LONDON - Manchester City seized the chance to put Premier League leaders Manchester United under pressure with David Silva's double in a 2-0 win over Fulham yesterday while Liverpool enjoyed a 5-0 romp against Norwich City.
United face a tricky trip to fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur today with their advantage at the top whittled down to four points after Spain midfielder Silva struck in the second and 69th minutes for hosts and champions City.
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, long seen as a major flop, scored a rare goal in his seventh-placed side's home thrashing of Norwich when his thunderous shot on the turn from the edge of the area flew into the corner of the net after 26 minutes.
The goal was only his fourth since signing from Sunderland in 2011 for 16 million pounds but it was worth the wait for the fans, who also saw an outrageous dummy from new striker Daniel Sturridge set up Luis Suarez for the second.
There was also a landmark early strike for Queens Park Rangers debutant Loic Remy, who coolly netted in a 1-1 draw at London rivals West Ham United which left Harry Redknapp's side four points adrift at the bottom.
Former Chelsea and Liverpool winger Joe Cole grabbed the 68th-minute equalizer on the rebound for his first goal since rejoining the mid-table Hammers after 10 years away.
Reading boosted their hopes of survival with a second comeback in a week as substitute Adam Le Fondre's brace in a 2-1 win left relegation-threatened Newcastle United again reeling after Yohan Cabaye's free kick gave the hosts the lead.
Newcastle finished fifth last term but are two points above third-bottom Reading and a point ahead of fourth-bottom Aston Villa, who looked on course for only a fifth league win until derby rivals West Bromwich Albion fought back to draw 2-2.
Visitors Villa, like Newcastle another big club facing the abyss, had gone ahead through forwards Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor but Chris Brunt and Peter Odemwingie, with a superb hooked finish after 83 minutes, earned them a point.
Wigan Athletic fell into the bottom three following a 3-2 home defeat by resurgent Sunderland.
In mid-table, Swansea City shone again as Jonathan de Guzman scored twice in a 3-1 home win over Stoke City, who have conceded 10 in three matches in the league this month but at least saw a first club goal for substitute Michael Owen late on.
The former England striker became the eighth man to amass 150 Premier League goals.
Third-placed Chelsea host fellow Londoners Arsenal today knowing the gap to City in second is now nine points following the Manchester side's simple victory over faltering Fulham.