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Premier League: Chelsea back on top, City slump

Chelsea surged back to the top of the table with a commanding 2-0 win over Blackburn at Ewood Park on Sunday afternoon.

In monsoon conditions in Lancashire, Nicolas Anelka helped himself to two goals to dampen Rovers hopes.

It took a slice of good fortune on the Frenchman's part to beat the impressive Paul Robinson for his opener in he 39th minute, with Jose Bosingwa's shot deflecting off Anelka to beat the Rovers keeper.

His second came after good work from Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda, who combined well to present Anelka with the chance to lift the ball over Robinson in the 68th minute.

Jason Roberts and Aaron Mokoena both went close for the home side but Anelka should have grabbed his hat-trick late on when Robinson denied him in a one-on-one.

A Darren Bent brace either side of half-time gave Harry Redknapp's in-form Spurs a 1-2 win at the Eastlands.

Robinho's 16th minute opener came after Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes parried a save into his path allowing him to slot home, but Bent cancelled that out with a fine strike just after the half hour mark after a mistake from Richard Dunne.

City had been reduced to ten-men at this point following the dismissal of Gelson Fernandes in the 26th minute and Spurs made their numerical advantage count in the second half.

Bent seized on a pass from Jermaine Jenas to fire in the Spurs winner off the post in the 64th minute,

A miserable afternoon was completed for City captain Dunne when he saw red for a foul on Bent and Spurs' Benoit Assou-Ekotto was also sent off at the death of a game whose result applies more pressure on City manager Mark Hughes.

It was 1-2 at Villa Park as well where Tuncay grabbed both goals for Middlesbrough as the Teesiders secured a late victory against Aston Villa.

The Turk's second goal of the season from just inside the penalty area fired Middlesbrough in to a 33rd minute lead.

Steve Sidwell replied with a headed goal three minutes later to pull Villa level after good work from James Milner, but Sidwell was at fault for Boro's late winner when his back-pass was seized on by Tuncay to fire home.

In Sunday's late game, Fulham made sure Newcastle had little to smile about on the long journey back home as they secured a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage.

Andy Johnson grabbed the opening goal for the Cottagers after Claudio Cacapa headed the ball against fellow Newcastle defender Fabricio Collocini and the Fulham man was on hand to sweep home from sixteen yards.

Shola Ameobi levelled for Newcastle in the second half but Danny Murphy had the final say from the penalty spot, stroking home the winner after a foul by Coloccini on Johnson in the 66th minute.


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