Schurrle sends Blues clear

  • Last Updated: March 1 2014, 19:47 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League.

  • Schurrle scored all three Chelsea goals at Fulham
  • Arsenal lost 1-0 at Stoke 
  • Sterling and Suarez were both on target in Liverpool's win at Southampton 

Chelsea took full advantage of Arsenal's defeat to go four points clear at the top of the Premier League after Andre Schurrle's hat-trick inspired the Blues to a 3-1 win at west London rivals Fulham.

Team Score Team
Southampto 0 - 3 Liverpool
Everton 1 - 0 West Ham
Hull City 1 - 4 Newcastle
Stoke City 1 - 0 Arsenal
Fulham 1 - 3 Chelsea

Jose Mourinho's men were distinctly lacklustre in a goalless opening period but sparked into life in the second half, with Schurrle scoring three in 16 minutes to extend Chelsea's unbeaten run in the league to 13 matches.

Position Player Score
1 Chelsea 63
2 Liverpool 59
3 Arsenal 59
4 Man City 57
5 Tottenham 50
6 Everton 48
7 Man Utd 45
8 Newcastle 43
9 Southampton 39
10 West Ham 31
11 Hull City 30
12 Stoke City 30
13 Swansea 28
14 A Villa 28
15 Norwich 28
16 C Palace 26
17 West Brom 25
18 Sunderland 24
19 Cardiff 22
20 Fulham 21

The German beat the offside trap and latched on to Eden Hazard's ball over the top before slotting home seven minutes after half-time and the duo combined once more as Schurrle doubled the visitors' advantage just after the hour mark.

Fernando Torres then played Schurrle through to all but seal victory before Johnny Heitinga's first goal for Fulham gave the Cottagers a glimmer of hope.

It proved to be nothing more than a consolation, however, as Felix Magath's first home game in charge ended in defeat, with his side firmly rooted to the foot of the table.

Arsenal fell four points behind their title rivals after Jon Walters' penalty gave Stoke a 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium.

Walters had missed four of his past six efforts from the spot but made no mistake when given the chance against the Gunners, steering his effort into the bottom corner in the 76th minute, after Laurent Koscielny was adjudged to have handled in the area.

It was Arsenal's second successive defeat in the league away from home and leaves question marks over their title credentials.

  • Felix Magath's first home game as Fulham boss was a clash with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea
  • Andre Schurrle put Chelsea in front after a goalless first half
  • Just 15 minutes after opening the scoring, Schurrle had completed his hat-trick as Chelsea took charge
  • Mesut Ozil was named among Arsenal's substitutes at Stoke
  • Jon Walters' penalty earned Stoke victory
  • Walters celebrates his successful spot-kick
  • Arsenal's defeat leaves them four points adrift of leaders Chelsea
  • Newcastle fans make their feelings about Mike Ashley known at Hull
  • But better news for the Magpies on the field as Moussa Sissoko puts the visitors in front
  • Loic Remy doubled Newcastle's lead before half-time
  • But Curtis Davies got the hosts back in the game in the first minute of the second half
  • Sissoko's secong goal restored Newcastle's two-goal lead
  • Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was sent to the stands for an apparent headbutt on David Meyler
  • Pardew watches the closing stages of his team's 4-1 win from the stands
  • Romelu Lukaku netted the only goal as Everton beat West Ham at Goodison Park
  • Luis Suarez gave Liverpool an early lead in the late game at Southampton
  • Raheem Sterling made the points safe, scoring Liverpool's second moments after coming off the bench
  • An injury-time penalty from Steven Gerrard made it 3-0 as Liverpool climb to second in the table
All the best pictures from Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League.

Liverpool leapfrogged Arsenal and Manchester City to take second place in the table with a 3-0 victory at Southampton.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring just past the quarter-hour with a neat finish, before Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez spurned opportunities to equalise.

Raheem Sterling stepped off the bench to score Liverpool's second before a late Steven Gerrard penalty added gloss to an impressive performance from Brendan Rodgers' side.

Moussa Sissoko scored twice as Newcastle claimed an impressive 4-1 victory at Hull although Magpies boss Alan Pardew may find himself in hot water after being sent to the stands for appearing to headbutt Tigers midfielder David Meyler.

Sissoko opened the scoring in the 10th minute following Mathieu Debuchy's cutback, while Loic Remy put them two ahead just before the break after an error from Maynor Figueroa allowed the Frenchman to go clean through on goal.

Although Curtis Davies pulled one back with a header from Tom Huddlestone's free-kick, Sissoko restored Newcastle's two-goal cushion on the rebound after Yohan Gouffran's shot was saved before Pardew saw red after a flare up with Meyler, who was booked for his part in the fracas.

Vurnon Anita bundled in another rebound for the visitors to give them a clinical win although they remain in eighth place.

On-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku struck late on to give Everton all three points in their 1-0 win against West Ham.

The Belgian picked up Leighton Baines' precision pass before firing past Hammers goalkeeper Adrian and take Roberto Martinez's side within two points of fifth-placed Tottenham.


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