Wigan Athletic demolish Newcastle United
Wigan made it five wins out of six as they moved three points clear of the relegation zone and dented Newcastle’s hopes of finishing in the top four.
Victor Moses headed home to open the scoring and fired a second past Tim Krul less than two minutes later.
Shaun Maloney slotted in to extend the lead and Franco di Santo curled a brilliant fourth just before half-time. Papiss Cisse struck the bar and post but Newcastle were soundly beaten as Wigan secured three vital points.
The Latics looked destined to go down for much of the season but incredibly they have taken 15 points from a possible 21, with two games remaining. Roberto Martinez’s men have lost just three of 13 fixtures since the start of February and will be confident of extending their Premier League stay to eight years.
Their feat was all the more remarkable given that Newcastle arrived at the DW Stadium following a run of six consecutive wins.
Everton maintain form to beat Fulham
Nikica Jelavic scored twice as Everton moved a step closer to finishing above Liverpool with an emphatic victory over Fulham at Goodison Park.
The Croatian struck twice before half-time, with Marouane Fellaini adding another to make it 3-0 at the interval. Substitute Tim Cahill added a fourth on the hour, as Fulham fell apart. The victory moves Everton into seventh, five points clear of their Merseyside rivals having played a game more.
Wolves in dramatic comeback
Matt Jarvis’s two goals spearheaded Wolves fightback at Swansea. In a breathless start Andrea Orlandi and Nathan Dyer headed in for Swansea either side of Joe Allen’s strike.
Steven Fletcher looped in a header in reply before Danny Graham’s close-range curler made it 4-1, only for Jarvis to drill in from Kevin Doyle’s cross. Dave Edwards burst through the middle for Wolves’ third and Jarvis completed the recovery as he converted Fletcher’s cross.
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Arsenal moved closer to securing third place in the Premier League despite being held to a draw at Stoke. The Gunners fell behind when Peter Crouch headed a Matthew Etherington cross into the net. The visitors quickly responded with Tomas Rosicky’s inviting cross being guided in by Robin van Persie. Arsenal’s Yossi Benayoun had appeals for a late penalty waved away after a Glenn Whelan challenge as both teams settled for a point.