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United fight back to increase lead at top

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  • Manchester United come from behind to win 2-1 at Newcastle on Wednesday
  • The result extends United's lead at top of the Premier League to seven points
  • Aston Villa's poor form continues as they are beaten 2-0 at Manchester City
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(CNN) -- Goals from Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov saw Manchester United come from behind to win 2-1 at Newcastle, a result that restores their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney (center) is congratulated after scoring Manchester United's equalizing goal at Newcastle.

Wayne Rooney (center) is congratulated after scoring Manchester United's equalizing goal at Newcastle.

Peter Lovenkrands gave Newcastle a shock lead after just nine minutes when Edwin van der Sar spilled Jonas Gutierrez's ball into the box -- and the Dane prodded home from close range.

Veteran Dutch goalkeeper Van der Sar had gone an English record 1,311 minutes without conceding a league goal before the error -- a run that went back to November 8 when Arsenal's Samir Nasri scored twice against him.

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The lead was not to last, however, as Rooney equalized in the 20th minute with a clever turn and shot which was aided by a deflection off Steven Taylor's arm.

United forced their way in front 11 minutes after the break when, after Ryan Taylor slipped as he attempted to chest a deep cross back to Steve Harper, Park Ji-Sung pounced and prodded the ball across for Berbatov to poke home.

The result puts United on 65 points, seven ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool who both won on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Champions League hopefuls Aston Villa are now without a win in six games in all competitions after a 2-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Despite missing both main strikers Craig Bellamy and Robinho, City took the lead in the 24th minute with an Elano penalty after James Milner clumsily fouled Shaun Wright-Phillips in the area.

Out-of-form Villa failed to mount any form of fightback and man-of-the-match Wright-Phillips added a second for the home side a minute from time after a nice one-two with Stephen Ireland.

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The defeat means Villa are now just three points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, who beat West Bromwich 3-1 on Tuesday.

Stoke jumped out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at home to Bolton. James Beattie opened the scoring with his fifth goal in seven appearances after arriving in the January transfer window.

Gary Cahill had a second-half goal disallowed for Bolton, but Stoke sealed the points through Ricardo Fuller after the visitors failed to clear Rory Delap's long throw-in.

Blackburn slipped to third from bottom after they could only draw 0-0 with Everton. Steven Pienaar came the closest to scoring in the first half but stand-in keeper Jason Brown denied him with a diving save.

Blackburn hit the bar in the second half through Stephen Warnock's free-kick and could also have won it had Jason Roberts not squandered a brilliant one-on-one chance with goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Tottenham eased their relegation fears as they handed Middlesbrough a 4-0 beating at White Hart Lane, just days after their Carling Cup final defeat, to leave Boro second from bottom of the table.

Robbie Keane gave Spurs the lead after nine minutes and Roman Pavlyuchenko soon doubled their advantage. The home side made it 3-0 before the break when Keane's sublime ball put Aaron Lennon through for the winger to score.

Lennon's second of the game late on completed the rout.

West Ham took a hard-earned three points from Wigan in a 1-0 victory which saw both sides have a man sent off at the JJB Stadium.

The Hammers went ahead 11 minutes before the break with a sublime goal from Carlton Cole -- who was then dismissed for a second booking three minutes later for a high tackle.

Early in the second half Wigan's Lee Cattermole received a straight red card for a lunge on Scott Parker, while later on promising Hammers youngster Jack Collison was taken off with a bad knee injury after twisting his leg awkwardly.

Meanwhile, Hull ended their slide down the table with a last-gasp 1-0 victory at Fulham. Richard Garcia's cross two minutes into added time found Manucho at the far post -- and the on-loan Manchester United striker made no mistake.

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