QPR’s new manager Harry Redknapp watched from the stands as he saw his side blow a one goal lead to lose 3-1 at Old Trafford. Despite Jamie Mackie’s goal early in the second half and a spirited performance, QPR remain bottom of the table, winless and six points from safety.
Manchester United responded to Mackie’s goal with three in eight minutes. The first two came from corners, firstly Johnny Evans heading the ball home and then Darren Fletcher scoring his first goal since his long absence from the game. Javier Hernandez made sure of the points to make it six games already this season in which United have come from behind to win.
Wigan’s Jordi Gomez scored a perfect hat-trick to secure a 3-2 win for Roberto Martinez’s team against Reading at the DW Stadium. Despite earning all three points, Wigan will feel very fortunate after Reading were denied a clear penalty with the score at 1-1 and then Ali El Habsi produced a comical error to gift Reading an 80th minute equaliser.
It was Reading who took the lead through Sean Morrison, his first goal for the club. Jordi Gomez then scored two to put Wigan 2-1 ahead and they should have been further ahead but for a wrong offside call preventing Franco Di Santo’s goal from standing.
Reading’s equaliser was one of the most bizarre goals of the day after a deflected shot looped slowly under the cross bar, Ali El Habsi failed to catch the ball and instead pushed it onto the cross bar which deflected the ball onto the back of the goalkeeper’s head and into the net. However, Wigan were not to be denied all three points and Jordi Gomez bagged his hat trick in added on time to move Wigan up to 15th.
Sunderland returned to losing ways with a 4-2 defeat to high flying West Brom at the Stadium of Light. First half goals from Zoltan Gera and Shane Long, who capitalised from a Simon Mignolet error, looked to be sending West Brom to third in the table.
Sunderland, despite being outplayed, did put up a fightback when Craig Gardner’s deflected free kick found its way into the net. Then the game’s controversial talking point came when Liam Ridgewell was judged to have been fouled after a challenge from Adam Johnson.
It was in fact a shameful dive which gave Romelu Lukaku the chance to score from the spot and put the Baggies 3-1 up, which he confidently did. Stephane Sessegnon pulled another back for Sunderland but West Brom’s Marc-Antoine Fortune finished the game off in style to keep Steve Clarke and his side flying high at the top end of the league.
Norwich rescued a point with a last gasp equaliser to draw 1-1 away at Everton. Steven Naismith’s early goal had looked enough to give David Moyes another home victory but his side couldn’t hang on despite holding a lead for nearly eighty minutes.
A debatable free kick was given against Leighton Baines in added on time and a pin point cross from Robert Snodgrass was steered in by Sebastien Bassong to frustrate Goodison Park and send Chris Hughton’s team back to Carrow Road with a well earned point.
Aston Villa and Arsenal played out a stalemate at Villa Park to leave Arsenal fans frustrated at yet another disappointing result. With very few incidents or chances in the game an inexperienced Aston Villa team will believe that it is a point gained contrasting to Arsene Wenger’s view that his side have dropped, what could be, a valuable two points.
The main chances fell to Gabriel Agbonglahor and Laurent Koscielny but in truth neither side deserved all three points and a 0-0 score line was justified.