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EPL: Walters' own goals allow Chelsea stroll at Stoke


Two own goals from Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters set Chelsea on their way to a 4-0 Premier League victory on Saturday that gave under-fire interim manager Rafael Benitez some respite.

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Walters had a nightmare afternoon at the Britannia stadium, putting through his own net with a diving header on the stroke of halftime, then beating his own keeper Asmir Begovic with a header from a corner just after the hour. He also missed a late penalty.

Chelsea's Juan Mata (right) celebrates an own goal from Stoke City's Jonathan Walters (2nd from left) during their English Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, on SaturdayStoke have not beaten Chelsea in the league since 1975 and Frank Lampard’s penalty and a fine Eden Hazard goal lifted the Londoners back up to third, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur who drew 0-0 at Queens Park Rangers in the lunchtime kickoff.

Rangers prop up the standings after 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 1-0 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 3-0 at home. Fulham drew 1-1 at home to Wigan.

Leaders Manchester United host fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday (1:30 p.m.) before second-placed Manchester City, seven points behind Alex Ferguson’s side, complete the weekend programme at Arsenal (4:00 p.m.).

Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters



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