QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips shoots to score against Chelsea
during their English Premier League match at Stamford
Bridge in London. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Shaun Wright-Phillips helped Queens Park Rangers to only
their second Premier League victory of the season when his
second-half strike stunned his former club Chelsea 1-0.
Wright-Phillips smashed home a low strike after 78 minutes to
deny Chelsea third spot and help the west Londoners draw
level with Reading at the bottom of the table on 13 points
and give the strugglers hope of a possible survival from
Chelsea, with a game in hand on leaders Manchester United and
third-placed Tottenham Hotspur, have 38 points from 20
matches and trail the table-toppers by 14 points and Spurs by
Visitors QPR took advantage of a weaker Chelsea side, interim
manager Rafael Benitez opting to rest Juan Mata and Eden
Hazard, as they won their first away game of the season to
delight their supporters at the final whistle.
Chelsea dominated possession and nearly broke the deadlock
midway through the second half when Frank Lampard had a goal
disallowed for being offside as he fired in a low shot.
Branislav Ivanovic grazed the crossbar with a header after
halftime as Chelsea pushed for an opener, but QPR were well
organised and defended doggedly and took their chance when it
Adel Taarabt always looked lively and it was a
well-controlled lay off from the Moroccan with 12 minutes
remaining which set up Wright-Phillips on the edge of the box
to drive a fierce low effort beyond Ross Turnbull into the
bottom left corner.
A Luis Suarez double for Liverpool helped the Uruguayan move
one goal behind Premier League top scorer Robin van Persie in
the scoring charts as Liverpool swept Sunderland aside 3-0 at
Young talent Raheem Sterling's second top-flight goal also
helped lift Liverpool to eighth on 31 points from 21 games.
Sterling opened Liverpool's account with a deft lob after 19
minutes and Suarez bagged another shortly after before adding
his 15th league goal of the campaign seven minutes into the
second half to complete the easy win.
Liverpool threatened more goals but had two chalked off late
on, both for offside.
In the late match Everton climbed above Arsenal into fifth
place on 36 points from 21 games with a 2-1 comeback win at
Newcastle United, who sit two points above the relegation