Anelka’s double sends Chelsea top; Bent fires Harry Houdini’s Spurs out of the bottom three; Fulham beat the Toon; Boro win at Villa

Blackburn 0 – Chelsea 2 (Premier League, November 9, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) With the rain pouring down, Chelsea were denied a great shout for a penalty early doors, Anelka intercepted a desperately short back pass from Andrews, beat Paul Robinson and seemingly got a nick, only for the Frenchman to tumble to no avail. Lampard tested Paul Robinson with a shot from distance. Chelsea’s dominance finally paid off, although only in odd fashion, as Bosingwa’s optimistic 35-yard shot deflected goalwards off Nicolas Anelka, catching out Robinson as the ball trickled over the line. (First half highlights here.) After the break Rovers saw more of the ball without making it count, and the Blues took advantage when Lampard did brilliantly to avoid losing the ball in the box, finding Anelka with the number 9 lifting a shot over Robinson for the second. Frank Lampard hit the bar from a free-kick as Chelsea returned to the top of the league.

Manchester City 1 – Tottenham 2 (Premier League, November 9, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) City took an undeserved lead when Gomes parried Vassell’s shot into the path of Robinho, who slotted into the net from eight yards. Gelson Fernandes picked up two yellow cards to receive his marching orders after 26 minutes, and Spurs hit back when Modric’s ball was horrifically dealt with by Richard Dunne and Darren Bent took full advantage to equalise. After the break Spurs took the lead, Jenas played the ball into Darren Bent, and the striker continued his rich vein of form by firing across Joe Hart for his fifth goal in four days. Mike Dean sent off Richard Dunne for a professional foul on Darren Bent, while Spurs lost Benoit Assou-Ekotto for his second yellow card.

Fulham 2 – Newcastle 1 (Premier League, November 9, 2008) Newcastle shot themselves in the foot to fall behind at Craven Cottage, Claudio Capaca’s awful attempted headed clearance dropped to Andy Johnson in the box and the striker scored with ease. Shola Ameobi brought Newcastle level from Duff’s right wing cross, although the striker was offside. But back came Fulham, Coloccini bundled Johnson in the box and Danny Murphy stood up and converted the penalty.

Aston Villa 1 – Middlesbrough 2 (Premier League, November 9, 2008) (MOTD highlights here.) After 34 minutes a mistake by Nicky Shorey gifted the opening goal to Tuncay. The lead lasted just three minutes before Sidwell equalised, but a dreadful mistake by Sidwell with two minutes remaining allowed Tuncay to earn Boro their second away success of the season.