Reading remarkably scored three goals in the final eight minutes to recover from two down to beat West Brom 3-2 at the Madejski Stadium.
The Baggies had looked in total control as their on loan forward Romelu Lukaku had scored two to take his tally up to nine for the season.
However, Brian McDermott’s team produced one of the comebacks of the season to shock all present at the Madejski and move Reading off the bottom of the Premier League.
Jimmy Kebe was Reading’s first goalscorer with a diving header, then an Adam Le Fondre penalty levelled the game following a foul from Jonas Ollson. No sooner had West Brom kicked off they were kicking off again due to Pavel Pogrebynak’s winning goal to send the Reading fans wild and the West Brom players visibly shocked as they slipped to seventh in the table.
Chelsea recovered from their midweek setback in the Capital One Cup to emphatically end Stoke’s unbeaten home record with a 4-0 thumping at the Britannia.
It was also a day to forget for Stoke’s Jonathon Walters as he scored two own goals to begin Chelsea’s scoring and also missed a penalty, albeit after the game had already been won.
After the two own goals it was a Frank Lampard penalty and a stunning Eden Hazard goal which condemned Stoke to their largest ever home defeat and sent the European Champions up to third in the Premier League table.
Sunderland lifted themselves six points away from the relegation zone with a comprehensive 3-0 win over West Ham at the Stadium of Light.
A fantastic Sebastian Larsson strike set the Black Cats on their way as they breezed past Sam Allardyce’s West Ham with considerable ease despite being behind them in the table.
Second half goals from Adam Johnson and James McClean sealed the three points for Martin O’Neill who will be relieved to have avoided a third straight defeat for the first time in his managerial reign at Sunderland.
Franco Di Santo rescued a point for Wigan with his first goal in nearly four months as they drew 1-1 with Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Martin Jol’s side have been very good when playing at home for the majority of the season and looked set on improving their home record when Giorgos Karagounis scored a brilliant goal in the first half to give his side a deserved lead.
However, the second half belonged to Roberto Martinez’s side and they thoroughly deserved their equaliser, a wonderful Di Santo strike which nestled into the top corner.
The point moves Wigan out of the relegation zone whilst Fulham are now just six points clear of safety.
Paul Lambert was left fuming with referee Mark Halsey as his side moved into the relegation zone following a 1-0 defeat against Southampton at Villa Park.
Saints’ winner came from the penalty spot as their prolific frontman Ricky Lambert hit his eight of the season after a contentious decision from referee Halsey when Jay Rodriguez appeared to take a tumble despite receiving no contact from any opposition players.
Southampton held on despite Villa striker Christian Benteké being given two guilt edge chances from close range but he managed to finish neither, leaving Lambert’s side in the relegation zone and very much in trouble.
Everton and Swansea played out a goalless draw at Goodison Park despite the Toffee’s being on a run of sixteen consecutive games in which themselves and their opponents had both scored. This time they managed to keep a clean sheet but their attacking players, particularly Nikica Jelavic, failed to convert any of the chances they were given, much to the frustration of David Moyes and the majority of the Goodison crowd.
Norwich and Newcastle produced a lacklustre stalemate too at Carrow Road to send everyone watching home wondering how a Premier League game could possibly be so poor.
Newcastle welcomed new signing Mathieu Debuchy for his debut but they rarely threatened the Canaries’ goal, Gabriel Obertan looking the most threatening.
Chris Hughton’s team did hit the post through the in-form Russell Martin but couldn’t beat a Newcastle side who now sit just two points above the drop zone.
In the early kick off, QPR temporarily moved off the bottom of the Premier League after holding manager Harry Redknapp’s previous club Tottenham to a goalless draw at Loftus Road.
Rangers’ goalkeeper Julio Cesar was far busier than Spurs’ Hugo Lloris throughout the match and if it wasn’t for the brilliance of Cesar in the opening minutes Tottenham would have taken the lead as he denied Jermain Defoe then Emmanuel Adebayor in quick succession.
However, QPR hung on to continue to take points off the big teams following their recent win against Chelsea.