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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Jan 11, 2014

Chelsea top, Man Utd, Spurs win

Goals from Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres sent Chelsea top of the Premier League, albeit it for an afternoon, as they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hull at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

Eden Hazard soaks up the atmosphere after firing Chelsea in front in style.
Hazard was in dazzling form for Chelsea at Hull.

• Worrall: Tigers tamed by Blues

Allan McGregor made an excellent point-blank save to deny Oscar at the end of an otherwise cagey first half in North Yorkshire, before Jose Mourinho's men dominated the second period.

Hazard produced a piece of magic to jink past the City defence and break the deadlock, blasting past McGregor to put the away side ahead 11 minutes into the second half.

Despite being absent for most of the game, Torres made sure of the points late on as he found the net with a low strike to send the Blues to the summit of the Premier League table.

Manchester United denied Swansea the chance of successive wins at Old Trafford after goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck secured a 2-0 victory for David Moyes' side.

On Sunday, the visitors shocked United in the FA Cup third round to record their first ever victory at Old Trafford but there would be no repeat storyline in the Premier League six days later.

Despite enjoying much of the possession in the first half, Swansea did not take advantage and were made to rue squandered chances after the break.

Valencia pounced to smash home from three yards out after Gerhard Tremmel parried Shinji Kagawa's initial header; Adnan Januzaj the provider with one of several pinpoint crosses which capped another brilliant display from the youngster.

Welbeck completed victory just shy of the hour mark, sticking a boot out to steer the ball past Tremmel following Patrice Evra's initial effort. Once again, the move had stemmed from the creative influence of Januzaj.

Kagawa would have made it three had it not been for Leon Britton's goal-line clearance, but the home side held firm to clinch all three points.

Christian Eriksen and Jermain Defoe ensured Tim Sherwood's good start to full-time life in the Tottenham hot seat continued as Spurs saw off Crystal Palace 2-0 at White Hart Lane.

Jason Puncheon could have put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after Mousa Dembele brought down Marouane Chamakh in the box; however, Puncheon sliced his spot-kick well over the bar to challenge Chris Waddle's famous effort for the worst penalty ever seen.

Following a goalless first half in North London, Eriksen put the home side ahead five minutes after the break when he latched on to a long ball from Emmanuel Adebayor and slotted past Julian Speroni.

Defoe, who on Friday agreed a deal to join MLS outfit Toronto from Feb. 28, capped one of his last Tottenham appearances with a fine goal to seal the points. The England international collected Aaron Lennon's pass and blasted past Speroni to make it four wins out of five league games for boss Sherwood

Everton were comfortable 2-0 winners over Norwich. Gareth Barry superbly gave them the lead 23 minutes in after firing in his effort from 20 yards out, with the fine strike being his 50th in the Premier League.

Roberto Martinez's men then gave themselves the cushion of a two-goal lead, with Kevin Mirallas beating John Ruddy from a dipping free kick.

Everton's Gareth Barry scores the opening goal of the game
Gareth Barry scored a peach of a goal for Everton against Norwich.

Sunderland are no longer occupying bottom spot after they collected a 4-1 win at Fulham thanks to Adam Johnson's hat trick.

The resurgent winger curled home a stunning free kick to hand Sunderland the advantage. They then doubled their lead four minutes before the break after a well-worked set piece, with Ki Sung-Yeung's shot deflecting off Philippe Senderos and beyond David Stockdale in the Fulham goal.

Steve Sidwell halved the deficit six minutes into the second half, as he dragged his side back into the match after heading in Damien Duff's corner.

But Sunderland scored a third, with Johnson grabbing his second of the game by sliding his shot under Stockdale after Ki unlocked the struggling Fulham defence with a lovely pass. Johnson then sealed his hat trick from the penalty spot after Senderos upended Jozy Altidore in the box.

Southampton's man-of-the-season so far Adam Lallana struck the only goal of the game as the Saints defeated West Brom 1-0. Lallana converted from close range in the second half from Gaston Ramirez's neat flick over Jonas Olsson in the West Brom defence.

West Ham eased some of the pressure off manager Sam Allardyce after they edged out Cardiff 2-0.

They were dealt an early blow when Guy Demel was stretchered off after colliding with his own teammate Roger Johnson, with reports suggesting the right-back had a broken elbow and facial injuries as he was taken to hospital.

The Hammers then had something to cheer about before the break, with Carlton Cole converting Matt Jarvis' cross.

West Ham, who have conceded 11 goals in their last two outings, were then reduced to 10 men after James Tomkins was dismissed following a high boot into the face of Fraizer Campbell. However, they clinched the win after Mark Noble scored a second in injury-time.

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