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Winners and Losers from Premier League Final Day

Matt CheethamCorrespondent IMay 11, 2014

Winners and Losers from Premier League Final Day

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    The 2013/14 Premier League season is officially complete.

    The final day's action saw Manchester City secure a second title in three years, fending off Liverpool with a win against West Ham.

    Elsewhere, Tottenham secured a European berth, with relegation and Champions League places already decided.

    Here's a look back at the winners and losers from the final round of matches.

Winners: Manchester City

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    Where else to start?

    City strode home with a comfortable 2-0 win over West Ham to lift their second title in three years.

    Early nerves were eased by Newcastle's goal at Liverpool and quashed completely once Samir Nasri struck on 39 minutes.

    Vincent Kompany grabbed a second goal 10 minutes later as the Etihad Stadium finished the season with a party.

    The final win signalled an impressive first campaign for Manuel Pellegrini.

Losers: Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff

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    At the other end of the table, there was further gloom for the trio of relegated sides.

    Aside from the obvious loss of Premier League status, Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff all left the top flight with a whimper.

    None of the three managed a win: Cardiff led Chelsea, before being pegged back to lose 2-1, Norwich fell 2-0 to Arsenal, with only Fulham managing to avoid defeat.

    Their 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palacesecured via a last-minute goalwas anything but a reassuring performance.

    Each will need radical improvements to mount a promotion push next season.

Winners: Stoke and Swansea

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    On a day of top-half dominance—with all of the top six winning and seven of the bottom eight losingSwansea and Stoke were the only teams to move places.

    A 3-1 away win at Sunderland lifted the Swans one place into 12th, while Stoke's win at West Brom took them above Newcastle into ninth.

    While this may not seem like much, each Premier League place is worth £1.2 million.

    A last-minute leap in the table provides both sides with extra ammunition for the transfer window.

Losers: Managers on the Brink

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    Deflating final-day defeats will see both Sam Allardyce and Paul Lambert begin the summer on edge.

    West Ham weren't expected to spoil the party against Manchester City but were miserable throughout, failing to even test the goalkeeper.

    The Hammers recorded just three shots in total compared to 28 from their hosts; it's fair to say the 2-0 scoreline flattered them, at best.

    Villa were equally flat, hitting just the one shot on target and committing some comically bad blunders in defence.

    They slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Tottenham and, along with West Ham, seem in desperate need of fresh direction.

    Alan Pardew is another name on this list, although his side at least showed grit during their final game of the season.

Winners: Merseyside

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    Both Everton and Liverpool rounded off impressive seasons with one more final win.

    The Reds came from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1, and the Toffees saw off Hull 2-0.

    While each side fell short of their ultimate goals—a Premier League title and a top-four finish, respectively—the omens remain bright.

    Liverpool have unlocked a potent, attacking formula, producing irresistible form for most of the year.

    Under Roberto Martinez, Everton have also found a new groove, recording their most points and wins since 1987.

    With several young, exciting players at both clubs, it should be an exciting summer on Merseyside with European football to come.

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