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Terry culpable

If it wasn’t already tight enough, the race for the title and the Champions League spots was blown wide open last night, mostly thanks to Chelsea losing 2-1 at Everton and Arsenal beating Liverpool 1-0 at The Emirates.

Chelsea lost due to two excellently taken goals from Louis Saha after going 1-0 up early in the first half. This meant that their principle title challengers Manchester United went one point behind the Blues in second place with a battling 1-1 draw away at Aston Villa, where they were down to ten men for most of the match.

To cap off a difficult few weeks, John Terry had a poor game and was at fault for both goals, most of all the second, where he completely misjudged the flight of a long ball to let Saha in, but Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins was keen not blame his skipper.

‘You have to give Louis Saha credit, he is a tough opponent,’ he said. ‘John has been absolutely outstanding for us all season and if it was a mistake by John then I'm sure it is the slightest of blips. John won't play this weekend (against Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup). Carlo has given him time off for a break and he'll be back for the Wolves game (a week on Saturday). They had a little chat and decided that would be the best for all concerned.’

Liverpool’s loss means that there is still a four-way scrap for the fourth place spot between them, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Tottenham, who are all within two points of each other, although City have two games in hand on Spurs and Liverpool.

There were also three massive results at the bottom of the table, with West Ham beating Birmingham City 2-0 at Upton Park, Wolverhampton Wanderers winning 1-0 against Tottenham and Blackburn defeating Hull City 1-0 at Ewood Park in a real six-pointer. As a result the Hammers and Wolves are out of the bottom three, while Blackburn have put themselves eight points clear of the drop zone.

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