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Monday 02 January 2012

Barclays Premier League Monday round-up

Lampard leaves it late for Chelsea and Swansea win first away match of the season

Frank Lampard was Chelsea's match-winner in their last-gasp victory over Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard left it until the 89th minute to earn his side a crucial three points in a superb encounter at Wolves.

Lampard converted an Ashley Cole cross from the left to break Wolves' hearts, just moments after Stephen Ward had smashed in a left-footed leveller for Wolves, who thought they had done enough to earn a draw.

Chelsea had gone ahead when Juan Mata's corner was flicked on by John Terry and hammered into the net by Ramires, before the late drama.

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Aston Villa 0-2 Swansea City

Swansea produced a fabulous display to take all three points back to South Wales as they won their first away match in the Barclays Premier League at Villa Park.

They went ahead in the fourth minute when Nathan Dyer capitalised on an Aston Villa mistake at the back to fire in, and Wayne Routledge doubled the lead just after half-time with a classy left-foot finish.

Villa tried hard to find a way back into the match, but Swansea looked the likelier to grab a third on the break as the contest wore on.

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Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Stoke City

Peter Crouch continued his fine scoring record against Blackburn as his brace earned Stoke an impressive victory at Ewood Park.

The giant striker superbly controlled a cross into the box to slam in an opener, and he made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time with another expert penalty box finish.

Blackburn pulled one back in the second half with a close-range David Goodwillie finish, but Steve Kean's strugglers could not find an equaliser.

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Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Norwich City

QPR captain Joey Barton had a mixed afternoon at Loftus Road as he scored the opener and was then sent off against Norwich City, who came from behind to win it.

Barton slammed into the Canaries net after 11 minutes but was then shown a straight red card after an altercation off the ball with Norwich's Bradley Johnson.

Anthony Pilkington's searing drive levelled matters for the visitors before half-time and Steve Morison won it in the closing stages after Pilkington's cross had been knocked towards him by Elliott Bennett.

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Key Points

  • Lampard seals last-gasp victory for Chelsea
  • Swansea win first away match of the season
  • Norwich triumph away at QPR; Stoke beat Blackburn