14 May, 2011

Wolves one win from safety as Manchester United (mathematically) clinch record 19th Title:

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Wolves win means one more result ensures safety
Good day for Mick McCarthy's men but work still to do
Mick McCarthy's Wolverhampton Wanderers now need to win their final game of the season to guarantee Premier League survival after an impressive 1-3 away win over already safe Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.  Given how other games went today; this was a truly monumental tie for Wolves.  The men in Old Gold started nervously; looking like the weight of the world was on their shoulders but went 0-1 up against the run of play on 22 minutes with a composed finish from Sunderland old boy Jody Cradock.  Cradock had never before started against his old club; but today he started and finished with aplomb from a Jarvis corner.  The goal didn't settle the nerves though and Sunderland deservedly equalised on 34 minutes.  Both sides hit the crossbar and both sides should have had a penalty before Steve Fletcher scored his fifth goal in five games on 55 minutes and Wolves started to turn the screw.  When Sunderland manager Steve Bruce substituted Malbranque and a few other big names; he appeared to be waving the white flag and when Elokobi crashed in a third on 80 minutes: Wolves were home and dry.  A colossal win for Mick McCarthy's men and a win on the last game of the season guarantees a third Premier League season.
Manchester United overhaul Liverpool in clinching record 19th Title
Else - where; Man. United came from behind to seal a 19th top flight Title at Blackburn Rovers.   Some 15,000 Manchester United fans made the short trip to Ewood Park at it looked like Blackburn - who needed a win to guarantee their safety - were going to do just that when they took a 20th minute and looked decent value for that lead.  Man. United however have made their name on pulling out results from games they have no right to and Wayne Rooney smashed home a (dubious) 75th minute penalty to send the Premier League Title to Old Trafford yet again.  Blackburn now need to visit Wolves and win on the final day of the season to guarantee safety, whilst Wolves also need to win to be 100% sure of staying in the Premier League.
Brave, Beautiful Blackpool battle on and can still survive
Neutrals hope Holloway's men stay in a League they've graced
Meanwhile; Manchester United play Blackpool in a game the Seasiders must win to have any chance of staying up.  Ian Holloway's men won 4-3 today in a marvellously entertainng game that really summed up the Tangerines' season.  All neutrals will hope that Blackpool do survive, such is the joie-de-vivre with which they play.  West Ham now look relegated; but there are now five teams within one point of each other in and around the Premier League relegation zone.  Nobody knows what team Alex Ferguson will now play in a meaningless game in the week of a Champions League Final against Blackpool, who have everything to play for.  This relegation battle is going down to the wire with any three of six teams down there still not out of the woods going into the final game of the season.
This means that six sides are now down at the bottom of the Premier League table who are one flukey goal away from relegation and losing a £60million fortune.
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