It was another exciting and eventful weekend in the Premier League with lots of stake for sides at both ends of the table. Both QPR and Reading lost their Premier League status with a dour draw between the two sides whilst the Citizens got back to winning ways, Chelsea put pressure on the two North London clubs and Spurs missed a fantastic chance to leapfrog Arsenal. Read on for our roundup of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.
Man City 2 – 1 West Ham
Two sides with precious little to play for met at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon, and despite having surrendered their title to their Manchester rivals, Man City emerged victorious against the Hammers. Aguero and Yaya Toure grabbed the goals for the boys in blue, with Andy Carroll continuing his impressive run of form with a consolation goal in the final minute. Both sides will have one eye on the summer now.
Everton 1 – 0 Fulham
Everton are still knocking on Europe’s door after a solid performance against the men from Craven Cottage. Steven Pienaar’s solitary strike was the difference between the two sides, and David Moyes’ side will be keen to march on into Europe. The Europa League has become more credible in recent years, and one would think that the Scot would fancy testing himself against some of Europe’s finest next term.
Southampton 0 – 3 West Brom
10-man West Brom defeated 9-man Southampton in a crazy clash at St Marys. Mauricio Pochettino was very upset at the manner of defeat and it’s not hard to see why – Southampton basically rolled over and the Baggies swept to an accomplished win with Fortune, Lukaku and Shane Long netting for the Midlands side.
Stoke 1 – 0 Norwich
Tony Pulis said last week that Stoke needed 3 more points to be safe this season, and thankfully for the Potters those 3 points came in the very next game via the boot of Charlie Adam. Stoke have been through some nervy weeks in recent times, but they now reside in the magical 40+ points bracket and are probably safe for this year. Norwich should be okay too, but will want to have ensured their safety far earlier next season.
Wigan 2 – 2 Tottenham
Emmerson Boyce scored at both ends as the Spurs and the Latics shared the spoils at the DW Stadium. Spurs fans will be disappointed with this result but in reality they were very close to losing with Boyce turning the ball into his own net in the last minute. Spurs superstar Gareth Bale took the lead for his side in the 9th minute but Tottenham were quickly pegged back. Callum Mcmanaman netted a wonderstrike in the 50th minute and it looked like Wigan were going to take all 3 points before a cruel twist of fate resulted in Boyce’s own goal. Wigan will have to be content with the point but will need a positive result very soon if they’re to survive; whilst Tottenham need to win the rest of their games to have a chance of Champions League qualification.
Newcastle 0 – 6 Liverpool
Liverpool showed that they can live without Luis Suarez after decimating the Magpies at St James Park. Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge scored two apiece whilst Agger and Borini also weighed in with goals of their own. This result leaves Newcastle perilously close to the drop zone, and if Villa win on Monday then the men in black and white could be in a spot of bother.
Reading 0 – 0 QPR
The saying goes that it’s better to burn out than to fade away and sadly this saying was clearly not heeded by either the Royals or the Rangers as they limped to a goalless draw at the Madjeski. Sadly Harry Redknapp has not been able to work his magic at Loftus Road whilst Nigel Adkins probably arrived too late to do anything positive for Reading. Both sides will now need to focus on what will be a very tough season in the Championship.
Chelsea 2 – 0 Swansea
Chelsea kept up the pressure on Tottenham and Arsenal with a good home win against Swansea on Sunday afternoon. Frank Lampard added a second from the spot after Oscar had opened the scoring, and in truth Chelsea were rarely threatened by the South Walian outfit. Lampard’s penalty brought him within 1 goal of equalling the club record and will be hoping he can add a few more before the end of the season with his Chelsea future still very much uncertain.
Arsenal 1 – 1 Man Utd
Robin van Persie was booed on his return to the Emirates, but he managed to silence his detractors with a 45th minute penalty to salvage a point for the Red Devils after Theo Walcott had opened the scoring early on. Of course, United have precious little to play for with the league already sewn up, but will have been relatively pleased with the point. The draw leaves Arsenal in 4th, 2 points above Spurs who have a game in hand. Whilst the relegation battle and title race are all but done and dusted, there’s a lot of mileage in the Champions League race yet.