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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aston Villa Win Blunts Spurs' Charge

LONDON -- Tobagan striker Dwight Yorke stunned Spurs with an individual goal 11 minutes from the end as Aston Villa scored a 2-1 victory and stopped Tottenham gaining second place in the English Premier League.


In a high quality game Sunday before 35,000 fans at Villa Park, veteran Irish international defender Paul McGrath drove in his first goal of the season in the 23rd minute only for Spurs' Ruel Fox to equalize three minutes later with a shot that deflected in off McGrath's leg.


Spurs goalkeeper Ian Walker saved from Villa's Serbian forward Savo Milosevic and the home team's Australian goalkeeper, Mark Bosnich, stopped Teddy Sheringham's volley.


But Yorke clinched the three points for Villa when he went on a run from deep, shrugged off two Spurs defenders and finished with a powerful, angled, right foot shot from 16 meters.


The result meant Spurs remained fourth, 13 points behind leader Newcastle and having played a game more. Villa moved up three places to fifth, two further points behind but with a game in hand on the leader.


Manchester United, which is 12 points behind, was to meet West Ham Monday. Liverpool jumped into second Saturday by crushing Leeds 5-0.


Defender Neil Ruddock and striker Robbie Fowler both scored twice but Leeds was only a goal down when defender Gary Kelly was sent off for hauling down goal-bound Rob Jones in the 62nd minute.


In Saturday's other play, Peter Beardsley's 100th league goal for Newcastle clinched a 2-1 victory over Bolton and enabled the Magpies to open the biggest lead for two years.


After Wanderers' Icelandic defender Gudni Bergsson had canceled out Paul Kitson's early strike for Newcastle, Beardsley shot home from close range in the 37th minute for what proved to be the winner.


Defending titlist Blackburn jumped to its highest place of the season, fifth, after beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-0. Alan Shearer, Norwegian midfielder Lars Bohinen and Scottish forward Kevin Gallacher scored the goals.


Arsenal squandered the lead through an Ian Wright strike by tumbling 2-1 at home to Everton, which hit back with goals from Graham Stuart and Russian international Andrei Kanchelskis. Arsenal stays sixth.


Middlesbrough also tossed away the lead by going down 2-1 at struggler Southampton. Nick Barmby gave 'Boro the lead but Neil Shipperley and defender Richard Hall turned the game around, Hall's goal coming a minute after Philip Whelan had been expelled. Scottish international forward John Spencer netted the only goal as Chelsea, which ousted Newcastle from the FA Cup on Wednesday, downed Nottingham Forest 1-0.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)