Newcastle's Nightmare and the Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2014

Newcastle's Nightmare and the Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures

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    Newcastle fans endured a forgettable Saturday lunchtime meeting with Sunderland, suffering a 3-0 defeat that suggests they have moved on little since the Mackems inflicted the same result on them at St James' Park last April.

    There was also disappointment for Manchester United and Fulham, while Koule Toure will struggle to remove his head from his hands after gifting West Brom an equaliser at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

    Here's the Premier League weekend neatly summed up in 20 pictures... 

Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland

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    Sunderland won their third successive Tyne-Wear derby on Saturday, the first time they have achieved such a feat since 1923. 

    Fabio Borini opened the scoring with a penalty, Adam Johnson's hot streak continued with his seventh goal in seven games, and Jack Colback concluded the punishment with 10 minutes left. 

    Suffice to say, the Toon Army were not impressed. 

Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland

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    To stir up the atmosphere on Tyneside, Newcastle placed Wonga clappers on every seat, per ITV Sport.

    They didn't really get many chances to use them. 

Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland

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    Among other things, Newcastle fans were incensed by the club's decision to sell Yohan Cabaye in the transfer window without replacing him.

    Extra police were called in to prevent any horses being punched this time, but the biggest travesty outside St James' Park was the fan pictured in his Toon Army onesie.  

West Ham 2-0 Swansea

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    West Ham earned a priceless three points at Upton Park in their relegation battle with Swansea. And yes, every game between teams in the bottom half this year is referred to as a relegation battle. 

    The Hammers' hero was captain Kevin Nolan, who scored twice in the first half to secure the East London side's second home win in 11 attempts. 

West Ham 2-0 Swansea

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    West Ham's other hero was striker Andy Carroll, who set up both of Nolan's goals.

    His day ended with an early shower, however, as he was adjudged to have fouled Chico Flores in the 59th minute. Sam Allardyce made it clear that they will appeal against the red, per the BBC

Stoke 2-1 Manchester United

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    Manchester United's hopes that Juan Mata's arrival would spark a change in their fortunes were dashed with a visit to an extremely windy Britannia Stadium.

    The day belonged to Charlie Adam, who opened the scoring when one of his trademark free kicks took a cruel deflection off of Michael Carrick's thigh. In the second half, he scored a goal-of-the-month contender to beat David De Gea from distance, gifting Stoke their first-ever Premier League win over the Red Devils.

    According to Squawka, this is the first time Adam has bagged a league brace in 1,050 days. 

Stoke 2-1 Manchester United

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    A Robin van Persie equaliser shortly after the break wasn't enough to earn any points, while Wayne Rooney was unlucky to see a superb free kick tipped onto the post by Asmir Begovic.

Stoke 2-1 Manchester United

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    United's fortunes took a turn for the worse when Jonny Evans and Phil Jones both picked up injuries, with the latter leaving on a stretcher after a very nasty-looking collision of heads. 

    The game represented David Moyes' eighth league defeat in 24 attempts. According to the BBC, the last time they lost that many in their opening 24 was 1989-90, when they finished 13th.

Cardiff 2-1 Norwich

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earned his first Premier League points and lifted Cardiff from the bottom of the table with a 2-1 win over Norwich in Wales.

    After ending the first period a goal down through an early Robert Snodgrass goal, the Bluebirds responded in the second half with two goals in two minutes. Craig Bellamy scored the first, and then new loan signing Wilfried Zaha teamed up with fellow newbie Kenwyne Jones for the winner. 

Cardiff 2-1 Norwich

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    With his 49th-minute equaliser, Craig Bellamy bagged his first Premier League goal for Cardiff and became the first player to score for seven different Premier League teams: Blackburn, Coventry, Newcastle, Liverpool, Man City, West Ham and Cardiff, as the BBC noted. 

Everton 2-1 Aston Villa

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    Everton picked themselves up after a very disappointing midweek trip to Anfield by defeating Aston Villa 2-1 at Goodison Park.

    The winner came from the right boot of Kevin Mirallas, who put away a superb 25-yard free kick in the 85th minute.

    The game represented Everton's 300th Premier League win, their first home win over Villa in eight seasons and Roberto Martinez's 100th victory in the English game. 

Everton 2-1 Aston Villa

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    Villa looked like they may clock their fifth away win of the season when Leandro Bacuna slotted home after 34 minutes. However, this proved to be their only shot on target of the game, per The Guardian's match stats.

Fulham 0-3 Southampton

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    Fulham hit rock bottom—physically and metaphorically—when Southampton delivered a painful 3-0 defeat at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

    All three goals occurred in an 11-minute spell in the second half, with Roy Hodgson watching his Three Lions trio of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez all find the net. 

    According to BBC match stats, Fulham managed just 39 per cent of possession against a Saints side clearly setting its sights on Europe. 

Fulham 0-3 Southampton

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    "This is the hardest challenge I've ever faced in football," admitted Fulham coach Rene Meulensteen to The Guardian at full-time. 

    "I was hoping so much going into this game," he remarked while shaking his head at the prospect of Southampton's smash-and-grab victory. 

    Fulham have now lost five of their last six Premiership games, conceding 18 times in the process. 

Hull 1-1 Tottenham

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    With no goals or points to speak of, 2014 hadn't been much fun for Hull up until Saturday.

    The Tigers, however, managed a 1-1 draw against Champions League-chasing Tottenham thanks to a 12th-minute strike from winter window new boy Shane Long, which was set up by fellow home debutant Nikica Jelavic. 

Hull 1-1 Tottenham

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    Spurs were resurgent in the second half and earned a point from the boot of Paulinho in the 61st minute. 

    Some fans may feel this was a chance missed at closing in on the top four, but this was almost certainly a point gained, with Nikica Jelavic nearly converting a few opportunities to double the home side's advantage. 

West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

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    Fourth-place Liverpool had the chance to put four points between themselves and their Merseyside rivals Everton with a trip to The Hawthorns on Sunday, but honours ended even with a goal a piece.

    Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring in the 24th minute when he tapped in a cross from SAS partner Luis Suarez.  

West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

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    Kolo Toure threw two points away in the 64th minute when his risky pass was intercepted by Victor Anichebe. Clearly, the Ivorian decided to ignore the unwritten rule that says you must never pass across your own penalty box. 

Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

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    Arsenal reclaimed first place in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Emirates.

    The Eagles frustrated the home side in the first half with tactics that suggested they were playing for a point, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finally broke the deadlock shortly after the restart.

Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

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    The Ox doubled the advantage in the 74th minute, capping his first scoring appearance since England's friendly with Brazil in Rio last June.

    Thanks to Sunderland's win and West Brom and Hull's draws, Palace slipped to 17th spot, just one point from the drop zone. Tony Pulis' side have scored the fewest goals in the league, with 15 in 24 attempts. 

     

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