The relegation woes of all three teams at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League intensified as they all suffered defeats yesterday.
Wigan were beaten 2-0 by West Ham at Upton Park while QPR lost by the same margin against Stoke and Reading were unable to overcome Norwich at Carrow Road.
The defeat for Wigan looked to be the toughest of them all as they deserved more from their clash with the Hammers but were unable to find a way past Sam Allardyce’s side.
The defeat now leaves them three points adrift of safety and Aston Villa, who play Manchester United tomorrow night.
Hammers winger Matt Jarvis did the early damage before Kevin Nolan scored his 100th career goal to inch Wigan one step closer to relegation.
Stoke beat rock-bottom QPR 2-0 as they eased their own relegation worries but piled even more pressure on Rs boss Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road.
Peter Crouch fired the opener then won a penalty converted by Jonathan Walters.
Norwich claimed a vital three points against struggling Reading to help ease their own relegation worries after they scored two goals in two minutes to seal a 2-1 win at Carrow Road.
Ryan Bennett scored the opener five minutes after the break, Elliott Bennett adding the second moments later.
Reading pulled one back through Garath McCleary.
Everton’s hopes of reaching the Champions League were dealt a major blow after they were beaten 1-0 by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Stephane Sessegnon drilled home from 20 yards.
Meanwhile, Newcastle drew 1-1 with West Brom at The Hawthorns.
Yoan Gouffran opened for the Toon before Billy Jones equalised for the home side.
Fulham were beaten 1-0 at home to Champions League-chasing Arsenal after Steve Sidwell was sent off in the 12th minute. The midfielder, in his first game back from suspension after he was sent off against QPR, was shown another straight red card after he lunged in on Mikel Arteta and caught him on the ankle.
Arsenal also finished the game with ten men after striker Olivier Giroud was sent off in the 90th minute, but they were able to seal the win thanks to defender Per Mertesacker’s goal.
In the other game, Swansea and Southampton drew 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium.