Vital victories for Villa and QPR

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League, with wins for Aston Villa, QPR and West Brom.

Last Updated: 09/03/13 at 19:58 Post Comment

Paul Lambert celebrates Aston Villa's victory over Reading

Paul Lambert celebrates Aston Villa's victory over Reading

Aston Villa and QPR picked up victories on a crucial day for the sides near the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table.

Paul Lambert's Villa had looked to be heading deeper into the relegation mire when Nathan Baker put an attempted clearance into his own net against Reading.

But Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor hit back as the visitors dominated the latter stages of the first half to go 2-1 up.

Noel Hunt thought he had equalised for the Royals after the break but his effort was ruled out for offside as Villa climbed out of the bottom three.

Basement side QPR also came from behind to secure a 3-1 win over Sunderland.

Steven Fletcher's tap-in had put the Black Cats a goal to the good at Loftus Road, but Loic Remy levelled with an excellent low finish before Andros Townsend and Jermaine Jenas sealed the win.

Norwich should also have picked up a valuable win but Grant Holt's failure to convert a late penalty against Southampton meant it finished goalless at Carrow Road.

In the day's other game West Brom climbed to seventh in the table by beating Swansea 2-1 at The Hawthorns.

Luke Moore had put the Swans ahead against his former club, but Romelu Lukaku and a Jonathan de Guzman own goal gave the Baggies the three points.


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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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