PREMIERSHIP WRAP: Man City go joint top after win at West Ham, whilst Villa gain bragging rights over West Brom and Blackpool collect three points at Stoke.

Manchester City go joint top of the Premiership with a 3-1 win at West Ham heaping more pressure on Hammers boss Avram Grant.
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Manchester City go joint top of the Premiership with a 3-1 win at West Ham heaping more pressure on Hammers boss Avram Grant.

City have now gone seven games unbeaten after their comfortable victory at Upton Park, leaving West Ham at the bottom of the Premiership.

Yaya Toure opened the scoring for the visitor’s with a splendid effort on the half-hour.

The home side tried to get back into the game but were undone when Toure fortunately hit post and keeper Robert Green before finishing up in the back of the net.

Number three arrived courtesy of substitute Adam Johnson before West Ham’s late consolation from James Tomkins.

Aston Villa overcame Midlands rivals West Brom 2-1, the fourth time in the last five meetings this scoreline has been achieved.

This ended a run of three successive losses for Villa and began when Stewart Downing scored slightly against the run of play in the first half.

Marc Albrighton was again provider ten minutes from time, this time for Emile Heskey to head home.

The Baggies did manage to pull a goal back late through Paul Scharner.

Blackpool nicked the three points at Stoke, 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium for only their third clean sheet at Stoke in 35 visit’s.

Stoke paid the price for first half missed chances, hitting the woodwork and an effort disallowed.

The Potters were made to pay at the start of the second period when DJ Campbell finished after good work by Luke Varney and Charlie Adam.

Everton are now without a win in seven after a 0-0 draw against struggling Wigan, who stay in the relegation zone.

Everton again lacked a cutting edge in a scrappy encounter in which Tim Cahill hit a post, but for Wigan, who have lost six of their last seven meetings with the Toffees, it was a welcome point.

Fulham are still only just above the drop zone following a goalless draw at home to Sunderland.

An uninspiring game was to be expected from two sides whose four previous meetings have produced just two goals.

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