Barclays Premier League Reviews
WEST HAM UNITED 0
GOAL: VILLA : CLEVERLEY 31st.
Aston Villa moved a step closer to safety in the Barclays Premier League after Tom Cleverley netted his third goal in three games. The midfielder scored from close range after a pin-point pass from youngster Jack Grealish. West Ham claimed a goal late on, but Enner Valencia was judged to be offside as he sent a header beyond Villa keeper Shay Given.
CRYSTAL PALACE 1
MANCHESTER UNITED 2
GOALS:- PALACE: PUNCHEON 57th. UNITED: MATA 19th PEN; FELLAINI 78th.
Marouane Fellaini scored a second-half winner against Crystal Palace to put Manchester United within a victory of qualifying for the Champions League. Ashley Young was the provider of both United goals, the winger winning a first-half penalty when Scott Dann handled his cross. Juan Mata scored from the spot, before Jason Puncheon levelled for Palace. Fellaini then headed in Young's cross.
HULL CITY 0
GOAL:- BURNLEY: INGS 62nd.
Burnley became the first team to be relegated from the Barclays Premier League, despite winning for the first time in seven games and ending a 10-hour goal drought. Danny Ings struck in the second half to score Burnley's first goal in over 10 hours, but results elsewhere meant they will return to the Championship. Wins for Sunderland, Leicester and Aston Villa and a point for Newcastle means Burnley cannot stay up.
GOALS:- SUNDERLAND: GRAHAM 53rd; DEFOE 85th.
Danny Graham scored his first goal for Sunderland as the Black Cats claimed a crucial win in their fight against relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Graham hung out a leg to meet a wayward Jordi Gomez shot, the ball sneaking in off the post via the striker's calf. Jermain Defoe added a scrappy second as Sunderland climbed from third-bottom to 16th, above Newcastle and Hull.
LEICESTER CITY 2
GOALS:- LEICESTER: MAHREZ 7th, 19th.
Riyad Mahrez hit an early brace as Leicester City took another step towards safety in the Barclays Premier League. The Algerian forward found the net with a low drive on seven minutes, and soon doubled his tally when turning home Jamie Vardy's pull-back. The Foxes have now won six of their last seven games to move three points clear of danger with two games to play.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1
GOALS:- NEWCASTLE: PEREZ 41st. WBA: ANICHEBE 32nd.
Newcastle United ended a run of eight successive Barclays Premier League losses, but their relegation fears continue as they were held to a draw. Despite winning a point, results elsewhere saw the Toon Army drop briefly into the relegation places when Victor Anichebe headed Albion into the lead. Ayoze Perez's equaliser before half-time at least stopped the rot that has plunged Newcastle into crisis, and they were also helped by Burnley's win at Hull City after arch-rivals Sunderland lifted their survival hopes with victory at Everton.
STOKE CITY 3
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0
GOALS:- STOKE: ADAM 21st; N'ZONZI 32nd; DIOUF 86th.
Tottenham's hopes of a top-five finish were dented as goals by Charlie Adam, Steven N'zonzi and Mame Biram Diouf earned Stoke a deserved victory. Midfielder Adam headed the Potters ahead after a mistake by Jan Vertonghen, before Nzonzi's smart finish doubled the lead before half-time. Spurs, who had Vlad Chiriche sent off, went closest when Stoke defender Marc Muniesa headed against his own bar. Diouf added the third following Marko Arnautovic's cross.