Chelsea move second as Reds lose

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CHELSEA climbed into second place in The Premiership with a 3-1 win at Everton, whilst Liverpool suffered yet another away loss with a shock 2-0 defeat against Charlton.

Everton suffered their first home defeat of the season as Chelsea produced a tremendous performance to secure all three points.

Chelsea took the lead after five minutes when Graeme Le Saux's corner eventually found Mario Stanic who headed home at the far post.

The Blues then double their advantage midway through the first half when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink picked up a rebound from Frank Lampard's shot to fire past Richard Wright.

David Moyes's side fought hard to get back into the game and replied minutes later when Gary Naysmith raced onto a Kevin Campbell through ball to grab his second goal in a week.

The Toffees came strong in the second half, but Claudio Ranieri's side showed real resilience and managed to hang on for all three points.

David Unsworth was sent-off late on in the game and The Blues even increased their lead in the dying seconds.

Gianfranco Zola set the play up and he sweeping cross was converted by Jesper Gronkjaer to complete the scoring.

The result of the day, though, came at The Valley where Charlton recorded their fourth successive Premiership win over Liverpool, who are now looking a shadow of the side which led the league earlier in the season.

Charlton took the lead just before half time when Jason Euell pounced.

Euell has seen his header saved by Chris Kirland after Gary Rowett had crossed the ball into the area, but the former Wimbledon man kept his composure to pick up the rebound and fire home.

Liverpool pushed forward and missed a number of chances and against the run of play, The Addicks sealed their win with a second just 12 minutes from the end.

Shaun Bartlett saw his effort saved, but Kirkland was helpless to prevent Paul Konchesky from coming in and lobbing the ball into the empty net.

Newcastle United remain in sixth, but are now in touching distance of the top-four, after they took away a 1-0 win from Aston Villa.

The Magpies left it late at Villa Park, but as ever they could rely on the ubiquitous Alan Shearer who headed home brilliantly with just eight minutes remaining.

Southampton's James Beattie picked up the Premiership Player of the Month award on Friday for his exploits in November, and he celebrated with a brace against Birmingham as The Saints won 2-0 at St Mary's.

The first came on the hour from the penalty spot, after Darren Purse was adjudged to have handled Wayne Bridge's cross.

The scoring was completed with seven minutes let when Jo Tessem crossed for Anders Svensson who dummied the ball, which left Beattie with the chance to smash the ball into the net - which he did.

The Saints are now seventh in the table, as they kept their unbeaten home record.

Middlesbrough also kept their unbeaten home record intact, but they were forced to work very hard for a point against West Ham.

After a goalless first half Joe Cole put The Hammers in-front with a great effort as he burst into the area and shot into the far corner past Mark Schwarzer.

Boro then hauled themselves level as substitute Szilard Nemeth exchanged passes with Alen Boksic before hammering the ball past David James.

West Ham then looked as if they had grabbed all three points as makeshift striker Ian Pearce fired home from 18 yards, after a great run from Michael Carrick.

The Teessiders, though, grabbed a late equaliser as England stopper Ugo Ehiogu climbed highest to head home a Geremi corner.

Fulham pulled themselves up the table as they dominated proceedings against Leeds at Loftus Road, although they could only claim a 1-0 win.

Martin Djetou headed home his first goal for Fulham as he beat Paul Robinson to Pierre Wome's cross.

Fulham could and should have more than doubled their lead, but once again their finishing let them down, whilst things keep getting worse for Leeds' under-fire boss Terry Venables.

For the second home game in-a-row Bolton allowed the away side to grab a last-minute equaliser.

The Wanderers looked well on-course for victory, after taking the lead just eight minutes in.

Nigerian star Jay-Jay Okocha volleyed them into the lead, after Henrik Pederson headed down a Per Frandsen cross.

But, heartbreak came for Sam Allardyce and his side as Blackburn levelled matters.

Dwight Yorke battled his way to the edge of the area and crossed into the area where Craig Short was on hand to head home.

Premiership
Aston Villa 0-1 Newcastle United
Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Blackburn Rovers
Charlton Athletic 2-0 Liverpool
Everton 1-3 Chelsea
Fulham 1-0 Leeds United
Middlesbrough 2-2 West Ham United
Southampton 2-0 Birmingham City

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