Premier League round-up - Chelsea stay top after tight West Ham win

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Hazard scored the winner for Chelsea at Upton Park
Hazard scored the winner for Chelsea at Upton Park

Chelsea may have got their first trophy of the season in their cabinet on Sunday, but their appetite to keep winning continued as they sealed a 1-0 Premier League win at West Ham.

Eden Hazard scored their first half winner on a night when Jose Mourinho's Capital One Cup winners had to fight hard to keep hold of their five point lead at the top of the table, which can be widened to eight points if they win their game in hand. 

David Silva and James Milner struck late in each half as under-fire reigning champions Manchester City grabbed a scrappy but much-needed 2-0 win over Leicester.

Silva pounced from close range to put City ahead after an unconvincing start at the Etihad Stadium and Milner came off the bench to settle nerves in the last minute. It was far from a fluent display from City but the result will at least take some of the heat off manager Manuel Pellegrini after a testing few days.

Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez guided Arsenal to a routine 2-1 Premier League victory at struggling QPR, despite Charlie Austin striking back late on.

France striker Giroud's fifth goal in as many games set Arsenal on course, before Sanchez ended a seven-game drought as the Gunners remained in third place in the table.

Manchester United kept in touch with the Gunners as Ashley Young fired Manchester United to a last-minute victory at Newcastle to maintain their charge for a top-four finish, after a terrible mistake by Newcastle keeper Tim Krul.

Liverpool's stunning run continued as Stand-in captain Jordan Henderson led from the front with his second goal in successive matches as Liverpool maintained their pursuit of a top-four place, with Daniel Sturridge scoring the second at Anfield.

Defeated Capital One Cup finalists Tottenham bounced back to winning ways in the Premier League with an edgy 3-2 win against Swansea, with second half goals from from Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend proving to be decisive, but Spurs remain in seventh position.

Meanwhile, Everton were dragged closer to the relegation zone as Roberto Martinez's men lost 2-0 at Stoke.


Liverpool: 2 Burnley: 0

Manchester City: 2 Leicester: 0

Newcastle: 0 Manchester United: 1

QPR: 1 Arsenal: 2

Stoke: 2 Everton: 0

Tottenham: 3 Swansea: 2

West Ham: 0 Chelsea: 1