Premier League Results: Analysis for Stoke City vs. Arsenal, and All the Matches
A Premier League weekend with neither Manchester club in action. City face Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final, while United are not in action.
There's still plenty to savour with regards to the title picture, as Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are all on the road.
Five games take place on Saturday, with a further three slated to take place on Sunday.
Over the following slides we will dig into each match in detail.
All match statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Cardiff: Soldado Shines
Roberto Soldado scored the only goal of the game as Tottenham Hotspur claimed a 1-0 win over Cardiff City.
Soldado has underwhelmed since making the move to Tottenham, but he was on hand to net his first Premier League goal at White Hart Lane in open play to seal the win.
The goal on 28 minutes came from a rapid break involving Andros Townsend and Emmanuel Adebayor, who linked up to find Soldado in the box and he slotted home.
Cardiff had chances to equalise, with Steven Caulker crashing a header off the woodwork and Declan John seeing his shot saved by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
Shots on Target: 6-2
Fouls: 11-12 Pass success: 86%-73%
Sunday's Other Games
Christian Benteke was on hand to score twice as Aston Villa fought back from a goal down to beat Norwich City 4-1
Shots on Target: 4-4
Pass success: 77%-74%
Glenn Murray’s penalty eight minutes from time cancelled out a goal from Jonathan de Guzman to earn Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw at Swansea City.
Shots on Target: 5-4
Pass success: 87%-67%
Fulham 1-3 Chelsea: Schurrle Shines with Treble
Chelsea reinforced their position at the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win at Fulham.
The Blues endured a frustrating opening 45 minutes, but they took control of the game in the second half and a hat-trick from Andre Schurrle sealed the win.
Fulham nearly fell behind early on, as keeper Maarten Stekelenburg dallied on the ball and presented possession to Fernando Torres. But the chance went begging as the Spaniard made weak contact with his shot.
Torres had a chance to atone shortly before the break, but Stekelenburg got down well to make a save.
Chelsea made the breakthrough on 52 minutes. Schurrle exchanged passes with Eden Hazard before powering away and beating Stekelenburg with a crisp strike.
Schurrle doubled his tally on 65 minutes, with Hazard again the creator with a clever pass.
Shurrle completed his hat-trick on 69 minutes, capitalising on a fine layoff from Torres to score.
John Heitinga scored for Fulham on 74 minutes, but it was nothing more than a consolation.
Shots on Target: 3-8
Pass success: 66%-79%
Stoke City 1-0 Arsenal: Walters Pen Sinks Gunners
Arsenal’s title bid suffered a fresh setback as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.
Having led the table for a long period of time, the Gunners have been overhauled and this loss drops them four points behind Chelsea.
Stoke have shifted their style away from the physical approach that was the hallmark of their performances under Tony Pulis, but they were back to their high-tempo game against the Gunners.
Time and again Arsenal players found themselves on the receiving end of robust tackles.
Arsenal failed to get to grips with the game and were undone by a penalty from Jon Walters on 76 minutes following a handball from Laurent Koscielny.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was far from happy with the decision to award the penalty. Speaking on the club's official website, Wenger said: "He [Koscienly] is one yard away. How can he take his hand away? He has no time to take his hand away from the ball. There's is no intention at all but I feel we cannot influence the decision of the referee."
Shots on Target: 4-2
Pass success: 74%-85%
Hull City 1-4 Newcastle United: Pardew off as Magpies Win
Newcastle United’s upturn in fortunes continued with a 4-1 win at Hull City, but the talking point was the dismissal of manager Alan Pardew for what appeared to be a headbutt (per the Daily Mail).
Following a run of four games without a victory, the Magpies have now won two on the spin.
Moussa Sissoka fired Newcastle ahead on 10 minutes with a powerful drive. The goal came moments after Magpies keeper Tim Krul had pulled off a brilliant double save to deny Alex Bruce.
Hull continued to create chances, and Nikica Jelavic went close when crashing a free-kick against the woodwork, but they fell two behind on 42 minutes when Loic Remy pounced on a weak backpass to round Tigers keeper Allan McGregor and slot home.
A header from Curtis Davies on 46 minutes handed Hull a lifeline, but Sissoko’s second of the game derailed any thoughts of a comeback.
The drama was not done, as Pardew clashed with David Meyler on the touchline and was sent to the stands for what appeared to be a headbutt.
Newcastle remained calm, and Vurnon Anita bagged his first Premier League goal for the club to cap the win.
Pardew held his hands up and admitted he had erred in his clash with Meyler. Speaking to Sky Sports News, the Newcastle boss said:
It was a heat-of-the-moment thing, I massively regret it. I am going to have to sit down from now on as I have been involved in a couple of incidents on the line.
I did not mean to do anything aggressive, but I moved my head forward and that is enough.
It is a shame as it has taken the gloss off a fantastic performance.
Shots on Target: 3-7
Pass success: 67%-75%
Everton 1-0 West Ham United: Lukaku Bags Late Winner
Everton left it late before bagging a goal in the final 10 minutes to see off West Ham United, 1-0.
The Toffees looked set to be frustrated, only for a Roberto Martinez substitution to pay dividends.
Shots on Target: 3-1
Pass success: 87%-64%
Southampton 0-3 Liverpool: Reds Romp Past Saints
Liverpool kept themselves firmly in the title mix with a 3-0 win at Southampton.
Luis Suarez scored one goal and created two others as Brendan Rodgers’ side climbed to second behind Chelsea.
Southampton started well, but Suarez dealt them a hammer blow on 16 minutes. He exchanged passes with Daniel Sturridge and stroked his shot into the corner.
Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez passed up good chances to draw Saints level, and they were rocked again on 58 minutes.
Suarez powered into the box, delivered a simple pass into the path of Raheem Sterling and he did the rest.
In injury-time, Suarez won a penalty and Steven Gerrard lashed the ball home to cap a comfortable win.
Shots on Target: 2-5
Pass success: 83%-75%
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