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PREMIER LEAGUE SATURDAY WRAP: Newcastle end Chelsea run, Stoke do job on Arsenal as Man City close gap at top

Chelsea's unbeaten run in the Premier League has been stalled by a fighting Newcastle United at St James' Park today and Manchester City took full advantage. The Blues had not lost in 14 league matches prior to their trip to the north east but they came away empty-handed as Papiss Cisse landed a killer brace to give the Magpies their third-straight home win over the west London club.

Cisse struck in the 57th and 78th minutes before Steven Taylor was sent off three minutes later, prior to Didier Drogba pulling one back seven minutes from time, but the damage had already been done.

The win was Newcastle's sixth in their past eight league outings which has them sitting seventh on the table while Chelsea remain top of the standings.

Stoke City caused an upset by beating Arsenal 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium in an enthralling contest of two halves.

The Potters started with a blaze when Peter Crouch fired home in the first minute before Bojan Krkic side-footed neatly past Emiliano Martinez in the 35th minute. Jon Walters completed the first-half rout when smashing home from close range to put the Gunners in a tricky situation.

Arsene Wenger's under-pressure side pulled one back when Santi Cazorla converted from the penalty spot in the 68th minute before Aaron Ramsey volleyed home two minutes later but Calum Chambers' sending off 12 minutes from time denied the north Londoners a miracle comeback.

QPR grabbed their fourth win of the season by beating Burnley 2-0 at home thanks to second-half goals from Leroy Fer and Charlie Austin who was later sent off for a second bookable offence.

Sunderland held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield, Hull City and West Bromwich Albion played out a goalless stalemate at the KC Stadium, Crystal Palace forced a 0-0 draw at Tottenham and Manchester City despite a worrying early injury to Sergio Aguero secured a narrow 1-0 success over Everton courtesy of a Yaya Toure first half penalty which leaves City just three points behind leaders Chelsea.

2014/15 Barclays Premier League - season scores

Newcastle United: 2 (Papiss Cisse 57'/78', red card: Steven Taylor 83') Chelsea: 1 (Didier Drogba 83') St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne - 52,019

Stoke City: 3 (Peter Crouch 1', Bojan Krkic 35', Jonathan Walters 45') Arsenal: 2 (Santi Cazorla (p) 68', Aaron Ramsey 70', red card: Calum Chambers 78') Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent - 27,367

QPR: 2 (Leroy Fer 51', Charlie Austin 74', red card: Austin 76') Burnley: 0 Loftus Road, London - 17,785

Hull City: 0 West Bromwich Albion: 0 KC Stadium, Hull - 23,279

Liverpool: 0 Sunderland: 0 Anfield, Liverpool - 44,716

Tottenham: 0 Crystal Palace: 0 White Hart Lane, London - 35,860

Manchester City: 1 (Yaya Toure (p) 24) Everton: 0 Etihad Stadium, Manchester - 45,603

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