Wins for Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool

 

Premiership round-up: Hernan Crespo's spectacular late winner against Fulham preserved Chelsea's 100% home record in the Barclays Premiership this season.

The 30-year-old Argentina striker volleyed in Joe Cole's cross with 16 minutes remaining after the champions' west London neighbours threatened to snatch a point at Stamford Bridge.

William Gallas and Frank Lampard had given the hosts a comfortable lead within half an hour, before Brian McBride pulled one back for the Cottagers.

Heidar Helguson levelled from the penalty spot after Cole had tripped McBride, but Crespo's volley earned Chelsea a 3-2 win.

Michael Owen endured an unhappy return to Anfield as Newcastle were defeated 2-0 in a hot-tempered clash against Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard latched on to Peter Crouch's lay-off in the 14th minute before bursting into the penalty area and finishing in the top corner for the opener.

Crouch's header was then diverted across the Newcastle line by visiting keeper Shay Given to double the lead.

Lee Bowyer was dismissed by referee Mark Halsey for a rash challenge on Xabi Alonso, as Liverpool closed out their eighth successive clean sheet in the league.

Wigan survived a late scare to record a 4-3 victory over Manchester City in a thriller at the JJB Stadium.

Jason Roberts cancelled out Antoine Sibierski's early header, then added another after Lee McCulloch's thumping header had nudged the Latics ahead.

Henri Camara made it 4-1 with a strike 19 minutes from full-time, with Joey Barton and Andy Cole pulling goals back for the visitors.

Manchester United completed a straight-forward 3-0 victory over West Brom at Old Trafford.

Within a minute of Baggies defender Paul Robinson getting carried off on a stretcher, Paul Scholes had opened the scoring.

Rio Ferdinand headed in a second before Ruud van Nistelrooy completed the scoring.

Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe scored goals for Tottenham to increase the pressure on struggling Birmingham at White Hart Lane.

Republic of Ireland striker Keane was bundled over by Matthew Upson in the 58th minute before sending Maik Taylor the wrong way with the resulting spot-kick.

Blues had Muzzy Izzet sent off seven minutes later after diving in the penalty area and receiving a second yellow card from referee Phil Dowd, and Defoe doubled the lead by crashing home in injury time.

Jose Antonio Reyes' winner gave Arsenal a rare away win as Charlton's troubles continued.

Reyes struck in the 58th minute after Thierry Henry's shot was palmed away by Thomas Myhre, earning the Gunners a 1-0 win and a second away win of the season in the league.

The Addicks - who are showing relegation form after their promising start to the season - then had Danny Murphy sent off for two bookings, the second for dissent.

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp was denied victory against his former side West Ham after James Collins' leveller at Fratton Park.

Gary O'Neil's scuffed shot from Laurent Robert's cross sent Roy Carroll the wrong way as Pompey went into the break 1-0 ahead.

But Collins equalised in the 56th minute after Anton Ferdinand headed a free-kick into his path, with Robert sent off late on.

Shefki Kuqi scored twice to give Blackburn a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough at the Riverside. The Finland striker headed home from Brett Emerton's cross just before the break before following in Craig Bellamy's parried effort 11 minutes from full-time.

Meanwhile, bottom club Sunderland held Bolton to a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light, Mick McCarthy's side picking up just their sixth point of the season.