Sunday Premiership Round-Up
By Alex Livie. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
The Chelsea juggernaut rumbled on with victory at Liverpool, while Arsenal left it late to claim victory over Birmingham. There were also wins for Middlesbrough, Manchester City and Wigan on Sunday.
Chelsea were criticised in some quarters for their draw at Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, but they answered their detractors with a polished display in The Premiership.
Frank Lampard's penalty handed Chelsea the lead, although Liverpool talisman Steven Gerrard raised the roof at Anfield with an equaliser on 35 minutes.
Damien Duff restored Chelsea's lead before the break and Joe Cole's close range finish on 63 minutes handed The Blues a telling advantage.
Cole's effort knocked the stuffing out of Liverpool and Geremi climbed off the bench to net a fourth to extend their winning run to eight games.
Arsenal maintained their 100 percent home record with a 1-0 victory over a belligerent Birmingham.
Robin van Persie's effort deflected off Stephen Clemence and past Maik Taylor who had previously thwarted The Gunners with a string of fine saves.
Manchester City returned to winning ways with a polished 2-0 victory over Everton at Eastlands.
City had a week to forget last week, as they slipped to three straight defeats, but they bounced back to form against bottom of the table Everton.
Danny Mills' stunning opener, his first for the club, set them on their way and Darius Vassell wrapped up the points with a neat finish in the dying moments.
Wigan's excellent start to the season continued at The JJB Stadium as goals from Henri Camara and Lee McCulloch secured a 2-1 win over North West neighbours Bolton.
Radhi Jaidi made for an anxious final 20 minutes when he netted a header, but it proved nothing more than a consolation for Sam Allardyce's side.
George Boateng came back to haunt his old club Aston Villa as he scored and won a penalty for Middlesbrough, who claimed a 3-2 success.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni scored twice for Boro, as Villa were undone on home soil despite Steven Davis netting a late effort to cut the visitors' advantage.
Luke Moore briefly hauled Villa level before Yakubu and Boateng set Boro on their way to three points.
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|Aston Villa || 2-3||Middlesbrough|
|Man City|| 2-0||Everton|