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AVB claims first win as Blues reach summit

Relief for Villas-Boas as Blues stay level at the top

By | 20th August 2011

Chelsea came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and join Aston Villa, Liverpool, and Newcastle United atop the Barclays Premier League standings.

Goals from Nicolas Anelka and first-half substitute Florent Malouda, who replaced Salomon Kalou, were enough to turn the tables on the Baggies, who had taken an early lead through last weekend’s scorer Shane Long.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas took several gambles, such as starting Alex and Fernando Torres over Branislav Ivanovic and Didider Drogba.

Consequently, the Portuguese manager was a nervous figure on the touchline throughout the fixture and even though his men managed to seal all three points, the visitors from West Midlands deserve their share of credit for putting on an excellent fight.

Roy Hodgson’s men have endured perhaps the most difficult pair of opening fixtures against champions Manchester United and leading contenders Chelsea in back-to-back weeks but despite losing both matches with a 2-1 score, they provided a high level of competition to their giant oppositions.

Now, they can look forward to visiting Bournemouth in the Carling Cup midweek before returning home for an exciting league fixture against another resilient outfit, Stoke City.

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In Saturday’s early fixtures, Ryan Taylor’s solo strike was enough to win the Tyne-Wear derby for Newcastle United while Liverpool won at Arsenal for the first time in years thanks to an own goal from Aaron Ramsey as well as a late strike from Luis Suarez.

At Villa Park, goals from Darren Bent, Gabriel Agbonlahor, and Emile Heskey led the hosts to a comfortable 3-1 triumph over the struggling Blackburn Rovers, whose consolation goal was scored by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

Meanwhile, Swansea City held Wigan Athletic to a goalless draw at home but it was another newly promoted outfit that enjoyed the upset of the day.

Tommy Smith scored at Goodison Park to hand Queens Park Rangers their first top flight goal in over 15 years, which was enough to walk out of Merseyside with a stunning 1-0 win over Everton.

In Sunday’s Premier League action, Bolton Wanderers – who destroyed QPR 4-0 last week – will host Manchester City while Fulham visit the Wolves and Norwich welcome Stoke City.

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  1. chelseafan says:

    Chelsea did good and made a great comeback but i still think that they could have done much more better.

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