Wednesday 06 March 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Queens Park Rangers dented Norwich City's title hopes with a Les Ferdinand-inspired victory at Loftus Road.
The hosts went into the match having lost their two previous Barclays Premier League contests, against Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur, and were in seventh place, nine points behind the third-placed Canaries.
Norwich, meanwhile, were hot on the heels of Manchester United and before the Loftus Road contest were only six points behind the leaders with a game in hand.
But their hopes of closing the gap were snuffed out when Ferdinand scored twice in 15 first-half minutes. Norwich forward Mark Robins pulled a goal back just before the break but QPR defender Clive Wilson ended any hopes of a comeback with a third for the hosts with 11 minutes to go.
The three points moved Gerry Francis's team up to fourth in the table but they could not build on the victory as they failed to claim another win in their next five matches. However, they won four of their last six to secure a fifth-place finish.
Norwich, meanwhile, won their next three matches to put them top of the table by a point with eight matches to go. But costly defeats against Wimbledon, Manchester United, Spurs and Ipswich Town derailed their title challenge and Mike Walker's men ended the season in third, two points behind Aston Villa and 12 off inaugural Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United.