Man City shocked by Southampton

  • Last Updated: February 9 2013, 19:48 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including a shock defeat for Manchester City at Southampton.

  • Steven Davis capitalised on a Joe Hart howler to put Southampton 2-0 up
  • Frank Lampard scored in Chelsea's 4-1 victory over Wigan 
  • Santi Cazorla netting what proved to be the winning goal for Arsenal 
  • Gareth Bale opens the scoring with this free kick 

Inexplicable mistakes by Joe Hart and Gareth Barry gave Manchester City's Premier League title hopes a potentially decisive blow as they lost 3-1 Southampton, who secured their first win under Mauricio Pochettino in style.

City goalkeeper Hart admitted in the build-up that anything but victory at St Mary's would all but end any their hopes of retaining the title, with leaders Manchester United already boasting a nine-point cushion.

Roberto Mancini's side simply did not look like a side in need of a victory, conceding after just seven minutes when Jason Puncheon slotted home.

Hart could have possibly done better with the shot that led to the opener, but there was no doubting his culpability for Southampton's second.

Excellent team interplay put through Rickie Lambert, whose fierce drive squirmed through the England international's grasp, allowing Steven Davis to bundle home.

Edin Dzeko reduced the deficit as half-time approached, although a two-goal lead could have been restored on the stroke of half-time had referee Martin Atkinson not waved away Jay Rodriguez's penalty appeals.

That was soon forgotten, though, as Barry passed into his own goal unchallenged to put Saints on course for a first win since Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins at the helm.

Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 62
2 Man City 53
3 Chelsea 49
4 Tottenham 48
5 Arsenal 44
6 Everton 42
7 Swansea 37
8 Liverpool 36
9 West Brom 34
10 Stoke City 33
11 West Ham 30
12 Fulham 29

Frank Lampard issued another timely contract reminder to Roman Abramovich as Chelsea eased the pressure on boss Rafael Benitez with a 4-1 win over Wigan at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard lashed his 198th career goal for the Blues in the 86th minute to settle his side's nerves after the visitors had briefly threatened to pile more misery upon Benitez.

Ramires put Chelsea in front in the 23rd minute and Eden Hazard returned from his ball boy suspension when he struck a low right-foot shot to increase the home side's lead after 56 minutes.

But Wigan reduced the deficit when Shaun Maloney scored from a tight angle on 58 minutes, and the Latics threatened before Lampard intervened to effectively seal the three points.

The home side gave the final score a slightly lop-sided look when late substitute Marko Marin headed his first goal for the club in injury-time.

Team Score Team
Southampto 3 - 1 Man City
Norwich 0 - 0 Fulham
Swansea 4 - 1 QPR
Stoke City 2 - 1 Reading
Chelsea 4 - 1 Wigan
Sunderland 0 - 1 Arsenal
Tottenham 2 - 1 Newcastle

The result lifted Chelsea back to third after Tottenham had earlier replaced them with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale beat Tim Krul with a 25-yard free-kick to open the scoring for the Londoners and he then sealed the win with a superb break-away goal that ended with him slotting the ball between the Newcastle goalkeeper's legs.

Newcastle's goal came from Yoan Gouffran, who was later carried off on a stretcher with a serious-looking leg injury.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny produced some late heroics as the 10-man Gunners were forced to cling on for a 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Arsene Wenger's men played the last half-hour with 10 men following Carl Jenkinson's sending-off for a second bookable offence.

Santi Cazorla made the decisive breakthrough in the 35th minute with a low shot past Simon Mignolet, who had earlier saved well from Aaron Ramsey.

Theo Walcott hit the post early in the second half but Sunderland finished in style with both Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson denied late on by superb saves from Szczesny.

Rock-bottom QPR sunk closer to relegation after a dismal 4-1 defeat at Swansea.

Michu set the Swans on their way to victory with his eighth minute opener and Angel Rangel increased the home side's lead from close-range in the 18th minute.

Despite substitute Bobby Zamora briefly reducing the deficit, Pablo Hernandez restored Swansea's two-goal cushion on 50 minutes before Michu slid home his 15th league goal of the season to seal an easy win.

  • Gareth Bale's free kick gives Tottenham an early lead in today's opening Premier League clash against Newcastle
  • The Welshman's superb season is showing no signs of slowing up
  • Yoan Gouffran's deflected strike levels the score at White Hart Lane
  • With time running out, Bale nets his second of the game to give Spurs and 2-1 victory
  • Tottenham are now up to third but Chelsea can replace them later with a win over Wigan
  • The first goal of the 1500 GMT kick-offs comes at the Liberty Stadium, where Michu puts Swansea into a 1-0 lead over QPR
  • Angel Rangel then fires home to double the Swans' advantage
  • Ramires is on target at Stamford Bridge to open the scoring
  • Santi Cazorla celebrates after putting Arsenal 1-0 up at Sunderland
  • Pablo Hernandez restores Swansea's two-goal advantage against QPR after the visitors pulled one back
  • Eden Hazard puts Chelsea well on course for victory as he scores their second against Wigan
  • But Shaun Maloney quickly pulls a goal back for the Latics
  • Arsenal are down to 10 men after  Carl Jenkinson receives his second yellow card
  • Stoke finally break the deadlock against Reading thanks to Robert Huth
  • Cameron Jerome doubles Stoke's advantage and although Reading pull a goal back, the Potters hold on for victory
  • Frank Lampard is again on the scoresheet as Chelsea win 4-1 to go back to third place
  • There was little excitement at Carrow Road as Norwich and Fulham drew 0-0
  • Michu nets his second of the game as Swansea go on to thrash QPR 4-1
  • In the late game, Jason Puncheon gives Southampton a shock lead against Manchester City
  • Steven Davis capitalises on Joe Hart's howler to put the Saints 2-0 up
  • An own goal from Gareth Barry added to the damage as Manchester City lost 3-1 to remain nine points behind Man United
All the best pictures from Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League, starting with Tottenham's clash with Newcastle.

Robert Huth headed his first goal since April last year to send Stoke on their way to a 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Reading at the Britannia Stadium.

Huth nodded the opener in off the bar in the 67th minute and Cameron Jerome smashed home the Potters' second nine minutes from time. Adrian Mariappa grabbed a late consolation for the Royals.

Norwich stretched their winless Premier League streak to nine games after a low-key 0-0 draw with Fulham.

The result also means Martin Jol's Cottagers have won just two from their last 10.


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