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Summary

  1. Man Utd beaten 2-1 at home by Norwich
  2. Leicester top at Christmas after 3-2 win at Everton
  3. Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 in front of new boss Hiddink
  4. Spurs move into top four with 2-0 win at Southampton
  5. Former Match of the Day presenter Jimmy Hill dies aged 87

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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And with that, we bid you farewell.

See you all tomorrow for another busy afternoon of Premier League football. Until then!

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

The second half is about to get under way in Newcastle.

You can follow that game in full here.

Newcastle United v Aston Villa
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Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

David Higginson: How can we be this bad? Do the players actually go to training or do they just nip to the Belfry instead?

Aidan Mifsud: Hard finding something witty to say about villa struggling and sinking on this waterlogged pitch. At least it's funny.

'The hosts have been the better side'

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

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Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

"Newcastle haven't created a great deal or worked the Villa keeper much, but the hosts have been the better side and deserve the lead. 

"Newcastle's groundsmen need to get on there now and get to work, because there are patches of standing water."

Newcastle United v Aston Villa
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Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

This game could be in doubt you know, the rain shows no signs of slacking off and the ball is not rolling too well across the centre circle. 

That's half time. 

'It wasn't the greatest strike in the world!'

Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

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Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

"It's an awful corner kick, and it wasn't the greatest strike in the world either! It was poor defending as well to let the ball roll all that way, but Fabricio Coloccini and Newcastle will take it!"  

Fabricio Coloccini
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Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

Please can we make football like the Davis Cup- so we #avfc don't have to play all these "dead rubbers" #sorelegated #bbcfootball

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GOAL - Newcastle 1-0 Aston Villa

Fabricio Coloccini

A goal out of nothing as a scruffy corner is bundled in by captain Fabricio Coloccini.

The rain is horrendous, could this one even get called off? Follow it here.

Fabricio Coloccini celebrates his opener for Newcastle
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Said on radio this morning only six more sleeps until Christmas. They reckoned without Newcastle v Aston Villa. #makethatseven #bbcfootball

Ho ho ho, Mike...

Ton up for Kane

Southampton 0-2 Tottenham

Very proud to have played 100 games for #THFC. To score and win as well makes it even better! #COYS

Very proud to have played 100 games for #THFC. To score and win as well makes it even better! #COYS

Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

I'm not going to lie to you, this is a shocker.

But if I can tempt you for more coverage of said shocker join Andy Cryer here.

'Villa will grow in confidence'

Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

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Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

"Newcastle are so lacklustre. Both sides are passing the ball around so aimlessly, it's like they both want a ball each. 

"The longer this goes on, Villa will grow in confidence because they haven't been asked any questions by the Magpies."

Jack Colback and Jordan Veretout
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Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa have gone 15 Premier League games without a win (D3, L12), the longest run without a victory in their league history. No Premier League team with as few points after 16 games as Aston Villa (six) has stayed up. They have kept just two clean sheets in their 16 league games this season.

'Villa haven't yet shown anything at all'

Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

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Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

"Villa haven't yet shown anything at all. There are a number of visiting players, particularly certain midfielders, that look really poor."  

'We came here with no fear'

Man Utd 1-2 Norwich

Norwich City

Norwich captain Russell Martin told Sky: “I’m sure a lot of people will be talking about Manchester United’s performance, but I thought we thoroughly deserved it. To a man we were outstanding. 

"You can talk about game plan and tactics all you like, but this week we just decided to go out on the front foot and see where that took us.

“We came up here with no fear, even though they’d not lost a league game at Old Trafford all season. We used the ball well, pressed with intensity and there was a real desire that has won us the game."

Newcastle 0-0 Aston Villa

Ten minutes into a rainy night in Newcastle and quite literally nothing has happened.

You can join Andy Cryer for that one here if you wish. It might get better! 

'We can't accept that'

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Manchester United

Asked if the pressure is building, Louis Van Gaal added: "That’s the football world. I know that, my board knows that, my players know that. We’re not used to that because normally we win, so it’s a difficult period. 

"We've lost three matches in a row so it’s not happening so much for Manchester United. We can’t accept that and that’s why I have to repeat, we have to stick together and believe in ourselves.

“I’ve encountered these circumstances also with other teams and other staff. The main thing is that you have to be professional and do the things that you have to do and work very hard to come out of this bad period."

Asked if he will be given time to turn it round, he added: “It’s not up to me I think to say about that question but we shall see."

Louis van gaal
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'Today we eradicated those mistakes'

Man Utd 1-2 Norwich

Norwich City

Norwich boss Alex Neill told BBC Sport: “It’s a really important win. We’ve been in most of the games against the bigger sides, our problem has been that we’ve been the makers of our own downfall if you like, but today we eradicated those mistakes. The boys were fantastic and deserved to win the game.

“We wanted to attack this league and sometimes you take a bit of a hiding on the back of that, but since we lost to Newcastle we’ve been a lot more resilient and harder to break down. Hopefully we’ve kick-started something with this win. We deserved this victory.

"We’ve got important games coming up, we’ve not got as many points on the board as we’d have liked but this is a welcome three points and hopefully we can add to that tally over the Christmas period."

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Villa absolutely have to win now at Newcastle with what just happened in the other matches. Norwich, Chelsea B'mouth win. #bbcfootball

#avfc can't beat anyone whilst those near them are beating "big teams", Villa just couldn't get a result like that #bbcfootball

Must put a bet on for Aston Villa to be top of the Premier League next Xmas. Should get good odds! #Leicester #bbcfootball

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'That was not good enough'

Man Utd 1-2 Norwich

Louis van Gaal
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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal told BBC Sport: “I can say a lot of things but every word is too much I think. You can see what confidence is doing to the players.

"Now it’s very important that everybody sticks together, but that was not good enough today. We have to win against Norwich and we know that."

'Deeper into the pressure pot'

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

Sunderland

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, speaking to BBC Sport: "We looked frightened of going out to play. We didn't get to grips in midfield and we didn't go up against them. We picked a team to put them under pressure but we didn't really do that.

"When we gave them the first goal early it lifted the whole stadium. Right from the start we made life very difficult for ourselves. I was happy to get in at half-time just 2-0 down. The worrying thing for me is that again the personnel haven't carried out instructions and again I have had to change things. It’s not what you want to do but you have to react and for a time we were a little better, but then we did the most stupid thing of all which was to give them a penalty.

"After that we saw something like what we should be, we put them under a bit of pressure, but it was far too late.  

"This performance didn't deserve anything but certainly against Watford and Arsenal we felt hard done by. My worry is that we are not picking up points with the performances, and that is what we have to turn around. If we can do some business in the January window it will help us.

"Every game that goes by without a point puts you deeper and deeper into the pressure pot."

LvG in trouble?

Man Utd 1-2 Norwich

As if this week was short of football stories, could we possibly see a change in management at Manchester United?

Louis van Gaal was asked if he will be given time to turn things around. 'We shall see,' he said. Rather unconvincing...

LvG cut a somewhat bewildered figure during his post-match broadcast interviews. Downbeat and uncertain about his future. #MUFC

'Man Utd can win title'

Gary Bowyer

Former Blackburn manager on BBC Radio 5 live

"Louis van Gaal has a philosophy he knows works. They’re fourth and there’s not much in it. You get judged on results. 

"If they finish top, then I don’t think many people will be moaning. 

"If they can get the right player in January to give them a boost, and with the players they have coming back from injury, there’s no reason they can’t win it."

'We need an experienced manager'

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

Chelsea

Guus Hiddink
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Chelsea coach Steve Holland: 

On fans appearing to criticise certain players:

“It’s a difficult question for me to answer. My personal situation would be last season we won the Premier League and the League Cup and I felt part of that. When things aren't going well you have to accept equal responsibility if you are involved.

"As far as I am concerned I am always involved in the bad periods as well as the good periods. It’s an issue of collective responsibility.

"It's difficult for everyone. Obviously the supporters have a right to express their opinion. I have to say I am not a big social media guy, that’s not a road I go down but clearly the fans had a view on certain things today and it is their right to do that.

"I don’t know Guus [Hiddink] well but I have spoken to Ray Wilkins who has worked with him before to try and get an idea of the sort of guy he is. Ray was very complimentary on the football and as a person.

"My own view is that we need an experienced manager. We had one, and now we have another."

'It’s an issue of collective responsibility'

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

Chelsea

Chelsea coach Steve Holland, who took charge of the Blues today: “The situation today for me is one that comes with my role as a club man. You get close to the people you work with, and it’s sad when that changes, but we had an important game two days after and I had a responsibility to the fans and the club. I am happy with the result but it is raw. I feel the way I feel.

“The first half they played well in general. The early goal gave the players a boost of confidence, but the team is still fragile to an extent. They are used to setbacks in recent weeks so we wobbled a bit in the second half. In the end I thought they saw the game out fairly comfortably."

United on the verge of 'a serious problem'

Man Utd 1-2 Norwich

Danny Mills

Former Man City defender, Final Score

"Manchester United have got Stoke away and Chelsea at home in their next two games. If they fail to win in both of those then United will have a serious problem."

Daley Blind dejected after Manchester United lose to Norwich at home
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Newcastle v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

I'll bring you the best bits from Newcastle - but there's a full commentary on that game here.

'The Magpies should win'

Newcastle v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

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Former Newcastle United defender John Anderson on BBC Newcastle

"I don't think Newcastle have to play as well as they did against Tottenham in order to beat this Villa side. Show anything like the same effort and commitment and the Magpies should win."

'Mahrez is the real deal'

Everton 1-3 Leicester

Danny Mills

Former Man City defender, Final Score

"Huth was missing today for Leicester, which could have been big. But Mahrez is the real deal, and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the big teams, even big teams on the continent, come in for him in January."

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@BBCSport #motd #bbcfootball I've just had to refresh my decorations - top of the tree at Christmas!

@BBCSport #motd #bbcfootball I've just had to refresh my decorations - top of the tree at Christmas!

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Imagine Villa being top next xmas. You'd say no way, no chance,utterly impossible. Well thats what Leicester did. #bbcfootball

'We were totally dominant'

Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace

Stoke City

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We were the totally dominant side, there is no way we should have lost that game. Crystal Palace were resolute and had the benefit of a penalty and then they were happy to sit back and hit us on the break. It's two years running they have come here and nicked the pionts. If they were honest they would say they didn't deserve to win today.

"We tried to get back into the game, could have converted any number of chances and then the lad scores a wonder goal. He hasn't scored many like that in his career!

"We are playing well enough, on another day we would have won."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes
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'We still feel the faith'

Man Utd 1-2 Norwich

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind told Sky: "We still feel the faith of our fans, even when we were behind today they still gave us their backing. It’s important to stick together and try to bounce back.

“It’s very disappointing if you have most of the possession but Norwich countered us well.

“We’re working hard out on the training ground on every aspect of the game. We must stick together as a team and work hard to improve. I believe we’ll come good doing it this way.

“It’s important for us that the fans are standing behind us. We feel that support out on the pitch and it’s important that we stick together. We have the best fans in the world." 

'It will wake Asia up'

Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Lee Chung-yong
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"WAKE UPPPPP!!!!!!!!!"""

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "Stoke bossed us in the second half but we showed the qualities which are why we are where we are. We have been terrific away from home ever since I have been here.

"We are dangerous when he have the first goal as we have pace on the break. Stoke were due a goal for sure, they put some real quality in and a draw would have been a fair result.

"The goal which won it was brilliant. It will wake all of Asia up tonight. We want to fight for that sixth place."

'Players had smiles on their faces'

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

Danny Mills

Former Man City defender, Final Score

"Chelsea had attitude and desire, and came out energetic and on the front foot. They looked like they wanted to win the game. Players had smiles on their faces, something you weren't seeing under Mourinho. 

"I am a massive fan of Jose but it looks like the right decision because, based on today, it's obvious that players weren't playing for him."

'Our thoughts are with Jose'

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

Chelsea defender John Terry: "We needed to win and we've done that. Second half was not as good but we are delighted with the three points.

"There was a lot of pressure before the game but we brought it on ourselves. Absolutely and rightly so as well. Chelsea is such a big club. We are not used to being here, we've had a lot of good times in the last 10 years. 

"Rightly so the fans are disappointed and so are we, we don't want to be where we are.

"Guus Hiddink's training is very intense. He is a great man manager as well. Credit to all the players. Our thoughts are with the manager, because we are disappointed, it falls on his head unfortunately."

John Terry
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TEAM NEWS

Newcastle v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren names an unchanged side from the team that won 2-1 at Tottenham last weekend.

Newcastle XI: Elliot, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum, De Jong, Cisse

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Aston Villa manager Remi Garde makes one change from the side that lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal last weekend. Striker Rudy Gestede drops to the bench, and midfielder Ashley Westwood comes in.

Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Lescott, Bacuna, Sanchez, Gueye, Westwood, Sinclair, Ayew, Veretout.

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'An emotional day for us all'

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

Chelsea

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic: "We started the game well. The first couple of goals helped make the pressure on us before the game go away.

"The early goal brings you confidence, which you need for this kind of game. When we concede we are still a little bit shaking, we don't have confidence to hold this pressure but we will improve.

"I can understand the frustration of the fans, it is normal. We all know what Jose Mourinho to this club and nothing can change that. It was an emotional day for all of us.

"We all have responsibility. The players put Chelsea in this position and the only way to change this position is the players. We have to be strong as a group."