LONDON: Manchester United emerged victorious in the end from an eventful visit to Fulham saw the posts struck four times, the lights go out and Wayne Rooney grab the only goal of the game.
United went 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League after Bryan Ruiz hit the post for the hosts, while Rooney, Patrice Evra and a header from Brede Hangeland cannoned back off the frame of the goal at the opposite ends.
The floodlights failed at Craven Cottage, forcing the players from the pitch, shortly before half-time. On tehr resumption Rooney scored on the counter-attack in the 79th minute.
Moussa Sissoko scored twice as Newcastle beat Chelsea 3-2 at St James’ Park. Jonas Gutierrez opened the scoring for the Magpies after Tim Krul defied the best early efforts of former team-mate Demba Ba – who was forced off the pitch with a nose injury late in the first half after a clash with Fabio Coloccini.
Frank Lampard equalised for Chelsea after the break with a 25-yard strike then Juan Mata converted a second from an assist by Fernando Torres, substituting for Ba. Sissoko then scored his first two goals for Newcastle to turn the match on its head.
Villa striker Christian Benteke gave the visitors a flying start in the second minute before Victor Anichebe levelled at 1-1 after poor defending. Seconds later, Paul Lambert’s side were back in front though thanks to Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Villa extended their lead after half-time when Benteke headed his second goal but Everton recovered superbly. Fellaini converted an Anichebe lay-off before heading home from close range in the last minute.
Reading beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium to climb out of the relegation zone.
Jimmy Kebe gave Reading the lead when he fired the ball past Simon Mignolet before Pavel Pogrebnyak fouled John O’Shea to give Sunderland a penalty. Craig Gardner levelled at the interval with a penalty of his own before Kebe scored a late winner to secure a vital win for Reading.
Wigan drew 2-2 at home to Southampton.
Rickie Lambert ‘s close range header cancelled out Gary Caldwell’s effort, before Morgan Schneiderlin’s late score looked to have snatched the points for the Saints.
However, Shaun Maloney popped up with a late equaliser for Wigan though it was not enough to lift them out of the relegation zone.
Arsenal beat Stoke 1-0 in north London when Lukas Podolski’s low-free-kick was deflected past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic by Geoff Cameron. The Gunners could have won by a wider margin had it not been for the reflexes of Begovic.
Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn saved a penalty as Queens Park Rangers were held goalless at Loftus Road. Adel Taarabt was denied by Bunn from the spot after the keeper had brought down Jamie Mackie. This was a a fourth successive draw for Harry Redknapp’s men.
West Ham beat Swansea 1-0 at Upton Park thanks to Andy Carroll’s second goal of the season, a header past Gerhard Tremmel.
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