Mackems Drop Closer To Relegation Zone
Oh dear, life is starting to look rather dismal over there in Mackemland. A home defeat to West Brom puts them right in the relegation mix. Man United 2 Fulham 0Chelsea 1 Wigan 0Tottenham 3 Stoke 2Wolves 0 Everton 3Bolton 3 West Ham 0Sunderland 2 West Brom 3Blackburn 1 Birmingham 1 Pressure is mounting on Geordie-boy Steve Bruce, and the bookies are already tipping him for the chop. West Brom continued their resurgence under Roy Hodgson as they twice came from behind to win 3-2 at Sunderland and move into the top half of the table. Baggies defender Nicky Shorey headed into his own net and though Peter Odemwingie slammed home an equaliser, Phil Bardsley's rifled long-ranger made it 2-1 to the Black Cats. Youssouf Mulumbu levelled early in the second half after being played in by Odemwingie and the same provider assisted once again for the Baggies' third, Odemwingie crossing low from the right for Paul Scharner to sweep home and earn the win. Leaders Manchester United went 10 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League as they enjoyed a straightforward 2-0 win at home to Fulham on Saturday. With second-placed Arsenal not in action until Sunday - albeit with two games in hand now - United were comfortable as Dimitar Berbatov (12) and Antonio Valencia (32) put them two goals up by the break. Nani played a starring role as he set up Berbatov following a lovely run forward before crossing to allow Valencia to nod home the second and while Fulham refused to roll over, there was never any danger of United being denied. Florent Malouda ensured Chelsea did not lose further ground as they beat Wigan 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to remain 11 points off United. Chelsea, with Fernando Torres on the bench, were sterile against the rock-bottom Latics and needed Malouda's scrappy 67th-minute strike after Didier Drogba's corner was not cleared to break the deadlock. Torres came on in the second half but missed two good chances to break his Blues duck. Peter Crouch scored twice on his return to action following his controversial red card against Real Madrid on Tuesday as Tottenham overcame Stoke 3-2 White Hart Lane. The England striker scored either side of Luka Modric, though Matthew Etherington's sublime run and finish and Kenwyne Jones' strike kept the gap to one goal. In the relegation tussle at the other end of the table, third-bottom West Ham were destroyed 3-0 at Bolton. Daniel Sturridge's sublime left-footed curler put the Trotters in front at the Reebok Stadium before Lee Chung-yong headed home the second after 20 minutes. Sturridge's fine individual performance continued as he made it 3-0. Liam Ridgewell's mistake helped Blackburn take a 1-1 draw in their crunch clash at home to Birmingham as both sides moved three points clear of the bottom three. Junior Hoilett robbed the Blues defender of the ball before converting in first-half added time to cancel out Lee Bowyer's headed opener. In the early fixture, Wolves suffered a comprehensive 3-0 hammering as Everton wrapped up the win in the first half through Jermaine Beckford, Phil Neville and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
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