Swansea 1 Chelsea 1: Neil Taylor"s own goal negates Scott Sinclair"s stunner

Swansea 1 Chelsea 1: Taylor own goal saves AVB's blushes after Sinclair's stunner

An own goal from Neil Taylor deep into injury-time saw Chelsea deny Swansea another famous win at the Liberty Stadium.

Former Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair had given Swansea a 39th-minute lead when his left-footed volley looped over Petr Cech and into the net, putting the hosts on course for a repeat of their stunning win over Arsenal.

Chelsea dominated the second half but they looked set to suffer a sixth defeat of the season when Ashley Cole picked up a second booking late on.

However, with time running out, Jose Bosingwa's driven ball across the box from the right struck the unfortunate Taylor and beat Michel Vorm.

Net pains: Swansea keeper Michel Vorm can't believe the late blow

Net pains: Swansea keeper Michel Vorm can't believe the late blow

Take that: Jose Bosingwa is congratulated for his late assist in the own goal

Take that: Jose Bosingwa is congratulated for his late assist in the own goal

MATCH FACTS

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson (Agustien 67), Dyer, Graham, Sinclair (Moore 77). Subs not used: Tremmel, Routledge, Monk, Lita, Richards.

Booked: Taylor, Rangel.

Scorer: Sinclair 39.

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Meireles, Romeu (Essien 65), Malouda (Lukaku 80), Sturridge, Torres, Mata. Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Cahill, Bertrand, Piazon.

Booked: Cole, Malouda.

Sent off: Cole.

Scorer: Taylor (og) 90+3.

Referee: Andre Marriner.

Attendance: 20,526.

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Chelsea, without captain John Terry
due to a knee injury and with new signing Gary Cahill on the bench, had
Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz in central defence and they were
thankful to the former for saving them twice during a sluggish opening
from Andre Villas-Boas' side.

Ivanovic firstly denied Danny Graham a
simple finish after a Steven Caulker header had rebounded to the
striker before Chelsea threatened when Luiz ventured forward, with his
low cross resulting in Daniel Sturridge firing narrowly past Vorm's near
post.

Ivanovic was involved again when a long ball pumped towards Graham caused chaos in the visiting defence.

Cech could only clear the ball to
Gylfi Sigurdsson, who skipped past the goalkeeper but saw Ivanovic block
his goal-bound effort. Graham's follow-up attempt was kept out by Luiz
and Joe Allen was denied by the recovering goalkeeper.

Having survived that scare Chelsea
began to take a stranglehold on the game, dominating possession and
pinning Swansea deep in their own half.

Ashley Williams made a terrific
interception to cut out Fernando Torres' intended pass to an unmarked
Sturridge, while Juan Mata fired wastefully wide of either post after
more patient build-up.

Vorm was uncharacteristically
hesitant in tipping a Oriol Romeu drive around his post, before Luiz
failed to make the most of a free header from a Raul Meireles corner.

On the mark: Scott Sinclair put Swansea ahead in the the 39th minute

On the mark: Scott Sinclair put Swansea ahead in the the 39th minute

But after absorbing the pressure Swansea took the lead against the run of play as Sinclair netted against his former club.

Sigurdsson's free-kick was weakly
headed away by Bosingwa, and a swing of Sinclair's left foot saw the
ball float over Cech into the far corner, although the winger was
restrained in his celebrations in front of the travelling support.

Stung by the concession of the goal
so late in the first half, Chelsea completely dominated the opening
exchanges of the second period.

And Sigurdsson must score: Gylfi Sigurdsson fails to convert with Petr Cech stranded

And Sigurdsson must score: Gylfi Sigurdsson fails to convert with Petr Cech stranded

Protesting their innocence: Fernando Torres and Ashley Cole remonstrate with referee Andre Marriner

Protesting their innocence: Fernando Torres and Ashley Cole remonstrate with referee Andre Marriner

Mata and Meireles prompted in
midfield as Swansea defended ever deeper. The visitors initially created
little in the way of clear-cut chances, although they would have
levelled had any blue-shirted attackers made the effort to follow in
Cole's astute ball across the Swansea six-yard box.

Villas-Boas brought Michael Essien on
for Romeu, and the move almost paid instant dividends as the Ghanaian
blasted a fierce drive narrowly over Vorm's bar.

Bosingwa then teased his way to the
byline but his hanging cross was headed clear by Angel Rangel, before
another surge from the right-back saw Sturridge turn and poke wide.

Swansea were by now struggling to
find their way out of their own half as their efforts to keep ball were
stymied by Chelsea's pressing high up the pitch.

Frustrated viewing: Gary Cahill and the Chelsea bench observe proceedings

Frustrated viewing: Gary Cahill and the Chelsea bench observe proceedings

They summoned a rare attacking foray
with seven minutes to go as substitutes Kemy Agustien and Luke Moore
combined to give Nathan Dyer a sight of goal, but he dragged his shot
across the face of goal.

Normal service was soon resumed as
Bosingwa cut in and fired narrowly over, but Swansea were just about
managing to handle everything Chelsea could throw at them.

Chelsea's frustrations were then
compounded as Cole, who had been cautioned just before the interval,
picked up a second booking for a rash tackle on Dyer and was dismissed.

But their pressure finally told as
Bosingwa again tricked his way into the box and saw his driven effort
strike Taylor to deceive Vorm and rescue a point.

Beaten hands down: Petr Cech stretches but fails to repel Sinclair's effort

Beaten hands down: Petr Cech stretches but fails to repel Sinclair's effort

Off the line: Danny Graham sees his goalbound effort cleared by David Luiz

Off the line: Danny Graham sees his goalbound effort cleared by David Luiz

Manchester United 2 Stoke 0: Level on points with Manchester City

Manchester United 2 Stoke 0: Double trouble from the spot as Red Devils catch up with City

Manchester United drew level on points with league leaders Manchester City after a comfortable win over Stoke City.

Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov both converted penalties to give Sir Alex Ferguson's side a deserved victory.

The spot-kicks were gratefully received by the strikers attempting to capitalise on the absence of the manager's preferred attacking pair of Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.

More to follow.

Opener: Javier Hernandez fired his side into the lead from the spot

Opener: Javier Hernandez fired his side into the lead from the spot

Delight: Rio Ferdinand celebrates with Hernandez

Delight: Rio Ferdinand celebrates with Hernandez

Mirror image: Dimitar Berbatov doubled Manchester United's lead

Mirror image: Dimitar Berbatov doubled Manchester United's lead

Scrap: Jon Walters battles with Chris Smalling

Scrap: Jon Walters battles with Chris Smalling

Glide: Berbatov tries to elude Ryan Shawcross

Glide: Berbatov tries to elude Ryan Shawcross

Foul: Walters takes out Antonio Valencia for United's second penalty

Foul: Walters takes out Antonio Valencia for United's second penalty

MATCH FACTS

Man Utd: Amos, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Scholes, Park, Berbatov, Hernandez (Pogba 72).

Subs not used: Kuszczak, Giggs, Welbeck, Fabio Da Silva, Rafael Da Silva, Will Keane.

Goals: Hernandez 38 pen, Berbatov 53 pen

Bookings: Scholes

Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Pennant, Palacios (Delap 75), Whitehead, Walters (Fuller 75), Jones, Crouch (Jerome 57).

Subs not used: Begovic, Whelan, Etherington, Woodgate.

Bookings: Wilkinson, Walters, Huth

Referee: Mike Jones

Attendance: 74,719

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Tottenham 3 Wigan 1: Gareth Bale scores twice to help Spurs win

Tottenham 3 Wigan 1: Bale at the double to keep Spurs in the title hunt

Gareth Bale scored twice as Tottenham returned to winning ways in the Barclays Premier League with a stylish triumph over a hapless Wigan side at White Hart Lane.

Spurs followed up their defeat to Manchester City with poor displays against Wolves and Watford but they were at their splendid best on Tuesday night, playing their usual brand of free-flowing attacking football before Bale put them ahead in the 29th minute.

Luka Modric despatched a cool 18-yard strike to make it 2-0 five minutes later and Bale scored his second after 64 minutes before James McArthur grabbed a late consolation for the Latics.

Flying high: Gareth Bale celebrates his goal in front of the Spurs fans

Flying high: Gareth Bale celebrates his goal in front of the Spurs fans

MATCH FACTS

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Modric, Parker, Bale, Adebayor, Van der Vaart. Subs not used: Cudicini, Dawson, Rose, Livermore, Sandro, Pienaar, Lancaster.

Goals: Bale (29, 64), Modric (34)

Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Moses, Watson, McCarthy, Beausejour, Gomez, Di Santo. Subs not used: Pollitt, Gohouri, Crusat, McArthur, Sammon, Jones, Rodallega.

Goal: McArthur (80)

Referee: Lee Probert.

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The win puts pressure back on both
Manchester sides at the top of the table and increased Spurs' lead over
fourth-place Chelsea to seven points.

The three points also brought a smile
to Harry Redknapp's face on his first appearance in the White Hart Lane
dugout since his defence against two charges of tax evasion – which he
denies – started last week.

Despite being in court earlier in the
day, Redknapp had been busy orchestrating transfer dealings before
tonight's 11pm deadline.

The London club have been linked with
forward players Milos Krasic and Louis Saha, but on this performance,
they do not need much firepower up front.

Spurs put their recent woes behind them and flew out of the blocks tonight on a sub-zero night in north London.

Ali Al Habsi pulled off a point-blank
save from Younes Kaboul's bullet header in the sixth minute and Niko
Kranjcar should have tested the Wigan goalkeeper but he miscontrolled
while deep inside the away box.

Welsh wizard: Bale puts Spurs in front

Welsh wizard: Bale puts Spurs in front

The Croatian went on to miss two more
chances before Emmanuel Adebayor, without a goal in his last six games,
headed over Kyle Walker's cross. Only a James McCarthy goalline
clearance kept the score goalless in the 24th minute after Kaboul beat
his marker to meet Rafael van der Vaart's corner.

Spurs were playing some of their best football and it only seemed a matter of time before they scored.

Bale had a fancy scissors kick
cleared before and also forced Al Habsi to save at his far post before
putting Spurs ahead in the 29th minute.

Hitting the sweet spot: Luka Modric scores his goal

Hitting the sweet spot: Luka Modric scores his goal

The race is on: Luka Modric celebrates his goal

The race is on: Luka Modric celebrates his goal

The Welshman took down Modric's chip at the far post before hooking the ball in on the volley for his 10th of the season.

Van der Vaart worryingly hobbled off with an injury on the half hour and was replaced by Jake Livermore.

Bale then stung Al Habsi's palms with
a fierce shot 12 minutes before the break and one minute later Spurs
were 2-0 up. Wigan's attempted clearance from a Benoit Assou-Ekotto
cross ricocheted into Modric's path and he coolly turned and slotted
past Al Habsi from 18 yards.

On the bench: Harry Redknapp was back in the dugout to see Spurs win

On the bench: Harry Redknapp was back in the dugout to see Spurs win

Redknapp, delighted with the strike, performed a little jig on the touchline.

The home fans gave a show of support
for their manager by chanting his name and his team ended the first half
strongly, with Livermore drawing Al Habsi into a save near to
injury-time.

Wigan started the second period
brightly. Victor Moses wriggled free from his marker but blazed over
before Ledley King put in a crunching tackle to deny Franco Di Santo.

All together now: The Tottenham players celebrate the win

All together now: The Tottenham players celebrate the win

Spurs, always looked dangerous,
however, and Bale added his second in the 19th minute of the second
half. The winger picked up a pass from Assou-Ekotto on the corner of the
box, took one touch past to ease past Ben Watson and fired a peach of a
drive across Al Habsi into the far corner.

Yet more chants came in support of Redknapp and he acknowledged the home fans with a proud wave on the touchline.

Job done: Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto celebrate the win

Job done: Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto celebrate the win

Di Santo hobbled off after being clattered by Assou-Ekotto and was replaced by Conor Sammon.

The away side pulled a shock
consolation back the following minute when McArthur's shot deflected off
Scott Parker and looped over Brad Friedel and in off his far post.

Getting there first: Jake Livermore beats Jordi Gomez to the ball

Getting there first: Jake Livermore beats Jordi Gomez to the ball

McCarthy's pass then laid on Ronnie Stam and he whistled a sharp ball across the box – but no-one was there to tap in.

Bale was denied a hat-trick on three
separate occasions in the dying minutes, but the Welshman will be happy
that his double strike was more than enough for the club to seal an easy
win.

Everton 1 Man City 0: Darron Gibson goal continues Roberto Mancini"s Merseyside misery

Everton 1 Man City 0: Gibson screamer continues Mancini's Mersey misery

Everton new boy Darron Gibson hit the only goal of the game to ensure Roberto Mancini's Merseyside misery goes on.

The former Manchester United midfielder rifled home an unstoppable drive to give City a title wobble as the Red Devils levelled the gap at the top of the table with victory over Stoke.

Stretching back to when Inter Milan’s Champions League dreams were demolished at Anfield in February 2008, Mancini has ventured to the city of Liverpool on six occasions and experienced only frustration and despair. And those feelings were exacerbated at a bouncing Goodison Park.

More follows.

Screamer: Darron Gibson lets fly to put Everton ahead

Screamer: Darron Gibson lets fly to put Everton ahead

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Neville, Hibbert, Heitinga, Baines, Donovan, Gibson, Fellaini, Drenthe (Baxter 78), Cahill, Stracqualursi (Vellios 88). Subs not used: Mucha, Gueye, Barkley, Forshaw, Duffy.

Booked: Drenthe,

Man City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott (Kolarov 68), Clichy, Barry (De Jong 86), Milner (Johnson 62) Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs not used: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Savic, Razak.

Booked: Kompany, Lescott.

Referee: Peter Walton.

Attendance: 29,856.

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At sixes and sevens: Everton old boy Joleon Lescott tangles with former team-mate Tim Howard

At sixes and sevens: Everton old boy Joleon Lescott tangles with former team-mate Tim Howard

Combative: Leighton Baines and Samir Nasri do battle

Combative: Leighton Baines and Samir Nasri do battle

Chained reaction: A protester handcuffs himself to the goal at Goodison Park

Chained reaction: A protester handcuffs himself to the goal at Goodison Park

Welcome to the team: Nikica Jelavic was unveiled at half-time followign his 5.5million move from Rangers

Welcome to the team: Nikica Jelavic was unveiled at half-time followign his 5.5million move from Rangers