Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: City Assume Control with Win over Everton

Shane Murray@shanemurray76Featured ColumnistMay 5, 2014

Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures: City Assume Control with Win over Everton

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    This was a weekend where the spotlight was on the managers as much as the players as the relegation battle saw Cardiff City and Fulham bow out of the Premier League. 

    Managers such as Gus Poyet, Sam Allardyce and Paul Lambert experienced an upturn in fortune, while the failure of Felix Magath and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to keep their sides in the top flight will leave question marks over their futures. 

    Read on to see what else made the headlines over the weekend. 

A Tale of Two Managers

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    Tottenham Hotspurs' Tim Sherwood and West Ham United's Sam Allardyce have endured difficult seasons, but the latter will be delighted with his side's impressive 2-0 win at Upton Park, which took the Hammers to 40 points.

    Sherwood's position could be in doubt after leading Spurs to a disappointing sixth place in his debut season, while West Ham fans have shown their discontent with Allardyce and his dour tactics despite some favourable results. It will be a surprise if both managers are at the helm at the start of next season. 

Kaboul's Dismissal a Turning Point

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    The complexion of the game changed in the 24th minute when Spurs centre-back Younes Kaboul was shown a straight red card after tripping Stewart Downing as he raced towards goal.

    The Hammers took the lead shortly after and added a second before the break to seal a win that brought applause from the home fans, a rarity this season for under-fire manager Sam Allardyce. 

Wiemann Guides Villa to Victory and Safety

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    Andreas Weimann struck twice just before half-time to send Aston Villa on their way to a 3-1 victory over Hull City to secure their place in the Premier League for another season. 

Giggs Despairs at Yet Another United Loss

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    Proving that Manchester United's current demise may not have been entirely David Moyes' fault, interim manager Ryan Giggs suffered his first defeat after a toothless display against relegation candidates Sunderland

    Without Wayne Rooney through injury and illness, United fell to their seventh defeat at Old Trafford this season, with the players showing familiar signs of complacency and lack of quality. 

Poyet Leads Sunderland to the Verge of Safety

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    Gus Poyet was a happy man at Old Trafford on Saturday as he masterminded Sunderland's remarkable 1-0 victory over Manchester United to give the Mackems a real chance of Premier League survival.

    One point from their remaining two league games will see them retain their top-flight status, something that looked highly unlikely just two weeks ago as they were rooted to the foot of the table.

Newcastle Win Sees Solskjaer's Cardiff Relegated

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    Alan Pardew and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have both endured difficult seasons, but Solskjaer's hopes of retaining Cardiff City's top-flight status came undone on Saturday as their 3-0 defeat to Newcastle United at St James' Park confirmed their relegation after just one season. 

Newcastle Fans Air Their Disapproval with Pardew and Ashley

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    Newcastle United's passionate fans have not been shy about letting under-fire manager Alan Pardew and owner Mike Ashley know that they have overstayed their welcome at St James' Park. 

    Their latest protest saw a large number of fans leave the stadium on the 69th minute, 69 being pertinent as it was the last time the club won a major trophy, the UEFA Fairs Cup. 

Lambert Strikes Late to Give Saints Victory

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    England World Cup hopeful Rickie Lambert scrambled home a scrappy late goal to give Southampton a 1-0 win at Swansea City and a seventh Premier League away victory, a new record for the club. 

Pochettino's Star Continues to Rise

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    Mauricio Pochettino will be a man in demand if he decides to leave Southampton this summer.

    The Argentine has yet to commit his future to the Saints, and with vacancies expected to arise at White Hart Lane and elsewhere, Pochettino is a man who could be on the move. 

Fulham's Premier League Stay Comes to an End

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    Fuham's 13-year stay in the Premier League came to an end after they fell to a crushing 4-1 defeat at Stoke City on Saturday. 

Magath Fails to Keep Fulham in Premier League

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    Felix Magath replaced Rene Meulensteen on February 14 with the sole task of keeping Fulham in the Premier League.

    But after a disappointing run of results, the Cottagers' fate was sealed on Saturday with their 4-1 defeat at Stoke City confirming their relegation to the Championship after 13 years in the top flight. 

Stoke Continue Impressive Home Form with Win over Fulham

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    Mark Hughes' first season in charge of Stoke City has been a small triumph, with the club sitting in 10th with one game to go.

    City's home record at the Britannia Stadium is only bettered by the top five, and their latest 4-1 win over Fulham was achieved with a sense of purpose and attacking flair that was rarely seen during previous manager Tony Pulis' tenure in charge.  

Dzeko Inspires City's Rise to Summit

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    Manchester City always knew that their trip to Everton was likely to be the toughest game on their title run-in, and so it proved after an absorbing contest at Goodison Park. 

    Manuel Pellegrini's men leapfrogged Chelsea and Liverpool into top spot with a 3-2 win, in which Edin Dzeko was pivotal with a goal either side of half-time. City know that victory in their remaining two games will see them crowned champions for the second time in three years.

Martinez Takes the Applause of Goodison Faithful

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    Roberto Martinez can be content with a job well done in his first year as Everton manager after guiding the Toffees to fifth place and their highest points total of the Premier League era. 

Chelsea Set for Lowest Points Total Under Mourinho

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    After their 0-0 draw at home to Norwich City, Chelsea can finish the season with a maximum of 82 points, their lowest total achieved under Jose Mourinho. 

Was This Torres' Last Home Game for Chelsea?

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    With Jose Mourinho quite vocal about his need to bring in a couple of new strikers, Fernando Torres may have played his last game for the Blues at Stamford Bridge. 

    The Spaniard came off the bench to replace Nemanja Matic in the 73rd minute, and with his future unclear, there is a feeling that this may be his last appearance in the blue of Chelsea at the Bridge. 

Giroud on Target as Arsenal Beat West Brom

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    French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates his 22nd goal of the season after his 14th-minute opener against West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium. 

Wenger and Sagna Salute Emirates Crowd

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    Arsene Wenger and Bacary Sagna wave to the Arsenal faithful after their 1-0 win over Norwich in their final home game of the season.

    The Gunners have secured fourth spot and Champions League football for next season to maintain Wenger's record of doing so in every season since he took charge of the Gunners in 1996. 

Rodgers or Pulis for Manager of the Year?

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    Monday night's unbelievable clash between Crystal Palace and Liverpool pitted two of the main candidates for Manager of the Year against each other. 

    Both men have worked wonders for their respective clubs and overachieved in many respects. If Liverpool can win the title, then Rodgers deserves it. But if not, Palace's remarkable turnaround since Pulis' appointment could see him just get the nod.  

Suarez in Tears After Late Liverpool Collapse

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    Luis Suarez is a man of extreme actions and emotions, and the Liverpool striker couldn't hold back the tears after the Reds let a 3-0 lead slip against Palace on Monday. 

    Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Suarez put Liverpool 3-0 up by the 55th minute, but as they pressed forward in a bid to reduce Manchester City's advantage on the goal difference front, Palace found gaps at the back and hit the visitors for three goals in a devastating nine-minute period late-on. 

    Cue the tears of Uruguayan striker Suarez, who was consoled by captain Steven Gerrard and Kolo Toure, above.