Matchday 21 of the 2013/14 Premier League season produced 29 goals. Here's a recap of what happened:
Aston Villa 1 Arsenal 2
Arsenal stayed on top of the Barclays Premier League after grinding out a good win at Villa Park.
Quick-fire goals from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud proved decisive for the Gunners, who held on at the end despite a spirited Villa fightback which saw Christian Benteke halve the deficit.
Paul Lambert’s side lost Nathan Baker earlier on to concussion, but early indications showed that he was okay.
They stay 11th with 23 points, while Arsene Wenger’s men remain a point clear of their challengers on 48.
Newcastle United 0 Manchester City 2
Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo ensured Manchester City stayed on Arsenal’s heels after a typical champions’ victory at St James’ Park.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men had to withstand a lot of pressure from Alan Pardew’s side, who will claim that the visitors had a lot of luck on their side too.
A stunning drive from Cheick Tiote was ruled out by referee Mike Jones, who wrongly deemed that an offside Yoan Gouffran had been interfering with play much to the anger of the home fans.
City sit a point off the top with a healthy-looking 47, while the Magpies remain in eighth on 33.
Hull City 0 Chelsea 2
Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres kept Chelsea in the title hunt at the KC Stadium. A piece of history was made for Jose Mourinho’s side as Petr Cech set a new record after keeping his 209th clean sheet in almost 10 years at the club.
They stay third, two points adrift of the top on 46, while Steve Bruce’s Tigers remain in 10th with 23.
Stoke City 3 Liverpool 5
Luis Suarez took his goal tally to 22 for the season with a brace in a thrilling encounter at the Britannia Stadium.
Ryan Shawcross put through his own net, while Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Former Reds Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam were on target for Mark Hughes’ men, along with Jon Walters. Liverpool remain in fourth on 42 points and with 20 points less, the Potters stay 12th.
Fulham 1 Sunderland 4
An Adam Johnson hat-trick lifted Gus Poyet’s side off the bottom of the table after their thumping win at Craven Cottage.
Ki Sung-Yeung was also on target for the Black Cats who are up a place to 19th on goal difference with 17 points.
Steve Sidwell scored what proved to be a consolation for Rene Meulensteen’s Cottagers who stay 16th on 19.
Cardiff City 0 West Ham United 2
10-man West Ham moved out of the relegation zone following their much-needed victory at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Despite James Tomkins’ red card, the Hammers welcomed back Andy Carroll from injury and he set up the second goal for Mark Noble after Carlton Cole had given the visitors a first-half lead.
Sam Allardyce’s side condemned Cardiff to 18th in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first league game in charge and lifted them a place above the Bluebirds level on 18 points but with a better goal difference.
Manchester United 2 Swansea City 0
United made amends for their FA Cup exit at Old Trafford last weekend, with a comfortable 2-0 win over Michael Laudrup’s men.
Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck were on target to relieve some of the pressure on David Moyes. They stay seventh with 37 points, while the Swans remain in 13th on 21.
Everton 2 Norwich City 0
Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas maintained Everton’s strong start to the season at Goodison Park.
Roberto Martinez’s Toffees remain in fifth, just one point off fourth with 41, while Chris Hughton’s Canaries stay 15th on 20.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Crystal Palace 0
Tim Sherwood’s men kept up their pursuit of the front runners and sent Crystal Palace to the foot of the table at White Hart Lane.
Tony Pulis’ side had dominated the first-half, but a shambolic Jason Puncheon penalty wasted the opportunity to seize a foothold in the contest.
Fittingly, Jermain Defoe was on target in his final match as a permanent Spurs player as he will sign for MLS outfit Toronto FC this week, while remaining with the North-London club on loan until the end of February.
Christian Eriksen had put the hosts in front and they moved onto 40 points in sixth place, while the only way is up for the Eagles with 17.
Southampton 1 West Bromwich Albion 0
Adam Lallana scored the only goal of the game at St Mary’s, as the Saints registered only their second win in 10 games.
New Baggies boss Pepe Mel watched on eagerly from the stands as Keith Downing took charge for the final time.
He will have to pick up his new side who stay 14th with 21 points, while Mauricio Pochettino’s men remain in ninth but close the gap between themselves and eight-placed Newcastle to three points on 30.
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