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Saturday 21 April 2012

Saturday's Barclays Premier League round-up

Yohan Cabaye scores twice in Newcastle win, while Blackburn beat Norwich

Yohan Cabaye heads home for Newcastle United to put in front against Stoke City

Newcastle United 3-0 Stoke City

Newcastle United won their sixth successive fixture to boost their chances of finishing in the top four in the Barclays Premier League as they swept aside Stoke City.

Newcastle got off to a dream start, going 2-0 up with 14 minutes on the clock as Yohan Cabaye bundled in after Papiss Cisse's header hit the bar. The Senegal international then doubled the lead after converting Cabaye's stunning through ball.

Cisse had a goal disallowed for offside, but the outstanding Cabaye scored the third with a sumptuous curler from 22 yards as Alan Pardew's team carried on their wonderful run.

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Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill returned to his former club Aston Villa as the teams played out a goalless draw at Villa Park.

The first half was a tight, tense affair, but Sunderland improved after the break and, after Nicklas Bendtner had a shot cleared off the line, the Danish striker had a goal ruled out for offside.

Villa struggled to create many good chances and James McClean had a header saved by Shay Given before the Black Cats had Craig Gardner sent off late on.

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Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Norwich City

Blackburn gave their survival hopes a massive boost at the bottom of the League by scoring in both halves to beat Norwich at Ewood Park.

Norwich shaded the first half but Rovers created the clearer chances and, after Yakubu's overhead kick hit a post, they took the lead when Mauro Formica kept his cool inside the area to fire into the net.

David Hoilett doubled the lead in the second half with a screaming finish into the far corner from 25 yards, and though Norwich created a few opportunities, they could not get back into the match.

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Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Swansea City

Bolton were frustrated in their bid to climb out of the Barclays Premier League's relegation zone as they were held by Swansea at the Reebok Stadium.

Swansea took an early lead when Scott Sinclair cut in from the left and curled a stunning shot into the top corner, but Bolton soon levelled when Chris Eagles side-footed in Martin Petrov's left-wing cross.

The Swans looked the better side in the second half and Danny Graham hit the bar, though Bolton could have won it late on when Eagles drilled narrowly wide from 18 yards.

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Fulham 2-1 Wigan Athletic

Wigan's fine recent run was brought to an abrupt half at Craven Cottage as Fulham fought back from a goal behind to earn three points.

The first half was a tight affair, with Damien Duff curling off target for the hosts and Jordi Gomez forcing a decent low save from Mark Schwarzer as Wigan pressed forward.

Wigan went ahead when Emmerson Boyce fired in from 20 yards but Fulham equalised almost immediately, Pavel Pogrebnyak smashing past Ali Al Habsi, before Philippe Senderos nodded in an 89th-minute winner.

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Key Points

  • Yohan Cabaye scores twice as Newcastle beat Stoke
  • Blackburn beat Norwich; Fulham see off Wigan
  • Bolton held by Swansea; Villa & Sunderland goalless