LONDON (AP):Manchester City kept up their stubborn pursuit of Manchester United with a routine 2-0 win over Fulham yesterday with David Silva's double reducing the champions' deficit to four points in the Premier League title race.
The Spain playmaker secured City's fourth straight league win by scoring in the 2nd and 69th minutes for his first goals in two months, increasing the pressure on United ahead of a testing visit to Tottenham today.
"All we can do is win our games," City assistant manager David Platt said. "We have to make sure we keep getting victories so if United do slip up, we are in a position to take advantage of that."
Liverpool thrashed Norwich 5-0 to revive hopes of qualifying for European competitions next season, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge striking up a good combination up front and both getting on the scoresheet at Anfield.
France striker Loic Remy scored on his debut for Queens Park Rangers but a 1-1 draw at West Ham kept the club bottom of the standings, five points adrift of safety after Reading's 2-1 come-from-behind win over struggling Newcastle and Aston Villa's 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.
Wigan at the bottom
Wigan replaced Villa in the bottom three after losing 3-2 at home to Sunderland, while Swansea beat Stoke 3-1 in the other match.
With Chelsea and Arsenal not meeting until today and fifth-place Everton in action tomorrow at Southampton, Liverpool had a chance to pull closer to the teams above them in the race for the remaining European spots behind the Manchester clubs.
They had no trouble, with Norwich meekly surrendering and taking the number of goals the team has conceded against Liverpool in their last three matches to 13.
Luis Suarez, back in the headlines for the wrong reasons this week after admitting diving in an early-season league match, showed his good side by helping set up Jordan Henderson's spectacular opener and then slotting in the second for his 16th of the campaign.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reserved special praise, however, for Sturridge after the striker continued his goal-a-game start to his Liverpool career by scoring in the second half along with Steven Gerrard and an own goal by Ryan Bennett.
Liverpool are three points behind Everton having played a game more and a point ahead of Swansea, who warmed up for the second leg of its League Cup semi-final against Chelsea by downing Stoke thanks to two goals by Jonathan De Guzman.
Joe Cole's first goal in his second spell for West Ham denied Remy a dream debut for QPR following his club-record move from Marseille on Wednesday, for a reported US$12.7 million.
Adam Le Fondre came off the bench to boost Reading's survival hopes, scoring both the team's goals to leave Newcastle just two points off the bottom three.
Reading are third from bottom - a point behind Villa, who surrendered a two-goal lead at The Hawthorns when Peter Odemwingie equalised for West Brom in the 83rd minute.