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Sunday 12 May 2013

Matchweek 37: Three left in fight to avoid drop

Aston Villa, Sunderland and Wigan battle to avoid relegation from Barclays Premier League

  • Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa equalises from the penalty spot against QPR

  • Yoann Gouffran puts Newcastle 2-1 up over QPR

  • Robert Snodgrass gave Norwich the lead over West Brom

  • Grant Holt had an easy task to double Norwich's lead after Ben Foster's error

  • Johnny Howson rounded things off for Norwich with a fourth goal

  • Dimitar Berbatov opened the scoring for Fulham against Liverpool

  • Daniel Sturridge equalised for Liverpool at Craven Cottage

  • Sturridge scored his second for Liverpoool to put them in front

  • Kevin Mirallas scored twice to ensure a winning send-off for David Moyes at Everton

  • Javier Hernandez put Manchester United ahead against Swansea

  • Nzonzi gave Stoke the lead against Spurs in the third minute

  • Emmanuel Adebayor scored a late winning goal for Spurs

And then there were three. Victories for Newcastle United and Norwich City sealed their status as Barclays Premier League clubs next season while a point for Southampton ensured they could not be relegated, leaving Aston Villa, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic to fight it out to avoid the final relegation place..

Alan Pardew’s men had to come from behind 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 3-0 and Johnny Howson ended the match in style.

Sunderland are still not safe after they drew 1-1 with Southampton 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 Paolo Di Canio will hope that Wigan Athletic fail to beat Arsenal on Tuesday to seal their status.

Fulham’s fears of the drop are over also despite going 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 but because Aston Villa and Wigan play each other on the final day meaning they cannot overtake Fulham or Southampton.

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.

With our Matchday Live service you can follow how the matches unfolded, check out photos from all the matches and get all the stats. You can also match reports including manager reactions. For Matchday Live just click on the links below.

Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur   |  #STKTOT  Matchday Live >>

Everton 2-0 West Ham United   |  #EVEWHU  |  Matchday Live >>

Fulham 1-3 Liverpool   |  #FULLIV  |  Matchday Live >>

Norwich City 4-0 West Bromwich Albion   |  #NORWBA  |  Matchday Live >>

Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Newcastle United   |  #QPRNEW  |  Matchday Live >>

Sunderland 1-1 Southampton  |  #SUNSOU  |  Matchday Live >>

Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City  |  #MUNSWA  |  Matchday Live >>

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