Saturday 25 February 2012

Saturday's Barclays Premier League round-up

Chelsea go fourth by beating Bolton and Wolves fight back to draw at Newcastle

Chelsea's David Luiz curls in a superb opener to set them on the way to beating Bolton

Chelsea 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Chelsea put a difficult week behind them by seeing off Bolton at Stamford Bridge and moving up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League.

After a quiet first half the Blues went in front early after the interval when David Luiz created some space in the Bolton box and superbly curled into the corner.

It was 2-0 when Didier Drogba headed home for his 99th in the Premier League before Frank Lampard converted Juan Mata's cross at the back post to wrap it up.

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Newcastle United 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

New manager Terry Connor's Wolves produced a stunning fightback to earn a valuable point at high-flying Newcastle.

The hosts raced into a 2-0 lead in the first half, Papiss Cisse tapping in from close range and then Jonas Gutierrez rifling in an unstoppable 25-yard drive.

But Wolves pulled one back when Matt Jarvis' right-foot shot took a deflection and looped over Tim Krul and they were level when Kevin Doyle bundled home to stun the Magpies.

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Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Fulham

Fulham completed a Barclays Premier League double over their west London rivals QPR with a win at Loftus Road.

The Cottagers went ahead in the seventh minute when Moussa Demebele's stunning back-heel sent Pavel Pogrebnyak through to round Paddy Kenny before slotting in.

QPR went down to 10 men when Samba Diakite was shown a second yellow card on his debut as Mark Hughes' side failed to find an equaliser.

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West Bromwich Albion 4-0 Sunderland

West Brom produced a stunning performance to ease past in-form Sunderland at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies took an early lead when Peter Odemwingie headed in a cross from the left and James Morrison nodded in to double the advantage.

After the break Odemwingie drilled in to make it 3-0 and the home side clinically finished things off when Keith Andrews stroked home from inside the box.

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Wigan Athletic 0-0 Aston Villa

Wigan remain bottom of the Barclays Premier League after being held to a goalless draw at home by Aston Villa.

Darren Bent had the best chance for the visitors saved by Ali Al Habsi, and the England striker was later stretchered off with what looked like a bad ankle injury.

Villa's Robbie Keane failed to find the net in the last match of his loan spell, the Irishman returning to LA Galaxy after three goals in seven fixtures.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea move fourth in League by seeing off Bolton
  • Wolves draw at Newcastle; QPR beat Fulham
  • WBA thrash Sunderland; Wigan & Villa draw