NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04: Newcastle forward Demba Ba is tackled by Phil Jones during the Barclays Premier league game between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on January 4, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Premier League 2012, Week 20: Newcastle Crush Manchester United, Tim Howard Scores In A Loss

Manchester United were thoroughly dominated at St. James' Park, as Newcastle won 3-0. At Goodison Park, Tim Howard helped his own cause with a goal, but Everton fell to Bolton, 2-1.

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Everton Vs. Bolton Wanderers, 2012 Premier League: Final Score, Tim Howard Scores But Toffees Fall

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard scored an improbable 95-yard goal against Bolton Wanderers, but none of his outfield players managed to help his cause. After Howard's goal, Everton fell apart and gave away a lead at home, ultimately losing 2-1. The match was built up as must-watch TV for Landon Donovan's Everton debut, but ended up being much more about Howard's goal, another Everton collapse and some Toffees injuries.

All three of David Moyes' subs were made because of injuries, something that a thin Everton squad can hardly afford. Phil Jagielka was removed in the 42nd minute, Leon Osman came out in the 53rd minute, and Jack Rodwell had to be substituted out in the 61st minute. This seriously handcuffed Moyes tactically and did not allow him to use his bench to change the game.

Howard's improbable goal gave a previously poor game some new life in the 63rd minute. Booting the ball up the field while simply looking for a teammate, the high winds at Goodison Park took control of the ball. It missed everyone and bounced on the turf, then flew up and over the head of Adam Bogdan into the back of the net, giving Everton the lead in shocking fashion.

Over the next 15 minutes, they would give it away. David N'Gog and Gary Cahill both scored with terrific strikes to the far post that Howard had little chance of saving, both coming on odd scrambles where the Toffees had chances to clear the ball. Those two goals gave Bolton all three points, a spectacular result for the one-bottom team. They're now in 18th and continue to slowly work their way out of the drop zone.


Newcastle United Vs. Manchester United, 2012 Premier League: Final Score, Magpies Win 3-0 In Rout

For the second straight loss, Manchester United have lost. Once again, it was to a team outside of the top six. Though, there was something strangely not shocking about the Red Devils' 3-0 loss to Newcastle United at St. James' Park, as United looked very similar to the team who lost at home to Blackburn less than a week ago. Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and goalkeeper Tim Krul were brilliant, while United looked very much like a team dealing with an injury crisis.

Man United's center of midfield featured Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs, and it is hardly a poor reflection on them as footballers that they were inferior to Cabaye and Cheik Tiote in the center. Demba Ba stole the show, however, scoring a stunning first-half goal and helping to create other opportunities for his teammates with great runs off the ball. His 33rd minute volley was perhaps the highlight of the match, but it merely the beginning of Newcastle's time on top of the Red Devils.

Cabaye scored Newcastle's second in the 47th minute, hitting a jaw-dropping free kick from 30 yards, sneaking his shot just under the crossbar. It was the icing on the cake of a brilliant performance, where the Frenchman contributed just as much with his passing and tackling as he did with that free kick goal.

Manchester United were mostly on top from then until the end, but only because Newcastle let up on the gas a bit. They never really created any clear-cut chances, and Newcastle always looked in control. Krul's command of his area was superb, as was Fabricio Coloccini's positioning.

Phil Jones put in an own goal to make it 3-0 in stoppage time, but the game was already over before then. Newcastle send Tiote and Ba to the African Cup of Nations on a perfect note, with a massive win over one of the best teams in England.


Manchester City Vs. Liverpool, 2012 Premier League: Final Score, Ten-Man Citizens Win 3-0

Liverpool had more of the possession against Manchester City while completing more passes and a higher percentage of passes, but that didn't translate into good football. Though the stats won't tell this story, the Citizens were clearly the superior team at Eastlands on Tuesday, and though they had a man sent off, they were able to cruise to an easy 3-0 win. Liverpool struggled to create clear-cut scoring chances, while they should have done better on all of City's goals.

Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure put City up 2-0 at halftime with a couple of early goals. Aguero's came just 10 minutes in on a shot from 20 yards out, dipping under the arm of Pepe Reina. Toure's came on a brilliant header on a corner, as he easily rose above his defender to get to the ball.

Gareth Barry was shown a second yellow and sent off in the 73rd minute, but Liverpool gifted City the clinching goal just one minute later. Martin Skrtel was called for a foul on Toure in the box, leading Michael Jones to give a penalty. The contact was light and Toure embellished, but Skrtel was silly to put himself in a position to give away that penalty. James Milner stepped up and converted, clinching the win for the Citizens.

For more on the two teams, check out Manchester City blog Bitter And Blue and our two Liverpool blogs, Anfield Asylum and The Offside Liverpool. We'll have coverage of this match and the other Premier League matches this week in our English Premier League Week 20 StoryStream.


Luis Suarez Will Not Appeal Misconduct Charge, Eight-Game Suspension Starts Against Manchester City

The FA has announced that Luis Suarez and Liverpool FC will not be appealing his misconduct charge for the racial abuse of Patrice Evra. This means that Suarez's suspension begins on Tuesday night, when Liverpool take on Manchester City. Suarez is suspended for eight games, and has been fined £40,000.

Though the FA released this news less than two hours before the kickoff of the Liverpool - Manchester City match, it's likely that Kenny Dalglish has been aware of this for quite some time and that Suarez was never in his plans for the match. Andy Carroll will almost certainly start again, though it will be interesting to see what other adjustments Kenny Dalglish makes.

During his lengthy ban, Suarez will miss a key clash against Tottenham Hotspur. If Liverpool advance in the FA Cup, he will also miss a match against rivals Manchester United. Liverpool currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League.

For more, check in with our two Liverpool blogs, Anfield Asylum and The Offside Liverpool.


Manchester City Vs. Liverpool, 2012 Premier League: Preview, Luck Goes The Way Of The Reds

Liverpool have had some luck fall their way ahead of their clash with Manchester City. If they can turn that into an upset victory at the Ethiad Stadium, a six-way title race could be alive again.


Fulham Vs. Arsenal, 2012 Premier League: Bobby Zamora Snatches Three Points For Cottagers

With injuries and suspensions hurting Arsenal, the team that they took to Craven Cottage looked a bit suspect. Still, there was enough quality in their starting XI that most would have expected them to get a decent result. They got off to a decent start and looked as if they were in a position to secure a positive result at halftime, but the Gunners came out flat in the second half. Johan Djourou's sending off was the catalyst for a Fulham victory, but things went poorly even before that incident, as Fulham fought to a deserved 2-1 victory.

Laurent Koscielny scored the opener for Arsenal in the 21st minute, as he stayed forward following a set piece opportunity. Aaron Ramsey provided the assist, lifting a ball into the box with a lofted cross that met the head of the Frenchman, who finished with a quality header.

Arsenal should have added another just a couple of minutes later, but David Stockdale made two incredible saves in the 23rd minute. The Gunners put nine shots on target in the first half, but only one of them resulted in a goal. Stockdale was good, but after the 23rd minute, Arsenal's moves were entirely predictable.

Right from the whistle that started the second half, it was obvious that there was something just a bit different about Fulham. They controlled the play, hardly given Arsenal a sniff. The Gunners couldn't even get the ball forward in the first five minutes. For the rest of the half, they would create no shots on goal. Fulham were, incredibly, on top for the entire second half. Arsenal played with ten men behind the ball for much of the half, as Robin van Persie was left isolated.

Still, despite all of their possession and Arsenal's lack of initiative, it took a sending off for Fulham to find a goal. In the 78th minute, Johan Djourou was shown a second yellow card for a foul on the edge of the area against Bobby Zamora. The sending off was questionable, but Djourou had been poor for the entire game and had no business getting torched by Zamora, then touching him from behind. Zamora went down easy, but Djourou gave him plenty of reason to do so.

The equalizer came in the 85th minute, with Steve Sidwell putting in a header on a corner kick. Phillipe Senderos rose up to meet the corner and nodded to the back post, where an unmarked Sidwell was waiting to push the ball into the net.

A draw would have been a good result for Fulham, but they were able to find a winner in the final minute of stoppage time. While trying to clear a cross, Sebastian Squillaci hit a poor header that fell right to Bobby Zamora on the edge of the penalty area. Zamora hit a composed half volley into the back of the net with a thundering strike, sending the Fulham faithful into raptures and giving his team a massive three points.


Premier League 2012, Week 20: Monday Wrap, Swansea, Stoke And Norwich All win

All four of the early matches played during Monday's Premier League fixtures produced an outright winner, with all four providing some serious entertainment. Aston Villa's great run of form has ended, while Blackburn couldn't keep up the momentum from their big win against Manchester United.

Aston Villa 0-2 Swansea City

This one got off to an awful start for Aston Villa, and it looked like they didn't know how to adjust when they went down early. Nathan Dyer scored the opener in the 4th minute, capitalizing on a terrible giveaway from Stephen Warnock. Wayne Routledge scored the second just after halftime, tapping in a narrow-angle rebound shot after Danny Graham hit the post.

Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Stoke City

Peter Crouch was the star of the show at Ewood Park, scoring a brace. His goals were scored in similar fashion and both were fantastic displays of skill, as Crouch knocked down the ball with his chest and finished with a half-volley for both of his goals. Both were scored in the first half, in the 17th and 45th minutes. David Goodwillie got one back for Blackburn in the 69th, but they couldn't find an equalizer.

Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Norwich City

Joey Barton got Rangers off to a great start, but it was ultimately his mistake that cost the team points. Barton scored from close-range in the 11th minute, but was sent off in the 36th minute. Norwich were the better side from then on out. Anthony Pilkington equalized with a 30-yard stunner in the 42nd minute and Steve Morison found the winner in the 83rd minute, finishing off a cross by Wes Hoolahan.

Related: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Chelsea


Wolverhampton Wanderers Vs. Chelsea, 2012 Premier League: Blues Snatch Late Win

Chelsea came dangerously close to slumping to their fifth consecutive Premier League match without a win, but they were rescued late by Frank Lampard to take all three points from Wolverhampton Wanderers. The game was a nasty and physical one, with Wolves forcing Chelsea to play their style for much of the match, but ultimately they didn't have the quality to finish off the Blues. Thanks to an 89th minute goal, the Blues walk away from Molineaux with a 2-1 win.

The first half featured a sequence with five yellow cards in nine minutes, all of which were deserved. Chelsea's fouls were perhaps worse, with Lampard and Ashley Cole committing borderline red card offenses. At one point, around the 35th minute, referee Peter Walton had to call over captains Roger Johnson and John Terry in an attempt to get them to calm down their teams.

Ramires provided Chelsea's first goal in the 53rd minute. On a corner kick, he controlled and turned brilliantly, hitting a powerful shot into the roof of the net from the center of the penalty area. Chelsea looked as if they were going to hold onto a 1-0 win for most of the half until Stephen Ward struck in the 85th minute, putting a composed finish into the back of the net from 12 yards out, following a scramble in front of the box.

Chelsea would get the last laugh, and their winner would come from three of their most frequently criticized players. Fernando Torres started the move with a stellar through ball to Ashley Cole, who hit a brilliant cross into the center of the box. Lampard made one of his trademark late runs and found himself in the right place in the right time, getting onto the end of the ball and finishing from close range.

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