None of the Premier League's best teams will have a bad word to say about 2014 after the New Year's Day matches. They all picked up three points on the day, leaving the top of the table as congested as it was when 2013 came to an end.
Swansea 2-3 Manchester City
Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff City
The Canaries did well to stay three points clear of the drop zone with a good away draw, despite finishing the match with 10 men. Bradley Johnson put Norwich in front after 39 minutes, but five minutes later, Jason Puncheon converted a penalty to bring Palace level. Unfortunately for the home side, that was all they would manage, even after Leroy Fer was shown red in the 82nd minute so they remain in the relegation places.
Fulham had all of the possession, all of the chances and all of the shots so it is no coincidence that they also took all of the points at Craven Cottage. Things actually started brightly for West Ham as Mohamed Diame scored after just seven minutes, but it was all Fulham from there. Steve Sidwell scored just after the hour mark to bring things level, then Kevin Nolan was shown red for a dangerous two-footed tackle. Down to 10 men, West Ham didn't have a chance and when Dimitar Berbatov scored the winner, Fulham had themselves a deserved three points.
Southampton 0-3 Chelsea
Stoke City 1-1 Everton
The Potters were mere moments away from all three points, but Everton were able to snatch a draw in stoppage time to keep the Toffees within striking distance in the top half of the table. Oussama Assaidi had put Stoke in front, but a Jermaine Pennant foul of Leo Osman in the 92nd minute forced the referee to point to the penalty spot. There, Leighton Baines coolly slotted the ball home and the Toffees had themselves a point.
Don't look now, but Aston Villa are up to 11th in the Premier League. Three more points kept the Villains climbing, with Gabby Agbonlahor firing them there today in the 15th minute. Agbonlahor's goal proved to be the only tally in the match as Villa limited hapless Sunderland to just one shot on target in the win.
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Newcastle United
A dismal match looked set for a draw, even after Mathieu Debuchy earned a red card in the 62nd minute. West Brom still couldn't take complete command of the match, but three minutes from time, Tim Krul gave away a penalty that gifted West Brom all three points. Saido Berahino converted with ease and the Baggies had themselves a win.