13 January, 2014 - 11:53

Premier League. Manchester City top the table after a controversial victory in Newcastle

Premier League. Manchester City top the table after a controversial victory in Newcastle

Manchester City get to the top of Premier League with a controversial victory over Newcastle United.

Frantic clash at St. James Park ended in a 2-0 win for the visitors courtesy of Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo goals. However, the match was embroiled with controversial calls from the referee Mike Jones, who chalked off Cheick Tiote’s screamer from outside the box due to his teammates’ being in passive offside position. Fifteen minutes from time the referee failed to send off Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for a reckless challenge on Samir Nasri who had to leave the pitch on a strecher. The heat of the game saw Alan Pardew go mad at the final whistle as he used an extremely vulgar language to insult his colleague Manuel Pellegrini and had to apologize promptly to avoid rigorous reaction.

Manchester United managed to impress with classy performance against Swansea City inspired by youngster Adnan Januzaj and score twice courtesy of Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck in the absence of main strikers Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney. However, David Moyes has not yet stated whether he is in position to bring in new players in January.

Chelsea overcame stubborn Hull City courtesy of brilliant solo display from Eden Hazard and a late Fernando Torres strike. They currently lie second ahead of Monday Arsenal game.

West Ham United have left the relegation zone with a victory in Cardiff trough Carlton Cole and Mark Noble goals. Sam Allardyce can feel some relief after disastrous start of the year.

Hull City 0-2 Chelsea
Cardiff City 0-2 West Ham United
Everton 2-0 Norwich City
Fulham 1-4 Sunderland
Southampton 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace
Manchester United 2-0 Swansea City
Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City
Stoke City 3-5 Liverpool

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Author: Leon Smolski

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