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Stoke increased the pressure on Man-
chester United manager Louis van Gaal with
a 2-0 win at the Britannia Stadium yester-
The Red Devils slumped to a fourth straight
defeat as their winless run under the Dutch-
man reached seven matches.
Bojan Krkic (19) put the home side in front
following a defensive mistake by United mid-
fielder Memphis Depay, with Marko Arnau-
tovic (26) cracking in a second from 25 yards
as Stoke took control before half-time.
United brought captain Wayne Rooney off
the bench for the second half, but could not
find a way past Potters keeper Jack Butland
as Mark Hughes men closed out a comfort-
able victory over his beleaguered former club.
Manchester City had no such problems as
they romped to a 4-1 win over struggling
Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium to close
the gap on leaders Leicester, who lost 1-0 at
The match was effectively over as a contest
well before half-time as Raheem Sterling (13),
Yaya Toure (17) and Wilfried Bony (22) all
capitalised on poor defending from the vis-
itors, who remain second bottom.
Midfielder Kevin de Bruyne (50) got the
goal his performance deserved when sweeping
in a fourth at the start of the second half,
with Sunderland scoring a consolation
through Fabio Borini (58).
Bony later smashed a penalty over the
crossbar and City also saw returning captain
Vincent Kompany last less than 10 minutes,
limping off having come on as a substitute.
Leicester s 10-game unbeaten run came
to an end after a second-half goal from sub-
stitute Christian Benteke (63) at Anfield
proved enough to give Liverpool a first win
in five matches.
Chelsea, under interim manager Guus Hid-
dink, were held to a 2-2 draw following anoth-
er impressive performance by Watford at
Diego Costa (32) put the hosts in front from
close range following a corner, but the Hornets
fought back to level with a penalty from Troy
Watford, who had won four successive Pre-
mier League matches, went ahead early in
the second half through a deflected effort
from Odion Ighalo (56), but Chelsea soon
levelled when Costa (65) beat the offside trap
down the right and slotted in from an angle.
Oscar blazed a penalty over the bar after
slipping on the run-up as Watford held on
to secure a point.
Bottom club Aston Villa also picked up a
point in a 1-1 home draw with West Ham.
West Ham, who had drawn their last three
matches 0-0, went ahead in first-half stop-
page time through a 20-yard effort from full-
back Aaron Cresswell.
Villa levelled through Jordan Ayew s 62nd-
minute penalty, but remain cast adrift at the
foot of the table.
At White Hart Lane Harry Kane scored
twice as Tottenham beat Norwich 3-0.
The visitors, who had won at Manchester
United last weekend, fell behind on 26 minutes
to Kane s penalty.
The England forward chalked up his 27th
Premier League goal in 2015, beating Teddy
Sheringham s club record, by slotting in a
second on 43 minutes from Dele Alli s pass.
Midfielder Thomas Carroll made it three
10 minutes from time with his first Premier
Elsewhere, managerless Swansea climbed
out of the relegation zone with a battling 1-
0 home win over West Brom, as an early goal
from Ki Sung-yueng (nine) proved enough
for a first win under caretaker boss Alan Cur-
tis, while Bournemouth played out a goalless
draw against Crystal Palace.
Tom Cleverley snatched a 1-0 victory for
Everton at Newcastle with the last touch of
the game as the Toffees finally made the pres-
The midfielder looped home a 93rd-minute
header to finally beat Magpies keeper Rob
Elliot, who had made six fine saves, including
two from man of the moment Romelu Lukaku
as he looked to score in an eighth successive
In the late match, title-chasing Arsenal
was thrashed 4-0 by a Southampton side
that had been on a five-game winless run.
Another incredible result in this most
unpredictable of English seasons prevented
Arsenal going top, with Leicester remaining
two points in front of the London club despite
losing at Liverpool.
Cuco Martina put Southampton in front
on his full league debut and Shane Long
scored twice either side of Jose Fonte s head-
er.Southampton rose to 12th place, seven
points clear of the relegation zone.
striker Nahki Wells scored
twice as Huddersfield Town
eased their relegation worries
with a comfortable 3-1 vic-
tory over Preston North End
at the John Smith s Stadium
in an English Championship
match on Boxing Day.
The brace took 25-year-old
Wells tally for the season to
He gave Huddersfield a 1-
0 half-time lead, tapping in
in the 38th minute after fas-
tening onto a cross from Emyr
Wells had the ball in the
back of the net two minutes
after the break when he fin-
ished off the rebound from
Harry Bunn s saved effort but
the goal was ruled offside.
Watched by a crowd of
12,315, Wells doubled his tally
from an acute angle in the
55th minute when he latched
onto Bunn s pass, before Huws
scored the home side s third
goal directly from a wind-
assisted corner in the 76th
The visitors. who dropped
to 17th place in the table,
scored a consolation goal deep
into injury time when Adam
Reach rounded goalkeeper Jed
Steer to slot home.
Despite the victory Hud-
dersfield remain in 19th place
but are three points above
Bristol City, who dropped into
the relegation zone after a 1-
1 home draw against Charlton
Southampton's Shane Long, left, scores his side's second goal of the match during their English
Premier League match against Arsenal at St Mary's, Southampton, England, yesterday. AP
Liverpool stops Leicester's EPL streak
2 Man Utd
1 WestHamUtd 1
Bournemouth 0 Crystal Palace 0
4 Sunderland 1
Swansea City 1 West Brom 0
Tottenham Spurs 3 Norwich
0 Southampton 4
1 LeicesterCity 18 11 5 2 37 25 38
3 ManchesterCity 18 11 2 5 37 20 35
4 TottenhamH/spur 18 8 8 2 31 14 32
5 CrystalPalace 18 9 3 6 23 16 30
6 ManchesterUtd 18 8 5 5 22 16 29
11 Stoke City
13 WestBromAlbion 18 5 5 8 17 24 20
17 NorwichCity 18459203217
18 NewcastleUtd 18 4 5 9 19 33 17
20 Aston Villa
England manager Roy Hodgson has
paid tribute to Wayne Rooney after a land-
mark year but said his skipper must keep
performing well for club and country in
Rooney became England s all-time lead-
ing goalscorer when he struck from the
spot against Switzerland in September to
surpass Sir Bobby Charlton s haul of 49.
Hodgson was impressed with the way
the former Everton striker coped with the
pressure and increased media interest asso-
ciated with the record.
"I think he handled that quite brilliantly,"
Hodgson said yesterday. "I think he handled
the press comments around it before break-
ing the record very well. Of course it was
that penalty that did it. That was an impor-
tant penalty and I thought it showed how
dedicated he is to his profession."
Rooney has had contrasting fortunes for
United though, scoring twice in 13 Premier
League games, while the Red Devils have
been knocked out of the Champions League
and slipped out of the top four after a six-
game winless slump.
Hodgson thinks Rooney has evolved into
a fine leader for England, highlighting his
strengths as a role model for younger play-
ers, but he stressed that the 30-year-old
needs to be firing on the pitch.
"The most important thing for him as
far as I m concerned is that he s got to
keep playing well for Manchester United,
playing well for England when we have
our games together and that he still leads
by example on the field," Hodgson added.
"It doesn t matter how much good work
he can do for us off the field in terms of
being some sort of a mentor for the younger
players. We really need him being Wayne
Rooney on the field scoring goals, making
goals with his drive and commitment lead-
ing us forward."
England needs Rooney
at his best says manager
fears eased by Wells brace
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