Lee Bowyer (pictured) scored on 17 minutes and Birmingham City stunned Chelsea 1-0 at St. Andrews. The second consecutive loss for Chelsea and third in four games came shockingly against a club not only in the relegation zone but also who had not defeated Chelsea in the top flight in over thirty years. The double holders have been ravaged by injuries but do remain atop the table on goal difference. Brum jump from eighteenth place all the way up to twelfth.
Manchester United remain undefeated in the Premier League as Patrice Evra and Javier Hernández scored in a 2-0 home win over Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford. The game marked the return of Wayne Rooney, who came on as a second half substitute, but the story of the season for United continues to be Hernández. The home side moved level on points with Chelsea at the top of the table but are six goals short on differential. Wigan drop into the relegation zone with Birmingham City’s win against Chelsea.
Braces from Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies led Bolton Wanderers to a 5-1 destruction of Newcastle United at the Reebok. Bolton’s fine run of form continued at home as Chung-Yong Lee also scored against Toon who managed only an Andy Carroll goal when the score was already 3-0 to the Trotters. The three points actually carry Bolton into the top four while Manchester City have not yet played this weekend. Newcastle, meanwhile, clink back to ninth place.
Stoke City continue to climb out of the cellar with a 3-0 away over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Matthew Etherington opened the scoring and Jonathan Walters got two goals in the final five minutes to earn three big points for the Potters. Stoke are up to eighth place after consecutive victories, having been almost in the drop zone just two weeks ago. After a strong start, the Baggies are all the way back to fourteenth position.
And goals from Luke Varney and Marlon Harewood gave Blackpool a 2-1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Bloomfield Road. Kevin Doyle pulled one back for Wolves on 86 minutes but it was not enough to keep the Seasiders from moving into the top ten. Wolves are still in the drop zone and are now even level on goal difference with last place West Ham.