Nigeria star Victor Moses racked up his 10th straight English Premier League win with Chelsea as they defeated hosts Sunderland 0:1 on Wednesday night to go six points clear at the top of the table.
The wing-back, considered one of the forces behind the new form of the London giants, played 93 minutes before he was replaced as Italian manager Antonio Conte looked to eat up time late on.
Once again Nigeria skipper Mikel Obi was blanked out of the team. He has failed to make a matchday squad all season.
Elsewhere, Odion Ighalo made his first start for Watford in a 2:0 loss at Manchester City. The 27-year-old striker played the full game. He was joined in the 60th minute by compatriot Isaac Success, who was playing his first game since he was injured two months ago.
A chance for Success to go against former Nigeria U-17 and U-20 teammate Kelechi Iheanacho in a game did not materialise as the later watched the game from the City bench.
In games played on Tuesday, striker Ahmed Musa was a 74th minute substitute for Leicester City as they lost 1:0 at Bournemouth, while attacking midfielder Alex Iwobi played from the 71st minute for Arsenal in a 2:1 loss at Everton.