Sunderland triumph

With most of the weekend programme wiped out by heavy snow Sunderland's lunchtime kickoff went ahead -- with Blackburn Rovers against West Ham United the only other survivor.

Sunderland got the breakthrough after 32 minutes when Darren Bent did well to control a deep cross and after his shot was parried by Jussi Jaaskelainen, Danny Welbeck threw himself at the rebound to head his fifth goal in six games.

Bolton, who started the day in sixth place, pressed hard for the equaliser in the second halfbut it was not to be. Sunderland moved to 27 points, behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur only on goals scored. Bolton drop to seventh on 26.

Matches postponed

Britain's sporting weekend was decimated by heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures with Sunday's Premier League showdown between Chelsea and Manchester United among the hundreds of fixtures to be called off.

The hugely anticipated top-of-the table clash was one of six weekend games were postponed as conditions around stadiums were deemed too dangerous. West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers was still due to be played on Sunday while no decision has yet been made about Manchester City's Monday night game at home against Everton.

Arsenal had been due to play Stoke City on Saturday .

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