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Premier League round-up: Anelka fires Chelsea back to top

Monday, November 10, 2008

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Nicolas Anelka 39

Nicolas Anelka 68

Nicolas Anelka's two goals moved Chelsea back to the top of the Premier League after a 2-0 victory at Blackburn Rovers.

Liverpool overtook Chelsea's place at the summit with a 3-0 win over West Brom on Saturday, but Luiz Felipe Scolari's side regained the advantage on goal difference with three points at Ewood Park.

Chelsea went ahead six minutes before the break when José Bosingwa’s 40-yard effort struck Anelka on the knee and deflected past Paul Robinson, who wrong-footed and unable to change direction in the slippery conditions.

Midway through the second half and it was all over when Frank Lampard stabbed a short pass to tee up Anelka for a delicate chip over the on rushing Robinson.

And only an heroic performance from Robinson kept Rovers in contention and denied Anelka his second hat-trick in the space of eight days.

Man City
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Tottenham Hotspur logoTottenham
Robinho 16
Darren Bent 29

Darren Bent 64

Darren Bent continued his recent run of goals as he scored another two in Tottenham's 2-1 victory at nine-man Manchester City.

Robinho fired Man City ahead in the 16th minute as he slotted home the rebound after Darius Vassell's shot had been saved.

Then it all went wrong for City when midfielder Gelson Fernandes was shown a second yellow card in the 26th minute for tripping David Bentley.

Three minutes later, Spurs were level as Bent capitalised on Richard Dunne's error and fired past Joe Hart.

The visitors took the lead after 64 minutes when Jermaine Jenas laid a delightful ball off to Bent and the striker smashed the ball to Hart's left and saw his strike go in off the far post.

City was reduced to nine men when captain Dunne was sent off in the 83rd minute for bringing down Bent when the striker was through on goal.

The game finished 10 against nine when referee Mike Dean sent Spurs’ Benoît Assou-Ekotto off for a second yellow on 89 minutes for a trip on Pablo Zabaleta.

Elsewhere in Premier League on Sunday:

Aston Villa
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