Chelsea, Man City maintain title push with wins

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Chelsea and Manchester City both earned routine victories on Saturday to leave the destination of the Premier League trophy as unclear as before.

Although Chelsea tops the standings after beating Stoke 3-0, Liverpool can reclaim the lead with a victory at West Ham on Sunday.

Manchester City brushed aside Southampton 4-1, meaning the 2012 champions and Liverpool both still have matters in their own hands before meeting at Anfield next weekend in a game that could go a long way toward deciding the title.

"We're very focused and know there will be difficult games to come," City captain Vincent Kompany said. "But we want to do the job right."

Manchester United has struggled at home all season but maintained its good away form, with David Moyes' sixth-place side claiming a league-leading 10th road win by beating Newcastle 4-0 with Juan Mata scoring twice.

Fulham climbed off the bottom with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa to 18th place, five points from Norwich, which lost 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion.

Crystal Palace's recovery continued with a 3-0 win at Cardiff that moved the London club seven points clear of danger above Swansea, which lost 1-0 at Hull.

At the Etihad Stadium, the hosts had a perfect start when Edin Dzeko was adjudged to have been fouled by Jose Fonte and Yaya Toure scored from the penalty spot in the third minute.

But City couldn't extend its lead and defender Pablo Zabaleta tripped Jack Cork in the area, allowing Rickie Lambert to score a 34th straight penalty for Southampton in the 37th.

Stung by conceding, City produced a rapid response, with Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko both scoring in first-half injury time.

But it took until the 81st for City to score again, with Stevan Jovetic tapping into the net from Jesus Navas' cross.