Blues take advantage of United slip

Chelsea were handed the chance to extend their lead after

Manchester United were beaten 3-1 at Everton in the day’s early

kick-off, and Carlo Ancelotti’s side took full advantage. They had

to wait until the 40th minute before breaking the deadlock at

Molineux, though, with Didier Drogba capping a brilliant move

involving Yuri Zhirkov and Michael Ballack. Drogba then wrapped up

the victory in the 67th minute with his 25th goal of the season,

and his sixth in five matches since he returned from African

Nations Cup duty. Arsenal continue to hang on in the title race

after a 2-0 home win over Sunderland, who remain without a victory

since the end of November. Nicklas Bendtner’s first goal for almost

four months gave the Gunners the half-time lead, although Kenwyne

Jones missed a glorious one-on-one chance shortly before the break

to send the sides in level. Cesc Fabregas added a second late on

from the spot to ensure Arsenal remain six points behind Chelsea

but only two adrift of United. In the relegation battle at Upton

Park, West Ham moved four points clear of the drop zone with a 3-0

victory over 10-man Hull. The Hammers dominated throughout and took

the lead after just 130 seconds when Valon Behrami scored his first

goal for the club for just under 13 months. Hull then had a player

sent off for the second successive away match when Craig Fagan was

dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 53rd minute. Six

minutes later Gianfranco Zola’s side took full advantage, with

Carlton Cole strengthening his claims for a place in England’s

World Cup squad with his ninth goal of the season before Julian

Faubert wrapped up the scoring in the third minute of injury time.