With Liverpool losing yesterday, Aston Villa could have made a serious charge at the Reds for third place with a 2-0 victory over lowly Stoke City. Instead, Ryan Shawcross and Glenn Whelan scored in the final three minutes to give Stoke a 2-2 draw at a completely stunned Villa Park. Villa remain solidly in fourth place, and just three points behind Chelsea and Liverpool, but the lost points have to really drag down the club after it appeared a win was in the bag. Stoke stay in the relegation zone but pull further away from DFL West Brom.
Elsewhere, Manchester City continued their string of horrible form away from home in a 1-0 loss to West Ham United at Upton Park. Jack Collison scored the only goal in the 71st minute to earn three points for the now seventh place Hammers. City slip to eleventh after the loss and Bolton’s win.
Speaking of Bolton, Ricardo Gardner’s 47th minute strike sent Wanderers to a home win at the Reebok against Newcastle. Bolton’s tenth win of the season (just the eighth club to reach that milestone so far this year) was enough to push them into tenth place, just passing Man City. Newcastle slink back into fifteenth place, just two points out of relegation.
Finally, Stephen Warnock and Keith Andrews scored within three minutes in the first half to give Blackburn just enough to hold off a late Hull City goal and a red card for each side. Ian Ashbee’s 79th minute goal came on even terms after red cards in the 63rd and 70th minutes reduced each club’s roster. But Rovers earned the three points to scrape themselves out of relegation, at least for the time being. Hull remain in thirteenth place.