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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Sunday's Premier Action 14 / 03 / 04

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posted on Mar, 14 2004 @ 05:45 PM
Manchester City completed a miserable week for Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United with a famous 4-1 derby victory over their bitter rivals on Sunday afternoon.

Robbie Fowler, Jon Macken, Trevor Sinclair and Shaun Wright-Phillips got the goals as Kevin Keegan's side tasted glory in the first derby at the City of Manchester Stadium.United were bidding to bounce back quickly after their shock Champions League exit at the hands of Porto on Tuesday.

The pressure increased on under-fire Gerard Houllier as his Liverpool side crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Southampton.The Saints, with new boss Paul Sturrock in charge for the first time, took the points with second-half goals from James Beattie and Kevin Phillips.Beattie opened the scoring on 51 minutes, dinking the ball over Jerzy Dudek after linking up with Phillips.Liverpool had the chance to level the score 17 minutes from time when Jason Dodd was penalised harshly for a foul on Harry Kewell.But Michael Owen, who also missed a string of other chances on a miserable afternoon, had his penalty saved by the excellent Antti Niemi.The Saints added insult to injury for the visitors in the dying seconds when Phillips beat Dudek with a deflected strike from 20 yards out.

Newcastle's hopes of climbing back into fourth place were dented as Andy O'Brien's own goal four minutes from the end gave Tottenham all three points.After 22 goals in the previous three games at White Hart Lane most people expected another feast, especially with the likes of Robbie Keane, Jermain Defoe, Fredi Kanoute, Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy on display.However, apart from a poor miss by Gary Doherty and a goalline clearance by Jonathan Woodgate, neither side looked like scoring until Spurs got that late, lucky break.

Juan Pablo Angel's double helped Aston Villa make a mockery of Wolves' Premiership credentials as they cruised to a 4-0 victory at Molineux.Angel netted a goal in each half and joined Thomas Hitzlsperger and Olof Mellberg on the scoresheet as the visitors cantered home with embarrassing ease.Wolves' sturdy home form was washed away by a mixture of fine Villa moves and inept defending.And, with consecutive trips to Liverpool and Chelsea now looming, Wolves' latest calamity is likely to prove the costliest of the lot.Wolves have won just four solitary points on their travels this season and the home form they have long relied on simply evaporated.


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