The Soccer Saturday team analyse the big Premier League games
Our boys reflect on David Moyes' Goodison Park swansong and a potentially vital point for Sunderland.
Last Updated: 14/05/13 4:41pm
Everton 2-0 West Ham: Read our match report here
"David would have been nervous about coming out onto the pitch, but he got a fantastic reception from the crowd before and after the match. Moyes will be missed as his shoes are big ones to fill but there are lots of good players in Everton's aging but talented squad, and they played some exhibition football at times against West Ham.
"They were so good on the eye and the likes of Leon Osman and Kevin Mirallas were moving around with freedom. They have developed and are now playing like the Liverpool side of old - and they will now think they are better than the current Liverpool and that, if they get the right man in as manager, they can challenge for the top four."
Paul Merson on Sunderland's stalemate with Southampton
Sunderland 1-1 Southampton: Read our match report here
"I wasn't impressed with Sunderland at all; I cannot remember another shot bar their goal and it didn't work for them with either one or two up front. They are down the bottom of the league and when you are there you do get nervous and aren't going to be playing free-flowing stuff, but I was still very disappointed. However, they are missing some key first-team players and the point could prove crucial in their fight to stay up as Wigan now have two win two football matches.
"Southampton, meanwhile, were much the better team and they played some great football but they just miss that little bit of cutting edge in the final third; if Rickie Lambert isn't putting the ball through the eye of a needle, I don't see too many of the others doing it. That said, Jason Puncheon, who scored Southampton's equaliser, was outstanding when he came on."
Matt Le Tissier on Newcastle's triumph at QPR
QPR 1-2 Newcastle: Read our match report here
"Newcastle showed a lot of character to come back in to the game after going behind and when they equalised they knocked the stuffing out of QPR and went on to dominate the match. Yohan Cabaye was decent as always, while Yoann Gouffran took his goal very well and Papiss Cisse worked hard for the team.
"Looking at Newcastle's squad they do seem to be in a false position in the league, but I think injuries and their Europa League exploits have affected them. As for QPR, their defending was poor and there was a real lack of quality in the final third. Everything was a little flat and Harry Redknapp even had to take Jose Bosingawa off at half-time as the home fans were booing him."
Phil Thompson on Norwich's thrashing of West Brom
Norwich 4-0 West Brom: Read our match report here
"Norwich were absolutely desperate to get to the 41-point mark and Premier League safety and fully deserved their victory - but West Brom, who turned up in mid-table after a good season, were very poor; Romelu Lukaku, Shane Long and Markus Rosenberg played up front but did not have a sniff at goal.
"Steve Clarke - who bought on Peter Odemwingie to a chorus of boos from the West Brom fans - will not want his side's season to peter out, because they have done so well this year, so I would expect him to whip them into shape ahead of next week's final game against Manchester United."