Saturday's EPL: As It Happened
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It was a busy Premier League schedule with eight games across England as Manchester United moved ten points clear at the top of the table.
Saturday 2 February
QPR 0-0 Norwich City
Arsenal 1-0 Stoke
Everton 3-3 Aston Villa
Newcastle United 3-2 Chelsea
Reading 2-1 Sunderland
West Ham United 1-0 Swansea
Wigan 2-2 Southampton
Fulham 0-1 Manchester United
That's it for our EPL coverage as Rooney's goal is the difference between the two sides at Craven Cottage. Great performance from Fulham in the second half and deserved something from the game...
Full-time Fulham 0-1 Manchester United
90mins Senderos header cleared off the line as United look to have done enough to secure the three points...
77mins GOAL United break up the field...Rooney onto it like a flash, opens the body up and bends it into the far corner giving Schwarzer no chance... Fulham 0-1 Man United
75mins Still scoreless...Rafael clears one off the line from Ruiz as Fulham put on a bit of pressure...
60mins Second half well under way at Craven Cottage but still scoreless...
HALF-TIME: Fulham 0-0 Manchester United
Lights are back on and players are return to the pitch...three minutes to be played before half-time
Players leaving the pitch at Craven Cottage...And they were so close to their half-time tea & jaffa cakes...
42mins Lights Out..... The lights have gone out at Craven Cottage... Mobile phone screens lighting up the place at the moment...
32mins Cleverly lays the ball off to Rooney on the edge of the box... First time shot....curls to far post with Schwarzer beaten....Once again, the ball smashes off the woodwork and clear... still scoreless at Craven Cottage...
More Fulham pressure and Dejagah hits one from outside the box but it slices wide...
Fulham have come back into the game and Ruiz's shot flies back off the post - De Gea may have got fingertips to it... United attack and Hangeland heads it onto his own bar...Ball drops to Valencia but hits sidenetting... FUL 0-0 MANU
Great save by De Gea after Liverpool old boy Riise hit a left-foot volley from outside the box. Remains scoreless...
Ten minutes gone at Craven Cottage and it's all Manchester United in the opening period. United had three chances to score within seconds as Schwarzer makes a point-blank save before the ball was crashed off the crossbar and then off the line. FUL 0-0 MANU
Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Duff, Karagounis, Baird, Dejagah, Ruiz, Rodallega.
Subs: Etheridge, Petric, Frimpong, Hughes, Emanuelson, Davies, Kacaniklic.
Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Cleverley, Carrick, Nani, Rooney, van Persie.
Subs: Amos, Anderson, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Welbeck, Kagawa.
Full-time: Wigan 2-2 Southampton
Full-time: West Ham United 1-0 Swansea
Full-time: Reading 2-1 Sunderland Res
Full-time: Newcastle United 3-2 Chelsea
Full-time: Everton 3-3 Aston Villa
Taylor blocks Lampard's shot, it hurt and that is all I can say but he will just be happy to keep it out.
Alan Pardew points furiously at his watch, we're deep in injury time in Newcastle
Full-time: Arsenal 1-0 Stoke
Heartbreak for Aston Villa as Fellaini converts to deny the midlanders victory.
Everton 3-3 Aston Villa
Viva le transfer window! Sissoko scores a second of the game to send the Newcastle bench wild and the celebrations are joyous throughout St James Park. What does this mean for Rafael Benitez.....
Newcastle United 3-2 Chelsea
Shaun Maloney nods in at the far post to level for Wigan against Southampton.
Wigan 2-2 Southampton
Morgan Schneiderlin comes onto the ball after persistence by Rickie Lambert and puts the Saints into the lead.
Wigan 1-2 Southampton
Jimmy Kebe does it again for Reading with another majestic ball in from Ian Harte - his contribution is massive to any side with such pin-point set-pieces. This could be a big result for Reading.
Reading 2-1 Sunderland
Villa are hanging on against Everton, they are camped into their own half but are holding out.
The Strawberry Pub outside St James Park which has changed the name to La Fraise
Podolski's deflected strike puts Arsenal into the lead at home to Stoke after 78 minutes.
Arsenal 1-0 Stoke
Andy Carroll doubles his goal tally for West Ham as he rises highest from a corner to nod the ball home.
West Ham United 1-0 Swansea
Sissoko converts for Newcastle after Cisse's effort as they draw level against the Blues.
Fellaini curls the ball home and Villa will have to hang on for the final part of the game.
Newcastle United 2-2 Chelsea
Everton 2-3 Aston Villa
Rickie Lambert bravely heads in after Jay Rodriguez flicked the ball on in the area.
Wigan 1-1 Southampton
Chelsea, somehow, go in front and this goal may even top Frank Lampard's equalising strike. The ball is deflected into the path of Juan Mata who aims a shot towards the top corner from 20 yards and Krul was unable to keep it out.
Newcastle United 1-2 Chelsea
Huge goal for Aston Villa as Benteke's superb header finds the net. Heitinga has had a poor game for Everton today and it continued with that goal.
Everton 1-3 Aston Villa
Lambert beats his man and crosses for Hooiveld but he can't get a decent connection on the ball as Southampton's attempts to draw level at the DW Stadium stutter.
Frank Lampard's terrific 25-yard shot sails into the top of the net - Chelsea were in big trouble, their talisman has made a difference once again.
Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea
Weimann skies a shot over the crossbar after a superb build-up by Villa with Agbonlahor at the heart of the move.
Back underway across England - Fellaini is denied a penalty for Everton as he is dragged to the ground by an Aston Villa defender but it is not given. This could be a big day for Villa if luck goes their way.
Half-time whistles blowing in all the 3pm kick-offs with Aston Villa a surprise lead at Goodison Park. Wigan are ahead against Southampton in a big game at the bottom, and under-pressure Chelsea are behind at Newcastle.
Demba Ba is forced off with the knock he picked up 10 minutes ago as things get worse for the Blues.
Jonás Gutiérrez gets the slightest touch on a cross from the left by Santon - Newcastle go in front.
Newcastle United 1-0 Chelsea
Paddy Madden scores his 14th of the season for Yeovil - his seventh goal in four games as they lead against Brentford.
Winger Anthony Pilkington will be withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland's friendly with Poland in Dublin on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, Norwich manager Chris Hughton has revealed.
Ba was injured during that chance as Coloccini connected with the striker's chin and he looks in severe discomfort.
Demba Ba fluffs two chance go score against his ex-employers at St James, sending a follow-up header wide of the goal.
Begovic saves from Oxlade-Chamberlain to deny Arsenal in one of the first chances of the game at the Emirates - it has been a poor affair so far.
Craig Gardener equalises for the Black Cats from the penalty sport after Pavel Pogrebnyak's foul.
Reading 1-1 Sunderland
Caldwell's excellent header finds the net as Wigan go in front.
Wigan 1-0 Southampton
Agbonlahor times his run to perfection to glance home a second goal for the visitors and stun Goodison Park.
Everton 1-2 Aston Villa
Victor Anichebe levels things up at Goodison Park as Pieenar feeds the striker and he rolls Ciaran Clark before firing home.
Everton 1-1 Aston Villa
Almost a goal made in Ireland as Harte curls the ball into the area and Alex Pearce just misses converting it into the net.
Frank Lampard misses a fantastic chance to put Chelsea ahead against Newcastle as he shoots from Cole's pullback. No goals apart from at the Madjeski and Goodison so far.
David Meyler on target for Hull today away to Millwall, he's the fastest score in the entire four divisions after just 45 seconds.
McAnuff's pass is finished by McAnuff to give Reading an early lead - great start for the relegation-threatened sides.
Reading 1-0 Sunderland
Fantastic start for Aston Villa as N'Zogbia plays in Benteke for a second minute goal. Villa and manager Paul Lambert are under huge pressure - this is a very positive start.
Everton 0-1 Aston Villa
Demba Ba returns to his former club at St James' Park while Darron Gibson makes his first start since St Patrick's Day.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Scharner, Caldwell, Figueroa, Stam, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Espinoza, Di Santo, Maloney.
Subs: Robles, Jones, Henriquez, Gomez, McManaman, Golobart, Campabadal.
Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Puncheon, Ramirez, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs: Kelvin Davis, Steven Davis, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Lee, Lallana, Richardson.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Diaby, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Giroud.
Subs: Mannone, Rosicky, Podolski, Andre Santos, Ramsey, Cazorla, Jenkinson.
Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson, Walters, Cameron, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington, Crouch.
Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Adam, Whitehead, Kightly, Jerome.
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Reid, Taylor, Noble, Diame, Vaz Te, Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll.
Subs: Spiegel, Carlton Cole, Collison, Pogatetz, Joe Cole, Chamakh, O'Neil.
Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, de Guzman, Britton, Ki, Hernandez, Michu, Routledge.
Subs: Cornell, Dyer, Lamah, Monk, Shechter, Moore, Tiendalli.
Reading: Federici, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Kebe, Leigertwood, McAnuff, McCleary, Pogrebnyak, Akpan.
Subs: Stuart Taylor, Shorey, Karacan, Le Fondre, Morrison, Guthrie, Blackman.
Sunderland: Mignolet, N'Diaye, Bramble, O'Shea, Colback, Larsson, Gardner, Vaughan, Johnson, Fletcher, Sessegnon.
Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Rose, Graham, Wickham, Mangane, McClean.
Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Perch, Cabaye, Gouffran, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Cisse.
Subs: Elliot, Anita, Yanga-Mbiwa, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola Ameobi.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Bertrand, Ba.
Subs: Turnbull, Torres, Ferreira, Marin, Azpilicueta, Benayoun, Ake.
Everton: Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Anichebe.
Subs: Mucha, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Neville, Duffy.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Agbonlahor, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Benteke.
Subs: Given, Bent, Holman, Sylla, Bowery, Dawkins, Baker.
Full-time: QPR 0-0 Norwich City
Norwich will see this out for a draw - both teams will feel they could have won this game but it will be a point apiece.
Five minutes of time added-on, QPR are camped in the Norwich half hoping to muster a goal.
Townsend comes so close to a debut goal with a stunning shot and he is thwarted by Bunn who reaches out to the top corner to make the save. Four minutes to go and this game is somehow going to end in a draw unless we have any late drama.
Frustration for the home side once more as Townsend sends a terrific ball to the back post and Zamora fails to hit the target. Zamora appeals for a penalty and claimed he was being tugged by right-back Martin.
Jenas has a pop at goal but his team-mate Jamie Mackie deflects the ball away.
Snodgrass makes Cesar cushion the ball past the post with a well-hit shot. QPR clear the corner away, both teams desperate to get a winner here.
Townsend strikes the ball from 25 yards from goal but it is a comfortable save for Bunn.
Zamora and Mackie try to link up with a header on by the substitute, but defender Turner cushions it back to his goalkeeper.
Jermaine Jenas is on for Mbia for a third debut for QPR. Remy is the major loss for QPR today, they really miss his quality up front.
Free-kick for QPR on the left wing, they've had so many of these chances today and this is the closest. Chris Samba wins the header and Grant Holt clears it off the line for a corner.
The game has really come to life now with QPR bringing on Zamora to go for the three points. Taarabt has been at the centre of everything QPR have created in the final third and his powerful shot from 25 yards is pushed away by Bunn.
Taarabt steps up to take the penalty and Bunn redeems himself, diving his left to keep the ball out. Excellent save.
Garrido's short back pass is intercepted by Jamie Mackie and Bunn takes the striker down. Penalty to the home side.
Penalty to QPR
Hoolahan is denied by a fantastic save from Cesar, just yards from goals. The Irish midfielder made a tremendous dart into the area and was picked out in space but the Brazilian goalkeeper extended his arm out to deny Norwich.
Very bright start from QPR at the start of the second half as Samba just misses out on converting at the back post from another free. Fabio links up with Taarabt on the right shortly afterwards but his ball into the ball fails to materialise into a chance.
An even half but not many shot on goals, with the home side yet to test the Norwich goalkeeper. Better to come, hopefully.
Half-time: QPR 0-0 Norwich City
Norwich deal with a couple of set-pieces in the closing stages of the half, including putting three men on Samba when Taarabt whips the ball to the back post. We have enter one minite of added-time.
Snodgrass tries to beat Cesar as his near post with a free-kick but it limps wide of the post. Five minutes to the break - little in the way of goal mouth incidents in the game so far.
Good defending by Garrido as he puts pressure on Shaun Wright-Phillips that see the winger slice a shot wide of goal with City stretched.
Robert Snodgrass's weak header fails to trouble Julio Cesar, Norwich have started to control the play in the last few minutes.
Anthony Pilkington limps off for Norwich against QPR, putting his Ireland debut against Poland on Wednesday in doubt. Elliott Bennett comes on.
A worry for the Republic of Ireland as Pilkington goes to the sideline for attention but he is okay to continue. It has been a cagey opening but QPR have been working hard including their new boys.
Excellent footwork by Tarrabt as he works space when surrounded by four Norwich players and drills a shot just wide of the post.
Even start with no chances on goal as of yet. While all the attention is on QPR, Norwich are just seven points above the drop zone and they could do with a win today.
Underway at Loftus Road as Taarabt tries to give his side an ideal start but he shoots over the crossbar from the edge of the area inside 45 seconds.
Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington are part of the Norwich team - Giovanni Trapattoni will hope the duo come through the afternoon unscathed with the friendly with Poland in mind.
Harry Redknapp says he is throwing winger Andros Townsend in at the deep end. Loic Remy injured his groin in what Redknapp described as the last kick of training.
Harry Redknapp gives debuts to Chris Samba and Andros Townsend. QPR can move to within a point of safety with a win.
QPR: Cesar, Traore, Derry, Samba, Hill, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Fabio, Townsend, Mbia.
Norwich: Bunn; Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido; Tettey, Johnson; Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington; Holt
There are eight games in the Premier League this afternoon with bottom side QPR beginning the action at home to Norwich, and leaders Manchester United meeting Fulham in the late kick-off at 5.30pm.