United rallies to earn win over QPR

Published November 24, 2012

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Manchester United's penchant for coming from behind was once more on display for the Old Trafford crowd to watch as the Red Devils rallied to pick up three points in a 3-1 defeat of last-place QPR on Saturday.

United have conceded first in 13 of 20 games across all competitions this season, including the last five.

But despite leaking the opening goal just six minutes into the second half of Saturday's contest, United was able to climb back into first place in the Premier League thanks to three goals in the span of seven minutes.

Jamie Mackie had given visiting QPR a shock lead in the 51st minute when he tucked home a loose ball after Anders Lindegaard's parried away a low cross.

United drew level in the 63rd minute when Danny Welbeck nodded a corner kick into the six-yard box. Jonny Evans was first to react, beating Julio Cesar and multiple QPR defenders to the ball to head home the equalizer.

The home side made the most of another corner kick shortly after as Darren Fletcher powered his uncontested header into the back of the net in the 67th minute.

Three minutes later, the Red Devils extended their lead when second-half substitute Anderson slipped a through ball into the path of Javier Hernandez. The Mexico international cooly slotted his shot past Cesar and into the lower corner for his fifth goal of the season.

Manchester United becomes the first team in England's top flight to reach 10 wins on the season. The Red Devils improve to 30 points to go two points clear of Manchester City, which faces Chelsea on Sunday.

QPR, which sacked manager Mark Hughes on Friday and announced the hiring of Harry Redknapp hours before kickoff on Saturday, remains bottom of the league one four points. The Rangers are still searching for their first league win of the campaign.

West Bromwich 4, Sunderland 2

Sunderland, England - West Bromwich moved up to third place in the Premier League on Saturday, clinching its fourth successive win with a 4-2 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Zoltan Gera and Shane Long gave the Baggies the lead before halftime. Craig Gardner cut Sunderland's deficit in half before Romelu Lukaku's 81st-minute penalty restored West Brom's two-goal advantage.

Stephane Sessegnon pulled the Black Cats to within a goal once more, but Marc- Antoine Fortune scored five minutes into second-half stoppage time to seal all three points for the Baggies.

West Bromwich moves to within four points of first-place Manchester United while Sunderland, with three losses in its last four outings, stays put on 12 points.

Aston Villa 0, Arsenal 0

Birmingham, England - Arsenal was held to its fifth draw of the season as the Gunners played to a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.

The best chance of the match came in the second half when Brett Holman's powerful shot from distance was tipped onto the crossbar by Wojciech Szczesny.

Arsenal retains sixth place with 20 points on the campaign. Villa improves to 10 points to climb out of the relegation zone.

Everton 1, Norwich City 1

Liverpool, England - Everton dropped two points in disappointing fashion on Saturday, conceding a late goal in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Goodison Park.

Steven Naismith gave the Toffees a first-half lead that they held until the 89th minute when Sebastien Bassong struck to earn the visiting Canaries their 15th point of the season and extend their unbeaten run to six games.

Everton, which has won just once in its last seven league contests, improves to 21 points.

Wigan 3, Reading 2

Wigan, England - Jordi Gomez rescued Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday, scoring a hat trick to see the Latics claim a 3-2 win over Reading.

Sean Morrison had put Reading in front in the 35th minute, but Gomez scored 11 minutes apart in the second half to give Wigan the lead. A bad gaffe from Ali Al Habsi leveled the score in the 79th minute, but Gomez completed his hat trick by scoring in the second minute of added time to snap Wigan's two-game slide.

Wigan improves to 14 points, five points better than Reading.

Stoke City 1, Fulham 0

Stoke-on-Trent, England - Charlie Adam scored the lone goal in Stoke City's 1-0 defeat of Fulham at the Britannia on Saturday.

The former Liverpool midfielder latched on to Peter Crouch's header and slammed home the loose ball from close range to help the Potters to their seventh point in their last three Premier League contests.

Fulham has lost two straight to remain on 16 points, now level with Stoke City.

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