City tightens grip on Premier League lead

STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Manchester City tightened its grip on top spot in the Premier League on Saturday by registering a 13th straight home victory, easing past Blackburn 3-0 on a day Chelsea ended its lean streak to ease the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas.

City barely broke into a sweat at fortress Etihad Stadium as it moved provisionally five points clear of Manchester United, with strikers Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko scoring.

England midfielder Frank Lampard scored one goal and set up another to inspire Chelsea to a 3-0 win over Bolton, ending the team's miserable run of five straight winless games.

Chelsea climbed provisionally into fourth place above Arsenal, which plays third-place Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday.