Chelsea rode a 40-minute assault on their goal by Newcastle United before stretching clear and extending their lead at the top of the Premier League table thanks to a 2-0 victory.
Petr Cech, in for Thibaut Courtois who was only fit enough for the bench, was forced into several saves in a first half that Newcastle roundly dominated. Remy Cabella in particular was fantastic in the first 45 minutes for the Magpies, as John Carver looked to make his case to keep the Newcastle job full-time.
But Chelsea punished Newcastle’s inability to finish their chances when Oscar swept home a Branislav Ivanovic cross to give the Blues the lead on 43 minutes.
Shortly after half-time Oscar turned provider, his brilliant flick setting up Diego Costa who made the game safe.
Eden Hazard turned it on as the second half wore on, and the Magpies rarely threatened as time ticked away.
At Turf Moor, a topsy-turvy first-half saw Burnley go ahead through Scott Arfield before Charlie Austin levelled things up on 33 minutes against his former club from the penalty spot.
But a stunning strike from Danny Ings put the Clarets back ahead at the interval. And Sean Dyche’s side played out the second half to win 2-1, a crucial victory over a relegation rival. QPR have now lost 10 straight away games.
Paul Konchesky saw red against Aston Villa at Villa Park earlier this season, but he got his revenge with the opening goal in the reverse fixture at the King Power Stadium today.
He bailed out David Nugent, who was guilty of a poor miss and the Foxes should have put the game beyond doubt well before the final whistle.
Konchesky’s goal just before half-time was enough for Leicester, although late red cards for Matty James and Ciaran Clark was a disappointing way to end the match as unsavoury scenes ushered in the final whistle.
Swansea and West Ham drew 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium in an entertaining game. A stunning Andy Carroll strike two minutes before the break put the Hammers ahead, the England international dropping his shoulder before smashing it into the top corner.
But with speculation mounting that Wilfried Bony is Manchester City bound, Swansea needed Bafetimbi Gomis to step up - and the Frenchman did just that. The goal may go down as a Mark Noble OG, but Gomis played a key role in getting the Swans onto level terms with 15 minutes to play.
Lukasz Fabianski was the hero as Swansea held on for a share of the spoils.
Manchester City and Everton battled in blustery conditions and after a tense first half, produced a good game that ended 1-1. Sergio Aguero made his long awaited comeback from injury in the second half for the reigning Premier League champions, which is good news for the Citizens.
Everton had a goal ruled out correctly for a shove by Steven Naismith on Joe Hart in the second half, shortly before Manchester City snuck ahead - Fernandinho the unlikely goalscorer on 74 minutes.
But Naismith’s glancing header equalised less than five minutes later and that’s the way it ended.
West Brom and Hull City scrapped for points at the Hawthorns, Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino missing good opportunities for the hosts in the first period while Steve Bruce lost summer signing Abel Hernandez to injury early on.
Berahino didn’t celebrate his goals in the FA Cup earlier this week, but his goal 10 minutes from time in this one was huge for the club and new boss Tony Pulis as the Baggies won 1-0.
Premier League results
Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool
Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle
Burnley 2-1 Queens Park Rangers
Everton 1-1 Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Hull City
Swansea 1-1 West Ham United
Leicester 1-0 Aston Villa
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