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Lampard proves his worth to City

January 01, 2015 18:15:34 UK

Frank Lampard scored the winning goal for Manchester City against Sunderland.

Frank Lampard celebrated extending his loan deal with Manchester City until the summer by scoring the winner against Sunderland to move them joint-top of the Premier League.

Lampard, who will stay at City on loan from New York City until the end of the season, came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining and headed in Gael Clichy’s cross two minutes later to put the side back in front after they had let-slip a two-goal lead for the second successive game at the Etihad Stadium.

Following a drab goalless first half Yaya Toure’s thunderbolt on 57 minutes started a run of five goals in the space of 16 second half minutes.

We have Frank who scores goals but we also had four or five clear chances to score. Costel Pantilimon was their best player.

Manuel Pellegrini

Stevan Jovetic made it two, only for Sunderland to get back into the game within two minutes through former player Jack Rodwell’s header. Adam Johnson levelled from the penalty spot against his old club on 71 minutes after Pablo Zabaleta fouled Billy Jones in the area, before Lampard won it two minutes later.

It puts City level on 46 points with Chelsea ahead of their later game at Tottenham.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “I think Frank Lampard is a very important player, particularly in these cases when you need a goal. But we played a very good 90 minutes, we moved the ball well and the only mistake was to give away a second goal from a penalty.

“The penalty was too easy for them. It was our mistake. We have Frank who scores goals but we also had four or five clear chances to score. Costel Pantilimon was their best player.

“We played against 10 defenders for the whole game. Of course I am concerned that again we threw away a two-goal lead but it was different than against Burnley.”

Meanwhile Manchester United stay third but are nine points off the leading pair after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke in the early game on this New Year’s Day.

Ryan Shawcross put Stoke ahead in the second minute at the Britannia Stadium, but Radamel Falcao rescued a point for the Red Devils.

Southampton are a point behind in fourth after goals from Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic sealed a 2-0 win against Arsenal at St Mary’s.

West Ham missed the chance to jump above the Gunners as they were held to a 1-1 draw against struggling West Brom at Upton Park with Saido Berahino cancelling out Diafra Sakho’s effort for the Hammers under the watchful eye of new Albion boss Tony Pulis.

Liverpool also spurned the chnace to edge closer to the top-four as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against bottom club Leicester at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard scored twice from the penalty spot for the Reds in the first half, but David Nugent and Jeffrey Schlupp earned the Foxes a point after the break.

Burnley remain second-bottom despite coming from behind on three occasions to snatch a 3-3 draw at Newcastle United. Steven Taylor, Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko put the Magpies ahead only for a Paul Dummett own goal, Danny Ings and George Boyd to peg them back each time.

Crystal Palace remain in the final relegation place having held Aston Villa to a goalless draw at Villa Park with Alan Pardew poised to take over as Eagles manager in the near future.

Hull move up to 15th with a 2-0 win against struggling Everton, who have lost four games in succession, thanks to goals from Ahmed Elmohamady and Toffees’ old boy Nikica Jelavic.

In the final 3pm game QPR missed the chance to move four points clear of the relegation zone when Wilfried Bony’s stoppage time strike cancelled out Leroy Fer’s first-half effort to rescue a point for Swansea in a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.

Chelsea are 1.44 to win the Premier League, while Manchester City can be backed at 3.25.

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Lampard proves his worth to City

January 01, 2015 18:15:34 UK

Frank Lampard scored the winning goal for Manchester City against Sunderland.

Frank Lampard celebrated extending his loan deal with Manchester City until the summer by scoring the winner against Sunderland to move them joint-top of the Premier League.

Lampard, who will stay at City on loan from New York City until the end of the season, came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining and headed in Gael Clichy’s cross two minutes later to put the side back in front after they had let-slip a two-goal lead for the second successive game at the Etihad Stadium.

Following a drab goalless first half Yaya Toure’s thunderbolt on 57 minutes started a run of five goals in the space of 16 second half minutes.

We have Frank who scores goals but we also had four or five clear chances to score. Costel Pantilimon was their best player.

Manuel Pellegrini

Stevan Jovetic made it two, only for Sunderland to get back into the game within two minutes through former player Jack Rodwell’s header. Adam Johnson levelled from the penalty spot against his old club on 71 minutes after Pablo Zabaleta fouled Billy Jones in the area, before Lampard won it two minutes later.

It puts City level on 46 points with Chelsea ahead of their later game at Tottenham.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “I think Frank Lampard is a very important player, particularly in these cases when you need a goal. But we played a very good 90 minutes, we moved the ball well and the only mistake was to give away a second goal from a penalty.

“The penalty was too easy for them. It was our mistake. We have Frank who scores goals but we also had four or five clear chances to score. Costel Pantilimon was their best player.

“We played against 10 defenders for the whole game. Of course I am concerned that again we threw away a two-goal lead but it was different than against Burnley.”

Meanwhile Manchester United stay third but are nine points off the leading pair after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke in the early game on this New Year’s Day.

Ryan Shawcross put Stoke ahead in the second minute at the Britannia Stadium, but Radamel Falcao rescued a point for the Red Devils.

Southampton are a point behind in fourth after goals from Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic sealed a 2-0 win against Arsenal at St Mary’s.

West Ham missed the chance to jump above the Gunners as they were held to a 1-1 draw against struggling West Brom at Upton Park with Saido Berahino cancelling out Diafra Sakho’s effort for the Hammers under the watchful eye of new Albion boss Tony Pulis.

Liverpool also spurned the chnace to edge closer to the top-four as they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against bottom club Leicester at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard scored twice from the penalty spot for the Reds in the first half, but David Nugent and Jeffrey Schlupp earned the Foxes a point after the break.

Burnley remain second-bottom despite coming from behind on three occasions to snatch a 3-3 draw at Newcastle United. Steven Taylor, Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko put the Magpies ahead only for a Paul Dummett own goal, Danny Ings and George Boyd to peg them back each time.

Crystal Palace remain in the final relegation place having held Aston Villa to a goalless draw at Villa Park with Alan Pardew poised to take over as Eagles manager in the near future.

Hull move up to 15th with a 2-0 win against struggling Everton, who have lost four games in succession, thanks to goals from Ahmed Elmohamady and Toffees’ old boy Nikica Jelavic.

In the final 3pm game QPR missed the chance to move four points clear of the relegation zone when Wilfried Bony’s stoppage time strike cancelled out Leroy Fer’s first-half effort to rescue a point for Swansea in a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road.

Chelsea are 1.44 to win the Premier League, while Manchester City can be backed at 3.25.

Looking for a top tip this weekend? Head to the bet365 YouTube channel and get the views of Sam Matterface & our very own Steve Freeth in the latest bet365 Update.

Don’t forget all Premier League matches are covered by the bet365 100% Euro Soccer Bonus, where you could earn a bonus of up to 100% on your returns on pre-match accumulator bets.

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