29 Nov 2010

Chelsea slip again

7:29 am on 29 November 2010

Chelsea's English Premier League football title defence continued to splutter when they could only draw 1-all at Newcastle United and missed their chance of returning to the top of the standings.

Having worked all morning to clear the pitch and surrounding areas of snow, Newcastle were rewarded with a gift after six minutes when Alex's ill-judged backpass rolled past Petr Cech and Andy Carroll nipped in to tuck the ball into an empty net.

Chelsea, who had lost their last two league matches, forced their way back into the game and levelled at the end of the first half when a lovely flick by Florent Malouda sent Salomon Kalou through to score with a deflected shot.

Everything is going Tottenham Hotspur's way, however, as Aaron Lennon scored in stoppage time to complete a 2-1 comeback win over Liverpool in an action-packed encounter at White Hart Lane.

The day's five goals took the weekend tally to 41 in 10 games -- equalling the Premier League record -- with all 20 teams scoring.

Manchester United, who hammered Blackburn Rovers 7-1 yesterday helped by five goals from Dimitar Berbatov, top the table on 31 points with Chelsea and Arsenal, 4-2 winners at Aston Villa, both on 29.

Manchester City are fourth on 26 after being held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke City and Spurs fifth on 25.