Huddlestone ends drought as Hull smashes Fulham 6-0

Hull City's English midfielder Tom Huddlestone (R) celebrates scoring their fourth goal and has his...

Hull City's English midfielder Tom Huddlestone (R) celebrates scoring their fourth goal and has his hair cut after pledging not to cut it until he scored during the English Premier League football match between Hull City and Fulham at the KC Stadium in Hull, north-east England on December 28, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY)

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Manchester City took over at the top of the Premier League on Saturday when, with Arsenal not playing, they took advantage with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over stubborn strugglers Crystal Palace.

But their City’s ascent to the summit was achieved with none of their familiar free-scoring swagger.

That was left, instead, to mid-table Hull City who hammered relegation-threatened Fulham 6-0, the highlight of the night being Tom Huddlestone breaking a 54-game goalless streak that stretched back more than two years.

Huddlestone pledged in 2011 not to cut his hair until he bulged the onion bag. After the England international made it 4-0 at The KC Stadium, Huddlestone celebrated by having his sideline brandish scissors and give him a trim.


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Champions Manchester United continued their steady improvement with a 1-0 win at Norwich City, courtesy of England striker Danny Welbeck's fourth goal in four games.

Aston Villa struggled again in a 1-1 draw at home to fellow mid-tablers Swansea City after West Ham United had earlier been held 3-3 by drop zone rivals West Bromwich Albion in a thriller at Upton Park.

Manchester United's win lifted them to sixth behind City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton.

On Sunday, Liverpool visit Stamford Bridge, Everton host Southampton and the Gunners go to Newcastle United.

 --With files from Reuters


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