Man City, Liverpool trample opponents

Man City, Liverpool trample opponents

 Manchester City seized the chance to put Premier League leaders Manchester United under pressure with David Silva’s double in a 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday while Liverpool enjoyed a 5-0 romp against Norwich City.

United face a tricky trip to fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday with their advantage at the top whittled down to four points after Spain midfielder Silva struck in the second and 69th minutes for hosts and champions City.

Jordan Henderson, long seen as a major flop, scored a rare goal in seventh-placed Liverpool’s home thrashing of Norwich when his thunderous shot on the turn from the edge of the area flew into the corner of the net after 26 minutes.

TSturridge then made it three goals in three games since joining from Chelsea when he converted a cross from another Liverpool misfit Stewart Downing in the second half.

Captain Steven Gerrard added a fourth from distance and Ryan Bennett’s own goal made it five as Brendan Rodgers’ side showed real signs of promise after a fitful season so far.

There was also a landmark early strike for Queens Park Rangers debutant Loic Remy, who coolly netted in a 1-1 draw at London rivals West Ham United which left Harry Redknapp’s side four points adrift at the bottom.

Former Chelsea and Liverpool winger Joe Cole grabbed the 68th-minute equaliser on the rebound for his first goal since rejoining the Hammers.

Reading jumped out of the relegation zone with another comeback after substitute Adam Le Fondre’s brace in 2-1 away win that left 16th-placed Newcastle United reeling after France midfielder Yohan Cabaye's free kick gave the hosts the lead.

Wigan Athletic fell into the bottom three following a 3-2 home defeat by resurgent Sunderland and are level on points with Reading and second-bottom Aston Villa.

In mid-table, Swansea City shone again as Jonathan de Guzman scored twice in a 3-1 home win over Stoke City, who have conceded 10 in three matches in the league this month but at least saw a first club goal for substitute Michael Owen late on.

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