Premier League round-up
Wonderful Wigan demolish Magpies; Arsenal draw with Stoke
Last Updated: April 30, 2012 12:47pm
Wigan produced an inspired performance to stun Newcastle, as Arsenal drew with Stoke to inch a step closer to sealing third place in the Premier League.
Aston Villa and Bolton remain in trouble after being held to draws, while there was an extraordinary eight-goal thriller at the Liberty Stadium, Everton thrashed Fulham and Luis Suarez netted a hat-trick for Liverpool.
Newcastle's hopes of finishing in the top three were dealt a major blow as Wigan provided another demonstration of their Premier League credentials with an incredible 4-0 home win that significantly boosts their survival chances.
Newcastle may have won six in a row ahead of kick-off but Wigan have shown in recent weeks they can be dangerous opponents and were quickly into their stride at the DW Stadium as Victor Moses broke the deadlock with a header in the 13th minute.
Click below for individual match reports and stats:Everton 4 Fulham 0
Stoke 1 Arsenal 1
Sunderland 2 Bolton 2
Swansea 4 Wolves 4
West Brom 0 Aston Villa 0
Wigan 4 Newcastle 0
Norwich 0 Liverpool 3
The impressive Moses fired in a second for the Latics moments later after poor defending from Newcastle, and Shaun Maloney was sent racing through on goal to make it 3-0 on 36 minutes.
Franco Di Santo curled home a sublime effort on the stroke of half-time to leave the Magpies with a mountain to climb, and it proved an insurmountable task as Wigan cruised through the remaining 45 minutes to pull three points clear of the drop zone.
Arsenal could not take full advantage of Newcastle's slip-up but still strengthened their position with a 1-1 draw against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
There is no love lost between these two sides following previous accusations from Arsene Wenger that Stoke are too physical in their approach, and the opening goal of the game came from a direct route as Peter Crouch won an aerial battle to head Matthew Etherington's cross cleverly past Wojciech Szczesny.
Arsenal were soon back on level terms, though, with newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year Robin van Persie poking home a Tomas Rosicky cross for his 28th Premier League goal of the season.
Both sides pushed for a winner in the second half but there were no further goals and the Gunners had to settle for a hard-earned point that keeps their top-three challenge on track.
Still in trouble
Bolton remain in the relegation zone, behind Queens Park Rangers on goal difference, after drawing 2-2 with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Kevin Davies opened the scoring for Bolton just before the half-hour mark with a volley at the back post from Martin Petrov's deep cross, only for Nicklas Bendtner to equalise within a few minutes after latching on to a delightful pass from Jack Colback.
James McClean's powerful free-kick put the Black Cats in front in the 55th minute but they were not ahead for long as Davies nodded in his second goal of the afternoon from a Sam Ricketts cross.
Aston Villa's disappointing run continued as they played out a tense goalless draw with Midlands rivals West Brom at The Hawthorns to keep them hovering precariously three points above the bottom three.
There was no separating the sides in the first half before a moment of controversy at the start of the second period when West Brom's appeals for a penalty, and what would have been an inevitable red card, fell on deaf ears after Alan Hutton appeared to deflect a goalbound Liam Ridgewell effort over the bar with his outstretched arm.
There were further chances at both ends in an exciting climax, with a late Shay Given save perilously close to crossing the line, as Villa picked up a point that does little for their hopes of avoiding the drop.
Wolves show spirit
Wolves became the first team to have relegation confirmed last weekend but responded to Terry Connor's calls to show some spirit in their final few games as they battled back from a shocking start to draw 4-4 with Swansea.
Andrea Orlandi's glancing header from a Scott Sinclair cross put the Swans ahead inside the opening 60 seconds, before Joe Allen made it 2-0 on four minutes with a deflected shot from the edge of the area.
The Wolves defence was again made to look like a schoolboy team in the 15th minute as Orlandi was allowed time to pick out a cross and the unmarked Nathan Dyer headed past Dorus De Vries.
Steven Fletcher's looping header reduced Wolves' arrears but only for a couple of minutes before Danny Graham steered home a fourth for Swansea.
Matt Jarvis gave Wolves hope again in the 33rd minute with a shot that Ashley Williams failed to clear off the line, and Dave Edwards found the target early in the second period to set up an intriguing finale.
Jarvis turned in Fletcher's low delivery to draw Wolves level with 20 minutes still to play, and the visitors held firm to pick up only their third point under Connor.
Everton continued their bid to finish seventh, ahead of Merseyside rivals Liverpool, with a comfortable 4-0 win at home to mid-table rivals Fulham.
Both sides have been in decent form over the past few weeks but it was Everton who were fastest out of the blocks as Pavel Pogrebnyak's handball gave away a penalty and Nikica Jelavic stepped up to open the scoring on seven minutes.
Marouane Fellaini headed the Toffees further ahead nine minutes later and Jelavic somehow squeezed a shot in from a tight angle before half-time to make it 3-0, but both goals should have been prevented by the defender on the line.
There was no way back for Fulham after the interval and Tim Cahill increased the margin of victory with a first-time finish from Steven Pienaar's lobbed pass on the hour mark.
Liverpool's poor finishing has been a regular source of frustration for supporters this season but Suarez was at his most lethal in the late game at Carrow Road to net a treble in the Reds' 3-0 triumph over Norwich.
The Uruguayan's first came after 24 minutes when he blasted home following good work by Steven Gerrard, before he doubled their advantage with a powerful strike four minutes later.
Suarez saved his best for last, though, as he completed his hat-trick eight minutes from time by dispossessing Elliott Ward on the halfway line and then sending a perfectly flighted chip from 50 yards over the head of goalkeeper John Ruddy.