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Norwich City 0-3 Sunderland: Black Cats win huge relegation battle

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  • Borini, Defoe, Watmore score
  • PK controversy for first
  • Black Cats 1-point from safety
  • Big Sam’s men have a game in hand

Sunderland beat Norwich City 3-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday in a massive result against their relegation rivals.

Sam Allardyce‘s side went ahead through Fabio Borini’s penalty kick, then Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore scored in the second half to move them just one point behind Norwich and, crucially, they also have a game in hand.

Norwich remains in 17th place, just one spot above the drop on 31 points, while Sunderland stays in the third and final relegation spot, 18th place, but now moves on to 30 points and their goal difference is seven better. The relegation race just got real.

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A nervous first half saw Norwich begin to have the better chances as first Younes Kaboul deflected a cross towards his own goal which Vito Mannone saved smartly and moments later Jonas Olsson hit a howitzer towards the corner from 35-yards out but Mannone saved again.

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Sunderland looked increasingly dangerous on the break and that’s how they went ahead. Defoe was set free down the right and his cross found Borini at the back post.

The Italian jinxed inside Andre Wisdom and the Norwich defender made a studs up tackle which saw a penalty kick awarded — despite huge complaints from the home fans and the home bench — to Sunderland. Borini stepped up and emphatically slammed home the spot kick. 1-0 to the Black Cats.

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At half time Nathan Redmond came on for Norwich and and Duncan Watmore for Sunderland and the former came inches away from equalizing. Redmond stuck the foot of the post form distance with a superb effort as the Canaries pushed hard to find an equalizer.

Defoe then pounced to make it 2-0 before the hour mark as he and Borini again linked up and the predatory forward slide home at the back post following Borini’s super cross. 2-0.

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Norwich kept pouring forward and Dieumerci Mbokani went down under Kaboul’s challenge but no penalty kick was given, then Lee Cattermole twice cleared off the line from Mbokani after a goalmouth scramble following Mannone’s punched clearance.

Sunderland could have extended their lead with plenty of chances on the break but Redmond was once again denied by Mannone.

Substitute Watmore then scored on his comeback form injury in stoppage time to seal the win. Big Sam was delighted and the Black Cats have breathed new life into their fight against relegation.

Mitrovic as Magpies slip toward relegation: “Every mistake we make is punished”

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Was Saturday’s heartbreaking loss to Norwich City the proverbial straw that broke Newcastle United’s back?

The Magpies twice came back to equalize at Carrow Road through Aleksandar Mitrovic, only to give up a stoppage time goal to Martin Olsson and fall to six points shy of safety with seven matches to go.

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Both Mitrovic and Rafa Benitez were stung by the loss, with the striker lamenting their fortune.

From the BBC:

“We need more time with Rafa but you can see on the pitch that we are playing better football and creating more chances. But every mistake we make is punished.”

Benitez is maintaining some hope, though you can feel the pain from a manager who’s used to dealing with the desperation that comes with competing for European places.

“Today was a pity. We conceded in the last minute of the first half and then we reacted well but we are disappointed. We worked hard but it is not enough to win games. We have seven games to go and we have to keep pushing.”

“Now it is more difficult but we have to keep confident that we can still do it. What upsets you more is the way that we concede in the last minute of each half.”

“If we start winning games we still have time.”

Newcastle visits Southampton next week before a three-match run over seven days that sees the Magpies make up their match-in-hand on its relegation foes. They’ll host Swansea and Man City before visiting Liverpool.

It’s difficult to imagine Newcastle staying up, though the Magpies still face Swansea, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.

Norwich City 3-2 Newcastle United: Canaries close to safety after thrilling finish

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  • Canaries lose 1-0 and 2-1 leads
  • Mitrovic nets twice for NUFC
  • Olsson snares late winner
  • Mbokani, Klose also score

Martin Olsson’s seeing-eye stoppage time goal may’ve ensured Norwich City’s Premier League survival in a 3-2 win over Newcastle United at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Substitute striker Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s second-half brace looked to have lifted Newcastle to a critical point, evening the score with Norwich goals from Timm Klose and Dieumerci Mbokani.

The win lifts Norwich six points clear of Newcastle and four points ahead of Sunderland with six games remaining for the Canaries and seven for the Black Cats and Magpies.

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Mbokani had a goal called back when he was needlessly offside to tap a goal past Karl Darlow. Mbokani was a yard offside but three yards past his man, and Norwich let an incredible chance pass.

The Canaries kept up the pressure against Newcastle’s makeshift back line, and Darlow was forced into several key stops. Robbie Brady was a pest all over the pitch, and Darlow did well to stop him in the 30th minute.

It was Darlow on the doorstep moments later, as Mbokani had the whole net only to see an outstanding reflex save from the keeper.

Klose put Norwich up just before halftime, Johnny on the spot to nod Brady’s free kick home and give the Canaries a critical 1-0 lead.

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Newcastle brought on Ayoze Perez at half, replacing Cheick Tiote.

It was Papiss Cisse who might’ve tied it up in the 51st minute, with John Ruddy prone after parrying a Daryl Janmaat shot. Cisse blasted it wide of a yawning goal from a somewhat-tight angle, and it Newcastle remained down 1-0.

Mitrovic equalized with a header, but the deadlock didn’t didn’t last long. Mbokani cruised past Janmaat and blazed a shot past Darlow. The third-string keeper should’ve had it, but that matters not.

Gary O'Neil then handled a ball in the box, and Mitrovic left no doubt with his pen to make it 2-2.

Leicester City 2-2 West Bromwich Albion: Baggies open door for Spurs

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  • City’s table lead is 3 points
  • Rondon opens scoring
  • Drinkwater, King put Leicester ahead
  • In-form Gardner nabs free kick equalizer

The Premier League could have a new first-place team for the first time in months if Tottenham beats West Ham on Wednesday.

That’s because Salomon Rondon and Craig Gardner led resurgent West Bromwich Albion to a thrilling 2-2 draw against table-leading Leicester City on Tuesday at King Power Stadium.

Danny Drinkwater and Andy King scored for the Foxes, who sit three points ahead of Spurs but eight goals shy on goal differential. West Brom is up to 13th with 36 points.

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What a start! Since Tony Pulis has plugged Saido Berahino back into his plans, it’s given West Brom opponents more worry, and Rondon has had room to roam. He buried a chance in the 11th minute to make it 1-0 and set the stage for some good ol’ fashioned bus parking.

Luckily, Leicester broke down the Baggies soon, as Drinkwater’s blast through traffic took a turn off Jonas Olsson and looped over the head of Ben Foster to make it 1-1.

Riyad Mahrez made sure the match wouldn’t go to halftime level, back heeling a diagonal ball to King with the deftest of touches. King made no doubt.

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Gardner continued his hot play after a goal and an assist on the weekend, sweeping a free kick past Kasper Schmeichel to level things again.

Shinji Okazaki nearly belted a header home in the second half, joining Jamie Vardy as players to hit the cross bar in the game. And Foster robbed Wes Morgan late, before Leonardo Ulloa‘s stoppage time tap bounced wide of goal.

Premier League at the half: Goals, goals everywhere; Leicester leads (Watch live, stream links)

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Goals, goals everywhere in the Premier League as all five games have seen scoring, with the relegation picture in flux at four PL stadiums.

Leicester City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion – NBCSN [STREAM]

Salomon Rondon’s early goal was met with loud support for an equalizer from the King Power Stadium crowd, and Danny Drinkwater continued a rough week for Jonas Olsson by booting a shot off the West Brom defender and into the goal. Then Riyad Mahrez backheeled a diagonal cross out of their air in a incredible piece of skill, and Andy King gave it the finish it deserved to give the PL leaders a halftime lead.

Aston Villa 0-2 Everton – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]

Ramiro Funes Mori and Aaron Lennon are ensuring that this home match at Villa Park doesn’t give much hope to the last place Villans.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace 
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Dame N'Doye has boosted Sunderland out of the drop zone while making sure Palace knows its winless 2016 is making relegation a realistic option. Will the Eagles answer?

Bournemouth 1-0 Southampton
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Steve Cook has been with the Cherries since their League One days, and he’s scored a goal that could help them stay in the Premier League beyond this season in the New Forest Derby.

Norwich City 0-2 Chelsea – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]

Kenedy scored off an Eden Hazard feed after just 39 seconds to put Norwich’s relegation fears in the passenger seat quickly at Carrow Road. Diego Costa scored before halftime to increase the problems for hosts Norwich.