Winners and Losers from Midweek Premier League Action

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 4, 2015

Winners and Losers from Midweek Premier League Action

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    The matchday played on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week delivers highs and lows, spectacular goals and cringe-worthy moments throughout the Premier League.

    Aston Villa won for the first time since December, and there were late dramatics at St James' Park. Managers Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet had to be separated as Hull and Sunderland battled to a 1-1 draw at KC Stadium.

    Following is a look at just some of the individual winners and losers from the midweek that was.

Winner: Jordan Henderson, Who Scored Another Fine Goal for Liverpool

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    Jordan Henderson was one of the heroes of Liverpool's weekend victory at home to Manchester City.

    On Wednesday the Reds midfielder scored his second spectacular goals in as many games when he opened the scoring against Burnley with a furious drive struck by the outside of his boot.

    "Jordan Henderson puts Liverpool 1-0 up with his second stunning goal in four days," tweeted Tony Barrett of The Times of London.

    Liverpool won 2-0 to keep pace with both Arsenal and Manchester United in the race for Champions League football next season.

Loser: Roberto Martinez, Who Is Under Growing Pressure at Everton

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    With just a single win from their previous 11 Premier League matches, Everton and manager Roberto Martinez were always going to be under considerable pressure when they faced Stoke on Wednesday.

    Given the lacklustre performance they delivered at Britannia Stadium in a 2-0 defeat, the heat will only intensify as they prepare to face Newcastle, Queens Park Rangers and Southampton in their next three matches.

    "It's disappointing as it has been a really rough two weeks," Martinez confided to the BBC post-match. "We showed that lack of cutting edge."

Winner: Jonas Gutierrez, Who Completed His Comeback from Cancer for Newcastle

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    Jonas Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2013, completed a long and much-anticipated comeback Wednesday, when he took to the pitch for Newcastle in the second half of their match at home to Manchester United.

    Not surprisingly, he was greeted with rapturous applause from both sets of fans inside the stadium.

    "Standing ovation for Jonas Gutierrez as he comes on at St. James' Park 11," tweeted Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker. "Lovely moment."

Winner: Aston Villa, Who Ended a Losing Skid

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    Gabriel Agbonlahor scored his first goal since November on Tuesday as Aston Villa won their first match in more than two months.

    Saido Berahino temporarily had visiting West Bromwich Albion back on level terms in the second half, but in the fourth minute of stoppage time Christian Benteke tallied the winner from the penalty spot.

    "We have improved in every game and that was our best performance," Villa manager Tim Sherwood, who only replaced Paul Lambert last month, told the BBC. "It was a magnificent feeling."

Losers: Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet, Who Had to Be Kept Apart on Tuesday

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    Bruce and Poyet revealed embarrassing immaturity on Tuesday, and Bruce, the Hull City manager, admitted as much when he later told the BBC he and his Sunderland counterpart had appeared to be "grown men acting like children."

    The two had squared up following Jack Rodwell's booking, which incensed Poyet to the point that he had to be sent to the stands.

    "The only thing I can tell you is that it was a very difficult day yesterday. I never had one like that," Poyet explained to The Guardian.

    Earlier on Tuesday Black Cats winger Adam Johnson was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a minor, leading to his suspension by the club, as per the BBC.

Winner: Ashley Young, Who Scored Late for Manchester United

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    Ashley Young was Manchester United's unlikely hero on Wednesday as the winger scored a late winner for the Red Devils away to Newcastle.

    In the 89th minute, Young, who had earned a rare start in manager Louis van Gaal's lineup, pounced on Mehdi Abeid's misplaced back pass and put the ball into the back of the net.

    It was an odd way for United to cap off yet another unimpressive performance, but at the final whistle they still held fourth place in the Premier League and remained ahead of Liverpool in the table.

    As pointed out on Twitter, the goal was Young's first "in a competitive match for Manchester United since January 2014."