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Cole fires Chelsea to victory

Published: Sunday 3 October 2004, 23.16CET
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Published: Sunday 3 October 2004, 23.16CET

Cole fires Chelsea to victory

Chelsea FC stayed in touch with leaders Arsenal FC thanks to a Joe Cole goal against Liverpool FC.

By Jonathan Caswell

A solitary goal from Chelsea FC's Joe Cole against Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge was enough to maintain the London club's solid start to the Premiership season on Sunday.

Lucky seven
The 1-0 victory, secured thanks to Cole's flicked finish from Frank Lampard's free-kick midway through the second half, took Chelsea on to 20 points, two behind leaders and city rivals Arsenal FC. José Mourinho's side, who have not lost at home against Liverpool in the league since 1989, have now kept a Premiership record seven clean sheets in their opening eight matches.

Smith leveller
Manchester United FC fell further behind the top two as they dropped points in a 1-1 draw at home against Middlesbrough FC. Despite handing Wayne Rooney a first Premiership game in a United shirt five days after his sensational UEFA Champions League hat-trick against Fenerbahçe SK, the home side found themselves behind at the interval thanks to Stewart Downing's goal. But substitute Alan Smith rescued a share of the spoils for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, coming off the bench to head in a Cristiano Ronaldo cross nine minutes from the end.

Butt volley
In the day's other game, Dwight Yorke was on target against his former manager as Birmingham City FC held visitors Newcastle United FC to a 2-2 draw. Jermaine Jenas gave former Blackburn Rovers FC manager Graeme Souness a boost by putting his new club, Newcastle, a goal to the good inside three minutes. But Rovers old boy Yorke levelled the scores before Matthew Upson headed in a Robbie Savage free-kick to put Birmingham ahead. Nicky Butt had the last word with a spectacular 67th-minute volley.

Palace chance
The weekend programme is completed on Monday night when Crystal Palace FC can move off the bottom if they defeat fellow London club Fulham FC at Selhurst Park.

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English Premier League 2004/05

Last updated: 24/06/2018 05:45 CET



Joselu 36

Coutinho 29

Venue: Newcastle



Hendrick 21

Venue: Liverpool



Monreal 16, Iwobi 56

Venue: London


ChelseaChelsea0-1Man. CityMan. City

De Bruyne 67

Venue: London



Venue: Bournemouth


Man. UnitedMan. United4-0Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace

Juan Mata 3, Fellaini 35, 49, R. Lukaku 86

Venue: Manchester



Diouf 40, Crouch 85

Yoshida 75

Venue: Stoke


West BromWest Brom2-2WatfordWatford

Rondón 18, J. Evans 21

Doucouré 37, de Andrade 90+5

Venue: West Bromwich


West HamWest Ham1-0SwanseaSwansea

Sakho 90

Venue: London



Kane 9, 23, Davies 16, Sissoko 90+1

Venue: Huddersfield