City comeback win, Chelsea draw
A review of Sunday's action in the Barclays Premier League, with victories for Manchester City and West Ham.
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Edin Dzeko lived up to his super-sub billing once again by firing Manchester City to a 2-1 victory against Tottenham.
Dzeko struck three minutes from time to complete a defiant second-half comeback from the unbeaten Blues, who closed the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United to two points.
It was the Bosnian's seventh goal of the season, six of which have come from the bench, after Sergio Aguero had cancelled out Steven Caulker's first-half header.
It also extended City's unbeaten home Premier League record to an incredible 35, and their present unbeaten league run to 16, adding weight to manager Roberto Mancini's pre-match dismissal of any sense of crisis.
Luis Suarez dealt a double blow to Chelsea's title hopes after inadvertently ending John Terry's comeback and snatching a deserved 1-1 draw for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Terry looked set to enjoy a dream return to action after his domestic four-match racism ban when he powered the European champions ahead.
But the Blues captain then collided accidentally with the man at the centre of football's other high-profile race scandal, forcing him off on a stretcher, with Suarez going on to equalise for Liverpool and almost steal victory.
The draw prevented Chelsea from climbing back into second place as they recorded their third league game without a win to lie three points behind table-toppers Manchester United.
Elsewhere, former skipper Kevin Nolan returned to haunt his old club as West Ham condemned Newcastle to a first defeat in six games with a 1-0 victory.
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Nolan's 39th-minute strike, so typical of the goals he once scored for the Magpies, was enough to edge a tight encounter in which the visitors enjoyed the better of the first half but had to survive a stern examination after the break.
Newcastle were once again far from their best, but did create more than enough chances to get something out of the game and would have done but for some poor finishing and the resilience of goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, who produced fine saves from Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa.
Tim Krul prevented Andy Carroll from opening his West Ham account with a 72nd-minute save with the visitors threatening on the counter-attack.
But ultimately it was Sam Allardyce, who was sacked by Newcastle after just eight months at the helm, who was smiling as his successor Alan Pardew was left to bemoan another disjointed display and defeat by his former employers.