FOOTBALL NEWS

30/03/2008 14:03, Report by Ben Hibbs

Rivals keep up the challenge

Chelsea moved back up to second five points behind United - but they beat Middlesbrough 1-0 only by the skin of their teeth.

Ricardo Carvalho gave the home side the lead, but in the second half Boro hit the woodwork on numerous occasions. Avram Grant's men managed to withstand the pressure in a desperate last few moments.

It took them above Arsenal, whose title hopes had teetered on the brink of extinction on Saturday. After trailing 2-0 with ten men, they came back to beat Bolton 3-2 to remain six points behind United after the 4-0 win over Aston Villa.

Elsewhere, Derby County were relegated following their 2-2 draw with Fulham.

TeamPGDPts
1Chelsea6+1216
2Southampton6+713
3Manchester City6+511
4Arsenal6+410
5Swansea City6+210
6Aston Villa6-310

Barclays Premier League

Chelsea 1 Middlesbrough 0
United 4 Aston Villa 0
Birmingham 3 Man City 1
Bolton 2 Arsenal 3
Derby 2 Fulham 2
Portsmouth 2 Wigan 0
Reading 0 Blackburn 0
Sunderland 2 West Ham 1

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