Chelsea go top, Southampton shock Liverpool

Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:31pm EDT
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By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea put a miserable week behind them to return to the Premier League summit with a 2-0 home win over Fulham as the wheels came off Liverpool's bright start in a 1-0 home defeat by Southampton on Saturday.

A first Premier League goal from Chelsea's John Obi Mikel, after Oscar had given them the lead, sealed a victory that will help consign to memory last weekend's loss at Everton and their shock midweek Champions League reverse at home to Basel.

The victory moved Chelsea on to 10 points from five matches, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference after Southampton inflicted a first defeat of the season on the Merseysiders.

Saints defender Dejan Lovren scored with a second-half header to emphatically quieten the premature talk of a title push that had been swirling around Anfield.

Unbeaten Everton celebrated a stunning 3-2 success at West Ham United with Leighton Baines twice equalizing from free kicks and on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku heading a late winner to move them up to fifth with nine points.

Hull City also twice came from a goal down to win 3-2 at Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion's debutant Stephane Sessegnon scored against his former club Sunderland in a 3-0 victory that left the visitors stuck at the bottom of the table.

Aston Villa's deadline-day Czech signing Libor Kozak came off the bench to replace the injured Christian Benteke and then scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win at Norwich City.

The standings could take on a new complexion on Sunday when champions Manchester United visit local rivals Manchester City, third-placed Arsenal host Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur, who are fourth, visit promoted Cardiff City.   Continued...

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel (L) celebrates scoring his goal against Fulham with Branislav Ivanovic (R) during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh