Premier League reports

LONDON - Brief reports of Premier League matches played at the weekend:

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1 PORTSMOUTH 1

Jermain Defoe rescued Tottenham from a damaging defeat against his former club, firing a 70th minute equaliser to lift his side off the bottom of the table.

It was Defoe's first goal since returning to Spurs earlier this month after a one-year stint at Fratton Park.

David Nugent put Portsmouth in front after 59 minutes following a rapid counter-attack stemming from a superb save by David James at the other end.

WEST HAM UNITED 3 FULHAM 1

Craig Bellamy was not in West Ham's squad after reports that he is on the verge of leaving but he was not missed as West ham moved into eighth spot.

Italian David di Michele put West Ham in front early on after a mistake from Fulham defender John Pantsil but Fulham levelled before the break when former West Ham defender Paul Konchesky fired an unstoppable shot past keeper Robert Green.

Mark Noble restored West Ham's lead from the penalty spot after halftime and in-form striker Carlton Cole wrapped up the points after another lapse in Fulham's defence.

Played on Saturday

BLACKBURN ROVERS 3 NEWCASTLE UNITED 0

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce gained revenge over the club that sacked him last season as Rovers moved out of the bottom three, although for a long while Newcastle were the better side.

The match turned just past the hour mark when Benni McCarthy tucked away a penalty.

Jason Roberts made it 2-0 and struck again after Newcastle midfielder Nicky Butt was sent off.

BOLTON WANDERERS 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 1

United moved to the top of the table for the first time this season after keeping a 10th consecutive league clean sheet.

The champions have made narrow victories their trademark this season and were made to battle all the way by a resolute Bolton defence and the outstanding goalkeeping of Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Dimitar Berbatov struck the winner in the 90th minute, heading home after good work by Carlos Tevez.

CHELSEA 2 STOKE CITY 1

Pressure has been growing on manager Luiz Felipe Scolari after Chelsea's dip in form but there is no doubting his side's spirit as they clawed a vital victory out of the fire.

Rory Delap gave Stoke a shock lead with a great finish on the hour and the visitors hung on grimly until two minutes from fulltime when Juliano Belletti headed the equaliser.

The hosts poured forward in stoppage time and Frank Lampard fired the winner through a mass of bodies to keep Chelsea's title hopes alive.

HULL CITY 1 ARSENAL 3

Arsenal avenged their shock defeat by Hull at the Emirates earlier in the season with a deserved victory.

Emmanuel Adebayor headed the Gunners in front before halftime but Hull levelled though Daniel Cousin.

A draw looked the most likely outcome but Samir Nasri slotted Arsenal back in front after great play from Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner added a late third.

MANCHESTER CITY 1 WIGAN ATHLETIC 0

City eased into mid-table thanks to Pablo Zabaleta's first goal for the club -- a thumping shot after 53 minutes.

After a week of intense speculation about City's world record bid for AC Milan's Kaka, their other big-money Brazilian Robinho had a wasteful day, missing several good chances.

City ended the match with 10 men after Richard Dunne was sent off for a kick at Amir Zaki.

SUNDERLAND 1 ASTON VILLA 2

Sunderland were unfortunate to lose after taking the lead but Villa's victory keeps them firmly in the title race.

Danny Collins headed Sunderland into the lead but Villa levelled after 60 minutes when Ashley Young's surging run ended in a cross that James Milner bundled in.

Young was sent off soon afterwards for a reckless tackle on Sunderland skipper Dean Whitehead. The hosts looked the more likely winners but Villa were awarded a dubious penalty after Gabriel Agbonlahor tumbled in the area. Gareth Barry made no mistake from the spot.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION 3 MIDDLESBROUGH 0

Boro have now gone 10 league matches without a win and ended the weekend in the bottom three after this dismal performance.

Bottom club West Brom were always in control after Chris Brunt's early opener, securing a third consecutive home win.

Robert Koren made it 2-0 shortly after the break before Didier Digard was sent off for Boro. Koren completed the rout after an assist from Brunt.

Playing on Monday:

LIVERPOOL v EVERTON


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