Niko Kranjčar (pictured) scored in the 77th minute to lead Tottenham Hotspur past Stoke City 2-1 in a difficult away game at the Britannia Stadium. The game also saw the first goal for Eiður Guðjohnsen in a Spurs shirt as the visitors increased their lead in fourth place to four points over fifth place Liverpool and five points over sixth place Manchester City, though City do have two games in hand. Stoke remain in eleventh place after the loss.

John Carew needed to score twice to overcome a James Milner own-goal just to earn a 2-2 draw for Aston Villa with visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park. The home side took an early lead from Carew’s first goal but Jody Craddock and Milner put visiting Wolves in a rare position to take three away points from an upper echelon side. But Carew found his brace on 82 minutes and kept Villa from an embarrassing home loss. Villa remain in seventh place while Wolves inched slightly further away from the relegation zone, bypassing West Ham for sixteenth place and moving four points clear of the drop.

Everton won again with Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar scoring both goals in the final twenty minutes against Bolton Wanderers. The 2-0 home victory at Goodison Park allows the Toffees to finally pass Birmingham City for eighth place and increase the slight possibility of qualifying for European play next season. Bolton drop back to fourteenth place but are eight points clear of relegation.

Fratton Park was the scene for a fantastic comeback victory for Portsmouth as Jamie O’Hara and Nwankwo Kanu scored in the 88th and 89th minutes to send Pompey to a 3-2 victory over Hull City. The two late goals cancelled out a brace from Caleb Folan and are a devastating blow to Hull’s chances of survival in the top flight. Iain Dowie’s first game in charge of Hull seemed to be an important victory over relegation-bound Pompey but with the tables turning so late in the game, Hull now remain in nineteenth place, three points adrift. Portsmouth will of course be relegated after swallowing the Premier League’s nine-point penalty for going into administration, and are now eleven points short of even Hull and fourteen shy of survival.

Darren Bent’s brace led Sunderland to a 3-1 victory over Birmingham City at the Stadium of Light. Bent scored the first two goals of the game and Frazier Campbell scored late on to cancel out Cameron Jerome’s lone Brum goal. The Black Cats move back up to twelfth place while Birmingham fall to ninth.

And Hugo Rodallega scored an extra-time winner for Wigan against Burnley, 1-0 at the DW Stadium. The Clarets need every single point they can get and an away draw would surely have been helpful in their fight for top flight survival. But Rodallega kept Burnley wondering as he found the back of the net and moved the Latics seven points clear of relegation. Burnley remain in eighteenth place, three points short of West Ham’s seventeenth place, all while having played an extra game.


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