Toon hold United, Blues cruise

The champions dropped points as they squandered several chances

against the 10-man Magpies at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney blasted a

free-kick into the wall before he fired the rebound into the area

where it hit a Newcastle defender then bounced off Javier Hernandez

into the goal. Demba Ba levelled for Newcastle from the penalty

spot after Rio Ferdinand conceded a spot kick despite a

seemingly-clean tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa before Jonas Gutierrez was

sent off for his second bookable offence for a foul on Nani.

Hernandez had an injury-time goal ruled out for offside as

Newcastle held on for a hard-earned point. The result keeps United

four points behind leaders Manchester City, who play their game in

hand at Liverpool on Sunday. Third-placed Tottenham beat West Brom

3-1 at The Hawthorns thanks to late goals by Jermain Defoe and

Emmanuel Adebayor. The Baggies went in front when Youssouf Mulumbu

headed past Brad Friedel in the 10th minute but Spurs levelled the

score before half-time thanks to Adebayor’s penalty. Defoe put

Spurs in front in the 80th minute before Adebayor added his second

in injury time to seal the win. Chelsea eased to a comfortable 3-0

victory in their game against Wolves at Stamford Bridge and a

much-needed three points for Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas. John

Terry headed the opening goal in the seventh minute from Juan

Mata’s corner before Daniel Sturridge struck the second and Mata

added the third on the stroke of half time. Wigan won 2-1 at

Sunderland thanks to a last-gasp goal by Franco Di Santo. Jordi

Gomez’s penalty had put Wigan level after the Black Cats had taken

the lead through Sebastian Larsson’s close-range strike. Wigan

levelled when Victor Moses earned a controversial penalty after he

was brought down by Larsson and Gomez powerfully converted before

Di Santo snatched a much-needed win for Wigan in injury time.

Everton beat 10-man Bolton 2-0 at the Reebok Stadium thanks to

second-half goals by Marouane Fellaini and Apostolos Vellios

Wanderers defender David Wheater was sent off for a studs-up foul

on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov after 20 minutes and Everton finally made

their one-man advantage pay Fellaini blasted high into the centre

of goal before Vellios added the second in the 78th minute. Norwich

beat QPR 2-1 at Carrow Road after Luke Young cancelled out Russell

Martin’s opener before Grant Holt sealed the win. Martin handed the

Canaries the lead after a mistake from defender Anton Ferdinand

allowed the defender to strike home from close range before Young

levelled in the 59th minute. Substitute striker Holt then latched

on to Wesley Hoolahan’s cross to secure all three points. In the

early kick-off, Stoke piled more misery on struggling Blackburn

with a comfortable 3-1 win at the Britannia Stadium. Rory Delap

gave the Potters the lead at half-time while Glenn Whelan added the

second after the break. Peter Crouch capitalised on some lacklustre

defending to make it three before Ruben Rochina pulled a late goal

back for the visitors. The result, combined with Wigan’s win, sent

Rovers to the bottom of the table.