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Big boys draw, Toon lose again

Chelsea and Manchester City drew 0-0 in the Premier League, as did Swansea and Liverpool, while Southampton and Tottenham claimed home wins.

Swansea and Liverpool played out a goalless draw in Sunday's first game at the Liberty Stadium, Raheem Sterling going closest to breaking the deadlock for the visitors with a thunderous volley onto the crossbar.

Jose Enrique also had a goal ruled out for offside, while Ashley Williams had a header cleared off the line for Swansea in the second half.

In the day's 3pm kick-off, Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez scored either side of half-time as Southampton beat Newcastle 2-0 at St Mary's to move out of the Premier League drop zone with their second successive win.

Rickie Lambert had already fired a free-kick onto the angle of the post and crossbar before Lallana's 34th-minute opener, the midfielder tapping into an empty net from Ramirez's square ball.

Ramirez scored the second goal himself after Tim Krul spilled Jason Puncheon's low cross, and it could have been even worse for Newcastle with Puncheon and Fonte hitting the woodwork and Jay Rodriguez having a goal ruled out for offside.

Jermain Defoe scored twice in the 4pm kick-off at White Hart Lane as Tottenham beat West Ham 3-1.

The England striker opened the scoring with a superb run and effort from range after Gareth Bale had earlier hit the crossbar before scoring another just after the hour mark from Aaron Lennon's cross.

Bale scored Spurs' second, while Andy Carroll ended his wait for a West Ham with a consolation eight minutes from time.

Much was expected of the day's other game at Stamford Bridge, but the boos that greeted Rafa Benitez's unveiling before kick-off were the afternoon's biggest talking point.

Fernando Torres fired a half chance over the bar in the second half but Chelsea managed just one shot on target, with Sergio Aguero missing the best chance of the game for the visitors when he headed straight at Petr Cech from close range just before half-time.