Premier League round-up: Peter Crouch goes from villain to hero with vital brace
Harry Redknapp's decision to keep faith with Peter Crouch paid off as the striker scored twice to give Tottenham their first victory in almost two months as Stoke were beaten 3-2 at White Hart Lane.
Despite his costly dismissal against Real Madrid, the England striker started and took only ten minutes to open the scoring with a header before Luka Modric made it 2-0.
Crouch added his second after Matthew Etherington had pulled one back for Stoke but Kenwyne Jones smashed one in off the bar to make it 3-2 just before the break as Spurs were made to hold on for the narrow win.
Florent Malouda sealed an ugly 1-0 win for Chelsea over Wigan at Stamford Bridge. Malouda drove home through a crowd of players with 23 minutes left to ensure the stuttering champions moved back to third place, two points clear of Manchester City.
Daniel Sturridge grabbed a fine brace at the Reebok Stadium to keep West Ham deep in relegation trouble as Bolton cruised to a 3-0 win, with Lee Chung-yong also on target.
Everton maintained their late-season push for Europe as three first-half goals added to Wolves' worries at Molineux. Goals from Jermaine Beckford, skipper Phil Neville - his first league goal for three years - and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov ended the game before the interval.
Paul Scharner dumped Sunderland deep into relegation trouble as West Brom gave their own survival hopes a massive boost with a 3-2 win at the Stadium of Light.
The Austrian fired home a 72nd-minute winner. The home side had taken a tenth-minute lead through Nicky Shorey's own goal but the impressive Peter Odemwingie levelled within 19 minutes.
Phil Bardsley's 31st-minute piledriver restored the Black Cats' advantage, but Youssouf Mulumbu finished off a fine 54th-minute move to set the stage for Scharner to snatch victory.
Blackburn came back from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Birmingham at Ewood Park.
Lee Bowyer put Birmingham ahead with a header from Cameron Jerome's dinked pass across the face of goal. But Junior Hoilett equalised in first-half injury time.
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