Liverpool maintained a one-point lead atop the Premier League by defeating Blackburn 3-1 Saturday as second-place Chelsea overcame Bolton with a record 11th consecutive away victory in the top flight.
Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso took until the 69th minute to penetrate a stubborn Blackburn defense and Yossi Benayoun added a second 10 minutes later.
Slack defending enabled Roque Santa Cruz to pull one back for Blackburn in the 87th, but Steven Gerrard scored in stoppage time to confirm Blackburn manager Paul Ince's fifth straight league loss. Chelsea made lighter work of Bolton, with early goals from Nicolas Anelka and Deco sealing a 2-0 win.
Arsenal edged Wigan 1-0 thanks to Emmanuel Adebayor's 16th-minute strike. Sunderland was at Manchester United later Saturday as an 18-1 rank outsider, two days after Roy Keane resigned as manager. Hull moved up to fifth place by rallying to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 with two late goals, Jimmy Bullard gave Fulham a 1-1 draw against Manchester City, and Michael Owen's double for Newcastle helped to re-establish his England credentials, though Stoke retrieved a 2-2 draw.