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Last Updated: Saturday February 09 2008 17:24 GMT

Everton stand firm with victory

Everton celebrate

Everton strengthened their hold on fourth place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Reading on Saturday.

Phil Jagielka scored his first league goal for Everton to inflict a seventh straight defeat for Reading, who move into the bottom three.

The top three teams weren't in action, but Everton are now within seven points of third-placed Chelsea.

Earlier, Aston Villa came from behind to score a 4-1 victory over Newcastle United.

The Magpies got a dream start, going ahead with a Michael Owen strike after just four minutes.
First goal: Bouma

Wilfred Bouma hit back for Villa just after the break with his first goal for the club - then John Carew knocked in a hat-trick.

Elsewhere, Tottenham scored a hard-fought 3-0 win against Derby, who remain at the bottom of the table.
Other results
Bolton 0-1 Portsmouth
Boro 1-0 Fulham
Sunderland 2-0 Wigan
West Ham 1-1 Birmingham

Handball

Robbie Keane opened the scoring with his 20th goal of the season.

Younes Kaboul made it two with a drive and Dimitar Berbatov wrapped it up from the spot after Alan Stubbs's handball.



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