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Stoke earn impressive win against Reds

Jonathan Walters scored twice as Stoke beat Liverpool 3-1 in an entertaining affair under the lights at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday.

Steven Gerrard put Liverpool into an early lead from the spot but Walters replied almost immediately before Kenwyne Jones headed the hosts in front.

After the break Walters made it 3-1 with a superb finish and despite some late pressure, Stoke held on for a more-than deserved win.

Luis Suarez was booed when the announcer read out his name as the home faithful did not forget the dive that the Uruguayan pulled off at Anfield in the October meeting.

The win took Stoke to 8th in the EPL table whereas Liverpool dropped to 10th position with 25 points from 19 matches.

BALE SCORES TREBLE TO PROPEL TOTTENHAM

Gareth Bale was hailed as one of the world’s best players on Wednesday after a quickfire hat-trick steered Tottenham to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa.

The Welsh international scored in the 61st, 73rd and 84th minutes at Villa Park as Tottenham went into fourth place in the Premier League.

‘He is up there with the best,’ said Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.

 ‘He is showing tremendous skills and talent, I think he is improving every day - he is such a young player - and he is helping the team. He is one of our major assets.

‘The team changes so much from one year to another, and as he keeps learning, he will feel even better and probably his performances will improve. His finishing is very accurate. He has been prolific in front of goal this season and I think he is enjoying his game.’


ROONEY OUT FOR TWO-THREE WEEKS: ALEX FERGUSON

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be unavailable for between two and three weeks due to a knee ligament injury, manager Alex Ferguson revealed on Wednesday. Rooney was not included in the squad for United’s 4-3 win at home to Newcastle United at Old Trafford, which gave his side a seven-point lead over defending champions Manchester City in the Premier League. United were also without striker Danny Welbeck, reportedly due to illness, and Ferguson said: ‘Rooney has done a ligament at the back of his knee and he will be out for two or three weeks. We are running out of ammunition.’
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