13 Jan 2013

QPR happy with draw, Chelsea beat Stoke City 4-nil

8:01 am on 13 January 2013

The Queens Park Rangers followed up last week's shock win at Chelsea with a nil-all draw against Tottenham Hotspur lifting the strugglers off the foot of the English Premier football League.

A point moved Rangers up one place to 19th, although they will sink back again if Reading take a point at home to West Bromwich Albion.

The QPR manager Harry Redknapp says the tide is starting to change at the club and labelled the draw a fantastic performance against a club that sacked him in June following almost four largely successful years at White Hart Lane.

Elsewhere two own goals from Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters set Chelsea on their way to a 4-nil Premier League victory on Saturday that gave under-fire interim manager Rafael Benitez some respite.

Reading staged a remarkable comeback to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2, scoring three times in the last eight minutes after trailing to Romelu Lukaku's double.

Aston Villa dropped into the bottom three following Rickie Lambert's contentious first-half penalty that secured fellow strugglers Southampton a 1-nil victory at Villa Park.

Everton and Swansea battled out a goalless draw at Goodison Park, as did Norwich and Newcastle at Carrow Road while Sunderland thumped West Ham United 3-nil at home.

Fulham drew 1-1 at home to Wigan.