Chelsea rout Blackburn to top Premier League; Spurs lose to Stoke




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Frank Lampard scored twice as Chelsea went back to the top of the English Premier League with a 5-0 thrashing of Blackburn at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s evening kickoff.

Tottenham had a string of chances but were down to 10 men for the last few minutes after Aaron Lennon went off injured with all the substitutes used. Glen Whelan then scored Stoke’s winner four minutes form time with a fine strike. “We had so many chances, the keeper’s made great saves, they’ve kicked shots off the line and they’ve only had one shot worth talking about,” Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports. Aston Villa also missed the chance to build on their fine win over Chelsea by being held 1-1 by lowly Wolves in a midlands derby. They took the lead in the 79th through Gabriel Agbonlahor’s sixth goal of the season but Sylvan Ebanks-Blake equalized four minutes later with a penalty awarded for a foul by Steve Sidwell. Sunderland also missed the chance to take closer order as Liam Ridgewell and James McFadden scored in Birmingham’s 2-1 home win against their former manager Steve Bruce. Sunderland replied through and an 82nd minute own goal. Burnley’s fine home form came to an abrupt end as Hugo Rodallega scored twice to lead Wigan to a 3-1 win at Turf Moor, while relegation battlers Portsmouth and Hull did themselves few favors in a 0-0 draw at the KC Stadium.

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