Premier League round-up: Falcao strikes but Man United are held by Aston Villa

first_img Radamel Falcao celebrates Manchester United were denied their seventh win in a row as Aston Villa doggedly held on for a 1-1 draw at Villa Park, despite playing 25 minutes with ten men.A share of the spoils now means the Red Devils sit third in the Premier League, six points behind Chelsea, who play on Monday, and Man City.The Villans had nabbed a shock lead with 18 minutes on the clock as Christian Benteke took down a free-kick and, after twisting and turning, placed a curled left-foot shot into the top corner with David De Gea stationary.Moments into the second period Benteke nearly scored again but this time Spanish ace De Gea was able to tip his header over the bar.Robin van Persie was superbly denied at the opposite end by Brad Guzan as the Red Devils attempted to equalise but it was loan star Radamel Falcao who did get them level as he planted a free header past the American glovesman for his second of the season.Villa were reduced to ten men after 65 minutes when Gabriel Agbonlahor was adjudged to have gone in late on ex-team-mate Ashley Young, but Paul Lambert’s side did enough to hang on and could even have won with a couple of good late chances.Tottenham moved themselves up to sixth in the Premier League as they beat Burnley 2-1 in a thrilling encounter full of skill, pace and guile.Harry Kane is the man of the moment at White Hart Lane and he headed home Nacer Chadli’s cross after 22 minutes to give the hosts the lead.But a bright and bustling Burnley side were back on level terms when Ashley Barnes’ brilliant curled strike left Hugo Lloris with no chance.And Spurs fans were then given a reminder of why they spent £30million on Erik Lamela as he whipped in a winner which may just have made them think Gareth Bale was back in a Lilywhite shirt. The Argentine cut in from the right flank and bent in a dipping strike which evaded the gloves of Tom Heaton, who was at full stretch.Southampton ended a horrendous run of form as they put three unanswered goals past Everton at St Mary’s.The Saints were without a win in six going into the game but put a smile on boss Ronald Koeman’s face as a James Ward-Prowse corner crossed the line after hitting Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku, although Jose Fonte did attempt to claim it.Graziano Pelle doubled their tally when he fired home from a Shane Long knockdown and Maya Yoshida shouldered in a Steven Davis cross as the hosts stopped the rot and left Everton down in tenth.West Ham made light work of rock bottom Leicester City at Upton Park to ensure the remain in the top four.Foxes left-back Paul Konchesky, on his return to Upton Park, handed Andy Carroll a huge gift as his misjudged backpass fell straight to the England man and, after rampage towards goal, he showed a cool head to take on the last defender and then deftly clip his shot over Ben Hamer and into the back of the net.Carroll’s afternoon nearly took a turn for the worse as he appeared to twist his ankle before careering into the hoardings in east London but he managed to avoid serious injury, playing the full 90 minutes.And moments later the Hammers got their second of the afternoon as an audacious touch and shot from Stewart Downing outside the box saw Hamer’s net bulge again, sealing a 2-0 victory.Charlie Austin was again the hero for Queens Park Rangers as his hat-trick helped them beat West Brom 3-2 despite being 2-0 down after 20 minutes.Joleon Lescott’s first goal since September 2012 put the Baggies in front at Loftus Road and Silvestre Varela doubled their lead ten minutes later.An Austin penalty got the Super Hoops back into the game and four minutes into the second period he lashed a shot home to take the score to 2-2.And just minutes from the final whistle Austin powered home a magnificent header to give Harry Redknapp’s men all three points and take them up to 15th in the table.Elsewhere, Swansea City claimed a slim 1-0 win over Hull at the KC Stadium.The Jacks grabbed a fortunate opener as Jonjo Shelvey’s rifled strike deflected beyond Allan McGregor off Ki Sung-Yueng.In response Andrew Robertson hit the upright for the Tigers but Shelvey, attempting to ensure his name was on the scoresheet, hammered a shot into the post at the other end.But there were to be no other goals in the clash leaving Hull languishing in 19th position and putting Garry Monk’s Swans in eighth. 1last_img read more