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EPL Table: 2018 Standings After Friday's Week 14 Results and Top Scorers

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist INovember 30, 2018

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 30: Junior Hoilett celebrates scoring the second goal for Cardiff City FC during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Cardiff City Stadium on November 30, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Cardiff City FC/Getty Images)
Cardiff City FC/Getty Images

Junior Hoilett scored a brilliant winner for Cardiff City on Friday, as the Bluebirds came from behind to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 and move out of the relegation zone.

The visitors went ahead through Matt Doherty in the first half. However, second-half goals from Aron Gunnarsson and Hoilett gave Cardiff their third Premier League win of the season. 

      

Standings (Matches played, wins, goal difference and points)

1. Manchester City: 13, 11, +35, 35

2. Liverpool: 13, 10, +21, 33

3. Tottenham Hotspur: 13, 10, +12, 30

4. Chelsea: 13, 8, +17, 28

5. Arsenal: 13, 8, +12, 27

6. Everton: 13, 6, +5, 22

7. Manchester United: 13, 6, -1, 21

8. Bournemouth: 13, 6, +4, 20

9. Watford: 13, 6, 0, 20

10. Leicester City: 13, 5, +1, 18

11. Wolverhampton Wanderers: 14, 4, -4, 16

12. Brighton & Hove Albion: 13, 4, -5, 15

13. Newcastle United: 13, 3, -5, 12

14. West Ham United: 13, 3, -8, 12

15. Cardiff City: 14, 3, -14, 11

16. Huddersfield Town: 13, 2, -18, 10

17. Crystal Palace: 13, 2, -9, 9

18. Burnley: 13, 2, -14, 9

19. Southampton: 13, 1, -14, 8

20. Fulham: 13, 2, -19, 8

    

Top Scorers 

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City: 8

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal: 8

Eden Hazard, Chelsea: 7

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur: 7

Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham: 7

Glenn Murray, Brighton & Hove Albion: 7

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool: 7

Raheem Sterling, Manchester City: 7

Richarlison, Everton: 6

Sadio Mane, Liverpool: 6

Anthony Martial, Manchester United: 6

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton: 6

Callum Wilson, Bournemouth: 6

     

Friday Recap

Cardiff's vulnerability from set pieces was exposed yet again, as Wolves opened the scoring from a corner after 18 minutes.

The ball was swung in and headed goalwards by Raul Jimenez. Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge managed to parry the initial attempt, but he could not prevent Doherty from slamming the loose ball into the net at the far post.

Squawka Football highlighted Cardiff's defensive deficiencies:

Squawka Football @Squawka

No Premier League side has conceded more goals from set pieces this season than Cardiff. Cardiff (7) Newcastle (7) Everton (6) Southampton (6) Achilles heel. https://t.co/NyrzjeQ5bA

Wolves threatened again five minutes later. Adama Traore had the chance to lead a break, but a poor first touch let him down. 

Writer Huw Davies summed up how good an opportunity had been wasted:

Huw Davies @thehuwdavies

Cardiff are incredibly fortunate that one of the world’s best dribblers has just taken the worst touch of his life. Wolves had a 4-on-3 (4-on-2.5, really) on the halfway line.

Cardiff did go close to an equaliser through Harry Arter on 36 minutes. A corner from the hosts was cleared only as far as the edge of the area, where Arter tried his luck and saw his effort hit the woodwork.

Neil Warnock's men did manage to get back on level terms just after the hour mark. Wolves failed to clear a corner, with the ball being lifted back in by Arter. Gunnarsson took a touch on his chest before volleying home.

Opta noted how it was a rare goal from the midfielder:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

1 - Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has scored his first Premier League goal since August 2013, when he netted the Bluebirds’ first ever goal in the competition (v Manchester City). Bookends. #CARWOL https://t.co/GIXIZmOl9e

Cardiff took the lead with some style through Hoilett. Again a ball into the box was only cleared as far as the edge of the penalty area, and the winger curled the ball into the top corner.

Squawka Football showed how long it had been since his last Premier League goal:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Junior Hoilett has scored his first Premier League goal since November 2012, 2232 days ago. And what a goal it was. 🔥 https://t.co/Z6nx7NlUAk

It was a deserved win for Cardiff that will give them hope they can avoid relegation this season. The club travel to West Ham on Tuesday. Wolves remain in 11th but have now gone six games without a win and host Chelsea on Wednesday.