Premier League round-up: Chelsea move two points clear at the top

first_img1 Diego Costa celebrates scoring for Chelsea Chelsea moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League as they beat Newcastle United 2-0 while rivals Manchester City were held by Everton.It was far from a vintage performance by Jose Mourinho’s side, who began the day level on points with City, but it proved enough to see off the managerless Magpies at Stamford Bridge.Oscar and Diego Costa grabbed the goals either side of the break for the Blues, who extend their advantage thanks to City’s slip-up at Everton.Manuel Pellegrini’s men had looked set to match Chelsea’s three-point haul as they led at Goodison Park through a Fernandinho strike on 74 minutes.But the Toffees fought back and Steven Naismith struck just four minutes later to secure Everton a deserved point.Burnley leapfrogged QPR out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 victory at Turf Moor.Goals from Scott Arfield and Danny Ings either side of a Charlie Austin penalty secured the points for the home side in the crucial clash.QPR have now lost all ten of their top-flight away games this season, setting a new unwanted Premier League record, and are sitting third from bottom.Leicester remain at the foot of the table but boosted their survival prospects with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa at home.Paul Konchesky was the unlikely hero for the Foxes with a well-struck volley on the stroke of half-time.Leicester are now just two points adrift of safety, while Villa have not won in six and continue their descent down the table.West Ham and Swansea played out a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium.Andy Carroll put the visitors ahead at half-time with a brilliant solo strike but Mark Noble turned Bafetimbi Gomis’ header into his own net with 15 minutes left as the hosts rescued a point.Tony Pulis won his first Premier League game in charge of West Brom, as Saido Berahino’s late goal secured a 1-0 victory against Hull City, who are now just one place above the drop zone.In the day’s early kick-off, Lazar Markovic’s early strike secured Liverpool a 1-0 win at Sunderland.Premier League results:Burnley 2 – 1 QPRChelsea 2 – 0 NewcastleEverton 1 -1 Man CityLeicester 1 – 0 Aston VillaSwansea 1 – 1 West HamSunderland 0 – 1 LiverpoolWest Brom 1 – 0 Hulllast_img

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