LIVERPOOL: Everton bolstered their hopes of Champions League football next season by moving to within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal after they beat the Gunners 3-0 in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Goals from Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and an own-goal by Everton old boy Mikel Arteta saw the Toffees, who have a game in hand over Arsenal, record a convincing victory.
Naismith gave the home side a 14th minute lead when he side-footed a loose ball into the net.
And 20 minutes later, Roberto Martinez’s side, knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal, doubled their lead, as Lukaku drove past Nacho Monreal before unleashing a powerful left-footed shot past Szcesny.
North London giants Arsenal tried to respond in the second half. But Arsene Wenger’s visitors fell further behind in the 62nd minute.
Kevin Mirallas dispossessed Bacary Sagna and sprinted off towards the goal before playing in Naismith, who was blocked from passing Szczesny. But as the ball came loose Mirallas and Arteta tussled for the ball, only for Arteta to get the final touch to divert it into the Gunners’ net.
Pellegrini glad City’s fate in own hands
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said his side were in charge of their own destiny after a 4-1 win at home to Southampton on Saturday kept them on course for the Premier League title.
“We just depend on ourselves until the end of the season,” said Pellegrini. “It’s important that we continue playing the way we did in the second half as it was a great performance.”
Moyes savouring United away-day success
David Moyes feels Manchester United are making the most of playing without the extra pressure Old Trafford brings after sealing a 10th Premier League away win of the season.
The reigning English champions defeated Newcastle 4-0 at St James’ Park on Saturday.
“Maybe there is a big expectation at Old Trafford to be a bit more resilient and we have lost games by narrow margins,” said the United manager.
“Meanwhile, away from home, there isn’t the same expectation. We’ve had a lot of good performances this season and a lot of them have been away from home.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2014.
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