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Berbatov fires United back to top

Dimitar Berbatov scored a brace as Manchester United made light of Wayne Rooney's absence to beat Bolton Wanderers 4-0 at the Reebok Stadium to reclaim top spot in the Premier League.

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Jlloyd Samuel broke the deadlock seven minutes before the break with an own goal - the 11th United have benefitted from this season. After weathering a severe Bolton storm immediately after half-time, Berbatov bagged his double and substitute Darron Gibson lashed his first touch beyond Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The win keeps United one point clear at the top of the league, ahead of Chelsea and third placed Arsenal.

Frank Lampard scored four goals as Chelsea crushed Aston Villa 7-1 at Stamford Bridge to maintain their title challenge and ruin the Villans' hopes of finishing fourth.

Lampard, who is now the third-highest scorer in Chelsea's history on 151 goals, opened the scoring after 15 minutes and then restored Chelsea's lead from the penalty spot after John Carew equalised from an Ashley Young cross.

Chelsea turned on the style after the break as Lampard netted twice, Florent Malouda continued his goal-scoring form with a brace and Salomon Kalou came off the bench to complete the rout.

Kevin Phillips came off the bench to score a last-gasp equaliser for Birmingham City and earned a 1-1 draw at St Andrews to dent Arsenal's title challenge.

Substitute Samir Nasri fired the Gunners in front ten minutes from time, but Phillips enjoyed a stroke of luck in injury time as the ball looped off him and Manuel Almunia could only palm it into his net.

Hull City ended a run of six defeats with a 2-0 victory over Fulham at the KC Stadium that gives new manager Iain Dowie a real boost in his battle to avoid relegation.

The hosts took the lead in the 16th minute when Chris Smalling fouled Jozy Altidore six yards out and former Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard found the top corner from the spot to silence the boos of the visiting fans.

George Boateng and Steven Mouyokolo both cleared off the line from Zoltan Gera as Hull rode their luck but Craig Fagan's looping header just after half-time secured the three points that allowed the Tigers to draw level with 17th-placed West Ham.

The future of West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola is hanging by a thread after his side crashed to a sixth consecutive defeat - beaten 1-0 at Upton Park by Stoke City.

Striker Ricardo Fuller came off the bench to score a brilliant solo goal after 69 minutes to send West Ham spiralling towards the relegation trap-door.

Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar both scored against their old club as Tottenham Hotspur remained ahead in the race for fourth place with a 2-0 win over bottom club Portsmouth at White Hart Lane.

Spurs started slowly but went ahead when Crouch nodded home a deep cross from Gareth Bale before Kranjcar netted from close range five minutes before the break.

Wolverhampton Wanderers took another step towards survival by securing a 0-0 draw against in-form Everton at Molineux.

Louis Saha hit the woodwork and Leon Osman spurned three good chances as Everton failed to make the most of a number of early opportunities to enhance their European claims at Molineux.

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