Manchester United win

Liverpool go down 1-3 to Fulham


 
Defenders Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher were two of eight players to be dismissed in total as Rafa Benitez's side went down to their fifth league defeat of the season.
Chelsea reamined top by two points with a comfortable 4-0 win at 10-man Bolton Wanderers, while Manchester United stayed in touch with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers.

Liverpool, who stay fifth and are now nine points off the pace, were again without injured captain Steven Gerrard and went behind after 24 minutes at Craven Cottage when striker Bobby Zamora tapped in for his fifth this term in all competitions.  Fernando Torres replied with a long range equaliser just before the break but the visitors lost their way once the Spaniard was substituted on the hour for Ryan Babel.
Erik Nevland restored Fulham's lead after 73 minutes before Degen and Carragher received straight red cards within three minutes of each other and Clint Dempsey added a third goal to move Fulham up to 11th.

Chelsea made it 17 goals from their last four games in all competitions with none conceded as they coasted to victory over Bolton. The hosts were reduced to 10 men after defender Jay Lloyd Samuel was dismissed for a foul on Didier Drogba, allowing Frank Lampard to score from the spot just before the break.  Deco added a second on the hour before a Zat Knight own goal and a Drogba strike completed the rout for Carlo Ancelotti's team.

Dimitar Berbatov's smart turn and volley provided the highlight of an otherwise laboured United performance as Alex Ferguson's side beat struggling Rovers at Old Trafford.
The Bulgaria striker collected a stray Patrice Evra shot before flicking the ball up and smashing it past keeper Paul Robinson after 55 minutes before Wayne Rooney added a late second when he swept the ball home.

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