Chelsea’s lead at the top of the Premier League has been cut to only three points after they lost for the first time this season at Newcastle, while Man City picked up a nervy victory at home to Everton.
Papiss Cisse’s brace ended Chelsea’s unbeaten streak to the season as they lost 2-1 at Newcastle United. Newcastle took the lead in the 57th minute when substitute Cisse diverted the ball home after Gary Cahill had failed to clear a cross, and he added his second on the counter on 78 minutes after Eden Hazard had hit a post at the other end.
The match then took a dramatic twist as first Steven Taylor collected a second yellow card for a foul on Andre Schurrle and then Didier Drogba headed home from Cesc Fabregas’ free kick, but the 10 men held on for a memorable victory.
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City beat Everton 1-0, but the victory was marred by an injury to in-form striker Sergio Aguero. Yaya Toure scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 24th minute after a very soft call on Phil Jagielka.
Aguero, who already has 19 goals this season, went down clutching his knee after a challenge by Muhamed Besic in the second minute and he will be a major doubt ahead of City’s Champions League trip to Roma on Wednesday.
Stoke City held on to beat Arsenal 3-2 as goals from Peter Crouch, Bojan Krkic and Jonathan Walters put them three up at half-time.
But, after Bojan had a fourth ruled out wrongly for offside, Santi Cazorla pulled one back from the penalty spot and two minutes later Aaron Ramsey reduced the deficit further. There were still 20 minutes to play but the sending-off of Calum Chambers for two yellow cards reduced the heat a little and Arsenal could not find a third.
Brendan Rodgers’ decision to rest Steven Gerrard, ahead of Tuesday’s must-win Champions League tie at home to Basel, failed to pay dividends as Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw by Sunderland at Anfield.
Liverpool once again struggled to live up to expectations and, although Gerrard’s appearance with 23 minutes to go lifted his team-mates, particularly Raheem Sterling, they still could not find the breakthrough and had to settle for a point.
Queen Park Rangers climbed out of the bottom three as Charlie Austin scored his eighth goal of the season QPR beat fellow strugglers Burnley 2-0. Burnley have struggled to score all season and that was the case once again on Saturday as they squandered a handful of excellent chances in the second half and are now just two points off the bottom of the table.
Spurs home form continues to be woeful as they stumbled to a 0-0 draw against relegation-threatened Crystal Palace. This was the fifth time in eight Premier League matches that Spurs have failed to win on home turf and the Spurs fans booed them off at full-time.
Finally West Brom’ s sluggish run of form continued in a tepid 0-0 draw against Hull City at the KC Stadium. The draw dropped Hull into the relegation zone as they failed to win for the eight consecutive game.