Stewart Downing and Emile Heskey provided a much needed lift for Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier as their goals earned victory over derby rivals West Brom at Villa Park.
Manchester City went joint top of the Premier League table with Arsenal after a 3-1 win over a beleaguered West Ham at Upton Park.
Manchester City laid down amarker in the Premier League title race on Saturday with a 3-1victory at West Ham United moving them joint top with Arsenal.
Title-chasing Manchester City moved level on points with Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal as bottom club West Ham were beaten 3-1 at Upton Park.
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Manchester City can go level on points with Premier League leaders Arsenal if they win against West Ham at Upton Park.
West Ham boss Avram Grant claims he will have funds to strengthen in January, albeit a limited amount.