Wednesday, December 29, 2010

England: Tuesday's Premier League Review & Reports

Manchester United regained top spot in the Premier League on Tuesday but there were no celebrations from Alex Ferguson after his team gave up another late goal in a 1-1 draw at Birmingham City. Earlier Mario Balotelli hit a hat-trick, including two penalties, to help Manchester City beat Aston Villa 4-0 and briefly occupy top spot. Spurs struggled to break down Newcastle until Aaron Lennon struck after 57 minutes but the Londoners were reduced to 10 men for the second successive game when Younes Kabul was sent off for a head butt eight minutes later. However, just as in their Boxing Day win at Villa Park, Spurs still went for it and got their reward when Gareth Bale scored their second nine minutes from time with another trademark run and low shot. Chris Baird had not scored a goal for almost four years but got two in the first 11 minutes for Fulham against Stoke to earn some breathing space for under-fire manager Mark Hughes as his team secured their first away league win for 16 months.


Birmingham City 1 - 1 Manchester United
Kevin McCarra at St. Andrew's

Tottenham 2 - 0 Newcastle
Dominic Fifield at White Hart Lane

Manchester City 4 - 0 Aston Villa
Daniel Taylor at Eastlands

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