JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, May 14, 2012
Tim Ream and Bolton were officially relegated as they drew with Stoke City, while Tim Howard and Everton finished their season on a high note as they beat Newcastle United.
Stoke City 2-2 Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream and Bolton were relegated in the final weekend of the Premier League as they tied Stoke City.
Ream started and went the distance for Bolton.
Bolton needed a win and a Queens Park Rangers loss in order to see Premier League action next season. QPR went down to Manchester City in the most dramatic of fashions, but Bolton could not come up with a victory.
Stoke City opened the scoring in the 12th minute a bit contentiously as Jonathan Walters appeared to bump Bolton ‘keeper Adam Bogdan and knock in the goal. No foul was given and the Potters got the lead.
Bolton leveled the game luckily in the 39th minute when Mark Davies deflected a Stoke City attempted clearance into the back of the net.
Kevin Davies then gave Bolton the lead in the 45th minute when what looked like a cross ended up being a shot from an awkward angle and saw its way into the net.
As Ream's side was heading towards victory, Stoke broke Bolton's heart in the 77th minute when Walters finished a penalty kick after Peter Crouch was taken down in the box earlier by Bogdan and called for a foul.
Huth was booked for Stoke, while Samuel Ricketts saw yellow for Bolton.
Everton 3-1 Newcastle United
Tim Howard and Everton finished their season on a high note as they beat Newcastle United at Goodison Park.
Howard started and went the distance as he has throughout the season for the Toffees.
Everton opened the scoring in the 16th minute as Steven Pienaar scored from just outside the penalty area.
Nikica Jelavic, Everton's star signing, doubled the lead in the 27th minute as he received a long pass and beat Newcastle ‘keeper Tim Krul on the second attempt.
The Toffees then put the game out of reach when John Heitinga headed in Darron Gibson's free kick in the 65th minute.
Newcastle got one back in the 73rd minute as Everton's Tony Hibbert inexplicably headed a pass into his own goal.
Heitinga and Leighton Baines were booked for Everton, while Ismael Cheik Tioté saw yellow for Newcastle.
Everton finishes the season in 7th place, while Newcastle could not jump into a Champions League spot. They do finish in 5th place and will play Europa League soccer next season.
Norwich City 2-0 Aston Villa
Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa went down to Norwich City in the Premier League finale.
Lichaj started and went the distance, while Norwich's Zak Whitbread was out injured.
Grant Holt opened the scoring for the Canaries in the 9th minute as he knocked in a free kick passed Shay Given.
Norwich doubled the score in the 22nd minute when Simeon Jackson got in the way of an errant Villa pass and found the back of the net.
Holt was booked for Norwich, while Ciaran Clark and Stephen Ireland saw yellow for Villa.
Aston Villa finished the season having only won one game in their final 17.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Fulham
Brad Friedel and Tottenham finished their season with a win over Fulham.
Friedel started and went the whole 90 minutes, while Clint Dempsey was held out with an injury.
Tottenham opened the scoring early as Rafael Van der Vaart found a streaking Emmanuel Adebayor who slid the ball passed ‘keeper Mark Schwarzer in the 2nd minute.
Spurs doubled the score in the 63rd minute when Jermain Defoe knocked in an Aaron Lennon deflected ball into the back of the net.
Brede Hangeland and Danny Murphy were booked for the Cottagers.
Spurs finished the season in 4th place, securing a Champions League qualifier spot. Fulham finishes the season in 9th place.