Premier League review – Saturday 3 March
The pressure on Andre Villas-Boas intensified on Saturday after Chelsea lost 1-0 at The Hawthorns and this was a deserved victory for a West Brom team that came into this game off the back of heavy wins against Wolves and Sunderland.
March 3rd, 2012
The match between the Baggies and Blues appeared to be heading for a goalless draw until Keith Andrews crossed in the ball and Gareth McAuley was able to find the net after Liam Ridgewell’s mishit shot ran across the face of the goal.
The result leaves Chelsea trailing Arsenal by three points after the Gunners somehow managed to win at Anfield in the Saturday lunchtime encounter, despite Liverpool dominating the match from start to finish.
Dirk Kuyt missed a penalty for Liverpool before a Laurent Koscielny own goal put the Reds in front although Robin Van Persie ensured that the scoreline was level at half-time with a well-taken header.
Martin Kelly missed a sitter for the home side before Van Persie expertly volleyed past Jose Reina as the game drew to a close.
Elsewhere, Manchester City managed a comfortable 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, while Wigan Athletic’s hopes of remaining in the Premier League took a hit when Swansea claimed a 2-0 win at the DW Stadium.
Blackburn and Aston Villa drew 1-1, while there was the same scoreline at Loftus Road as QPR were thwarted by Everton. Stoke City edged their encounter against Norwich thanks to a Matt Etherington goal.
Saturday Premier League scores
Liverpool 1 Arsenal 2
Blackburn 1 Aston Villa 1
Manchester City 2 Bolton 0
QPR 1 Everton 1
Stoke City 1 Norwich City 0
West Brom 1 Chelsea 0
Wigan 0 Swansea 2