Arampant Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League after Chelsea lost to West Brom courtesy an OsazeOdemwingie winner and Manchester United lost by a lone goal to Norwich yesterday. Chelsea fell four points behind the league leaders in the title race after they were beaten 2-1 by West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke had spoken before the match of his side's desire to take a major scalp at home after coming so close against Manchester City earlier in the season, and that hunger and self-confidence was evident as WBA took an early lead with Shane Long taking advantage of some slack marking from David Luiz to power a header past PetrCech from close range.
The Blues managed to get back on level terms just before half-time - as Eden Hazard profited from a deflection off Billy Jones to see his shot deceive the previously well-positioned Boaz Myhill - but the decisive goal in the second half would go to the home side, as Odemwingie got his head on a Long cross to delight the home crowd. The goal proved to be the match winner.
With 40 minutes to go in the game at that point Chelsea still had plenty of time to find an equaliser, but were denied at every turn as Juan Mata, Hazard and Daniel Sturridge could find no way through in a tense final phase of the contest.
After Arsenal scored five to beat Tottenham in the day's early match, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero then scored twice apiece as Man City repeated that feat with a 5-0 win over Aston Villa, while Luis Suarez was again instrumental as Liverpool battered Wigan and Michu and Jonathan De Guzman notched as Swansea consigned Newcastle to another defeat.
In the day's early kick-off, Arsenal fell behind early against Tottenham to a goal from former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor, but he was dismissed for a wild tackle on SantiCazorla and 10-man Spurs were soon overwhelmed in a 5-2 defeat.
Then, in the day's evening match, Manchester United missed the chance to return to the top of the table after they were beaten 1-0 by Norwich City.
At a raucous Carrow Road, Anthony Pilkington's perfectly placed second half header was too good for United, who were unable to find an equaliser in the closing stages as Jonny Howson missed a glorious chance to kill matters off.
At the bottom of the table, Mark Hughes could face a sleepless night as he sweats about his job, after watching his QPR side beaten 3-1 at home by a Southampton side in similar relegation trouble.
QPR's plight looks all the worse after Reading overcame an early deficit to pick up their first league win of the season with a 2-1 triumph against Everton at the Madejski Stadium.
Brendan Rodgers enjoyed bragging rights over Roberto Martinez as his Liverpool side demolished Wigan 3-0 at Anfield - with Luis Suarez once again proving instrumental.
Martinez was strongly linked with the Reds' manager's job before Rodgers eventually took the reins in the summer, but was unable to mastermind an away victory thanks to three second half goals.
It was Suarez, so instrumental to his side all season, who again provided the cutting edge - breaking the deadlock just after half-time by taking the ball from Raheem Sterling and rifling in a low shot from ten yards, before doubling the advantage soon after with a conversion from a similar spot after running onto Jose Enrique's through-ball.