Chelsea overtake rivals Tottenham to go back up to third place in the Premier League after a 1-0 home win against West Brom.
The home fans’ anger at interim manager Rafael Benitez took centre stage before, during and after the match, with a number of anti-Benitez banners dominating the stands at Stamford Bridge.
Demba Ba’s first-half goal was all that separated the teams, while Frank Lampard had his 200th club goal ruled out for offside.
Manchester United distanced themselves further at the summit of the League table, as a superb hat-trick from Japanese international Shinji Kagawa and a stoppage-time strike from Wayne Rooney clinched a 4-0 victory against Norwich City.
Kagawa was clinical for his trio of goals, but Rooney’s goal stole the limelight, with the England forward curling in a majestic finish from 25-yards to cap off a dominant performance from Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.
There was no hangover for Queens Park Rangers as they reduced the gap from Premier League safety to only five points after a 2-1 victory against Southampton at St Mary’s, recording only their third win of the season courtesy of Jay Bothroyd’s winner after Loic Remy’s opener was cancelled out by Saints star Gaston Ramirez.
Meanwhile, Everton overpowered Reading with a 3-1 triumph at Goodison Park, with goals from Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas securing the points for the Toffees, while Hal Robson-Kanu scored a consolation with five minutes to play.
Sunderland came back from 2-0 down to record a 2-2 draw against Fulham.
Dimitar Berbatov made it 1-0 from the spot while Sascha Riether added Fulham’s second before half-time, but a penalty from Craig Gardner and a 70th minute strike from Stephane Sessegnon levelled the score in a lively affair.
And West Ham rose to 12th after a 1-0 win over Stoke at the Brittania Stadium, with Jack Collison scoring the game’s only goal, while Luke Moore scored his first goal of the season to secure a 1-0 home victory for Swansea over Newcastle.