Carlos Tevez provided a rare spark and the only goal of an otherwise lacklustre English Premier League clash between Manchester City and Swansea to send the champion second in the table.
The Argentinian striker struck a fine 20-yard winner in the 61st minute of a match which lasted beyond the 100-minute mark due to worrying injuries sustained in the second half by Swansea goalkeeper
Swansea had 12 minutes of stoppage-time at the end of the early-evening fixture to find an equaliser but it was beyond it, with Mario Balotelli going close to adding a second City goal when he lashed a late shot just too high.
City went three points ahead of Manchester United, who tackle leader Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (3.30am Monday AEDT).
Wilshere impressed but had departed the scene, replaced by
Bottom side QPR had shot itself in the foot when Stephane Mbia was sent off in the 80th minute for inexplicably kicking out at Thomas Vermaelen.
Winless Reading threw away a 1-0 lead and then came from behind twice in the final six minutes to snatch a 3-3 draw at home to Fulham.
There was more drama to come as substitute
Aston Villa boss
Lambert, who left the Canaries in the northern summer, saw his new side go ahead in the 27th minute when Christian Benteke took advantage of poor defending to finish well.
But the host was reduced to 10 men in the 52nd minute when
Norwich got an equaliser its domination deserved thanks to
Wigan gained its first win in seven league matches with a 2-1 success at home to West Ham.
The match between Stoke and Sunderland finished goalless.
English Premier League
English Premier League champion Manchester United will start the 2013-2014 season at League Cup winner Swansea.