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Football: Barclays Premier League Results, Saturday 16 April 2011

Five Barclays Premier League matches were played on the afternoon of Saturday 16th April 2011, with each match seeing at least two goals, ending in a positive result, and much movement in the table, particularly at the bottom of the league.

Birmingham 2-0 Sunderland

Birmingham drew level on points with Sunderland – and leapfrogged them into 14th place – with a good 2-0 home win.

Larsson got the hosts off the mark after 41 minutes before Gardner added a second half goal to double the lead on 66 minutes. Birmingham, with this result, took a big leap towards Premier League safety, as they are now five points from the bottom three. Sunderland, however, are now looking anxiously over their shoulders, rather than towards the top of the table, as they were at Christmas.

Blackpool 1-3 Wigan

Wigan pulled themselves off the bottom – and out of the bottom three – at Blackpool’s expense, as they collected a vital 3-1 away win.

Rodallega got the visitors off the mark early, with a third minute goal, before Charles N’Zogbia doubled the lead a minute into first half injury time.

When Eardley scored an own goal on 67 minutes, making it 3-0 to Wigan, the hosts looked to be out of it, which they were, despite DJ Campbell adding an 83rd minute consolation. Blackpool are now in trouble, after their good start to the season: they sit third bottom in the league. Wigan are one point ahead of them, in the safe 17th place, though will be back in the bottom three if Wolves, who sit bottom, can win their game in hand.

Everton 2-0 Blackburn

Blackburn remain in trouble, safe by just two points, after they were defeated away at Everton, who move to within one point of Liverpool, in 7th place in the table.

This match was 0-0 at half time, but the hosts got the three points after a 54th minute goal from Osman was added to by a Baines penalty on 75 minutes to make it 2-0 when the final whistle blew. Everton are once more producing their best football at the end of the season, and look to have an outside chance of European qualification.

West Brom 1-3 Chelsea

Chelsea picked up the win they so desperately needed to keep any sort of chance of retaining their Premier League crown with a come-from-behind victory away at West Brom.

Odemwingie got the Baggies off to a great start with a goal after 17 minutes, but Chelsea caught and then passed West Brom with goals from Drgoba on 22 minutes and Kalou on 26 minutes. At the end of the first half, Frank Lampard added a third goal for the visiting blues,  which was to be the final goal of the game.

Chelsea stay third, but move to within one point of Arsenal above them (who have one game in hand) and eight points of Manchester United, who top the table, having played the same number of matches (32). West Brom are 11th, and remain a good way from the trouble at the bottom: on today’s evidence, they have the weapons required to produce points from easier opportunities in their final six matches.

West Ham 1-2 Aston Villa

Villa, like Chelsea, had to come-from-behind to pick up three points today.

Robbie Keane gave struggling West Ham the best possible start to this home match, when he scored after just 3 minutes, but his goal was cancelled out by a 36th minute strike by Darren Bent.

West Ham looked to be on course for a much-needed point until Agbonlahor popped up with an injury time winner on 90+1 minutes to claim all three points for Aston Villa.

Villa, who would have been in trouble had they lost, move up to a remarkable ninth place, so tight is it at the foot of the table. West Ham remain in trouble, in 19th place, just two points from safety in this relegation scrap which looks set to continue until the final weekend.

Barclays Premier League 2010/2011 Results – Saturday 14th April 2011

  • Birmingham 2-0 Sunderland
  • Blackpool 1-3 Wigan
  • Everton 2-0 Blackburn
  • West Brom 1-3 Chelsea
  • West Ham 1-2 Aston Villa

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