There are own goals and there are OWN goals. This one falls into the latter category. Luckily for the Omani keeper teammate Jordi Gomez scored at the death to salvage three points for relegation dodging Wigan. Gomez scored all three goals for the Latics, becoming the second Spanish player to score a hat trick in the EPL — the other, Fernando Torres.
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Manchester United 3 – 1 QPR
Jamie Mackie’s first goal of the season had the cynics believing. With Harry Redknapp in the stands — doesn’t count as a loss on the official ledger — his new squad was on their way to pulling off the shock of the season. Unfortunately for just about everyone except United supporters, the comeback devils narrative lives for another day. Goals from Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez allowed United to coast. Eventually, Fergie’s top of the table aspirations will suffer if 10 minutes of good football surrounded by 80 of mediocrity continues.
Everton 1 – 1 Norwich City
When he looks back at the season that was, David Moyes will mark this game down as a what could have been. Everton were in control for the majority of the match — and that was without Marouane Fellaini in the lineup. Steve Naismith’s goal in the 12th minute held up for 90 minutes, only to be rendered irrelevant thanks to some shoddy refereeing and poor set piece defending. It looked as though Steve Morrison had tripped over the ball, yet Leighton Baines was called for the foul. Sebastian Bassong would connect with Javier Garrido’s free kick to level the game and continue an excellent run for Chris Hughton. Belief is a hell of a drug.
Stoke City 1 – 0 Fulham
Charlie Adam is the new goal maven at Britannia. The Liverpool castoff added his second goal in eleven appearances for Stoke in another Tony Pulis special — getting results with little to no excitement. With the win Stoke are unbeaten in 13 games at home and look to have solidified another mid-table finish. In the track suit we trust.
Sunderland 2 – 4 West Brom
The Baggies aren’t going away. Dubbed by supporters as “The Special One of Smethwick”, Steve Clarke is the toast of the EPL. Super performances from Zoltan Gera, Shane Long and Substitute Romelu Lukaku — boy could Chelsea use — carried West Brom their fourth win in a row — the first time they’ve ever done that and third place in the table. To add icing to an already sweet cake, Goran Ivanisevic is a fan. Only those with the coldest of hearts don’t love the big serving Croat.