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The Sport Matrix: Friday 27 December 2013
Rodgers fumes at 'horror' refereeing as Liverpool lose
The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers questioned the appointment of referee Lee Mason to officiate their game against Manchester City yesterday, which his Liverpool side lost 2-1.
Rodgers was angry about calls he felt contributed to a "horrendous" performance from the officials. match report, MORE
Rémy at the double as Magpies prevail
Loïc Rémy scored either side of half-time as Newcastle United comprehensively beat nine-man Stoke City 5-1 for their seventh victory in nine matches. Stoke had Glenn Whelan sent off for a second yellow and Marc Wilson was dismissed for fouling Rémy in the penalty area. MORE
Spurs and Baggies share the spoils
Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 1-1 home draw with managerless West Brom in Tim Sherwood's first game as Spurs' permanent head coach. Spurs led through Christian Eriksen's free-kick before Jonas Olsson levelled just two minutes later for West Brom. MORE
Win fires Gunners back to the summit
Theo Walcott struck twice as Arsenal came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 to return to the top of the table. Carlton Cole put West Ham ahead but Walcott levelled for Arsenal in the 68th minute and scored again three minutes later, with Lukas Podolski adding a third. MORE
Hazard strikes for triumphant Blues
Eden Hazard scored the only goal as Chelsea defeated Swansea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, their fifth win in seven league games. The Belgium winger cut in from the left and fired home in the 29th minute to put Jose Mourinho's side two points off the top of the table. MORE
Parker earns Fulham vital win
Scott Parker struck late on as relegation-threatened Fulham earned a crucial 2-1 win at Norwich. Gary Hooper put the hosts ahead but Pajtim Kasami's low free-kick levelled the scores, before Parker scored an 87th-minute winner. MORE
Gayle forces Palace out of drop zone
Crystal Palace moved out of the Premier League relegation places after Dwight Gayle struck a superb injury-time winner to beat Aston Villa 1-0. Gayle, who was introduced after 72 minutes, curled a shot beyond Brad Guzan in the last minute. MORE
Black Cats and Saints celebrate
Sunderland gave their survival chances a lift by beating Everton 1-0. Ki Sung-yueng scored a penalty after keeper Tim Howard was sent off. Southampton, meanwhile, defeated Cardiff 3-0, with Jay Rodriguez impressing with two goals. MORE
United go 2-0 down but beat Hull 3-2
Manchester United came back to beat Hull 3-2. James Chester and David Meyler gave Hull a two-goal lead, but Chris Smalling pulled one back and Wayne Rooney struck his 150th league goal for United, before Chester scored an own goal. MORE
Bell frustrated as batsmen toil again
Ian Bell was frustrated England batsmen could not make big scores after closing on 226-6 on the first day of the fourth Test. He said: "It was more disappointing the way the top six got in and didn't go on." MORE
Ryan Harris had his day in the sun at the MCG – he exuded menace with every over that tested the resolve and technique of each batsman, while barely giving up a ball from which to score. MORE
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