Fab Four prizes still up for grabs as Chelsea extend their lead

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Some may call him arrogant but no one has yet found a way to stop Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side from marching on towards his supposedly impossible dream ­ the Fabulous Four. Impossible? No such word in the Portuguese coach's lexicon but the word "rich" will belong there if Chelsea do lift all the four trophies they are chasing and Mourinho collected his reported £4.2 million bonus.

Some may call him arrogant but no one has yet found a way to stop Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side from marching on towards his supposedly impossible dream ­ the Fabulous Four. Impossible? No such word in the Portuguese coach's lexicon but the word "rich" will belong there if Chelsea do lift all the four trophies they are chasing and Mourinho collected his reported £4.2 million bonus.

The championship looks wrapped up with Chelsea 12 points clear at the top this morning, the Carling Cup final awaits and the London club's FA Cup challenge rolls on. Hope of Mourinho's march being stopped in its tracks seems to rest with Barcelona, Chelsea's next Champions' League opponents.

Once again yesterday one goal was enough to keep Mourinho's Blue Velvet revolution rolling on as smooth as you like as Everton and their coach David Moyes failed to land a blow. James Beattie managed to land two but his head-butts of William Gallas caused Everton more pain than Chelsea at Goodison Park as his red card left his team-mates with the improbable task of lasting for 82 untouched by the untouchables. They delayed the inevitable for more than an hour before Eidur Gudjohnsen decided the 1-0 result. It was Chelsea's 10th Premiership clean sheet.

The frustration at failing to find a weakness in the Mourinho machine no doubt added force to Moyes's furious tirade after the match about the refereeing "error" that he thought decided the match. He could not begin to understand how Mike Riley could possibly have penalised Beattie for head-butting Gallas ­ twice ­ from behind as the pair chased for the ball at Goodison Park.

Accusing the French defender of "going down too easily", Moyes said: "I have never heard of anybody butting somebody from behind while you are running after them. That was not a sending-off for me. When I was a centre-half I'd have been ashamed to go down that easily. I have seen the video. He was baulked off the first time and if I tried to continue a run and butt someone afterwards in the back of the head... surely it is not possible. What has happened to big, strong centre-halves? I thought it was a push initially and I still don't think it was a sending-off."

The Scot thought it was simply that Beattie was "running with his head low and ran into the back of him". Whatever Moyes's view of that incident ­ probably a minority opinion among video replay watchers ­ there could be no argument over the Gudjohnsen decider, even if it was his free-falling French friend, Gallas, who set up the side-foot finish with a shot that bounced back off the crossbar. Manchester United continue their pursuit of the leaders today, Arsenal tomorrow.

It was a good day for north and west London with Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur and Brentford winning their FA Cup replays to reach the fifth round. Fulham needed extra time to beat Derby County 4-2, Spurs defeated West Bromwich Albion 3-1 with the aid of two Jermain Defoe goals, and Brentford edged 10-man Hartlepool United 1-0 in the North-east.

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