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West Brom 2-1 Man City

Dec 22, 2008

Roman Bednar’s injury-time winner increased the pressure on Manchester City boss Mark Hughes, whose side remain in the Premier League drop zone.

An open first half saw Bednar hit the post before Luke Moore ran on to James Morrison’s pass to put bottom side West Brom ahead after 69 minutes.

City replied when Felipe Caicedo’s deflected backheel hit the post and bounced over the line off Scott Carson.

But Bednar won it when he rose unmarked to head home Gianni Zuiverloon’s cross.
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West Ham 0-1 Aston Villa

Dec 22, 2008

Aston Villa moved into third place in the Premier League after James Milner’s deflected late goal sank West Ham.

An open first half saw Ashley Young hit the post for Villa after running on to a poor Scott Parker back-pass but West Ham dominated after the break.

Carlton Cole headed an easy chance over and was denied twice from close range by Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

The visitors looked short of ideas until Milner’s 78th-minute cross looped off Lucas Neill and into the net.
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Blackburn 3-0 Stoke

Dec 22, 2008

Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers reign got off to the perfect start with an impressive win against Stoke City.

Benni McCarthy’s penalty, awarded after Ibrahima Sonko fouled Morten Gamst Pedersen, opened the scoring in the ninth minute.

Jason Roberts bundled home the second from close range and McCarthy turned in a third before half-time.

Roberts was denied by Stoke keeper Steve Simonsen after the break and McCarthy also shot against the post.

Allardyce will have been delighted by the endeavour and cutting edge displayed by his new team, while Stoke City’s display was the perfect illustration of why they have not won away from home in the Premier League this season.
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Hull 1-4 Sunderland

Dec 22, 2008

Sunderland moved out of the Premier League relegation zone with a thoroughly deserved victory at Hull.

The Black Cats were the better team throughout and took the lead when Steed Malbranque lashed in from 25 yards.

Hull levelled when Nicky Barmby struck low past Marton Fulop, but Kieran Richardson’s drive flew in off Kamil Zayatte to restore Sunderland’s lead.

Sam Ricketts was sent off for Hull and Kenwyne Jones headed in, before Djibril Cisse fired home an injury-time fourth.

As well as lifting the Black Cats out of the drop zone, it also gives stand-in boss Ricky Sbragia a real chance of getting the manager’s job on a permanent basis.
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Fulham 3-0 Middlesbrough

Dec 22, 2008

Fulham took their unbeaten Premier League run to seven games with an impressive win over Middlesbrough.

The home side took the lead shortly before the break when Jimmy Bullard poked in from three yards after Ross Turnbull parried Bobby Zamora’s shot.

Danny Murphy made it 2-0 from the spot after referee Keith Stroud ruled Tony McMahon had handled the ball.

American Clint Dempsey rounded off the scoring when he slotted into the right corner from just inside the area.

Roy Hodgson’s men deserved their victory in a match that had clocked 20 minutes before the Craven Cottage crowd were given something to gasp about.
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