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Manchester United Draws 0-0 at Sunderland, Tottenham Beats Villa

Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Manchester United drew 0-0 at Sunderland, losing a chance to tie Chelsea at the top of England’s Premier League. Tottenham came back to win 2-1 at home against Aston Villa.

United survived several close efforts by Sunderland, with Bolo Zenden hitting the post in the first half, and Darren Bent missing from close. United, whose locker room was flooded by a burst pipe before the start, has now drawn four straight away matches. Chelsea hosts third-place Arsenal tomorrow.

In London, Spurs got goals from Rafael Van der Vaart in each half after going behind to Villa on a goal from Marc Albrighton. The loss ended Gerard Houllier’s perfect record as Villa manager.

“They started very well,” Tottenham coach Harry Redknapp said in televised remarks. “They were dangerous on the break. We were better in the second half. We were stronger than them in the second half.”

Everton defeated Birmingham 2-0 on a Roger Johnson own-goal and an injury-time header from Tim Cahill. The loss ended Birmingham’s unbeaten streak in 18-league home matches. The three points means Everton moves out of last place, and Liverpool drops into the relegation zone.

West Ham came back with a Frederic Piquionne goal to draw 1-1 with Fulham at home. Fulham, which has tied six of its seven league games this season, got a goal from Clint Dempsey.

Stoke defeated Blackburn 1-0 at home as Jon Walters scored his first league goal. West Brom came back with a James Morrison header to draw 1-1 at home with Bolton, which went ahead in the second half when Johan Elmander scored.

Wigan’s Jordi Gomez and Hugo Rodallega scored as the club beat Wolves 2-0 at home to move out of the relegation zone.

Gomez scored with a free kick in the 65th minute and Rodallega took advantage of poor defending to grab the second in 85th minute. Wolves captain Karl Henry was dismissed in the first half for an illegal challenge on Gomez.

The victory gives Wigan 8 points from 7 matches, pushing the team into 10th place. Wolves drop into the relegation zone in 18th place, with 5 points from 7 games.

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