Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Hull at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard put the Blues ahead with his eighth goal of the season before Tom Huddlestone was dismissed for a reckless studs-up challenge on Filipe Luis.
Diego Costa scored his first goal in five games to seal the win, which comes a week after Chelsea lost their unbeaten record at Newcastle.
Jose Mourinho’s men remain three points clear of Manchester City, who beat Leicester thanks to Frank Lampard’s 175th Premier League goal.
Manuel Pellegrini spoke this week about his desire to extend Lampard’s loan deal with the champions and he delivered his manager three points at the King Power Stadium after turning home Samir Nasri’s cross from close range.
The goal means Lampard is now the joint-fourth highest scorer in Premier League history alongside Thierry Henry.
Craig Gardner came back to haunt his old club Aston Villa as West Brom came out on top in the West Midlands derby at the Hawthorns.
Burnley hauled themselves out of the bottom three with a vital 1-0 win over Southampton at the Turf Moor.
Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton saved Dusan Tadic’s penalty on the hour and 12 minutes later Ashley Barnes converted Danny Ings’ pass to move the Clarets up to 17th in the table.
At the Stadium of Light West Ham’s Stewart Downing scored his third goal of the season to deny Sunderland a crucial victory.
The Black Cats had gone ahead through a Jordi Gomez penalty, but Downing equalised in the 29th minute to leave the scores level at 1-1.
In the other fixture of the day Peter Crouch cancelled out James McArthur’s opener as Stoke drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Gardner, who spent five seasons at Villa, scored a 72nd minute-winner to ease the pressure on Baggies boss Alan Irvine.