A late winner by Didier Drogba saw Chelsea remain second ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Portsmouth in atrocious conditions at Fratton Park.
Drogba, who had failed to get the better of Sol Campbell all evening, finally managed to settle the contest in the 79th minute.
Jose Bosingwa’s low cross eluded the Pompey defence and Drogba sent a curling drive into the bottom corner for the winner.
Liverpool kept up the pressure on the Blues with a 2-0 win over Sunderland at Anfield.
David Ngog scored his first league goal for the Reds before Yossi Benayoun doubled the lead to go within four points of Manchester United, who have two games in hand.
Nicklas Bendtner scored twice and hit the post as Arsenal won 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion.
Arsenal made a positive start and needed only four minutes to end their recent goal drought through Bendtner.
Yet Albion needed only three minutes to draw level through Chris Brunt whose low free-kick skidded through the defensive wall and past the dive of Manuel Almunia.
After 38 minutes some dreadful defending allowed Kolo Toure to restore Arsenal’s lead from Andrei Arshavin’s free-kick and a minute before half-time Bendtner struck again.
Wolves extended their lead at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship after Sylvan Ebanks-Blake held his nerve to convert a penalty and claim a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.
Preston stay fourth despite a
2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest thanks to Rob Earnshaw’s double. Jon Parkin netted for Preston.
Chris Porter marked his full home debut with his first goals for Derby but the Rams squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with promotion chasing Swansea, Angel Rangel and Gorka Pintado scoring.
Burnley are just one place outside the play-offs after a 1-0 win at Blackpool thanks to Christian Kalvenes’s left-footed shot from the six-yard box with five minutes to go.
Darel Russell scored the only goal as relegation-threatened Norwich ended a run of seven championship matches without a win at faltering QPR.
Southampton remain in the relegation zone but they had a
3-0 win at Ipswich.
Paul Gallagher scored twice as Plymouth beat Watford 2