With an opportunity to retake the top spot in the English Premier League, second place Chelsea were forced to rely on Nicolas Anelka’s 51st minute goal just to equalize with lowly West Ham United, 1-1. Fiery Craig Bellamy scored the Hammers’ goal in the first half, forcing the Blues to play catch-up. Sharing the points instead of taking three points in a home match against a clearly inferior opponent keeps Chelsea a point behind Liverpool, who also drew this weekend. West Ham stay afloat, just above relegation.
In today’s other match, Portsmouth wasted a nice opportunity to keep up with Everton and Hull City by losing 3-0 out at Fratton Park to Newcastle. Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins and Danny Guthrie each scored in the second half to power Toon out of the relegation zone and up ahead of Tottenham into fourteenth position. Pompey now sit alone in eighth place.