Another pulsating day of Premier League action took place on Saturday, as six games were played just 48 hours after the Boxing Day bonanza.
Several squads rotated their lineups as Manchester City and Manchester United both scraped valuable 1-0 wins with many of their regulars missing from the starting XI.
Elsewhere Hull absolutely hammered Fulham, as the Tigers soared into the top ten with a scintillating display of clinical finishing. While at the bottom of the league, two relegation scraps saw West Ham draw 3-3 with West Brom and Sunderland stole a late 2-2 draw away at Cardiff.
What magnificent day of action. Can this never end?
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Anyway, back to the six matches which took place on Saturday, here’s the recaps, analysis, video highlights and more.
Early promise evaporated for the home side at Villa Park, as Gabriel Agbonlahor’s opener was cancelled out by Roland Lamah. Swansea looked the more likely to grab a winner but the match ended in a draw, as Villa’s woes continue. As for the Swans, they keep stalling as Michael Laudrup suffers from second-season syndrome.
A truly remarkable comeback from Sunderland as they trailed 2-0 with seven minutes to go against Cardiff, but then somehow grabbed a point. Jordon Mutch and Frazier Campbell put the Bluebirds 2-0 up and in the 83rd minute substitute Steven Fletcher pulled one back to give Sunderland hope. And then the thousands of traveling Mackems fans were sent wild as sub Jack Colback grabbed a stunning equalizer in the fifth minute of stoppage time. On a more serious note, Sunderland’s Fabio Borini was taken to hospital after falling ill, here’s an update.
An absolute battering at the KC Stadium, as Hull surged into the top half of the table and embarrassed Fulham in the process. Two goals from Robert Koren and strikes from Elmohamady and Matt Fryatt were slightly overshadowed by Tom Huddlestone’s first goal in 54 PL games, which came on his birthday and also meant he could finally cut his hair after he’d been growing it out for charity until he scored. The Tigers were sublime, Fulham were woeful.
A hard-fought three points for the Red Devils, as Danny Welbeck’s strike just after half time proved to be the game-winner for Manchester United. A spirited Norwich side made life extremely difficult for David Moyes’, especially in the first half, but Welbeck’s arrival at the interval made all the difference.
City huffed and puffed throughout this tiresome game at the Eithad, as a resilient Palace team stood firm and even took the came to City with three glorious chances at the start of the second half. However Joe Hart was in fine form to thwart the Eagles, as Edin Dzeko’s clinical strike in the 66th minute grabbed all three points to send City top.
A pulsating clash down at Upton Park, as West Ham took an early lead through Joe Cole but Nicolas Anelka’s double have the Baggies a 2-1 half time lead. After the break the Hammers turned things around to lead 3-2 with Modibo Maiga and Kevin Nolan on the score sheet, however Saido Berahino then made it 3-3 with a terrific strike and almost won it late on with a curler that hit the post. Controversy marred the post-game analysis, as Nicolas Anelka was accused of making an anti-Semitic gesture.