Saturday 28 April 2012

Saturday's Barclays Premier League round-up

Brilliant Wigan destroy Newcastle, Swans and Wolves draw in classic, Toffees thrash Fulham

Wigan Athletic produced an extraordinary display to hammer Newcastle United

Wigan Athletic 4-0 Newcastle United

A fantastic first-half display secured Wigan a thumping win over Newcastle United, boosting their prospects of Barclays Premier League survival.

The Latics' biggest League win of the season helped them move three points clear of the drop zone - and hit the Magpies' hopes of Champions League qualification.

Victor Moses opened the scoring with a header bofore adding another in quick succession with a smart finish.

Shaun Maloney finished from Franco di Santo's pass before the Argentine produced a glorious looping finish to beat Tim Krul and make it 4-0 before the break.

Newcastle pressed after the interval but could not break down Wigan, leading to jubilant scenes on the final whistle.

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Swansea City 4-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Relegated Wolves salvaged some pride as they produced a stunning fightback to earn a draw at Swansea.

The home side raced into the lead through Andrea Orlandi's header on 22 seconds, with Joe Allen's deflected shot and Nathan Dyer's header putting them 3-0 up after just 15 minutes.

Steven Fletcher's header seemed a mere consolation, especially when Danny Graham made it 4-1 to Swansea shortly afterwards.

But Matt Jarvis's low shot made it 4-2 at half-time - and after the break David Edwards netted before Jarvis's second completed an unlikely fightback.

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Sunderland 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Kevin Davies hit both goals as battling Bolton earned a vital draw to claim a precious point in their fight against relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Davies neatly volleyed home from Martin Petrov's cross to put the visitors ahead, but Nicklas Bendtner levelled before half-time.

James McClean scored with a fantastic 25-yard free-kick to put the home side ahead but Davies headed in from Sam Ricketts' cross to earn a draw which leaves Bolton in the drop zone - but only behind 17th-placed Queens Park Rangers on goal difference.

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Everton 4-0 Fulham

Nikica Jelavic scored twice as dominant Everton eased to a crushing win against Fulham.

The Croatian slotted in a penalty after Pavel Pogrebnyak's handball to open the scoring, and Marouane Fellaini headed in soon afterwards as the Toffees took charge.

Jelavic's second came before the break with a low finish from a tight angle, then Tim Cahill finished from Steven Pienaar's through ball to complete the rout.

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Stoke City 1-1 Arsenal

Robin van Persie's 28th Barclays Premier League goals of the season earned Arsenal a point in a hard-fought match against Stoke.

Peter Crouch rose to head in Matthew Ehterington's cross after just nine minutes.

But Van Persie converted Tomas Rosicky's cross six minutes later to ensure matters finished all square.

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West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Aston Villa

A fabulous late save from Shay Given ensured that Aston Villa earned a point against local rivals West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Given blocked a close-range shot from Peter Odemwingie in injury time as the Baggies pressed for a winner.

The visitors had the better of the first half and Gabriel Agbonlahor was twice denied by Baggies keeper Ben Foster.

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Key Points

  • Brilliant Wigan enjoy thumping victory against Newcastle
  • Wolves draw 4-4 with Swansea in memorable encounter
  • Everton hammer Fulham, draws at Stoke, Sunderland, and West Brom