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United and City retain top spots in England

Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 15.36CET
Javier Hernández headed the winner for Manchester United FC in the early New Year's Day fixture, but a 1-0 win against Blackpool FC saw Manchester City FC join them on 41 points.
United and City retain top spots in England
Javier Hernández celebrates scoring United's winner at The Hawthorns ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 15.36CET

United and City retain top spots in England

Javier Hernández headed the winner for Manchester United FC in the early New Year's Day fixture, but a 1-0 win against Blackpool FC saw Manchester City FC join them on 41 points.

Manchester United FC won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion FC in the early New Year's Day game in England to remain top of the Premier League, but Sir Alex Ferguson's men could easily have come unstuck at The Hawthorns.

Wayne Rooney headed Europe's first top-flight goal of 2011 inside three minutes, but his first strike from open play for his club since March was swiftly trumped by James Morrison's thunderbolt equaliser. Peter Odemwingie missed a penalty for West Brom just after the hour mark, and an off-colour United once more showed their resilience, Javier Hernández nodding them ahead after 75 minutes, before Nemanja Vidić and Tomasz Kuszczak made vital interventions to maintain that winning lead.

Manchester City FC remain level on points with their Rainy City rivals after Adam Johnson's deflected effort proved to be the only goal in their home win against Blackpool FC. Robin van Persie's free-kick for Arsenal FC also benefited from a touch off a defender as the third-placed Gunners took the lead at Birmingham City FC, and another strike from Samir Nasri tightened the Londoners' grip before Roger Johnson put into his own net to make it 3-0. A Gareth Bale strike, meanwhile, saw Tottenham Hotspur FC get the better of capital rivals Fulham FC.

Joe Cole's injury-time goal earned Liverpool FC a 2-1 home success against Bolton Wanderers FC while their Merseyside rivals Everton FC were 2-0 losers at Stoke City FC. Elsewhere, Sunderland AFC beat Blackburn Rovers FC 3-0 at home and West Ham United FC got the better of fellow strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers FC thanks to a Ronald Zubar own goal and a late Freddie Sears effort.

Last updated: 02/01/11 13.43CET

Results

English Premier League 2010/11

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

01/01/2011

BirminghamBirmingham0-3ArsenalArsenal

Van Persie 13, Nasri 58, Johnson 65 (o.g.)

Venue: Birmingham

01/01/2011

SunderlandSunderland3-0BlackburnBlackburn

Welbeck 11, Bent 19, Gyan 89

Venue: Sunderland

01/01/2011

TottenhamTottenham1-0FulhamFulham

Bale 42

Venue: London

01/01/2011

Man. CityMan. City1-0BlackpoolBlackpool

A. Johnson 34

Venue: Manchester

01/01/2011

StokeStoke2-0EvertonEverton

Jones 23, Jagielka 69 (o.g.)

Venue: Stoke

01/01/2011

West HamWest Ham2-0WolvesWolves

Zubar 51 (o.g.), Sears 79

Venue: London

01/01/2011

LiverpoolLiverpool2-1BoltonBolton

Torres 49, J. Cole 90+2

Davies 43

Venue: Liverpool

01/01/2011

West BromWest Brom1-2Man. UnitedMan. United

Morrison 14

Rooney 3, Hernández 75

Venue: West Bromwich

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