Weekend review

Arsenal claimed the North London bragging rights, as Ryan Giggs marked his latest milestone in style.

class='instorylink'>2-2 draw with Newcastle at St James' Park that new manager Connor can take great credit for, having helped turn around a 2-0 half-time deficit. January signing Papiss Cisse had guided in the opener for the Magpies before Jonas Gutierrez's piledriver put them firmly in control. Matt Jarvis' deflected goal gave Wolves a lifeline and Kevin Doyle scrambled in an equaliser to leave Alan Pardew's side three points adrift of the final Champions League qualification spot. Chelsea temporarily climbed into fourth before ending the weekend behind Arsenal on goal difference, following a 3-0 victory over Bolton that will have come as a huge relief to Villas-Boas. It looked like being another frustrating afternoon for the Blues when they reached half-time with the score still goalless, but David Luiz fired them ahead shortly after the restart and Didier Drogba added a second with a header from Frank Lampard's corner. Captain for the day Lampard tucked home the final goal of the day, even if his involvement in the game did little to quell talk of a rift with the manager. Wigan moved level on points with Bolton at the bottom of the table after playing out a goalless draw with Aston Villa at the DW Stadium. Chances were few and far between in a lacklustre clash, with the main talking point an injury to Darren Bent. The striker had to be stretchered off with an ankle problem towards the end of the match and will require further scans, but he has already been ruled out of England's midweek friendly international against Holland. Queens Park Rangers remain firmly embroiled in a five-team scrap for survival after Mark Hughes failed to get the better of his old club Fulham. The pivotal moments arrived in the first half as Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the only goal of the game with a neat finish from Moussa Dembele's delightful back-heel, before QPR were reduced to 10 men when debutant Samba Diakite was shown a second yellow card following a string of fouls in midfield. The formbook was turned upside down at The Hawthorns as West Brom defied their poor home record to thrash improving Sunderland 4-0 and consolidate a position in mid-table. Fresh from scoring a hat-trick in the Black Country derby victory over Wolves, Peter Odemwingie made it five goals in two games with a brace against the Black Cats, while James Morrison also found the target and Keith Andrews sealed the rout with a wonderful late finish. Stoke bounced back from their Europa League defeat in Valencia to beat Swansea 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday. Tony Pulis left a number of key players behind for the trip to Spain and got the response he wanted on their return to Premier League action, with Matthew Upson driving home a header to give the Potters control and Peter Crouch making the points safe. class='instorylink'>2-2 draw with Newcastle at St James' Park that new manager Connor can take great credit for, having helped turn around a 2-0 half-time deficit. January signing Papiss Cisse had guided in the opener for the Magpies before Jonas Gutierrez's piledriver put them firmly in control. Matt Jarvis' deflected goal gave Wolves a lifeline and Kevin Doyle scrambled in an equaliser to leave Alan Pardew's side three points adrift of the final Champions League qualification spot. Chelsea temporarily climbed into fourth before ending the weekend behind Arsenal on goal difference, following a 3-0 victory over Bolton that will have come as a huge relief to Villas-Boas. It looked like being another frustrating afternoon for the Blues when they reached half-time with the score still goalless, but David Luiz fired them ahead shortly after the restart and Didier Drogba added a second with a header from Frank Lampard's corner. Captain for the day Lampard tucked home the final goal of the day, even if his involvement in the game did little to quell talk of a rift with the manager. Wigan moved level on points with Bolton at the bottom of the table after playing out a goalless draw with Aston Villa at the DW Stadium. Chances were few and far between in a lacklustre clash, with the main talking point an injury to Darren Bent. The striker had to be stretchered off with an ankle problem towards the end of the match and will require further scans, but he has already been ruled out of England's midweek friendly international against Holland. Queens Park Rangers remain firmly embroiled in a five-team scrap for survival after Mark Hughes failed to get the better of his old club Fulham. The pivotal moments arrived in the first half as Pavel Pogrebnyak scored the only goal of the game with a neat finish from Moussa Dembele's delightful back-heel, before QPR were reduced to 10 men when debutant Samba Diakite was shown a second yellow card following a string of fouls in midfield. The formbook was turned upside down at The Hawthorns as West Brom defied their poor home record to thrash improving Sunderland 4-0 and consolidate a position in mid-table. Fresh from scoring a hat-trick in the Black Country derby victory over Wolves, Peter Odemwingie made it five goals in two games with a brace against the Black Cats, while James Morrison also found the target and Keith Andrews sealed the rout with a wonderful late finish. Stoke bounced back from their Europa League defeat in Valencia to beat Swansea 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday. Tony Pulis left a number of key players behind for the trip to Spain and got the response he wanted on their return to Premier League action, with Matthew Upson driving home a header to give the Potters control and Peter Crouch making the points safe.

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