Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Chelsea Gains as Rivals Stumble

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Chelsea Gains as Rivals Stumble

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PREMIER League leader Chelsea was the winner yesterday despite its match being postponed, as main title rivals Manchester United and Arsenal slumped to draws.

Chelsea, whose match was one of seven to be postponed because of the bad weather in England, holds a one-point advantage over United with a game in hand after the defending champion was held 1-1 away at in-form Birmingham City.

Arsenal has played the same number of games as Chelsea, 20, but is three points adrift after coming away with a fortunate 2-2 home draw over Everton, with Tomas Rosicky equalising in the final minute.

Birmingham, managed by Alex McLeish, who played under United boss Sir Alex Ferguson when his fellow Scot was in charge of Aberdeen, went ahead in the 39th minute when Cameron Jerome forced the ball home after the visitors failed to clear a corner.

But in the 63rd minute United equalised when Scott Dann unluckily put the ball into his own net.

United finished the match down to 10 men after Scotland international midfielder Darren Fletcher was sent off for two yellow card offences. …

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