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Saturday 04 May 2013

Saturday review: Bale strikes again for Spurs

Welshman hits late winner while Aston Villa and Wigan claim vital away victories

  • Shane Long gave West Brom the lead at home to Wigan

  • Arouna Kone rose highest to equalise for Wigan at The Hawthorns

  • James McArthur's header meant Wigan equalised for a second time

  • Callum McManaman stooped to head the winning goal for Wigan

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor shot to put Aston Villa head against Norwich City

  • Grant Holt equalised for Norwich from the penalty spot

  • Agbonlahor got his second to secure the win for Villa

  • Hal Robson-Kanu opened the scoring for Reading against Fulham from the penalty spot

  • West Ham and Newcastle fought out a goalless draw at Upton Park

  • Samir Nasri missed a chance for Manchester City as they were held 0-0 by Swansea

Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic both claimed away victories in their fight to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Villa moved to 40 points thanks to a brace from Gabriel Agbonlahor as they beat Norwich City 2-1. After a goalless first half Agbonlahor put Villa ahead on 55 minutes but Grant Holt equalised for Norwich from the penalty spot. Just as the match appeared to heading for a draw, Agbonlahor got a a second with a minute remaining. The defeat means Norwich on 38 points with two matches remaining.

Wigan twice came from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 at The Hawthorns and put pressure on the teams above them. The home side went ahead through Shane Long but Wigan equalised just before half-time with an 11th Barclays Premier League goal of the season from striker Arouna Kone. Gareth McAuley took advantage of some slack marking to put West Brom back ahead but Shaun Maloney levelled the scores again. Wigan led for the first time as Callum McManaman scored with 10 minutes remaining.

The win put Wigan on 35 points, two behind Sunderland who play Stoke City on Monday night, and three behind Newcastle United who were on the back foot for the most of the match against West Ham United at Upton Park but claimed what could be a vital point in a goalless draw. Wigan have a match in hand, against Swansea City on Tuesday.

Swansea City and Manchester City shared a goalless draw.

Reading got their first away victory since January as they beat Fulham 4-2, who went down to their fourth defeat in a row. Nigel Adkins’ team took an early lead from the spot through Hal Robson-Kanu, who doubled the score after the break but Bryan Ruiz got a goal back for Fulham. Just as the home side were looking to get back in the match substitute Adam Le Fondre hit a third for Reading. Ruiz got another goal back but Jem Karacan restored the two-goal lead.

Tottenham Hotspur’s match at home to Southampton kicked off 30 minutes late because of traffic problems and was goalless at half-time.

With our Matchday Live service you can follow live commentary, check out live photos from all the grounds and get the latest in-match stats. At the final whistle we provide match reports including manager reactions. For Matchday Live just click on the links below.

Fulham v Reading  |  #FULRDG Matchday Live >>

Norwich City v Aston Villa  |  #NORAVL Matchday Live >>

Swansea City v Manchester City  |  #SWAMCI  |  Matchday Live >>

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton   |  #TOTSOU  |  Matchday Live >>

West Bromwich Albion v Wigan Athletic   |  #WBAWIG  |  Matchday Live >>

West Ham United v Newcastle United   |  #WHUNEW  |  Matchday Live >>

5.30pm Queens Park Rangers v Arsenal  |  #QPRARS  |  Matchday Live >>

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Key Points

  • There are seven Barclays Premier League matches taking place on Saturday, with six at 3pm
  • Highlights are Norwich v Aston Villa and West Brom v Wigan
  • Follow live commentaries, the best pictures and live stats on Matchday Live