The Wolves were sent back to relegation with a fulminating 5-0 by Fulham and United put a stop to the Spurs, which makes it their second defeat in a row.
By Camilla Mancini
Manchester United pounded the tough Tottenham Hotspur to win 3 points more, but no matter the efforts the Red Devils make, City also continues beating its rivals to hold on tight to the lead. Therefore the top two leaders are still separated by 2 points only, while the Spurs have been left stuck on 53pts just watching Arsenal approach themselves. It looks like Redknapp’s club has entered into an unlucky streak and if they don’t managed to stop it now they could be regretting it pretty soon; because it has been the opposite for the Gunners which have won 6 points within the last 2 fixtures and are now just 4 points away from the third spot.
On the other end of the board there are still Wigan and Bolton in the bottom two positions and back in the 18th spot are the Wolves, which could only staid off the relegation zone for a week. The Cottagers were the ones in charge of sinking Wolverhampton with its season’s biggest defeat so far, for they knocked it out with a 5-0. This heavy defeat was accomplished between two men: Pavel Pogrebnyak and Clint Dempsey. Pogrebnyak got on the score sheet during the 36’ with a headed goal and at 44’ brought home a double lead, assisted by Andrew Johnson.
To continue with the humiliating blast the Whites were given to their visitors, just 10 minutes after the return from the interval, Dempsey caught a pass from Danny Murphy and rounding Hennessey shot the ball to the bottom right corner of the goal. Five minutes later Pogrebnyak was scoring his fifth goal since he became a Cottager in January, actually his fifth in three games. Within seven minutes to the end of the challenge, Dempsey finished off the Wolves with the fifth and last goal of the day. This has been the first time that Fulham wins three matches in a row since 2008 and thanks to its lately success is currently standing in the 8th position –the highest position it has reach in the season.
The last match of the 27th round took place at the White Hart Lane, where even though the hosts did a good job controlling the ball, they still weren’t able to prevail against Manchester United. In fact, Jermaine Defoe’s late goal was pretty much a consolation goal for the Spurs, as United had conquered the triumph almost twenty minutes before. The Red Devils first goal was headed by their top scorer Wayne Rooney, in the last minute of first half, when he reached a corner from Ashley Young. The next two goals were Young’s work, which achieved in less than 10 minutes. At the 60th minute a pass from Luis Nani ricocheted in Young’s way, allowing him to place the 2-0 with a perfect strike. The midfielder scored then his 4th of the season at the 69’, when the opponents’ defense backed off and he grabbed the chance from just outside the penalty area with another beautiful strike.
The other matches from round 27: Liverpool 1-2 Arsenal; Wigan 0-2 Swansea; West Brom 1-0 Chelsea; Stoke 1-0 Norwich; QPR 1-1 Everton; Man. City 2-0 Bolton; Blackburn 1-1 Aston Villa; Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland.