Walters double lifts Chelsea

  • Last Updated: January 12 2013, 19:20 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including a win for Chelsea and Reading's stunning comeback.

  • Walters endured a miserable day for Stoke
  • Lampard was also on the mark in Chelsea's 4-0 win 
  • Reading came from 2-0 down to beat West Brom 3-2 
  • Southampton claimed a crucial victory over Aston Villa 

Chelsea moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League courtesy of a 4-0 win at Stoke, with the unfortunate Jonathan Walters scoring two own goals and missing a penalty.

Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 52
2 Man City 45
3 Chelsea 41
4 Tottenham 40
5 Everton 37
6 Arsenal 34
7 West Brom 33
8 Liverpool 31
9 Swansea 30
10 Stoke City 29
11 West Ham 26
12 Norwich 26

Walters gifted Chelsea the lead in first-half injury time when he dove to head a right-wing cross beyond his own goalkeeper.

And the striker was also in the wrong place at the wrong time on 62 minutes to nod Juan Mata's cross beyond Asmir Begovic under pressure from Frank Lampard.

Lampard himself scored the Blues' third just three minutes later, hammering home a penalty after Mata had been brought down by Robert Huth, while Eden Hazard fired in a superb fourth with a left-foot drive from 25 yards.

Walters had the chance to make some kind of amends with a late penalty, but saw his spot-kick clip the bar on the way over as Stoke surrendered the top flight's last unbeaten home record.

The three points lifted Rafael Benitez's team above London rivals Tottenham after they could only draw 0-0 against QPR at Loftus Road.

That point in the day's early kick-off lifted Harry Redknapp's side off the bottom for a few hours, only for Reading to then come from 2-0 down to beat West Brom 3-2 at the Madejski Stadium.

Romelu Lukaku was left with the simple task of converting James Morrison's cross in the 19th minute and had another goal disallowed before making it 2-0 on 69 minutes.

But Jimmy Kebe pulled one back eight minutes from time, Adam Le Fondre equalised from the penalty spot in the closing stages and Pavel Pogrebnyak grabbed a dramatic winner in the last minute.

Team Score Team
Reading 3 - 2 West Brom
Everton 0 - 0 Swansea
A Villa 0 - 1 Southampto
Norwich 0 - 0 Newcastle
Sunderland 3 - 0 West Ham
Stoke City 0 - 4 Chelsea
Fulham 1 - 1 Wigan
QPR 0 - 0 Tottenham

Wigan climbed out of the bottom three with a 1-1 draw at Fulham, leaving Aston Villa to fall into the drop zone on goal difference.

Giorgos Karagounis (22) gave the Latics the lead at Craven Cottage with a well-taken shot which went in off the post, but Franco Di Santo equalised on 71 minutes when he cut in from left and curled a shot into the far corner.

Aston Villa will feel doubly aggrieved after a controversial penalty saw them lose 1-0 at home to Southampton.

Enda Stevens was penalised for a foul on Jay Rodriguez although there did not appear to be any contact, with Rickie Lambert (34) converting confidently from the spot after Villa's protests were waved away by referee Mark Halsey.

  • Struggling QPR host Harry Redknapp's old club Tottenham in today's first Premier League game
  • Julio Cesar made several good saves as QPR earned a battling goalless draw
  • John Terry is back in the Chelsea squad today but starts on the bench at Stoke
  • Sebastian Larsson scores the first Premier League goal of the day with this cracker against West Ham
  • Romelu Lukaku points to the skies after firing West Brom into the lead at Reading
  • Nikica Jelavic tries to make something happen in Everton's clash with Swansea
  • Giorgos Karagounis puts Fulham ahead against Wigan
  • Jon Walters heads into his own net to give Chelsea a 1-0 lead at Stoke just before the break
  • Benitez and Pulis are involved in a heated discussion at half-time
  • Rickie Lambert scores from the spot as Southampton seize the initiative at Aston Villa
  • Adam Johnson doubles Sunderland's advantage over the Hammers shortly after the interval
  • Walters scores a second own goal as Chelsea move into cruise control
  • Frank Lampard salutes the travelling supporters after firing Chelsea 3-0 up at Stoke
  • Paul Lambert shows his anguish as Villa fail to find an equaliser
  • Lukaku scores his second of the game to put West Brom 2-0 ahead at Reading
  • Eden Hazard's screamer puts the icing on the cake for Chelsea
  • Reading pull a goal back before Adam Le Fondre's late penalty makes it 2-2 against the Baggies
  • James McClean scores Sunderland's third in a comfortable victory over West Ham
  • Franco Di Santo earns a point for Wigan with a second-half equaliser
  • Walters' day got even worse when he blazed a penalty over the bar
  • Incredibly Reading scored again to claim a stunning 3-2 victory over West Brom
All the best pictures from Saturday's action in the Premier League, starting with QPR's clash with Tottenham.

Sunderland moved further away from trouble with a 3-0 win at home to West Ham, with Sebastian Larsson opening the scoring after 12 minutes with a stunning left-foot half-volley from long-range.

Adam Johnson (47) doubled the lead after the Hammers defence failed to clear a loose ball and James McClean (74) sealed a convincing win at the Stadium of Light.

Everton and Swansea ground out a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park while the clash between Norwich and Newcastle also finished goalless.


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