They outplayed us, says Hiddink
London: Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink says his side were “outplayed completely” on the counterattack after Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick to give Manchester City a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge. A Sergio Aguero hat-trick moved Manchester City closer to securing Champions League football next season with victory at 10-man Chelsea. City profited from slick break-aways, the first goal arriving when Kevin De Bruyne fed Aguero, who fired in. Again De Bruyne led a clinical counter after the break, finding Samir Nasri, who put Aguero clear to finish smartly. Thibaut Courtois was sent off for fouling Fernandinho, allowing Aguero to whip home his third from the spot. –-BBC
‘Massive’ win for Allardyce
London: Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce describes his side’s 3-0 win over relegation rivals Norwich as “massive” as his side climb to within a point of Norwich and safety. Sunderland climbed to within a point of safety by beating relegation rivals Norwich at Carrow Road.
At the end of an even first half, Fabio Borini buried a penalty following Andre Wisdom’s rash challenge in the box. The Italian put in an excellent cross for Jermain Defoe to turn in a second after the break before Duncan Watmore scored a third in injury time. Nathan Redmond hit a post and Norwich had penalty appeals turned down - but the comeback never gathered real pace. Instead Sunderland could easily have increased their winning margin before Watmore darted onto fellow substitute Sebastien Larsson pass and finally made the hosts pay for the space left behind as they committed numbers forwardt. –BBC
Benitez: It’s about passion
London: Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez praises the Magpies’ “passion and commitment” after his side moved to within three points of safety with a 3-0 win at home to Swansea City.
Newcastle claimed a first win under Rafael Benitez as they overcame Swansea to bolster their chances of Premier League survival. Jamaal Lascelles headed in from a corner to put Newcastle in front towards the end of an edgy first half. Ashley Williams and Jefferson Montero missed chances as the Swans dominated after the break, but Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend struck late goals. Newcastle are now three points adrift of safety, while Swansea drop to 15th.–BBC