Premier League 2012, Week 36: Saturday Wrap

Wigan Athletic vs. Newcastle United

Wigan have been on a good run of form, but apparently that was all just a buildup to the main event: The 4-0 demolition of fourth place Newcastle United. The Magpies were completely outplayed in the early stages of the match and it took just 13 minutes for Victor Moses to make it 1-0 with a fine header past Tim Krul. Moses got his brace two minutes later as the hosts ran riot, with Shaun Maloney and Franco di Santo both notching before halftime, the latter with a brilliant curling effort from 25 yards.

Newcastle tried to respond in the second half and hit the woodwork twice via Papiss Cisse. There was to be no incredible comeback from the visitors, however, and their hold on fourth place now looks rather tenuous.

Everton vs. Fulham

Nikica Jelavic led Everton to a crushing 4-0 victory over visiting Fulham with two goals in the first half, the hosts running absolutely riot at Goodison Park. The Cottagers were never able to get anything approaching a foothold in the game, which was pretty much over after Pavel Pogrebnyak handled in Mark Schwarzer's box in the 7th minute. Jelavic converted the spot kick, Marouane Fellaini added another goal ten minutes later, and the rout was on.

Swansea City vs. Wolverhampton

One of the more absurd games of the year. Swansea City romped into a huge lead very early on, with Andrea Orlandi glancing a header past Dorus de Vries after just 26 seconds, the fastest goal of the season. The Swans then added two more through Joe Allen and Nathan Dyer before Wolves mounted their comeback. Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham exchanged goals before the visitors went on an absolutely incredible run, scoring three times without reply against a shell-shocked Swansea team.

It was Wolves who looked more likely to grab the winner even after they drew level in the 69th minute through Matthew Jarvis*, but ultimately Terry Connor's already-relegated side will have to content themselves with one of the more incredible comebacks in Premier League history. We've now had two incredible 4-4 draws in the Premier League in as many weeks.

*Although Swansea did have their chances as well.

Stoke City vs. Arsenal

Stoke City attempted to bully Arsenal into dropping three points at the Britannia Stadium and only got partially there with a 1-1 draw. Peter Crouch got the game started with a neat header past Wojciech Szczesny to make it 1-0 Stoke, but Robin van Persie replied after fantastic work from the rejuvenated Tomas Rosicky saw the striker slipped in at the far post. From then on, Arsenal dominated, but despite some reasonable-looking penalty shouts failed to find the breakthrough they needed to dispose of a tenacious home defence.

West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa

0-0 because of course it was - this game was conducted under the malevolent watch of Alex McLeish, who even neutrals are hoping will be sacked/exiled to Mars. Both teams came close a few times and West Brom should have had a penalty when Alan Hutton Alan Huttoned everything, but managed to get away with it.

Sunderland vs. Bolton Wanderers

A thrilling match at the Stadium of Light saw relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers come back from a 2-1 deficit to secure a point against Sunderland. The visitors managed to snatch a first-half lead when Kevin Davies met a cross with a sweet volleyed finish, but Nicklas Bendtner quickly equalised before a stunning free kick by James McClean gave the Black Cats the lead in the 55th minute. Bolton kept pressing, however, and when Davies found himself unmarked on a Sam Ricketts cross with twenty minutes to go he made no mistake, heading past Simon Mignolet to earn the Trotters a vital point.

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