As it Happened: Barclays Premier League

Updated: Tuesday, 01 Jan 2013 19:07

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New Year's Day had seven matches down for decision. See how they unfolded here.


Manchester City 3-0 Stoke City
Southampton 1-1 Arsenal
Swansea 2-2 Aston Villa
Tottenham 3-1 Reading
West Brom 1-2 Fulham
West Ham United 2-1 Norwich City
Wigan Athletic 0-4 Manchester United

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FULL-TIME: Southampton 1-1 Arsenal Southampton climb out of the bottom three with a very credible performance here. Not a good day for Arsene Wenger.


Gibbs was through there but elected to cross when the shot was on. His effort is well cut out by Yoshida. In injury time now.


Puncheon breaks forward for the Saints but his shot following a couple of fancy stepovers goes straight at the keeper.


Gervinho makes a run into the box and cuts inside his marker to get a shot on goal but can only find the side-netting.


De Ridder replaces Do Prado for Southampton.


Arteta takes a rare shot on goal for Arsenal but it's alway going wide. Southampton are by far the better team at the moment. Ten minutes to go.


Ramirez is replaced by Ward-Prowse after 76 minutes.


Ramirez has a goal ruled out for offside. Great 'goal' though. The Uruguyan took the ball down with his chest while turning in one movenment and firing past Szczesny on the half volley. Harsh as he loooked level with the last man.


Giroud finds Walcott with a first-time ball on the edge corner of the area. Walcott shoots when he should have maybe crossed the ball with two men in the area. His shot is easily saved.


Southampton have another attempt on goal, this time Puncheon hitting the side netting from an angle. Moments later Ramirez shoots but it's too high. Saints looking more likely to score with 65 minutes gone.


Schneiderlin is sent clear down the right for Southampton and reaches the end line before crossing. Szczesny weakly parries the ball into the danger area but Lambert slips when it looked as if he might get a shooting chance.


Giroud comes on for Podolski in the game's first substitution after 58 minutes.


Do Prado comes close for the home side, swiveling before unleashing a powerful shot that Szczesny saves at his near post. Sagna almost deflects the resulting corner into his own net but Szczesny saves well.


Apart from a brief spell in the first half, Arsenal have been very poor. Walcott has done little up front, although the service to him been non existent.


The second half is underway...


Walcott has a goal ruled out for offside. His first real break down the middle and neat finish but he was a yard or two offside and that's the last action of note of the half. HALF-TIME: Southampton 1-1 Arsenal


Own goal from Do Prado. Walcott fires in a free kick from wide on the left and Do Prado, stretching, sticks out a leg and deflects it into his own net after 41 minutes.


GOAL! Southampton 1-1 Arsenal


Ramirez gets the opener and Southampton probably deserve it following their play over the last few minutes. Awful defending from Arsenal saw the ball ping pong around the box before falling to Ramirez who scored from just inside the area.


GOAL! Southampton 1-0 Arsenal


Ramirez makes a break, beating one man before going down under a challenge just as he was about to get himself into a shooting position for the home side - no free kick though.


Southampton have made the brighter start at St Mary's but Arsenal are begining to come into it now, starting to get their passing going and looking to find Walcott who is playing up front again today. Southampton 0-0 Arsenal after 22 minutes.


Vermalen rashly kicks out at Yoshida, who goes down inside the Arsenal box, and is lucky not to concede a penalty.


Southampton and Arsenal is now underway.


Southampton v Arsenal (17:30)

Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc made his first appearance since 28 October in today's Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal.

The 32-year-old replaced Kelvin Davis between the sticks and was one of three Saints changes, with Steven Davis and Gaston Ramirez also brought in.

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both started against their former club as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger named the same side that defeated Newcastle 7-3 on Saturday.


Reports on all five matches to follow on the site shortly. And live text on Southampton v Arsenal will also be coming up for you right here.


That's the end of the 3pm kick-offs. Expected wins for City and United. A brave draw for Villa against the on song Swans. Spurs are too good for Reading, as predicted. West Ham defeat Norwich, despite a late consolation goal for the Canaries. 






Swansea level at the Liberty Stadium. Dyer crosses to the box and Villa fail to clear the danger as ping pong ensues. Eventually Danny Graham gets on the end of it and riffles to the back of the net after 94 minutes. It finishes Swansea 2-2 Aston Villa.


Russell Martin pulls one back for Norwich in injury time. West Ham 2-1 Norwich.




Five minutes of injury time will be played at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea 1-2 Aston Villa


Swansea search for an equaliser against Villa, but the Birmingham side are back defending in numbers with Benteke back to make an overhead clearance. Swansea 1-2 Aston Villa


Van Persie makes it 4-0 to United when he gets on the end of a Welbeck cross on 87 minutes. Wigan 0-4 Manchester United


Penalty at the Liberty Stadium...Benteke has a header cleared off the line by Dyer. It falls to Weimann and Dyer tries to chase him down, but throws in a clumsy leg and the strikes goes down. Referee Halsey says penalty. Benteke stands up to take the spot kick and sends keeper Vorm the wrong way as he strokes home to the left of goal. Villa lead on 84 minutes. Swansea 1-2 Aston Villa


Villa's Irishman Enda Stevens has been substituted for Brett Holman. Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa


Britton comes off for Agustien at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa


Dempsey lashes a shot at goal from 30 yards, it takes a cruel deflection and loops over Federici and into the Reading net on 79 minutes. Tottenham 3-1 Reading


Aguero comes off injured with a hamstring problem after 76 minutes. Manchester City 3-0 Swansea


City's third goal in more detail. N'Zonzi fouls Silva, although the challenge looked outside the box with the Spaniard falling into it. Harsh on Stoke but it was a clumsy challenge. Aguero doesn’t miss the resulting spot kick. Manchester City 3-0 Stoke City


Aguero puts away a penalty for City on 74 minutes. Manchester City 3-0 Stoke City


Benteke chests down in the Swansea box, and overhead kicks at goal. The effort is blocked and falls to Weimann, he turns and shoots but puts his shot across the face of goal. Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa


Benteke is played in on the left side of the Swansea box, but he is ever so slightly offside. Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa


United's third goal in more detail. Van Persie free-kick comes off the wall and the ball comes to Fernandez who smashes it home. Wigan 0-3 Manchester United.


Routledge comes off for Dyer at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa


City's second goal in more detail: Aguero sets up City’s second with a run and shot, which Begovic can only parry into the path of Dzeko who has a simple tap in. Dzeko is subsequently booked for taking off his shirt. 


Hernandez scores again for United after 63 minutes with a right foot volley. Wigan 0-3 Manchester United


That Bennett handball looked inside the area to me. Should have been a Swansea penalty. Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa


Bennett handballs for Villa on the edge of the area. The cross is whipped in from the free-kick but Guzan punches clear and then Benteke boots the ball away from danger. Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa


Di Santo crosses to the United box and Kone prods home. But referee Marriner says offside. Wigan 0-2 Manchester United


Aguero sets up Dzeko to put City 2-0 up on 56 minutes. Manchester City 2-0 Stoke City


Adebayor gives Spurs the lead on 51 minutes. Tottenham 2-1 Reading


Graham plays a ball across the Villa box but there are no Swans to get on the end of it. Villa then counter swiftly, with Lowton crossing low across the face of goal but Benteke can't reach it. Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa


Dzeko comes close to scoring City’s second, hitting a first-time half-volley after the ball has come over his shoulder. His dipping shot goes just over the bar though. Man City 1-0 Stoke


Hoolahan is fouled by Tomkins in the box. But referee Clattenburg gives no penalty to the Canaries. West Ham 2-0 Norwich


Swansea miss a sitter. Routledge crosses from left to right and finds Pablo at the back post. He swipes at the ball and skews it wide. Should have been the lead for Swansea there. Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa


United are dominating Wigan now and seem firmly in control.


Action is back on around the grounds.


Half-time: Man City 1-0 Stoke City, Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa, Tottenham 1-1 Reading, West Ham 2-0 Norwich, Wigan 0-2 Man United.


Zabaleta puts City ahead following a period of sustained pressure. Milner drills a low cross into the danger area and Zabaleta side foots home an attempted clearance from five yards out. Man City 1-0 Stoke 


Van Persie beats two defenders and sticks it in the corner of the onion sack. Wigan 0-2 Manchester United


Weimann levels for Villa. Benteke plays a ball over the top and Williams misses it, the ball runs through for Weimann to strike home from 18 yards out on 43 minutes. Swansea 1-1 Aston Villa


Ciaran Clark is booked for a foul on Routledge.


Villa can barely get a touch of the ball at the Liberty Stadium.


Hernandez gives United the lead. He gets on onto a rebounded save from Al Habsi and finishes home. Wigan 0-1 Man United


Milner squares for Aguero to finish to the Stoke goal, but Wilkinson gets in to clear. Man City 0-0 Stoke


Michu hits the post and De Guzman put the rebound across the face of goal. Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa


Joey O'Brien puts the Hammers 2-0 ahead on his 50th appearance for the club. West Ham 2-0 Norwich


Aguero has a chance for City, from 18 yards out, he tries to dink it past Begovic, but the Bosnian keeper gets down to save well. Manchester 0-0 Stoke City


Norwich's Snodgrass hits the bar with an effort on the West Ham goal. West Ham 1-0 Norwich


Javier Hernandez has put the ball in the back of the Wigan net, but the effort is disallowed for offside. Wigan 0-0 Manchester United


No more scores at Liberty Stadium yet. Villa are working their way back into the tie.


West Ham in control against Norwich. Cole put in a decent cross which troubled Norwich, but the London side still lead just 1-0.


No score from the Wigan v Man United clash at DW Stadium.


Spurs dominating Reading now that they're back level at White Harte Lane.


Swansea all over Villa at the Liberty Stadium. Paul Lambert looking pensive on the touchline.


Michael Dawson has levelled for Spurs after nine minutes. Tottenham 1-1 Reading.


More poor Villa defending as Routledge puts Swansea ahead. Swansea's Michu hits the post moments later and then has another chance. Villa could be 5-0 down already. Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa.


West Ham lead against Norwich. Mark Noble puts home a penalty after three minutes. West Ham 1-0 Norwich


Reading take an early lead against Spurs. Pogrebnyak scores his seventh of the season to give them the lead after four minutes. Tottenham 0-1 Reading


Swansea v Aston Villa

Top scorer Michu passed a late fitness test on an ankle injury to start for Swansea against struggling Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium.

The Spaniard started in his preferred attacking midfield role as Danny Graham remained up front after scoring the opener against Fulham on Saturday.

Michel Vorm, Ben Davies, Chico Flores and Leon Britton also returned to Michael Laudrup's starting line-up.

Villa boss Paul Lambert made four changes as the visitors look to arrest their alarming recent decline. Marc Albrighton, Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood and Enda Stevens came into the side in place of Brett Holman, Stephen Ireland, Barry Bannan and Eric Lichaj.


FULL-TIME: WBA 1-2 Fulham.


Long starts a Baggies move which almost results in a goal by Jones, but his fine run and effort from a tight angle is cleared off the line.


Just over five minutes to go now and the game has died off a little, crowd have gone quiet, but Berbatov still looks keen for Fulham.


West Brom are piling up the pressure now, plenty of crosses going into the box, Lukaku coming close with a header moments ago.


Kacaniklic beats the offside trap and controls well before slotting past the onrushing Foster. WBA 1-2 Fulham.


Fulham are back in the lead after a 58th minute goal.


West Brom's early start is rewarded with Lukaku slotting home after 49 minutes. 


Second-half is underway


Half-time at the Hawthorns and its Fulham who lead 1-0.


Fulham's New Year gets lift-off after a classic counter-attacking goal with Sidwell feeding Berbatov and the Bulgarian applied the perfect finish.


Better from West Brom in the last few minutes with a A Tamas header just going narrowly wide. Berbatov is through on goal for Fulham but he balloons the ball well over. West Brom 0-0 Fulham after 31 minutes.


No clear cut chances so far - with Fulham shading it in terms of possession.


West Brom v Fulham is underway.


Teams are in the tunnel ahead of the game. West Brom's home record has been very good this season. In 10 games, they have only conceded seven goals. Fulham have never won a Premier League game at The Hawthorns.


West Brom v Fulham line-ups:
West Brom: Foster, Jones, Tamas, McAuley, Ridgewell, Brunt,
Mulumbu, Gera, Morrison, Fortune, Lukaku. Subs: Myhill,
Rosenberg, Long, Thorne, Jara Reyes, Odemwingie, Dawson.

Fulham: Stockdale, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Briggs, Dejagah,
Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Berbatov.
Etheridge, Senderos, Baird, Kasami, Richardson, Rodallega, Frei.

Referee: Mike Dean


Happy New Year to everybody and let's hope it's an enjoyable sporting one. Looking ahead to the opening game of the day - 

West Brom boss Steve Clarke has made five changes from the side beaten 2-0 at Manchester United last Saturday.
Fit again defensive midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu and the rested quartet of Zoltan Gera, James Morrison, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Romelu Lukaku were recalled to the side.
Fulham boss Martin Jol - a former Albion player - makes one change from the team beaten 2-1 at home by Swansea, with midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic preferred to Kerim Frei.


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