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Sep 1, 2012

City see off QPR

Manchester City have moved within two points of Premier League leaders Chelsea after a 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium.

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This fixture was the scene of last season's thrilling climax to the Premier League season and, while it could never live up to the extraordinary drama of that day, City will have been satisfied to have come away with three points against opponents who have a tendency to cause Roberto Mancini's men problems.

City made the breakthrough after only 16 minutes when Yaya Toure fired home from close range but, while the hosts always looked much the better team, they were unable to extend their advantage. It looked to have cost them when Bobby Zamora headed home after Joe Hart had parried an Andrew Johnson shot, but the champions replied almost immediately as Edin Dzeko headed home from a Carlos Tevez cross.

City put gloss on the scoreline in injury time when Tevez diverted a tame Dzeko shot beyond Robert Green. The result leaves City level on points with second-placed Swansea and West Brom, while QPR have lost two of their opening three games.

Norwich City denied Andre Villas-Boas his first victory as Tottenham Hotspur manager as they salvaged a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

Robert Snodgrass scored his first goal for the Canaries with five minutes remaining to secure Chris Hughton's first away point as Norwich manager.

Substitute Moussa Dembele had opened the scoring for Tottenham, firing low across Norwich keeper John Ruddy in the 68th minute.

West Brom ended Everton's encouraging start to the new season with a 2-0 victory at The Hawthorns, as Shane Long and Gareth McAuley capitalised on their side's better delivery to ensure Steve Clarke picked up another welcome victory.

It took until the second half for the Baggies to break the deadlock, and the introduction of substitute Peter Odemwingie proved the catalyst. The Nigeria international put in a perfect cross into the box - the best bit of service in the match - and Long showed his gratitude as he planted the ball beyond Tim Howard.

Everton, who were generally lacklustre after a solid start to the season, looked livelier after the introduction of their own livewire, Kevin Mirallas, but ultimately paid the price for their wastefulness in front of goal. Just minutes before Long fired the decisive goal of the game, Marouane Fellaini had been guilty of flashing over a similarly gilt-edged chance after a fine ball into him.

The Baggies drove home their advantage with just over ten minutes remaining, this time from a corner. Chris Brunt swung in an inviting ball from the right, and McAuley rose highest to take the opportunity and secure all three points.

Sunderland claimed a 2-2 draw against Swansea after a fine debut from Steven Fletcher.

The new signing from Wolves fired two goals to give the Black Cats a great chance of victory, but twice saw his efforts cancelled out by Wayne Routledge - with a rasper from long range - and the effervescent Michu as the home side rallied back at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea had defender Chico sent off late on.

West Ham grabbed their second Premier League win of the season with a 3-0 demolition of Fulham, as new signing Andy Carroll made a significant impact.

The Hammers did not even need a minute to grab the lead in the contest, Kevin Nolan volleying home from eight yards after Carroll's powerful flick-on had released Ricardo Vaz Te into the box to provide the assist.

Winston Reid then headed home from a corner shortly afterwards to make it 2-0, before Matthew Taylor completed the scoring just before half-time with a precise low drive after Brede Hangeland had failed to clear properly under pressure from Carroll.

Fulham were never really in the contest at Upton Park, with even the second half introduction of their own eye-catching deadline day signing, Dimitar Berbatov, failing to spark any sort of revival.

Wigan and Stoke played out a 2-2 draw, with Peter Crouch eventually ensuring a share of the spoils for the visitors at the DW Stadium.

Shaun Maloney and Jonathan Walters had exchanged penalties before Franco Di Santo put the Latics into a 2-1 lead, but Crouch had the final say as the match finished level.

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