Silva keeps City on course for gold

By: Ian Hart 19th December 2011


Roberto Mancini's men bounce back from Chelsea defeat to return to the top



Manchester City were temporarily budged from top spot, after Manchester United won earlier in the day, but returned to the Premier League summit with a 1-0 over Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

David Silva scored the only goal of the game, stabbing the ball from close range after Sergio Aguero's wayward header fell kindly for him.

Earlier in the day, Manchester United had sent a strong message to their rivals with a convincing 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Wayne Rooney headed United in front, from Luis Antonio Valencia's cross, after just 55 seconds.

Michael Carrick sealed the win after the break, intercepting a pass on the halfway line before driving at the QPR defence and firing home from the edge of the box.

Like Manchester City, Tottenham also recovered from a defeat last weekend with Roman Pavlyuchenko coming off the bench to slam home a low shot, after being found by Rafael van der Vaart, in a 1-0 win over Sunderland.

In Sunday's other game, Liverpool went level on points with Arsenal in fifth place, with a 2-0 win at Aston Villa.

Craig Bellamy side-footed home a loose ball, after Luis Suarez had turned Jonjo Shelvey's flick towards goal and it was parried by Brad Guzan.

Suarez's touch changed the direction of Shelvey's effort, and goalkeeper parries do not remove assists, so the Uruguayan gets the two Fantasy League points.

Martin Skrtel glanced in Bellamy's corner five minutes later to put Liverpool in command after just a quarter-of-an-hour.

At the other end of the table, Bolton remained bottom after they were comprehensively beaten 2-0 by Fulham on Saturday.

Clint Dempsey brilliantly headed in Bryan Ruiz's cross on 32 minutes to open the scoring, before returning the favour, sending Ruiz clear and he scooping a shot over the keeper and in, two minutes later.

Blackburn also lost, ahead of their crucial meeting with Bolton on Tuesday, going down 2-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion.

James Morrison expertly opened the scoring with a vicious volley from the edge of the box after a defensive clearance fell kindly for him.

Scott Dann prodded Rovers level after being picked out by fellow centre-back Christopher Samba.

Peter Odemwingie stole three points for Albion at the death, picking up the ball from Steven Reid before cutting inside and curling an effort into the corner of the net.

Wigan remain in trouble, but picked up an unexpected point at home to Chelsea.

Daniel Sturridge had put Chelsea in front, excellently controlling Ashley Cole's raking pass with he left foot, before finishing well with his right.

Petr Cech gifted Wigan an equaliser late-on when he spilled Hugo Rodallega's effort and Jordi Gomez was on hand to tap into an empty net.

Wolves took the lead against Stoke, but were unable to convert that lead into a win as they were pegged back and lost 2-1.

It was Stephen Hunt with the opener, slamming the ball home from the penalty spot after Matthew Jarvis had been fouled.

Kevin Doyle turned Robert Huth's wayward free-kick into his own net to draw Stoke level on the hour, before Peter Crouch completed the turnaround when he bundled in Matthew Etherington's deep cross.

Everton left it late, but snatched a point in a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich.

Grant Holt brilliantly put the Canaries in front, controlling Steve Morison's knock-down, before spinning and driving low into the net from a tight angle.

Leon Osman denied Norwich the win though, when he stuck out a boot to divert Royston Drenthe's cross in at the near post.

Finally, Newcastle and Swansea played out a 0-0 draw.

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  • thebadger

    6 years ago

    I think you should watch the Silva goal again. Aguero didn't touch it. The Arsenal defender scooped it back.

  • Ian Hart

    6 years ago

    We have watched the goal several time and have given the benefit of doubt to the attacking player, as per the rules. We can't be 100% sure whether the final touch came off Aguero's head, or Vermaelen's boot, but we think it was Aguero (whether he was intentionally truing to pass to Silva, which we doubt, or not doesn't matter).

  • nightmareongreenst

    6 years ago

    And Ballotelli made Silva's goal - c'monyou loy wake up

  • Ian Hart

    6 years ago

    There were two further phases of play after the Balotelli shot, the keeper parried it (which would not remove the assist) and then Aguero headed it. The Aguero touch removed the assist from Balotelli.

  • nightmareongreenst

    6 years ago

    Why was Caldwell of wigan given -1 ????

  • Ian Hart

    6 years ago

    We are looking into this now.

  • Ian Sonley

    6 years ago

    Why did Brunt get an assist and then lose it for WBA?

  • Ian Hart

    6 years ago

    Brunt's cross was cleared by a defender, so no assist was given once the footage was viewed.