Premier League — 03 January 2013

Shaun Wright-Phillips scored the winner in QPR's 1-0 win at ChelseaQPR recorded a shock 1-0 victory at London rivals Chelsea. The rock-bottom club were expected to face a tough task at Stamford Bridge, but came away with a vital victory.

The game nearly started in a bad vein for Chelsea, as midfielder Marko Marin was lucky to escape a dismissal for a terrible tackle on Stephane Mbia.

QPR suffered a blow in the 16th minute, as attacker Junior Hoilett went off injured and was replaced by winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. The substitution proved the key to victory for the visitors. Harry Redknapp’s team defended superbly and got their reward in the 78th minute.

Former-Chelsea winger Shaun Wright-Phillips drove an effort home from the edge of the area, which beat Ross Turnbull in the Blues goal. The goal was enough to clinch an unlikely victory, but it wasn’t enough to lift Redknapp’s side off the bottom of the Premier League table.

Elsewhere, Liverpool defeated Sunderland 3-0 at Anfield. The home side took the lead in the 20th minute, as Raheem Sterling raced onto a Luis Suarez through-ball to lob the ball over the on-rushing Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool were two up on 26 minutes. Luis Suarez was fouled by Carlos Cuellar, but the referee Phil Dowd played the advantage and the Uruguayan raced through to fire beyond Mignolet. The in-form striker sealed his brace and Liverpool’s third in the 52nd minute, forcing home an effort from a Steven Gerrard long pass.

It was a miserable night for Newcastle, as the Tynesider’s went down 2-1 at home to Everton. The home side were ahead after just 70 seconds, Papiss Cisse heading home from close-range. Everton drew level just before half-time through a stunning long-range free-kick from Leighton Baines.

Everton started to take more of a hold on the game and took the lead in the 60th minute. An excellent team move resulted in substitute Victor Anichebe scoring from close-range from a Nikica Jelavic cross. The victory moved Everton up to fifth in the Premier League table.

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