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There were two big derby’s in the Premier League on Saturday and both had implications in the race for a top four spot.

Firstly, in the day’s early kick-off, Tottenham came from behind to earn the North London bragging rights as they beat Arsenal 2-1 at White Hart Lane. ozilMesut Ozil gave the Gunners the lead on 11 minutes, after the World Cup winner turned in Olivier Giroud’s miss-hit shot. Arsenal had started the game well but Spurs had won their last six home games and began to hit their straps soon after falling behind, enjoying the majority of possession and Danny Rose and Harry Kane both forced saves out of ‘keeper David Ospina. It was in the 56th when the home side levelled, Kane arriving at the back post to tap home after Ospina had tamely parried a Moussa Dembele header. Kane has been a revelation this season and netted his 14th league goal of the campaign four minutes from time, looping a header over the Colombian goalkeeper. Manager Mauricio Pocchetino, who’s side go above Arsenal into 5th in the league, said of Kane; “Harry, today, showed that he is a great player – it was a great performance.”

Everton and Liverpool played out a goalless draw in Steven Gerrard’s last Premier League Merseyside derby. Liverpool enjoyed the majority of possession at Goodison Park, but clear cut chances were at a premium. Daniel Sturridge came on off the bench on the hour mark as he continues his recovery from injury. Brendan Rodgers named 19 year-old Jordan Ibe in the starting line up, and the youngster put in a good display at right wing-back for the Reds. Deadline day signing Aaron Lennon made his Everton debut from the bench as honours ended even, leaving Liverpool four points off fourth spot.

At the top of the table, Chelsea edged out Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park. The visitors appeared to be heading for a comfortable afternoon when Belgian international Eden Hazard gave them the lead. He hammered the ball past Brad Guzan from six yards out on eight minutes after it was played into him by Willian. Villa levelled three minutes after the break, Jores Okore heading

Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta

home from Carles Gil’s cross for Paul Lambert’s sides’ first goal in 11 hours of football. But terrible defending from the home side allowed Chelsea to grab a winner, Cesar Azpilicueta was allowed to run into the box and given two chances to cross. The ball came to the edge of the area and Branislav Ivanovic rifled home a left-footed volley to ensure all three points were heading to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s nearest rivals Manchester City fell a further two points behind the leaders as they scrambled to a 1-1 draw at home to Hull City. Manuel Pellegrini’s side needed a 92nd minute equaliser to deny the Tigers a third away win of the season. Panic ensued in the City defence when Martin Demichelis half cleared the ball from the box, with ‘keeper Joe Hart rushing out of his goal to gather the loose ball. The England goalkeeper then had to save a shot from the edge of the area, but parried the ball to Jake Livermore, who ran through the challenge of Fernandinho before seeing his low shot bounce back off the post and Stephen Meyler reacted quickest to tap home the rebound. The hosts hit the bar late on before James Milner scored a brilliant free-kick from 25 yards out to salvage a draw. Pellegrini accused his side of ‘lacking ideas’ after the match as City fell seven points behind Chelsea in the title race.

Southampton needed a late winner at QPR to stay third in the table, Sadio Mane’s strike the difference at Loftus Road. Chris Ramsey was in charge of Rangers for the first time following Harry Redknapp’s resignation earlier this week, and he must have thought his side had grabbed an even more dramatic equaliser when Nedum Onuoha had the ball in the back of the net but referee Roger East gave a foul against Saints ‘keeper Fraser Forster with only seconds remaining. A serious looking injury to young full-back Matt Targett overshadowed the victory, the 19 year-old was stretchered off in a neck brace following a challenge by Matty Phillips. Manager Ronald Koeman was delighted with the win, saying; “I was very happy with the performance of the team. I think we played a great game today.”


The Eagle’s Joe Ledley

Meanwhile Leicester City stay rooted to the foot of the table after they were beaten 1-0 at home by Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew continued his fine start since taking over at Selhurst Park with Joe Ledley’s 55th minute strike enough to move the Eagles six points above the relegation zone. The Welsh international’s goal came after Brede Hangeland headed a corner from the left back across the penalty area and Ledley headed home from only a few yards out. The Foxes have now won just 2 of their last 19 Premier League matches.

South Korea international Ki Sung Yeung equalised for Swansea against the club he was on loan at last season, Sunderland, as both sides earned a point at the Liberty Stadium. It was the visitors who took the lead, Jermain Defoe scoring his second goal for the club since his move from Toronto in January. The 32 year-old picked up the ball just inside the Swansea half and ran to the edge of the area before taking it round Federico Fernandez and smashing the ball past Lukasz Fabianski. Ki Sung Yeung headed home the leveller in the second half which keeps Swansea in 9th place and Sunderland stay in 14th.


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