With a header on ninety minutes, Clint Dempsey drew Fulham even with Chelsea at Craven Cottage for a 2-2 draw. Dempsey also scored in the 10th minute to give Fulham an early lead. Two Frank Lampard goals saw the Blues take a 2-1 lead into the final minute. Despite the impressive draw, Fulham sink to ninth place while Chelsea fail to keep pace with Liverpool but do remain solidly in second position.
At St. James’ Park, Newcastle crashed down to earth with a catastrophic 5-1 loss to front-running Liverpool. A Steven Gerrard brace and goals from Sami Hyypia, Ryan Babel and Xabi Alonso saw the Reds extend their slight lead atop the table. Toon are now in fourteenth place.
Embattled Arsenal defender William Gallas scored in the 81st minute to break a stalemate and earn the Gunners an important victory over Portsmouth at the Emirates Stadium. The win pushes Pompey back into twelfth place and vaults Arsenal, at least until Aston Villa next play, into fourth place.
Mikel Arteta scored twice and Dan Gosling sealed the deal for Everton in a 3-0 win at Goodison Park against Sunderland. The Toffees distance themselves a bit from their competition for sixth place and now sit just three points from fifth. Sunderland continue to struggle to find their earlier form and now rest fifteenth.
West Ham United did itself a world of good when Carlton Cole and Diego Tristan scored in the second half to defeat ten-man Stoke City, 2-1. The crowd at Upton Park saw the home side fall behind early behind Abdoulaye Faye’s fifth minute goal for the visitors. But Cole’s 51st minute goal and Ricardo Fuller’s 53rd minute red card put the advantage back with the Hammers. Tristan scored on 87 minutes to give West Ham tenth place on the table. Stoke remain in the relegation zone though only by differential.
Amr Zaki converted yet another penalty to see Wigan Athletic to victory at the Reebok. Bolton failed again to make up ground in the second tier of clubs. Instead, Wigan jumped up from the doldrums of the Premier League and now find themselves alone in seventh place, at least for now.
At Ewood Park, Manchester City staged a dramatic comeback to draw 2-2 with lowly Blackburn. Daniel Sturridge scored in the 88th minute and Robinho tallied a goal in the 90th to bring City back from the dead. Benni McCarthy scored just before half-time to give Rovers a lead and Jason Roberts scored what appeared to be the decisive goal in the 84th minute for a 2-0 home lead. City, one of the worst clubs away, escape relegation for now and reach thirteenth place while Blackburn remain in nineteenth, now only ahead of West Brom on differential.
Finally, in one of the sorrier displays of this campaign, Spurs allowed two late goals at The Hawthorns to give last place West Bromich Albion only its fifth victory of the season. Roman Bednar and Craig Beattie each scored in the final seven minutes of the match to see Albion earn three points but still remain in last place. That situation is very familiar to Spurs, who encountered such a stretch earlier this year. Now, Tottenham are just out of relegation on differential and in sixteenth place.