Blues night: Two-goal Louis Saha sinks Chelsea as Manchester United close the gap

11 February 2010 12:34
Louis Saha scored twice as Chelsea lost 2-1 at Everton and saw their lead at the top of the table cut to one point.

After Florent Malouda had given the visitors an early lead, Saha got in front of John Terry to head David Moyes' side level and then hit a stunning 75th-minute winner to condemn Carlo Ancelotti's men to their first defeat in 14 games.

Moyes said: 'Saha should have scored four. If he'd done that I'd have given him a pat on the back. As it is, I have given him a slight nod to say well done.

Mobbed: Saha celebrates with Everton team-mates after his Goodison winner

Everton boss Moyes, however, was at least impressed with the way his top goalscorer troubled Terry throughout the match.

He said: 'Louis played really against him at Stamford Bridge and tonight I thought he did it again.

'I think John Terry was worried when the long ball dropped over the top and Louis took it on his chest. But John Terry is a top centre-half and if they don't want him I'll have him!

Setback: Ashley Cole tangles with Everton's Tim Cahill but later came off injured

'It's a terrific result and it just says the way we have been playing in the recent weeks and months.

To not have [Marouane] Fellaini and [Steven] Pienaar, who over the monthshave done really well for us, shows the players who have come in have donereally well.

'To go a goal behind and come back, I don't know how many teams dothat against Chelsea. We had to hang in because for 20 minutes Chelseawere fantastic.'

X-rated: Manchester United's Luis Nani (centre) was sent off for this challenge on Stiliyan Petrov

Chelsea will assess Ashley Cole on Thursday after the England left-back was forced off ater 57 minutes with an ankle injury.

Assistant manager Ray Wilkins said: 'He has taken quite a nasty knock. It wasn't a foul but it was a very strong challenge and he was slightly off balance.

'He has got a slight problem with his ankle but we will get back to Cobham andassess the situation.'

Flying finish: Diaby rises to power a header past Reina and snatch victory for Arsenal

Manchester United wasted the chance to go top after being held to a1-1 draw at Aston Villa, where United played for an hour with 10 menfollowing Nani's sending-off for a two-footed lunge at Stiliyan Petrov.Ryan Giggs, meanwhile, went to hospital with a suspected broken arm.

Arsenal strengthened their grip on third place with a 1-0 win over Liverpool at the Emirates.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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