Premier League reports

LONDON - Brief reports of Premier League matches played on Sunday:

ASTON VILLA 2 STOKE CITY 2

Villa, who could have gone eight points clear of Arsenal in the race for a Champions League slot, blew a 2-0 lead in the final three minutes.

Stilian Petrov, on the stroke of halftime, and substitute John Carew in the 79th put Villa in control but Ryan Shawcross pulled one back with an 87th-minute header and Glenn Whelan completed the comeback in stoppage time.

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BOLTON WANDERERS 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0

Bolton manager Gary Megson signed a new contract before the match and his side rewarded him with a home win that lifted them to 10th place.

Second half substitute Ricardo Gardner (pictured) scored the winner in the 47th minute, firing into the top left corner for his third goal of the season. Newcastle had a late penalty appeal rejected.

HULL CITY 1 BLACKBURN ROVERS 2

Blackburn's first away win in five months lifted them out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Stephen Warnock and Keith Andrews put the visitors 2-0 up by halftime but Ian Ashbee pulled one back in the 79th.

Both teams ended the match with 10 men, Hull's Dean Marney getting a red card in the 63rd and Blackburn's Morten Gamst Pedersen collecting a second booking in the 71st.

WEST HAM UNITED 1 MANCHESTER CITY 0

The Hammers moved up to seventh with a deserved victory against a City side who have won just once away from home all season.

Jack Collison made the breakthrough in the 71st minute. West Ham also had Swiss international midfielder Valon Bahrami carried off with a serious-looking injury in the first half.

Played on Saturday:

ARSENAL 0 FULHAM 0

Arsenal were jeered off the pitch after a fourth successive 0-0 league draw left them struggling to get back into the top four.

Robin van Persie had a point-blank header saved by Mark Schwarzer but a confident Fulham had their share of the game and Andy Johnson could and should have converted at least one of four decent opportunities.

CHELSEA 2 WIGAN ATHLETIC 1

Frank Lampard was the Chelsea hero again as he seized on a Michael Ballack header to nod the winner in injury time.

John Terry's deflected volley has put the home side ahead midway through the first half but Wigan were always in the game and thought they had done enough for a point when Olivier Kapo levelled after 82 minutes.

EVERTON 2 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0

Two pieces of clinical finishing, helped by poor defending, made the difference as bottom club West Brom played plenty of football, had one effort cleared off the line and also hit the bar but lost again.

Tim Cahill, not for the first time in recent weeks, was left unmarked at a free kick to head a sluggish Everton into the lead after 36 minutes and substitute Louis Saha added a superb second with a clever spin on the edge of the box followed by a fierce low shot 20 minutes from time.

MIDDLESBROUGH 2 LIVERPOOL 0

Boro's first win in 15 league games and Liverpool's second league defeat of the season was a huge result for both and left Rafa Benitez's side seven points adrift of leaders Manchester United, who won the League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur on penalties at Wembley on Sunday.

A Xabi Alonso own goal put Boro ahead after 32 minutes and a confident finish by Tuncay following good work by Jeremie Aliadiere made it 2-0 in the 64th.

Liverpool, who beat Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, missed two great chances through Nabil El Zhar while Dirk Kuyt also missed a fine opportunity late on and Steven Gerrard limped off 15 minutes from time.


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