Saturday 27 April 2013
Tottenham Hotspur’s UEFA Champions League prospects suffered a major setback as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
The damage might have been worse for Tottenham, however, as Roberto Martinez’s side were just two minutes away from achieving the Barclays Premier League double over the Londoners and moving out of the relegation zone after Emerson Boyce and Callum McManaman had cancelled out Gareth Bale’s ninth-minute opener and given the hosts a 2-1 lead.
In the last minute, however, Boyce sent the ball past his own goalkeeper to keep Wigan two points from safety and spare Andre Villas-Boas’s charges a defeat that would have further compromised their European dreams. As it is the visitors missed out on the chance to leapfrog third-placed Arsenal and fourth-placed Chelsea, who both play on Sunday.
Spurs remain fifth, level on points with the Blues, who face Swansea City and have played one match fewer, and a point behind Arsenal, who have played the same number of matches and host Manchester United in the 4pm kick-off.
Everton are four points further back after Steven Pienaar’s first-half goal earned the Toffees a 1-0 win over Fulham, while at the other end of the table a second-half winner by Charlie Adam did Stoke City’s survival prospects the power of good. Their 1-0 defeat of Norwich City lifts them up to 40 points, with the Canaries still on 38 points, six above the drop zone.
Southampton are not safe either as their 3-0 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion kept them on 39 points. Marc-Antoine Fortune, Romelu Lukaku and Shane Long inflicted the damage for the eighth-placed visitors in a match which produced three red cards. Fortune, for the visitors, and Gaston Ramirez and Daniel Fox for Saints all received their marching orders.
The standout scoreline of the day was Liverpool's 6-0 victory at St James' Park that deepened Newcastle United's relegation concerns. Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge each scored twice with Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini also on target against a Magpies outfit reduced tio 10 men when Mathieu Debuchy was dismissed. Newcastle lie just five points above the relegation zone with three matches remaining.
Earlier in the day second-placed Manchester City beat West Ham United 2-1 thanks to strikes in either half by Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure. The match was marked by a minute's applause for the late former Man City and West Ham player Marc-Vivien Foe who died 10 years ago at the age of 28. The visitors scored with an added-time Andy Carroll goal.
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