There were goals in every single Premier League game this weekend and it was fantastic to see some truly gripping contests. As we approach the business end of the season everything just gets a little bit more exciting. The title race may be over, but there’s still so much to play for:
Swansea 1 – 0 Newcastle
Michel Vorm was the man of the moment as his fine second half display kept Newcastle at bay and ensured the 3 points for his side. It was a tough, battling display, perhaps not quite what the neutral had in mind, but this Laudrup-led Swansea side have shown this season that they can grind out a result when necessary. Newcastle are not safe, and as they’re currently only 6 points away from the relegation zone, they’ll be anxiously looking over their shoulder.
Sunderland 2 – 2 Fulham
Martin Jol was left bemoaning Mark Halsey’s decision to award Sunderland the penalty that brought them back into the game at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland came back from two down, and Jol was adamant that the penalty decision had been the turning point. Sunderland are in the same boat as Newcastle and need some decent results soon.
Stoke 0 – 1 West Ham
West Ham will be breathing a sigh of relief after a Jack Collison strike took them 9 points clear of the relegation zone. It was a rare home loss for Stoke at the Britannia and with Stoke and West Ham now level on points it will be interesting to see which side goes on to greater things this season.
Southampton 1 – 2 QPR
Harry Redknapp’s QPR completed a much-needed victory over a lively Southampton side. It remains to be seen whether Rangers can lift themselves out of the mire, but this win against the Saints will be a big lift for them. Harry appears to be working his motivational magic and if anyone is likely to save this expensively assembled QPR team from the drop, it’s probably Harry.
Man Utd 4 – 0 Norwich
Quite simply, it was a Champions masterclass at Old Trafford on Saturday. A hat-trick from Kagawa and an absolute peach of a goal from Rooney ensured that the probable Champions stayed on course for a historic 20th League title and showed that they can win without goals from Van Persie.
Everton 3 – 1 Reading
Everton staked their claim for European football next season with a good win over a struggling Reading side. Everton, now in 6th, will no doubt be looking at a faltering Arsenal side just one place ahead of them and licking their lips. Reading are in serious trouble and unless they are able to start grinding out results, their most recent sojourn in the Premier League is likely to be over.
Chelsea 1 – 0 West Brom
Demba Ba’s 28th minute strike was the difference between the Blues and the Baggies at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Chelsea are still not right, and with ‘Jose Mourinho’ the name on many of the fans lips, we can surely expect a massive upheaval once again in the summer. West Brom are now lying in 9th and realistically don’t have much more to play for this season.
Tottenham 2 – 1 Arsenal
The North London derby didn’t disappoint as Tottenham hung on to defeat their arch rivals at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon. Arsenal’s high line of defence was the architect of their downfall and Bale and Lennon took full advantage. Arsenal are now 5 points shy of the Champions League spots and failure to qualify could well usher Arsene out of the door.
Aston Villa 0 – 1 Man City
Aston Villa are still in deep trouble following a home loss to City on Monday night. City’s title hopes appear to be over, but they did enough to topple Villa whose fans must now be seriously worried about the prospect of Championship football next season.