Australian Mile Jedinak paid tribute to his team’s work ethic as Crystal Palace beat West Ham 1-0 to guarantee their Premier League survival.
Tottenham weren’t at their best on Saturday, but it rarely looked likely to be a problem. Christian Eriksen’s wicked dead-ball delivery did for Fulham as Spurs emerged as 3-1 winners to make it seven points from nine in April. They’ve scored 11 goals in the process too.
The seventh game of Alan Pardew’s suspension for head-butting David Meyler brought a sixth defeat in injury time yesterday. In that moment, Pardew became the first Newcastle manager in the history of the Premier League to lose five successive games. The numbers no longer add up.
“It’s a bit crap down here at the minute.” That was the verdict of the man selling copies of the  Heroes and Villains fanzine on the Trinity Road yesterday lunchtime. It is a popular view in these parts, and the ensuing 90 minutes offered little evidence to the contrary.
Arsenal have improved the security at their pre-match team hotels after a string of disturbances affected the Gunner’s players before key games this season.
Kris Boyd claims to have received no contact from other clubs as his future at Kilmarnock is called into question.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is reluctant to use injuries as an excuse with regard to his side’s faltering Barclays Premier League title challenge.
Laurent Koscielny has opened new contract talks with Arsenal and is set to become another in a string of players to commit their futures to the club.
Captain Thomas Vermaelen maintains Arsenal must forget about next month’s FA Cup final date with Hull as they look to get on with their “massive job” in the Barclays Premier League, which continues at the KC Stadium on Easter Sunday.
Tottenham star Sandro has taken a swipe at manager Tim Sherwood claiming he is not injured and instead was left out of the squad to play Fulham on Saturday.
Tottenham star Sandro has taken a swipe at manager Tim Sherwood claiming he is not injured and instead was left out of the squad to play Fulham on Saturday.
A London derby with importance at both ends of the table. Spurs’ Champions League hopes are now fairly remote, but they still need to pick up points to hold off Manchester United if they want Europa League football next season.
Manchester United fans would probably sigh with relief at the end of a campaign which saw them break a number of unwanted records – including Everton’s winless streak at Old Trafford for 14 years. While David Moyes earned himself fierce critics for failing to drive the current champions into the top four, United’s points total away from home is the best in the league.
“That’s football for you”, tweeted Vincent Kompany after Manchester City succumbed to a bitter defeat against title rivals Liverpool last weekend. Although the skipper urged his team to regroup, City were evidently out of touch as they dropped two precious points against Sunderland on Wednesday. Manuel Pellegrini refused to give up on his team’s chances, but in reality slipping twice in the final stages of the season could seriously hamper City’s ambitions.
Both of these sides should be assured of safety – in fact, if results go their way they could both be by the end of the weekend – but that is unlikely to mean that this game loses any of its intensity. Neither Tony Pulis nor Sam Allardyce are the kind of managers to take a backward step, and a London derby at Upton Park is likely to see the crowd fired up.
Despite securing their place in the Premier League weeks ago, and sitting comfortably in the top half, having sold their best player and not replaced him, Alan Pardew is under pressure at Newcastle. Four consecutive defeats have cast a sense of gloom over St James’ Park, and the Magpies are meandering towards the end of the season.
Adam Lallana has been linked with a big-money move this summer and is expected to grace the World Cup finals, but he will not be getting carried away.