London, Feb 10: Manchester City failed to close the gap on league leaders Manchester United. Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham all registered wins, QPR, Reading and Wigan Athletic continue to struggle at the bottom of the table. All the results from the Barclays Premier League of Game Week 26.
Manchester City's title hopes look all but over after losing 3-1 at Southampton. City trail 12 points behind rivals and league leaders Manchester United. Jason Puncheon's early goal plus Joe Hart's mistake allowed the Saints to go two up, but even after Eden Dzeko got one back, Gareth Barry scored an own goal three minutes into the second half.
Arsenal had to hold to their narrow 1-0 win against Sunderland after Carl Jenkinson was sent-off, while influencial midfielder Jack Wilshere was substituted due to injury. 10-man Gunners were impressive in the first half with Santi Cazorla scoring the winner.
Frank Lampard scored his 198th career-goal as Chelsea went on beat Wigan Athletic 4-1 at stamford Bridge. The Blues had two-goal lead through Eden Hazard's strike but Shaun Maloney halved Chelsea's lead. Hazard laid the ball to Lampard who smashed towards goal from outside the box and Marko Marin made it four to seal all three points.
Gareth Bale put in another spectacular performance upfront as his brace helped Spurs beat Newcastle 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Bale curled in a superb free-kick just five minutes into the game and blazed past the Magpies defence to score the winner 12 minutes from time. Yoann Gouffran made it 1-1 in the first half but was later stretchered off after a tackle from Kyle Walker.
Harry Redknapp's task of saving QPR from relegation hit a new low after being thrashed 4-1 by Swansea City. Michu, back with goals after seven games, scored twice along with Pablo Hernandez and Angel Rangel.
Reading's luck did not work this time against Stoke City as there was no comeback this time out. A 0-0 first half made way for a thrlling second phase as Robert Huth slotted in with a firm header. Cameron Jerome made it nine minutes from time while Adrian Marriappa managed to pull one back for the visitors.
Fulham and Norwich City ended in a goalless draw at Carrow Road. The Canaries had the majority of the chances while Fulham failed to capitalise on possession.
Aston Villa moved out of the relegation after winning 2-1 against West Ham United, thanks to a super striker Charles N'Zogbia. Chrisitan Benteke netted first to give Villa the lead while the Frenchman N'Zogbia curled in a superb left-footed free-kick. Ashley Westwood diverted Joe Cole's shot into his own net to let the Hammers have a late chance.
West Brom Albion completed a league double over Liverpool for the time since 1966-67 after beating Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield. Goalkeeper Ben Foster denied Reds captain Steven Gerrard from the spot and saved several attempts thrown at him. Gareth McAuley scored with just nine minutes remaining while Romelu Lukaku added another with just minutes left. The Baggies moved above Liverpool in eighth place.