Terry keeps Chelsea top

  • Last Updated: February 23 2014, 18:21 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League as a late John Terry winner kept Chelsea top of the table.

John Terry gets a slight touch on Frank Lampard's fine free-kick
John Terry gets a slight touch on Frank Lampard's fine free-kick

John Terry bundled in a stoppage-time winner as Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 to remain top of the Barclays Premier League.

Victory kept Chelsea ahead of Arsenal and Manchester City, who both also claimed wins on Saturday.

Chelsea looked set to drop points for the second successive league match before returning captain Terry popped up right at the death to turn home Frank Lampard's cross and leave unlucky Everton empty-handed.

That late drama in the day's early kick-off put Jose Mourinho's men four points clear at the summit ahead of the 3pm fixtures, but Arsenal and City both responded with home wins of their own.

They did so in wildly contrasting fashion though, unlike in midweek when they suffered almost identical 2-0 home defeats in their Champions League last-16 first legs.

Position Player Score
1 Chelsea 60
2 Arsenal 59
3 Man City 57
4 Liverpool 53
5 Tottenham 50
6 Everton 45
7 Man Utd 42
8 Southampton 39
9 Newcastle 37
10 West Ham 31
11 Hull City 30
12 Swansea 28
13 A Villa 28
14 Stoke City 27
15 C Palace 26
16 West Brom 25
17 Norwich 25
18 Sunderland 24
19 Cardiff 22
20 Fulham 21

Arsenal, fresh from being beaten by reigning European champions Bayern Munich, cruised to a 4-1 victory over Sunderland that took them back to within a point of Chelsea.

The game was all but over by half-time with Olivier Giroud netting twice before Tomas Rosicky made it 3-0 in the 42nd minute.

Arsene Wenger's men did not stop there and Laurent Koscielny added a fourth before third-bottom Sunderland pulled a late consolation back through Emanuele Giaccherini.

Manchester City, however, did not have it nearly as comfortable against their former manager Mark Hughes' Stoke.

Looking to bounce back from their European loss to Barcelona, Manuel Pellegrini's men were frustrated during a goalless first half and were indebted to a 70th-minute strike from Yaya Toure - his 13th league goal of the season - to get the 1-0 win.

City, who play Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final next weekend, remain two points behind Arsenal but have a game in hand.

At the other end of the table, Fulham came within four minutes of a much-needed victory in new manager Felix Magath's first game in charge, only to have to settle for a 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers West Brom.

The Cottagers looked set to climb off the foot of the table after taking a 28th-minute lead through Ashkan Dejagah but they were denied a first victory in eight league and cup games by an 86th-minute equaliser from Matej Vydra.

That goal kept Fulham in last place but they are now only a point behind Cardiff after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were thrashed 4-0 at home by Hull.

Nikica Jelavic notched twice for Steve Bruce's side, between goals from Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore, as Hull moved six points clear of 18th-placed Sunderland .

  • Samuel Eto'o and Steven Pienaar in action
  • Tight battle: Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o holds off Everton defender Sylvain Distin
  • Fully committed: Leighton Baines tackles fellow England international Frank Lampard
  • Stalemate: Tim Howard saves from Branislav Ivanovic as neither side can  make the breakthrough until injury time...
  • ... when Frank Lampard's free-kick hits Tim Howard - under pressure from John Terry - and goes in, handing the Blues a vital 1-0 victory
  • Southampton's Maya Yoshida centre is congratulated
  • West Ham's Matthew Jarvis brought the home side level
  • Carlton Cole scored to put the Hammers 2-1 to the good
  • Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring on his return to the Arsenal side
  • Hull City's Tom Huddlestone celebrates after scoring at Cardiff
  • It was soon 2-0 to the Gunners, Giroud celebrating his second goal
  • Samir Nasri goes down after a tackle from Stoke's Charlie Adam
  • Ashkan Dejagah of Fulham celebrates after scoring in the first half
  • Nikica Jelavic of Hull after scoring the team's second goal
  • Fulham's new manager Felix Magath getting his message to the players
  • Tomas Rosicky finishes a fine Arsenal move with a delicate chip over Vito Mannone
  • Curtis Davis celebrates after scoring Hull's second goal
  • Yaya Toure celebrates after putting Man City ahead against Stoke
  • Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring from the spot
  • Wayne Rooney doubled Man United's lead with a fine volley
All the best pictures from Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including Chelsea's lunchtime clash with Everton.

In the other mid-afternoon kick-off, upwardly-mobile West Ham continued their impressive recent form with 3-1 a home win over Southampton.

Visiting Southampton took an eighth-minute lead through Maya Yoshida but West Ham replied with goals from Matt Jarvis, Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan to secure their fourth successive win.

In the Saturday Night Football clash, Wayne Rooney added the gloss to his new contract with a well-taken goal in Manchester United's hard-fought Barclays Premier League victory at Crystal Palace.

The England forward signed a fresh £300,000-a-week deal on Friday and, after being on the periphery for much of the game, thrashed in United's second as they recorded a 2-0 win over the Eagles to move sixth in the table.

Rooney had not scored since another sweetly-hit strike in the 3-2 comeback victory over Hull on Boxing Day but he pounced six minutes after a Robin van Persie penalty to secure the points for the champions.


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