“Chelsea now 7 points clear and making it difficult for anyone to catch-up.”
Chelsea convincingly beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 to gain a seven point lead over title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal. Demba Ba scored a brace for Chelsea, as Spurs went into defensive mode during the latter stages of the game.
Manchester United climbed to sixth in the Premier League table after a 3-0 away win versus West Bromwich Albion. The relegation battle took a turn as Shahid Khan’s Fulham lost 3-1 away to Cardiff City.
Only five Premier League matches took place this weekend, as some teams were involved in the sixth round of the FA Cup.
West Bromwich Albion 0 Manchester United 3 – 12.45pm KO, Saturday
Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck scored for Manchester United to accomplish a resounding 3-0 win at the Hawthorns.
Early pressure from The Red Devils led to a Phil Jones headed goal from a set piece in the 34th minute.
The home team began the second half much better, but another headed goal just after the hour mark by Wayne Rooney stopped The Baggies in their tracks.
Danny Welbeck then popped up eight minutes from time to seal a good day for Manchester United and a vital three points in the race for a Champions League spot.
West Bromwich Albion have won only once in seven games under manager, Pepe Mel. A delighted fan on the Pak Reds Facebook page said: “3-0 was good Football today by us.”
Cardiff City 3 Fulham 1 – 3pm KO, Saturday
The battle at the foot of the Premier League saw The Bluebirds carve out a crucial 3-1 win. This left Shahid Khan’s Fulham in grave danger of relegation.
A bright start from the visitors encouraged the away following, before Cardiff City got into their stride and asserted their influence on the match with some early chances.
After a fortunate deflection falling his way, defender Steven Caulker fired Cardiff City into an important lead on the stroke of half time.
Fulham came out stronger in the second half and found an equaliser through Lewis Holtby after a well worked corner.
It was game on at this stage. Only minutes later however, the home side took the lead again courtesy of Caulker, getting his and Cardiff City’s second goal.
With just under twenty minutes to go an own goal by Sascha Riether sealed a vital home win and three points for the Welsh outfit.
A proud Cardiff Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær said: “The lads are absolutely fighting and desperate to stay up.”
Crystal Palace 0 Southampton 1 – 3 pm KO, Saturday
A Jay Rodriguez strike sent Crystal Palace spinning further towards the dreaded relegation zone as Southampton won 1-0 at Selhurst Park.
Not the greatest start to a match, both teams gradually found their feet and began to exert some pressure on each other. While not quite against the run of play, it was during a good passage of play from the home team that the Saints scored.
A defensive error in the form of a bad header sent Rodriguez through with just the goalkeeper to beat and bury the ball home, which he confidently did.
The absence of striker Marouane Chamakh in the Palace line up meant they resorted to a long ball game, which was fruitless.
Having gone 1-0 down at half time, the Eagles didn’t offer much more and the match ended with the solitary goal that gave Southampton all three points.
Crystal Palace have never managed to survive a season in the Premier League. Having scored only nineteen goals in the league and chalked up twenty-seven points, Palace will be looking over their shoulders precariously.
Chelsea 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 5.30pm KO, Saturday
Many were expecting that Tottenham Hotspur would give Chelsea a real contest in this all important London derby at Stamford bridge. The game seemed quite evenly balanced with a 0-0 scoreline at half time, but it ended quite differently.
The teams were evenly matched up until the 56th minute, before Jan Vertonghen’s mistake let through Samuel Eto’o to put The Blues ahead.
This apparently opened the floodgates as Spurs gave away a penalty four minutes later for a foul, which resulted in Younes Kaboul being sent off. Eden Hazard made it 2-0 from the penalty spot.
Down to ten men, Spurs could only defend the two goal deficit as opposed to counter attack. In the closing stages of the match, a few lapses in concentration allowed two goals in two minutes from Demba Ba. The final scoreline was one, which the away fans would want to forget as quickly as possible.
Speaking at the end of match, Spurs Manager, Tim Sherwood said: “There’s a lack of character, too many of them are too nice to each other and you need to show a bit more guts.”
A satisfied Indian fan tweeted: “Chelsea now 7 points clear and making it difficult for anyone to catch-up.”
The other remaining Premier League encounter saw Norwich City host Stoke City where the game ended in a 1-1 draw, which didn’t do much for either side’s relegation battle.