Norwich beat Manchester United 1-0 to knock the Red Devils out of first place in English soccer’s Premier League, while West Bromwich Albion defeated Chelsea 2-1.
Anthony Pilkington scored the only goal as Norwich extended its unbeaten run to six games and stopped United’s five-match winning streak in the league.
“It’s a great day for Norwich and it’s a massive win for us,” Pilkington said in an interview with ESPN. “We’ve been performing well over the last couple of weeks and we showed today that we could beat the team that is probably the best in the league.”
Defending champion Manchester City moved to the top of the standings with a 5-0 rout of Aston Villa and Reading beat Everton 2-1 for its first league win. Queens Park Rangers remained winless after a 3-1 loss to Southampton, Arsenal beat Tottenham 5-2, Liverpool defeated Wigan 3-0 and Swansea won 2-1 at Newcastle.
Norwich’s win was just its second in 15 league meetings with United. It continued a strong run at home in which the Canaries have beaten Arsenal in the league and Tottenham in the League Cup over the past month.
Pilkington scored in the 60th minute when he headed Javier Garrido’s cross from the left over goalkeeper Anders Lindergaard and into the top corner.
Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy then made two saves in stoppage time, knocking away a free kick that deflected off the head of defender Sebastien Bassong and stopping a shot from Ashley Young.
United’s third loss in 12 games leaves it one point behind Manchester City. Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez each scored twice in the second half as City rolled over Aston Villa to remain the league’s lone unbeaten team. David Silva also scored for City.
Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie scored as West Brom won for the sixth time in seven home matches this season and extended Chelsea’s winless run to four. The Baggies move into fourth place with 23 points, one fewer than Chelsea in third and four behind Manchester United.
Adam Le Fondre scored twice in the second half to lead Reading to its first win.
Steve Naismith gave Everton the lead in the 10th minute before Le Fondre scored six minutes into the second half. Le Fondre was then fouled in the area by Seamus Coleman in the 79th minute and sent goalkeeper Tim Howard the other way with his penalty kick.
Everton almost tied the game moments later, but Marouane Fellaini’s header hit the post and was gathered by Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici.
Reading’s win leaves QPR as the only winless Premier League club, following Rangers’ home loss to Southampton.
Goals from Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon, plus an own goal from Anton Ferdinand, lifted Southampton to the win in west London. Junior Hoilett scored for QPR, which is in last place with four points.
Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott all scored after Emmanuel Adebayor was red-carded as Arsenal duplicated last season’s 5-2 win over Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.
Adebayor opened the scoring against his former club in the 10th minute, but was sent off eight minutes later for a foot- first challenge on Cazorla. Goals from Mertesacker, Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla then gave Arsenal a 4-1 lead.
Gareth Bale scored for Spurs in the 79th minute before Walcott completed the home side score in stoppage time.
Miguel Michu and Jonathan de Guzman scored in Swansea’s win at Newcastle, while two goals from Luis Suarez helped Liverpool past Wigan.
Fulham host Sunderland tomorrow, with Stoke visiting West Ham in two days.
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