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Sunderland drew with Southampton 1-1 in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon at the St Mary’s Stadium.

Emanuele Giaccherini gave the Black Cats an early lead but late on Jose Fonte poked the ball past Westwood to give the Saints a point.

There was a shocking change in the Sunderland side as Craig Gardner replaced the ever-promising Cabral in the centre of midfield and it appeared to be the big decider.

Moment of madness or moment of Genius?

The game got off to a flyer for Sunderland as from an early corner, sent in by Sebastian Larsson, Giaccherini leaned down low to twist his header in.

Though the dream start for Paolo Di Canio was nearly wiped away instantly, The Saints sent a teasing ball through which, ‘man-of-the-moment’, Ricky Lambert tapped in. Unfortunately for the England international, it was ruled out for offside.

The game started to get very messy and both teams started to lose shape with both sides struggling to get a stronghold of the possession.

Though it was Southampton that started to turn the heat up as they searched for their equaliser and if not for a great save from Keiren Westwood, they would have had it with Lambert coming in with a superb headed effort.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s pressure was matched by Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore who kept squirming in and around the home side’s box.

The game started to get tasty after that with radical challenges coming in from everywhere and in the space of five minutes, three yellow cards were produced.

Even Craig Gardner managed to get his infamous disciplinary record marked further and only half-an-hour of his season had taken place.

Going into added-time at the end of the first half all seemed calm and as it had been for the past 10 minutes, though a late penalty appeal for Southampton caused concern for many.

However Lee Mason waved it away and it appeared the correct decision.

Both managers were not impressed at half-time and you could see this when they both made changes at the break.

Ji entered the game for Di Canio’s side while Pochettino brought on Nathaniel Clyne and record signing Dani Osvaldo.

The changes seemed to create a sort of urgency for the south-coast side as they started to pile the pressure on the Sunderland defence.

The increased pressure almost paid off for the Saints but Jay Rodriguez could only header it straight into the arms of Westwood, and then Lambert had a shot well saved by the Irish international.

Southampton didn’t stop in their efforts to get their equaliser and Sunderland could not get a hold of the ball in any shape of form.

Then in the 88th minute their efforts and determination payed off as from a free-kick, which didn’t look very dangerous, the ball was poked in by Jose Fonte.

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Arsenal went five points clear at the top of the Premier League by beating nearest challengers Liverpool thanks to classy strikes from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger made one alteration from the XI that started the win at Crystal Palace. Tomas Rosicky replaced Mathieu Flamini. Mikel Arteta served his ban for the red card picked up in that game in midweek. Jack Wilshere missed out with an ankle problem.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was without right back Glen Johnson again due to illness, so academy product Jon Flanagan deptuized. Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho was back on the bench after six weeks out with a shoulder injury.

Czech captain Rosicky worked Simon Mignolet on five minutes after a one-two with Cazorla. Liverpool’s Belgian keeper tipped a shot across goal behind. Jordan Henderson then fluffed his lines as he caught Cazorla in possession and broke for the visitors.

Arsenal began to exert their slick passing on the Reds and were rewarded inside 20 minutes as they broke down the right. Bacary Sagna crossed for Cazorla, and, although his initial header crashed back off the upright, he clinically fired into the roof of the net.

Time and again the Gunners got joy from playing one-twos and Ramsey brought a low stop out of Mignolet. The pattern of play then settled down into breaks and counters from either side, though neither team had sufficient support to capitalize.

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fulham

It was a piece of sheer class from in form Cardiff man Jordon Mutch that proved to be the difference between the sides at Craven Cottage on what proved to be a frustrating autumn afternoon for the Fulham faithful.

Mutch’s goal, struck deep in to added time at the end of the second half, stunned the cottage as Cardiff seized all three points to the delight of their travelling fans and the dismay of under fire Fulham boss Martin Jol.

As the boos echoed once more at the end of the ninety minutes at Craven Cottage, the Dutchman cut an isolated figure as he pondered his future, head in hands within the Fulham dugout.

The early encounters saw Fulham attempt to force Cardiff to play the predominant amount of their football in their own half but they were unable to provide any tangible assistance to strikers Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov who were both peripheral figures throughout the afternoon.

When Steven Caulker rose powerfully to nod home the opener on twelve minutes, it was slightly against the run of play. Cardiff went on to become the more dynamic of the two sides, however, and were a constant threat to the Fulham goal in the face of some hapless defending.

Despite Giorgos Karagounis forcing in-form Cardiff keeper David Marshall into a superb diving save on 28 minutes, it was Cardiff that continued to look the most likely to add another goal as both Fraiser Campbell and Aron Gunnarsson went close around the half hour mark.

Ruiz’s brilliant goal on the stroke of half time gave hope to the Fulham crowd, but it was Cardiff who kept pushing on and it came as no surprise that it was them that took all three points through young Mutch’s stunning effort that sent the Cardiff fans in to dreamland.

His 94th minute effort consigned Jol’s Fulham team to their fourth defeat in six league games this year and means they remain in the bottom three.

Cardiff on the other hand, rise to 11th, leapfrogging champions Manchester United in the process.

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