Premiership midweek round-up
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chelsea won at Manchester City as Man Utd could only draw against Birmingham.Joe Cole's goal against Manchester City was enough to edge Chelsea further clear at The Premiership summit as Manchester United could only draw 2-2 at Birmingham.
Arsenal were rampant in the first half at Highbury as they beat Portsmouth 4-0, whilst Tottenham's UEFA Champions League charge suffered a setback at West Brom.
The Merseyside derby was an exhilarating affair as Liverpool continued their superb form at Goodison Park in a 3-1 win.
Peter Crouch remains a man on the goal trail as he broke the deadlock in the 11th minute after rounding Nigel Martyn before Steven Gerrard's deflected strike from distance doubled their advantage on 18 minutes.
With Liverpool in control James Beattie headed home Simon Davies' clipped cross four minutes before the break, before in the second period Djibril Cisse's fine strike broke Everton hearts - with The Toffees later having both Phil Neville and Mikel Arteta sent off.
In a tight affair at Eastlands, Manchester City will be disappointed they finished the losing side to Chelsea as Cole capitalised on Eidur Gudjohnsen's shot - which was pushed in to his path by David James' save eleven minutes from time.
If Harry Redknapp was not fully aware of the size of his task at Portsmouth then he is now after his side were put to the sword 4-0 at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger's outfit were in the groove from the onset and took the lead through a neat Dennis Bergkamp finish on seven minutes before Jose Antonio Reyes matched the Dutchman with an excellent strike from Thierry Henry's cutback.
Henry then netted himself, in the 37th minute, with a lovely effort for his first goal in a month and then two minutes before the break, scoring a precocious penalty after Reyes had been fouled.
Manchester United were disappointing on their trip to the Midlands as they could only claim a point at St Andrews with substitute Walter Pandiani rescuing a share of the spoils for an under-fire Steve Bruce.
United took the lead in the fifth minute through Ruud van Nistelrooy's close range finish but, on 18 minutes, Jamie Clapham found a leveller when his angled drive squirmed past Edwin van der Sar.
In the second period, Wayne Rooney again proved the talisman for Sir Alex Ferguson when he finished Alan Smith's pass from the right flank but all to no avail as Pandiani levelled on 78 minutes.
Wigan are proving their early season form is no fluke as they were again excellent on their travels in beating West Ham 2-0, their fourth successive win.
Jason Roberts looks unplayable at the moment and his goal, a cool clipped finish, in the 43rd minute was followed on the stroke of half-time by Henri Camara's sumptuous turn and finish beyond Roy Carroll.
Martin Jol's Tottenham were not at the races on their visit to West Brom as they went down 2-0 thanks to a Kanu brace.
West Brom edged a tight first period as Kanu capitalised on a fortunate ricochet into his path by rounding Paul Robinson in some style to send The Hawthorns into delirium in the 23rd minute.
In the second period, seven minutes after the interval, Kanu did former club Arsenal another favour with his second after capitalising on some loose Spurs defending.
A pulsating game game at Craven Cottage ended in a 3-3 draw as Aston Villa came from behind on three occasions with Liam Ridgewell netting two goals.
Fulham took the lead in the 13th minute when Brain McBride bulleted home a fantastic header but their lead proved short lived as Luke Moore netted from the angle in the 29th minute from Gareth Barry's cute pass.
Just past the half-hour mark and Villa were left fuming after Mark Delaney was adjudged to have fouled Tomasz Radzinski in the box.
For the second game in succession Heidar Helguson scored with the cheekiest of spot kicks before, on the hour mark, Ridgewell popped up to find to an equaliser from close range.
McBride looked to have stolen the points with his second, another fine header on 61 minutes but nine minutes later, Ridgewell proved an unlikely hero when he found a leveller.
| Arsenal|| 4-0|| Portsmouth|
| Birmingham|| 2-2|| Man United|
| Blackburn|| P-P|| Sunderland|
| Bolton|| P-P|| Middlesbrough|
| Everton|| 1-3|| Liverpool|
| Fulham|| 3-3|| Aston Villa|
| Man City|| 0-1|| Chelsea|
| Newcastle|| P-P|| Charlton|
| West Brom|| 2-0|| Tottenham|
| West Ham|| 0-2|| Wigan|