After the FA Cup weekend, midweek provided the action from the Barclays Premier League. Here's a round-up of what happened.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Manchester City
Manchester City soared to the top of the Barclays Premier League after battering 10-man Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 at White Hart Lane.
Having hit Spurs for six at the Etihad Stadium two months ago, goals from Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany sealed another demolition job for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Etienne Capoue was on target for Tim Sherwood’s men who had Danny Rose sent off at 1-0.
53 points put City at the summit while Tottenham stay fifth on 43.
Southampton 2-2 Arsenal
10-man Arsenal surrendered first place as they were held to a 2-2 draw at St. Mary’s.
Adam Lallana rescued a point for the Saints after Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla had cancelled out Jose Fonte’s earlier effort.
Mathieu Flamini was dismissed for Arsene Wenger’s side who slip to second with 52 points, while Mauricio Pochettino’s men stay ninth on 32.
Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United
Chelsea missed the chance to capitalise as they were held to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho’s side stay third with 50 points, while Sam Allardyce’s men are up to 18th on 19.
Manchester United 2-0 Cardiff City
Goals from Robin van Persie and Ashley Young ensured that Juan Mata got off to a winning start at Old Trafford, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer endured a difficult return to Manchester.
David Moyes’ side remain seventh and narrowed the gap from sixth to just two points with 40, but Cardiff stay bottom on 18.
Liverpool 4-0 Everton
Daniel Sturridge scored twice as Liverpool ran away with a very one-sided Merseyside Derby.
The England striker also missed a penalty to complete a hat-trick, while Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez completed the scoring for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
They stay fourth with 46 points, while Roberto Martinez’s side remain sixth on 42.
Aston Villa 4-3 West Bromwich Albion
Christian Benteke scored the winner in a seven-goal thriller which provided the match of the week at Villa Park.
Chris Brunt and a Fabian Delph own-goal put the Baggies 2-0 up after nine minutes, before Andreas Weimann and Leandro Bacuna levelled the score.
Delph then scored at the right end to put Paul Lambert’s men in front for the first time, but Youssouf Mulumbu brought the game all square again before half-time.
A Benteke penalty after the break proved to be the winner and kept Villa 10th with 27 points, while Pepe Mel’s side drop to 15th on 22.
Sunderland 1-0 Stoke City
Adam Johnson’s first-half effort moved Sunderland out of the bottom three, with another well-earned victory at the Stadium of Light.
Gus Poyet’s side are up to 17th with 21 points while Mark Hughes’ Stoke, who had Steven N’Zonzi sent off, slip to a place and a point ahead of the Black Cats.
Swansea City 2-0 Fulham
Goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Chico Flores moved Swansea up to 11th after a 2-0 win at the Liberty Stadium.
Michael Laudrup’s side have 24 points, while Rene Meulensteen’s men drop to 19th with 19.
Crystal Palace 1-0 Hull City
Jason Puncheon was the match winner at Selhurst Park as Tony Pulis’ Palace rose to 14th with 23 points – level with Hull in 13th who had Allan McGregor sent off.
Norwich City 0-0 Newcastle United
Loic Remy and Bradley Johnson were sent off after clashing in the goalless draw at Carrow Road.
Chris Hughton’s men stay 12th with 24 points, while Alan Pardew’s Toon remain eighth on 37.
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