A Frank Lampard brace guides Chelsea to a 2-1 win at Goodison Park
Frank Lampard enjoyed another memorable day for Chelsea as he scored twice in a 2-1 victory at Everton, moving his team up to third in the Premier League table.
The Londoners were 1-0 down at Goodison before Lampard weaved his magic to allow Chelsea to become the first team to win at Everton since Arsenal managed it in March.
No wonder the away fans sung Lampard's name at the end - and afterwards the England midfielder said: "It is always one of the most difficult games of the season.
"We got a tanking here last year and we had to stand up for ourselves. We went 1-0 down but after half an hour we started getting into the game.
"Once we got a foothold we got a goal at a good time. It was always going to be very close and we did ride our luck at times.
"We have to keep believing this season - there is a long way to go. We can only win our games then rely on other things."
Much has been made of Lampard's contract situation at Stamford Bridge but he was quick to rebuff questions about his future, saying: "We haven't been talking about it in the last couple of weeks and I'm just concentrating on playing.
"Playing games gives me enough satisfaction, then what will be will be."
Everton, who went ahead through Steven Pienaar, included England's Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Leon Osman in their side while Chelsea fielded Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole.
Later in the day, England captain Steven Gerrard led out Liverpool at QPR with fellow Englishmen Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson and Raheem Sterling for company - and he also enjoyed a memorable afternoon.
With Gerrard running midfield Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners, with all the goals scored in a stunning 28-minute period in the first half.
Luis Suarez was the star of the show, scoring the first two, while Gerrard set up Daniel Agger for the third. And Liverpool won the match even though manager Brendan Rodgers was unable to be at Loftus Road after falling victim to a winter vomiting bug the previous night.
Gerrard was understandably happy with the outcome, saying: “There was a gap today - you can tell when Brendan is not there. He's been great for the players. I'm sure he's getting looked after at home and he'll be happy with the lads.
"QPR are having a tough time at the moment, and we knew if we started well we could quieten the crowd then play our football.
"We played probably our best football of the season in the first half.
"Luis Suarez has been brilliant since he's come to the club. He's a magician. These players only have to play against him twice a year - we have to train with him every day!"