Nigerian youngster Kelechi Ihenacho played a part in Manchester City’s 0-1 win over Stoke City ...
Nigerian youngster Kelechi Ihenacho played a part in Manchester City’s 0-1 win over Stoke City in one of Tuesday’s English Premier League games.
While Iheancho hugged the headlines in the FA Cup last weekend, Sergio Aguero was the hero this time as City squeezed out the lone goal win over the Potters.
Aguero knocked in his sixth goal in his last four starts when Jesus Navas’ drive across the box fell to him eight yards out.
City were fortunate Lamine Kone headed wide a decent opportunity and indebted to Joe Hart and the post respectively for combining to keep out Jermain Defoe’s snapshot and Billy Jones’ follow-up.
From then on, Sunderland were arguably the better side, debutant Lamine Kone heading wide a glorious chance before Joe Hart saved brilliantly from Jermain Defoe on the turn.
The result means that Manchester City remain three points behind Leicester after the Foxes beat Liverpool 2-0
Iwobi Benched As Toothless Arsenal Are Held
Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi watched from the stands as his Arsenal side were held at home to a goalless draw by Southampton on Tuesday, having been left out of the match day squad.
The defeat means Arsenal have now lost more ground at the top of the table after finding Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster in excellent form at Emirates Stadium with Leicester City and Manchester City picking up maximum points on the night.
Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott were all kept at bay by the England man, while James Ward-Prose also cleared an Alexis Sanchez shot off the line.
Despite piling on the pressure in the second half, Arsenal could not force a winner, making it four league games without victory.
On a night when the other title contenders all won, it was a damaging result for the Gunners.
Kouyate On Song For Hammers
West Ham beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Upton Park courtesy of second half goals from Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate after Jordan Ayew was sent off for elbowing Ryan Cresswell.
Ghana striker Ayew left his struggling side in the lurch when he was dismissed for a vicious elbow into the face of Aaron Cresswell after just 17 minutes.
|Ayew was sent off after a jabbing Creswell stupidly with an elbow|
And it was Villa who ended up with a bloody nose after Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate struck in the second half to end the 10 men’s resistance.
Rock-bottom Villa were actually well on top, having forced a couple of corners and seen a reasonable penalty shout turned down when Gabriel Agbonlahor’s cross hit Antonio’s arm.
Vardy Scores Goal Of The Season Contender
Jamie Vardy scored with a sumptuous 30-yard volley before grabbing a second as Leicester maintained their grip at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.
The striker’s brilliant brace maintained the Foxes’ three-point lead over Manchester City – ahead of their top-of-the-table showdown on Saturday.
The England forward showed why he is so highly valued at the King Power Stadium on the hour. For all of the Foxes’ neat play, it came from a route one ball from deep by Mahrez.
Vardy was instantly on the move, leaving Lovren trailing, and he allowed the ball to drop over his shoulder before unleashing a first-time half-volley from 25 yards which screamed over Mignolet.
Worse was to follow for Liverpool 12 minutes later when Vardy doubled the lead. The visitors’ defence were sloppy to allow Okazaki to shoot and Lovren saw the striker’s deflected effort run through to Vardy who did the rest.
Dele Alli Continues Goalscoring Run
Harry Kane scored twice to help Tottenham to a comfortable 3-0 win over Norwich to lift them up to third place in the Premier League.
There were only 96 seconds on the Carrow Road clock when Nigerian born Dele Alli gave Tottenham the lead. Christian Eriksen’s shot was well-saved by Declan Rudd, but Alli was quickest to the rebound to open the scoring for the visitors before Kane doubled Tottenham’s advantage from the spot on the half-hour mark.
While Norwich were greatly improved after the interval, it was Kane who completed a fine night for Spurs, with his second goal in injury time.
Van Gaal’s Men Win Comfortably
Manchester United gave their fans something to smile about for once after one of their best displays of the season saw them defeat Stoke 3-0 at Old Trafford.
United – the day after neighbours Manchester City confirmed the appointment of Pep Guardiola – eased the pressure on Louis van Gaal as they blew away the Potters and avenged their Boxing Day defeat at the Britannia Stadium with a fine display of ruthless attacking football.
Rooney moved to within five goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record with his seventh goal in seven games and Jesse Lingard nodded in a fine ball from Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to put United ahead in the 14th minute.The goal of the night belonged to the excellent Anthony Martial for his curler from the far corner.
Adebayor Can’t Save Palace
Bournemouth beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park courtesy of goals from striker Benik Afobe and Marc Pugh as Alan Pardew’s side fell to their fifth straight defeat.
Recovering from conceding the opening goal to Scott Dann, they went seven points clear of the relegation zone after Pugh and Afobe scored either side of half-time.
The result leaves 11th-placed Palace winless in the league since December 19, and perhaps more importantly further away from finishing in the top six which had once looked a realistic ambition.
Adebayor was introduced for Frazier Campbell immediately afterwards; his first appearance in 6 months but in Cabaye’s absence the platform had not quite been presented for him to score on his debut as he had at Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham, his three previous Premier League clubs,