Liverpool scored five goals with five different scorers as they comfortably dispatched of Norwich City 5-0 at Anfield.
Jordan Henderson was the first to put the ball in the back of the net with a phenomenal first time strike from the edge of the area. Luis Suarez then scored his fifteenth Premiership goal of the season after a classy dummy from new signing Daniel Sturridge.
After that assist Sturridge then got in on the scoring act to claim his third in as many games since joining his new club, to mark an impressive start to his Liverpool career.
A long range Steven Gerrard strike and a Raheem Sterling deflected cross completed the rout, however Sterling’s goal may be given as an own goal to Ryan Bennett subject to the dubious goal panel. It was a fine display by Brendan Rodgers’ men who are steadily climbing the table and are now in seventh, whereas Norwich are sliding in the opposite direction and now find themselves in thirteenth.
West Brom came from two goals down to salvage a point in the Midlands derby as they drew 2-2 with Aston Villa at the Hawthorns.
Paul Lambert’s side had only two wins in their last eleven but looked on course to be taking a vital three points at the end of the first half as a Christian Benteké thunderbolt and a Gabriel Agbonglahor finish sent them two up at the interval.
Steve Clarke’s half time words rejuvenated his side and they managed to avoid a fourth straight defeat when Chris Brunt pulled a goal back and then Peter Odemwingie grabbed a crucial equaliser to break the Baggies losing run.
Manchester City moved to within four points off the top spot as they beat Fulham 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium. Both of City’s goals were courtesy of man of the match David Silva who began his scoring in just the second minute.
It came after a sizzling Edin Dzeko strike was palmed into Silva’s path, who calmly slotted it home. His second was a sublime chip over Mark Schwarzer and secured all three points for the Champions and condemned Fulham to yet another away defeat as they slip to fourteenth in the table.
Three first half Sunderland goals were enough to inflict another defeat on Wigan Athletic as a 3-2 defeat at the Stadium of Light leaves them just one place above the relegation zone.
Wigan did actually take the lead after a Ronnie Stam shot was strangely put into his own net by David Vaughan.
Sunderland then scored three goals before half time as Craig Gardner equalised with a penalty, which was given for a handball from James Mccarthy, and Steven Fletcher hit a brace to move his tally to ten for the season. Henriquez pulled a consolation back for Wigan after excellent work from the inspiring Shaun Maloney but Sunderland held on to claim a precious three points.
Swansea City produced another impressive display, this time to see off Stoke City 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium, thanks to a brace from Jonathon De Guzman.
After a closely fought first half it was the Welsh side who took the lead thanks to a battling run and finish from youngster Ben Davies. De Guzman then hit a cracking free kick past Thomas Sorenson and finished Swansea’s scoring following a neat interchange with Danny Graham.
Michael Owen scored his 150th Premier League goal but it was merely a consolation as the Swans ran out comfortable winners.
Super-sub Adam Le Fondre scored two goals in seven minutes to earn Reading a win after being on the brink of defeat, yet again, this time at St James’s Park as they beat Newcastle United 2-1.
Newcastle have only won two of their last fourteen league games but looked to be changing that to three when Yohan Cabaye hit a sumptuous free kick into the top corner.
However, the game changed when Le Fondre came on as a second half sub and within a minute he had equalised. Despite possible use of the arm, the goal stood and within six minutes of that he had scored again to shock St James’s Park and give Brian McDermott another dramatic win.
Both of these sides seem to be in the midsts of a relegation battle but this win will give Reading a giant boost in trying to escape an immediate return to the Championship.
Loic Remy scored his first goal in English football but it wasn’t enough to give QPR all three points as they drew 1-1 with West Ham at Upton Park.
QPR’s new £8 million striker quickly made his mark for his new club as he beat West Ham’s offside trap and then calmly finished past Jussi Jaaskelainen to give the Premiership’s bottom club the advantage.
An inspired Julio Cesar kept the lead in tact but even his brilliance couldn’t deny the Hammers a deserved point as Joe Cole scored his first goal since his return to the club.
The draw keeps QPR’s unbeaten 2013 going but they still remain rooted to the bottom of the table despite a rise in performance and results since the arrival of Harry Redknapp.