CHELSEA put a miserable week behind them to return to the Premier League summit with a 2-0 home win over Fulham.
A first Premier League goal from Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel (in his 185th game), after Oscar had given them the lead, sealed a victory that will help consign to memory last weekend’s loss at Everton and the Champions League reverse at home to Basel. The victory moved Chelsea ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.
Everton remain the only unbeaten team in the league this season after Leighton Baines inspired a dramatic 3-2 win over ten-man West Ham at Upton Park.
Ravel Morrison put the Hammers ahead at the break from a heavily deflected drive, but Baines equalised just past the hour mark.Mark Noble restored the Hammers’ advantage from the penalty spot in the 76th minute after Kevin Nolan was up-ended in the box – but turned from hero to villain seven minutes later when he was sent off for a foul on Ross Barkley just outside the box.
Baines lashed home his second goal from the resulting set-piece – and substitute Romelu Lukaku grabbed the winner two minutes later when he headed home a Kevin Mirallas cross.
Stephane Sessegnon needed just 20 minutes to heap more misery on his former club as West Brom eased to a 3-0 win over Paolo Di Canio’s ailing Sunderland at the Hawthorns. Having left the Black Cats on transfer deadline day, Sessegnon refused to celebrate after bundling home a scrappy opener. Liam Ridgewell fired home the Baggies’ second and the impressive Morgan Amalfitano completed the scoring in injury time.
Sone Aluko fired a stunning late winner for Hull as the Tigers twice hit back from behind to beat Newcastle 3-2. Loic Remy opened the scoring from close-range in the tenth minute before Robbie Brady drove the equaliser under Tim Krul just before the half-hour.
Remy put the home side back in front just before the break but Ahmed Elmohamady headed an equaliser three minutes into the second half, and Aluko won it for the visitors with a superb side-footed volley.
Libor Kozak came off the bench to replace the injured Christian Benteken and earn the three points for Aston Villa in a 1-0 win over Norwich at Carrow Road. Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan saved a seventh minute penalty from Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass.