Sunday 12 May 2013
Newcastle United and Norwich City sealed their status as Barclays Premier League clubs next season with victories.
Alan Pardew’s men had to come from to beat relegated Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Loftus Road. Loic Remy put QPR ahead from the penalty spot but Hatem Ben Arfa, with a penalty of his own, equalised. A defensive mix-up allowed Yoann Gouffran to score the winner.
At Carrow Road, Norwich won 4-0 over West Bromwich Albion. Robert Snodgrass gave Chris Hughton’s team a first-half lead that was doubled after Grant Holt took advantage of an error from West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster. A Gareth McAuley own goal made it t3-0 and Johnny Howson ended the match in style.
Sunderland and Southampton are still not safe after they drew 1-1 at the Stadium of Light. A deflected Phil Bardsley effort gave Sunderland the lead but Jason Puncheon came off the bench to earn a point for each side. Sunderland have 39 points and Southampton a point more and both will hope that Wigan Athletic cannot beat Arsenal on Tuesday to seal their status.
Fulham’s fears of the drop are not over also after they went down 3-1 at home to Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge scored a hat-trick after Fulham had taken the lead through Dimitair Berbatov. Fulham remain on 40 points.
Everton gave manager David Moyes the send-off they wished with a 2-0 win at home to West Ham United. Kevin Mirallas scored both goals as Goodison Park said farewell to their manager of 11 years, who will take over at Manchester United next season.
Earlier in the day Tottenham Hotspur moved up to fourth after coming from behind to beat 10-man Stoke City 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium. Steven Nzonzi gave Stoke an early lead that was cancelled out by Clint Dempsey. Early in the second half Charlie Adam received a second yellow card and Spurs eventually turned their pressure into a late goal by Emmanuel Adebayor.
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