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Benitez jeered as Chelsea hold Man City

Last updated on: November 26, 2012 09:14 IST

Benitez jeered as Chelsea hold Man City

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Interim manager Rafael Benitez was given a hostile welcome by Chelsea fans angry at Roberto Di Matteo's sacking when the Spaniard, serenaded with jeers, began his Stamford Bridge reign with a 0-0 draw against Manchester City on Sunday.

Chelsea axed the popular Di Matteo on Wednesday - hours after their Champions League defeat by Juventus which continued their poor run of results, and appointed the former Liverpool man for the rest of the season.

Benitez's arrival in the dugout shortly before kickoff was greeted by boos with home fans continuing to chant Di Matteo's name throughout the first half.


Image: Chelsea's Fernando Torres (C) is tackled by Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta (L) and Vincent Kompany during their English Premier League soccer match
Photographs: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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Chelsea's winless streak continues

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Chelsea, now without a Premier League win in five games, improved after a sluggish opening period but created few openings to test City keeper Joe Hart.

City, knocked off top spot by Manchester United's 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, closed to within one point in second while Chelsea are fourth, five points behind the leaders.


Image: Chelsea fans hold up signs during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City
Photographs: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

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Spurs cruise past West Ham

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Jermain Defoe's double, including a superb first-half strike, and Gareth Bale's goal just before the hour jolted Tottenham Hotspur out of the doldrums with a 3-1 London derby victory over West Ham United at White Hart Lane.

Southampton moved out of the bottom three with a 2-0 home victory over Newcastle United, ensuring an unhappy return to the south coast club for former Saints manager Alan Pardew, whose Newcastle side are struggling to match last season's exploits which carried them to a fifth-place finish.


Image: Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe (L) celebrates with team mates Kyle Walker (C) and Aaron Lennon after scoring a goal
Photographs: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

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No joy for Rodgers as Swansea hold Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was unable to get one over his former side Swansea City on his return to Wales on Sunday as the Anfield side continued their mediocre Premier League start with a 0-0 draw at the Liberty Stadium.

Liverpool, anchored in mid-table with just three league wins from 13 games, created the better openings in a lively encounter.

Teenage winger Raheem Sterling rattled the crossbar with a rasping volley on 33 minutes and 60 seconds later the visitors had a goal disallowed when Luis Enrique, who slid in to turn home Luis Suarez's cross, was denied by the offside flag.

Swansea, who appointed Dane Michael Laudrup to succeed Rodgers after he left in June, moved up to eighth on 17 points.

Image: Swansea City's Leon Britton challenges Liverpool's Raheem Sterling (top) during their English Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, on Sunday
Photographs: Rebecca Naden / Reuters

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