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Sunday 13 May 2012

Barclays Premier League round-up

Wins for Chelsea, Norwich, Swansea, and Wigan on the final day

Chelsea warmed up for the UEFA Champions League final with a win

Chelsea 2-1 Blackburn

Two-first half goals ensured Chelsea finished the season with a home victory over relegated Blackburn at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, who play Bayern Munich in the Champions League final next week, took the lead with a John Terry header in the 20th minute before Raul Meireles added a second 14 minutes later.

Blackburn striker Yakubu reduced the deficit in the 60th minute with a header.

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Norwich City 2-0 Aston Villa

Norwich completed a straightforward victory over Aston Villa to cap off an impressive return to the Barclays Premier League as they finished 12th in the table.

The Canaries took the lead through Grant Holt, who scored his 15th League goal of the season, from a free-kick before Carlos Cuellar's mistake allowed Simeon Jackson to double the lead.

Villa goalkeeper Shay Given produced a string of fine saves to deny the hosts from stretching their lead further.

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Swansea City 1-0 Liverpool

Danny Graham scored the 100th goal of his career as Swansea finished their debut Barclays Premier League season on a high following a win over Liverpool as they secured 11th place in the table.

The striker struck four minutes from full-time after turning in Angel Rangel's right-wing cross.

Liverpool improved after the interval and Andy Carroll saw an overhead kick saved by Swans keeper Michel Vorm.

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Wigan Athletic 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wigan secured their seventh victory in nine matches following an entertaining encounter against relegated Wolves.

Matt Jarvis put the visitors in front in the ninth minute but the hosts hit back with two goals in three minutes through Franco di Santo and Emmerson Boyce.

Boyce collected his second 11 minutes from full-time before Wolves striker Steven Fletcher's 86th-minute goal set up a tense finish.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea end season with win over relegated Blackburn Rovers
  • Swansea beat Liverpool and Norwich end with win over Aston Villa
  • Wigan Athletic come out on top in entertaining match against Wolves