Premier League, Week 24: Another Win For Sunderland, Everton Held At Wigan

Norwich City vs. Bolton Wanderers

Norwich looked as though they'd wasted their chances at victory after pounding Bolton in the first half but failing to score, but late goals by Andrew Surman and Anthony Pilkington ensured the game didn't end up nil-nil. Bolton never really put up a fight, and Norwich's only opponent in the match was their own finishing. They finally managed to vanquish it int he 70th minute, and it eventually ended up 2-0 at Carrow Road.

Queens Park Rangers vs. Wolverhamton Wanderers

Things started well for QPR when Bobby Zamora smashed in a neat backheel by Shaun Wright-Phillips to open the scoring on his Hoops debut barely fifteen minutes into the game, but things went downhill in a hurry when Djibril Cisse reacted to an awful challenge by Wolves defender Roger Johnson by putting his hands to the centre back's face. Mark Clattenburg responded with a straight red, and the visitors took advantage of it by drawing level shortly after halftime through a deft Matthew Jarvis goal. It went from bad to worse when Kevin Doyle made it 2-1 in the 71st minute, and despite a spirited attempt at a comeback led by Adel Taarabt, the hosts couldn't find the back of the net again.

Stoke City vs. Sunderland

A frolic in the snow turned nasty when German defender Robert Huth wiped out David Meyler with a wild slide tackle and was shown a straight red just before halftime. James McClean then made it 1-0 to Sunderland with a neat individual effort as he burst into the Sunderland box and finished past Thomas Sorensen, ultimately giving Martin O'Neill's side yet another win. Under their new manager, Sunderland have secured an astonishing 22 points from 30, and they've now made it all the way back up to 8th in the table.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Swansea City

WBA were the first to open the scoring at the Hawthorns against Swansea, but their lead lasted all of a minute as the visitors got over the disappointment of dropping two late points to Chelsea in midweek by mounting a neat come from behind performance to grab a victory here. Mark-Antoine Fortune had made it 1-0 to the hosts when he volleyed in a corner kick, but on-loan Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled it back within a minute and then turned provider when he crossed for Danny Graham to sidefoot home five minutes later. Swansea would hold on for the 2-1 win.

Wigan Athletic vs. Everton

Victor Anichebe spared Everton's blushes after a calamitous mistake by Tim Howard saw the Toffees 1-0 down to lowly Wigan at the DW Stadium. With the match scoreless, Phil Neville could only partially block a cross, and the right back's intervention put enough spin on the ball to confuse the USA number one, who could only stare in horror as it bent around him and into the back of the net at about five miles an hour. Fortunately, Leighton Baines and Anichebe managed to combine off a corner to pull it back to 1-1 with less than ten minutes left, and that's how it would end.

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