Manchester United 5 - 0 Stoke City

The 100th and 101st goals of Cristiano Ronaldo's eventful Manchester United career were the highlights of their 5-0 defeat of Stoke City at Old Trafford. Despite the brace, it was a trying afternoon for the Portuguese star, who looked frustrated at times.

Ultimately, however, Ronaldo made a telling impact, not only scoring the opening goal but also setting up the second for Michael Carrick on the stroke of half-time. For good measure, he curled in the final United goal in the 89th minute with one of his trademark, unerring free-kicks into the bottom right-hand corner from 20 yards.

Dimitar Berbatov added a third and substitute Danny Welbeck scored his first for the club with a stunning 25-yard shot which soared into the roof of the Stoke goal, before the scoring was concluded in the final minute by Ronaldo., although the Red Devils missed the opportunity to make up even more ground on Chelsea in the goal difference department.

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Bolton 0 - 2 Liverpool

Goals by Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard ensured Liverpool's title surge gathered momentum with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Bolton Wanderers. The Dutchman's seventh goal of the season set his team on the way, before the England midfielder struck after half-time to send the Reds three points clear at the top of the Premier League table, at least for a few hours.

Bolton were saved by the woodwork in the 22nd minute, when Kuyt let fly from 12 yards following good work by Gerrard, before the former made the breakthrough six minutes later with his 20th Premier League goal since joining from Feyenoord in August 2006. The goal was made by Fabio Aurelio, whose inch-perfect cross floated over Bolton's defence and found the head of Kuyt, who in turn found the corner of the net.

Liverpool's second goal arrived in the 72nd minute, Torres producing a superb cross for Gerrard to glance a header past Jaaskelainen. The Bolton keeper then made fine saves to deny the lively Torres and Alonso as the Reds finished strongly.

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Arsenal 0 - 2 Aston Villa

Aston Villa underlined their credentials to gatecrash the English Premier League's top four with a richly deserved 2-0 win at Arsenal. Martin O'Neill's side shrugged off a poor run of recent results to inflict only the Gunners' third defeat at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to Gael Clichy's own goal and a second from the impressive Gabriel Agbonlahor.

They had already made a hash of dealing with James Milner's inswinging cross, with Clichy booting off the line, when the loose ball fell to Ashley Young. The England U-21 international nipped in ahead of Theo Walcott, whose despairing lunge caught Young on the heels. Mike Riley duly pointed to the spot but Arsenal's luck was in. Gareth Barry, Villa's regular penalty taker, had been injured by Fabregas in the build-up, so Young assumed responsibility. His spot-kick was weak, Almunia leaping to his right to parry before William Gallas prevented Young redeeming himself on the rebound.

The speed and skill of Milner, Young and Agbonlahor continued to stretch the Gunners and in the 70th minute, they scored the goal they deserved. Young curled in an inviting cross and Clichy, in his desperation to block off Agbonlahor's run, headed past a startled Almunia to put Villa ahead. Then, after Emmanuel Adebayor, belatedly introduced from the bench, had clipped the outside of the goal frame, the visitors sealed victory in the 70th minute when Agbonlahor surged past Gallas and volleyed home.

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West Bromwich Albion 0 - 3 Chelsea

Nicolas Anelka maintained his impressive start to life under Luiz Felipe Scolari to help Chelsea to a convincing 3-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion and into the Premier League record books. The France striker took his personal goal tally for the season to 13 as the Blues made it ten successive away wins in the league, and confirmed the worst fears of Baggies manager Tony Mowbray

His first was the result of Albion's inability to clear their defensive lines, allowing Florent Malouda to guide a header into vast acres of space between Scott Carson and his defence. Anelka's devastating pace to reach the ball first was matched with a sublime clip to break the deadlock. Jose Bosingwa doubled Chelsea's lead, his swerving shot from the corner of the penalty area flying into the back of the net despite Carson getting a hand to the ball.

Abdoulaye Meite could not have wished for a more difficult return game after a spell of inactivity with a thigh injury, and in first half stoppage time his lack of action was cruelly exposed by the irrepressible Anelka. Again his pace was simply too much to cope with, but he was assisted by some more uncertain goalkeeping from Carson, who allowed Anelka's shot to beat him at the near post. FIFA

Full results;
Bolton Wanderers 0 - 2 Liverpool
Arsenal 0 - 2 Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers 1 - 2 Sunderland
Fulham 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 5 - 0 Stoke C.
Newcastle United 2 - 2 Wigan Athletic
West Ham United 0 - 0 Portsmouth
West Bromwich Albion 0 - 3 Chelsea
Everton ? - ? Middlesbrough
Hull City ? - ? Manchester City


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