Premier League round-up
Chelsea dropped two points at Wigan while the pressure continues to mount on Owen Coyle and Steve Kean after defeats for Bolton and Blackburn.
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Last Updated: 26/12/11 1:34pm
Chelsea conceded a late leveller away to Wigan as Andre Villas-Boas' side missed the chance to keep up the pressure on leaders Manchester City and second-placed United.
The pressure continues to mount on Owen Coyle and Steve Kean after Bolton suffered their 13th defeat of the season at Fulham, while Blackburn went down at home to West Brom.
Newcastle paid tribute to Gary Speed prior to their home meeting with Swansea, but saw their winless run extended to five matches after failing to break down their resolute visitors.
Everton left it late to secure a point at home to Norwich and Stoke came from behind to take all three against Wolves at Molineux.
Jordi Gomez grabbed a late equaliser for Wigan as Chelsea missed the chance to close the gap at the top after a lacklustre display at the DW Stadium.
The Spanish midfielder scrambled the ball home from close range in the 88th minute after Petr Cech failed to gather Hugo Rodallega's low shot to claim a precious point for the relegation-threatened Latics.
Andre Villas-Boas' side had edged ahead when Ashley Cole's outstanding crossfield ball landed at the feet of Daniel Sturridge with the striker firing his shot across Ali Al Habsi and into the bottom corner of the net just before the hour mark.
Bolton remain rooted to the foot of the table after slumping to yet another defeat as Fulham banked all three points at Craven Cottage.
Clint Dempsey added to Coyle's woes in the 32nd minute, heading home superbly from Bryan Ruiz's cross to give Jussi Jaaskelainen no chance.
And the duo combined again immediately to devastating effect, with Dempsey's through-ball scooped over the head of the shocked Trotters goalkeeper in stunning fashion by Ruiz.
Peter Odemwingie curled home a glorious winner for West Brom in the 89th minute at Ewood Park to increase the misery of Blackburn and beleaguered boss Kean.
James Morrison fired the Baggies in front with a sublime volley from just outside the area, showing superb technique to beat Paul Robinson in the 52nd minute after Blackburn's defence could only half-clear a corner.
Rovers levelled when Robinson launched a free-kick into the West Brom box where Chris Samba headed down for defensive partner Scott Dann to slide home with the visiting defence AWOL.
But with time running out, Odemwingie was allowed to cut inside all too easily by Morten Gamst Pedersen before unleashing a magnificent strike which flew beyond Robinson from the right edge of the area.
Blackburn's next game is a home meeting with Bolton on Tuesday night, live on Sky Sports HD1, which could prove pivotal to the future of both managers.
Newcastle have now gone five games without tasting victory after Swansea held firm to deny Alan Pardew's men in a goalless draw on Tyneside.
Prior to the match, the Magpies paid their respects to former player Speed with a tribute, delayed at the request of widow Louise so she could attend, with Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones leading St James' Park in a moving rendition of Bread of Heaven as supporters in the East Stand held up cards depicting the midfielder's number 11 shirt.
When the match got under way, Fabricio Coloccini and Demba Ba were both denied by the woodwork, while Michel Vorm also produced a smart stop to keep out Ba.
Leon Osman rescued a point for Everton nine minutes from time after Norwich had threatened to inflict a fifth home defeat of the season on the Toffees.
Against the run of play, the Canaries took the lead with Steve Morison flicking on a deep ball into the box and Grant Holt showing superb skill to hold off the Everton defence six yards out before threading a shot home via the far post.
With the Goodison fans becoming restless and the clock ticking down, Osman stuck out a toe to divert the ball beyond the excellent John Ruddy after Royston Drenthe's low shot following a powerful run into the box.
Tony Pulis' decision to rest his main men for Stoke's long midweek Europa League road trip paid dividends as they came from behind to defeat struggling Wolves at Molineux.
Stephen Hunt calmly fired the home side into the lead from the penalty spot in the 17th minute after Jonathan Woodgate brought down Matt Jarvis, with the Stoke centre-back - who had already been booked and was perhaps lucky to escape another caution - immediately hauled off.
The Potters restored parity early in the second period when Robert Huth's long-range effort after a free-kick was rolled to him took a huge deflection off Kevin Doyle in the Wolves wall to wrong-foot Wayne Hennessey.
And they forged ahead in the 70th minute when Matthew Etherington's deep cross to the far post was bundled home from close range by the diving Peter Crouch.