Chelsea slip further as Spurs rise above them in title race

TOTTENHAM took their chance to go fourth in the Premier League table above Chelsea, who lost at Arsenal on Monday, with a 2-0 win over Newcastle at White Hart Lane, where they had to play the final 25 minutes with 10 men after Younes Kaboul's sending off.

Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul had saved well from Rafael van der Vaart's free-kick before then pushing a header by Roman Pavlyuchenko on to the woodwork.

The visitors' resistance was finally broken just before the hour mark through Aaron Lennon's angled drive.

Kaboul received his marching orders after picking up two bookings in the space of 10 minutes, but Gareth Bale wrapped up the points in the 81st minute for Harry Redknapp's men with a fine individual effort.

Fulham recorded a first away win since August 2009, beating Stoke 2-0 via a rare brace from defender Chris Baird to ease the pressure on manager Mark Hughes.

The Cottagers – who started the day in the bottom three – made an early breakthrough after just four minutes when Northern Ireland international Baird crashed in a 20-yard effort off the post for his first Fulham goal.

With fog descending at the Britannia Stadium, Fulham doubled their lead as Baird netted again.

Blackpool secured a fifth away victory after DJ Campbell's second-half double proved enough to take all three points at Sunderland. Asamoah Gyan and Jordan Henderson had gone close for the Black Cats, while Darren Bent hit the woodwork with a late free-kick.

Blackburn manager Steve Kean recorded his first win as Rovers beat West Brom 3-1 at The Hawthorns, despite having Nikola Kalinic sent off.

The Croatia striker had given the visitors an early lead after just three minutes, before Jerome Thomas equalised in the 17th minute. Rovers, though, were back in front when Kalinic (53) headed in after a corner and Mame Biram Diouf extended their lead just after the hour.

However, Kalinic then was shown a straight red card by referee Phil Dowd after going in late and hard on Paul Scharner.

West Ham remain in the bottom three after they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Everton. Radoslav Kovac's shot was deflected into the net before David Moyes' men fought back to level through Seamus Coleman.