Manchester City 2 West Ham United 1
This was the early afternoon kick-off, as 2nd placed City hosted mid-table side West Ham at The Ethiad Stadium.
Argentinan striker Sergio Aguero broke the deadlock in the 28th minute with his 11th EPL goal of the season after a nice one-two pass between Nasri and Silva found him inside the box, with an easy tap-in finish.
|11 for the season: Aguero celebrates his finish to make it 1-0 against West Ham at The Ethiad.|
Defensive midfielder Yaya Toure doubled City's lead in the 82nd minute with a superb strike from 20 yards out which had Jaaskelainen scrambling but it hit the top corner to make it 2-0 to the hosts.
|Ivorian powerhouse: Yaya Toure celebrates his superb finish to double City's lead|
Loanee striker Andy Carroll scored his 7th EPL goal of the season in the 90th minute of the match after his powerful strike inside the box was parried into the net by Joe Hart to give the visitors a consolation goal and make it 2-1 at the final whistle.
|Consolation: West Ham's loanee striker Andy Carroll scores a goal to make it 2-1 in the last minute.|
Everton 1 Fulham 0
South African midfielder Steven Pienaar scored the only goal of the match for Everton in the 16th minute as the hosts won 1-0 to keep their European dream alive, moving 3 points behind 5th placed Tottenham Hotspur.
|Tap-in: Pienaar strikes his 6th of the season to give Everton a vital 3 away points at Craven Cottage|
|God is great: Pienaar celebrates his goal by taking off his Everton shirt to reveal a religious message.|
Southampton 0 West Bromwich Albion 3
Goals from Marc-Antoine Fortune, Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku gave West Brom a confident 3 away points at St.Mary's Stadium.
|Mixed: Marc-Antoine Fortune broke the deadlock for West Brom, before getting sent off for a dangerous tackle.|
|Beast: On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates his 14th EPL goal of the season.|
This match was dirty, with 3 red cards in the match as Gaston Ramirez, Daniel Fox and Marc-Antoine Fortune all getting sent off in the second half for dangerous play respectively.
|Dirty day: Gaston Ramirez was one of the three players that was sent off during this match.|
Stoke City 1 Norwich City 0
Former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam scored the only goal of the game as Stoke moved three places up in the table into 12th place, with the magic 40 point barrier broken today.
|3: Charlie Adam celebrates his goal after scoring his first goal since his father died on the 17th of December.|
This was a crunch match at the DW Stadium, as both sides needed points in their respective places in the table.
Spurs knew that a win would move them above 3rd placed Arsenal who play tomorrow against Manchester United at 4pm, while Wigan needed a win to move above Aston Villa, out of the relegation zone.
Tottenham started off well, with Welsh winger Gareth Bale breaking the deadlock in the 9th minute with his 19th EPL goal of the season.
Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce equalised just two minutes later, before Calum Mcmanaman gave Wigan the lead shortly after half-time in the 49th minute.
|Heads we equalise: Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce out-jumps Vertonghen to make it 1-1 in the 11th minute.|
|Ahead at home: Calum McManaman scores his 2nd goal in 3 matches after his goal in the FA Cup semi-final.|
|Important goal: Wigan celebrate going ahead at home, but the lead does not stay with the hosts...|
|Stroke of luck: Boyce scores an own goal in the 89th minute to equalise for Spurs and make it 2-2 at FT.|
This match was played at the Sports Direct Arena, as relegation-fighters Newcastle hosted a motivated Liverpool side who wanted to try and move on after the Suarez controversy of last Sunday, when he bit Ivanovic during the match against Chelsea at Anfield.
Daniel Agger started off the rout in the 3rd minute, before Jordan Henderson doubled the lead in the 17th minute.
|Quick start: Liverpool defender Daniel Agger celebrates breaking the deadlock in the 3rd minute.|
|Luis who? Jordan Henderson celebrates his goal to make it 2-0 in the 17th minute against Newcastle.|
|Super signing? Daniel Sturridge celebrates his goal against Newcastle, to make it 8 goals this season.|
|Returning with a bang: Italian striker Fabio Borini celebrates his goal to make it 5-0.|
French right-back Mathieu Debuchy was sent off for his second yellow card in the 75th minute, before Henderson completed his brace a minute later to make it 6-0 to the away side, and complete Newcastle's worst home loss this season.
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