Bolton Wanderers can now completely justify their sacking of Gary Megson mid-season as Owen Coyle has brought the club out of the relegation zone and onto dry land. Matt Taylor (pictured) scored twice in the final three minutes to give the Trotters a stunning comeback victory away to Stoke City, 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium. Dave Kitson’s early goal gave the Potters the lead but Taylor’s late brace pushes Bolton to a comfortable seven-point cushion with just three games to play. Only a miracle end to the season for the current bottom clubs could crash Bolton now, assuming they pick up no more points the rest of the way. Stoke were already safe but will frustrated not to get a nice push into the top ten today.
In Birmingham, Hull City drew out another nil-nil score to earn a point and inch closer to escaping relegation. The scoreless draw at St. Andrews is a disappointing result for the Blues but the Tigers will be ecstatic to have shared points today. Three points would have obviously made things much better for Hull but every point is useful as the deficit to evade relegation is down to three points. Brum hold stead in ninth place.
An explosive final twenty minutes at Ewood Park saw Everton escape Blackburn Rovers with a 3-2 victory on Tim Cahill’s extra-time winner. With the score 1-0 in favor of the visitors at the 70th minute, all hell broke loose with each club scoring twice in the final minutes. Steven N’Zonzi and Jason Roberts sandwiched a Yakubu goal for the Toffees as Rovers drew even twice. But Cahill’s brilliance late in games showed through once again, winning the game and the three points for Everton. The Toffees are now just a point behind Aston Villa for seventh place, though the Villans do have two games in hand. Blackburn are well safe from relegation but do drop back to twelfth place today.
Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers played to a nil-nil draw at Craven Cottage. Wolves would’ve loved full points and probably safety from relegation but instead the visitors pick up just the single point and move to six points clear of the drop. The Cottagers will certainly have wanted to earn more than a single point against Wolves at home but the point does move them into tenth place, jumping Stoke City on goal differential.
And first half goals from Frazier Campbell and Darren Bent were enough to see Sunderland through to a 2-1 victory over Burnley at the Stadium of Light. Steven Thompson’s goal in the 82nd minute was all the visitors could muster as the Black Cats pushed the Clarets to the brink of relegation. With Hull’s draw, Burnley are now alone in nineteenth place, four points shy of exiting the drop zone with just three games to play. Only winning results and general failure above can save Burnley now. Sunderland stay at thirteenth place.