Man United and Arsenal held to home draws

Sir Alex Ferguson was left fuming after his side was held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford after Newcastle were awarded a controversial penalty. Demba Ba scored from the spot to level things after Javier Hernandez was fortuitous to have scored for the home side after the ball rebounded off him into the goal. Newcastle put in another exceptional…

Sir Alex Ferguson was left fuming after his side was held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford after Newcastle were awarded a controversial penalty.

Demba Ba scored from the spot to level things after Javier Hernandez was fortuitous to have scored for the home side after the ball rebounded off him into the goal. Newcastle put in another exceptional defensive performance, especially after Jonas Gutierrez was sent off , but it was the penalty decision that riled the United manager who called it a “travesty”.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, in-form Arsenal were also held to a 1-1 home draw as Fulham managed a point at the Emirates. It could have been maximum points for Martin Jol’s side after a Thomas Vermaelen own goal in the 65th minute threatened to undo much of the Gunners’ recent good work. But the Belgian made amends eight minutes from time by heading in a Theo Walcott cross to salvage a point.

Across London, Chelsea relieved some of the pressure of recent poor results with an emphatic 3-0 win against Wolves. Spaniard Juan Mata made two and scored one in a virtuoso display at the Bridge that must come as a big relief to manager Andre Villas-Boas. Had the home side not taken the three points there would have been suggestions the Portuguese boss’s head should roll.

Spurs recovered from a goal down at the Hawthorns thanks to a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor. West Brom took a 10th minute lead through Mulumbu, before Adebayor levelled 15 minutes later. The match looked to be heading for a draw before Jermaine Defoe finished from an Adebayor back heal that sent him through on goal, with the Togolese striker himself wrapping things up in injury time.

Everton posted a solid 2-0 win at 10-man Bolton, Norwich won 2-1 against fellow promoted side QPR at Carrow Road and Wigan impressed when taking the points at Sunderland. In the early kick off Blackburn went down 3-1 at Stoke, which is sure to add to the calls for Steve Kean to be shown the door.

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