Chelsea striker Demba Ba in agony after taking a boot to the face against Newcastle United. (Photo: Getty Images)
Five things we learned in the Barclay's Premier League this weekend:
Man. Utd. continues to do what they're supposed to do
The biggest difference between Man United and everyone else is that (more often than not) they win the games they're supposed to win. They did it again on Saturday, edging out a determined Fulham side that could have easily snatched the points themselves. But in the end, Rooney came to the rescue and helped United extend their lead over rivals City by 2 more points.
The Blues aren't helping their boss
When Roman Abramovich cut ties with the coach who won Chelsea a Champions League title and replaced him with Rafa Benitez, Blues fans were irate. Benitez' blues haven't done much to help damper the flames of fury coming from the Stamford Bridge stands, dropping points to the likes of Southampton, QPR and now Newcastle. Chelsea is clinging to a 1-point lead over Spurs. Should they drop out of third, expect the chorus of dissent to grow loud enough to rattle the pillars of the Bridge.
Tottenham have no strikers
Spurs fans exploded after their striker-strapped club made no moves for a front man in the January transfer window. And then their worst fears came true on Saturday when their lone striker Jermaine Defoe went down with suspected ligament damage in his ankle. Emanuel Adebayor returns from duty with Togo, but his 2-goal tally on the season doesn't instill much optimism in a Spurs side struggling to find the net frequently enough.
Newcastle knows how to find goal scorers
Unlike Spurs, Newcastle United seem to have no trouble finding players who can finish. Demba Ba, Papis Cisse were the first two gems unearthed by Magpies boss Alan Pardew. And now it seems he's done it again in Moussa Sissoko who banged in a brace, including the winner against Chelsea over the weekend.
QPR doesn't give up goals ...but they don't score any either
QPR continued their ongoing league unbeaten streak with a 0-0 draw against Norwich on Saturday. But it appears Harry Redknapp seems content to draw his side out of relegation one point at a time. At some point 'arry's going to have to show enough confidence in his men to take the leash off and let them attack.