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Premier League Roundup: Manchester City Held By Hull But Chelsea Win At Aston Villa

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LONDON – Manchester City have fallen seven points behind league-leaders Chelsea after drawing at home with Hull , with the Blues winning away at Aston Villa on Saturday.

A stoppage-time equaliser from James Milner, who drove home a free-kick, spared City from conceding even more ground in the title race to grab a 1-1 draw, after they had fallen behind to Steve Bruce’s struggling side early on.

David Meyler capitalised on poor defending to rifle home the opener and set Hull on course for a vital three points in their fight against relegation, but they were forced to settle for just the one that keeps them out of the bottom-three on goal difference only.

Branislav Ivanovic, meanwhile, volleyed home a superb winner to make sure Chelsea extended their lead at the top, after Jores Okore had cancelled out Eden Hazard’s early opener.

Hazard swept home a cross from Willian on eight minutes before Okore ended Everton’s dismal run of almost 11 hours without a Premier League goal before half-time with a header.

In the day’s early kick-off, Tottenham got one over their arch-rivals Arsenal with a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane that lifted them above their neighbours into fifth in the division.

The visitors took the lead against the run of play when Mesut Ozil volleyed in a miscued shot from Oliver Giroud on 11 minutes but Harry Kane struck twice in the second half to send White Hart Lane into pandemonium.

Southampton kept up their push for a Champions League place after Sadio Mane scored a dramatic injury time against managerless QPR at Loftus Road.

Onuoha looked to have redeemed himself for an error in the build-up to Mane’s goal even later in injury time when he forced the ball across the line, but it was ruled out for a foul on Saints keeper Fraser Forster.

In the evening Merseyside derby, live on Sky Sports 1 HD, Everton and Liverpool contested a fascinatingly tactical 0-0 draw.

Jordan Ibe impressed it what what likely to be Steven Gerrard’s last ever derby for the reds, while Spurs loanee Aaron Lennon made his Everton debut, but neither side could find an opening.

In the relegation scrap, Crystal Palace moved futher away from danger and continued their resurgence under Alan Pardew with a vital 1-0 win at bottom-club Leicester – their fourth straight away win in all competitions.

Joe Ledley headed in via the crossbar in the second half that made sure the Foxes remain rooted to the foot of the league, three points adrift of safety – and that gap could grow if Burnley manage to claim something from their game with West Brom on Sunday.

In Saturday’s other 3pm kick-off, Swansea came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland.

Jermain Defoe showed why he could prove to be such a shrewd acquisition for Sunderland as he ran from inside his own half to fire the ball into the bottom corner, just moments after Swansea had a ‘goal’ ruled out for offside.

But Swansea, beaten 5-0 at home to Chelsea in their last game on their home patch, have not lost back-to-back home matches at Liberty Stadium since January 2014 and Ki Sung-Yeung popped up to ensure that run would continue.

The South Korea international headed home Kyle Naughton’s precise cross from the right flank to earn a share of the spoils for the Swans. – Sky Sports

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