Important results at either end of the table took place on the weekend of Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February 2012 in the Barclays Premier League.
Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool
Manchester United went top of the league, if only for a day, by defeating Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford. A brace of goals from Wayne Rooney were enough for United despite a late goal from Luis Suarez.
Blackburn 3-2 QPR
Blackburn Rovers were almost pegged back by a rally from QPR despite having got into a commanding 3-0 lead after 45 minutes of play. Two second half goals from Jamie Mackie were not enough for QPR, however, who only stayed out of the drop zone courtesy of better goal difference: Blackburn drew level with them on 21 points.
Bolton 1-2 Wigan
Bolton fell to a home defeat to bottom side Wigan Athletic which sees both of these sides remain in the bottom three, Wigan are bottom, now just one point behind Bolton, who are, in turn, one point away from safety in what is, following this weekend, developing into a five team toss-up for two safe places.
Despite equalising through Mark Davies, Bolton lost to a 76th minute winner from Wigan’s James McArthur in an otherwise fairly even game.
Everton 2-0 Chelsea
Everton’s returning hero, Steven Pienaar wasted no time in scoring for the Toffees at Goodison Park as Everton enjoyed a terrific 2-0 home win over high flyers, Chelsea.
Everton move into 10th, while Chelsea saw Arsenal pass them into the all-important fourth place, as Tottenham pulled further still ahead in third.
Fulham 2-1 Stoke
Fulham, too, are a side on the upwards curve, pushing for a top-half finish, and they collected an important three points at home to Stoke who are, at present, on an opposite trajectory.
Goals have been Fulham’s main concern of late, so Martin Jol will have been pleased to see new striker, Pavel Pogrebnyak, get on the scoresheet after just 15 minutes of play. Clint Dempsey got what turned out to be the winner when his long range shot went in off the back of Thomas Sorensen. Stoke could not muster a comeback despite a late Shawcross goal giving visiting fans some hope.
Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal
Sunderland were a little unlucky to have met Arsenal while they still have Thierry Henry, for it was the on-loan striker who popped up with a late goal to give Arsenal three points from this very close encounter at the Stadium of Light.
James McClean had put Sunderland ahead in front of rapturous home support on Wearside after 70 minutes, before Aaron Ramsey restored parity on 75 minutes. The stage was set for Henry, on as a substitute, and, when presented his opportunity in the 90th minute, the Frenchman did not disappoint, tucking away a neat volley to grab three points for the Gunners.
These two sides will meet here again next week in the FA Cup, when Sunderland will feel they have more than a slim chance of progress – particularly as Henry is due back in New York this week.
Swansea 2-3 Norwich
Norwich City showed yet again they do not know when they are beaten, as they came back from 1-0 down to post a 3-2 victory at fellow Swansea, leapfrogging their Welsh rivals in the process, and moving to 8th in the table.
Tottenham 5-0 Newcastle
Spurs were outstanding in a scintillating first half to defeat Newcastle United 5-0 at White Hart Lane. Tottenham Hotspur fans saw a brace for Louis Saha and four assists – plus a goal – for Emmanuel Adabayor in a match that was over at half time (Spurs led 4-0 at the break).
Tottenham remain third, just 5 points from the league’s summit, with 10 points between them and Arsenal, who are fourth.
Wolves 1-5 West Brom
On Sunday, Wolves were beaten so resoundingly by West Brom that their goal difference put them in the bottom three places, though level on 21 points with QPR and Blackburn above. Despite – completely against the run of play – grabbing an equaliser to come in 1-1 at half time, Mick McCarthy’s Wolves saw a rampant West Brom finally add some goals to their quality play, primarily through an Odemwingie hat-trick.
Aston Villa 0-1 Man City
Manchester City left it late to score the goal that confirmed their return to the top of the table, at Aston Villa, as defender Jolean Lescott turned home the ball following a corner – his fifth goal against Villa – just after the hour mark. Goalkeeper Joe Hart had to be up to his very best to deny Darren Bent an equaliser in the dying moments, with the City stopper proving once more to be a point saver when he saved at point blank range.
Barclays Premier League 2011/12 Results, Saturday 11th February 2012
- Man Utd 2-1 Liverpool
- Blackburn 3-2 QPR
- Bolton 1-2 Wigan
- Everton 2-0 Chelsea
- Fulham 2-1 Stoke
- Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal
- Swansea 2-3 Norwich
- Tottenham 5-0 Newcastle
Barclays Premier League 2011/12 Results, Sunday 12th February 2012
- Wolves 1-5 West Brom
- Aston Villa 0-1 Man City
Barclays Premier League 2011/12 returns on Saturday 25th February 2012, after a one week break for FA Cup 2011/12 Fifth Round.