Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink struck a
late hat-trick as Premiership title outsiders Chelsea
moved to within six points of Arsenal by beating struggling Wolves on Saturday.The
substitute netted three times in the final 13 minutes as the Blues came from behind to win 5-2 at Stamford Bridge.
Mario Melchiot had given the Blues an ideal start with the opening goal after four minutes but Henri Camara levelled against the run of play and Jody
Craddock headed Wolves in front.It needed a superb strike from Frank Lampard 20 minutes to get Chelsea back level before Hasselbaink came off the
bench to settle the game and take his Premiership goal tally past 100.Wolves defeat left them a point behind Leeds
, who were thrashed 4-1 by
European hopefuls Birmingham
The Blues needed to come from behind after an early
Mark Viduka strike but two goals apiece from Bryan Hughes and Mikael Forssell turned the heat on the likes of Liverpool and Newcastle.Leeds, buoyed by
victory over Manchester City on Monday, started brightly with Viduka opening the scoring after three minutes but the Australian missed an open goal to
make it 2-0 soon after.
City made them pay for that miss as Hughes levelled after 12 minutes and then gave his side the lead midway through the second half.Mikael Forssell
broke clear for a third moments later and then wrapped up the scoring from the penalty spot eight minutes from time.Birmingham's win took them above
, who were beaten by another side in European contention, Aston Villa
, at The Valley.
Carlton Cole had opened the scoring for the Addicks when he headed home a Paolo Di Canio corner after eight minutes and it could have
been two moments later when Matt Holland hit a post.But Villa levelled when Gareth Barry's shot rebounded off Juan Pablo Angel and was turned in by
Darius Vassell and they snatched the game through Jlloyd Samuel (54).Charlton could have snatched a point late on but Claus Jensen fired a penalty
over the bar.
claimed a crucial three points with a 2-1 win over Blackburn at Ewood Park.Tugay had drawn Rovers level after a brilliant curling Teddy Sheringham
free-kick had given Pompey the lead after 17 minutes but Aiyegbeni Yakubu netted a winner eight minutes from time.
Rory Delap struck a stunning winner as
1-0 at St Mary's Stadium.James Beattie and Fabrice Fernandes both missed good chances but the game looked
destined for a 0-0 draw until Delap finally broke the deadlock with a spectacular overhead kick after 64 minutes.
had to settle for a goalless draw with Fulham
at Eastlands.Both sides had good penalty appeals turned down but neither
could make the breakthrough.
Joseph-Desire Job denied Tomasz Radzinski what looked like a late winner as Middlesbrough
snatched a 1-1 draw against Everton
opened the scoring after 78 minutes at Goodison Park but Job had the final say for Boro five minutes later.
[Edited on 27/3/04 by TRD]