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Premiership matchday 33 -- Review

last updated Tuesday 08th April 2014, 1:17 PM

Premier League matchday 33 saw Liverpool go two points clear at the top, Arsenal in danger of dropping out of the top four and bottom place Fulham taking a step in the right direction while ....

Saturday 5th April 2014

Manchester City comfortably avoided another slip-up in their pursuit of Premier League leaders Liverpool as they beat Southampton 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium. City will travel to Anfield for a crunch clash on
Premier League MatchDay 33
Saturday 5th April 2014
DateK.O.HomeRes.AwayRefereeVenue Att.
05;0412:45Man City(3) 4-1 (1)SouthamptonChris FoyEtihad Stadium 47,009
05;0415:00Aston Villa (0) 1-2 (0)Fulham Michael OliverVilla Park 33,532
05;0415:00 Cardiff(0) 0-3 (1) C. Palace Phil DowdCardiff City Stadium 27,689
05;0415:00 Hull(1) 1-0 (0) Swansea Howard WebbKC Stadium 22,744
05;0415:00Newcastle(0) 0-1 (4)Man UtdKevin FriendSt James' Park 52,081
05;0415:00 Norwich(0) 0-1 (1) West Brom Mark ClattenburgCarrow Road 26,859
05;0417:30Chelsea(1) 3-0 (0) StokeLee ProbertStamford Bridge 41,168
Sunday 6th April 2014
DateK.O.Home AwayRefereeVenue  
06;0413:30Everton(2) 3-0 (0)ArsenalMartin AtkinsonGoodison Park 39,504
06:0416:00West Ham(1) 1-2 (1)LiverpoolAnthony TaylorUpton Park 34,977
Monday 7th April 2014
DateK.O.Home AwayRefereeVenue  
07:0420:000Tottenham(1) 5-1 (1)SunderlandLee MasonWhite Hart Lane 34,410
Sunday week and Manuel Pellegrini knew his men could afford no mistakes in Saturday's early kick-off, having dropped two points at Arsenal last time out

Fulham lifted themselves off the bottom of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa, their first top-flight success at Villa Park since 1966. Felix Magath also picked up his first away win as Cottagers manager to the delight of the 3,000 travelling supporters. Kieran Richardson struck a thunderbolt to hand the Cottagers the lead and then Hugo Rodallega headed home his first league goal for 15 months four minutes from time.

A Jason Puncheon double helped Crystal Palace earn a vital 3-0 victory at Cardiff, who are now six points from safety as a result. The result sees Cardiff plunged further into the relegation mire, with survival looking a
Premiership table - after 7th April
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 33 14 1 1 48 13 9 4 4 42 27 50 74
2 Chelsea 33 15 2 0 42 9 7 4 5 23 15 41 72
3 Man City 31 14 0 1 52 10 8 4 4 32 19 55 70
4 Arsenal 33 10 5 1 29 10 9 2 6 27 30 16 64
5 Everton 32 12 3 1 32 13 6 6 4 20 18 21 63
6 Tottenham 33 9 3 5 24 22 9 2 5 21 23 0 59
7 Man Utd 33 7 3 6 22 19 10 3 4 34 19 18 57
8 Southampton 33 7 5 4 29 21 6 4 7 21 23 6 48
9 Newcastle 33 7 3 7 19 26 7 1 8 19 25 -13 46
10 Stoke 33 8 6 2 22 15 2 4 11 15 33 -11 40
11 West Ham 33 6 3 8 23 25 4 4 8 14 19 -7 37
12 Hull 33 7 4 6 20 16 3 2 11 14 24 -6 36
13 Aston Villa 32 5 2 10 19 28 4 5 6 16 20 -13 34
14 C. Palace 32 7 2 7 14 18 3 2 11 9 21 -16 34
15 Swansea 33 5 5 6 29 23 3 4 10 16 26 -4 33
16 West Brom 32 3 8 5 19 22 3 6 7 18 26 -11 32
17 Norwich 33 6 6 5 15 13 2 2 12 11 39 -26 32
18 Fulham 33 4 1 11 19 34 4 2 11 14 40 -41 27
19 Cardiff 33 5 4 8 18 32 1 4 11 11 32 -35 26
20 Sunderland 31 3 3 9 14 23 3 4 9 15 30 -24 25
tall order, but Palace have done their own chances of beating the drop a world of good after what was a comfortable win.

Hull City pulled nine points clear of the relegation zone as George Boyd secured them a 1-0 victory over Swansea City. The Tigers, who sat level with the Swans at kick-off, will be feeling a lot more secure now that they have clambered into 12th spot and will head to Wembley for next Sunday's FA Cup semi-final date with Sheffield United in buoyant mood.

Juan Mata scored twice as Manchester United warmed up for their Champions League showdown at Bayern Munich with a comfortable 4-0 win at Newcastle United. A lacklustre first half came to life in the 39th minute when Mata curled an exquisite free-kick past Rob Elliot and into the top corner, and the Spaniard then showed great composure to make it 2-0 five minutes into the second half after being found in the box by Javier Hernandez. Anders Lindegaard did have to pull off a couple of superb stops to deny Papiss Cisse but Newcastle were disappointing throughout and boos rang out around St James' Park at the final whistle.

A first-half strike from Morgan Amalfitano was enough to see West Bromwich Albion to a 1-0 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday. James Morrison initiated the move before Youssouf Mulumbu's one-touch ball released Amalfitano and the French playmaker drifted away from his defender before striking beyond a stretched John Ruddy. Try as they may, Norwich could not break down a stoic West Brom defence, as the Baggies leapfrogged the Canaries in the Premier League standings.

Premier League MatchDay 34
Saturday 12th April 2014
DateK.O.HomeAwayRefereeVenue TV
12:04 15:07C. PalaceAston VillaHoward WebbSelhurst Park
12:04 15:07FulhamNorwichMike Dean Craven Cottage
12:04 15:07SouthamptonCardiffJonathan MossSt Mary's Stadium
12:04 15:07StokeNewcastleMike Jones Britannia Stadium
12:04 15:07SunderlandEverton Lee ProbertStadium of Light
12:04 15:07West BromTottenhamNeil SwarbrickThe Hawthorns
Sunday 13th April 2014
DateK.O.HomeAwayRefereeVenue TV
13:04 13:37LiverpoolMan CityMark ClattenburgAnfieldSky1
13:04 16:07SwanseaChelsea Phil DowdLiberty StadiumSky1
Tuesday 15th April 2014
DateK.O.HomeAwayRefereeVenue TV
15:04 19:45ArsenalWest HamKevin Friend Emirates StadiumSky1
Wednesday 16th April 2014
DateK.O.HomeAwayRefereeVenue TV
16:04 19:45EvertonC. PalaceAndre MarrinerGoodison Park
16:04 19:45Man CitySunderlandMartin AtkinsonEtihad Stadium
Chelsea moved back to the top of the Premier League table after a 3-0 win over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. Stoke battled hard throughout, but they never looked like beating Petr Cech and once Chelsea had the lead, the result was not in doubt. Jose Mourinho declared Chelsea's title challenge was over after last weekend's loss at Crystal Palace and, with the Blues' fate out of their own hands, winning the remaining six games was the target.

Sunday 6th April 2014

Everton produced an excellent performance to defeat Arsenal 3-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday and move to within a point of fourth place with a game in hand on the Gunners. Naismith's reaction to victory Roberto Martinez's men started strongly and were rewarded in the 14th minute when Romelu Lukaku's shot was saved by Wojciech Szczesny and Steven Naismith fired in the rebound. Lukaku added a second with an excellent run and finish after 34 minutes, and Arsenal's chances of a fightback were effectively extinguished in the 62nd minute when former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Kevin Mirallas.

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League in controversial circumstances after a dramatic 2-1 victory over West Ham at Upton Park. Referee Anthony Taylor took centre stage with key decisions to award Liverpool a second-half penalty after earlier allowing West Ham's first-half equaliser to stand. The winning goal came via the boot of captain Steven Gerrard from the spot in the 71st minute after Adrian was penalised for bringing down Jon Flanagan, with replays showing the West Ham goalkeeper touched the ball before the pair collided.

Monday 7th April 2014

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood insisted before the match with Sunderland that the speculation would not affect him or his players and so it proved, with the hosts running out 5-1 victors at White Hart Lane. While the direction of Tottenham remains unclear, the only way Sunderland are heading is down unless things change quickly.

Saturday 5th April 2014

Premier League ~ 12:45 Manchester City (3) 4-1 (1) Southampton ~ BTSports 1

Manchester City comfortably avoided another slip-up in their pursuit of leaders Liverpool as they beat Southampton 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Manuel Pellegrini's men dropped two points at Arsenal last weekend, but got off to a perfect start in the day's early kick-off when Yaya Toure scored his 18th Premier League goal of the season after just three minutes, following Jose Fonte's foul on Edin Dzeko. Saints - and England - suffered a major blow when Jay Rodriguez had to be stretchered off with what looked to be a serious knee injury and although Rickie Lambert levelled with a spot-kick, the hosts went in at the break two goals up.

Mauricio Pochettino was still complaining about City's second - Samir Nasri finishing off a pass from David Silva, who was considerably offside when he received a Dzeko flick - when the Bosnian headed home Aleksandar Kolarov's left-wing delivery. Stevan Jovetic made sure of the points when he came off the bench and converted a Jesus Navas cross in the 81st minute. City's next fixture is the trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday week

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart 6, Zabaleta 5.5, Kompany 6, Demichelis 5.5, Kolarov 6.5, Navas 6, Fernandinho 5 (Garcia, 45, 6), Toure 6, Nasri 6.5, Silva 7.5 (Jovetic, 77, 6), Dzeko 7 (Negredo, 65, 5.5).
Subs not used: Richards, Lescott, Milner, Pantilimon.

Scorers: Toure pen 3, Nasri 45, Dzeko 45, Jovetic 81

Booked: Fernandinho, Javi Garcia, YayaToure.

Southampton (4-5-1): Gazzaniga 4.5, Chambers 5.5, Fonte 4.5, Lovren 6, Shaw 5.5, Cork 6 (Wanyama, 80, 5.5), Schneiderlin 6, S. Davis 5.5 (Gallagher, 75, 6), Lallana 6.5, Rodriguez 6 (Ward-Prowse 26, 6), Lambert 6.
Subs not used: Clyne, Do Prado, Hooiveld, Cropper.

Scorers: Lambert pen 37.

Referee: Chris Foy

Attendance: 47,009

Premier League ~ 15:00 15:00 Aston Villa (0) 1-2 (0) Fulham

With Christian Benteke's season over due to injury and Gabby Agbonlahor ill, striker Grant Holt started up front for Aston Villa for only the second time since his January loan switch from Wigan. Mahamadou Diarra - back at Fulham for a second spell - was among three changes made by Felix Magath after the defeat by Everton.

Teenage striker Cauley Woodrow had the best opportunity of the first half when Joe Bennett's poor pass was picked up by the 19-year old. He nutmegged Nathan Baker, but could not beat Brad Guzan from the angle. Magath introduced Rodallega and Ashkan Dejagah in place of Woodrow and Patjim Kasami at the start of the second half Villa hit the post five minutes after the break when Leandro Bacuna thundered a shot towards goal, as Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale got an important touch to divert the ball onto the woodwork. Sascha Riether made a timely block to deny Andreas Weimann, and then Dejagah set up Fulham's opening goal just after the hour mark when he jinked infield from the right and passed across the top of the box for Kieran Richardson to lash a shot past Guzan.

When Marc Albrighton swung in a 70th-minute corner, Holt peeled off the Fulham defence and headed down between Weimann and Steve Sidwell, with Richardson unable to keep the ball out. Soon afterwards, Lewis Holtby was denied by an incredible goalline clearance from Matt Lowton - the Goal Decision System replays suggesting there was only millimetres in it - and then Stockdale saved brilliantly from Weimann at the other end. But when Holtby swung in a cross from the right four minutes from time, Rodallega connected with a glancing header to give Fulham their first away win since Boxing Day. They jump two places to 18th, but are still five points from safety.

Aston Villa (4-3-3): Guzan 6.5; Lowton 7, Vlaar 6, Baker 5.5, Bennett 6 (Tonev 66' 6); Bacuna 6.5, Westwood 6, Bertrand 6; Albrighton 6.5 (Bowery 90'), Holt 7, Weimann 6.5
Subs not used: Steer, Clark, Luna, Sylla, Tonev, Robinson

Goals: Holt 70

Booked: Bennett, Westwood, Albrighton

Fulham (4-2-3-1): Stockdale, Heitinga (Riise 83), Hangeland, Richardson, Amorebieta, Sidwell, Kasami (Dejagah 45), Diarra, Holtby, Riether, Woodrow (Rodallega 45),
Subs not used: Stekelenburg, Kvist, Kacaniklic, Roberts,

Goals: Richardson 61, Rodallega 86

Booked: Sidwell, Holtby

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 7

Attendance: 33,532

Man of the Match: Holtby

Premier League ~ 15:00 Cardiff (0) 0-3 (1) Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha started for Cardiff against his former club, while ex-Bluebirds Joe Ledley and Cameron Jerome were part of a Crystal Palace side which unsurprisingly showed no changes following the 1-0 win over Chelsea last weekend. Half an hour had elapsed before Jason Puncheon drew first blood with his fourth goal of the season. Palace attacked down the right and Ledley bided his time on the edge of the box before returning a pass to Puncheon, who had snuck into the area.

The winger eluded a challenge from Andrew Taylor before burying the ball past David Marshall. In the 71st minute, Marshall saved Marouane Chamakh's downward header from a Puncheon free-kick but he could only put the ball at the feet of Ledley, who scored from close range - but declined to celebrate against his hometown team. Puncheon wrapped up the three points when he curled in a left-footed shot from 20 yards in the 88th minute. The win takes Palace up two places to 14th, seven points clear of danger, while Cardiff are six points adrift in 19th.

Cardiff (4-4-2): Marshall 5.5; Theophile 5.5, Caulker 5.5, Turner 5, Taylor 5.5; Zaha 6 (Noone 62, 5.5), Mutch 6.5, Medel 6, Daehli 6.5 (Bellamy 71, 6); Campbell 6, Jones 4.5 (Cowie 78).
Subs not used: Lewis; Eikrem, McNaughton, Cala.

Booked: Turner, Medel,

Crystal Palace (4-4-1-1): Speroni 6; Mariappa 6, Dann 6, Delaney 6, Ward 6; Puncheon 7.5, Dikgacoi 6.5, Jedinak 6, Bolasie 6.5 (Chamakh 64, 6.5); Ledley 7 (Parr 79); Jerome 6 (Murray 83).
Subs not used: Hennessey, Gabbidon, Ince, Gayle.

Scorers: Puncheon 31, Puncheon 88, Ledley 71

Booked: Ward, Jerome, Mariappa, Ledley

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire) 6.5

Attendance: 27,689.

Man of the Match: Jason Puncheon

Premier League ~ 15:00 Hull (1) 1-0 (0) Swansea

George Boyd was back after a three-match suspension for Hull City as they hosted Swansea in a mid-table encounter at the KC Stadium. Maynor Figueroa also came in, with back injury victim Tom Huddlestone held back just in case ahead of next weekend's FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United at Wembley. In a tight first half, it was Boyd who opened the scoring when he powered home a header at the back post from Liam Rosenior's right-wing cross after 39 minutes.

 The best opportunity for Swansea to level fell to substitute Nathan Dyer midway through the second half, but he fluffed his lines by firing wide after being picked out by a cross fed to the edge of the box by fellow winger Wayne Routledge. Hull move up to 12th, leapfrogging the Swans in the process.

Hull City (4-4-2): Harper 7.5; Rosenior 7, Chester 7.5, Davies 8, Figueroa 6 (Koren 75, 6); Elmohamady 7, Livermore 6.5, Meyler 7, Boyd 7; Jelavic 6.5 (Sagbo 90), Long 6.5 (Aluko 64, 6.5).
Subs not used: Bruce, Fryatt, Quinn, Jakupovic. Bruce: 7

Scorers: Boyd 39

Swansea City (4-3-3): Vorm 7; Rangel 6.5, Chico 7, Williams 6.5, Davies 6.5; Routledge 6.5, Shelvey 7, Britton 6 (Lita 83); De Guzman 4.5 (Dyer 46, 6.5), Michu 5 (Hernandez 66, 6.5), Bony 5.5.
Subs not used: Amat, Taylor, Canas, Tremmel.

Booked: Shelvey, Hernandez

Referee: Howard Webb 7.

Attendance: 22,744

Premier League ~ 15:00 Newcastle United (0) 0-1 (4) Manchester United

With Manchester United's Champions League quarter-final second leg away to Bayern Munich taking place on Wednesday night, David Moyes made eight changes to his starting line-up at Newcastle, with Juan Mata one of the players coming in. The Spain star scored the only goal of the first half with a 39th-minute free-kick, awarded after Dan Gosling - making his first Premier League start since December 2011 - fouled Darren Fletcher on the edge of the area. Mata stepped up to score with a terrific curling effort into the top corner of Rob Elliot's net. Then on 50 minutes, Mata was on the scoresheet again.

A long ball from the back down the right channel was taken on into the box by Javier Hernandez, and then squared for the arriving Mata. Shinji Kagawa threatened to get in the Spaniard's way, but Mata kept his composure and dummied the keeper before coolly rolling the ball into the net. Hernandez got in on the act on 64 minutes, sliding the ball underneath Elliot after Kagawa had played him in at the near post. Adnan Januzaj netted a fourth in the 90th minute after a lovely backheel one-two with Mata in the area.

Newcastle United: Elliot 6, Santon 6, Williamson 6.5, Coloccini 5.5, Haidara 5, Anita 5, Gosling 4.5, Tiote 5, Gouffran 4.5 (Sh Ameobi 85), De Jong 4 (Ben Arfa 61, 6.5, Cisse 6
Subs not used: Yanga-Mbiwa, Taylor, Dummett, Alnwick, Armstrong.

Booked: Tiote.

Manchester United: Lindegaard 7, Valencia 7, 6.5, Jones 6, Evra 6 (Buttner 64, 6), Young 6 (Januzaj 18, 7), Fletcher 6.5, Fellaini 6 (Nani 70, 6), Mata 8, Kagawa 7, Hernandez 7
Subs not used: De Gea, Vidic, Cleverley, Wilson.

Scorers: Mata 39, Mata 50, Hernandez 64, Januzaj 90.

Referee: Kevin Friend 6

Attendance: 52,081

Premier League ~ 15:00 Norwich (0) 0-1 (1) West Brom

At Norwich, James Morrison was in Pepe Mel's West Brom starting line-up, while Saido Berahino - who was confronted by his Scottish team-mate in the dressing-room bust-up which followed Albion's 3-3 draw with Cardiff- was named on the bench. Albion gained a 16th-minute advantage when Morgan Amalfitano - scorer of a stunning goal against Cardiff last weekend - found the target again. James Morrison and Youssouf Mulumbu were both involved in a neat passing move which ended with the Frenchman sliding in a firm low shot across John Ruddy from the edge of the box.

Ruddy saved well from Matej Vydra in the second half, and Ben Foster also made a smart stop to keep out Johan Elmander's header. Norwich came closest at Carrow Road, however, when Robert Snodgrass struck the crossbar with a 30-yard free-kick. The Baggies rise above the Canaries into 16th spot. The two clubs are level on 32 points.

Norwich (4-4-2): Ruddy 6.5; Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson 5 (Gutierrez 80); Snodgrass 5, Howson 5, Tettey 4.5, Hoolahan 5.5 (Redmond 64 5); Elmander 5.5 (Becchio 70 5), Hooper 5.
Subs not used: Bunn, Whittaker, Johnson, van Wolfswinkel.

Booked: Tettey

West Brom (4-1-3-2): Foster 6; Reid 6, McAuley 6.5, Olsson 6, Ridgewell 6; Mulumbu 7.5; Amalfitano 7, Morrison 6, Dorrans 5.5 (Gera 77 (O'Neil 83)); Sessegnon 6, Vydra 5.5 (Berahino 71 6).
Subs not used: Myhill, Thievy, Dawson, Anichebe.

Scorers: Amalfitano 16

Booked: none

Referee: Mark Clattenburg 6

Attendance: 26,859

Man of the Match: Mulumbu

Premier League ~ 17:30 Chelsea (1) 3-0 (0) Stoke ~ SkySports 1 

Chelsea started the day two points behind leaders Liverpool but bounced back from a couple of disappointing defeats to see off Stoke and stay very much in contention for the title. Making his first Premier League start, Mohamed Salah fired Chelsea in front on 32 minutes with a powerful first-time strike after good work by another January signing, Nemanja Matic, down the left wing.

Salah made another important contribution just after the hour mark when he charged into the area and was brought down by Andy Wilkinson, giving Frank Lampard the chance to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot. Asmir Begovic saved Lampard's initial effort but the midfielder followed up to put the rebound away. The impressive Willian then sealed victory for a dominant Chelsea when he curled a wonderful finish past Begovic in the 72nd minute.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech 5; Ivanovic 6.5, Cahill 6.5, Terry 6.5, Azpilicueta 6.5; Lampard 7 (Luiz 70), Matic 7; Willian 7.5 (Cole 78), Schurrle 6.5 (Hazard 59, 6), Salah 8; Torres 6.
Subs not used: Oscar, Ba, Schwarzer, Kalas.

Scorers: Salah 32, Lampard 61, Willian 72

Stoke (4-5-1): Begovic 5; Cameron 5 (Wilkinson 46, 4.5), Wilson 5, Shawcross 5, Pieters 5; Odemwingie 6, Whelan, Palacios 6 (Adam 46, 4,5), Nzonzi 6, Arnautovic 6; Crouch 5 (Walters 78).
Subs not used: Muniesa, Guidetti, Etherington, Sorensen.

Referee: Lee Probert - 6

Attendance: 41,168

Man of the Match: Salah

Premier League ~ Sunday 6th April 2014

Premier League ~ 13:30 Everton (2) 3-0 (0) Arsenal ~ SkySports 1  

Everton claimed a 3-0 victory over Arsenal at Goodison Park that leaves their Champions League qualification hopes in their own hands. Roberto Martinez's men now trail fourth-placed Arsenal by just a point and have a game in hand after a day in which strikes from Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku plus a Mikel Arteta own goal extended their winning run in the Premier League to six matches.

For 16 successive years Arsene Wenger's side have taken their place alongside Europe's elite and, while they have a more favourable run-in than the Toffees, they are now reliant on other results if they are to reach next season's competition.

Everton: Howard 6.5, Baines 8, Distin 7, Stones 8, Coleman 7, McCarthy 7.5, Barry 7, Osman 6 (Barkley 10' - 9), Naismith 6.5 (McGeady 81'), Mirallas 8, Lukaku 8 (Deulofeu 86')
Subs not used: Robles, Hibbert, Garbutt, Alcaraz

Scorers: Naismith 14, Lukaku 34, Arteta og 61

Booked: Osman Manager: Martinez 8

Arsenal: Szczesny 6, Sagna 6.5, Mertesacker 6, Vermaelen 6, Monreal 5, Arteta 5.5, Flamini 5.5 (Ramsey 66' - 6), Rosicky 5.5, Cazorla 5, Podolski 5 (Oxlade-Chamerlain 66' - 6), Giroud 4.5 (Sanogo 71' - 6) Subs: Viviano, Jenkinson, Bellerin, Kallstrom

Booked: Arteta, Flamini

Referee: Martin Atkinson 6.5

Attendance: 39,504

Premier League ~ 16:00 West Ham (1) 1-2 (1) Liverpool ~ SkySports 1 

Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League table as captain Steven Gerrard scored two penalties to see off a spirited West Ham side at Upton Park. With Chelsea's win over Stoke on Saturday moving the Blues to the summit, Brendan Rodgers' side reacted to the pressure with an unconvincing win -- the type teams with title-winning aspiration are nevertheless all too happy for at this stage.

Gerrard struck from the spot in either half, with Guy Demel drawing West Ham level in first-half stoppage time. Now Liverpool can prepare for an Anfield clash with trophy rivals Manchester City next Sunday, knowing another win would bring a first league title for 24 years even closer.

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Adrian 5.5, Demel 6.5, Reid 7, Tomkins 7, Armero 6, Noble 6.5, Taylor 6 (Jarvis 78), Diame 6.5 (Cole 85), Nolan 5 (Nocerino 68, 5), Downing 5, Carroll 6.5.
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, C Cole, J Cole, Potts, Johnson.

Booked: Tomkins, Adrian, Nocerino, Armero.

Scorers: Demel 45

Liverpool: Mignolet 7, Johnson 6, Skrtel 7, Sakho 6, Flanagan 6, Henderson 6.5, Gerrard 8, Coutinho 5 (Lucas 45, 7), Suarez 7, Sterling 6, Sturridge 5.5 (Toure 85).
Subs not used: Jones, Toure, Cissokho, Moses, Allen, Aspas.

Scorers: Gerrard pen 44, Gerrard pen 71

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 34,977

Premier League ~ Monday 7th April 2014

Premier League ~ 20:00 Tottenham(1) 5-1 (1) Sunderland ~ SkySports 1

Tim Sherwood's future at the Tottenham helm may be less than certain, but his side's comprehensive 5-1 defeat of Sunderland means the fate of Gus Poyet's side is becoming increasingly clear.

The prematch build-up was dominated by a report earlier in the day that Sherwood would be replaced as Spurs boss this summer, regardless of how results went between now and the end of the campaign.

By that reckoning, this impressive comeback win will have little impact on his future, although the same cannot be said for Sunderland, who may have two games in hand on many of their rivals but languish bottom of the table and seven points adrift of safety.

Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Chiriches, Rose, Lennon (Townsend 84), Chadli (Sigurdsson 82), Paulinho (Veljkovic 88), Eriksen, Adebayor, Kane.
Subs not used: Friedel, Sandro, Fryers, Bentaleb.

Scorers: Adebayor 28, Kane 59, Eriksen 78, Adebayor 86, Sigurdsson 90

Sunderland: Mannone, Vergini, Brown, Cuellar (Gardner 72), Bardsley, Bridcutt, Ki, Cattermole (Scocco 72), Alonso, Johnson, Borini.
Subs not used: Larsson, Wickham, Colback, O'Shea, Ustari.

Scorers: Cattermole 17

Booked: Alonso, Cattermole

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Attendance: 34,410

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