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Chelsea march on, Spurs only manage a draw

Chelsea opened up a five-point gap at the top of the English Premier League in London on Saturday, goals from Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou goal wrapping up a 2-0 victory over Wolves. Results

sports Updated: Oct 24, 2010 01:28 IST

Chelsea opened up a five-point gap at the top of the English Premier League in London on Saturday, goals from Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou goal wrapping up a 2-0 victory over Wolves.

With Manchester City facing Arsenal on Sunday and Manchester United traveling to Stoke, the champions seized the chance to put pressure on the chasing pack by taking maximum points at Stamford Bridge.

Malouda's goal came on 23 minutes, the French international providing the finish after neat interplay between Yuri Zhirkov and Nicolas Anelka.

Salomon Kalou bagged Chelsea's second after a scintillating sequence of one-touch play opened up the Wolves defence on 81 minutes.

In other matches Saturday, a dreadful blunder by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard gave Tottenham a share of the points in a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane which was enough to see Spurs move up to third in the table.

Everton had taken a 1-0 lead with an exquisitely flighted free-kick from Leighton Baines on 17 minutes.

But Spurs levelled within three minutes when Howard fluffed a punched clearance, allowing Peter Crouch to guide the ball across the face of goal for striker Rafael Van der Vaart, who hammered home the equaliser.

Yet despite enjoying plenty of possession for the remainder of the game, Spurs were unable to penetrate a well-organised Everton line-up.

"They're a good side. You don't get an easy game with Everton, you never do," Spurs boss Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports.