Premier League review – Tuesday 2 January
Swansea City, Stoke City, Norwich City and Chelsea all claimed valuable away wins on Tuesday afternoon, with the Blues leaving it late to land the points at Molineux.
January 2nd, 2012
Chelsea took the lead in the 54th minute through Ramires, although it appeared as though Wolves would take a share of the spoils when Stephen Ward slotted home with five minutes left.
As the clock ticked down, Frank Lampard popped up to fire home the winner and this victory was achieved without the suspended Drogba and Sturridge.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa were unable to build on that excellent 3-1 at Stamford Bridge as Swansea secured their first Premier League away win of the season.
Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge both scored in the first half and Brendan Rodgers’ team were rarely troubled to claim a 2-0 victory which leaves Alex McLeish scratching his head.
It was also a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show for Blackburn Rovers, who lost 2-1 at home to Stoke City following on from that amazing 3-2 win at Old Trafford.
Peter Crouch scored his 100th and 101st career goals to put the Potters in the ascendancy and David Goodwillie’s scrambled effort would only serve as a consolation for the Lancashire side.
Finally, Norwich City won the battle of the promoted sides at Loftus Road with a 2-1 victory against Queens Park Rangers, with Joey Barton being sent off after scoring the opener.
Barton was involved in an altercation with Bradley Johnson and it turned out to be a big turning point, with Anthony Pilkington and Steve Morison ensuring the Canaries secured the points.