Sunday, April 20, 2014

EPL Round up: Chelsea suffer defeat away to Newcastle

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Chelsea could not hold on to a 2-1 lead.

Chelsea on Saturday suffered their fifth defeat of the season as another late comeback saw the Blues reeling as Newcastle beat them 3-2 at St James’ Park.

The defeat will leave more pressure on Interim Manager, Rafael Benitez, whose reign at the London Club has been far from inspiring.

Newcastle, fielding a side with three of their five January transfer window signings, took the lead through Jonas Gutierrez’s diving header. But strikes from Frank Lampard and Juan Mata gave the Blues a 2-1 advantage by the hour mark.

Alan Pardew’s men fought back and Moussa Sissoko, who joined the club from Toulouse, scored twice to give them a stunning late victory and move them six points clear of the relegation zone.

In other centers, Arsenal earned a slim 1-0 victory over Stoke City at the Emirates when Lukas Podolski’s free-kick, after 78 minutes, deflected off the legs of Geoff Cameron and trickled into the back of Asmir Begovic’s net.

At Goodison Park, Aston Villa were denied their first Premier League win in eight games as Marouane Fellaini’s late brace gave Everton a 3-3 draw.

Christian Benteke’s opener for the visitors was cancelled out by Nigeria’s Victor Anichebe’s strike but Gabriel Agbonlahor and Benteke again gave Villa a 3-1 lead.

Fellaini, who has been out of form lately, was on hand to strike twice, earning his side an important point.

Also for the Hammers, Andy Carroll’s second half header was enough to see West Ham claim a 1-0 win over Swansea City at Upton Park.

The England international powered home the ball from a corner, after losing his marker, Ashley Williams, and the result sends the Hammers up to 11th position.

Reading continued their good form as Jimmy Kebe’s late goal gave them all three points against Sunderland.

Craig Gardner’s fierce penalty had cancelled out the winger’s opener, but the Royals star struck again at the death to give his side victory. They remain 17th with 23 points.

At the DW Stadium, Shaun Maloney’s injury time goal gave Wigan a 2-2 draw with Southampton.

Rickie Lambert and Morgan Schneiderlin had given Mauricio Pochettino’s men a 2-1 lead after Gary Caldwell’s opener.

But Maloney’s tap in gave the Latics a share of the spoils.

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