Dzeko double gets City out of trouble
Premier League round-up:Substitute Edin Dzeko scored twice in the final 10 minutes to earn 10-man Manchester Citya last-gasp 2-1 victory over West Bromat The Hawthorns.
It looked set to be another disappointing day in City’s stuttering title defence when James Milner was sent off for fouling Shane Long as the last man in the 23rd minute and the Republic of Ireland striker gave the hosts the lead 67 minutes in.
Dzeko only entered the fray in the 79th minute but immediately tied things up and two minutes into injury time he converted Sergio Aguero’s pass for an unlikely three points.
Manchester Unitedpegged Chelsea’s lead at four points despite trailing Stokeearly on to a Wayne Rooney own goal.
The striker was in the wrong place in the 11th minute as he diverted Charlie Adam’s free-kick into his own net but he made amends with his first Premier League goal of the season to level up 16 minutes later.
It was a straightforward header from Rooney from a lovely Robin van Persie cross, and the Dutchman made it 2-1 to United with a goal a minute before half-time.
Danny Welbeck grabbed a third just after half-time and, although Michael Kightly gave Stoke hope with a solo effort in the 58th minute, Rooney made it 4-2 seven minutes later.
Liverpoolmanaged their first home win of the season, 1-0 against struggling Reading, courtesy of a first Premier League goal from 17-year-old Raheem Sterling.
The teenager became the eighth youngest goalscorer in Premier League history when he netted in the 29th minute and the youngest Liverpool scorer since Michael Owen.
Norwichmanager Chris Hughton may be temped to invite Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni along to every home game at Carrow Road after the Italian witnessed a 1-0 victory for the Canaries over Arsenal.
The Gunners, who included England midfielder Jack Wilshere in the squad after more than a year out with injury, were second best all afternoon as Grant Holt’s scrambled effort on 20 minutes following a mistake by goalkeeper Vito Mannone proved enough for all three points to move the hosts out of the relegation zone.
Arsenal, who have now lost two of their past three league games, were well below the usual fluent best and created very few openings as for once the Premier League’s second worst defence held firm.
Norwich started brightly as Republic of Ireland winger Anthony Pilkington fired a 20-yard effort wide.
At the other end, German forward Lukas Podolski cut in from the left and flashed a shot across the face of John Ruddy’s goal.
Norwich did not resemble a team which had shipped 17 goals in their previous seven games, and looked much more of an attacking threat with Dubliner Wes Hoolahan tucked in behind Holt.
Norway midfielder Alex Tettey let fly from 25 yards across a skiddy surface and Mannone, again deputising for injured number one Wojciech Szczesny, parried the ball back out into the six-yard box, where Holt was quickest to react ahead of Per Mertesacker and stab home.
Southampton’sleaky defence cost them again as West Hamraced to a 4-1 victory at Upton Park, with all the goals coming in the second half.
It took the hosts less than three minutes of the second half to take control, Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan netting, but Adam Lallana pegged them back in the 63rd minute.
However, Jose Fonte handled in the 72nd minute to give Noble the chance of a second from the spot before Modibo Maiga scored his first Premier League goal three minutes from time.
Two out-of-form teams met at the Liberty Stadium and it was Swanseawho ended their five-game winless run with a 2-1 victory over Wigan.
Pablo Hernandez broke the deadlock in the 65th minute and Michu added a second two minutes later. Emmerson Boyce netted with a neat back heel to make it three goals in five minutes but Wigan could not find an equaliser.
It was a quiet afternoon at Craven Cottage for 84 minutes but Chris Baird ensured it was Fulhamwho took the three points with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa.