Premier League

Best of the weekend

Sky Sports casts an eye over this weekend's Premier League action and picks out the highlights, as well as a gaffe at The Reebok.

Team of the week

Game of the weekend

Arsenal 3 Norwich 3

A six-goal thriller at the Emirates in the only Premier League game on Saturday, with the lead changing hands three times before substitute Steve Morison netted late on for the Canaries to earn a deserved point. Yossi Benayoun celebrated his 32nd birthday by opening the scoring after just one minute and six seconds in North London. But the plucky Canaries first equalised via Wes Hoolahan before Grant Holt handed them a 2-1 lead going into the break. Gunners skipper and goal machine Robin van Persie notched a quick-fire brace as the hosts looked like sealing a vital win, but Arsene Wenger's men were then caught out by a ball over the top and Morison ran on to slot past Wojciech Szczesny to earn a point.

Player of the weekend

Yaya Toure

The Manchester City midfielder was superb throughout the clash against Newcastle at St James' Park and scored twice as Manchester City closed in on the title. During a tense afternoon on Tyneside, the Ivory Coast international was given more freedom by the introduction of midfield enforcer Nigel de Jong in place of Samir Nasri in the 61st minute and repaid boss Roberto Mancini's tactical change by notching in the 70th and 89th minutes to earn three priceless points.

Goal and moment of the weekend

Yaya Toure's opener

Toure's first goal against Newcastle was stunning. He exchanged passes with Sergio Aguero before curling a measured finish from the outside of the box beyond the despairing dive of Tim Krul. With the deadlock broken, City pushed on to win 2-0 and sit with one hand on the title heading into the final games next Sunday.

Performance of the weekend


With a minute left to play on Sunday, QPR's hopes of staying up looked decidedly bleak, sitting in the last relegation berth, two points behind Wigan and Bolton, who were beating West Brom 2-1 at the Reebok. But Mark Hughes' men, coming off a demoralising 6-1 thrashing at Chelsea last time, dug deep to pull off a vital victory via substitute Djibril Cisse's late goal against a stubborn Stoke side. Even better for the Hoops' faithful, substitute James Morrison then notched an even later equaliser for the Baggies at the Reebok to help QPR to turn the tables on the Trotters, with Hughes' side now two points ahead of Bolton heading in to their final day clashes at Man City and Stoke respectively.

Gaffe of the weekend

Billy Jones own goal

Liam Ridgewell's attempted clearance from a Martin Petrov cross struck his West Brom team-mate Billy Jones in the chest, and ricocheted into the net past a helpless Ben Foster to give Bolton a second goal at the Reebok.

Save of the weekend

Ben Foster

During the game at the Reebok, Foster denied Kevin Davies shortly before the own goal with a brilliant reflex save, getting down to scoop the ball off the line after the striker got his head to a Petrov cross.

Talking points of the weekend

Issues at the top and bottom of the table

The title, Champions League places and relegation battle are still to be decided as a thrilling Premier League season heads towards its climax. Wins for Man City and Man United on Sunday mean any slip-ups on the final day must be avoided, while Arsenal, Spurs and Newcastle all stumbled this weekend in the race for a third-placed finish to leave this issue also to be decided next Sunday. In the battle to avoid the drop, QPR sealed a vital win, but Bolton will be rueing two lost points.