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Manchester United, Chelsea win at Premier League
Updated: 2005-12-27 09:25

William Gallas and midfielder Frank Lampard put Chelsea ahead but Fulham came back into the game with a strike from Brian McBride before the half hour and a 56th-minute penalty converted by Heidar Helguson.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, referring to his team's reaction to Fulham's fight-back, told reporters: "When you are in a comfortable position and you make mistakes, it is hard to come back but I trust my players' mentality."

Fulham manager Chris Coleman told Sky Sports: "I though we showed tremendous spirit, and courage, and we got back. Then the game could have gone either way."

Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, who headed his second goal for United, and Ruud van Nistelrooy scored at Old Trafford where manager Alex Ferguson was as impressed by his defence.

"Our defending has been good in the last few games. We've hopefully come out of that bad spell," he told United's official website after a third successive league clean sheet.

"The result in Benfica was a killer for us but we've turned it around for ourselves," he added, referring to United's 2-1 loss in Lisbon earlier this month that put his side out of Europe.


At Anfield, Michael Owen had an unhappy return to his former club with Newcastle United, who went down to two first half goals and had midfielder Lee Bowyer sent off for an ugly tackle on Xabi Alonso.

Steven Gerrard struck after a quarter of an hour and two minutes before the interval Peter Crouch's shot came back off the post but went in after hitting prostrate keeper Shay Given on the back of the head.

"We got off lightly. We were played off the park in the first half and 2-0 certainly didn't flatter them at halftime," Newcastle manager Graeme Souness was quoted as saying on club's official website.

"They peppered our goal and we've got to learn from that."

Arsenal ended a run of three league defeats in which they had not scored by winning 1-0 at Charlton Athletic to climb to seventh, 20 points adrift of Chelsea and two behind Bolton Wanderers, held 0-0 by bottom team Sunderland, and Wigan Athletic, who edged a thriller with Manchester City 4-3.
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