As it happened: Saturday's Premier League

Updated: Saturday, 10 Nov 2012 20:08

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Text commentary from the Barclays Premier League where Manchester United came from two goals down to beat Aston Villa 3-2.


Arsenal 3-3 Fulham 
Wigan 1-2
West Brom 
Stoke 1-0 QPR 
Southampton 1-1 Swansea
Reading 0-0 Norwich 
Everton 2-

Aston Villa 2-3 Man United


De Gea boots the ball into touch from a goalkick, giving Villa one last chance to pump it forward, but there's no time for an attack as the referee blows the final whistle. Full-Time Aston Villa 2-3 Man United 


Holman wins a corner after Evra blocks his shot behind, but De Gea is solid and punches the ball away, but only as far as Enda Stevens. The Irishman sends it back in but United clear.


There's five minutes of injury time for Villa to try and rescue a point from this.


Villa look shellshocked and defeat will be harsh on them, especially given their first-half display but you almost expect these kind of recoveries from United now. Hats off to Ferguson for making the changes he did, when other, seemingly more obvious options, were available.


Substitute Hernandez looks to have single-handidly won the game for United. Van Persie sends a free-kick from the right into the box and the Mexican striker loses his marker before stooping to head the ball past Guzan. Can't see Villa coming back from that.


It's been all United in the last five minutes. They have a corner on the left, but Cleverly's delivery is awful and well overhit.


The spark seems to have gone out of Villa's play and Stephen Ireland in particular is enjoying much less of the ball. Manager Paul Lambert sees this and takes off Ireland for El Ahmadi before replacing goalscorer Andreas Weimann with Australian Brett Holman.


Anderson is introduced for Rooney, who looks to have picked up a minor knock. Probably enough to keep him out the England squad, but not enough to rule him out of next weekend's game, eh Fergie?


Villa are still in this, and Agbonlahor goes within inches of connecting with a cross from the right. Meanwhile United look set to make their second change of the evening with Anderson ready to enter the fray.


Van Persie rocks the Villa woodwork twice in a minute! The first chance sees him connect with Rooney's cross before rattling the crossbar with a powerful header. Just 42 second later he cuts inside from the right before unleashing a rocket from the edge of the Villa penalty area that cannons back off the crossbar.


That second Hernandez goal has been given as a Vlaar OG.


This is really end to end stuff with both sides chasing a winner. For once Smalling gets the better of Benteke, blocking his shot and sending it behind for a corner. 


Stunning save from De Gea to denying Weimann his hat-trick. The Austrian makes the most of some slack United defending the get on the edge of Bannan's cross and while he gets power and direction into his header, De Gea just about manages to bat it away.


Hernandez does it again! Agbonlahor loses his man out wide and allows Rafael to pick up the ball on the right. The United full-back sends in a cross that appears to be too deep but the substitute Hernandez is at the back-post and sidefoots a volley into the back of the net.

Replays show the shot took a big deflection off Vlaar and it may go down as an own goal.


Hernandez reduces the deficit with a fine finish from a great raking through ball from Scholes. For once, the United midfielder has time and space in the middle and he picks out the run of Hernandez who, despite appearing to have the ball trapped under his feet, still manages to find a finish. Game on.


Ireland is booked for a tackle from behind on Hernandez. He's been the driving force for Villa so far, but will have to watch himself now.


The United midfield is a shambles, the counter-attacking Villa are breaking through them at will and look the more likely to score next. Fergie has some big decision to make in the next few minutes.


Scholes gives possession away sloppily again, allowing Villa to break forward through Ireland. The Villa midfielder lays off the ball before receiving it back on the edge of the United box. He then plays in Agbonlahor on the left who takes a touch before driving a low ball across the face of the goal and into the path of Weimann who taps home his second of the evening.


Half-time change for United, and it's not what you'd expect. The ineffective Scholes and Rooney stay on, while their liveliest player Ashley Young makes way for Hernandez.


Aston Villa take a well-earned lead against United! Benteke chases a through ball on the left wing, muscling out the flat-footed Smaller before looking up and cutting the ball back into the path of the on-rushing Weimann. The Austrian keeps his head and sidefoots the ball past De Gea to give the home side the half-time lead.


Rooney touches the ball for the first time in what seems like 15 minutes and hits a hopeful effort on goal, but it's straight at goalkeeper Guzan.


Villa are working their way into some good positions out wide but the final cross has always been lacking. Agbonlahor is the latest to over hit a ball into the penalty area.


Ferdinand trips Benteke midway inside the United half. Bannan sends the ball into the penalty area but Smalling wins the aerial battle and heads it out for a throw.


Ireland picks up a loose ball in the centre of midfield, takes a touch and fires a low and powerful shot at goal that just sails by the right upright.


Scholes looks well off the pace here. He's getting caught in possession all the time and when United do manage to work their way into a threatening position, he takes the ball off the toes of the lively Young and smashes a frustrated effort against Villa defender Vlaar.


Half an hour gone and it's Villa who look the better side thus far. United are struggling to make anything stick up front and while Young and Van Persie have both been willing to make the runs and try to open up space, Rooney has been anonymous.


Ireland is bossing Paul Scholes in midfield. This time the Irishman catches Scholes in possession and takes the ball away from him to set himself through on goal but the referee blows for a foul on the United midfield and replays show it's the right decision.


Valencia has a blast on goal from a daft angle outside the right edge of the Villa box. The ball goes high and wide - a waste of possession in a promising area.


Great touch from the Villa fans who, on the 19th minute, rise as one to applaud their number 19 Stiliyan Petrov who continues to battle leukaemia.


Stephen Ireland is finding all sorts of room in the space between United's midfield and back four. He bears down on the United defence and slips a great through ball for Agbonlahor to chase down. The Villa wideman outpaces Evra but rushes his cross and United clear again.


This has been a really positive start from Villa who look dangerous every time they go forward. Weimann breaks forward and has support either side of him but he delays his pass and when he does true to set Ireland free, his attempted pass is blocked.


Scholes gives Ireland an absolute gift of a ball in the middle of the park. The Villa midfielder bursts forward and has support but is unable to find the incisive through ball he's looking for and United scramble it clear.


Stevens has made a composed and confident start as Villa enjoy their first period of possession. Paul Scholes cuts down Stephen Ireland on the right hand side of the United penalty and is lucky to escape without a booking. Bannan sends in a great teasing cross that Patrice Evra just about manages to head behind for a corner.


Michael Carrick has the first effort on goal, flicking on a header from a Robin Van Persie corner. It's straight at goalkeeper Guzan, who plucks it out of the air with ease.


Enda Stevens gets his first touch of the evening, cutting out a cross field ball aimed at Antonio Valencia.


The players are out on the pitch and Aston Villa get the game under way against a team they haven't beaten at home in the league since 1995.


Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and winger Nani have been ruled out of the clash at Aston Villa with groin and hamstring injuries respectively.

United boss Alex Ferguson restores Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Young and Robin Van Persie to the starting line-up after making changes for the mid-week Champions League win away to Braga.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has handed a first Premier League start to former Shamrock Rovers left-back Enda Stevens. The 22-year-old Irishman has been given his opportunity with Joe Bennett ruled out through injury and Eric Lichaj suspended.


Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Stevens, Westwood, Bannan, Ireland, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Subs: Given, Albrighton, Holman, Delph, El Ahmadi, Bowery, Williams.

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Smalling, Ferdinand, Carrick, Scholes, Valencia, Young, Van Persie, Rooney.

Subs: Anderson, Lindegaard, Hernandez, Welbeck, Cleverley, Fletcher, Buttner.


Late late drama at the Emirates! Arsenal have a chance to snatch all three points against Fulham in injury time when the referee points to the spot for a very harsh handball. Arteta steps up to take the spotkick and picks his spot on the bottom right corner, but while his effort is placed well, it lacks pace and Schwarzer manages to turn it behind for a corner.

The referee blows the final whistle almost immediately after.


It's all over at Stoke, where QPR have lost again. Can Mark Hughes somehow hold onto his job after this?


Reading look set to claim their first clean sheet of the season against Norwich, but it's been a poor game of few chances.


Mick McCarthy gets another win as Ipswich manager. DJ Campbell scores to put his side 2-1 ahead against Burnley.


Fulham continue to press for a winner against Arsenal. Hangeland's header from a cornerkick sails wide but they're really having a go against  Arsene Wenger's side.


Julio Cesar keeps QPR in it against Stoke with a great save to deny Kightly. Mark Hughes cuts a forlorn figure on the touchline, surely his time as manager is nearing an end?


Wigan are pushing for an equaliser against West Brom but are struggling to break down the visitors. 


Big news at Villa Park, where former Shamrock Rovers player Enda Stevens will start against Manchester United.


Giroud goes agonisingly close to claim his hat-trick and giving Arsenal the lead against Fulham but his low, powerful effort is turned behind by Schwarzer.


Sunderland collapse against Everton! Having held them off since taking the lead on the stroke of half-time, they let in two goals in as many minutes. 

They get too deep again and sit off Fellani, who picks out the unmarked Jelavic who blasts the ball past Mignolet to give his side the lead.


Everton finally get their breakthrough and it's a soft goal for Sunderland to concede. Fellani is given too much time and space in front of the visitors goal and has time to pick his shot through a crowded penalty area. Goalkeeper Mignolet was unsighted but his defenders should have closed down Fellani sooner.


Everton are still knocking on the door against Sunderland. Coleman sent in a delightful, teasing cross for Jelavic but he can't make it count.



Swansea level against Southampton who will feel hard done by. Having dominated this game, they are pulled back by a Nathan Dyer goal out of nothing.


As things stand, QPR are sitting at the bottom of the table with just four points and no wins from eleven games. Will Mark Hughes be on his way out of a job this evening?


It's a cracker at the Emirates! Arsenal level against Fulham with a second goal from Giroud. 

The Frenchman's initial shot comes back off the post and rolls into the path of Walcott and he sends the ball back to Giroud, who heads to the back of the net.


Fulham have come from 2-0 down to take a 3-2 lead against Arsenal. Mikel Arteta loses the ball on the edge of his own box and pulls back Ruiz in the penalty area leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot. Berbatov steps up as cool as you like and strokes the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.


Southampton take a well-earned lead against Swansea courtesy of Morgan Schneiderlin. It was a fine header and a goal that's been coming for a while.


Southampton are dominating Swansea and have what looks to be a genuine shout for a penalty but the referee decides that Lallana took a dive and books him instead. Harsh decision.


Theo Walcott, whose future at Arsenal remains unclear, goes close to putting his side back in front against Fulham but goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is equal to the challenge.


Everton should really be level against Sunderland but Johnny Heitinga is unable to direct his free header on goal.


Mick McCarthy's Ipswich take the lead against Burnley. Irish international Daryl Murphy obliges with a header.


Stoke, who were second best for much of the first half, have gone ahead against QPR. Charlie Adam scores his first goal in almost a year with a sweet half-volley that gives Julio Cesar no chance in the QPR goal.


Everton have come out fired up and Sunderland goalscorer Adam Johnson has to clear off the line to deny them.


Former Derry City player Niall McGinn has scored for Aberdeen for the seventh game in a row. They lead 2-0 against St Mirren with Dubliner Johnny Hayes bagging the opener.


Sunderland score their first goal in almost eight hours of football and take the lead against the run of play at Everton. Adam Johnson is the man on the mark as his volley beats Tim Howard in the Everton goal.

You can be certain David Moyes will have some stern words for his side at the break.


Wigan hit back immediately against West Brom and Kone taps in from a great cross from Beausejour.


West Brom score a second against Wigan. Billy Jones shot took a big deflection off come off Gary Caldwell and that may well go down as an own goal.


Arsenal's defensive woes continue as Fulham equalise. It's another header as Alex Kacaniklic, who came on for the injured Kieran Richardson, beats Mannone from 15 yards out. The ball was headed into the ground and bounced up but you would have still expected the Arsenal goalkeeper would keep it out.


Everton, having drawn their last four games, are really having a go against Sunderland who have struggled to make an impact. 


West Brom take the lead against Wigan. Chris Brunt sends in a delightful teasing cross which falls perfectly for James Morrison who finds the net.


That's sloppy, sloppy stuff from Arsenal who let Fulham back into the game with the simplest of goals. Having struggled to make any kind of impact, the visitors get a corner which is delivered into the centre and the unmarked Berbatov is able to head home.

Unforgivable to leave someone like Berbatov unmarked in that situation.


QPR continue to dominate against Stoke and Djibril Cisse is just denied  by Stoke goalkeeper Begovic, who palms his goalbound effort behind.


Arsenal are bossing Fulham and double their lead through Lukas Podolski. The credit must go to Mikel Arteta who did all the hard work, creating the opening before pulling the ball back to the unmarked Podolski who slotted home.


QPR are passing their way around Stoke at the moment, as the home side struggle to find their feet in this game. No clear cut chances as of yet, but it's Rangers who are on top.


Southampton have started brightly at home to Swansea and record summer signing Gaston Ramirez has gone within inches of giving them the lead - his ambitious curling effort went just wide.


Arsenal open the afternoon's scoring. The misfiring Gunners have gone in front against Fulham courtesy on a Olivier Giroud header after 11 minutes.


Arsenal v Fulham
Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen,
Coquelin, Arteta, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud. Subs:
Szczesny, Andre Santos, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Arshavin,
Jenkinson, Chamakh.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Ruiz,
Baird, Sidwell, Richardson, Berbatov, Dejagah. Subs: Stockdale,
Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Duff, Rodallega, Kacaniklic.


Southampton v Swansea
Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon,
Cork, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Lambert, Ramirez. Subs:
Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Fox,
Ward-Prowse, Mayuka.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Davies, Ki, Britton,
de Guzman, Hernandez, Michu, Routledge. Subs: Cornell, Tate,
Dyer, Shechter, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien.


Wigan v West Brom
Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy,
Watson, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo, Maloney. Subs: Pollitt,
Jones, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Fyvie, Stam.

West Brom: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu,
Yacob, Lukaku, Morrison, Brunt, Long. Subs: Luke Daniels, Popov,
Rosenberg, Dorrans, Gera, Odemwingie, Tamas.


Everton v Sunderland
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas,
Osman, Neville, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo,
Naismith, Distin, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson,
Larsson, Colback, McClean, Fletcher, Sessegnon. Subs: Westwood,
Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Bramble, Saha.


Stoke v QPR
Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Cameron, Nzonzi,
Walters, Whelan, AdaAm, Etherington, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen,
Palacios, Jones, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Jerome.

QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Ferdinand, Nelsen, Traore, Diakite,
Faurlin, Granero, Hoilett, Taarabt, Cisse. Subs: Green, Derry,
Hill, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Onuoha, Zamora.


Reading v Norwich
Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, McCleary,
Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts, Hunt. Subs: Stuart Taylor,
Mariappa, Pogrebnyak, Le Fondre, Kebe, Robson-Kanu, Cummings.

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass,
Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Bunn, Howson,
Jackson, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Tierney, Ryan Bennett.


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