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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Chelsea beats Bolton to move further ahead at top

LONDON (AP) Chelsea moved four points ahead of Manchester United atop the English Premier League standings with a 1-0 victory over a resilient Bolton on Tuesday.

It took Nicolas Anelka's 43rd-minute header against his former club to clinch a fourth straight league win for Chelsea.

Chelsea can afford to lose one of its four remaining matches, which includes hosting Tottenham on Saturday and a trip to Liverpool, and still win its first championship crown since 2006.

"The Premier League is in our hands and we have to stay focused and calm," Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said.

Bolton is just five points above the relegation zone, and manager Owen Coyle thought his team should have been awarded penalties in each half at Stamford Bridge.

"We were in that game every second of the match," Coyle said. "We are fighting for our lives as well to secure our Premier League place. There are an awful amount of positives to take from the match — the energy and zest of the team."

Last month it seemed Chelsea's season was falling apart — Champions League elimination was followed by a league draw at Blackburn that put Manchester United in control of the title race.

But with Wayne Rooney injured, United has faded while Chelsea has returned to the ascendancy by scoring 17 goals in its last four wins in the league and F.A. Cup before struggling to beat Bolton.

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