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PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP: Man City held by QPR as Newcastle send Villa into bottom three

Manchester City have missed a great opportunity to move within striking distance of league leaders Manchester United by being held to a 0-0 draw by QPR.

The reigning champions could have gone within two points of United if they had won at Loftus Road tonight but failed to do so and now sit four in arrears of their crosstown rivals who host Southampton tomorrow night.

Roberto Mancini's men bossed the possession percentage stats column and had many more chances but could not breach Julio Cesar's goal as a spirited R's outfit made it four matches unbeaten, although they still remain three points behind in bottom spot.

Newcastle United have heaped more misery on Aston Villa with a 2-1 result at Villa Park.

Papiss Cisse and a wonderful Yohan Cabaye strike gave the Magpies a two-goal buffer just after the half-hour mark before Christian Benteke gave Villa hope with a penalty early in the second half.

But Alan Pardew's side, who moved up to 15th, managed to see off the charge of Paul Lambert's strugglers who dropped into the relegation zone after extending their winless streak to six league matches.

Stoke City squandered a two-goal advantage at home to Wigan Athletic with the Latics netting twice in the second half to force a 2-2 draw.

Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch had the Potters ahead by the 48th minute but James McArthur and Franco di Santo worked Wigan back into the contest, allowing them to move out of the drop zone and into 17th, with Stoke staying mid-table.

And in Tuesday night's fourth and final fixture, Sunderland and Swansea City played out a 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats stayed put in 11th place as the Swans, undefeated in seven league outings, moved up to eighth.

Tomorrow night sees Arsenal host Liverpool, United at home to the Saints, Everton take on West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham head to Norwich City, Chelsea away at Reading and Fulham and West Ham United meet in a London derby.

2012/13 Barclays Premier League season scores

Aston Villa: 1 (Christian Benteke (p) 49') Newcastle United: 2 (Papiss Cisse 19', Yohan Cabaye 31') Villa Park, Birmingham - 30,334

Queens Park Rangers: 0 Manchester City: 0 Loftus Road, London - 17,894

Stoke City: 2 (Ryan Shawcross 23', Peter Crouch 48') Wigan Athletic: 2 (James McArthur 50', Franco di Santo 61') Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent - 24,421

Sunderland: 0 Swansea City: 0 Stadium of Light, Sunderland - 35,628

Andrew Slevison
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