Fulham’s 5th Premier League loss saw the end of Martin Jol’s tenure at Craven Cottage. Arsenal maintain their grip at the top, while Liverpool’s defeat sees them drop to 4th place and be overtaken by Chelsea and Manchester City after their wins.
"Daniel has been outstanding for us since he has come in."
Shahid Khan relieved Martin Jol of his Fulham duties after another defeat. The loss to West Ham saw Head Coach Rene Meulensteen take over.
Manchester City beat Swansea at home and Chelsea did the same with Southampton.
Manchester United grabbed a point away at Tottenham Hotspur as Liverpool’s disappointing away performance gave Hull victory.
Arsenal continued their brilliant run by sweeping aside Cardiff away from home.
Cardiff 0 Arsenal 3 – 3pm KO, Saturday
Arsenal comfortably beat Cardiff in Wales with a brace from Welshman and former Cardiff player Aaron Ramsey either side of Mathieu Flamini’s goal.
The Gunners went in 1-0 at half time thanks to Ramsey’s 29th minute strike from Mesut Özil’s cross. Cardiff responded with enthusiasm as they tend to, but couldn’t find a breakthrough.
The score line remained 1-0 until late into the game when Flamini scored with 4 minutes remaining. Ramsey then finished the job that he started by scoring Arsenal’s third goal in the last minute of the game.
Confidence is high at Arsenal at the moment, especially winning a tricky fixture at a canter. A delighted Arsenal fan in India tweeted: “We are Gooners – we have class.”
West Ham 3 Fulham 0 – 3pm KO, Saturday
Under pressure Fulham boss, Martin Jol acknowledged before kick-off that he feared for his job if Fulham lost.
Fulham made it too easy for London rivals West Ham to clinch all 3 points. The home side dominated the first half, but Fulham managed to hang on to a 0-0 score line at half time.
Shortly after the break however, Mohamed Diame broke the deadlock and put the Hammers one up. It remained 1-0 until near the end of the match when a Carlton Cole double secured the points for the home side.
Fulham supremo, Shahid Khan said of his decision to sack Jol:
“Our poor form and results this season are undeniable, and Fulham supporters deserve better.”
Chelsea 3 Southampton 1 – 4:10pm KO, Sunday
High flying Southampton had the perfect start to their trip to Stamford Bridge by taking the lead in the very first minute through Jay Rodriguez.
The only goal of the half meant the Saints led at half time. Not for much longer as Gary Cahill’s headed equaliser 10 minutes from the restart levelled the score. John Terry marked his 400th Premier League appearance with a trademark header which put the Blues 2-1 up 7 minutes later.
Demba Ba then popped up in the 90th minute to secure the points for Chelsea which took them above Liverpool in the league.
Manchester City 3 Swansea 0 – 4:10pm KO, Sunday
A double from Samir Nasri helped Manchester City get the win everybody expected.
It was Álvaro Negredo who started the scoring with a 25-yard free kick in as early as the 8th minute. Swansea did well to respond and created some decent opportunities. It was still 1-0 at half time, but the 2nd half was all Manchester City.
Nasri did well with an individual effort to double City’s lead in the 58th minute. Nasri then doubled his own goal tally for the match by converting Pablo Zabaleta’s cross and was unlucky not to have completed his hat-trick.
Manchester City have now scored 29 goals at home this season, keeping their 100 per cent home league record.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Manchester United 2 – 12pm KO, Sunday
Champions Manchester United had to come back into the game twice and did so thanks largely to Wayne Rooney.
Kyle Walker’s free kick in the 18th minute set the scene for the match. It was Walker who was at fault however, that led to Rooney grabbing United’s equaliser 14 minutes later. The team went in level at half-time.
A 25-yard shot from Sandro restored Tottenham Hotspur’s lead 9 minutes into the 2nd half. The lead only last 3 minutes as Spurs Goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris fouled Danny Welbeck for a penalty. Rooney converted and things were level again.
Anybody could have won the fixture as both teams went in search for a win. It wasn’t to be however, and a draw was probably a fair result.
Rooney has now scored five goals in his last five Premier League games. An unconvinced member of the Pak Reds on Facebook said: “Title will be difficult now. We need to fight for Top 4 now.”
Hull City 3 Liverpool – 1 2:05pm KO, Sunday
Liverpool threw away the chance to maintain the pressure on leaders Arsenal by losing away to Hull.
With Daniel Sturridge injured and the lively Philippe Coutinho on the bench, the lack of depth in Liverpool’s squad was clearly visible. Take nothing away from Hull City though as they set their stall out to win this game, and did so deservedly.
Jake Livermore opened the scoring, albeit with the help of a Martin Škrtel deflection. The lead only lasted 7 minutes as Captain Fantastic, Steven Gerrard equalised for the visitors with a sublime free kick.
Liverpool’s Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling failed to make the most of the opportunity to impress as Hull found themselves able to get through Liverpool. David Meyler made the most of a defensive error between Škrtel and Kolo Toure and pounced to score with 18 minutes remaining.
Full of belief, Hull went in pursuit of more goals and got their 3rd with 3 minutes remaining. Martin Škrtel involved again, this time with an own goal that summed up Liverpool’s miserable performance.
Hull claimed their first ever win over Liverpool. Ruing the loss of Sturridge, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said: “Daniel has been outstanding for us since he has come in. It is a bad period of time to lose him for.”
In other matches, Everton beat Stoke City 4-0 at Goodison Park. A 1-0 home win for Norwich saw off Crystal Palace as Newcastle United’s 2-1 win at home to West Bromwich Albion kept their run going. A stalemate ensued at Villa Park as neither Aston Villa nor Sunderland mustered a goal between them.
A full midweek fixture list sees the start of a crucially busy December for the Premier League where a season can be made or broken.
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