BPL Recap, Highlights: Hammers stun Man City, van Persie steals point United, more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

West Ham just keeps on getting it done. They grabbed a shocking victory over current title holders Manchester City 2-1 at Upton Park.

The Hammers continued their improved attacking intent while stifling the City attack despite pressure over the last 13 minutes of the match.

Morgan Amalfitano had a tap-in in the fourth minute. Enner Valencia‘s cut back picked out the midfielder, who slotted in at at the back post.  The Hammers doubled their advantage with 15 minutes left to play. Diafra Sakho scored his sixth of the season. He rose well to meet Aaron Cresswell‘s cross for the eventual winner.

It was City who found a breakthrough a mere two minutes later. David Silva cut across from the right side and hit a curling effort that goalkeeper Adrian had no chance to save from just inside the box.

Other BPL Results

1. Man United steal points late – Chelsea looked set for a 1-0 win against Manchester United in Old Trafford to continue their sparkling run of form. However, Robin van Persie grabbed a share of the points for the Red Devils in last gasp fashion.

The Dutch striker fired in after Marouane Fellaini‘s header from a Angel Di Maria free-kick. Thibault Courtois had no chance of saving the Dutchman’s effort on goal. The equalizer for the Red Devils came after Branislav Ivanovic was red carded after bringing down Di Maria.

The Red Devils goalscorer drew some ire for not defending properly on Chelsea’s opener, but it will surely be forgotten.Didier Drogba headed in Cesc Fabregas‘ cross in the 53rd minute at the near post. However, there was a hint that it could have been avoided had van Persie remained on that post to block the chance. Instead, the Drogba effort grazed off the striker’s head and into the back of the net.

2. Berahino continues scoring run, earns draw– For the second straight weekend, Saido Berahino rescued a point for West Brom against Crystal Palace.

This time he did it from the spot in the third minute of second half stoppage time. Mile Jedinak brought down Victor Anichebe setting up the spot kick. It was Berahino’s seventh of the season.

Jedinak had given the Eagles a two goal advantage with a converted penalty of his own just before the halftime whistle. He sent goalkeeper Ben Foster the wrong way after Yannick Bolasie was fouled by Sebastien Pocognoli.

Palace opened the scoring through Brede Hangeland‘s close-range effort in the 16th minute.

Anichebe pulled one back six minutes into the second half. He headed home Chris Brunt‘s corner.

3. Sunderland error-filled in loss– Sunderland followed up their eight goal loss with two errors to cost them points.

The Gunners weren’t at their best by any means, but Alexis Sanchez capitalized in either half to give Arsenal all three points. The first came in the 30th minute when Sanchez raced onto a poor back pass from Wes Brown and then delicately chipped the ball past goalkeeper Vito Mannone. He sealed the win in the 92nd minute. Mannone couldn’t control a pass from Santiago Vergini as Sanchez pounced and slotted into an empty net.

Arsenal can take some confidence in the fact they’ve gotten a result while playing rather lackluster. The Black Cats on the other hand need a break to go their way and badly. If they’d gotten a draw against the Gunners, it may have just been the tonic they needed.

4. Saints strong again– Southampton are looking for real. They added another victory with Saido Mane‘s lone goal in the game.

While they didn’t have the same attacking imprint as they did a week ago, the Saints won’t mind one bit as they secured all three points. Graziano Pelle‘s low strike came off the post and the ball fell kindly as Mane fired into the top corner to sink Stoke. They remain in second place and the club closest to nipping at the heels of table-topping Chelsea.

5.  Everton climb up table – After an early Samuel Eto’o  goal was leveled by Burnley, Everton found the back of the net two more times to secure all three points.

Eto’o opened the scoring in the 4th minute after heading in a Leighton Baines cross. He attacked the ball well and beat Tom Heaton. Burnley leveled 16 minutes later when Lukas Jutkiewicz played a defense-splitting pass. Danny Ings ran onto it, rounded Tim Howard and slotted in to an empty net.

Romelu Lukaku gave the Toffees the lead in the 23rd minute with a strike from 10 yards out.

The brace was completed for Eto’o who made the victory a bit more comfortable in the 85th minute. It was a fantastic strike from distance as Eto’ turned and fired into the side-netting from 25 yards out.

6. Swans back to winning– After a flying start, Swansea cooled down and hadn’t won for five games. They changed that with a 2-0 win over Leicester City.

Wilfried Bony tallied  brace to give Swansea all three points. His first came in the 34th minute after a brilliant one-two that was started with a backheel from Bony. Gylfi Sigurdsson played the return pass and the Ivorian fired past Kasper Schmeichel.

His second came much easier. Jefferson Montero ran onto a ball in the left channel and then squared a pass to Bony to slot home with Schmeichel off his line in the 57th minute.

7. Better from Newcastle– Alan Pardew has kept his job and has Newcastle playing much better. They’ve now won two on the trot.

Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez struck in the second half to lift the Magpies to victory.

A first goal in the Premier League came right after the second half kickoff. Jack Colback‘s long ball split the Tottenham defense as Ameobi latched onto it and fired his shot to the far post to cancel out Emmanuel Adebayor‘s first half opener.

Perez gave the Magpies the lead after heading in from eight yards out as he connected with Remy Cabella‘s cross in the 58th minute.

Adebayor gave Spurs the lead in the 18th minute with a header of his own. He nodded in Ryan Mason‘s cross at the back post.

8. Two good draws for Hull in a row– Hull City have now drawn Arsenal and Liverpool in two consecutive weeks. While Hull isn’t going to most likely be with a chance to earn a European place, securing draws against teams fighting for them will solidify their chances of a comfortable mid-table finish.

While it was a good draw for the Tigers, it’s not so much for Liverpool. Mario Balotelli squandered two great opportunities, the second coming from five yards out at the death. He shot straight at Eldin Jaukopovic.

The Reds would have wanted put their Champions League woes aside, but the pressure on Balotelli will increase, who is still without a Premier League goal. They will hope for goals and better performance next time out.

9. QPR v Aston Villa– Queens Park Rangers will host Aston Villa on Monday.

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