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  1. FT: Newcastle 1-0 Palace, Stoke 1-1 Sunderland
  2. Magpies out of bottom three as it stands
  3. FT: Everton 2-1 Bournemouth - Baines with winner
  4. FT: Watford 3-2 Aston Villa, West Brom 0-3 West Ham

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By Caroline Chapman, Tom Rostance and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Arsenal 0-0 Norwich

A flat first half at the Emirates. If it stays like this then Norwich would be in 19th place, a point behind both Sunderland and Newcastle.

That's all from this page as we head off into the sun - but follow the second half of the Arsenal game here.


Player reaction

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Disappointed to lose today after being on top for most of the game but on to the next crucial home game against Stoke #cpfc safe journey bk

Player reaction

West Brom 0-3 West Ham

Another great team performance today.. Big 3 points! Happy to break the club record with the most points in a @premierleague season 👏🏼⚒

Martinez hails touching Hillsborough tribute

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

Goodison's emotional Hillsborough tribute

Ahead of kick-off, an emotional Goodison Park paid tribute to the Hillsborough victims following this week's inquest verdict that the 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed. 

Campaigning relatives of the victims were introduced to the stadium, while messages of support were held up by Toffees fans. Everton manager Roberto Martinez shared a warm embrace with Margaret Aspinall - one of leading campaigners - on the touchline.

"It was a very touching tribute. the two football clubs have been shoulder and shoulder and real inspiration for everyone," said the Spaniard.  

"It was an important moment for the whole city, a major boost to get that justice. The families have been a major inspiration. That tribute was touching, emotional and you could feel it in the air."

'Newcastle not a team in bottom three'

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: "For long periods we looked in control of the game especially in the first half.

"They had a good spell in the second half and the crowd got involved and they scored right at the end of that period. We needed to score and we didn't. The game came down to two set plays and that is the margin we are at.

"This was a tight game, Rafa has improved Newcastle in terms of the defensive structure. It is difficult to get at them and they have edged a win here.

"They did well today, they did not play like a team in the bottom three and I am not sure they are.

“I thought the reception I got was muted, which was nice. A lot of people understand that I managed here to the best of my ability and we had some good times that I lean on."


Arsenal 0-0 Norwich

John Hartson

Ex-Arsenal & Wales striker

The Emirates Stadium is a divided place this evening as some fans protest against Arsene Wenger, but plenty more back their manager.

Well done to all you Arsenal fans who never held them silly embarrassing protest boards up.. The minority ones who did.. Have a word!! #AFC

Follow that game in full here.

'This gives us momentum'

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: "We still have to play another two games. We will enjoy this weekend because we won and then we will focus on the next one against Aston Villa which will be a tough one.

"The victory means a lot, it gives us momentum, confidence and a connection with the fans.

"Hopefully it will be the same against Tottenham when we can avoid relegation and everyone will be happy.

"The free-kick was fantastic and the penalty save, I was really pleased for them. Hopefully Karl (Darlow) does not need to save anymore until the end of the season.

"For me the penalty is not clear, he is jumping with his hand, no one asked for the penalty of complained, so for me it was a surprise.

"I know the run in will be tough, we will try and do our best and win. We have to have confidence."

'Comfortable for 93 minutes'

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: “In terms of performances it was significantly better than the last three games. It was important to mix it up today but we should have finished the game off.

“I thought the guys that came in did so to great effect.

“For 93 minutes we were comfortable but the referee has made a poor decision. It is a soft one but it was difficult to take, certainly we were the better team.”

Mark Hughes
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'We got the luck you need'

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland goalscorer Jermain Defoe speaking to Sky Sports: “I thought we played well today, first half was scrappy but it is a difficult place to come. I thought they played well but you always need that bit of luck and we got it in the end.

“Everyone worked hard and put a shift in and we will fight to the end. The lads gave the ball to me and I was confident I would score.

“I didn’t realise about any delay, when it is a penalty you try and relax and there was no negative thoughts in my mind. It is a massive relief, we will take the point.”

Sunderland fans
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This is what a late goal can mean...

'Defore has kept us in the fight'

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

If Sam Allardyce does keep Sunderland up then he ought to be donating his survival bonus to Jermain Defoe's retirement fund. Or at least be buying him a pint. And Big Sam knows it.

"Where would we be without Jermain Defoe? Relegated probably. The other lads haven’t scored enough goals, Jermain has kept us close to be out of trouble," he says.

"I am going home satisfied it is a point gained rather than two dropped.

"We have our destiny in our own hands and have got to play better so if the referee slips up we have got to make sure it doesn’t cost us. It was a scruffy scrappy game, we have got to win that game in hand and certainly next week against Chelsea."

'We deserved to win'

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

Stoke's Peter Crouch who set up his side's goal amid claims of a foul on Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul:

"I know Younes and it wasn’t a foul put it that way.

"We deserved to win, our keeper has not had much to do and a little mistake has cost us and it feels like a defeat.

"We were the better side and deserved to win, it always feels frustrating to concede in the last minute but it was certainly an improvement so we take heart from that."

Peter Crouch


Arsenal 0-0 Norwich

We are up and running in the late game at Arsenal, where Norwich now know that a win or a point would be massive in their fight against the drop.

I shall bring you the best bits but there is of course a distinct page over here

Martinez blanks out protests

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

Roberto Martinez will be feeling a little more relaxed as he kicks back on the sofa with a glass of red later. But will it save his skin at Everton?

"The win was very important - it has been an emotional time. We had to win. We had to dig deep, we showed were were a team and that we have character," says the Spaniard.

On Toffees fans protesting about his reign: "In football you have to concentrate on affecting the game and just winning. The winning feeling allows you to move on. That's what we can take from today."

"Those aspects (fans organising banners to be flown over Goodison) are not for me. My concentration is preparing the players and preparing for the game."

Roberto Martinez

Allardyce relieved with 'precious point'

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce: "It is a brilliant point in the end but for me one that could have been a win rather than the draw. Obviously they didn’t deserve their goal because it was a blatant foul on Younes Kaboul and we should have had a penalty when Geoff Cameron flicks the ball with his hand and referee and his assistant don’t see it. 

"Those things have gone against us today which has not allowed us to be in a position to win it. 

"It is a very precious point and in the end the referee was brave and good enough to make the right decision for us for the penalty."

Sam Allardyce

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

Leighton Baines celebrates

1 - Leighton Baines has scored from open play in the Premier League for the first time since January 2013. Free.

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

"We had to win." Under-fire Everton manager Roberto Martinez knew the pressure was on this afternoon. More from his post-match interview on the way...

'Newcastle changing room is buzzing'

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Newcastle matchwinner Andros Townsend: "Winning is a huge relief.

"I was going to shoot the other side of the wall, but they had such tall players, that I decided to wrong-foot the keeper and it worked out perfectly.

"It could be a massive three points and I am glad I played my part since I have joined and hopefully I will score a few more.

"The team are buzzing in there, it is a massive three points.

"Palace set up to relegate us, from minute one they were time wasting. Sunderland dropped points which is another bonus for us.  We live to fight another day and now we prepare for Villa."

Andros Townsend
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Pennington pleased with Everton debut

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

Young Everton defender Matthew Pennington is grinning like a man who has just won the Euromillions. A Premier League debut, a home win and an impressive personal display. He'll probably win the lottery if he buys a ticket tonight #winning.

"It is a surreal moment for me and a proud moment for family and friends," said the centre-back, who has spent most of the season on loan at League One side Walsall. 

"I'm grateful to get a win on my debut, it's a bit different to Walsall! I found out that I was playing a couple of hours before kick-off, although I thought I might be involved with the injuries and suspensions. 

"Hopefully I'll get another chance - but I'll have to take it from here."

Matthew Pennington
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We were worth a draw - Howe

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

Bournemouth are not mathematically safe having lost five of the past six matches but they should be fine. Shouldn't they?! 

Cherries manager Eddie Howe reckons his team deserved more at Goodison: "I think we were worth a draw, the two goals we conceded were out of context.

"We were solid and our keeper was a spectator for most of the game. When chances came we weren't clinical enough."


Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

The Goodison stewards might be late home for their tea - some Everton fans are refusing to leave. They're stood in the stands, waving homemade banners and chanting less-than-complimentary things about Roberto Martinez's management.

'More than upset!'

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

"I'm more than upset," is the starting point for Sam Allardyce's post-match interview. The Sunderland manager looked livid for the whole game...

Full reaction to come. 

'Wenger's excuse will not go down well'

Arsenal v Norwich (17:30 BST)

Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"That wasn't a great comment by Arsene Wenger and I'm surprised he has made it. It's not a great excuse and I don't think it will go down particularly well.

"Arsenal have under performed and under achieved this season. Those atmospheres only come about when under perform. It's an excuse and it all seems a bit soft to me."

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Championship update

Owls in the play-offs

Gary Hooper celebrates
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In the afternoon's major talking point, Sheffield Wednesday secured the final play-off spot with an eventually comfortable 3-0 win at home to Cardiff, who were the only side who could deny them it.

Wednesday will play either Middlesbrough, Brighton or Burnley in the play-offs, while Hull face Derby. 

At the bottom, Charlton were already down but beat Leeds 2-1 at Elland Road. Daniel Johnson's stoppage-time goal gave Preston a first win at Reading since 1982 and Ipswich beat MK Dons 3-2 with a last-gasp hit.

'Relegation not in our minds'

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow: “We were a bit flat in the first half but Andros’ goal got everyone up. The penalty save was a good moment for me. We have to keep going and make sure we avoid relegation.

“I just kept plugging away, you never know in football when your chance will come and you had to be ready to play. Tim Krul and Rob Elliot did an excellent job and now it is my turn to carry on the baton till the end of the season.

“We have never thought we would go down, it is not in our minds, we have stuck at it all season and we have been on a bit of a run for the last four games and hopefully we can carry that on.”

Deeney leaves Villa feeling Blue

Watford 3-2 Aston Villa

Watford skipper Troy Deeney is happy. As you would imagine for someone whose two goals earned a late win. Against his boyhood team's biggest rivals.

"It took a while for us to get going, but we got a great victory in the end," says the Birmingham City-supporting striker.

"Credit to Villa, they scored two decent goals. We were poor, we can't hide from that, but in recent weeks we have played well and not got results. I'm a firm believer in that it always works it way around again. 

"My best friend - a Blue - would have been loving that - he told me to stick it to Villa."

Aston Villa
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A good time to play Arsenal?

Arsenal v Norwich (17:30 BST)

Steve Wilson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

"Alex Neil was a 15-year-old with big dreams when Arsene Wenger was appointed manager of Arsenal. When Neil was born in June 1981, Wenger was being offered his first coaching job - in charge of the youth at Strasbourg.

"Yet Norwich's impressive young manager is unlikely to be overawed by his first game in charge of a team at the Emirates.

"Norwich have already won at Old Trafford, drawn at Anfield and Upton Park and held Arsenal at Carrow Road this season. What they've done before, they can do again.

"Mind you, Norwich haven't won at Arsenal since the first day of Premier League football: 15 August 1992.

"Against a backdrop of some Arsenal fans protesting for change, Norwich might feel the time for another win on Gunners' soil has come."

Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

Oh. That Toffees win has not got Roberto Martinez out of his sticky spot....

"Nice guy, terrible manager," reads just one of the several banners that are being waved around the quickly-emptying Goodison Park. Ouch.

League One update

A goals from Lucas Akins and a stoppage-time winner from Tom Naylor gave Burton Albion a 2-1 win against Gillingham to put the Brewers on the verge of promotion.

They are six points clear of third-placed Walsall, who have two matches left. Burton, who have never played in the second tier of English football, could be celebrating on Monday if Walsall do not beat Fleetwood.

Millwall beat Oldham 3-0 and Bradford won 1-0 at Southend to secure their play-off places, while Barnsley remain sixth after coming from a goal behind to beat already-relegated Colchester 2-1. Ashley Fletcher was Barnsley's hero with both of his side's goals.

A late, late Jon Taylor winner saw managerless Peterborough win 4-3 at Shrewsbury and Doncaster will need a mathematical miracle to stay up if it stays the same. They are currently losing 2-1 at bottom-placed Crewe.

Lucas Akins

Team news

Arsenal v Norwich City (17:30 BST)

Arsenal are unchanged from the side that drew 0-0 at Sunderland on Sunday, although midfielder Santi Cazorla, who has not played since the last match between these two sides in November, is on the bench after recovering from a serious knee injury.


No messing about from Norwich manager Alex Neil as he makes five changes from their last match - also against Sunderland - two weeks ago.

Cameron Jerome starts up front with Dieumerci Mbokani dropping to the bench, while Russell Martin returns to captain the side.



Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Karl Darlow celebrates

Newcastle are out of the bottom three for the first time since Valentine's Day!

'Feels like a win'

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

Chris Sutton

Former Norwich striker on Final Score

Sam Allardyce
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"It feels like a victory for Sunderland, that point could be crucial. A massive goal from Defoe."  

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace

Dwight Gayle chases a knock down, Palace keep on going as we tick into the fifth minute of added time...


Watford 3-2 Aston Villa

Poor old Villa. Troy Deeney's late heroics condemn Villa to a 11th straight defeat - equalling the club record set in 1963. Another low in the lowest of seasons.

Defoe to the rescue

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

Jermain Defoe hasn't had many touches in this match (as the yellow dots show) compared with others but that matters little. A perfect penalty, a priceless point. 

Stoke v Sunderland


Everton 2-1 Bournemouth

Will this rare home win be enough to save Roberto Martinez from the chop? Maybe not. But it does give the Everton boss hope of sneaking into a top-half finish.

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on Final Score

"Defoe has been fantastic for them. It was never in doubt. Perfect finish from Sunderland's point of view."

Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

Sam Allardyce beats his chest and points frantically at the away end as every Sunderland player kisses the head of Jermain Defoe. 


West Brom 0-3 West Ham

League Two update

It is going to be a fantastic final day of the season in League Two next Saturday as Accrington, Oxford United and Bristol Rovers are all battling for the remaining two promotion places.

All three are winning today - Accrington in second are 1-0 up against Wycombe, third-placed Oxford are 2-0 ahead in their away game at Carlisle with Bristol Rovers, who are fourth, 4-1 in front at York.


Stoke 1-1 Sunderland

Sudnerland remain in the bottom three. But that late, late, late goal could be MASSIVE.