LONDON — Both Chelsea and Manchester City capitalised on Liverpool’s shock defeat by Hull yesterday to leapfrog the Merseysiders and close the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Chelsea recovered from conceding a goal inside the first minute at Stamford Bridge, when Jay Rodriguez pounced on a poor backpass from Michael Essien, to beat Southampton 3-1.
Second-half goals from central defenders Gary Cahill and John Terry, on his 400th league appearance, put Chelsea in front before substitute Demba Ba sealed victory in the 90th minute.
The win took Chelsea, now in second place, to within four points of Arsenal while City, who went third, were six points adrift of the leaders after another impressive home display saw Swansea beaten 3-0.
Samir Nasri scored twice after Alvaro Negredo broke the deadlock in just the eighth minute at Eastlands.
Earlier, Hull beat Liverpool for the first time in their history with a 3-1 win at the KC Stadium.
Hull took a 20th minute lead when Jake Livermore scored his first Premier League goal with a deflected 25-yard shot
But Liverpool were level seven minutes later when England captain Steven Gerrard swept in a 20-yard free-kick.
Hull though put the result beyond doubt with two goals inside the final 20 minutes, David Meyler capitalising on a defensive lapse by Kolo Toure before Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel turned Tom Huddlestone’s shot into his own net.
“It is always nice to turn over Liverpool, but it was the response after the loss to Crystal Palace that pleased me,” said Hull manager Steve Bruce.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said Liverpool had suffered from being without injured leading goalscorer Daniel Sturridge. “There is no doubt that we miss a player of Daniel Sturridge’s quality and we do not have a squad that is big enough to cope with his absence,” said Rodgers.
The victory united, at least temporarily, Hull owner Assem Allam and those fans of the club unhappy at his intention to change its official name from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers.
This has prompted chants of “City till we die” at home games from some Hull fans.
Egyptian businessman Allam, in a controversial interview published just hours before the Liverpool match, told the Independent yesterday: “I don’t mind ‘City till we die’.”
Also yesterday, Fulham parted ways with Dutch manager Martin Jol just hours after his side went down 3-0 to West Ham United on Saturday.
Chelsea 3 – 1 Southampton
Man City 3 – 0 Swansea
Hull 3 – 1 Liverpool
Spurs 2 – 2 Man United
Newcastle 2 – 1 WBA
West Ham 3 – 0 Fulham
Norwich 1 – 0 Crystal Palace
Everton 4 – 0 Stoke
Cardiff 0 – 3 Arsenal
Aston Villa 0 – 0 Sunderland