The Sport Matrix: Friday 27 December 2013


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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

John Townsend

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