Chelsea shed the Blues, defeat Pompey 2-1

Chelsea are back to their three point lead over contenders Manchester United as they defeated Portsmouth 2-1 in a Premier League encounter last night. The Blues now sit pretty at 40 points with United at 37 with both having played 17 games. After Chelsea’s draw over the weekend and Man U’s win over the Wolves on Tuesday, the pressure was on the Leaders to win and stabilise their position.

Playing in front of a packed Stamford Bridge crowd, Avram Grant, present Pompey manager and former Chelsea Boss was given a rousing welcome. Chelsea went in without Didier Drogba who was nursing a back injury and Carvalho was replaced by Alex.

The first half was fairly one sided with Chelsea dominating a lackluster Portsmouth. Ballack and Anelka were on the attack and the latter got the breakthrough in the 23rd minute to score his 100th for the Blues. Frederic Piquionne’s fierce finish in the 51st minute gave the visitors the equaliser and opened the game. Pompey had many chances after that, all of which couldn’t be materialised by their own errors.

Following Marc Wilson’s lunge on Branislav Ivanovic, a penalty was awarded which Lampard converted to clinch the winner for Chelsea and take them home safely. But the first win by the leaders in their last five matches was nothing to write home about and there has to be marked improvement to see them finish at the top.

In another match Burnley held Arsenal 1-1 and let them share the third spot with Aston Villa in the table. Fabregas opened Arsenal’s account and then Graham Alexander converted a penalty to equalise a well deserved draw for the hosts.

Liverpool got a much awaited win at Anfield as they defeated Wigan Athletic 2-1. A huge morale boosting performance saw Ngog open the scoring in the 9th minute. After missing several chances, Torres finally scored towards the end of the match. An extra time consolation goal was struck by Charles N’Zogbia to finish the match 2-1.

Tottenham Hotspurs resumed their pursuit to the top 4 as they defeated Manchester City 3-0. Kranjcar opened the scoring in the 37th minute after a dominating first half. Defoe’s finish from eight yards was perfect to give them a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute. The final nail was dug in injury time when Kranjcar drove the goal from extreme right to set the Spurs fans in to motion.

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