Published January 08, 2015
West Bromwich, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Victor Anichebe produced a late equalizer at the Hawthorns on Tuesday to help West Bromwich Albion secure a point from a 1-1 draw with first-place Chelsea.
The Baggies were in good stead after holding Chelsea scoreless for the majority of the opening period, but the Blues broke through on the stroke of halftime to take the lead.
Willian's corner kick deep into first-half stoppage time was flicked to the back post by David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic was arriving to convert from close range.
Chelsea clung to its narrow lead for much of the second half as West Brom had the better run of play after the restart, and it ultimately cost the Blues two points as Anichebe leveled the score in the 87th minute.
Saido Berahino was the architect of the goal, whipping in a cross to the top of the six-yard box where Anichebe met the delivery with a glancing header that kissed the far post on its way into the back of the net.
Anichebe's strike not only snaps Chelsea's 459-minute streak without conceding a goal, but it also prevents the Blues from moving four points clear at the top of the table. Jose Mourinho's men improve to 57 points, but they have left the door open for Arsenal or Manchester City to take first place with wins on Wednesday.
West Brom improves to 24 points to pull just out of the relegation zone on goal difference.
Southampton 1, Hull City 0
Hull, England - Southampton extended its unbeaten run in Premier League play to five games by taking a 1-0 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium on Tuesday.
Jose Fonte scored in the 69th minute for the lone goal in Tuesday's affair as the Saints defense held on to preserve the clean sheet and move the club to eighth place with 39 points.
Hull City, which has lost six of its last nine league matches, stays put on 27 points for the season.
West Ham 2, Norwich City 0
London, England - West Ham secured its third successive Premier League win on Tuesday thanks to a 2-0 defeat of Norwich City at Upton Park.
The match was scoreless until the dying stages when James Collins put the Hammers in front. Mohamed Diame added an insurance goal deep into second-half stoppage time to lift West Ham to 28 points and into the top-half of the table.
Norwich is winless in its last four outings, keeping the club just one point clear of the relegation zone with 25 points.
Cardiff City 0, Aston Villa 0
Cardiff, Wales - Cardiff City and Aston Villa shared the spoils in Wales on Tuesday as the two sides played to a 0-0 stalemate.
Scoring chances were at a premium throughout the match and neither side managed to break the deadlock, keeping the two clubs separated by six points.
Cardiff remains second from bottom on 22 points, six points off Villa's pace.