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Chelsea go four clear

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM


Chelsea went four points ahead of Manchester United atop the English Premier League, with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over a resilient Bolton yesterday.

It took Nicolas Anelka's 43rd-minute header against his former club to clinch a fourth straight league victory for Chelsea that keeps the FA Cup finalist on course for a double.

Chelsea can afford to lose one of their four remaining matches, which includes hosting Tottenham on Saturday and a trip to Liverpool, and still win their first championship crown since 2006.

Arsenal are six adrift in third place going into today's north London derby against Tottenham.

Bolton are just five points above the relegation zone and manager Owen Coyle felt his side should have been awarded penalties in each half at Stamford Bridge.

"We were in that game every second of the match," Coyle said. "We are fighting for our lives as well as to secure our Premier League place. There are an awful amount of positives to take from the match - the energy and zest of the team."

Bolton appealed for a penalty when Terry appeared to handle Lee's cross, but the referee's assistant indicated that it hit the centre back's upper chest.

"You go through a season and you're going to get penalties and not going to get them - they could have had one," Terry said. "It definitely felt like it hit the top of my chest."