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Chelsea extend lead in Premier League

Chelsea came from behind to beat west-London rivals Fulham 2-1 at Stamford Bridge today to restore their five-point lead at the top of the Premier League while Spurs moved into fourth after beating West Ham 2-0.

After a draw at Birmingham on Saturday and wins by title rivals Manchester United and Arsenal on Sunday the pressure was on Chelsea to win. The blues have only won one of their last seven games in all competitions and things did not look good when Fulham’s Zoltan Gera opened the scoring in the fourth minute.

It took until the 73rd minute before Chelsea were finally able to break down Fulham and it was than man Didier Drogba, in final match for the club before departing for the African Cup, who got the all important goal. Two minutes later a Chris Smalling own goal secured the points for Chelsea, but once again it was not an impressive performance by the league leaders.

Tottenham climb to fourth thanks to goals in each half from Luka Modric and Jermain Defoe, while Birmingham City extended their unbeaten streak to eleven games with a 1-0 victory at Stoke. Elsewhere Sunderland drew 2-2 at Blackburn Rovers and Everton beat Burnley 2-0.