Premier League 2020/21 Matchday 23: Highlights and reports from the weekend's games

With every game available to watch on BT TV, here is your one-stop shop for best of the action.

By Tim Williams Published: 9 February 2021 - 3.20pm

After a midweek Premier League bonanza on BT Sport, the English top flight continued with 10 more games in Matchday 23.

BT TV was the only place to watch every match, with three exclusively live on BT Sport.

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Saturday 6 February

Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal 

Ollie Watkins’ early goal proved the winner as Aston Villa beat Arsenal 1-0 at home – the Gunners’ second defeat in the West Midlands in five days.

Watkins put Villa ahead in the second minute with a deflected shot past Arsenal debutant Mat Ryan.

Former Gunners keeper Emiliano Martinez made good saves to keep out a Granit Xhaka free-kick in the first half and a Nicolas Pepe effort after the break.

Ryan also pulled off some decent stops, including denying Jack Grealish as Villa pushed for a second goal late in the game.

At the other end, substitute Martin Odegaard fired a good chance over the bar as Arsenal slipped to another loss, four days on from the 2-1 reverse at Wolves.

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Newcastle 3-2 Southampton 

Joe Willock marked his debut with a goal as nine-man Newcastle scrapped their way to a 3-2 Premier League victory over Southampton.

The Arsenal loanee opened the scoring on an eventful afternoon at St James’ Park where his side led 2-0 and 3-1 courtesy of Jan Bednarek’s own goal and a third from Miguel Almiron either side of Takumi Minamino’s strike in his first appearance for the Saints.

However, a fine James Ward-Prowse free-kick dragged the visitors, who finished Tuesday’s 9-0 drubbing at Manchester United with only nine men on the pitch, back into it and they dominated following Jeff Hendrick’s dismissal for a second bookable offence and Fabian Schar’s premature departure through injury.

To their credit, battle-scarred Newcastle managed to hang on to claim just their second win in 14 attempts in all competitions against the odds on a filthy Tyneside afternoon.

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Burnley 1-1 Brighton 

Johann Berg Gudmundsson made amends for an earlier mistake by bagging the leveller in Burnley’s 1-1 draw against Brighton, as both sides inched further away from the Premier League relegation zone.

Lewis Dunk’s towering header from a corner sailed into the net, despite the presence of Gudmundsson at the back post, with the Iceland winger seeming to lose his footing in the pouring rain at the crucial moment.

However, Gudmundsson’s strike eight minutes after half-time ensured an eighth draw in the most recent 11 meetings between the teams, with ex-Brighton striker Ashley Barnes denied by an offside flag shortly after the equaliser.

Burnley remain 17th but are now nine points clear of the bottom three after earning a share of the spoils here, while Brighton are 11 ahead of 18th-placed Fulham after extending their unbeaten run to six matches.

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Fulham 0-0 West Ham 

Fulham played out their ninth Premier League draw of the season as they frustrated in-form 10-man West Ham in a goalless draw at Craven Cottage.

The Hammers finished the game with 10 men after Tomas Soucek was dismissed in second-half stoppage time – following an extensive VAR review – for putting his elbow in Aleksandar Mitrovic’s face.

Referee Mike Dean consulted the pitchside monitor before making the decision, having initially waved play on.

Scott Parker’s men bounced back from their lacklustre 2-0 defeat by Leicester in midweek and were able to subdue the in-form Michail Antonio but could not break the deadlock.

The draw means that only Brighton have had more draws this season than the Cottagers, with 10.

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Man United 3-3 Everton 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's dramatic last-gasp equaliser denied Manchester United a vital win as their title hopes were dealt a further blow after a thrilling game at Old Trafford on Saturday night.

Edinson Cavani had nodded the Red Devils in front from close range to score his third goal against Everton of the season before Bruno Fernandes' delightful long-range effort doubled the home side's tally on the stroke of half-time.

But the visitors came flying out of the traps in the second half when Abdoulaye Doucoure punished an unconvincing flap by David De Gea to haul Everton back into it.

The French midfielder then turned provider as he crossed for James Rodriguez to half-volley into the bottom corner with the scores level on 52 minutes.

Scott McTominay's flicked header into the far corner from a Luke Shaw free-kick appeared to secure three points for United until Dominic Calvert-Lewin reacted quickest to a loose ball inside the penalty area in the dying moments to snatch a deserved draw for Everton.

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Sunday 7 February

Tottenham 2-0 West Brom

Tottenham returned to winning ways as they heaped further misery on an embattled West Brom with a workmanlike victory in north London.

Harry Kane, making a surprise start on his return from an ankle injury, made his presence felt with a well-taken goal in the second half after Spurs had been kept at bay by Sam Allardyce's men in the opening 45.

The England skipper capitalised on a lapse in concentration among the West Brom back line to escape into a yard of space in the box, sliding past Sam Johnstone after a neat through ball from Pierre-Emile Hojberg.

Close comrade Hueng-min Son then added his name to the scoresheet as Spurs punished the Baggies with a swift, incisive counter-attack.

That would be the last real action of the game as Spurs showed a steely resolve to keep control of the match, securing a win that moved them up to 7th in the table.

Wolves 0-0 Leicester

Wolves and Leicester played out a goalless draw at Molineux in a game that produced little for either manager to chew on.

Leicester looked the brighter of the two sides and carried an ever-present threat through the creativity of playmaker James Maddison but rarely threatened the Wolves goal.

Wolves striker Fabio Silva spurned the chance of the game when he saw his close range effort magnificently stopped by Foxes keeper Kasper Schemeichel.

Jamie Vardy also went close in the dying moments with a deft header but in truth neither side did enough to win the match.

Liverpool 1-4 Man City

An Ilkay Gundogan brace and two errors from goalkeeper Alisson Becker saw Manchester City stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a fine victory over reigning champions Liverpool.

The Germany midfielder had earlier blazed over a penalty after Raheem Sterling had been tripped but was on hand to put the visitors ahead and on course to a 4-1 win at Anfield.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was able to recall captain Jordan Henderson, Alisson and Sadio Mane for a key game in the title race.

But Alisson gifted City two goals after Mohamed Salah had levelled with a penalty of his own, the Brazil number one twice passing straight to opposing players as Gundogan and Sterling made him pay.

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Sheffield United 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea remain unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel and are up to fifth place in the Premier League after a 2-1 win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The result saw the Blades’ recent resurgence halted by an 18th defeat of the season, leaving Chris Wilder’s team rooted to the bottom of the table and 12 points from safety.

Mason Mount starred for Chelsea again, scoring the opening goal just before half-time, but the hosts were level early in the second half through Antonio Rudiger’s own goal.

However, parity lasted just four minutes and Jorginho’s 58th-minute penalty was enough to secure all three points for Chelsea.

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Monday 8 February

Leeds 2-0 Crystal Palace

Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford scored in either half as Leeds beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to climb into the Premier League’s top 10.

Harrison’s deflected shot gave Leeds a flying start and Bamford tucked home a rebound for his 12th league goal of the season early in the second period.

Leeds secured their 10th top-flight win of the season and gained sweet revenge for a 4-1 defeat at Selhurst Park in November.

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