NEWCASTLE United put the pressure back on nearest rivals Manchester United by beating Everton 1-0 at St James' Park yesterday and increasing their lead at the top of the English Premier League to seven points. The valuable win came despite Newcastle being reduced to 10 men when John Beresford was dismissed for a professional foul on Everton's speedy winger Andrei Kanchelskis. It was one of five red cards in Premier League play on the day. Peter Beardsley inspired the crucial opening in the 17th minute when he supplied the telling pass to striker Les Ferdinand in the area. Ferdinand, coming off another disappointing England outing against Portugal on Tuesday, then steered his shot home for his 21st score of the season. Things turned against the Magpies with the Beresford sending off in the 33rd minute but they held on for the win. Newcastle now have 42 points to the 35 of Manchester United who lie in second place. United have a chance to regain lost ground today but they must do so in the most difficult circumstances - away to Liverpool. Savo Milosevic ended his home goal drought in style with a hat-trick at Villa Park as Aston Villa thrashed 10-man Coventry 4-1. The win helped Villa move up into fourth place on 32 points. Villa opened the scoring thanks to a superb solo effort by Tommy Johnson in the 12th minute. Johnson was at the centre of another key incident in the 38th minute when City's Kevin Richardson was sent off for bringing down the Villa forward. Then Milosevic took over with goals in the 55th, 62nd and 88th minutes. Dion Dublin's diving header had given Coventry false hope at 2-1. Champions Blackburn Rovers, still waiting to find any semblance of consistency this season, enjoyed a well-deserved 1-0 win over the pretenders from Middlesbrough. Rovers' goal came four minutes before half-time when England international Alan Shearer powered home a snap shot. Blackburn's England midfielder Graeme Le Saux was carried off on a stretcher with an injured left ankle after a heavy challenge by Boro's Brazilian Juninho. Middlesbrough ended up with 10 men after Derek Whyte's last-minute dismissal. Most goals of the day came at Hillsborough where Sheffield Wednesday hammered Leeds 6-2. Close-season signing Marc Degryse scored twice in the first half and David Hirst got two in the second for Wednesday who led 3-0 and 5-1. Their other goals were by Guy Whittingham and Mark Bright. Leeds' only consolation was seeing recent signing Tomas Brolin score his first for the club in the 36th minute. Their other goal came from Rod Wallace. Chelsea were denied their first league double over Arsenal in 26 years when a late, late strike from Lee Dixon gave the Gunners, playing with 10 men, a 1-1 draw at Highbury. Chelsea led through John Spencer's 28th-minute goal. It didn't look like being Arsenal's day when Steve Bould was sent of in the 82nd minute. But then Dixon saved the day. Spurs won the other London derby 1-0 away to Wimbledon thanks to Ruel Fox's 84th-minute goal. The win lifted Spurs above Arsenal and Middlesbrough into third place. An 83rd-minute goal against his former club by Iain Dowie gave West Ham a 2-1 comeback win over Southampton at Upton Park. Saints had opened the scoring when Matt Le Tissier's 24th-minute corner was put in his own net by Ian Bishop. That goal was cancelled out by Tony Cottee in the 80th minute. In a battle of two strugglers at Loftus Road, Queens Park Rangers got the better of Bolton, 2-1. Simon Osborn put QPR ahead in the 39th minute with a 20-yard shot only for Scott Sellars to pull Wanderers level five minutes later. Andrew Impey got on the end of a Mark Hateley knockdown to put QPR ahead again. And Bolton's misery was compounded when Gudni Bergsson joined the list of the day's dismissals.