Ayew’s Goal Not Enough For Swans A hat-trick from Jermain Defoe helped struggling Sunderland end a six-game losing streak and secur...
Ayew’s Goal Not Enough For Swans
A hat-trick from Jermain Defoe helped struggling Sunderland end a six-game losing streak and secure a vital 4-2 win against 10-man Swansea.
Defoe scored first before the Swans leveled via Sigurdsson from the penalty spot after Andre Ayew had been brought down.
Swansea were then reduced to ten men after full-back Kyle Naughton saw a straight red card for a foul on Yann M’Vila, yet they went ahead with an emphatic finish from Ghanaian Andre Ayew just before the half-time whistle.
Van Aanholt made the game all-square again four minutes after the restart before Defoe added a double to make it 4-2 and Sunderland and Sunderland narrow the gap to 17th-placed Swansea to one point.
Kelechi Iheanacho Benched By City
Manchester City were held to a frustrating but entertaining 0-0 draw as Everton earned a point in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium and Kelechi Iheanacho had to watch from the bench for the whole duration of the game.
The 19 year old who played incredibly well when he partnered Sergio Aguero over the weekend in the FA cup was left out of the starting XI by Manuel Pellegrini.
Raheem Sterling was controversially denied a late penalty as City saw their title aspirations dealt a blow by Roberto Martinez’s dogged outfit. Sterling went down under a challenge from John Stones in injury time but referee Roger East gave nothing and City dropped two points in the Premier League title race.
City had dominated proceedings on a wet and cold night but were continually frustrated by the dogged visitors, for whom goalkeeper Tim Howard was outstanding and denied Ivorian midfielder and captain of the night Yaya Toure two amazing chances.
Mikel Fails To Control Midfield
James McClean halted Chelsea’s rise up the Premier League table as West Brom came from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
|Mikel watches on helplessly as McClean grabs the equaliser|
John Mikel was handed a start for the second time in the league by Hiddink but the Nigeria was overshadowed by West Brom’s midfield
The Baggies created a handful of early chances but the hosts took the lead through an unlikely source in Azpilicueta, who found the back of the net after bombing forward to meet a cross at the far post.
The visitors responded well to the early setback and hauled themselves level when Craig Gardner’s driven shot from the edge of the area nestled into the bottom corner. Guus Hiddink’s side took the lead once again in the 73rd minute after Gareth McAuley turned the ball into the his own net when trying to prevent Kenedy from connecting with Willian’s low cross.
The Baggies came from behind for a second time when McClean struck four minutes from time as the visitors earned a deserved point.
Mane Outshines Ighalo
Southampton impressively outplayed and outworked Watford to secure a 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory that should signal the end of their poor run.
|Ighalo held up by two Southampton defenders|
On an evening when Watford were as poor as the hosts were intense, goals in each half from Shane Long and Dusan Tadic took Southampton into 12th place and within two points of their underwhelming visitors.
Watford were sluggish, and erratic, allowed Ivorian striker Sadio Mane to run near-unchallenged from the left wing and to the edge of the penalty area before shooting and watching Gomes palm his effort wide. Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo provided an isolated response with a run and shot that was also deflected; it was definitely a futile night for Ighalo who has 13 goals already in the league.
The concern remained that with Watford’s talent a one-goal lead would not be enough, and had they secured an equaliser, Mane – more than any other – would have felt responsible. After intercepting a rare misplaced pass from Jose Jurado, the forward found himself immediately in front of goal but instead struck the outside of the post.
Pressure had been building on his counterpart, Koeman substituted Mane for Dusan Tadic and was rewarded with a goal.
Joe Allen struck in the final minute as Liverpool held Arsenal to a 3-3 draw at Anfield as the Gunners saw their lead at the top of the table reduced to goal difference only.
With Manchester City held to a goalless draw at home to Everton, Arsene Wenger’s side seemed to be underlining their title credentials having twice come from behind to lead 3-2.
But Allen, on the pitch for just eight minutes, denied them victory by volleying home at the far post, while Leicester’s late win at Tottenham further underlined their agony.