early free kick had put West Ham ahead, but Stoke dominated for much of the remainder of the match. Mame Biram Diouf was unlucky to see a header come off the inside of the post, but after the hosts looked to have clung on, Arnautovic struck late.