LONDON - Brief reports of Premier League matches played on Tuesday: PORTSMOUTH 0 ASTON VILLA 1 England striker Emile Heskey enjoyed a dream debut for Villa, scoring the only goal as his new side stayed firmly in the title race. Heskey reacted quickly after 21 minutes when Gabriel Agbonlahor flicked on a long clearance and the former Wigan Athletic player belted a shot past David James. Portsmouth were the better side for long periods but had to play the final 20 minutes with only 10 men after a silly dismissal for Nadir Belhadj. SUNDERLAND 1 FULHAM 0 Striker Kenwyne Jones celebrated his new contract with the winner to lift Sunderland further away from trouble. Jones fired a shot past Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer on 54 minutes after Djibril Cisse's shot was saved. Fulham have still not won away in the league this season but should have equalised when Simon Davies lofted a close-range chance over the crossbar. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 STOKE CITY 1 Carlo Cudicini enjoyed a quiet debut in goal for Spurs as the north London side struck form. The points were in the bag within half an hour following strikes by Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson which improved Tottenham's miserable home goals tally. Second-bottom Stoke, just back from a mid-season break in Dubai thanks to an early exit from the FA Cup, improved a little after the break and James Beattie pulled one back. WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 5 Leaders United ran riot at West Brom as their quest for an 18th league title gathered pace. Cristiano Ronaldo put the icing on the cake of a dazzling United display with two late goals after Dimitar Berbatov, Carlos Tevez and Nemanja Vidic put them in control. United set a new top-flight record of 11 consecutive clean sheets, while Edwin van der Sar also celebrated the longest streak for a keeper not conceding a goal. Bottom club West Brom had to play half the match with 10 men after skipper Paul Robinson was sent off.
28 January 2009
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