Chelsea put a miserable week behind them to return to the Premier League summit with a 2-0 win over Fulham as the wheels came off Liverpool’s bright start in a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday.
John Obi Mikel scored his first ever Premier League goal as Chelsea’s four-game winless run ended on Saturday. After Oscar powered in the opener early in the second half,Mikel sliced the ball into the net in the 84th minute of the west London derby.
The Nigeria midfielder had only previously scored twice for Chelsea,in the FA Cup in January 2007 during Jose Mourinho’s first reign as manager. Mourinho’s return has not gone to plan,presiding over the club’s worst start to a season since Roman Abramovich’s investment started a decade ago. This victory,however unconvincing,enabled Chelsea to dislodge Liverpool from the top of the standings ahead of Sunday’s games.
The win moved Chelsea up to 10 points from five matches,ahead of Liverpool on goal difference after Southampton inflicted a first defeat of the season on the Merseysiders.
Southampton defender Dejan Lovren scored with a second-half header to emphatically quieten the premature talk of a title push that had been swirling around Anfield. Everton celebrated a stunning 3-2 win at West Ham United with Leighton Baines twice equalising from free kicks and on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku heading a late winner.
Hull City also twice came back from a goal down to win 3-2 at Newcastle United and Stephane Sessegnon scored against his former club as West Bromwich Albion beat bottom side Sunderland 3-0.
Aston Villa’s Libor Kozak came off the bench to score his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win at Norwich City. Champions Manchester United visit local rivals Manchester City on Sunday when Arsenal take on Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur go to Cardiff City.
Saturday’s results: Norwich 0 Aston Villa 1,Liverpool 0 Southampton 1,Newcastle 2 Hull City 3,West Brom 3 Sunderland 0,West Ham 2 Everton 3,Chelsea 2 Fulham 0.
Sunday’s fixtures: Arsenal vs Stoke (6 pm,ESPN),Crystal Palace vs Swansea (6 pm),Cardiff vs Tottenham (8.30 pm),Manchester City vs Manchester United (8.30 pm,ESPN)