Wright-Phillips and QPR stun Chelsea
Premier League round-up:Chelsea’s four-match winning run in the Premier League ground to a spectacular halt as struggling west London rivals QPR claimed their first victory at Stamford Bridge for two decades with a 1-0 win.
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’s second goal of the season topped a fine performance from QPR that was a vast improvement on Sunday’s tame home surrender to Liverpool.
Rangers defended resolutely throughout and created more chances to score in an entertaining second half.
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.
Liverpoolmay 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 as they beat Sunderland3-0 at Anfield.
The Uruguay international took his tally to 15 in 19 Premier 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 proceedings 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.
The result moves Liverpool up to eighth place in the table, two points behind West Brom.
Evertonsubstitute Victor Anichebe plunged
Newcastledeeper into crisis as a difficult day on Tyneside ended in depressing style as the Toffees won 2-1 at St James’ Park.
The striker needed just two minutes to steer home Nikica Jelavic’s cross to complete a comeback which saw Everton condemn the Magpies to a ninth defeat in 11 Premier 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’s stunning free-kick cancelled out the advantage two minutes before the break to set the stage for Anichebe to win it on the hour.