Premier League Results: Analysis for Manchester City vs. West Ham and All Games
The curtain came down on another Premier League season, and it was Manchester City who claimed their second title in three years.
Manuel Pellegrini's men got the win over West Ham that ensured they held off Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool in the title race.
The relegation picture was pretty clear even before kick-off, and the expected was confirmed as Norwich City joined Fulham and Cardiff City in slipping out of the top flight.
Over the following slides we will dig into the games.
All stats courtesy of WhoScored.com unless otherwise stated.
Manchester City 2-0 West Ham United
Manchester City wrapped up the title in the manner they would have hoped for with a 2-0 win over West Ham United.
City went into the game knowing a draw would in all probability have been enough to take the crown, but they removed any semblance of doubt with the three points.
City started well and could have taken the lead on 11 minutes, but David Silva volleyed over from eight yards.
West Ham’s first notable attack came on 11 minutes when Stewart Downing got beyond the City defence and cut the ball back for Kevin Nolan, but he fired over the bar.
Hammers keeper Adrian made a save from Sergio Aguero on 19 minutes and again performed well to tip over a stinging drive from Aleksandar Kolarov.
The keeper, though, was beaten on 39 minutes when Samir Narsi flashed a shot across Adrian and in off the far post.
The celebrations truly started five minutes after the restart when captain Vincent Kompany smashed home a shot after a scramble in the box.
There were a few nervous moments when news filtered through of Liverpool's fightback against Newcastle, but City held firm to wrap up their second title of the Premier League era.
Speaking immediately after the game, Kompany made it clear that City are not going to let up.
He said: "This team deserves to win trophies; I want this to increase."
Shots on Target: 7-0
Passing Success: 92%-81%
Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle United
Liverpool came from behind to beat Newcastle United 2-1, but it was not enough to claim the title.
The Reds came into the game knowing they needed help from elsewhere, but they did not get it.
For spells of the match it looked like they would fail in their own task after Martin Skrtel turned the ball into his own net on 20 minutes.
As Opta Joe noted on Twitter: "Martin Skrtel has scored four own goals this season, more than any player in PL history has managed in a single season."
Newcastle had a huge chance to double their lead on 25 minutes when Yoan Gouffran raced through but shot straight at Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool’s first-half frustration was summed up on 41 minutes when Daniel Sturridge somehow fired wide from six yards.
The lifeline came on 63 minutes, as Daniel Agger got on the end of a Steven Gerrard free kick.
Within two minutes the Reds were in front, and it was a carbon copy as Gerrard whipped in a free kick from a virtually identical position and Sturridge slotted home.
Newcastle were reduced to 10 men seconds later, as Shola Ameobi was shown two yellow cards—seemingly for dissent—and they ended the game with nine men as Paul Dummett was shown a late red card.
Television commentator Ian Darke wrote on Twitter: "Well done Man City. Deserved title cos held nerve best on run-in. 2nd and 101 goals was a magnificent effort from an entertaining Liverpool."
Shots on Target: 5-2
Passing Success: 90%-77%
Cardiff City 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea ended the season on a positive note with a 2-1 win over Cardiff City.
Jose Mourinho's men fell behind early on, but they battled back in the second half to claim the three points.
Fernando Torres had a huge chance to fire Chelsea in front, but his goal-bound shot was cleared off the line by Steven Caulker.
Cardiff shocked Chelsea on 15 minutes when Craig Bellamy’s drive took a big deflection off Cesar Azpilucueta and beyond Mark Schwarzer.
Chelsea took some time to fashion a response, but they found an equaliser on 72 minutes when Andre Schurrle slotted home after a shot from Torres had hit the bar.
Torres got himself on the scoresheet on 75 minutes, as he pounced on a loose ball to score.
Shots on Target: 4-7
Passing Success: 77%-88%
Norwich City 0-2 Arsenal
Arsenal’s season fizzled out some weeks ago, but they ended the campaign on a positive note with a 2-0 win over Norwich City.
The defeat confirmed Norwich’s relegation, which was all-but-certain before kick-off.
Aaron Ramsey grabbed the opener on 53 minutes, and it was the sort of goal that will have left Arsenal fans dreaming of what might have been.
The midfielder began the season like a train, but injury stopped him in his tracks.
He will look to have a positive summer, and he will head on his holidays with a spring in his step after producing a stunning volley from 12 yards that found the top corner.
It proved a red-letter day for Carl Jenkinson as he netted his first goal for the club to seal the three points.
Shots on Target: 5-8
Passing Success: 82%-90%
Southampton 1-1 Manchester United
Ryan Giggs likely ended his tenure as Manchester United manager with a 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Giggs is likely to be replaced by Louis van Gaal in the summer, and the Dutchman will inherit a team with work to do.
Rickie Lambert produced a cool finish to fire Saints ahead on 28 minutes, but there was a controversial undertone to the goal.
Prior to collecting a pass form Steven Davis and beating David De Gea, the forward was involved in a tangle with Nemanja Vidic that left the Manchester United defender with blood pouring down his face.
Juan Mata was United’s big January recruit, and he showed his class with an exquisite free kick to draw the Red Devils level on 54 minutes.
Shots on Target: 6-2
Passing Success: 84%-78%
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur secured sixth spot and with it a place in next season’s Europa League with a comfortable 3-0 win over Aston Villa.
Manchester United could have denied Spurs had they slipped up, but there was never any real doubt from the moment Paulinho burst clear and opened the scoring on 14 minutes.
Nathan Baker turned a fizzing cross from Danny Rose into his own net on 35 minutes.
The third came in comical fashion as Gabriel Agbonlahor inexplicably handled in the box and Emmanuel Adebayor slotted home the penalty.
Tim Sherwood could well be replaced in the summer, but he stole the show when inviting a fan from the stands to sit on the bench toward the end of the game.
Shots on Target: 6-1
Passing Success: 85%-78%
Sunday's Other Games
Fulham 2-2 Crystal Palace
Hull City 0-2 Everton
Sunderland 1-3 Swansea
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Stoke City
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