Liverpool won 1-0 at Bolton today to climb out of the relegation positions in English soccer’s Premier League. Newcastle defeated 10-man Sunderland 5-1.
Maxi Rodriguez’s 86th-minute goal at the Reebok Stadium secured Liverpool’s first away win of the season and lifts the Reds six places to 12th in the standings. Liverpool is one spot ahead of Aston Villa, which tied 0-0 against local rival Birmingham City.
“It’s just nice to be out of that bottom three, we’ve been in there a while so it’s been difficult to look at the table,” Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports.
Liverpool, Bolton, Villa, Sunderland and Fulham are on 12 points. Newcastle climbs to seventh on 14 points, while 14th- place Birmingham has 11 points. Defending champion Chelsea tops the league with 25 points.
Liverpool scored at Bolton during a period of concerted pressure late in the game as Roy Hodgson’s team looked for back- to-back wins.
Both teams had created several opportunities, with Torres wasting a couple of chances for Liverpool. The Spain forward raced toward goal on eight minutes, but delayed his shot and then failed to connect cleanly with the ball.
Bolton also had good efforts, with Kevin Davies heading inches past the post, and Stuart Holden testing Jose Reina with a long-range shot.
Kevin Nolan got three goals, while Shola Ameobi scored twice at St. James’ Park as Newcastle ended a seven-match unbeaten league run by its northeast neighbour Sunderland.
Nolan gave Newcastle a 26th-minute lead with an overhead kick and scored again eight minutes later to put the home team in control. Sunderland’s chances of a comeback were then hit just before halftime when Ameobi netted from a penalty kick.
Sunderland’s ex-Newcastle defender Bramble was dismissed early in the second half after bringing down Andy Carroll as he ran at goal. Ameobi and Nolan each scored again to seal the win.
“We’re delighted, we’ve worked so hard this week and it’s paid off today,” Nolan told Sky Sports.
Bent replied in injury time with his eighth goal of the season, two-thirds of his team’s total in all competitions. Asamoah Gyan is the only other player to score for the Black Cats, excluding own goals.
The scoreless Midlands derby ended a run of six straight wins by Villa against its local rival, which is still without an away victory this season.
Chelsea maintained its five-point lead at the top of the standings following a 2-1 win at Blackburn yesterday. Second- place Arsenal beat West Ham 1-0, while Manchester United defeated Tottenham 2-0 to join the Gunners on 20 points.
Elsewhere, Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Manchester City 2- 1, Fulham defeated Wigan 2-0, and Everton won 1-0 against Stoke City. Blackpool hosts West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.
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