EMMERSON Boyce’s last-minute own-goal saw Tottenham claim a late 2-2 draw against Barclays Premier League strugglers Wigan to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.
Spurs took the early lead through PFA Player of the Year nominee Gareth Bale, pictured, but his score was soon cancelled out by Boyce, before Callum McManaman’s firecracker looked to have earned Wigan a vital three points. However, Boyce’s afternoon ended on a sour note when Aaron Lennon’s cross rebounded into the net off the Wigan defender’s shins, as Roberto Martinez’s side saw a vital two points evaporate. The result means Tottenham missed the chance to move above Chelsea and instead remained in fifth place while Wigan remained in the relegation zone, two points behind Aston Villa, who play Sunderland tomorrow.
In the early kick-off, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure lifted the gloom for deposed champions Manchester City with two outstanding goals to defeat West Ham 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Aguero swept in a low ball from Samir Nasri for the first before Toure launched a powerful shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen from the edge of the area in the 83rd minute.
The game looked to be done and dusted but West Ham refused to lie down as on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll popped up with a last-minute consolation.
Everton kept their chances of achieving European football next season alive as they beat Fulham 1-0 at Goodison, Steven Pienaar sealing the points with a 16th-minute strike.
West Brom consolidated their place in the top half of the table and left Southampton one point adrift of the magical 40-point mark with a 3-0 win as both sides had players sent off at St Mary’s. The Baggies claimed an early advantage thanks to Marc-Antoine Fortune. Romelu Lukaku headed in the assist which Fortune bundled over the line in the sixth minute to give the Baggies a 1-0 half-time lead.
Lukaku then claimed a goal of his own after the break, Fortune turning provider, to double the lead, before Fortune and Southampton substitute Gaston Ramirez were both shown straight red cards for violent conduct. Ramirez caught Shane Long with his elbow and Fortune reacted by slapping the Saints midfielder around the head.
Long drilled West Brom’s third six minutes later before Southampton ended the game with nine men when Daniel Fox was dismissed for a two-footed challenge on Steven Reid.
Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam scored 49 seconds into the second half as Stoke eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 win over Norwich.
Adam, who had not scored in his previous 14 league appearances for the Potters, ended his drought when he lashed Peter Crouch’s knock-down into Mark Bunn’s net.
The result means that Stoke reached the 40-point landmark, while Norwich remained two points adrift in 14th place.
Down the leagues there was drama, none more so than at Brentford, where Doncaster Rovers earned promotion to the Championship and the League One title, scoring an injury-time goal seconds after Brentford had missed a penalty in the winner-takes-all showdown at Griffin Park. The London side now go into the play-offs.
Wolves are on the brink of the drop to League One after a 2-1 home defeat to Burnley left them needing to beat Brighton on the last day, while hoping Barnsley and Peterborough both lose.
Barnet are down to the Conference after losing 2-0 at Northampton in League Two.