QPR stun Chelsea, Merseysiders win

  • Last Updated: January 3 2013, 13:36 GMT

A review of Wednesday night's action in the Barclays Premier League, with wins for QPR, Everton and Liverpool.

QPR celebrate at Stamford Bridge
QPR celebrate at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea's four-match winning run in the Barclays Premier League ground to a spectacular halt as struggling west London rivals QPR won 1-0 to claim their first victory at Stamford Bridge for two decades.

Team Score Team
Newcastle 1 - 2 Everton
Liverpool 3 - 0 Sunderland
Chelsea 0 - 1 QPR

Shaun Wright-Phillips, an early substitute for the injured Junior Hoilett, struck a brilliant 78th-minute winner against the club he left in 2008 to further erode the Blues' fading title hopes.

Wright-Phillips' second goal of the season topped a fine performance from QPR that was a vast improvement on Sunday's tame home surrender to Liverpool.

It was a crucial victory that ended their three-match losing run, giving Harry Redknapp his second win since becoming manager last month, and while they remain bottom of the table on goal difference the result invigorated their relegation battle.

Victor Anichebe scored the winner as Everton's 2-1 victory plunged Newcastle deeper into crisis as a difficult day on Tyneside ended in depressing style.

Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 52
2 Man City 45
3 Tottenham 39
4 Chelsea 38
5 Everton 36
6 Arsenal 34

The striker needed just two minutes to steer home Nikica Jelavic's cross to complete a comeback which saw the Toffees condemn the Magpies to a ninth defeat in 11 league games.

That was the last thing manager Alan Pardew needed with leading scorer Demba Ba finalising his transfer to Chelsea, while Mathieu Debuchy - sitting in the stands as he prepared to complete his move from Lille - was left in little doubt about the fight into which he is about to be plunged.

It had all started so well for the home side when Papiss Cisse headed them in front with just 72 seconds played, but Leighton Baines' stunning free-kick cancelled out the advantage two minutes and Anichebe won it to move the Toffees within two points of Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

Liverpool may have brought in reinforcements to ease the apparent burden on striker Luis Suarez but their leading scorer appears not to notice or care as he hit two to help beat Sunderland 3-0 at Anfield.

  • Shaun Wright-Phillips celebrates after netting the only goal in QPR's 1-0 victory over Chelsea
  • New signing Daniel Sturridge takes his place in the stands before Liverpool's clash with Sunderland
  • Marko Marin is booked early for Chelsea
  • Mathieu Debuchy is given a warm welcome before Newcastle's clash with Everton
  • A grounded Papiss Cisse gives the Magpies the lead
  • Cisse makes his point as Demba Ba's exit draws closer
  • Raheem Sterling gives Liverpool the lead at Anfield
  • Sterling celebrates with Luis Suarez, scorer of Liverpool's second
  • Dejection for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
  • Leighton Baines fires home a thunderbolt of a free-kick to level matters at St James' Park
  • Baines is mobbed by his delighted Everton team-mates
  • Suarez nets his second and Liverpool's third as they win 3-0
  • Victor Anichebe completes the turnaround at St James' Park by giving Everton a 2-1 lead
  • Anichebe celebrates his goal, which secured a 2-1 win for the Toffees
  • Phil Neville takes a sore one in the closing stages
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips scores on his return to Stamford Bridge
  • Low-key 'celebrations' from Wright-Phillips as his team-mates mob him
  • Rafael Benitez's downbeat reaction says it all at Stamford Bridge
  • Wright-Phillips is mobbed after QPR's victory
  • While at Anfield, Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers celebrate Liverpool's win
A look at the best pictures from Wednesday's action in the Premier League, including QPR's shock 1-0 victory at Chelsea.

With new team-mate Daniel Sturridge in the stands, the Uruguayan took his tally to 15 in 19 league matches - the last Reds player to reach that total was Fernando Torres in 2009-10, scoring 18 a year after they almost won the title.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a well-taken lob over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as Liverpool began the new year with a home victory after recording just six in the league in the whole of 2012.


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