PREMIER LEAGUE: SATURDAY 5th MARCH REVIEW

by Philip Duff 0

 

Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal

Tottenham missed the chance to go top of the table as the North London derby ended in stalemate. Arsenal scored the only goal of an uneventful first half through Ramsey’s nifty finish. In the second half Coquelin receiving a red card and Alderweireld fired in for Spurs to level, before Kane scored with a sublime, curling effort. Sanchez spoiled the party though, equalising with fifteen minutes remaining. Spurs and Arsenal now trail Leicester by five and eight points respectively, with both clubs hoping to close that gap down before it’s too late.

Chelsea 1-1 Stoke

Diouf salvaged a point for Stoke and denied Chelsea climbing to seventh place. Traore gave Chelsea the lead when he wonderfully struck the ball into the net from just outside the box. Stoke created plenty of chances in the second half and deservedly equalised when Diouf headed in on the rebound after Courtois’ save. Despite the late goal, Chelsea still remain undefeated under Hiddink’s current spell and are still only three points off seventh place.

Everton 2-3 West Ham

Payet was West Ham’s hero as they bounced back from a two-goal deficit to claim the three points. Lukaku fired home within fifteen minutes, before Mirallas was sent off for his second booking. Lennon added Everton’s second after a wonderful move, before Lukaku’s penalty was denied by Adrian’s gloves. In the 78th minute, Antonio headed in Noble’s cross and Sakho did the same to Payet’s cross. Payet then became scorer in the dying minutes, slotting in past Howard to claim the victory and keep West Ham’s top four dreams alive.

Manchester City 4-0 Aston Villa

Manchester City ended their run of three league defeats by thumping bottom club Aston Villa. Toure opened the scoring shortly after the interval and Aguero took advantage of Richard’s mistake two minutes later. Aguero grabbed his second when he volleyed home and Sterling completed the rout with an easy tap in; Aguero missing out on a hat-trick as his penalty hit the post. City’s title hopes still live on, whereas Villa’s hopes of avoiding relegation are still withering away.

Newcastle 1-3 Bournemouth

Newcastle’s survival hopes took another blow as the Magpies slumped to defeat to Bournemouth. The Cherries took the lead through Taylor’s own goal, before King smashed his team even further ahead. Perez slotted home to possibly start a comeback, but that never materialised with Daniels taking advantage of poor defending to score in stoppage time. Even more pressure will be piled on McClaren with his job security becoming more fragile and relegation becoming an ever more possible conclusion to the season.

Southampton 1-1 Sunderland

Van Dijk rescued Southampton a point against a relegation threatened Sunderland. Chances were rare in the first half but the late stages of the game was when the action picked up. Fonte saw red for dragging down Borini and Defoe opened the scoring for the Black Cats. However, the visitors were denied a huge win when Van Dijk scored in stoppage time. With the bottom three clubs all losing, Sunderland missed the chance to pull away from the relegation zone now being only one point from the drop.

Swansea 1-0 Norwich

Norwich remain in the relegation zone after suffering defeat at Swansea. Sigurdsson’s low strike in the second half proved to be the winner and left the Swans nine points off the relegation zone. The Icelandic midfielder then troubled Ruddy with a free-kick and Redmond nearly levelled for the Canaries late on but saw his shot go wide. Norwich are only one point from safety but haven’t won in ten games in all competitions.

Watford 0-1 Leicester

Leicester extended their lead at the top of the table after defeating Watford. Both teams had plenty of chances in the first 45 minutes, with the best opportunity coming Vardy’s way; his close range shot going wide. The deadlock was broken soon after the break, Holebas’ clearance finding Mahrez who superbly struck his shot high into the net. Leicester next play Newcastle in a game which surely, will award Ranieri’s side with another three points to keep their title chase going.

 

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