Abena Alice|myghanalinks - Chelsea were made to dig deep as they maintained their five point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at West Ham and Manchester City kept alive their hopes of retaining the Premier League by beating bottom-of-the-table Leicester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge handed the Reds their sixth win in seven and elsewhere Southampton got back into the winnig column on Tuesday, Manchester United nabbed a late win, Stoke, Tottenham were all winners and Benteke's late show helped end Villa's long wait for a win.
Hull City 1 – 1 Sunderland
Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet were involved in a touchline spat as relegation rivals Hull and Sunderland had to settle for a 1-1 draw in a feisty encounter at the KC Stadium.
Dame N’Doye’s 15th-minute opener handed the Tigers the advantage for the majority of the game on Humberside, but Jack Rodwell swooped with just a quarter of an hour remaining to snatch a valuable point for the Wearsiders.
The game erupted ten minutes before half time when managers Bruce and Poyet had an altercation on the touchline in the wake of Rodwell being booked for simulation.
Poyet was sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean for the remainder of the game, but the Uruguayan had an impact from a higher vantage point as his substitutions altered the course of game.
Aston Villa 2 - 1 West Bromwich
Tim Sherwood recorded his first win as Aston Villa manager as Christian Benteke’s last-minute penalty helped beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in the west Midlands derby on Tuesday night.
Saido Berahino had struck his 18th goal of the season midway through the second half to cancel out Gabriel Agbonlahor's 22nd-minute opener and put the visitors on course for a point.
But Villa claimed their first Premier League victory since 7 December - 12 matches ago - when Benteke kept his nerve and coolly side-footed home a spot-kick in second-half injury-time.
Sherwood had said in the build-up to the game that Villa would need to win six of their remaining 11 league fixtures to have any chance of avoiding relegation and after a slow start to proceedings where home nerves were evident; his team took control of the contest.
Southampton 1 - 0 Crystal Palace
Southampton stayed in touch in the race for Champions League qualification after Sadio Mane’s late strike gave them a scrappy 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Goals have been hard to come by for Saints at St Mary’s in recent weeks and their goal drought looked set to extend as Graziano Pelle wasted a glorious chance just before the break.
Ronald Koeman’s side rode their luck after the break as Crystal Palace hit the post through Wilfried Zaha but the hosts finally made the breakthrough in the 83rd minute as Mane pounced on Julian Speroni’s error to give his side all three points.
The strike inflicted Crystal Palace’s first defeat on the road under Alan Pardew and moved Southampton back up into fifth, just one point behind Manchester United in the race for fourth.
Manchester City 2 - 0 Leicester City
James Milner and David Silva were on target as the champions stay five points behind Chelsea
City were made to wait though until first-half stoppage time before taking the lead through David Silva and did not double their advantage until two minutes from time when substitute James Milner found himself in the right place.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team can count themselves more than a little fortunate to have claimed all three points given their lacklustre display, while the visitors also had two strong penalty appeals turned down either side of half-time.
But after a damaging loss to Liverpool last time out, a morale-boosting win at least ensures the gap to Chelsea stays at five points.
West Ham 0 - 1 Chelsea
Eden Hazard's first-half strike handed Chelsea a nail-biting win at West Ham.
The Blues overcame a stern test of their title credentials thanks to Eden Hazard’s first-half header and a string of fine saves from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
For all their good work, a West Ham lapse in concentration was punished as Hazard ghosted in unmarked behind the Hammers defence to head Ramires’ cross past Adrian from five yards out in the 22nd minute.
West Ham pressed forward all night but could not find the breakthrough as Jose Mourinho's men defended resolutely, needing crucial interventions from the imperious Courtois and then Gary Cahill to take all three points back across London.
Newcastle 0 - 1 Manchester United
Manchester United gained a vital 1-0 victory against Newcastle thanks to Ashley Young's late strike, but the match was overshadowed by allegations of spitting against Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse.
Tim Krul's inspired form kept the visitors at bay until the 89th minute but it was the Dutchman’s error that handed three points to the visitors when he passed the ball straight to Young to tap into an empty net.
Louis van Gaal's side stay fourth after extending a run that has seen them lose just twice in 22 games in all competitions but defender Evans, as well as Newcastle striker Cisse could face FA action for their involvement in a first-half altercation.
Stoke City 2 - 0 Everton
Stoke City claimed their first league double over Everton since 1967 with a 2-0 win at the Britannia Stadium.
Victor Moses’ stunning header on the half-hour mark edged the game in favour of the dominant Potters, before substitute Mame Biram Diouf settled things six minutes from time.
Stoke recorded three consecutive league wins for the first time this season but Everton's miserable run in the Premier League continues, Roberto Martinez's side thriving in the Europa League but with only one domestic win in 12.
Tottenham 3 - 2 Swansea City
Tottenham got their top-four tilt back on track by overcoming Swansea 3-2 on a night when Bafetimbi Gomis' collapse had those inside White Hart Lane fearing the worst.
Gomis, who has a history of fainting, fell to the ground in the centre circle after Nacer Chadli had given Spurs a seventh-minute lead.
Spurs players had their hands on their heads as the 29-year-old was tended to by medical staff and the incident brought back memories of Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest at the same ground in 2012.
But the striker regained consciousness in time to acknowledge from the crowd as he was stretchered off and Swansea confirmed afterwards their forward was "fine".
Ki Sung-yueng equalised after the game restarted but Spurs were dominant in the second half and opened up a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend.
Gylfi Sigurdsson reduced the deficit with a late volley but Mauricio Pochettino's side held on to secure their first victory in almost a month thanks to a spectacular save in injury-time from Hugo Lloris
QPR 1 - 2 Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez scored his first goal for seven games as Arsenal beat QPR 2-1 to maintain their imperious Premier League form.
QPR had looked comfortable in the first-half but Olivier Giroud opened the scoring on 64 minutes and Sanchez doubled the lead five minutes later as Arsenal, who remain in third, extended their winning run to four league games.
Charlie Austin grabbed the goal his performance deserved late on but it was just a consolation.
With Aston Villa winning on Tuesday, QPR are now three points from safety, albeit with a game in hand.
Liverpool 2 - 0 Burnley
In-form Liverpool maintained their push for a top-four place with a 2-0 win over Burnley at Anfield.
Stand-in captain Jordan Henderson gave Liverpool the lead in the first half with his second goal in as many games, driving home a superb strike from the edge of the area, and then turned provider for Daniel Sturridge in the second half.
The win - which extends an unbeaten run in the Premier League to 12 games - keeps the Reds two points off the Champions League spots after fourth-placed Manchester United left it late to beat Newcastle.
Match reports from skysports was used in this compilation
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