Fans gathered all over the country to brave the cold in the hope of cheering on their team to victory in the Premier League this weekend. Here is a round-up of how the games played out. As the season end gets ever nearer the desperate scramble for points at both ends of the table intensifies. This was reflected by the fact that we saw no draws this week!
Arsenal and looked to be heading for a draw though until Santi Cazorla bagged his second goal against Aston Villa with less than five minutes to play. Norwich left it even later to beat Everton, and were in fact 1-0 down with 85 minutes on the clock. Fulham were gifted all three points as John Walters missed a penalty for Stoke that would have cancelled out Dimitar Berbatov’s exquisite volley the other side of half time.
Top of the league Manchester United travelled to bottom side QPR and Ryan Giggs settled the tie after Rafael’s smashing long range drive gave United the lead. Rangers now sit seven points off safety after Wigan emphatically beat Reading at The Madejski. Stephane Sessegnon’s late goal turned out to be a consolation for Sunderland as a Romelu Lukaku brace secured all three points for West Brom at The Hawthorns.
The biggest game of the weekend was played on Sunday as Chelsea travelled to the City of Manchester Stadium in a tie that pitted 2nd against 3rd. Chelsea were disappointing but should have taken the lead as Frank Lampard stepped up to take a penalty just after half time. His miss sparked Manchester City into life and goals from Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez kept them 12 points behind rivals United. The other Sunday game saw 6 goals in total with Southampton taking the lead on three minutes, but Newcastle United ran out eventual winners with a Jos Hooiveld own goal settling the tie for the home side.
Monday night see’s West Ham host Tottenham Hotspur which could see Spurs climb to 3rd with victory or The Hammers move as high as 10th.
Here is a full list of the weekend’s results:
Fulham 1 – 0 Stoke City
Arsenal 2 – 1 Aston Villa
Norwich City 2 – 1 Everton
Queens Park Rangers 0 – 2 Manchester United
Reading 0 – 3 Wigan Athletic
West Bromwich Albion 2 – 1 Sunderland
Manchester City 2 – 0 Chelsea
Newcastle United 4 – 2 Southampton