Southampton sealed their return with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Coventry City. It means a return to the top flight for the Saints after being relegated at the end of the 2005 season. Relegation ended a run of 27 seasons at the top level of English. Their return to the top flight was secured against Coventry City another provincial side that had spent an extended period in the top division in England. Coventry survived for 34 seasons between 1968 and 2001 but after 11 seasons in the Championship Coventry will be playing in the third tier next season. The last time Coventry sank so low was in the 1963/64 season.
Fulham and Merseyside just do not mix. Everton has now beaten Fulham on their last 18 trips to Goodison on league business and it gets worse. In midweek Fulham plays Liverpool and Anfield and the Cottagers have never won on that ground ever.
Wigan continued their annual Great Escape with a resounding 4-0 win over Newcastle who sat 5th in the Premier League before the weekend’s action.Survival has still not been secured but it certainly looks more positive than a few weeks ago. Wigan can still be caught by Blackburn, QPR and Bolton but with 37 points and games remaining against the bottom two clubs Wolves and Blackburn the chance of another season in the Premier League has swung in their favour.
Toronto FC conceded a late goal to Real Salt Lake and in the process tied a MLS record for the poorest start to a season. Seven losses in seven starts and if they do not pick up a point against DC United next weekend they will become the lone holders of a record for futility.
While Swansea fans were left cursing their side for throwing away a 4-1 lead, Wolves supporters why such a spirited fight-back came after relegation was certain. The neutrals, on the over hand, could just enjoy goal-spree that brought eight goals in total and six in the first 33 minutes of play.
The fate of Rangers still hangs in the balance as deadline after deadline slips by without a new owner being named or a restructuring plan being offered up. Every day that goes by increase the chances of the saga ending in the dreaded L-word.
Luis Suarez scored a hat trick for Liverpool against Norwich with audacious effort from just inside the opposition’s half a particularly spectacular effort. But if you do get a chance to watch the goal again just watch Steven Gerrard’s reaction when he does not get the pass.
The relegation noose tightened a little more on QPR and Blackburn given their losses to Chelsea and Spurs respectively, while Wigan’s win made things a lot worse. Three dropped points are bad but the walloping QPR took from Chelsea did massive damage to their goal difference and you could make the case that they really lost a further half.
Any stand-outs – good and/or bad – that stood out for you this weekend?
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