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Chelsea end Stoke's home run to go third

Saturday 12 January 2013 18.00 CET
Frank Lampard scored Chelsea's third from the penalty spot

Chelsea FC bounced back from their midweek League Cup defeat with a 4-0 triumph over Stoke City FC.

Chelsea lost 2-0 at home to Swansea City FC in the first leg of their semi-final tie on Wednesday, but had little trouble picking up their fourth straight away win in the Premier League. Two Jonathan Walters own goals, a Frank Lampard penalty and a stunning Eden Hazard strike earned them victory at Stoke, who had not lost at home in the league since 4 February 2012.

The Blues are therefore up to third, a point ahead of Tottenham Hotspur FC following their goalless draw at bottom side Queens park Rangers FC. Harry Redknapp had a handful of fine Júlio César saves to thank for a point against his old club.

Everton FC, meanwhile, are fifth, three points behind Spurs, having been held 0-0 at home to Swansea. West Bromwich Albion FC looked set to move to within a point of the Toffees but, 2-0 up with eight minutes left, lost 3-2 at Reading FC. Reading nevertheless remain in the bottom three along with QPR and Aston Villa FC, beaten 1-0 at home to Southampton FC.

Elsewhere, Fulham FC drew 1-1 with Wigan Athletic FC, Sunderland AFC won 3-0 against West Ham United FC and Norwich City FC versus Newcastle United FC ended goalless.

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