24 May 2009

ARSENAL 4 (Beattie 10 og, Van Persie 16 Pen, Diaby 18, Van Persie 41)
STOKE 1 (Fuller 31 Pen)

Arsenal blitzed Stoke with a superb first half display at the Emirates. They needed a slice of luck to take the lead when James Beattie sliced a drilled cross from Cesc Fabregas into his own net but they never looked back as Robin Van Persie side-footed home a penalty after he'd been fouled by Ryan Shawcross and then his cross was headed in by Abu Diaby. Stoke did get a look in when Ricardo Fuller coolly converted a penalty after he was tripped by Denilson but Van Persie had the final say when he latched onto an awful header by Rory Delap to control and volley home.

Attendance : 60,082
Assists : n/a, RVP (pen), RVP (fk), Fuller (won pen), n/a

ASTON VILLA 1 (Duff 38 og)

Newcastle are relegated after 16 seasons in the top flight after defeat at Aston Villa. They actually began the game well and had early chances as Damien Duff's deflected shot was only just saved, Steven Taylor's effort was blocked on the line and Obafemi Martins volleyed a decent chance over. The stuffing was knocked out of them when Gareth Barry's shot was heading miles wide only for Duff to try and block and only divert it into the bottom corner. Results elsewhere meant that a draw would have kept Newcastle up however there fate was effectively confirmed in stoppage time when David Edgar was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Ashley Young.

Attendance : 42,585
Red Card : Edgar 94 (Newcastle)
Assist : n/a


Goalless at Ewood Park to end a season which Blackburn and already relegated West Brom would want to forget. The visitors actually had the best chances and came close when Chris Brunt's stinging effort was pushed against the post by the keeper. Rovers ended with ten men when Jason Roberts was sent off for swinging an elbow at Jonas Olsson.

Attendance : 28,389
Red Card : Roberts 71 (Blackburn)
Assists : n/a

EVERTON 2 (Osman 45, Osman 88)

Fulham cliched the final Europa League place despite a home defeat against Everton. A goal at the end of each half by Leon Osman won the game for the visitors as he latched onto Steven Pienaar's through ball, rounded the keeper and rolled the ball in and then embarked on a superb solo run, beating three men before curling in a cracker. This was Fulham's highest ever league finiah in their history. Remarkable considering how close they were to being relegated last season.

Attendance : 25,497
Assists : Pienaar, Vaughan


Hull survive by the skin of their teeth for a second season in the Premier League after losing at home to Champions Man United. The visitors, with one eye on the Champions League Final, fielded a weakened side but still had too much for Hull and won it when Federico Macheda set up Darren Gibson to fire in a cracker from 25 yards. This game ended a minute or so before the Newcastle one, leaving home fans glued to radio's for the final few seconds at Villa Park but the loudest cheer came at the final whistle which comfirmed Hull's safety.

Attendance : 24,945
Assist : Macheda

LIVERPOOL 3 (Torres 31, Hutton 64 og, Benayoun 81)
TOTTENHAM 1 (Keane 77)

Spurs could have overtaken Fulham but slipped to defeat at second placed Liverpool. Fernando Torres opened the scoring with a superb header in off the bar from Dirk Kuyt's cross and Kuyt was involved in the second as his off-target shot was deflected into his own net by Alan Hutton. Luka Modric then sent Robbie Keane clear to take his time and pull a goal back against his former club but late on, Steven Gerrard sent Yossi Benayoun through to bobble in the third.

Attendance : 43,937
Assists : Kuyt, n/a, Modric, Gerrard


The North-West derby saw Man City end their season with a narrow win over Bolton. The only goal came early as Robinho and Stephen Ireland set up Micah Richards to cross for Felipe Caicedo to score with ease.

Attendance : 47,202
Assist : Richards

SUNDERLAND 2 (Richardson 53, Jones 90)
CHELSEA 3 (Anelka 47, Kalou 74, Cole 86)

Sunderland remain in the top flight despite losing at home to Chelsea. All five goals came after the break starting with one of the goals of the season as Nik Anelka collected the ball on the half way line and after a solo run, unleashed a beauty from 20 yards whcih tore into the top corner. Sunderland levelled shortly afterwards when Grant Leadbitter's cross was missed by Petr Cech and walloped in at the far post by Kieron Richardson. Chelsea regaine the lead with another beauty as Didier Drogba's cross was cleared to Salomon Kalou who thumped it in from the edge of the area. Ashley Cole was the unlikely scorer of the third with a volley after Kalou's shot was saved and although Kenwyne Jones headed in Andy Reid's cross late on, Chelsea held on to the win and Sunderland held on to their top flight status.

Attendance : 42,468
Assists : Ballack, Leadbitter, n/a, n/a, Reid

WEST HAM 2 (Cole 33, Stanislas 58)

Middlesbrough are relegated after failing to get the win needed to have any chance of staying up. Ironically, all other results went Boro's way so had they won at West Ham, Hull would have been down. The Hammers took the lead when Herita Ilunga crossed low for Carlton Cole to tap in at the far post with the keeper wrong footed. The visitors had brief hope early in the second half when Tuncay's run ended with a pass to Gary O'Neil who fired a shot across goal and inside the far post. The hope lasted eight minutes before Lucas Neill found Junior Stanislas and his low drive from the edge of the area crept under the hands of the keeper and into the net.

Attendance : 34,007
Assists : Ilunga, Tuncay, Collison

WIGAN 1 (Rodallega 26)

Wigan ended their campaign with a home win against Portsmouth. The goal was set up by Charles N'Zogbia whose cross was missed by Sol Campbell and the keeper and left Hugo Rodellega with a tap into an empty net.

Attendance : 17,696
Assist : n/a

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