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Newcastle Climbs in Premier League; Arsenal Extends Winless Run

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Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Newcastle beat Blackburn 2-0 to climb to fifth place in the English Premier League, and Arsenal extended its winless run to four games.

Newcastle got an own goal and a late score from Gabriel Obertan last night to move above Liverpool and Arsenal, which tied 0-0 at Bolton, in the standings. Sunderland beat Norwich 3-0, Aston Villa came from behind to tie QPR 2-2 and Fulham and West Brom drew 1-1.

Newcastle made it three wins out of four to pull within three points of fourth-place Chelsea in the race for the final spot in the Champions League.

The Magpies took the lead after 12 minutes when Ryan Taylor’s long shot deflected off Scott Dann for an own goal. Goalkeeper Tim Krul then stopped David Dunn’s penalty kick to keep his team in front at the half.

Blackburn had several good chances to score in the second half before Obertan clinched the win in stoppage time.

Though Arsenal controlled play at Bolton, it was unable to end its winless run. Bolton earned points for the fourth time in five games to move two points clear of the relegation zone.

Fraizer Campbell and Stephane Sessegnon scored first-half goals as Sunderland made it six wins in eight league matches since Martin O’Neill took over as manager last month. The Black Cats moved up three spots to eighth place.

Charles N’Zogbia scored in the 79th minute as Aston Villa rallied for the home tie. QPR took a 2-0 lead on a score from Djibril Cisse, who joined the club yesterday from Lazio, and an own goal by Stephen Warnock before Villa’s Darren Bent scored just before halftime.

Somen Tchoyi’s goal with eight minutes left earned West Brom the draw at Fulham, which got a goal from American Clint Dempsey.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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