Sunday 06 May 2012

Sunday's Barclays Premier League round-up

QPR beat Stoke, Villa hold Tottenham and Bolton are pegged back by West Brom

QPR manager Mark Hughes celebrates their vital victory at home to Stoke on Sunday

Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Stoke City

Djibril Cisse stepped off the bench to earn Queens Park Rangers a crucial victory against Stoke in their battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League.

Cisse tapped in at the back post in the 89th minute after Anton Ferdinand glanced on an Adel Taarabt corner as Mark Hughes' side moved two points clear of the relegation zone in dramatic circumstances.

Stoke striker Cameron Jerome somehow volleyed wide from six yards early on and Peter Crouch hooked off target in the closing stages as the Potters were denied a point their performance deserved.

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Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Aston Villa earned the point they needed to all-but ensure Barclays Premier League football for next season as they held Spurs at Villa Park.

Villa took the lead completely against the run of play in the first half, Ciaran Clark's 30-yard drive taking a deflection off William Gallas and flying into the corner of Brad Friedel's net.

Spurs wasted several chances, with Shay Given saving brilliantly from Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart volleying wide, before Danny Rose was sent off in the second half.

The visitors levelled when Sandro was felled by Richard Dunne in the Villa box and Emmanuel Adebayor rolled in from the penalty spot, and neither side was able to conjure up a winner.

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Bolton Wanderers 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion hit back with two goals in the closing stages to leave Bolton Wanderers in real trouble at the foot of the table.

Bolton went ahead when Mark Davies was brought down in the box and Martin Petrov fired in from the spot, and they doubled their lead after the break when Liam Ridgewell cleared Petrov's cross against Billy Jones, the ball flying in for an own goal.

But West Brom hit back when captain Chris Brunt finished neatly inside the area and then, in the last minute, James Morrison turned in Simon Cox's cross to earn a point for the Baggies.

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Fulham 2-1 Sunderland

Fulham ended their home campaign with a typically assured performance as they saw off the challenge of Sunderland at Craven Cottage.

US midfielder Clint Dempsey curled the Cottagers ahead with a superb 25-yard free-kick, though Sunderland levelled with a rare attack when Phil Bardsley rifled in after Dong-Won Ji's lay-off.

Fulham regained the lead when Moussa Dembele's deflected shot flew in before the break, and though Fraizer Campbell missed a fine chance to level for the Black Cats late on, Fulham secured the three points to move up to eighth.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Everton

Already-relegated Wolves ended their home campaign with a hard-fought point against Everton in the sunshine at Molineux.

In-form striker Nikica Jelavic had a goal ruled out for offside for the Toffees in the first half, and he dragged another effort off target after the break.

Wolves created a couple of decent openings, but Stephen Hunt and Steven Fletcher both missed the target and David Edwards missed with a header, too.

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Key Points

  • Djibril Cisse earns QPR vital victory at home to Stoke
  • Aston Villa earn point at home to Spurs; Bolton pegged back by West Brom
  • Fulham see off Sunderland; Wolves & Everton goalless