EPL roundup: Newcastle remain unbeaten

Newcastle United's Demba Ba (REUTERS)

Newcastle United's Demba Ba (REUTERS)

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Newcastle, England  - Ryan Taylor's 29th-minute volley was the match-winner, as Newcastle remained unbeaten through 11 English Premier League matches with a 2-1 win over Everton on Saturday at St. James' Park.

John Heitinga's own goal handed Newcastle the lead after 12 minutes and Taylor followed just before the half-hour mark with a brilliant volley over Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard and off the underside of the crossbar and into the net.

Jack Rodwell pulled one goal back just before half for Everton, but Newcastle held on in a tight second half for its seven win through 11 matches. Newcastle has tied its other four matches, and is one of only two unbeatens in the EPL.

Newcastle was gifted the early lead when Danny Simpson's cross for Leon Best was intercepted by Heitinga, who turned the ball into his own net.

Taylor doubled the lead 17 minutes later when Rodwell's clearance fell to him, and he unleashed the memorable shot to put Newcastle in control.

Louis Saha found the post for Everton minutes later, and Taylor hit the bar in the 34th for Newcastle.

Rodwell cut the deficit in first-half injury time when he reached a cross from Royston Drenthe and headed past Tim Krul.

However, Everton was unable to find another goal after the break, as Newcastle bunkered in and sealed another win that secures its place among England's best clubs in the standings for another week.

Newcastle tied a club record for an unbeaten streak to start a season, a mark set two other times in club history. Everton has just three victories after 10 games and remained five points above last-place Wigan.

 

Manchester City 3, QPR 2

London, England - Yaya Toure scored in the 74th minute and Manchester City was able to escape Loftus Road with a 3-2 win Saturday to remain unbeaten and atop the English Premier League by five points.

QPR defeated Chelsea in its last home match and Jay Bothroyd handed the newly- promoted side the lead after 28 minutes, before Edin Dzeko and David Silva put the leaders in front with goals on each side of halftime.

City's lead disappeared in the 69th when Heidar Helguson headed home for QPR, but Toure answered 5 minutes later to seal City's 10th win in 11 EPL matches.

Bothroyd handed QPR the lead off a free kick from Joey Barton, as he headed to the upper-right corner before the half-hour mark to put City behind in the EPL for the first time this season.

Bothroyd followed with a header off the right post 5 minutes before half, but Dzeko turned James Milner's pass into the tying goal with a nice run and score in the 42nd for City.

Dzeko returned the favor early after half, providing a cross from the left for David Silva to fire home to the near post, but QPR responded when Helguson put a deflected header into the right side on 69 minutes.

Toure saved City off a cross from Aleksandar Kolarov, as he powered a header under the bar and the Manchester side held on as Helguson found the corner of the left post and the crossbar off a header in the 82nd.

 

Manchester United 1, Sunderland 0

Manchester, England - Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown scored the lone goal Saturday for his old club, helping Sir Alex Ferguson celebrate his 25 years at the helm with a 1-0 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford.

Ferguson became manager of United on Nov. 6, 1986, and was lucky to mark this anniversary with a victory, as Brown - who played for United from 1996-2001 - was saddled with an own goal after Nani's cross deflected off his back and in.

The goal in first-half stoppage time was enough for United, which easily could have added a few more goals if not for Sunderland goalkeeper Kieren Westwood, who made a number of fine saves, including back-to-back stops on Wayne Rooney and Nani.

United won its second straight since a 6-1 setback to rival Manchester City, while Sunderland lost for the second time in its last four.

 

Arsenal 3, West Bromwich 0

London, England - Robin Van Persie's Premier League-best 11th goal this season sparked Arsenal to its fourth straight win, 3-0 over West Bromwich on Saturday at Emirates Stadium.

Van Persie followed his hat trick against Chelsea last week with another great performance, netting the opener after 22 minutes before assisting on the two other goals from Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta.

Aaron Ramsey set up the opener, and Van Persie deposited the ball from just a few yards out in the 22nd to open the scoring. Van Persie then drove in a pass for Vermaelen to knock in 6 minutes before halftime.

Van Persie and Tomas Rosicky helped set up the last goal, with Van Persie able to deliver the final pass to Arteta to slot home in the 74th.

Despite a slow start this season, Arsenal has surged back up the standings and moved back within reach of a European place. West Bromwich lost its second in a row and sits mid-table.

 

Chelsea 1, Blackburn 0

Blackburn, England - Frank Lampard scored in the 51st minute and Chelsea ended a two-game losing streak in the English Premier League with a 1-0 win at Ewood Park over Blackburn on Saturday.

Chelsea lost at QPR two weeks ago, then lost at home to Arsenal last week, but Lampard pulled the Blues out of the rut when he headed a cross from Branislav Ivanovic into the net early in the second half.

Blackburn nearly pulled level 4 minutes from time when Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner kick deflected off Ivanovic and the bottom of the crossbar, but Chelsea survived the scare.

Fernando Torres should have put an exclamation point on the win in extra time, but he lifted an easy finish over the bar from just a few yards, although it didn't cost Chelsea this time.

 

Liverpool 0, Swansea City 0

Liverpool, England - Liverpool dropped points at home against a promoted side for the second straight match, as Swansea City escaped Anfield with a 0-0 draw Saturday in the English Premier League.

Liverpool ran its unbeaten streak to six straight EPL matches, but after a 1-1 draw against Norwich City in its last league match at home, Liverpool dropped two more points against the Welsh side.

Andy Carroll missed the best chance of the match, as the Liverpool man lifted an easy finish off the crossbar after just 7 minutes, ruining a nice build-up from Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing.

Swansea earned just its second away point this season, following a 2-2 draw at Wolverhampton in its last road game.

 

Aston Villa 3, Norwich City 2

Birmingham, England - Darren Bent scored on each side of half and Aston Villa snapped a three-game winless skid with a 3-2 win over Norwich City on Saturday at Villa Park in the English Premier League.

Anthony Pilkington fired Norwich in front after 25 minutes as it sought to run its unbeaten streak to four fixtures, but Bent pulled the goal back 5 minutes later, and Gabriel Agbonlahor put Villa in front for good on 48 minutes.

Bent matched Agbonlahor's fifth goal of the season with his own in the 62nd as he completed his double and gave Villa the breathing room it needed.

Steve Morrison pulled Norwich within a goal in the 77th, but Villa held on for the home win.

 


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