QPR hold Man City; Aston Villa lose

  • Last Updated: January 29 2013, 22:08 GMT

A review of Tuesday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including Man City's draw at QPR and another defeat for Aston Villa.

  • QPR and Manchester City drew 0-0 at Loftus Road
  • Yohan Cabaye scored a superb goal in Newcastle's victory at Aston Villa 
  • Wigan fought back from 2-0 down to take a point at Stoke 
  • Danny Graham applauds the Swansea fans after a goalless draw at Sunderland 

Manchester City failed to cut the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United to two points after being held to a 0-0 draw at rock-bottom QPR.

The defending champions had the opportunity to put the pressure on their city rivals, with the Red Devils in action on Wednesday night, but found Julio Cesar in fine form.

Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 56
2 Man City 52
3 Chelsea 45
4 Tottenham 41
5 Everton 38
6 Arsenal 37
7 Liverpool 34
8 Swansea 34
9 West Brom 34
10 Stoke City 30
11 Sunderland 29
12 West Ham 27

Gareth Barry and David Silva both saw their efforts fantastically saved by the former Inter Milan goalkeeper, while Pablo Zabaleta's header from Silva's cross came back off the crossbar.

Adel Taarabt wasted QPR's best chance of the match when he saw his shot well saved by Joe Hart after bursting through on goal.

While the hosts remain rooted to the foot of the table, they are now just two points behind Reading.

Team Score Team
A Villa 1 - 2 Newcastle
Stoke City 2 - 2 Wigan
QPR 0 - 0 Man City
Sunderland 0 - 0 Swansea

Newcastle held off a spirited second-half resistance from Aston Villa to move four points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Villa Park.

Toon boss Alan Pardew fielded two of his four new French signings and one of them, Moussa Sissoko, played in striker Papiss Cisse, who took a touch and slotted low past Brad Guzan in the 19th minute.

The visitors looked to be cruising to their first away victory in any competition this season when Yohan Cabaye magnificently volleyed into the top corner from 25 yards just after the half hour.

Villa were booed off at half-time, prompting beleaguered boss Paul Lambert to make two changes, with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann replacing Joe Bennett and Darren Bent.

And the changes seemed to pay dividends as they won a penalty after Mathieu Debuchy was adjudged to have tripped Agbonlahor on the edge of the penalty area, with Christian Benteke sending Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul the wrong way in the 49th minute.

Krul, however, made several fine saves thereafter as Villa desperately pressed for an equaliser.

  • Title-chasing Manchester City are aiming to cut Man United's lead at the top to just two points as they visit QPR in one of four Premier League games
  • Ryan Shawcross gives Stoke the lead against struggling Wigan
  • Newcastle are ahead in their crunch clash at Aston Villa thanks to Papiss Cisse
  • Defeat would pile yet more pressure on Villa boss Paul Lambert
  • Joe Hart is relieved to see Loic Remy's shot flash wide of the post
  • Yohan Cabaye celebrates after his scorching strike for Newcastle doubles their advantage at Villa Park
  • In the night's other match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland and Swansea headed into the break locked together at 0-0
  • Adel Taarabt spurns a great chance for QPR at Loftus Road
  • Christian Benteke pulls a goal back for Villa after the break from the penalty spot
  • Peter Crouch doubles Stoke's lead against the struggling Latics
  • Man City's Pablo Zabaleta is unable to make the most of this opportunity against QPR
  • Despite falling 2-0 down, goals from James McArthur and Franco Di Santo bring Wigan back on level terms at Stoke
  • Sergio Aguero is unable to break the deadlock as City settle for a goalless draw
  • Danny Graham applauds the Swansea fans after a goalless draw at Sunderland - the club many expect him to be playing for next month
  • Di Santo claps Wigan's travelling supporters after a welcome away point is earned
  • Alan Pardew is clearly delighted with Newcastle's crucial win which lifts them four points clear of third-bottom Villa
All the best pictures from Tuesday's Premier League action, including QPR's home clash with title-chasing Man City.

It was not be and they now occupy the final relegation place after second-half goals from James McArthur and Franco Di Santo helped Wigan rescue a 2-2 draw at Stoke.

The Potters looked firmly on course for the first Premier League win in five matches when Ryan Shawcross volleyed them ahead in the 23rd minute before Peter Crouch doubled their lead after Charlie Adam's strike had been parried by Latics goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi shortly after half-time.

But Wigan showed their battling qualities and halved the deficit almost immediately when McArthur coolly finished after running through on goal before Di Santo secured a well-earned point when he rifled into the net from McArthur's knockdown.

Sunderland target Danny Graham almost gave Swansea all three points in their clash at the Stadium of Light but the two teams had to settle for a 0-0 draw.

Graham, a 74th-minute substitute, looked set to fire home from point-blank range but Titus Bramble's valiant interception saved a point for the hosts.


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