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Nobby’s week 41 in review



_83198928_brucehullreuters1It was poor Hull who dropped from the Premier League after failing to beat Man U despite having many chances and United having Fellaini sent off. It was Hull’s scoring or lack off that was their demise. No goals in half of their Premier League games, none in the last 3 of the season and two wins in twelve.

A win of course would not have been enough as Newcastle won for the first time since February. Geordies danced in the street, John Carver threw his hat in the ring for the club’s next manager and Mike Ashley committed himself to owning the club. All is well in Newcastle then!

Fitting for Newcastle it was Jonas Gutierrez who got the all important second goal for Newcastle, a goal ecstatically received, not simply for its significance in the context of the Premier League survival but also because the Argentine is a hugely popular figure after returning to the side in March following treatment for testicular cancer.

Chelsea collected the Premier League trophy and substituted legend Didier Drogba after 30 minutes to allow him to milk the applause and be carried off by his teammates. Sunderland meanwhile have a big decision to make. Do they allow Dick Advocaat to try to turn the Black Cats into a top half side or do they continue along the current road of short term disorder?

Arsenal look to have the most tools, if they strengthen their squad, to challenge Chelsea next season and they wrapped up 3rd place with a 4-1 win over WBA. A hat trick for Theo Walcott, on his first start for more than two months.

Tottenham will play in the Europa Cup next season after finishing fifth in the Premier League with a confident win at Everton. Harry Kane scored his 31st goal of the season, also equalling a Premier League club record, after he headed in Eric Dier’s first-half cross.

Everton had a very mixed season and finished in the bottom half for first time since 2006.

Man City finished the season strongly with six straight wins although whether that will keep Manuel Pellegrini at City we don’t know. Frank Lampard scored for Manchester City in his final Premier League appearance as Southampton missed out on a top-six finish.

Stevie G must have wished he could have simply disappeared out of the back door instead of having all of these leaving parties where the balloons burst, the cake was burnt, and the party games were crap. Two wins in eleven, an embarrassing home defeat to Palace and now this blow out. If you still have Stevie in your N&R team though, he did get a goal.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard endured a nightmare send-off in his final game for the club as Stoke embarrassed the Reds with five first-half goals at the Britannia Stadium. With the Reds into Europa League third qualifying round (whoopee) I wonder if Brendan Rodgers will be at Anfield to take them on that Thursday night trip to Kazakhstan.

Stoke ended 9th and secured a record PL points total of 54.

Burnley ended their relegation season on a high. The Clarets conceded the same amount of goals as Spurs, but could not score. Danny Ings got their early winner at Villa, but a look at their last 2 months of result is something out of a binary system.

Meanwhile for Villa, not a great warm up for next week’s FA Cup Final for Tim Sherwood’s team.

Marouane Chamakh’s second-half goal gave Crystal Palace the victory that saw them finish 10th in the Premier League with a record points tally. The Eagles home record was shocking, but their away one of the best in the division.

Under Gary Monk the Swans recorded their highest Premier League finish of eighth place and set a new best points tally of 56.

Finally the Leicester v QPR result summed up both teams for me. Leicester had a remarkable finish to the season, Champions League form in fact. Jamie Vardy celebrated his England call-up with a goal as Leicester hammered relegated QPR.

Vardy, 28, grabbed his fifth of the season as the Foxes – bottom at the start of April – made it seven wins in nine games taking 22 points in the meantime.

QPR with new coach Chris Ramsey impressing after being given the job permanently, lost their 25th game, a PL record. Charlie Austin signed off with a goal, his 18th and probably last in Rnagers’ colours.

The final Premier League weekend:
Arsenal 4-1 West Brom
Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley
Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland
Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea
Everton 0-1 Tottenham
Hull 0-0 Man Utd
Leicester 5-1 QPR
Man City 2-0 Southampton
Newcastle 2-0 West Ham
Stoke 6-1 Liverpool

Wed 20 May 2015 – Premier League
Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland


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