Sunderland still in danger but Norwich secure their Premier League status

It’s your Sunday Premier League round-up.

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Norwich 4-0 West Brom

Robert Snodgrass made the most of a Ben Foster error to give Norwich a one goal lead before half-time at Carrow Road.

That was his seventh of the season and Foster was again at fault for the second Norwich goal, slicing a clearance straight into the path of Grant Holt.

Norwich’s third goal was equally as scrappy with Gareth McAuley steering a Wes Hoolahan cross into his own net before Jonny Howson rounded off a 4-0 win in injury time to secure Norwich’s Premier League status.

Sunderland 1-1 Southampton

Sunderland were very lucky to go in level at half-time as Rickie Lambert should have put Southampton in front, while Jay Rodriguez was denied by Simon Mignolet too.

However, it was the home side who eventually took the lead after 68 minutes when Phil Bardsley drove the ball home from the corner of the area.

Southampton were level less than ten minutes later though when Jason Puncheon got on the end of his own rebound.

The result sees Sunderland just four points clear of Wigan having played a game more and still in deep relegation trouble.

While Southampton are still not mathematically secure, their goal difference should be enough to keep them in the Premier League.

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Everton 2-0 West Ham

Everton started the game in blistering fashion scoring after just six minutes through Kevin Mirallas.

It was Leighton Baineswho started the move, finding Marouane Fellaini on the edge of the box.

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The Belgian then offloaded to Steven Pienaar on his right, who in turn found Kevin Mirallas in space and his finish was clinical from 18 yards.

It was Mirallas who doubled the lead in the second half with the help of a big deflection.

After the game, the Everton players formed a guard of honour for their boss as he makes his way to Old Trafford.

QPR 1-2 Newcastle

Two controversial penalties were the story of the game at Loftus Road.

First, Mathieu Debuchy was adjudged to have brought down Junior Hoilett on the left-hand edge of the box. However, while it looked like the foul may have been outside the area, it didn’t stop Loic Remy from dispatching his penalty.

After 18 minutes, Jose Bosingwa was penalised for holding onto Hatem Ben Arfa’s jersey in the QPR area. Ben Arfa himself took the spot kick and it would still be travelling if it weren’t for the roof of the net.

Newcastle took the lead on 35 minutes when Yoan Gouffran made the most of a Rob Green error and held on for the rest of the game despite having goalkeeper Rob Elliot sent off in the second half.

Fulham 1-3 Liverpool

There was very little to get excited about in Craven Cottage until Dimitar Berbatov found an acre of room in the Liverpool area to head home after 33 minutes.

However, Fulham’s lead didn’t last too long as just three minutes later Daniel Sturridge got on the end of a long ball down field, turning neatly before burying the ball past the Fulham keeper.

Sturridge made it a hat-trick in the second half as Liverpool issued a statement of intent for next season, especially through the performances of the former Chelsea player and Coutinho.

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