(Sporting Alert) Javier Hernandez scored a late winner for Manchester United to beat Newcastle 4-3, while Aston Villa suffered another thrashing against Tottenham on the busy Boxing Day Premier League fixture.
There were nine games on schedule on Wednesday, but the highlight was at Old Trafford where Manchester United came from behind three times to beat Newcastle United.
James Perch, a Jonny Evans own goal and Papiss Demba Cisse gave Alan Pardew’s side the lead three-times, but Evans, Patrice Evra and Robin van Persie cancelled out those strikes – paving the way for Hernandez to net the winner in the 90th minute from a beauty of a pass from Michael Carrick.
The win sees the leaders moving seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table after defending champions and second place Manchester City were dumped 1-0 after a former club player Adam Johnson struck in the second half.
At Villa Park, Gareth Bale scored a hattrick and the youthful Aston Villa side was thought another stern lesson after Tottenham thrashed the home side 4-0.
Villa have now conceded 12 goals over the Christmas period, following the 8-0 thumping at Chelsea on Sunday.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert said: “Any defeat is tough and I feel sorry for them a little bit. I cannot fault the effort of the players though.
“The players were fine after the Chelsea game but they are a young side and it is a long season. We have played Chelsea and Spurs, two tough sides and now we have to win on Saturday.
“Taking nothing away from Spurs, they were very good in the first half but we defended strong. We kept on going.”
In other results on Wednesday, Stoke City, courtesy of a brace from Jonathan Walters stunned Liverpool FC 3-1 after the Reds took the lead in the second minute through a Steven Gerrard penalty kick.
“We all work for each other, front to back, and it was a full team effort today, a good win for us. If we win the ball in their half it puts pressure on them.
“We can mix it up, play high up the pitch and that’s the extra armoury we have,” Walters said.
“We haven’t conceded many this year and we conceded early, but there was never a chance we’d lie down and there was some great play – especially in the second half. Kenwyne wins everything in the air – you’ve just got to make runs off of him and keep your head.”
Chelsea FC beat Norwich 1-0 on the road, with Juan Mata scoring the winner there, while Everton continue to impress this season, following a 2-1 victory over Wigan.
QPR dropped their game 2-1 at home to West Bromwich, while Reading and Swansea City finished 0-0.
The Arsenal FC game with West Ham United was postponed.
ENGLISH Barclays Premier League Boxing Day Results
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