The misery continues for Chelsea as they could only draw against Everton at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
And with Arsenal hanging on to a 2-1 win at home to Fulham, with another top class show and maybe a goal of the season from Sami Nasri – what a player this boy is – the Gunners find themselves top of the Premier League on 32 points.
In their last four league games that’s just two points for Chelsea, which is the same as the Magpies’ record, and the Blues are now 2 points behind Arsenal and a point behind Man United, whose game was called off at Blackpool this afternoon, and therefore have a game in hand on Chelsea.
To their credit Blackburn came storming back after their 7-1 defeat at Old Trafford last weekend, with a fine 3-0 win at home to Wolves, who remain rock bottom of the league on 12 points.
Blackburn’s goals came from David Dunn, Australian Brett Emerton and New Zealand’s Ryan Nelsen in the first 55 minutes of the game, and it’s looking like Wolves will have a battle on their hands to avoid relegation this season.
Birmingham got a good point at home to Tottenham Hotspur, when Craig Gardner got their equalizer after 80 minutes, and that was after former Newcastle center-back Sebastien Bassong had put the Londoners in the lead after 12 minutes.
Manchester City outplayed Bolton for most of the game, and took the lead after 4 minutes from – who else – Carlos Tevez, but they then missed many of the chances they set up.
And when Aleksandar Kolarov was sent off for a second yellow card after 77 minutes, they hung on, and the finish was very similar to that of last week at Stoke City, but this time the Eastlands club managed to hang on to their lead and go 4th top on 29 points. Man City looked good this afternoon, and only their finishing let them down.
Wigan Athletic managed a 2-2 draw at home to Stoke City but still remain 3rd bottom of the league on 15 points. The draw made it only a single win in nine league games for Wigan.
The Latics will think they should have collected all 3 points in this game, and a late shot hit the post from former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia, that showed they had little luck this afternoon.
So as the Premier league stands after today’s games, if Newcastle can get a win at West Brom tomorrow, the lads will move up to 7th place on 22 points, as long as Sunderland don’t win at at home to second bottom West Ham.