The Midlands derby between West Brom and Wolves was more about points than pride today with both sides struggling at the wrong end of the table.
As it was, the three points went the way of Roy Hodgson’s side as goals in either half from Chris Brunt and substitute Peter Odemwingie condemned Wolves to a fifth successive defeat, their worst run in the top flight since 1984.
The promise of August now seems a distant memory with their hosts today now leapfrogging them in the table.
Arsenal meanwhile grabbed a vital three points as Robin van Persie underlined his commitment to Arsenal with two goals as the Gunners beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Emirates. The Dutch international striker opened the scoring after just 29 seconds however former Gunner Sebastian Larsson equalised on 31 minutes with a free kick to take the sides in at the break level.
However despite squandering a number of chances in the second half Arsenal got their much needed and much deserved three points when Van Persie scored with a lovely free kick 9 minutes from the end.
The win moves Arsenal in the top half of the table, with Van Persie moving to 7 for the season in all competitions. Sunderland meanwhile has now only won once in eight games and currently sits in 17th place.
The main draw of the day as the clash between unbeaten Newcastle and inform Tottenham, chasing a fifth successive win, at St James’s Park. Twice the hosts came a goal down as Shola Ameobi’s goal 4 minutes from time kept their unbeaten record intact and rescued a 2-2 draw.
Rafael van der Vaart put Harry Redknapp’s men ahead from the penalty spot five minutes before the break however in-form striker Demba Ba’s equalised with his fifth goal in three games three minutes after the break to level the tie.
Substitute Jermaine Defoe on for van der Vaart made an immediate impact when he restored Spurs lead 5 minutes after coming on however Ameobi’s late effort saw Newcastle survive their toughest task to date. Newcastle stays fourth with Spurs 6th, three points behind with a game in hand.
WBA 1 -0 Wolves
Arsenal 2 – 1 Sunderland
Newcastle 2 – 2 Tottenham