Manuel Pellegrini was happy to see Manchester City move joint top of the table, but Neil Warnock was in a much darker mood following Crystal Palace's 3-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
Andy Carroll was on target as West Ham's fourth win in five games ensured Leicester would be bottom of the Barclays Premier League at Christmas.
Southampton brought their worst losing streak of the 21st century to a comprehensive end as they impressively dispatched of Everton.
Erik Lamela broke his 25-game Barclays Premier League goal drought to seal Tottenham's 2-1 victory over Burnley at White Hart Lane.
Ki Sung-yueng was the unwitting match-winner as Swansea returned to winning ways at the expense of a Hull side who look set for a long, hard relegation battle.
The Football League's bottom club are facing a backlash after their manager announced he would like to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.
Luis Suarez scored his first Primera Division goal and Lionel Messi hit a late double as Barcelona rounded off a difficult 2014 by thrashing minnows Cordoba 5-0.
Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic looks like he is starting to finally settle into English football after manager Brendan Rodgers urged him to be more aggressive.