“One week, two winning goals. Thank you Demba Ba.”
On a poignant weekend where the worst tragedy in English Football history was remembered, Liverpool took a big leap in the title race after defeating Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield.
All matches were delayed by six minutes as a mark of respect on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. A minute’s silence also followed.
A goal from Demba Ba gave Chelsea a 1-0 win against ten man Swansea City. Everton beat Sunderland 1-0 to move into fourth place in the Premier League.
Tottenham Hotspur staged a remarkable comeback to earn a 3-3 draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Fulham 1 Norwich City 0 – 3.07pm KO, Saturday
Hugo Rodallega scored the only goal of the game as Shahid Khan’s Fulham gained three crucial points against Norwich City.
New Norwich boss Neil Adams could only watch as his side failed on three occasions to score before Fulham eventually took the lead. Fulham’s new boss Felix Magath however, must be pleased with his third win in five games, edging Fulham closer to safety.
Fulham now sit third from bottom, two points behind Norwich City.
A Fulham fan from Pakistan wrote on Facebook: “A great relief to hopefully escape relegation.”
Sunderland 0 Everton 1 – 3.07pm KO, Saturday
Everton moved into the top four of the Premier League, further fuelling their Champions League ambitions.
Sunderland, rooted to the bottom of the League held their own for parts of the match before an own goal by Wes Brown fifteen minutes from time dealt a hammer blow to the Black Cats’ hopes of survival.
Everton dominated the opening half, but could not make anything count. Sunderland did not have much to show either. The game didn’t come alive until the final twenty minutes when Everton upped the tempo.
Brown’s attempt to block a cross ended with the ball being sent into his own net. Everton earned three points as they won the game 1-0.
West Bromwich Albion 3 Tottenham Hotspur 3 – 3.07pm KO, Saturday
West Bromwich Albion started the match very brightly as they scored three goals within the first half an hour.
Mat?j Vydra began West Bromwich Albion’s domination scoring in the 1st minute. Chris Brunt then made it 2-0 only three minutes later, before Stéphane Sessègnon made it 3-0. An own goal by West Bromwich Albion’s Jonas Olsson made it 3-1 just before half time.
Spurs started the second half in a confident manner. The positive intent paid off as Harry Kane pulled a goal back with twenty minutes to go, making for a tense finish to the match. Spurs pressed on as they found the net in the last minute of the game through Christian Eriksen to secure a vital away point.
Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2 – 1.37pm KO, Saturday
A fantastic match for the neutrals, but a heart stopping encounter for both sets of fans as Liverpool sent out a strong statement to their title rivals.
Manchester City were stunned as Liverpool took the lead through the in-form Raheem Sterling in the sixth minute. This was followed by Martin Škrtel powering a header home from a Steven Gerrard corner to leave the visitors bemused at half time.
The second half was a different story as Manchester City turned up with a mission to accomplish. Two goals in five minutes courtesy of David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal levelled matters as Manchester City were on the front foot. Liverpool almost conceded a third, but held their ground well as they got their rhythm back.
A rare error by City’s influential defender Vincent Kompany saw his erroneous clearance fall to Philippe Coutinho, whose fierce first time shot left Joe Hart stranded as Liverpool regained the lead once again.
After a nervy ten minutes, followed by five minutes of injury time, Liverpool marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster with a 3-2 win over Manchester City at Anfield.
Liverpool took a massive step towards the title that’s eluded them for twenty-four years. Talismanic skipper Steven Gerrard could not hold back his tears on an emotional day for the Reds.
Speaking after the match, Gerrard said: “It’s probably going to be the biggest month of my career coming up now. I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”
Swansea 0 Chelsea 1 – 4.07pm KO, Saturday
Following Liverpool’s emphatic win against arguably the favourites for the Premier League title, Chelsea had to win to ensure they kept themselves in the running.
A relatively good start to the game for both sides was spoilt in the 16th minute when Swansea defender Chico Flores was sent off after being booked twice in two minutes. This changed the shape of the game early on, but the home side did very well to hold their own and keep the match level at half time.
Chelsea coach José Mourinho threw on Samuel Eto’o at half time, knowing that nothing less than a win will do, especially against a ten man Swansea side. This seemed to do the trick as Demba Ba popped up with just over twenty minutes to go to give Chelsea the points they needed.
A relieved Chelsea fan from India tweeted: “One week, two winning goals. Thank you Demba Ba.”
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace registered a 1-0 win against Aston Villa. Cardiff City won by the same score away at St Mary’s, ensuring Southampton got no points. Newcastle United’s poor form continued as Stoke City beat them 1-0 at home.