Premier League Round-Up

Chelsea overcame 10-man Stoke, Liverpool slumped at Sunderland, while Blackburn piled the misery on Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur suffered a third straight defeat.

Bolton boosted their survival hopes with a controversial win over Queens Park Rangers, while Aston Villa left it late to beat Fulham 1-0 at Villa Park.

Didier Drogba’s 100th Premier League goal helped Chelsea to a 1-0 win over 10-man Stoke at Stamford Bridge.

Stoke faced an uphill battle from the moment Ricardo Fuller was sent off after 25 minutes for stamping on Branislav Ivanovic.

Chelsea were denied twice in the first half by the woodwork with John Terry and Ivanovic both seeing efforts come back off the crossbar.

The hosts finally made their numerical advantage count on 68 minutes when Juan Mata played in Drogba with a cleverly disguised pass and the striker rounded Asmir Begovic before firing into the net.

Nikica Jelavic marked his Goodison Park debut with a first-half winner as David Moyes celebrated 10 years in charge of Everton with a 1-0 home success over Tottenham .

January signing Jelavic curled home the decisive goal midway through the first half, while former Everton striker Louis Saha struck the post for Spurs in stoppage-time after coming on as a substitute.

Junior Hoilett was the hero for Blackburn with both goals in the 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Wolves at Molineux

Blackburn broke the deadlock two minutes before the break when Wolves failed to clear Morten Gamst Pedersen’s long throw and the ball fell to Hoilett inside the box who acrobatically fired his past Wayne Hennessey.

Hoilett grabbed his second of the game on 69 minutes when he picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and drilled a superb low shot past Hennessey.

Rovers held on to record their first clean sheet in the Premier League this season and increase the problems for Wolves’ interim boss Terry Connor.

Liverpool fell to their third straight league defeat after going down 1-0 to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

After a largely forgettable first half, Sunderland made the breakthrough on 56 minutes with Nicklas Bendtner netting his second goal in as many games.

Fraizer Campbell fired in a shot from the edge of the box which hit the post and then came off Reina’s head before Bendtner fired the ball high into the net.

Steven Gerrard and Andy Carroll were introduced midway through the second half, but they could not inspire Liverpool as Sunderland held on for all three points.

Ivan Klasnic’s late goal earned Bolton a controversial 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers at the Reebok Stadium.

Controversy reigned at the Reebok as Clint Hill was denied a clear goal for QPR in the first half.

The defender’s header in the 19th minute from Joey Barton’s corner had crossed the line before it was clawed out by Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan, but referee Martin Atkinson and his assistant Bob Pollock failed to spot it and play was waved on to the disbelief of the QPR players.

Things got worse for QPR on 37 minutes when Darren Pratley headed home Tim Ream’s cross unmarked inside the six-yard box.

There was more controversy over QPR’s leveller when Djibril Cisse equalised three minutes after the break despite appearing to be in an offside position.

Bolton grabbed a priceless winner four minutes from time when the impressive Ryo Miyaichi played in Klasnic and the substitute slotted his shot past Paddy Kenny to fire Bolton out of the drop zone.

Andreas Weimann’s last-gasp goal earned Aston Villa a 1-0 success over Fulham to ease the pressure on Alex McLeish.

The game looked set to end in a stalemate until Weimann capitalised on Mark Schwarzer’s failure to hold onto Gary Gardner’s shot to score his first Premier League goal for the club.