15 Dec 2008

Chelsea held to a draw by West Ham

7:08 am on 15 December 2008

Chelsea have missed the chance to reclaim top spot in the English Premier football League when they were held to a 1-all home draw by West Ham United.

Yesterday all the other contenders, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal also drew.

Craig Bellamy put West Ham ahead after 33 minutes but Nicolas Anelka finished off a neat move with his 14th league goal of the season to secure a point six minutes into the second half.

Liverpool, who were held to a 2-all draw by Hull City at Anfield, lead the way on 38 points with Chelsea on 37.

Manchester United, goalless at Tottenham Hotspur, are third on 32 but with a game in hand.

Arsenal slipped to fifth on 30 after drawing 1-all at Middlesbrough, allowing Aston Villa to go fourth on 31 after they beat Bolton Wanderers 4-2.

In today's other game Newcastle United collected their first away win of the season and moved out of the relegation zone with a 3-nil victory at Portsmouth.