Terry keeps Chelsea top

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League as a late John Terry winner kept Chelsea top of the table.

Last Updated: 23/02/14 at 18:21 Post Comment

John Terry gets a slight touch on Frank Lampard's fine free-kick

John Terry gets a slight touch on Frank Lampard's fine free-kick

John Terry bundled in a stoppage-time winner as Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 to remain top of the Barclays Premier League.

Victory kept Chelsea ahead of Arsenal and Manchester City, who both also claimed wins on Saturday.

Chelsea looked set to drop points for the second successive league match before returning captain Terry popped up right at the death to turn home Frank Lampard's cross and leave unlucky Everton empty-handed.

That late drama in the day's early kick-off put Jose Mourinho's men four points clear at the summit ahead of the 3pm fixtures, but Arsenal and City both responded with home wins of their own.

They did so in wildly contrasting fashion though, unlike in midweek when they suffered almost identical 2-0 home defeats in their Champions League last-16 first legs.

Arsenal, fresh from being beaten by reigning European champions Bayern Munich, cruised to a 4-1 victory over Sunderland that took them back to within a point of Chelsea.

The game was all but over by half-time with Olivier Giroud netting twice before Tomas Rosicky made it 3-0 in the 42nd minute.

Arsene Wenger's men did not stop there and Laurent Koscielny added a fourth before third-bottom Sunderland pulled a late consolation back through Emanuele Giaccherini.

Manchester City, however, did not have it nearly as comfortable against their former manager Mark Hughes' Stoke.

Looking to bounce back from their European loss to Barcelona, Manuel Pellegrini's men were frustrated during a goalless first half and were indebted to a 70th-minute strike from Yaya Toure - his 13th league goal of the season - to get the 1-0 win.

City, who play Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final next weekend, remain two points behind Arsenal but have a game in hand.

At the other end of the table, Fulham came within four minutes of a much-needed victory in new manager Felix Magath's first game in charge, only to have to settle for a 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers West Brom.

The Cottagers looked set to climb off the foot of the table after taking a 28th-minute lead through Ashkan Dejagah but they were denied a first victory in eight league and cup games by an 86th-minute equaliser from Matej Vydra.

That goal kept Fulham in last place but they are now only a point behind Cardiff after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were thrashed 4-0 at home by Hull.

Nikica Jelavic notched twice for Steve Bruce's side, between goals from Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, as Hull moved six points clear of 18th-placed Sunderland .

In the other mid-afternoon kick-off, upwardly-mobile West Ham continued their impressive recent form with 3-1 a home win over Southampton.

Visiting Southampton took an eighth-minute lead through Maya Yoshida but West Ham replied with goals from Matt Jarvis, Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan to secure their fourth successive win.

In the Saturday Night Football clash, Wayne Rooney added the gloss to his new contract with a well-taken goal in Manchester United's hard-fought Barclays Premier League victory at Crystal Palace.

The England forward signed a fresh £300,000-a-week deal on Friday and, after being on the periphery for much of the game, thrashed in United's second as they recorded a 2-0 win over the Eagles to move sixth in the table.

Rooney had not scored since another sweetly-hit strike in the 3-2 comeback victory over Hull on Boxing Day but he pounced six minutes after a Robin van Persie penalty to secure the points for the champions.


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e're our own worst enemy. We're suicidal in defence, and we may just get slaughtered on Sunday. Other than that, I am very pleased with my team.

bob the manc
Van Gaal: We can catch Chelsea

B

alotelli would've scored if the goals height was 3 times higher too...

footyfan52
Rodgers defends Balotelli

A

s if storey would ever get invited on a stag do

dooby
Does Wenger Know He's To Blame?

Footer 365

Sir Alex Ferguson insists correct process was followed in appointment of David Moyes

Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed suggestions that he hand-picked David Moyes as his successor at Manchester United.

Birmingham approach MK Dons over manager Karl Robinson

Birmingham have asked MK Dons for permission to speak to manager Karl Robinson, according to Sky sources.

Ferguson: Club made Moyes decision

Sir Alex Ferguson insists the correct processes were followed prior to the appointment of David Moyes at Old Trafford.

Mail Box

Are There Any Happy Fans Out There?

It seems as if Chelsea, West Ham and Southampton are the only content supporters right now. We have more doom and gloom for you. Who wants good news, eh..?

Is Van Gaal Just A Dutch Pardew?

A Mailbox of comparisons. Van Gaal is similar to Pardew, Wenger to Moyes, Van Persie to a spent force, and Pelle to a bloody gent. There's also plenty from last night...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property