3 December, 2012 - 14:51

Premier League Matchday 15 Results

Premier League Matchday 15 Results

Several episodes claimed to be the main event of The Matchday 15 - another poor result for Benitez’s Chelsea, disappointing Man City draw with Everton at the Etihad Stadium, miserable Arsenal’s defeat against Swansea, start of Tottenham’s winning run and WBA’s losing streak. And yet the best viewing was to be found at the The Madejski Stadium where the Red Devils secured a win over Reading in a seven-goal bonanza.

Reading 3-4 Manchester United

The match was certainly not one for the purists as both teams made numerous defensive mistakes. However comeback kings twice came back from behind thanks to the efforts of Anderson, Rooney (twice) and Robin van Persie and battled to a victory in a high-scoring 4-3 game. All the goals were scored in the first half.

Sir Alex Ferguson said that watching the game was painful for him due to the large number of mistakes made by his team in the defense. “It was the worst defending of this season,” said Fergie. “We need to do something about it.”
Currently Man Utd are topping the table coming three points clear of their closest rivals Man City. Next Sunday they may extend their lead in a six-pointer Manchester derby played at the Etihad Stadium.

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West Ham United 3-1 Chelsea

West Ham fans left the stadium in a buoyant mood after their team beat fierce rivals Chelsea 3-1 in the London derby played at the Upton Park. The Blues were the better team in the first half, with Torres setting up Mata for an opening goal of the game in the 13th minute. The Hummers were made to sweat by the solid Chelsea performance, but the super-sub Diame brought the victory to the home side. At first Carlton Cole leveled for West Ham with a towering header from a deflected cross. Then Diame gave West Ham the lead with a placed shot in the 86th minute. While Chelsea were staring at the defeat Maiga completed the scoring for West Ham.

Chelsea extended their run of games without a win to seven consecutive matches, which is their worst result since 1995. Currently they remain at the third spot of the Premier League table with 26 points.

The clash against Nordsjaelland gives Rafa Benitez a good chance of securing his first win and inspiring the confidence to his demoralized side. However, hardly anyone believes that he will stay in charge of Chelsea until the end of the season.

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Fulham 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham overcame resilient Fulham at the Craven Cottage. Two goals from Defoe and one from Sandro helped The Spurs to victory. Sandro gave Tottenham the lead in the 55th minute scoring the low strike from just outside of the box. Gylfi Sigurðsson replaced injured Gareth Bale and set up a goal for the in-form Jermaine Defoe in the 72th minute. Defoe added his second goal of the game in the 77th minute.

Tottenham have notched up three straight wins and jumped into the fourth place with 26 points. Currently Chelsea, Tottenham and West Brom are sitting in 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively, tied on 26 points, separated only by goal difference.

The result saw Fulham slip to the 13th place in the table. The team’s winless streak has reached seven matches which is a major concern for Martin Jol.

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Manchester City 1-1 Everton

The defending champions were held to a draw by Everton in a close-fought encounter at the Etihad Stadium. The Toffees took the lead in the 33rd minute after Fellaini scored the header from the second attempt. Tevez leveled the scoring from the spot in the 43rd minute of the game. Should The Citizens beat Man Utd in the Manchester derby next Sunday, they will move the top of the table on goal difference.

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Arsenal 0-2 Swansea City

An efficient performance by Swansea City saw them convincingly overcome sleepy Arsenal 0-2 at the Emirates stadium. The Swans have certainly showen that they were not going to be pushovers in that clash. Spanish midfielder Michu signed for £2m from Rayo Vallecano scored double at the dying stages of the game.

Following the defeat Arsenal fell into the mid table mediocrity. Currently The Gunners occupy the 10th spot, while The Swans leapfrogged to the 7th place.

Swansea City coach could not hide his joy at the recent impressive run of his side against the top Premier League clubs. “Seven points against Liverpool, Arsenal and West Brom in six days is fantastic,” said the 48 year-old Dane. “Three great performances, each one better than the other one.”

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West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Stoke City

Stoke City has secured their first away win of the season at The Hawthorns. Dean Whitehead netted the only goal of the game from the close range in the 74th minute. Steve Clarke was forced to shake up starting lineup as some of his players felt jaded after playing three games in eight days (Odemwingie, Morrison and Lukaku were benched).

Despite losing two back-to-back games, Steve Clark remains positive. “I have no doubts about the players’ character,” he said. “The first target is still 40 points and we look forward to the next game.”

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Other results of the Matchday 15:

Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Aston Villa
Norwich City 2-1 Sunderland
Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

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Author: Basil Naumov

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