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English round-up: Hernandez the Swans hero as Chelsea are denied

PABLO Hernandez scored an 88th-minute equaliser as 
Chelsea rounded off another controversial week by losing their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a 1-1 draw at Swansea yesterday.

Victor Moses’ 61st-minute header put the Blues in charge but they had to settle for a share of the spoils when Hernandez levelled with a magnificent low strike.

Steve Sidwell’s last-gasp goal helped Fulham salvage a 2-2 draw against a Marouane Fellaini-inspired Everton.

The Cottagers looked on course to claim their fourth home victory in five league matches when they took the lead after Bryan Ruiz’s exquisite 25-yard free-kick came back off the upright before cannoning off Tim Howard’s back and into the net.

But a brilliant brace from Belgian Fellaini turned the match on its head before substitute Sidwell struck from close range.

Toffees captain Phil Neville last week expressed his desire to see his side claim a Champions League place this season and they moved into the top four after Tottenham suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Wigan.

The Latics, who had won just two of their nine opening fixtures before yesterday, were not content to sit on the back foot and had three decent chances to open the scoring, with Spurs keeper Brad Friedel keeping the scores level at half-time.

But after the interval, the American punched clear an inswinging Shaun Maloney corner into the path of Ben Watson to volley over the line.

Bradley Johnson’s first-half header gave Norwich a 1-0 win at home to Stoke while Gabriel Agbonlahor’s 57th-minute strike – his first in 29 matches – propelled Aston Villa to a 1-0 win at Sunderland.

Champions Manchester City were held to a 0-0 draw by West Ham at Upton Park and remain third in the table. City dominated possession and territory, particularly after half-time but West Ham’s Kevin Nolan had an early strike ruled out by a dubious offside.

 

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