Newcastle deserved a point, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United deserved an extra goal

The penultimate weekend of the season provoked plenty of Right Result activity at the top and bottom of the table.

Manchester United’s day just about went to plan as they secured their 11th Premier League title with a nil-nil draw against Arsenal. It wasn’t without a few jitters before the end of the game at Old Trafford, but such concerns should have been avoided. United had a second-half goal disallowed for offside, only for replays to show that Cristiano Ronaldo was played on by Bacary Sagna.

Liverpool may have to settle for runners-up spot, but they condemned West Bromwich Albion to relegation with a tricky encounter at The Hawthorns. The Baggies could have conceded a third goal as Albion’s woes seemed to get the better of defender Jonas Olsson. Late in the first-half, the Swede barged Steven Gerrard from behind with such force that it should have been a penalty.

The current Right Result table shows that West Brom are joined in the bottom three by Blackburn Rovers. They ‘conceded’ a significant third goal in the 0-2 defeat at Chelsea when stand-in right-back Keith Andrews pulled at Ashley Coles’ shirt. The resultant penalty means Rovers drop below Andrews’ old club Hull City on goal difference of one goal.

Back in the non-virtual world, Newcastle United are back in the relegation mire after a home defeat to Fulham. The Toon could have taken a vital point though as their second-half ‘goal’ by Mark Viduka was disallowed for an alleged foul by Kevin Nolan. However, the former Bolton Wanderers midfielder appeared to merely stand his ground and, if anything, was pushed by Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer.

Elsewhere, in the safer waters of mid-table, Stoke City’s 2-0 win against Wigan Athletic should have been reduced to a one-goal margin. In the first-half, the Latics should have been awarded a penalty for Abdoulaye Faye’s foul on Paul Scharner.

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  1. FanZine 20 May, 2009