Liverpool returned to the top of the Premiership, goals in each half by Patrik Berger and Jamie Redknapp accounting for Coventry at Anfield. Chelsea shared a goalless draw with Arsenal, who had Lee Dixon sent off.
Tottenham, playing their first match since the departure of Christian Gross, came from a goal down to beat Blackburn 2-1. Their next match, on Sunday, will see the return to White Hart Lane of Paul Gascoigne, who last night scored the only goal as Middlesbrough won at Leicester.
Lee Hendrie's penalty gave Aston Villa victory over Ruud Gullit's Newcastle and Dean Sturridge's goal for Derby was enough to beat Sheffield Wednesday.
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