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The first fixtures of the month of February have wrapped up, as play on Feb. 1 was full of surprises and unexpected outcomes. As a result, the Barclays Premier League Table has been shaken up just a bit.
That being said, there were a few matches that ended as expected. Southampton defeated Fulham, 3-0, on the strength of goals from Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez.
Everton were able to take down Aston Villa, 2-1, on goals from Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas. Leandro Bacuno netted one for Villa.
There are still three more matches on the schedule over Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 to conclude Week 24, but there were already enough shocking results that are worth analyzing.
But first, take a look at how the table after Feb. 1 action.
Manchester United Fall to Stoke City at Old Trafford, 2-1
Two goals from Charlie Adams gave Stoke City their first win against Manchester United since 1984. The match was knotted at 1-1 when Robert Van Persie netted a goal of his own just after half, but a second goal from Adams sealed the deal for Stoke.
Wayne Rooney was given the opportunity to tie the score for United on an injury-time free kick, but the opportunity was tipped on the post by Asmir Begovic.
Stoke had been winless in their last six matches entering the horrid conditions at Old Trafford on Feb. 1. They caught United at the right time, however, as boss David Moyes saw his two starting center-backs—Jonny Evans and Phil Jones—go down with injuries.
This was Moyes' eighth loss in 24 career Premier League games. United need to begin stringing wins together in order to begin working their way up the table. They cannot afford more losses like this one.
Tottenham Draw Against Hull City, 1-1
Hull City are decent, but Tottenham should have taken care of Hull City with relative ease.
Shane Long's first goal for Hull came just 12 minutes into the match, but Paulinho sent home the equalizer later on to keep Tottenham from dropping a winnable match. The Spurs were lucky that Hull did not take the match entirely, as Nikica Jelavic had an opportunity squandered by Hugo Lloris.
Tottenham began the week at No. 5 on the Premier League table, but they have since dropped to No. 6 because of the draw. Manager Tim Sherwood was surprisingly positive after play ended (via BBC Sports):
I thought we played well. We had some good opportunities in the second half. We never took the chances and the positive to me is that we ground it out. If we are not going to win the game we are certainly not going to lose.
As a result of the draw, Hull remains two points out of the relegation zone.
Sunderland Shut Out Newcastle, 3-0
Fabio Borini, Adam Johnson and Jack Colback were the goal scorers in the Black Cats' shutout of Newcastle. The visiting team had no answer for Sunderland's strong attack, and Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul had himself a shoddy game in net.
Newcastle has failed to score in five of their last six matches and are just 1-6 in their past seven games. They also just sent Yohan Cabaye on loan to Paris St-Germain this past week. Things aren't going well or the Magpies.
Newcastle are not in danger of falling into the bottom 10 on the table just yet, but more losses will continue to put distance between themselves and the top teams in the Premier League. Luckily for them, Manchester United's loss helped the Magpies to not lose too much ground.
The win for Sunderland allowed them to keep pace with Hull City—both teams have 24 points.