12 April 2014 – Reports and Highlights

Final Results

Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa
Fulham 1-0 Norwich
Southampton 0-1 Cardiff
Stoke 1-0 Newcastle
Sunderland 0-1 Everton
West Brom 3-3 Tottenham

Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa
Crystal Palace beat a lacklustre Aston Villa to secure a third successive Premier League victory which leaves them seven points clear of relegation.

Palace created the better chances, although Cameron Jerome needed to clear Ciaran Clark’s header off the line.

Jerome hit the crossbar and Yannick Bolasie went close, while referee Howard Webb appeared to award Palace a penalty only to reverse the decision.

But then Jason Puncheon and Bolasie combined to secure an important win.

Fulham 1-0 Norwich

Hugo Rodallega scored the only goal to give Fulham a precious win in their relegation duel with Norwich.

Rodallega swept home Lewis Holtby’s first-half free-kick after it had been flicked on by Steve Sidwell.

It leaves third-bottom Fulham just two points behind Norwich, who have a treacherous final four matches.

New Canaries boss Neil Adams will wonder how his side failed to gain any reward from three excellent chances before Rodallega struck.

Southampton 0-1 Cardiff

Cardiff sneaked a win at Southampton as they moved to within three points of Premier League survival.

The home side dominated possession and went close when a Gaston Ramirez shot was deflected onto the crossbar.

But Saints struggled to make the most of their play and were punished when Juan Cala powered in a 22-yard shot.

Cardiff endured a nervous finish and needed two excellent David Marshall saves from Sam Gallagher and Nathaniel Clyne strikes before securing victory.

Stoke 1-0 Newcastle

Erik Pieters’s fluke strike handed Stoke their fourth league win in their last five games at the expense of a lacklustre Newcastle.

The Dutch defender scored his first goal in the Premier League when his intended cross from the left drifted over the head of goalkeeper Tim Krul and found the top corner.

Stoke also went close through Peter Crouch, whose shot came off the post.

Vurnon Anita headed over for Newcastle from three yards late in the game.

Sunderland 0-1 Everton

Everton moved into the Premier League’s top four after Wes Brown’s own goal gifted them a seventh straight win that keeps Sunderland bottom of the table.

A spirited Black Cats display was undone with 15 minutes to go when Brown diverted Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net while trying to clear.

Sunderland’s best chance saw Fabio Borini’s shot cleared off the line by John Stones with Tim Howard beaten.

Gus Poyet’s side remain seven points adrift of safety, with six games to go.

West Brom 3-3 Tottenham

West Brom lost a three-goal lead against Tottenham as Christian Eriksen’s injury-time goal left them three points clear of the drop zone.

Matej Vydra volleyed West Brom ahead on 25 seconds before Chris Brunt doubled the lead with a volley.

Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor had a penalty saved, before the hosts’ Stephane Sessegnon slotted in.

Jonas Olsson’s own goal and Harry Kane’s header were followed by Eriksen’s top-corner leveller.

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