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Revitalized Reds leapfrog Spurs, go fifth

ON THE UP:Goals from Maxi Rodriguez, Dirk Kuyt and Luis Suarez saw Kenny Dalglish’s men overtake Spurs, who lost a controversial match to Chelsea on Saturday

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The defeat leaves Spurs’ hopes of overhauling Manchester City for fourth place — and entry to next season’s Champions League — hanging by a thread.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp bemoaned the two decisions for Chelsea’s goals that went against his team.

“Two wrong decisions have cost us dearly today,” Redknapp said. “The first one wasn’t over the line and the second one was offside.”

Redknapp said the blunder over Lampard’s goal highlighted the need for the authorities to introduce goal-line technology.

“Technology’s got to come in. It takes five seconds to get a fair decision. It’s got to happen. I don’t see why we’re messing around with it,” he said.

Ancelotti admitted Chelsea had benefited from the two decisions.

“To be honest, we were lucky because some of the decisions were good for us, but this is football,” Ancelotti said.

Elsewhere, Blackburn Rovers scored their first victory in three months with a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers that eased the club’s relegation fears.

Rovers’ Swedish international defender Martin Olsson scored the decisive goal at Ewood Park after 20 minutes, lashing in a low shot from 20m to beat the outstretched hand of Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Wigan Athletic were denied a priceless victory against Everton, who came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw at the D.W. Stadium.

Charles N’Zogbia fired Wigan ahead on 21 minutes, curling his shot into the top corner from the right of the penalty area. Everton squandered a chance to equalize toward the end of the half when Mikel Arteta missed a penalty, but they made amends in the second half when Leighton Baines leveled from the spot on 78 minutes.

Blackpool’s hopes of Premier League survival remain on a knife-edge after a gritty 0-0 draw with Stoke City at Bloomfield Road.

The hard-earned point left Ian Holloway’s men hovering just above the relegation zone, ahead of Wigan on goal-difference.

Fulham maintained their recent run of good form at Sunderland, downing the Black Cats 3-0.

The Cottagers went ahead through Gael Kakuta, before Wales international Simon Davies scored twice in the second half.

Ten-man West Bromwich Albion came from behind to take the honors in their Midlands derby against Aston Villa, winning 2-1 at the Hawthorns.

Goals from Peter Odemwingie and Youssouf Mulumbu gave the Baggies the win after Villa had taken the lead through an Abdoulaye Meite own-goal.

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