Chelsea stretch lead to four points
Premier League round-up: Chelseamoved four points clear at the top of the Premier League as they came from behind to run out 4-1 winners over Norwichat Stamford Bridge.
The Canaries took a surprise lead in the 11th minute when Wes Hoolahan’s cross was nodded into the area by Leon Barnett and Grant Holt showed great technique to lash home first time.
The advantage lasted just four minutes, with Fernando Torres muscling his way beyond his marker to head Branislav Ivanovic’s hanging cross into the far corner.
And with 22 minutes gone, Frank Lampard put Chelsea in front when he met a loose ball at the edge of the area and drilled past John Ruddy.
Eden Hazard made it 3-1 when he stroked home Juan Mata’s perfect pass and Ivanovic closed the scoring when he struck a fierce volley with 15 minutes to play.
Olivier Giroud netted his first Premier League goal as
Arsenalcame from behind to beat
West Ham3-1 at Upton Park in the evening kick-off.
The Gunners had seen their unbeaten start to the new season ended by a 2-1 home defeat against leaders Chelsea last weekend.
However, Arsene Wenger’s men, who beat Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday night, showed great character to recover from conceding an early goal to Mohamed Diame.
France striker Giroud netted from close range just ahead of half-time, with substitute Theo Walcott slotting home another on the break before industrious Spaniard Santi Cazorla struck a superb 25-yard effort.
QPR’swinless run extended to seven matches at the Hawthorns, with a 3-2 win for hosts West Brompiling the pressure on Rs boss Mark Hughes.
James Morrison headed the Baggies in front after six minutes and then set up Zoltan Gera for the second after 22 minutes.
The recalled Adel Taarabt put the Rs back in contention when he collected Esteban Granero’s pass on his chest before spinning and volleying home, but Youssuf Mulumbu made it 3-1 with five minutes left.
Granero grabbed an injury-time goal but there was no time to rescue a point.
Leighton Baines secured a 2-2 draw for Evertonat former club Wigan, scoring an 87th-minute penalty.
Arouna Kone (10) and Nikica Jelavic (11) traded headed goals in a matter of seconds before Franco Di Santo converted Gary Caldwell’s cross in the 22nd minute to put the Latics in front.
It looked like that would be enough until Kevin Mirallas earned the spot-kick and Baines stepped up.
Readinggave up a two-goal lead as they drew 2-2 with Swanseaat the Liberty Stadium.
Michel Vorm made a rare howler as he allowed Pavel Pogrebnyak’s 31st-minute attempt to squirm through him and Noel Hunt’s volley doubled the lead moments before half-time.
Michu responded with a diving header in the 71st minute, the Spaniard’s sixth goal of the season, and Wayne Routledge levelled seven minutes later as he added the final touch to a wonderful passing move.