LONDON - Brief reports of Premier League games played on Sunday: BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 CHELSEA 2 Nicolas Anelka reached 10 league goals for the season with a double to send Chelsea back to the top. The Frenchman opened the scoring five minutes before the break when he deflected in Jose Bosingwa's shot. He made it 2-0 with a well-taken second goal after 68 minutes following good work by midfielder Frank Lampard. The match was in danger of being abandoned in the first half when torrential rain made the surface virtually unplayable. FULHAM 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 Fulham soared out of the relegation zone to 10th spot thanks to Danny Murphy's late penalty winner. Andy Johnson fired Fulham in front but Shola Ameobi equalised from close range after 57 minutes. Johnson was then tripped in the area by Fabricio Coloccini and Murphy slotted home the spot kick. Substitute Michael Owen made a hash of a great chnace late on to salvage a point for Newcastle who slipped back into the relegation zone. MANCHESTER CITY 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 Robinho put City in front at Eastlands but the game turned in Tottenham's favour when Gelson Fernandes was sent off. Darren Bent equalised before the break and side-footed the winner in the second half to take his side out of the bottom three. Richard Dunne was shown a straight red card for City while Benoit Assou-Ekotto was also sent off for Spurs. ASTON VILLA 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 2 Aston Villa squandered the chance to move above Manchester United into the top four as Tuncay Sanli scored twice for Boro. The Turkish striker opened the scoring just past the half hour mark, prodding home after Villa's defence failed to deal with a cross. Steve Sidwell equalised for Villa but Tuncay struck again late on when he seized on a poor back pass by Sidwell. Played Saturday: ARSENAL 2 MANCHESTER UNITED 1 Samir Nasri's double strike handed Arsenal a deserved win over title rivals United in a lively encounter full of chances. Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner and United's Wayne Rooney fired over when unmarked in the first half before Nasri's 20-metre volley deflected in off Gary Neville in the 22nd minute. Three minutes after the interval a Cesc Fabregas through ball set up Nasri's crashing drive which doubled the lead. United substitute Rafael's fine late volley set up a tense finale. HULL CITY 0 BOLTON WANDERERS 1 Matthew Taylor's 50th-minute goal gave Gary Megson's Bolton all three points. The winner came when Taylor's strike crept in through a crowded area and the visitors held on thanks to several fine saves from goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. LIVERPOOL 3 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 Robbie Keane scored his first Premier League goals for Liverpool in a comfortable win against a lacklustre West Brom. Keane chipped past Scott Carson on 34 minutes and doubled the host's lead shortly before the interval side stepping the on-rushing Carson to score from an angle. Alvaro Arbeloa completed the victory with a third in stoppage time. SUNDERLAND 1 PORTSMOUTH 2 Jermain Defoe's injury-time penalty gave Tony Adams his first win as Portsmouth manager as the visitors came from behind to beat Sunderland. Djibril Cisse gave Sunderland the lead after four minutes before Nadir Belhadj rifled in a long-range shot for the equaliser and El Hadji Diouf's foul on Glen Johnson allowed Defoe to dispatch his sixth league goal of the season. WEST HAM UNITED 1 EVERTON 3 Three goals in five minutes for Everton stunned Gianfranco Zola's West Ham. Jack Collison gave the Hammers the lead after 63 minutes. Everton levelled through Joleon Lescott's six-yard header before snatching victory with two late goals from Louis Saha (pictured). WIGAN ATHLETIC 0 STOKE CITY 0 Stoke made it three games unbeaten in the league after a dour stalemate with Steve Bruce's Wigan, who went close in the second half through Emile Heskey and Wilson Palacios.
8 November 2008
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