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18 Sep 2011 09:14:45

Toon Stay Fourth

The spoils were shared by Aston Villa and Newcastle in a tight 1-1 draw at Villa Park. Newcastle stay 4th, behind Man Utd (12pts); Man City (12) and Chelsea (10). SATURDAY'S PREMIERSHIP ACTION Blackburn 4 Arsenal 3Swansea 3 West Brom 0Wolves 0 QPR 3Bolton 1 Norwich 2Everton 3 Wigan 1Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 1 Gabriel Agbonlahor put the home side in front in the 13th minute after holding off Fabricio Coloccini and sweeping the ball into the net.However Leon Best levelled things for the Magpies 10 minutes into the second half to leave both sides still unbeaten in the league this season. Blackburn secured their first Premier League win of the season as they came from behind to stun Arsenal 4-3 at Ewood Park.Gervinho put the Gunners ahead early on before Rovers debutant Ayegbeni Yakubu levelled after 25 minutes.Mikel Arteta fired Arsenal back ahead nine minutes later but an own goal by Alex Song levelled the scores again early in the second half, before Blackburn's Steven Nzonzi drove the ball across goal from a corner and Yakubu, who looked to be marginally offside, turned it home from close range.Arsenal's defensive woes - in the wake of their 8-2 defeat to Manchester United - continued when an own goal by Laurent Koscielny in the 68th minute gave Rovers a two-goal cushion.A late header by Marouane Chamakh gave Arsenal hope in the final minutes but Arsene Wenger's side could not claw their way back.Swansea earned their first-ever Premier League win with a convincing 3-0 victory over West Brom as all three top-flight newcomers enjoyed victorious afternoons.The Swans led 2-0 at half-time, with Scott Sinclair scoring their first league goal from the penalty spot after Paul Scharner brought down Joe Allen. Sinclair then set up Leroy Lita, who doubled Swansea's advantage by heading home from Sinclair's corner.Nathan Dyer added a third shortly after the break when goalkeeper Michael Vorm's long punt was nodded on by Lita, Dyer firing his shot through Ben Foster's legs to give the Swans a comfortable win.The result lifted Swansea into 13th place, pushing West Brom into the bottom three.Elsewhere, Norwich beat Bolton 2-1 at the Reebok thanks to two first-half goals, securing their first league win of the campaign.Anthony Pilkington prodded in from close range in the 37th minute before a Bradley Johnson strike three minutes before half-time doubled the Canaries' lead.Bolton were reduced to 10 men just before the break when Ivan Klasnic was sent off for an apparent headbutt on Marc Tierney, but they fought back and won a penalty when Leon Barnett barged David Ngog.Martin Petrov scored from the spot but it wasn't enough for Owen Coyle's men.QPR beat Wolves 3-0 thanks to early goals from Joey Barton and Alejandro Faurlin and a late strike by DJ Campbell at Molineux.Barton's shot from Shaun Wright-Phillips' scuffed cross did enough to beat Wayne Hennessey before Faurlin directed an effort past the goalkeeper from the edge of the area.Campbell then struck home from 12 yards with just three minutes left on the clock to seal the win.Everton beat Wigan 3-1 at Goodison Park thanks to late goals from substitutes Apostolos Vellios and Royston Drenthe.Teenage Greek striker Vellios met Tony Hibbert's inch-perfect cross with a header from 14 yards out before Drenthe scored his debut goal for the Toffees to give Everton their second league win of the season.Earlier, Phil Jagielka's header cancelled out Franco di Santo's goal, one minute after the Argentinian had opened the scoring for the visitors.


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