David Silva came to the rescue of a strikerless Manchester City with two goals in a 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace that drew them level on points with Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.
Silva eased an increasingly tense atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium when he broke the deadlock shortly after halftime and put an efficient victory to bed with his second goal shortly afterwards. Yaya Toure emphatically smashed home a late third.
The victory moved City level on 39 points with Chelsea, who face Stoke City on Monday, and added spice to a title race that only recently had looked to be a one-horse race.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa ended Manchester United’s six-match winning streak in the league with a fiercely contested 1-1 draw at Villa Park.
Christian Benteke fired Villa ahead after 18 minutes but United fought back and leveled in the second half when Radamel Falcao headed in from a cross by former Villa forward Ashley Young.
Charlie Austin scored a hat trick to lead QPR to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory, extending the London club’s good home form. West Brom led 2-0 after just 20 minutes but Austin started the host’s comeback with a penalty. He equalised with a close-range effort in the 48th and then snatched the win with a header from the centre of the box in the 86th.
Man City 3-0 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 1-1 Man Utd
Hull 0-1 Swansea
QPR 3-2 West Brom
Southampton 3-0 Everton
Tottenham 2-1 Burnley
West Ham 2-0 Leicester