Newcastle hold United

Newcastle hold United

United, who led through Javier Hernandez's early second-half goal, were pegged back by Demba Ba's 64th minute spot-kick that left Alex Ferguson's side four points behind City who play at Liverpool on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur, with a double from Emmanuel Adebayor, stayed third after coming from behind to win 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion while Chelsea emerged from their recent slump to give under-pressure manager Andre Villas-Boas a huge boost with a 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City have 34 points, followed by Manchester United on 30, Spurs (28), Newcastle (26) and Chelsea (25). Arsenal moved up to sixth on 23 points despite being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Fulham.

Franco Di Santo struck a last-gasp winner to lift Wigan Athletic off the bottom with a 2-1 victory at Sunderland. Blackburn dropped to the basement after losing 3-1 at Stoke City in the lunchtime kickoff.

In other matches, Everton won 2-0 at 10-man Bolton Wanderers, and Norwich City beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1.