Newcastle defeated Wigan 1-0 to maintain its unbeaten start to the season in English soccer’s Premier League.
Yohan Cabaye scored in the 81st minute to give Newcastle the home win. West Brom beat 10-man Aston Villa 2-1, Sunderland defeated Bolton 2-0, Wolverhampton tied Swansea 2-2 and Norwich drew 1-1 at Liverpool.
Cabaye’s first goal since signing from Lille in the summer stretched Newcastle’s unbeaten start to nine matches. The Magpies have five wins and four draws for 18 points to move within a point of third-place Chelsea.
Cabaye scored after taking a pass from Sylvain Marveaux and curling a right-footed shot past Ali Al Habsi from the edge of the area. Wigan, which has lost six straight, had a final chance but Mohamed Diame sent his header just wide in the 88th minute.
Grant Holt’s goal in the 60th minute gave Norwich the tie at Liverpool, which got a score from Craig Bellamy in first-half stoppage time. Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy preserved the draw by tipping Luis Suarez’s shot over the crossbar in the final seconds.
Goals from Jonas Olsson and Paul Scharner gave West Brom its first win at Aston Villa in 32 years and extended its unbeaten run to four matches. Darren Bent scored with a 23rd-minute penalty kick for Villa, which lost its second straight.
Villa’s Chris Herd received a red card in the 36th minute after battling with Olsson in the area. It resulted in a penalty kick, which West Brom’s Chris Brunt sent wide.
Sunderland scored twice in the final eight minutes to beat Bolton for a fifth consecutive time.
Stephane Sessegnon gave Sunderland the lead in the 82nd minute and Nicklas Bendtner clinched the victory in stoppage time. Bolton lost for the seventh time in nine games this season.
Kevin Doyle and Jamie O’Hara scored in the final six minutes as Wolves rallied for the home draw to end a five-match losing streak in the league. Wolves are still winless in seven league matches, while Swansea earned its first point in five away games.
First-place Manchester City hosts second-place Manchester United tomorrow, while Stoke visits Arsenal, Fulham is home for Everton, Tottenham is at Blackburn and QPR hosts Chelsea.