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Premier League MatchDay 27 Review

last updated Tuesday 25th February 2014, 12:48 PM


Premier League MatchDay 27 saw no change at the top as all the top four teams won their games. Tottenham seem to be stuck in the Europa League spot with a loss at Norwich and Man Utd, despite a win at Crystal Palace, are left 11 points behind Liverpool in the last Champions League place. West Ham, Newcastle and Norwich all registered valuable wins while Fulham picked up a point at equally troubled West Brom and Cardiff were crushed by Hull to put the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under pressure

DateKO HomeTeamAwayTeamResultAtt.Referee
22-0212:45 ChelseaEverton(0) 1-0 (0) 41,580L.Probert
22-0215:00 ArsenalSunderland (3) 4-1 (0)60,012A. Marriner
22-0215:00 CardiffHull(0) 0-4 (2)26,167H. Webb
22-0215:00 Man CityStoke(0) 1-0 (0)47,038C. Foy
22-0215:00 West BromFulham(0) 1-1 (1)25,782M. Dean
22-0215:00 West HamSouthampton(2) 3-1 (1)33,148M. Clattenburg
22-0217:30 C. PalaceMan Utd(0) 0-2 (0)24,571M. Oliver
DateKO HomeTeamAwayTeamResultAtt.Referee
23-0213:30 LiverpoolSwansea(3) 4-3 (2)44,731M. Jones
23-0213:30 NewcastleAston Villa(0) 1-0 (0)50,417M. Atkinson
23-0216:00 NorwichTottenham(0) 1-0 (0)26,834C. Pawson
John Terry grabbed a stoppage-time winner as Chelsea beat Everton to retain their advantage at the top of the Premier League. Blues captain Terry slid in with goalkeeper Tim Howard to meet Frank Lampard's inswinging free-kick, denying Everton a fully deserved point against their lacklustre hosts.

Olivier Giroud marked his return to action with two goals as Arsenal swept aside lowly Sunderland to stay a point behind Premier League leaders Chelsea. He stroked home an early opener after a deflected Jack Wilshere shot fell to him, and capitalised on a poor Santiago Vergini back-pass for his second. Tomas Rosicky finished a neat move and Laurent Koscielny headed a fourth.

Hull took a big step towards Premier League safety by thrashing Cardiff to leave their hosts deep in trouble. Tom Huddlestone's deflected shot and Nikica Jelavic's low finish inside the box gave the Tigers a 2-0 half-time lead, despite Cardiff enjoying the greater possession. Jelavic headed his second from Liam Rosenior's cross, with Jake Livermore's powerful shot capping a fine win. Steve Bruce's side move up to 11th, eight points clear of Cardiff in 19th.

Premiership table - after 24th Feb 2014
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Chelsea 27 12 2 0 29 9 6 4 3 20 12 28 60
2 Arsenal 27 10 3 1 26 7 8 2 3 26 20 25 59
3 Man City 26 12 0 1 43 9 6 3 4 26 18 42 57
4 Liverpool 27 12 1 1 42 12 5 4 4 28 23 35 56
5 Tottenham 27 6 3 4 15 18 9 2 3 21 15 3 50
6 Man Utd 27 6 3 4 18 12 7 3 4 25 19 12 45
7 Everton 26 8 3 1 23 10 4 6 4 14 17 10 45
8 Newcastle 27 6 3 5 18 19 6 1 6 15 19 -5 40
9 Southampton 27 5 5 3 21 16 5 4 5 17 16 6 39
10 West Ham 27 5 3 6 20 20 3 4 6 11 14 -3 31
11 Hull 27 5 4 4 16 10 3 2 9 13 21 -2 30
12 Swansea 27 4 4 5 24 20 3 3 8 12 20 -4 28
13 Aston Villa 27 3 2 8 12 21 4 5 5 15 16 -10 28
14 Norwich 27 5 5 4 12 11 2 2 9 8 28 -19 28
15 Stoke 27 5 6 2 17 14 1 3 10 10 28 -15 27
16 C. Palace 26 6 2 6 13 17 2 0 10 5 19 -18 26
17 West Brom 27 3 7 4 16 16 1 6 6 15 23 -8 25
18 Sunderland 26 3 2 8 13 21 3 4 6 13 21 -16 24
19 Cardiff 27 4 4 6 12 22 1 3 9 7 26 -29 22
20 Fulham 27 3 1 9 16 28 3 2 9 11 31 -32 21
Manchester City kept up the pressure on title rivals Chelsea as they beat Stoke to stay three points behind the Premier League leaders. The hosts had struggled to break down their stubborn opponents and almost went behind . The hosts knew the importance of a victory over Stoke, having seen title rivals Chelsea beat Everton in the early kick-off, yet lacked the urgency they might have been expected to show until Toure's effort.

Matej Vydra's 86th-minute equaliser denied Felix Magath a winning start as Fulham manager as fellow strugglers West Brom fought back to earn a deserved late point. Ashkan Dejagah's first-half goal had looked set to lift the Cottagers off the bottom of the Premier League table with victory in a game Magath had described as "the most important in the club's history".

In-form West Ham earned their fourth consecutive league victory after coming from behind to defeat Southampton. Maya Yoshida headed Southampton in front from Steven Davis's free-kick but Matt Jarvis levelled after tapping past Artur Boruc. Three minutes later, Carlton Cole made it 2-1 for West Ham before Rickie Lambert hit a post for Saints. Kevin Nolan made the game safe with a volley from close range and Mohamed Diame also hit the bar late on.

Manchester United ended a three-match Premier League winless run as goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney condemned Crystal Palace to defeat. Van Persie slotted home his fourth goal in five games from the penalty spot after Patrice Evra was fouled by Palace striker Marouane Chamakh. And Rooney doubled the lead with a shot into the top corner from 12 yards.

DateK.O.HomeTeamAwayTeamRefereeVenue TV
01-0315:00EvertonWest HamJ. Moss Goodison Park
01-0315:00FulhamChelseaM. Clattenburg Craven Cottage
01-0315:00HullNewcastleK. Friend KC Stadium
01-0315:00StokeArsenalM. Jones Britannia Stadium
01-0317:30SouthamptonLiverpoolL. Probert St Mary's StadiumSky1
DateK.O.HomeTeamAwayTeamMatchRefereeVenue TV
02-0316:30Aston VillaNorwichA. Taylor Villa ParkSky3
02-0316:30SwanseaC. PalaceM. Dean Liberty Stadium
02-0316:30TottenhamCardiffP. Dowd White Hart Lane
Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge scored twice as Liverpool beat Swansea in a thriller to tighten their grip on fourth place in the Premier League. Sturridge's opener came two minutes in and Henderson soon bent in a second. But Jonjo Shelvey pulled one back with a fine 20-yard shot and Wilfried Bony headed in off Martin Skrtel to level. Sturridge headed in his second from Luis Suarez's cross but Bony pulled Swansea level from the penalty spot before Henderson stabbed in the winner.

Loic Remy scored a stoppage-time winner as Newcastle ended a run of four successive home league defeats by beating Aston Villa at St James' Park. Remy atoned for an earlier miss when he latched on to De Jong's deflected shot, cut inside Ron Vlaar and fired into the net.

Robert Snodgrass scored the only goal as Norwich moved away from the relegation zone and dented Tottenham's top-four hopes. Scotland winger Snodgrass curled his low shot from 18 yards beyond Hugo Lloris after Bradley Johnson's pass. Goalkeeper John Ruddy helped Norwich to victory, denying Emmaunel Adebayor and Nacer Chadli in the second half.


Saturday 22nd February 2014



12:45 Chelsea (0) 1 Everton (0) 0 ~ BTSports 1



Returning captain John Terry bundled in a stoppage-time goal as Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 to consolidate their lead at the top of the Premier League. It appeared two points would be dropped by Jose Mourinho's men as an entertaining contest remained goalless until Phil Jagielka was adjudged to have fouled Ramires in the left channel.

Frank Lampard's inswinging free-kick was glanced down by Branislav Ivanovic and Terry slid in to score past Tim Howard. It was a timely intervention from Terry, who returned following a three-game absence with a gluteal muscle problem. Chelsea had won once in his absence, but they now travel to Galatasaray for the Champions League last-16 first leg with Didier Drogba's side on Wednesday after a morale-boosting victory.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech 7: Ivanovic 7, Terry 8, Cahill 8, Azpilicueta 7: Matic 7, Lampard 7: Willian 5 (Torres 62, 4.5), Hazard 5.5, Oscar 5 (Ramires 46, 6): Eto'o 6 (Schurrle 69, 6).
Subs not used: Schwarzer, Cole, Salah, Ba.

Booked: Oscar.

Scorers: Terry 90+3mins

Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard 7: Coleman 7, Jagielka 7, Distin 8.5, Baines 7.5: Barry 7, McCarthy 7: Osman 7.5 (Barkley 60, 5.5), Naismith 7, Pienaar 6.5 (McGeady 80, 5): Mirallas 7.5 (Deulofeu 75, 6).
Subs not used: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Garbutt, Stones.

Booked: Barry, Jagielka.

Attendance: 41,850

Referee: Lee Probert


15:00 Arsenal (3) 4 Sunderland (0) 1



Arsenal stayed within a point of Chelsea with a comfortable 4-1 win over Sunderland at the Emirates with the recalled Olivier Giroud their match-winner. The opening goal came just five minutes in, and it was a wonderful flowing move which saw Jack Wilshere flick the ball into the path of Giroud to stroke home. The second came on the half-hour and was a defensive howler from Santiago Vergini as his pass back was straight to Giroud, who dispatched it past former Gunners keeper Vito Mannone.

Giroud then turned provider for third which arrived before the break as he played a lovely one-two with Tomas Rosicky, who dinked his finish over the despairing Mannone. The scoring continued in the second half and on the hour Laurent Koscielny headed home a Santi Cazorla corner. Sunderland did manage to claim a late goal when substitute Emanuele Giaccherini fired home a wonderful effort from 25 yards - but it was no more than a mere consolation.

Arsenal (4-3-2-1): Szczesny 7; Sagna 7, Mertesacker 7, Koscielny 7.5 (Flamini 67), Monreal 6 (Jenkinson 45, 6); Arteta 7, Wilshere 7, Rosicky 8 (Gnabry 73); Cazorla 7.5, Podolski 6.5; Giroud 8.5.
Subs not used: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabianski, Sanogo, Bendtner.

Scorers: Giroud 5, Giroud 31, Rosicky 42, Koscielny 57

Sunderland (4-5-1): Mannone 5; Bardsley 5.5, Vergini 4, O'Shea 5, Alonso 5; Johnson 5 (Larsson 45, 5), Ki 5.5 (Scocco 73), Bridcutt 6, Colback 6, Borini 5.5; Altidore 4 (Giaccherini 45).
Subs not used: Gardner, Celustka, Cuellar, Ustari.

Booked: Giaccherini

Scorers: Giaccherini 81

Referee: Andre Marriner 6

Attendance: 60,012

Man of the Match: Oliver Giroud


15:00 Cardiff (0) 0 Hull (2) 4



Hull City are just a point further back from West Ham after they hammered Cardiff City 4-0 in South Wales. Tom Huddlestone fired home the opener on 18 minutes after David Marshall saved well from Nikita Jelavic, albeit via a deflection off Andrew Taylor.

The second arrived before half time and was a nice move as Shane Long played it into Jelavic to fire home. The third came on 57 minutes as an unmarked Jelavic rose to head home Liam Rosenior's cross, before Jake Livermore stroked home the fourth after a clinical counter-attack to seal a brilliant win for Steve Bruce's side.

Cardiff (4-4-2): Marshall 5.5; Fabio 4.5, Cala 5, Caulker 5, Taylor 5.5 (John 75, 6); Noone 6, Eikrem 5, Cowie 5.5, Zaha 6 (Daehli 46, 6.5); Campbell 5.5 (Berget 79), Jones 5.
Subs not used: Lewis; Turner, Whittingham, Gunnarsson.

Booked: Zaha.

Hull (3-5-2): McGregor 6.5; Davies 6, Bruce 6.5 (Chester 71), Figueroa 6; Elmohamady 6, Livermore 6.5, Huddlestone 6.5 (Boyd 62), Meylor 6, Rosenior 5.5; Jelavic 7.5, Long 7 (Quinn 76).
Subs not used: Harper, Koren, Sagbo, Aluko.

Scorers: Huddlestone 18, Jelavic 38, Jelavic 57, Livermore 67

Booked: Boyd.

Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)

Attendance: 26,167


15:00 Manchester City (0) 1 Stoke (0) 0



Manchester City made sure of the status quo at the top after a hard fought 1-0 win over Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium.

The only goal arrived 20 minutes from time and it was a lovely finish from Yaya Toure as he finished from close range after Aleksandar Kolarov drilled the ball into the six-yard box. There was time for Edin Dzeko to produce one of the misses of the season as failed to connect from just two yards out.

Manchester City: Hart 6; Zabaleta 6, Kompany 5.5, Demichelis 6.5, Kolarov 6; Nasri 6, Fernandinho 6.5 (Navas 63, 6.5), Toure 8, Silva 7.5; Dzeko 4.5, Negredo 5 (Jovetic 56, 5, Garcia 69, 6).
Subs not used: Pantilimon, Lescott, Clichy, Milner.

Scorers: Toure 70

Booked: Kompany, Fernandinho, Dzeko

Stoke: Begovic 6.5; Cameron 5.5, Shawcross 6.5, Wilson 7, Pieters 6; Whelan 6.5 (Etherington 82, 5), Adam 6.5; Odemwingie 5.5, Walters 6 (Ireland 78, 5.5), Arnautovic 6 (Palacios 69, 6); Crouch 7.
Subs not used: Sorensen, Muniesa, Nzonzi, Wilkinson.

Booked: Adam

Referee: Chris Foy 7

Attendance: 47,038

Man of the Match: Yaya Toure


15:00 West Brom (0) 1 Fulham (1) 1  



West Bromwich Albion claimed a 1-1 draw with Fulham thanks to a late goal from Matej Vydra. Fulham went ahead just before the half-hour mark as West Brom failed to clear Kieran Richardson's cross and it fell for Ashkan Dejagah on the edge of the box and he lashed it home.

Felix Magath looked to be on his way to an opening win, but with just five minutes left Vydra managed to squeeze a shot under Maarten Steklenburg to secure a precious point for Pepe Mel.

West Brom (4-4-2): Foster 7, Jones 6, (Anichebe 44, 7) McAuley 8, Olsson 7, Ridgewell 6; Amalfitano 6, Mulumbu 6, Morrison 6, Brunt 8, Thievy 5, (Gera 46, 6) Berahino 5. (Vydra 75, 7)
Subs not used: Myhill, Sinclair, Dorrans, Dawson.

Scorers: Vydra 86

Scorers: Brunt, McAuley, Olsson

Fulham (4-4-1-1): Stekelenburg 6, Riether 6, Heitinga 7, Hangeland 7, Amorebieta 6; (Riise 52, 6) Dejaggah 7, Parker 7, Sidwell 9, Richardson 6; (Burn 70, 6) Holtby 7; Rodallega 6. (Mitroglou 60, 6)
Subs not used: Stockdale, Kvist, Kasami, Tankovic.

Scorers: Dejaggah 28

Booked: Heitinga, Riether, Parker

Referee: M Dean - 8

Attendance: 25,829

Man of the Match: Steve Sidwell


15:00 West Ham (2) 3 Southampton (1) 1



West Ham moved into the top half of the Premier League after they came from behind to beat Southampton 3-1 at Upton Park. The Saints went ahead early on when an unmarked Maya Yoshida headed home after just eight minutes from Steve Davis' free-kick.

The Hammers, though, levelled not long after as Kevin Nolan's ball over the top broke the offside trap and Matt Jarvis took it down before finishing past Artur Boruc. Yoshida then turned villain as he failed to clear Carlton Cole's header which rebounded off the post and the striker reacted quickest to turn it home. The three points were secured on 71 minutes when Cole headed the ball down for Nolan, who produced an acrobatic finish to beat Boruc.

West Ham (4-4-1-1): Adrian 6; Demel 6, Collins 6.5, Tomkins 7, McCartney 6; Jarvis 6.5 (Diame 57, 6), Taylor 7, Noble 8.5, Downing 7.5; Nolan 8 (Reid 73, 6); Carlton Cole 7.5
Subs not used: Armero, Collison, Jaaskelainen, Joe Cole, Nocerino.

Scorers: Jarvis 20, Cole 23, Nolan 71

Southampton (4-3-2-1): Boruc 5.5; Chambers 6, Yoshida 6, Fonte 6, Shaw 6; Schneiderlin 6.5, Cork 6.5 (Ramirez 63, 6.5), Steven Davis 6.5 (Ward-Prowse 78, 6); Lallana 8, Rodriguez 6; Lambert 5 (Gallagher 78, 6).
Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Lovren, Do Prado

Scorers: Yoshida 8

Booked: Lallana

Referee: Mark Clattenburg 7

Attendance: 33,148




17:30 Crystal Palace (0) 0 Manchester United (0) 2 ~ SkySports1



In the day's late game, Wayne Rooney added the gloss to the new contract he signed on Friday as he scored a fine goal in Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Robin van Persie broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute after Patrice Evra had been fouled by Marouane Chamakh. Rooney then volleyed exquisitely into the top corner from Evra's cross six minutes later, as United sealed an important win and left Palace very much in the relegation scrap.

Crystal Palace (4-4-1-1): Speroni 6; Ward 6, Dann 6.5, Delaney 6.5, Parr 6; Ince 7 (Gayle 85), Jedinak 6.5, Ledley 6, Puncheon 6; Chamakh 5.5 (Bolasie 74, 6); Murray 6.5 (Jerome 66, 6).
Subs not used: Hennessey, Dikgacoi, Gabbidon, Bannan.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea 7; Smalling7, Vidic 7, Ferdinand 7, Evra 7.5; Fellaini 6.5, Carrick 6.5 (Fletcher 88); Mata 8, Rooney 8.5, Januzaj 7 (Giggs, 80); Van Persie 6 (Valencia 80).
Subs not used: Lindegaard, Hernandez, Young,, Kagawa.

Scorers: van Persie pen 62, Rooney 68

Booked: Vidic, Giggs.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 7

Attendance: 24,571

Man of the Match: Wayne Rooney


Sunday 23rd February 2014



13.30 Liverpool FC (3) 4 Swansea City (2) 3


Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge both netted twice as title outsiders Liverpool edged a 4-3 victory against Swansea in an Anfield classic.

Brendan Rodgers' side continue to be plagued by a poor defence but moved within four points of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea after emerging victorious from one of the games of the season. Henderson had the final word in his side's success, forcing home from point-blank range in the 74th minute after his initial effort had been saved.

Liverpool FC: Mignolet 5, Flanagan 6, Skrtel 4.5, Agger 4.5 (Toure 63mins 5.5), Johnson 4.5, Gerrard 7, Henderson 7, Coutinho 6, Sterling 7 (Allen 58mins 6, Suarez 7, Sturridge 7.5 (Moses 79mins 4.5)
Subs not used: Jones, Aspas, Cissokho, Teixeira

Scorers: Sturridge 3, Henderson 20, Sturridge 36, Henderson 74

Booked: Skrtel

Swansea: Vorm 6, Rangel 5, Flores 5.5, Williams 6.5, Taylor 6.5, Britton 6, De Guzman 6.5 (Hernandez 73mins 5.5) Dyer 7 (Ngog 84mins), Shelvey 6 (Canas 46mins 5.5), Routledge 7, Bony 7
Subs not used: Amat, Tiendalli, Tremmel, Emnes

Scorers: Shelvey 23, Bony 27, Bony pen 47

Man of the Match: Sturridge

Referee: M Jones 6

Attendance: 44,731

13:30 Newcastle United (0) 1 Aston Villa (0) 0 ~ SkySports1


Loic Remy ended Newcastle United's goal drought with a stoppage-time strike as Aston Villa went down 1-0 at St James' Park.

Remy had squandered a glorious chance moments earlier when he could only hit the post with the goal seemingly at his mercy, and it looked as though the Magpies were set to finish a fifth straight game without getting on the scoresheet.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Krul 6.5; Debuchy 7, Williamson 7, Coloccini 7, Dummett 7; Sissoko 5, Anita 6, Tiote 6.5 (Gosling 88), Gouffran 6; Cisse 5 (de Jong 72, 7), Remy 6.5.
Subs not used: Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Shola Ameobi, S.Taylor.

Booked: Tiote, Remy.

Scorers: Remy, 90.

Aston Villa (4-3-3): Guzan 7; Bacuna 6, Baker 7, Vlaar 6, Bertrand 6.5 (Bennett 76, 6); El Ahmadi 7, Delph 6.5, Westwood 7.5 (Sylla 61, 6.5); Weimann 5.5, Benteke 5.5, Agbonlahor 5.
Subs not used: Steer, Clark, Albrighton, Tonev, Holt.

Booked: Vlaar, El Ahmadi.

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: 50,417

16:00 Norwich (0) 1 Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0 ~ SkySports1



Norwich secured a vital 1-0 win over Tottenham at Carrow Road, where Robert Snodgrass scored the winning goal on Sunday.

Spurs struggled for rhythm and pace the visitors as much at fault for their midfield shortcomings as Norwich merited praise for continually hassling them off their stride.

Norwich City: Ruddy 7.5; Martin 7, Yobo 7, Bassong 6.5, Olsson 7; Snodgrass 8, Tettey 7.5, Fer 7, Johnson 7.5, Redmond 7 (Hoolahan 86); Van Wolfswinkel 6 (Hooper 72).
Subs not used: Whittaker, Howson, Pilkington, Bunn, Elmander.

Scorers: Snodgrass 47

Booked: Ruddy

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris 6.5; Naughton 6, Dawson 6, Vertonghen 6.5, Rose 6 (Townsend 82); Capoue 5 (Chadli 14, 6), Paulinho 5 (Soldado 65, 5), Bentaleb 6, Dembele 6.5, Lennon 6; Adebayor 6.
Subs not used: Eriksen, Friedel, Fryers, Kane.

Booked: Dembele, Vertonghen, Dawson

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire) - 6

Attendance: 26,834



















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