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EPL: Villa End United’s Winning Run, Saints Hammer Everton

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Ten-man Aston Villa ended Manchester United’s six-game winning run with a hard-earned draw at Villa Park.

United dominated possession but fell behind to Christian Benteke’s superb left-foot strike before Radamel Falcao headed them level after the break.

Gabriel Agbonlahor was dismissed for a heavy tackle on Ashley Young, prompting United pressure and Michael Carrick’s header was cleared off the line.

They could not force a winner and sit seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

And Southampton ended their run of five straight defeats as they comfortably beat Everton to remain in the Premier League top five.

Romelu Lukaku headed into his own net in the first half, moments after Shane Long had a penalty appeal rejected.

Ross Barkley’s 20-yard first-half shot for the visitors was the only effort on target from either side after an hour.

But Graziano Pelle doubled the hosts’ lead from close range before Maya Yoshida headed in to seal the win.

It was Pelle’s 11th goal of the season as the Saints made light of the absence of several key players to get back to winning ways in emphatic style after six matches without a victory in all competitions.

At the City of Manchester Stadium, David Silva scored twice as Manchester City joined Chelsea at the top of the table with victory over Crystal Palace.

The reigning champions had struggled to break down a resilient Palace side until the Spaniard made the breakthrough soon after half-time, reports the BBC.

His deflected shot off Scott Dann inside the area gave goalkeeper Julian Speroni little chance.

Silva then slotted in from Aleksandar Kolarov’s cross before Yaya Toure smashed in after a swift break.

The victory means City have recorded eight consecutive wins in all competitions and, perhaps more telling, are now only second to Chelsea on goal difference having been nine points behind them six games ago.

City would have taken the outright Premier League lead had they scored a fourth, although after a frustrating first half, that target surely would have been revised to just getting three points.

The home team struggled to get behind two banks of defensive lines in front of goalkeeper Speroni, and with no senior strikers available, Manuel Pellegrini’s experiment of playing James Milner the furthest forward did not work.

EPL RESULTS

Aston Villa 1-1 Man Utd

Hull 0-1 Swansea

Man City 3- 0 Crystal Palace

QPR 3-2 West Brom

Southampton 3-0 Everton

Tottenham 2-1 Burnley

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