Queens Park Rangers claimed only their second win since Harry Redknapp’s arrival as they beat west London rivals Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
But Shaun Wright-phillips, against his old side, was the hero for QPR as he netted late on in the match.
Rafa Benitez’s much changed side were dominant on home soil but lacked a clinical touch with Frank Lampard and Oscar going close, while Branislav Ivanovic nearly cleared the stand with an outrageous long range effort.
Marko Marin could even have been sent off for the Blues after an awful challenge on Stephane M’Bia.
At the full time whistle Chelsea fans loudly booed and heckled their players and, in particular, Benitez. The Queens Park Rangers fans, though, sang the Spaniard’s name as they celebrated the rare victory.
At Anfield it was an easy 3-0 win for Liverpool over Sunderland as they jumped up to eighth in the table.
The Uruguayan then made it 2-0 as he shrugged off the attentions of Carlos Cuellar to fire into the back of the net.
And he wrapped up the game for the Merseysiders eight minutes after the break as he rifled home a Steven Gerrard pass inside the box with the Sunderland defence all at sea.
Following the defeat Martin O’Neill’s charges remain 14th and just four points above the relegation zone.
And in the night’s other game Everton beat a forlorn Newcastle United side 2-1 at St James’ Park.
But Papiss Cisse, who hasn’t been in great form this season, fired home after just 65 seconds to give them the lead and prove there was life after his compatriot’s exit.
Everton left-back Leighton Baines had already seen a trademark curling free-kick well saved by Tim Krul but just before half time he arrowed a set-piece beyond the outfoxed Dutchman, who thought the strike was being bent around his wall again.