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Derby 0-3 Hull City: First playoff semifinal firmly in Tigers grasp

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Despite two heavy defeats to their opponents during this campaign, Hull City came through when it mattered most.

An opener from Abel Hernandez, an own-goal off the head of Jason Shackell, and a last-second cherry on top by Andrew Robinson have put the Tigers in firm control of the Championship playoff semifinal with a 3-0 win at Pride Park Stadium, and likely on to Wembley.

Hull City made something out of nothing to get things started when Abel Hernandez found a way through and sliced a low shot from outside the box past Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson for the opener just past the half-hour mark.

The goal is the first Hull has managed against Derby this season, having lost 4-0 and 2-0 in both their regular season meetings.

The visitors would find another before halftime, as Derby was very unlucky to go 2-0 down. A cross from Moses Odubajo clipped the leg of his defender Marcus Olsson, then deflected off the head of Jason Shackell and into the back of the net.

As the game moved through the second half, Derby seemed to have little to offer in front of net, and Hull City pushed for a third. Robert Snodgrass came close on a free-kick past the hour mark, but it was headed behind for a corner by Shackell. Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was called into action in the 71st minute as he punched away a cross by Cyrus Christie, and the follow-up from Craig Bryson swerved acres wide of the net.

Having been second-best the full 90 minutes, Derby conceded once more just ticks before the final whistle. A Derby corner kick devolved into a counter-attack for the visitors, where Odubajo fed Robertson, and finding no other options, he had a go at the bottom corner and found it eight minutes into added time.

Premier League Team of the Week — Stars of Matchweek 36

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36 weeks of the 2014-15 Premier League season is in the books, and we’ve got yet another team of standout performances from the season’s 36th round of games.

This week’s Premier League Team of the Week is, once again, heavy on relegation battlers, as Leicester City and Aston Villa look to have beaten the drop, while Burnley land two players in the TOTW the week despite being officially relegated upon victory this weekend.

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John Terry gets the nod as he becomes the Premier League’s all-time leading goalscorer for a defender. Danny Ings, Danny Graham and Sergio Aguero out the team as the three forwards chosen.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always.

Matchweek 36

Goalkeeper: Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland)

Defenders: Jason Shackell (Burnley), John Terry (Chelsea), Wes Morgan (Leicester City)

Midfielders: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa), Charlie Adam (Stoke City)

Forwards: Danny Ings (Burnley), Danny Graham (Sunderland), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Premier League roundup: Wins for Arsenal, Spurs, Man City, Saints at the top (video)

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On Saturday seven games took place in the Premier League with plenty of goals, controversy and drama at both ends of the table.

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The big boys kept rolling with Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all winning, while Southampton, Crystal Palace and Swansea City nabbed narrow victories to keep their good form going.

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Below you will find recaps, analysis, videos and more from all seven matches…

Newcastle United 1-2 ArsenalRECAP

Two clinical finishes from Olivier Giroud turned out to be the difference, as the Gunners recorded a sixth-straight win to solidify third spot in the PL and stay just four points off the top of the table. But after a busy week which saw them go out of the UEFA Champions League, Arsene Wenger’s boys almost blew it after Sissoko pulled one back and David Ospina made a string of fine saves.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Leicester CityRECAP

Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead, despite losing Hugo Lloris early on through injury, as Harry Kane bagged both. However, Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan hit back to make it 2-2. Kane then sealed his hat trick and Schlupp scored an own goal to make it 4-2 before David Nugent’s late goal set up a tense finish. Spurs held on, as Kane now has 29 for the season as Spurs stay in the top four hunt, while Leicester’s hopes of avoiding the drop took yet another hit.

Manchester City 3-0 West Bromwich AlbionRECAP

The Citizens had a helping hand as West Brom were down to 10-men after just two minutes despite referee Neil Swarbrick sending off Gareth McAuley when he meant to send off Craig Dawson. Goals from Wilfried Bony, Fernando and David Silva did the damage as City remain three points behind Chelsea but have played two more games than the Premier League leaders.

Stoke City 1-2 Crystal PalaceRECAP

Stoke dominated the first half and Mame Diouf put them ahead but Palace equalized just before the break through Glenn Murray‘s PK and then went ahead through Wilfried Zaha‘s strike on the stroke of half time after sloppy Stoke defending. Despite a poor first half, somehow the Eagles were ahead. Palace improved in the second half and ground out a win to all but stave off relegation, while Stoke slip to 10th.

Southampton 2-0 BurnleyRECAP

Saints went ahead in the first half through Shane Long and hit the woodwork twice through Graziano Pelle and Steven Davis before Jason Shackell scored an own goal in the second half to make it 2-0. Burnley forced substitute goalkeeper Kelvin Davis (who replaced the badly injured Fraser Forster) into three fine saves, as the Clarets couldn’t break through and remain in the bottom three, while Saints’ top four hopes are still alive.

Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea CityRECAP

Tim Sherwood’s gilet will look a little less inflated on Saturday as his Villa side lost, with their good run ending. Bafetimbi Gomis’ late goal handed Swansea the win as Garry Monk’s men put in yet another fine defensive display away from home. Villa are still in the relegation battle, just three points above the drop zone.

West Ham United 1-0 SunderlandRECAP

The Hammers left it late, but Diafra Sakho’s effort was the difference as Dick Avocaat tasted defeat during his first game in charge of the Black Cats. Both sides were poor throughout but West Ham probably deserved to shade it for their first win in eight PL matches. As for Sunderland, they remain one point and one place above the drop zone.

Premier League Team of the Week: Find out who starred on Matchday 3

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It was a week for captains and mostly underdogs in the Premier League’s team of the week, as QPR, Burnley and Swansea players dotted the XI.

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If you’ve bought into the notion that Swans are now a power, and they look great, perhaps you’ll disagree with the assessment. Nathan Dyer makes a second appearance in the XI, and is joined by Swansea teammate Wayne Routledge.

Newcastle teen sensation Rolando Aarons hit the scene with a scintillating sub performance against Crystal Palace, while the defense carries two big leaders: Burnley captain Jason Shackell and Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross.

Alberto Moreno and Diego Costa make sure traditional powers Liverpool and Chelsea get a representative in the team as well.

Matchday 3 – Premier League Team of the Week (Formation: 3-4-3)

GK: Rob Green

Defenders: Jason Shackell, Ryan Shawcross, Alberto Moreno

Midfielders: Nathan Dyer, Morgan Schneiderlin, Rolando Aarons, Wayne Routledge

Forwards: Jason Puncheon, Charlie Austin, Diego Costa