Monday, May 07, 2012

England: Premier League Weekend Review, Reports, Analyses

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson concedes neighbours City have 'probably two' hands on the Premier League trophy as the penultimate weekend of the season ended precisely as it had started with both clubs locked at the top, but with Roberto Mancini's side boasting a significantly superior goal difference. On a day when Manchester City needed a big performance on their travels to Newcastle United it was Yaya Toure who led by example as his exquisitely taken brace was enough to silence an expectant St James' Park, while United beat Swansea by the same 2-0 scoreline in the day's late kick-off. Alan Pardew's UEFA Champions League hopefuls threatened intermittently to do Manchester United a favour but few would deny Mancini's champions elect were full value for a three-point haul that takes them to the cusp of ending a 44-year wait for a league title. Aston Villa are now all but certain of hosting top flight football after holding Tottenham to a draw in the Midlands, while QPR left it late to grab a hugely significant win over Stoke City. Bolton let a two-goal lead slip at home to West Brom to drop two precious points, while Fulham won the day's only mid-table affair in edging past Sunderland. At Molineux a stalemate was played out as Everton could not find a way past already down Wolverhampton Wanderers.


Arsenal 3 - 3 Norwich City
Amy Lawrence at the Emirates Stadium
Ben Findon at the Emirates Stadium

Newcastle 0 - 2 Manchester City
Henry Winter at St. James' Park

Daniel Taylor at St. James' Park

Aston Villa 1 - 1 Tottenham
Kevin Palmer at Villa Park

Stuart James at Villa Park

Fulham 2 - 1 Sunderland
Julian Bennetts at Craven Cottage

Manchester United 2 - 0 Swansea
Kevin McCarra at Old Trafford

Five Things We Learned

Team of the Week

Garth Crook's Team of the Week

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