Manchester City FC moved to within four points of the Premier League summit after a 2-0 home victory against Fulham FC, on a day when Loïc Rémy struck on his debut for Queens Park Rangers FC.
Roberto Mancini's team recorded their sixth win in seven top-flight games thanks to David Silva, who scored the first of his two goals after just 95 seconds. Leaders Manchester United FC can restore their seven-point cushion on Sunday, when Arsenal FC face Chelsea FC, at Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Rémy, a €9.5m signing from Olympique de Marseille earlier in the week, took 14 minutes to open his QPR account, only for Joe Cole to earn hosts West Ham United FC a point in the east-west London derby.
Harry Redknapp's bottom-placed side are four points behind three clubs, one of whom, Wigan Athletic FC, lost 3-2 at home to Sunderland AFC. Another, Reading FC, came from behind to prevail 2-1 at Newcastle United FC, who are nervously looking over their shoulders in 16th position.
Elsewhere, Swansea City AFC (3-1) and Liverpool FC (5-0) recorded home victories against Stoke City FC and Norwich City FC respectively. West Bromwich Albion FC fought back from two goals down to deny relegation-threatened Aston Villa FC a vital win in the late fixture.
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|Last updated: 23/01/2013 12:59 CET|
|West Brom||2-2||Aston Villa|
|Venue: West Bromwich|
Silva 2, 69
Le Fondre 71, 77
J. Cole 68
|1||Manchester United FC||22||55|
|2||Manchester City FC||23||51|
|4||Tottenham Hotspur FC||22||40|
|8||West Bromwich Albion FC||23||34|
|9||Swansea City AFC||23||33|
|10||Stoke City FC||23||29|
|12||West Ham United FC||22||27|
|13||Norwich City FC||23||26|
|16||Newcastle United FC||23||21|
|17||Aston Villa FC||23||20|
|19||Wigan Athletic FC||23||19|
|20||Queens Park Rangers FC||23||15|