Man City joins Arsenal at top

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LONDON -- Manchester City moved level with Arsenal at the top of the Premiership table on Saturday after a 3-1 win over West Ham at Upton Park.

Yaya Toure scored on the half-hour mark and then helped City take a two-goal lead when his shot came back off the post and went into the net off of goalkeeper Robert Green.

Adam Johnson secured all three points nine minutes from time with his second goal of the season, while West Ham got a late goal from James Tomkins to spoil Joe Hart's clean sheet.

Mario Balotelli squandered an early chance when he missed the net from six yards after a cross from Jo.

But City went ahead after 30 minutes as Gareth Barry slipped a pass into the penalty area for Toure, who smashed a first-time shot past Green.

The home side put together a good spell of play in the second half with Frederic Piquionne going close with a header and Pablo Barrera firing a shot over the net from inside the area.

However, City moved two goals ahead in the 73rd minute when Toure's shot struck the near post and caromed off the back of Green and into the net.

The goal took the life out of the Hammers and they conceded a third eight minutes later.

David Silva played Johnson in behind the defence and he rounded Green before rolling the ball into the empty net, while a header from Tomkins provided little consolation for a West Ham team stuck on the bottom of the table.

Alan Pardew made his debut as Newcastle manager on Saturday and he saw his club claim a 3-1 win over Liverpool as Joey Barton and Andy Carroll scored goals in the final 10 minutes for the Magpies.

Aston Villa moved four points clear of the drop zone with a 2-1 win over West Bromwich, Everton and Wigan played to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park, DJ Campbell's goal early in the second half was enough for Blackpool to down Stoke City, 1-0, while Fulham and Sunderland finished 0-0.


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