Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda each recorded a brace and Frank Lampard (pictured) headed home the final goal for Chelsea in a 5-0 destruction of last place Portsmouth down at Fratton Park. The three points for the Blues send them back above Arsenal for second place, just a point now behind Manchester United’s top position. Pompey looked every bit of the worst club in the league, perhaps resigned to the fact that the club might be selling every single player on the roster.
Blackburn Rovers continued their surprising late ascent with a 2-1 victory over Birmingham City at Ewood Park. David Dunn scored twice to lead Rovers past James McFadden’s lone Brum goal and earn three points against a top ten side. The four points over the past two games have seen Blackburn all the way up to eleventh place where they only trail tenth place Fulham on goal differential. Birmingham will not be happy to have lost and they remain in ninth, now four points behind Everton for eighth place and seven short of Aston Villa for seventh.
Speaking of Everton, they got a massive 2-0 victory away to Manchester City at Eastlands behind goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta. The shocking away result does serious damage to City’s aspirations of reaching fourth place, stunting them in fifth, two points behind Spurs. Meanwhile the Toffees get back on track and move to within three points of Aston Villa for seventh place.
Aston Villa could only claim a single point from their home match with Sunderland as a 1-1 draw kept the Villans from improving their lot. John Carew scored again for Villa, answering Frazier Campbell’s goal for the Black Cats. Villa equal Liverpool on points but remain in seventh due to goal differential, though they do have a game in hand. Sunderland remain in thirteenth place and were unable to catch up with Stoke City with just the one point.