Rodwell sees red as Liverpool tops Everton

Liverpool claimed a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday in the Merseyside derby after the Blues lost midfielder Jack Rodwell to a red card in the 23rd minute.

Rodwell came sliding in on Liverpool's Luis Suarez in an attempt to win the ball, and although the tackle looked clean, referee Martin Atkinson reached into his pocket and pulled out a red card.

Everton created a few decent chances prior to Rodwell being sent off, but Liverpool took control after the card and was awarded a penalty kick shortly before halftime.

Suarez was once again at the middle of the incident as he was fouled inside the area by Everton's Phil Jagielka. But Dirk Kuyt's penalty was saved by goalkeeper Tim Howard, keeping the match scoreless.

Charlie Adam struck the crossbar for Liverpool just before halftime, but the opener arrived with 20 minutes to play as Jose Enrique pulled a ball back to the front of goal for Andy Carroll to knock home from eight yards.

Suarez put the finishing touches on the match eight minutes from time when he took advantage of a poor clearance from defender Sylvain Distin to slot a shot past Howard from close range.

Liverpool is fifth after the victory and has won its last two games while Everton has suffered two successive defeats.

Manchester United 2, Norwich City 0

Manchester, England - Manchester United needed second-half goals from Anderson and Danny Welbeck to turn back Norwich City, 2-0, at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Norwich made life difficult for the home side but United finally took the lead after 67 minutes on a header from Anderson before Welbeck came off the bench to put the result out of reach in the 86th.

The Red Devils remain tied atop the league with Manchester City after the win, while Norwich had a two-game winning streak halted.

Manchester City 4, Blackburn 0

Blackburn, England - Manchester City scored four times in the second half of a 4-0 victory over Blackburn on Saturday at Ewood Park, helping the Citizens keep pace with Manchester United.

Adam Johnson's goal in the 55th minute broke the scoreless deadlock and Mario Balotelli doubled the advantage three minutes later.

Samir Nasri then scored his first league goal for City in the 72nd before Stefan Savic capped the win with his first goal three minutes from time.

City owns 19 points from seven games while Blackburn has lost its last two matches and resides in 19th place.

Newcastle 2, Wolverhampton 1

Wolverhampton, England - Newcastle's surprising start to the campaign continued on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton at Molineux.

Demba Ba scored his fourth goal in two games in the 17th minute to open the scoring and Jonas Gutierrez tallied another before the break to put Newcastle up two goals.

Wolverhampton entered the match having lost its last three games, and although Steven Fletcher pulled a goal back for the hosts in the 88th minute, it wasn't enough to prevent a fourth successive defeat.

Newcastle moves into third place with the win as the Magpies have claimed 15 points from seven matches.

Aston Villa 2, Wigan 0

Birmingham, England - Aston Villa kept its unbeaten mark alive on Saturday at Villa Park as the club scored a goal in each half to claim a 2-0 win over Wigan.

Gabriel Agbonlahor notched his fourth goal of the campaign in the 35th minute and Darren Bent doubled the lead midway through the second half to help Villa snap a string of four successive draws.

The Villains are sixth in the league table with the win while Wigan suffered its fourth straight loss.

Sunderland 2, West Bromwich 2

Sunderland, England - Sunderland rallied from two goals down in the opening four minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw at home against West Bromwich on Saturday.

The Baggies stormed out to a 2-0 lead inside four minutes with James Morrison and Shane Long both finding the back of the net for the visitors.

But goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Ahmed Elmohamady two minutes apart midway through the first half erased the deficit.