BPL Recap: City score three on Southampton, Sunderland earn shock draw vs. Chelsea, more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

Manchester City scored three times in the second half to leapfrog Southampton to second in the Premier League table.

The Saints had only conceded six goals prior to the game against Man City.

The visitors scored their first in the 51st minute. Yaya Toure‘s strike after Sergio Aguero‘s pass took a deflection off of Toby Alderweireld and found the bottom corner.

However, Man City found themselves in a precarious position when Eliaquim Mangala was sent off with a second yellow when he hauled down Shane Long.

However, instead of crumbling, Man City found two more goals to complete their victory. With 20 minutes remaining, Frank Lampard latched onto James Milner‘s pass and fired past Fraser Forster from 20 yards out. Gael Clichy  scored his first Man City goal eight minutes later when Sergio Aguero played a low cross in for Clichy to finish at the far post.

Other Premier League Results

1. Sunderland hold Chelsea in shock draw– With the form Chelsea are in, it was expected they would roll over Sunderland. However, that’s why the game are played in between the white lines.

The Black Cats defense remained resolute against one of the best attackers in the league in Diego Costa and currently the leading assist getter in Cesc Fabregas.

Forcing the Blues into shots from distance, the Black Cats kept Chelsea scoreless for the first time this season.

The unexpected dropping of points has opened the door a little bit for clubs behind them to close the gap.

2. Welbeck towering header for the win– Arsenal had lost their previous two Premier League games, but defeated West Brom on Danny Welbeck‘s winner.

Santi Cazorla rounded Andre Wisdom to get to the byline and floated a pass towards Welbeck. The English forward towered above two West Brom defenders and sent a powerful header on goal. Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster was able to get a hand to it, but not enough to keep it out.

The Gunners sit in sixth place while the Baggies edge closer to the bottom three.

3. West Ham slow down Newcastle– Newcastle was playing for their sixth successive win and was unable to continue the streak. They fell 1-0 to West Ham.

Aaron Cresswell scored the lone goal in the victory in the 56th minute. The Magpies were slack in defending and Cresswell pounced on Cheikhou Kouyate‘s mis-hit effort for the winner.

4. Red Devils score three on Hull– Manchester United cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Hull City.

Chris Smalling opened the scoring in the 16th minute. He bundled the ball just over the line after Hull failed to deal with a corner. The lead was doubled three minutes before the first half whistle as Wayne Rooney fired from 20 yards out past Allan McGregor after a layoff from Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman then turned goalscorer in the 66th minute. He scored from the edge of the 18-yard box to complete the win for the Red Devils.

5. QPR secured crucial win– Queens Park Rangers climbed out of the Premier League cellar and sent Leicester City there by way of their 3-2 victory over the Foxes.

Esteban Cambiasso scored with a lovely finish from the top of the box in the fourth minute. QPR were level on 37 minutes after an own goal by Wes Morgan. He turned in Steven Caulker‘s cross with Charlie Austin bearing down. They were then ahead on the stroke of halftime. Leroy Fer scored his first QPR goal from close-range after Austin‘s header was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

The Foxes would level the game at 2-2 in the 67th minute through Jeffrey Schlupp. With a little flick up to himself, Schlupp smashed a half-volley past Robert Green.

However, in the back and forth affair the balance tipped in QPR’s favor. Austin received his reward for his activity in the box. He nodded in the winner in the 73rd minute.

6. Spurs sink Toffees– Tottenham scored two first half goals to lead them past Everton.

The Toffees took the lead with a fine piece of individual skill from Kevin Mirallas. After his free kick was blocked and fell to feet, cut inside and sent a curling effort in at the far post leaving Hugo Lloris no chance to to keep it out in the 15th minute.

However, Spurs equalized a mere six minutes later. Harry Kane‘s initial effort was blocked by Tim Howard, but Christian Eriksen finished the rebound off with a chipped effort over the Everton shot-stopper.

The eventual winner came in the first minute of first half stoppage. Kane dispossessed Gareth Barry and played Aaron Lennon down the right. He slotted in a pass for Roberto Soldado to score with his first touch.

7. Liverpool end losing skid– After three straight losses, Liverpool found themselves on the right side of the result. However, it certainly didn’t come easy against Stoke City. The Reds, who dropped captain Steven Gerrard to the bench to start, had to wait to take all three points.

Glen Johnson nodded in at the 85th minute. After RIckie Lambert‘s initial header came crashing off the cross bar, Johnson was on hand to turn the ball into the back of the net.

It will be a win the Reds will look to build off of and turn around their fortunes with eyes on climbing up the Premier League table.

8. A pair of 1-1s– Burnley earned a point late over a struggling Aston Villa in a 1-1 affair. It’s the third consecutive draw for Villa, who continue to inch towards the bottom three.

Joe Cole put Villa in front seven minutes before the first half whistle blew. He scored at the near post from Andreas Weimann‘s pass after Burnley failed to clear their lines.

However, Burnley were able to equalize in the 87th minute. Danny Ings converted from the penalty spot after Lukas Jutkiewicz was taken down by Jores Okore.

Swansea and Crystal Palace each scored in a 10-minute span to settle for a draw by the same 1-1 scoreline.

Wilfried Bony gave the Swans the lead after 15 minutes. He received a pass from Gylfi Sigurdsson, was able to turn Brede Hangenland and fire on goal.

Palace’s captain then leveled in the 25th minute from the spot. Jonjo Shelvey brought down Marouane Chamakh to set up the equalizer.

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