Rafael Benitez won his first Premier League game for Chelsea with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Fernando Torres scored two to make it four goals in a week for the £50 million striker who is rekindling hopes of finding the form he once had whilst at Liverpool.
His first came after ten minutes, with a neat volley after Eden Hazard added yet another assist to his tally.
Torres’ second came from the penalty spot after Seb Larsson stupidly brought down Ramires on the stroke of half time. Torres was denied a hat trick in the second half when his shot came off the crossbar but Juan Mata was there to pounce onto the rebound and make it three for Chelsea.
Adam Johnson did pull a goal back for the black cats but it wasn’t enough to stop them slipping into the relegation zone with only one win in ten games.
Swansea scored three goals at home but still took no points away from the game as they lost a thrilling encounter 4-3 to Norwich City at the Liberty Stadium.
First half goals from Steven Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong and Grant Holt put Norwich three up at the break and seemingly on their way to a comfortable away win.
However, Swansea did provide a sterner test in the second half and pulled goals back through the wonderful Michu and Jonathon De Guzman.
Norwich got their two goal cushion back through a Robert Snodgrass free kick before Michu grabbed his second in injury time to leave Norwich with a nervy finish. They held on though for a remarkable 4-3 win to move them to eleventh, only one point behind Swansea, who are in eighth.
QPR became the first side in the history of the Premier League to not win any of their first 16 games as they drew 2-2 with fellow strugglers Wigan at the DW Stadium.
Wigan took the lead through a deflected James Mccarthy strike before Ryan Nelsen equalised to score his first goal for QPR. Djibril Cisse looked to have given QPR all three points with a calm strike past Eli Al Habsi in the second half, but Wigan responded within three minutes.
It was Mccarthy once again, who scored his second of the game to leave Harry Redknapp still looking for a solution to QPR’s ever increasing problems.
Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Brom at the Emirates will be remembered more for two controversial penalties rather than a vital win for Arsenal hoping to turn a corner in their season.
The first penalty came as a result of Santi Cazorla making an appalling dive which conned referee Mike Jones into awarding a penalty who must have believed Steven Reid had made contact when clearly he hadn’t. The spot kick was put straight down the middle by Mikel Arteta and into the back of the net.
The second penalty decision was clearer and much more blatant but only seconds previously Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had committed a foul of his own before making his way into the area to be brought down by Chris Brunt.
The spot kick was reminiscent of the first with Arteta putting the ball straight down the middle. West Brom can feel harshly done by with two refereeing decisions proving pivotal but have now lost their last three Premier League games.
Southampton moved out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Reading at the St Mary’s Stadium.
Jason Puncheon scored the goal mid way through the second half to give Nigel Adkins’ side a much needed win and a rise to fifteenth in the table.
Reading are sitting desperately low at the bottom of the Premier League with only QPR beneath them.
Aston Villa and Stoke City played out a goalless draw at Villa Park in a game of few highlights and talking points.
Neither side created any clear cut chances and even the introduction of Darren Bent couldn’t spark any goal threat.
Ryan Shotton was sent off late on for his second bookable offense but Stoke held on to keep themselves in the top half of the table.