LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City ended the weekend five points top clear of the Premier League table as British football struggled to come to terms with the shock suicide of Wales manager Gary Speed. City grabbed the lead at Anfield after the half hour mark when captain Vincent Kompany glanced in a header from a David Silva corner. But just two minutes later Liverpool were level when Kompany's clearance from the edge of the area found Dirk Kuyt and the Dutchman laid the ball into the path of the advancing Charlie Adam. His shot deflected off City defender Joleon Lescott for an own-goal that left England goalkeeper Joe Hart stranded. City were reduced to 10 men with eight minutes left when striker Mario Balotelli was sent off for a second bookable offence. Both sides had chances in the second half but neither could force a winner and in stoppage time Hart saved Liverpool substitute striker Andy Carroll's goalbound header. But the match was overshadowed by Speed's death at the age of 42. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish withdrew Craig Bellamy, the Wales striker and a close friend of Speed's, from his squad before kick-off. "I felt that 'Bellas' -- who was really close to Gary -- would not be in the frame of mind to play," said Dalglish. Dalglish, reflecting on Speed, added: "He was a smashing lad and was really well respected. "It's at times like this that the football becomes a wee bit irrelevant." Both at Anfield and at the Liberty Stadium in Wales, where Swansea drew 0-0 with Aston Villa, a minute's silence in memory of Speed was observed before kick-off. City would have gone seven points clear had they won, after local rivals and nearest challengers Manchester United, the reigning champions, were held to a controversial 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Saturday. Demba Ba's penalty gave 10-man Newcastle a point after Javier Hernandez had opened the scoring early in the second half at Old Trafford. A dubious decision by referee Mike Jones saw Newcastle draw level in the 64th minute. Rio Ferdinand appeared to win the ball when he tackled Hatem Ben Arfa in the penalty area and Jones initially gave a corner. However, Jones' assistant signalled for a penalty and Senegal striker Ba scored from the spot. Newcastle survived the final 12 minutes down to 10 men after winger Jonas Gutierrez was sent off for a second booking after fouling Nani. "It was an absolute travesty," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson of the penalty award. At Stamford Bridge, fifth-placed Chelsea finally got back on track with a comfortable 3-0 win against Wolves thanks to goals from John Terry, Daniel Sturddige and Spain's Juan Mata. After three defeats in their last four league matches and a painful Champions League loss at Bayer Leverkusen in mid-week, it was just the tonic under-fire boss Andre Villas-Boas needed. "It was a really important result," Villas-Boas said. Third-placed Tottenham maintained their title challenge after Jermain Defoe's late goal clinched a 3-1 win at West Bromwich Albion. Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen went from zero to hero as his late goal rescued a 1-1 draw against Fulham at the Emirates Stadium. The Belgian international turned Danny Murphy's chipped pass into his own net in the 65th minute, but he scored at the right end in the 82nd minute, heading in Theo Walcott's cross.