Chelsea edges Fulham to get back to winning ways
London, England (Sports Network) - Chelsea claimed a 1-0 win over Fulham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to get its first Premier League win in one month.
The Blues' last league win came on Aug. 21 with a 2-1 defeat of Aston Villa, a contest that marked the last time Chelsea had scored in Premier League play.
And while eyebrows were raised due to Juan Mata's omission from the 18-man squad on Saturday, Chelsea still managed to claim maximum points thanks to second-half strikes from Oscar and John Obi Mikel.
Jose Mourinho's men made hard work of it as Darren Bent had the best scoring opportunity of the opening period. The Fulham striker was played in on goal thanks to a brilliant through ball from Pajitim Kasami in the 13th minute, but Petr Cech stood tall in net to deny the Cottagers the opening goal.
Chelsea regrouped after the halftime interval and grabbed the lead within the first seven minutes of the second half.
David Stockdale had done well in the Fulham net to parry away a couple of shots in quick succession, but Oscar was closing in on the six-yard box to turn in a loose ball from close range to break the deadlock.
The home side controlled the match the rest of the way but only managed to double its advantage in the 84th minute when John Terry nodded a corner kick back across goal for Mikel to fire home with an acrobatic finish.
Chelsea climbs level with Liverpool atop the Premier League table as the two sides split the lead on 10 points apiece.
Fulham has three of its last four to remain on four points.
Southampton 1, Liverpool 0
Liverpool, England - Liverpool suffered its first defeat of the season as it was undone by Dejan Lovren's second-half strike in a 1-0 loss to Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds struggled to build much going forward and ultimately paid the price as Lovren netted the lone goal of the match just eight minutes into the second period.
Liverpool is now winless in its last two Premier League matches as it slips into a tie with Chelsea for first place on 10 points apiece. Southampton climbs to sixth place in the top flight with eight points.
Aston Villa 1, Norwich City 0
Norwich, England - Aston Villa picked up its second win of the season as Libor Kozak's strike gave the club a 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.
The Villans opened the season with a 3-1 defeat of Arsenal at the Emirates but dropped its next three contests.
Kozak helped Villa overturn that poor run by scoring at the half-hour mark of Saturday's affair, helping Paul Lambert's men improve to six points.
Everton 3, West Ham 2
London, England - Everton twice came from behind at Upton Park on Saturday to earn a thrilling 3-2 victory over West Ham.
Ravel Morrison's opener was canceled out by a superb free kick from Leighton Baines, but Mark Noble restored West Ham's lead from the penalty spot in the 76th minute before getting himself sent off five minutes later.
The Toffees took advantage of the extra man as Baines equalized in the 83rd minute before Romelu Lukaku, who is on loan from Chelsea, grabbed the winner for the visitors five minutes from time.
West Bromwich 3, Sunderland 0
West Bromwich, England - West Bromwich collected its first Premier League win of the season in some style on Saturday, cruising to a 3-0 defeat of Sunderland at the Hawthorns.
Former Sunderland star Stephane Sessegnon opened the scoring for the Baggies in the 20th minute while second-half goals from Liam Ridgewell and Morgan Amalfitano sealed the first win for Steve Clarke's side this term.
The result sees West Brom climb to five points and leaves Sunderland reeling at the foot of the table on one point.
Hull City 3, Newcastle 2
Newcastle, England - Hull City put an end to Newcastle's two-game winning run on Saturday by earning a 3-2 victory over the Magpies at St. James' Park.
Newcastle walked into the halftime interval with a one-goal lead as Loic Remy scored in the 10th and 44th minutes with Robert Brady pulling one back for the Tigers in between.
But the second half belonged to the visitors as Ahmed Elmohamady got Hull City on level terms in the 48th minute before Sone Aluko grabbed the winner in the 76th.
09/21 14:50:11 ET