Tottenham back in fourth place

LONDON: Tottenham regained fourth place in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Everton at White Hart Lane here today.

First-half goals from in-form Roman Pavlyuchenko and Luka Modric proved enough to lift them above Manchester City. Ayegbeni Yakubu’s second-half reply proved to be insufficient for a point, although Everton had plenty of chances to equalise.

On Saturday, third placed Arsenal closed the gap to three points with a dramatic 3-1 win at 10-man Stoke.Arsenal trailed Stoke in the eighth minute when Ryan Shawcross flicked on Rory Delap’s long throw for Danny Pugh to tap-in. Nicklas Bendtner equalised in the 32nd minute with a towering header from Fabregas’s cross.

The match was overshadowed by Shawcross’s dimissal for a late tackle on Ramsey midway through the second half that appeared to break the youngster’s leg. But Fabregas struck from the spot in the 90th minute after Pugh handled Bendtner’s pass, then Thomas Vermalen added a third.

Meanwhile, Wayne Bridge got his revenge on John Terry as Manchester City dented Chelsea’s title challenge with a 4-2. After snubbing Terry’s offer of a handshake during the pre-match greeting between the teams, Bridge — who this week quit England duty as a result of Terry’s alleged affair with his ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel — played his part as City handed Chelsea their first home defeat in 38 games.

Frank Lampard put Chelsea ahead in the 42nd minute but Carlos Tevez equalised in first half stoppage-time. Craig Bellamy struck for the visitors in the 51st minute and Tevez scored his second from the penalty spot after Juliano Belletti was sent off for fouling Gareth Barry in the 76th minute. Then Michael Ballack was dismissed in the closing stages. Bellamy added the fourth in the 87th minute before Lampard’s 90th-minute penalty reduced the deficit. Chelsea remain just one point ahead of United.

Beleaguered Portsmouth finally had something to celebrate as the bottom club claimed a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Burnley. Bolton moved out of the relegation zone after Zat Knight’s first goal for the club sealed a 1-0 victory against Wolves.