Liverpool ended their traumatic week in style as they demolished a woeful Newcastle United side 6-0 at St James’ Park.
After learning of Luis Suarez’s fate after his incredible act of stupidity, where he bit Branislav Ivanovic, in last week’s draw with Chelsea, Liverpool needed a strong performance to bring some much needed positivity to the club.
They couldn’t have started any better, as Daniel Agger gave them the lead after three minutes, but this was only a taste of things to come. Newcastle had bitten off more than they could chew against the Liverpool trio of Henderson, Sturridge and the impressive Coutinho and two goals each for Sturridge and Henderson, with fine assists from Couthinho, was the least they deserved in an awe inspiring performance.
Fabio Borini’s first Premier League goal put the icing on the cake for Brendan Rodger’s side as they proved too hot to handle for a Newcastle side, who also lost Mathieu Debuchy to a red card late on, and who don’t look up for the relegation scrap they are still, unexpectedly, involved in.
Tottenham rescued a point in the final stages as a 2-2 draw against Wigan at the DW Stadium did little to aid either side’s respective end of season ambitions. With Spurs pushing London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea all the way for a Champions League spot and Wigan pushing for yet another “great escape” from relegation, it was a must win game for both sides.
In incredible circumstances it was Tottenham, and inevitably Gareth Bale, who scored the first goal of the game after charging down a clearance from Wigan goalkeeper Joel. The Latic’s, despite being the architects of their own downfall here, responded immediately with an Emmerson Boyce goal to restore clarity in an open, end to end game of football.
Callum McMannaman’s first Premier League goal looked to be sending Wigan out of the Premier League drop zone but a late own goal from goalscorer Boyce cruelly stole a precious two points from Roberto Martinez’s side and gave Andres Villas Boas possibly an important point in his quest for Champions League football.
West Brom produced an emphatic 3-0 victory over Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium, in a game which saw three red cards from debutant referee Robert Madley. The star of the show was, once again, on loan Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku, as he scored one and assisted the other two to show his credentials for the PFA young player of the year, for which he has made the shortlist.
The Baggies first came from Marc Antoine Fortuné as he rewarded manager Steve Clarke’s decision to start him with a goal. Lukaku then doubled his sides lead before referee Madley produced straight red cards for Gaston Ramirez and goalscorer Fortuné for violent conduct with both decisions seemingly correct.
Shane Long then made the game safe with his side’s third before Danny Fox flew into a disgraceful two footed lunge on Steven Ried to leave referee Madley with no alternative than finish the game three players short of the original 22.
Manchester City recovered from losing their title by seeing off a strong West Ham side at the Etihad Stadium with a 2-1 win.
A first half Sergio Aguero goal and a superb second half thunderbolt courtesy of Yaya Touré looked to have given City a relatively comfortable three points but a Joe Hart howler late on gifted Andy Carroll a goal to take the shine off the fallen Champions of England’s victory.
Charlie Adam scored only his third goal of the season to move Stoke up to the magic 40 point mark as the Potters beat Norwich City 1-0 at the Brittania Stadium.
Despite not being mathematically safe yet, this victory will almost certainly mean that Stoke will be involved in a sixth straight Premier League campaign next season as they produced a typically hard working and physical display to see off fellow relegation rivals Norwich City who now may have to take something from their final two home games to be sure of staying in the division.
Everton continued their impressive campaign with a 1-0 victory over Fulham to keep in the shadows of their competitors for a European place next season.
Steven Piennar grabbed the only goal of the game, as he profited from one of the moves of the season as Everton passed the ball effortlessly around the pitch before finding Piennar on the edge of the area to drill home.
The three points may not eventually mean that David Moyes’ side get their European wish but it still gives them increased positivity before their Merseyside derby next weekend.