As it Happened: Premier League
Updated: Sunday, 25 Nov 2012 09:09Tap here to refresh
Updates from six Barclays Premier League fixtures in England, including the visit of QPR to Old Trafford.
Results and reports:
Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal
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Aston Villa move a point above Reading and out of the relegation zone thanks to the draw with the Gunners. It was a poor game with neiher side deserving of victory.
Full-time: Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal
Half-time in Villa Park with the match still scoreless. Andreas Weimann has had a goal disallowed for offside for the home side in a game of few chances. Arsenal have disappointed so far.
Game on at Villa Park. Ciaran Clark and Enda Stevens start for Villa.
Team News: Aston Villa v Arsenal
Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Stevens, El Ahmadi,
Westwood, Weimann, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Given,
Ireland, Albrighton, Holman, Delph, Bowery, Lichaj.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs,
Arteta, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Mannone, Sagna, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Coquelin, Arshavin, Gervinho.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Everton 1-1 Norwich
Manchester United 3-1 QPR
Stoke 1-0 Fulham
Wigan 3-2 Reading
Final whistle at all 3pm games. United go back to the top of the table - at least until City play tomorrow. Wigan gained their first points from a losing position with a dramatic victory over Reading, while Norwich grabbed a late equaliser against Everton.
Stoke took all three points with a 1-0 win over Fulham, while Celtic were beaten at home to Inverness, as were Hibs, who hosted Aberdeen.
GOAL - WIGAN - GOMEZ HAT-TRICK
Would you believe it? After an up and down game for Wigan, they look like they've stolen the points thanks to an injury-time goal from Jordi Gomez. That's a hat-trick for the Spaniard.
Wigan 3-2 Reading
Four minutes of added time at Old Trafford. United will be going back to the top of the table with these three points.
GOAL - NORWICH - BASSONG
Sebastian Bassong with a 90th-minute equaliser for Norwich.
Everton 1-1 Norwich
Rafael with a superb clearing header. Clint Hill rises to meet a cross and his effort is goal-bound only for Rafael to get his head to it.
Harry Redknapp has seen enough. He's off to 'beat the traffic', as Ger Canning has just suggested.
Match at Old Trafford has petered out somewhat. QPR are trying but they're lacking ideas at the moment. A goal for them would be interesting, otherwise it'll be a case of watching the clock tick away.
GOAL - READING - AL HABSI O.G.
Maybe it's not all over yet. Reading, having led at half-time, went behind 2-1 but are back level now.
Wigan 2-2 Reading
GOAL - MANCHESTER UNITED - HERNANDEZ
Super sub does it again. A good run from Anderson, who slots a left-footed pass to Hernandez. The Mexican controls it with his first touch and slots it in with his second.
Manchester United 3-1 QPR
GOAL - MANCHESTER UNITED - FLETCHER
Another set-piece undoes QPR. Fletcher rises highest to meet a corner and his well-directed header flashes past Cesar.
Manchester United 2-1 QPR
GOAL - INVERNESS
Celtic 0-1 Inverness CT
GOAL - WIGAN - GOMEZ
A second goal for Gomez and Wigan are now really looking like earning their first points from a losing position.
Wigan 2-1 Reading
GOAL - UNITED - EVANS
United are level. A deep corner is headed back into the middle of the goal and Jonny Evans is strong and determined as he forces the ball across the line with his head.
Manchester United 1-1 QPR
Hernandez was United's saviour at Aston Villa just a couple of weeks ago and he's just entered the fray. Can he do it again?
GOAL - WIGAN - GOMEZ
Gomez equalises for Wigan. Lies, damned lies and ...
Wigan 1-1 Reading
There's a little bit more urgency about United's play now.
In a role-reversal from the first half, Cisse marauds forward with a clear chance to put Mackie through but he refuses to do so. I know nothing of their off-field relationship but it doesn't look good on the field. This could have been a chance for QPR to double their lead but they need to take the right options.
GOAL - QPR - MACKIE
Jamie Mackie opens the scoring eight minutes into the second half. Kieren Dyer sends a ball towards the near post and Lindegaard parries the ball to Mackie, who taps it in.
MANCHESTER UNITED 0-1 QPR
Some nice play from QPR puts Cisse through but his left-foot shot is weak and easily blocked.
Julio Cesar almost caught out by Rooney. Ponderous on the ball as he tried to pick someone to clear the ball to, he pulled the ball back from the encroaching Rooney before making the clearance. Not something that will impress the new boss.
QPR have just started the second half against Man United. No changes at half-time. The other games have started a few minutes and no change to the scorelines.
Not looking good for Wigan? Or are records there to be broken?
Everton 1-0 Norwich
Stoke 1-0 Fulham
Wigan 0-1 Reading
Manchester United 0-0 Fulham
No-one could accuse Mackie and Cisse of having an understanding in the QPR attack. Not for the first time, Mackie fails to even attempt to bring in his strike partner.
Work for Harry to do on Monday morning.
Harry Redknapp looking not entirely unimpressed (!?) by what he has seen from QPR in the first half.
Fulham have had a little push for the equaliser in the approach to half-time at the Britannia Stadium but they still trail to the Charlie Adam goal.
Down at the other end, QPR have the ball in the net but it's ruled out for off-side.
Fine strike from Rooney, pouncing on a ball which slipped out to him on the edge of the box. His first-time strike forces another save from Julio Cesar.
Chance for Rooney. Welbeck slips the ball through to Rooney, who hits its first time. Sliding to the ground, Julio Cesar manages to block it and a defender rushes in to clear it.
GOAL - READING - MORRISON
Sean Morrison puts Reading ahead at Wigan.
Wigan 0-1 Reading
Some very casual play from both sides at Old Trafford. It's quite messy at the moment.
Frustration from Djibril Cisse as Jamie Mackie breaks but refuses to slip the ball out to him, where he would have had a shot on goal. The attack comes to nothing.
Ashley Young with a chance for United but his left-footed strike fizzes just wide of Julio Cesar's left-hand post.
The rain at Old Trafford is torrential. United are pressing but they're being quite patient. It's giving QPR plenty of time to get behind the ball.
GOAL - STOKE - ADAM
Stoke 1-0 Fulham
QPR are holding their own against Man United at the moment. United have a strong, attacking team on the pitch and have had chances but are yet to break the deadlock.
Everton look well on top against Norwich, with Baines, Osman and Jelavic all having chances to put David Moyes' team further ahead.
GOAL - EVERTON - NAISMITH
Everton's Steven Naismith opens the scoring. Oviedo raced into the box and picked out Naismith, who made no mistake.
The delay at Old Trafford was down to QPR keeper Julio Cesar wearing the wrong kit. [Insert jokes here]
Team News: Man United v QPR
Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Young,
Fletcher, Scholes, Rooney, Welbeck, van Persie. Subs: De Gea,
Jones, Anderson, Smalling, Hernandez, Cleverley, Powell.
QPR: Julio Cesar, Hill, Nelsen, Mbia, Traore, Derry, Faurlin,
Mackie, Taarabt, Dyer, Cisse. Subs: Green, Diakite, Ferdinand,
Wright-Phillips, Granero, Ephraim, Hoilett.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
They were a little late getting started at Old Trafford - may have been waiting for Harry to sign his contract.
The 3pm kick-offs are under way now and Harry Redknapp's new side, QPR, take on Manchester United. Harry is not in charge today but he's in the stand.
All over at Sunderland. A pulsating second half and West Brom, deservedly, leave with all three points. Steve Clarke's men go third in the Premier League table.
Result: Sunderland 2-4 West Brom
GOAL - WEST BROM - FORTUNE
Brilliant work from Lukaku and Fortune. A super low ball across from Lukaku is brought back by Fortune, who casually strikes it home. Cracking finish to the game.
Sunderland 2-4 West Brom
Chance for Lukaku at the other end. Some nifty footwork gives him half a yard of space (inside the Sunderland box) and his left-footed strike slams off the post and back out.
Chance for Cuellar. Had to rise high to meet it and couldn't get the power. Myhill got up well and held onto it.
Team News: Wigan v Reading
Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa, Stam, McCarthy, Jones,
Beausejour, Gomez, Kone, Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Di Santo,
McManaman, McArthur, Boselli, Fyvie, Lopez.
Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey,
Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Le Fondre, Roberts.
Subs: Taylor, Mariappa, Pogrebnyak, Hunt, McCleary, Harte,
Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)
Four minutes of injury time.
Looking back at the penalty, it really was a contentious decision, but Johnson did himself no favours by diving in. He didn't seem to really contact Ridgewell until the West Brom ran into and fell over the player.
Two more minutes for Sunderland to find an equaliser.
GOAL - SUNDERLAND - SESSEGNON
Steven Fletcher rises highest to head the corner towards the goal. Myhill reacts well to get a hand to it but it drops to Sessegnon, who blasts home from a yard out.
Sunderland 2-3 West Brom
Another chance from Lukaku. Mignolet came to get a ball but decided he wouldn't make it and was left somewhat stranded. Lukaku slid to strike the ball (from a really tight angle) but his shot went right across the goal.
Some Sunderland fans have seen enough. They're on the way out with six minutes remaining.
GOAL - WEST BROM - LUKAKU
A lunging, sliding tackle from Johnson brings Liam Ridgewell to the ground and gives a penalty to West Brom. Chelsea-loanee Lukaku steps up and strikes a strong, low shot to the keeper's right. Nice penalty.
Sunderland 1-3 West Brom
Team News: Everton v Norwich
Everton: Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Pienaar,
Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Oviedo, Osman, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha,
Hibbert, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios, Kennedy, Duffy.
Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Ryan Bennett, Garrido,
Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Holt. Subs:
Bunn, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Barnett,
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
In the few minutes since they scored, Sunderland haven't really pressed on as one would have expected. Eleven minutes plus stoppage time for them to find that second goal.
Some team news coming through for the 3pm kick-offs.
Stoke v Fulham
Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Shotton, Walters,
Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington, Adam, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen,
Palacios, Jones, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Jerome.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Baird,
Sidwell, Karagounis, Dejagah, Berbatov, Petric. Subs: Etheridge,
Kelly, Kasami, Duff, Diarra, Rodallega, Banya.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
GOAL - SUNDERLAND - GARDNER
Free-kick from Gardner hits the head of one of the West Brom players in the wall. Wickedly deflected, the ball loops over Myhill and into the net.
Sunderland 1-2 West Brom
Louis Saha is sent on to rescue Sunderland. He has about 18 minutes in which to do so.
Chance for Odemwingie, who makes room for himself before unleashing a thunderous left-foot shot. However, it sails to the keeper's right and wide. Should have hit the target.
That was his last action as he was immediately called ashore, to be replaced by Marc-Antoine Fortune
Header from McLean just results in more frustration for the Black Cats. Harmlessly above the crossbar.
Long just inches short of putting West Brom three in front. The pressure is going to build on Sunderland shortly and they'll do well to keep this to two goals.
Sunderland are trying to push forward but the fear is that West Brom look quite effective on the break. This time a Seb Larsson cross is met by a header from Fletcher but it floats harmlessly high.
Speculative Adam Johnson shot from almost 30 yards causes problems for Myhill, who looks anything but convincing with his approach to the save. But it works - this time!
Quick break from West Brom puts Shane Long through but this time Mignolet covers himself in glory, getting out quickly and making himself big as he dives in front of Long's shot. Fine save!
Back in action in Sunderland and the home side has made a positive start, doing the attacking early in the second half.
Every cloud ... for Irish Sunderland fans
Half-time in Sunderland and Martin O'Neill will have some harsh words for his players. It's a long way back against the high-flying West Brom, who started the day in fourth place.
Temporarily at least, West Brom will overtake Chelsea in third place if they can hold out for the three points.
At the other end, a Craig Gardner free-kick results in a save from Myhill but it looked like one he could catch rather than punch away. One suspects there will be more goals in this game.
GOAL - WEST BROM - LONG
Shane Long pounces on a terrible mistake by the Sunderland goalkeeper, Mignolet. A poor through-ball looks destined for the keeper's hands but he makes a complete hames of it and Long, following in, steals the ball before tapping it in.
Sunderland 0-2 West Brom
Five minutes to half-time and Sunderland still trail by a goal.
Boudewijn Zenden on being asked to join Rafa Benitez' coaching staff at Chelsea:
"I got the shout at eight, nine-o'clock in the evening, and they told me to come around next day at 1pm at Cobham.
"I thought, 'I'd better start packing my stuff and try to sort out a flight', because it really happened so fast."
Sam Allardyce on life in the Premier League with West Ham:
"It doesn't come much tougher than Spurs and Manchester United away followed by Chelsea at home. But we have to remember we were losing at home to Burnley in the Championship this time last year."
Lee Cattermole goes off injured and is replaced by Craig Garnder. John O'Shea takes over as captain for the remainder of the game.
At the other end John O'Shea tries a curled right-footed shot but it's always a touch too high.
GOAL - WEST BROM - GERA
Almost out of nothing, Zoltan Gera finds himself in a bit of space just outside the box and he strikes a beautiful, high, curling, left-footed strike beyond the reach of Mignolet in the Sunderland goal.
Sunderland 0-1 West Brom
Brendan Rodgers on Joe Allen:
"In the last couple of games he's not been at the level he would want to be but there are all sorts of reasons: he's been playing a lot and he's just become a father so he's had many sleepless nights.
"But he will be a revelation for the club. He's been terrific and I am sure that will continue over the next number of years."
Sessegnon providing Sunderland's threat. A fine header forces Myhill to get down quick and make another fine save.
Some confusion here. Shane Long yellow carded. John O'Shea thought he was going to be shown a second yellow card but his fellow Irish international was carded for a dive.
Fine effort from Sessegnon. A little flick over the defender and a right-footed volley asked a question of West Brom keeper Myhill.
Sunderland's Cattermole lucky not to receive the second yellow card of the game (John O'Shea picked up an early one). Referee Mike Dean was perfectly positioned to see it and chose not to brandish the card.
Some sustained pressure from Sunderland in the last couple of minutes but none of it very penetrative. West Brom are defending well and in numbers.
Ten minutes gone at the Stadium Of Light and still no goals and, in truth, no real opportunities. It's cagey at the moment. Neither team has really had a chance to settle on the ball but West Brom have had just the better of it at this early stage.
First chance to Adam Johnson of Sunderland but his shot was quite week and Myhill got down in plenty of time to save.
Brendan Rodgers showing his ability to see talent in players which others could not see ...
West Brom and Sunderland have just taken to the pitch for the day's opener.
Harry has just been on Football Focus insisting there won't be an influx of players in the January window, with the club having brought in 12 players in the summer. Here's one who disagrees ...
The real concern for QPR: Can Harry stay awake?
There has been a lot of talk of the similarities between the timing of the appointment for Harry and the timing of his appointment at Spurs. Harry successfully rescued Tottenham but one Spurs fan notes the differences ...
Pity for Redknapp wasn't exactly what I was expecting on Twitter, but ...
I did a search for the hashtags #harryredknapp and #QPR expecting some really good banter but have to say I was disappointed. There is the usual optimism and caution but not as much of the banter as I thought. I suspect that will change as the world wakes up to the news.
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Sunderland and West Brom get the on-field action under way shortly but the big news this morning was the confirmation of Harry Redknapp as QPR manager, signing a deal for two and a half years.
Sunderland v West Brom
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Larsson,
Cattermole, Colback, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Westwood, Gardner, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, McClean, Saha.
West Brom: Myhill, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell,
Odemwingie, Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Gera, Long.
Subs: Luke Daniels, Popov, Rosenberg, Dorrans, Lukaku, Tamas, Fortune.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)