Premier League wrap: Aston Villa win thriller, City move top of league

Laurence Griffiths

Manchester City are sitting on top of the league after their win at Tottenham, but the real treat came at Villa Park, where Aston Villa and West Brom put on a show.

Most everyone thought that the match of the day would be at White Hart Lane. Most everyone was wrong.

Instead, everyone should have had their eye on VIlla Park.

Aston Villa 4-3 West Bromwich Albion

It took all of nine minutes for West Brom to go 2-0 up, getting a goal from Chris Brunt and an own goal from Fabian Delph, but if anyone thought that would have buried Aston Villa or this match, they were quickly made to look foolish. Andy Weimann's gorgeous chip cut the Baggies' lead in half in the 12th minute, then Leandro Bacuna equalized in the 24th.

Not even a half hour in and the match already had four goals, but it was hardly done.

Villas continued their surge with a 37th minute goal by Delph, who this time put it into the correct goal, but Youssuf Mulumbu equalized before the break and when they two teams went in for halftime, it was 3-3.

The second half was insane, but a complete bore compared to the first, with Christian Benteke scoring the only goal from the penalty spot. That was plenty fine for Villa, who were happy with three crazy points.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-5 Manchester City

Spurs were on the back foot from kickoff and 15 minutes in, the scoreboard reflected that as Sergio Aguero scored to give City the lead. Aguero absolutely terrorized Spurs and while the home side will feel unlucky to have had a Michael Dawson goal disallowed in the first half, it was the correct decision and the two sides went into the break 1-0.

Tottenham may have felt as if they caught a break when Aguero had to leave at halftime with an injury, but Danny Rose was whistled for a penalty for a tackle from behind three minutes into the second half and earned a red card, too, so any feeling of fortunate was gone. Yaya Toure converted the penalty and from then on, it was a romp for City against 10-man Spurs. Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany all scored, more than cancelling out Etienne Capoue's tally as the Citizens took the top spot in the league.

Full match report.

Chelsea 0-0 West Ham

Chelsea out-shot West Ham 39-1. THIRTY NINE TO ONE!

Somehow, the Hammers got a point. It was a miracle.

Full match report.

Sunderland 1-0 Stoke City

Sunderland are out of the drop zone thanks to their win over Stoke City and it was thanks to who else, but Adam Johnson. The midfielder has been incredible of late and his 17th minute tally gave him six goals in as many matches. It also gave the Black Cats a valuable three points.

Stoke was terrible from the start and while they did finally get into the match after the half-hour mark, a red card to Steven Nzonzi in the 53rd minute killed any chance they had of a comeback. It was his second yellow of the match and, essentially, a death blow to Stoke's chances.

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