English Premier League Reviews
SAT, JAN 2, 2016
NEWCASTLE UNITED 0
GOAL: ARSENAL: KOSCIELNY 72.
Arsenal are now two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after a narrow win over troubled Newcastle. A draw looked likely until defender Laurent Koscielny came to the rescue with a close-range winner in the 72nd minute. Newcastle could have come away with at least a point, having been on the front foot for much of the second half.
LEICESTER CITY 0
AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0
Leicester wasted the chance to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League after Riyad Mahrez had a second-half penalty saved against 10-man AFC Bournemouth. Moments after Bournemouth captain Simon Francis was sent off for denying Jamie Vardy a goal-scoring chance, Artur Boruc denied Mahrez with a two-handed save.
MANCHESTER UNITED 2
SWANSEA CITY 1
GOALS: UNITED: MARTIAL 47; ROONEY 77. SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 70.
Wayne Rooney's brilliant winner beat Swansea as Manchester United ended a run of eight games without a win.
The goal ensures that Rooney is now second place on the all-time Barclays Premier League goal-scoring lists on 188, 72 behind Alan Shearer. After a dour first half, Martial headed United in front, before Gylfi Sigurdsson's glancing effort set nerves on edge at Old Trafford.
Manchester United move up to fifth, two points behind Tottenham.
NORWICH CITY 1
GOAL: NORWICH: TETTEY 76.
Alex Tettey's second-half goal gave Norwich a hard-fought win over 10-man Southampton at Carrow Road. Saints went a man down when Victor Wanyama was sent off, with Norwich scoring just three minutes later. Canaries' striker Dieumerci Mbokani had missed good chances from close range before the break, while Steven Davis forced the hosts' Declan Rudd into a good save in the first half.
ASTON VILLA 1
GOALS: SUNDERLAND: VAN AANHOLT 30; DEFOE 72, 90. VILLA: GIL 63.
Sunderland boosted their Barclays Premier League survival hopes as they ended a run of five straight defeats with a win over bottom-side Aston Villa. The hosts took the lead against the run of play when Patrick van Aanholt's low 20-yard shot deflected wickedly off Micah Richards and into the net. A brilliant acrobatic volley from Carles Gil levelled after the break, before Jermain Defoe's low strike. Defoe added a late third, leaving Villa with no wins in 19 league matches.
MANCHESTER CITY 2
GOALS: WATFORD: KOLAROV OG 55. CITY: TOURE 82; AG¸ERO 84.+
Late goals from Yaya TourÈ and Sergio Ag¸ero rescued Manchester City as they came from behind to beat Watford in an entertaining finale. Watford went ahead after the break when Aleksandar Kolarov headed Ben Watson's corner beyond Joe Hart, who had the situation covered, for an own goal. With defeat looming, TourÈ side-foot volleyed Kolarov's corner into the near post to level. And Ag¸ero headed Bacary Sagna's fine cross home to secure a rare away win.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2
STOKE CITY 1
GOALS: WBA: SESSEGNON 60; EVANS 90. STOKE: WALTERS 81.
Jonny Evans grabbed a stoppage-time winner for West Brom as Stoke suffered just their third defeat in 13 matches. After a sterile first 60
minutes, Stephane Sessegnon fired the Baggies into the lead with a powerful shot. Stoke created little in the second half, but substitute Jonathan Walters headed them level from a superb Joselu cross. Almost immediately, the visitors' Geoff Cameron was sent off for striking Claudio Yacob, before Evans tapped home after a goalmouth scramble.
WEST HAM UNITED 2
GOALS: WEST HAM: ANTONIO 10; CARROLL 55.
Andy Carroll scored against his former club as West Ham leapfrogged Liverpool in the table thanks to a first league double over the Reds for 52 years. Michail Antonio beat Nathaniel Clyne to Enner Valencia's early cross to net the Premier League's first goal of 2016. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can was denied by the bar, but Jurgen Klopp's side were off the pace throughout. Carroll sealed the points after meeting Mark Noble's cross.
SUN, JAN 3
CRYSTAL PALACE 0
GOALS: CHELSEA: OSCAR 29; WILLIAN 60; COSTA 66.
Guus Hiddink maintained his unbeaten record since taking over from sacked Chelsea boss JosÈ Mourinho as his side extended their unbeaten run to four with an impressive dismantling of high-riding Crystal Palace. Oscar gave the Blues the lead when he latched onto Diego Costa's pass. Willian made it 2-0 with a delightful long-range effort, then turned provider for Costa after Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey spilled the cross.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1
GOALS: EVERTON: LENNON 22. TOTTENHAM: ALLI 45.
Former Spurs winger Aaron Lennon netted against his former club, but Deli Alli ensured Spurs extended their unbeaten away sequence to nine games, their best run for 20 years. In a rare Everton attack, Lennon put the home team ahead with a half-volley. Alli then levelled before the break, controlling Toby Alderweireld's cross-field ball with his chest and finishing low beyond Tim Howard.