City strike late to sink Reading

  • Last Updated: December 22 2012, 19:44 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including Man City's dramatic win over Reading.

  • Gareth Barry celebrates his late winner for Man City
  • Mikel Arteta scored from the penalty spot 
  • Steven Pienaar nets Everton's winner 

Gareth Barry's late goal spared Manchester City's blushes as they edged out bottom side Reading 1-0 at a relieved Etihad Stadium.

  • Premier League
Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 42
2 Man City 39
3 Arsenal 30
4 Everton 30
5 Tottenham 30
6 West Brom 30
7 Chelsea 29
8 Liverpool 25
9 Stoke City 25
10 Norwich 25
11 Swansea 23
12 West Ham 23

Roberto Mancini's side trailed local rivals and current league leaders Manchester United by six points in the title race heading into this weekend, and they appeared to be at risk of losing more ground thanks to a dogged defensive effort from the Royals.

But Barry rose to head home in stoppage time from David Silva's cross to trim United's lead to three points before their clash with Swansea on Sunday.

In the early game, Mikel Arteta's penalty proved enough for Arsenal to defeat Wigan 1-0 and make it three Premier League victories in a row for the first time since March.

There was very little between the sides and it was the hosts who had the best chance of the first half but it was wasted by Arouna Kone.

The goal came on the hour mark after Jean Beausejour was deemed to have fouled Theo Walcott, much to the anger of the Wigan fans, and Arteta made no mistake.

The three points lifted Arsenal up to third ahead of Chelsea, who play on Sunday, while Wigan remain in the bottom three and have now taken only one point from their last five games.

  • Premier League
Team Score Team
Liverpool 4 - 0 Fulham
West Brom 2 - 1 Norwich
Man City 1 - 0 Reading
West Ham 1 - 2 Everton
Newcastle 1 - 0 QPR
Southampto 0 - 1 Sunderland
Tottenham 0 - 0 Stoke City
Wigan 0 - 1 Arsenal

Everton moved back into the top four as they came from behind to beat West Ham 2-1 at Upton Park.

Carlton Cole fired the Hammers into the lead, just moments after the Toffees had seen a Leon Osman effort ruled out after Victor Anichebe was adjudged to have fouled Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Anichebe levelled after the break before Cole was sent off for a high challenge on Leighton Baines.

Everton capitalised as Steven Pienaar grabbed the winner and the visitors held out after Darron Gibson was dismissed late on.

As a result, Tottenham dropped to fifth as they failed to beat Stoke in a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane.

  • Arsenal's Theo Walcott starts again in his favoured Centre Forward role, while James McCarthy fills in at Centre Back for Wigan.
  • Walcott skips away from Jean Beausejour before being clipped by the Chilean and awarded a penalty.
  • Mikel Arteta makes no mistake from the spot and Arsenal lead 1-0.
  • The Spaniard's penalty proves the difference between the two sides, as despite some late Wigan pressure Arsenal hold on for a 1-0 win.
  • Following Wigan's loss Southampton and Sunderland are both looking to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone this afternoon.
  • Goal machine Steven Fletcer strikes again late in the first half to give Sunderland a 1-0 lead against the run of play.
  • Despite a barrage of chances Manchester City have been unable to break a resolute Reading defence in 90 minutes as we head for stoppage time.
  • Gareth Barry will not be denied as he powers the ball home in the 93rd minute to steal a late win for the champions.
  • Carlton Coleputs West Ham ahead in controversial style as minutes earlier opponents Everton saw a Leon Osman goal dubiously denied.
  • Victor Anichebe flicks on a Steven Pienaar cross and finds the bottom corner to level thing sup.
  • Carlton Cole receives a baffling red card, as his challenge for an aerial ball is considered dangerous play.
  • Steven Pienaar manages to bundle the ball over the line to put the visitors 2-1 up against ten men.
  • The game ends in a 2-1 Everton win, but not before referee Anthony Taylor adds yet more controversy as he dismisses Gibson with another harsh red card.
  • Norwich are looking to extend their impressive unbeaten run, and Robert Snodgrass' free kick curls home to put them 1-0 up at West Brom.
  • After Zoltan Gera equalises late in the first half, on loan striker Romelu Lukaku wins the game for the Baggies with an 80th minute header.
  • The Stoke defence have proved as miserly as ever in their clash with Spurs and the game finishes in a 0-0 draw.
  • Both Newcastle and QPR are looking for a change in fortune today, but at half-time there is nothing seperating the sides
  • Shola Ameobi cuts inside and finishes well to snatch a 1-0 win for the Magpies on 81 minutes.
  • Centre Back Martin Skrtel gets Liverpool off to a flyer against Fulham as his 8th minute venmous volley hits the back of the net to make it 1-0.
  • Steven Gerrard makes it 2-0 after latching onto a superb Stewart Downing through ball.
  • Downing continues to shine, as he adds a goal of his own to put a woeful Fulham side 3-0 down.
  • Luis Suarez puts the icing on the cake as he produces a late strike to confim a 4-0 win for the Reds.
All the best pictures from Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League.

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing had a rare day to remember at Anfield as his first Premier League goal for the club helped them ease to a 4-0 victory over Fulham.

The England international also registered his first league assist in setting up Steven Gerrard - after Martin Skrtel's opener - and capped his performance with a goal of his own before Luis Suarez added an injury-time fourth.

Back to the afternoon action and Norwich saw their 10-game unbeaten run come to an end as they were beaten 2-1 by West Brom.

Robert Snodgrass' free-kick gave the Canaries the lead, but goals from Zoltan Gera and Romelu Lukaku ensured it was the Baggies who took the three points at The Hawthorns.

Substitute Shola Ameobi gave Newcastle a valuable 1-0 win over QPR.

The striker got the only goal of the game after being teed up by Sylvain Marveaux to leave their opponents five points adrift of safety.

Sunderland also claimed an important 1-0 win as they came out on top at Southampton.

Steven Fletcher grabbed the winner from Stephane Sessegnon's mishit shot just before half-time to lift the Black Cats up to 15th and leave the Saints above the drop zone on goal difference.

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