Mats Daehli rescues Cardiff City in thrilling draw vs. West Brom
Perhaps the game of the day took place at the Hawthorns as West Brom and Cardiff fought out a six-goal thriller.
The Baggies looked to be cruising to victory when they went 2-0 up within nine minutes of the kick-off after Morgan Amalfitano floated an outrageous second-minute opener over goalkeeper David Marshall before Graham Dorrans extended their advantage.
However, the Bluebirds dragged themselves back into the game on the half-hour through Jordon Mutch’s strike, and leveled 17 minutes from time when defender Steven Caulker powered home a header from Gary Medel’s free-kick.
But there was still drama to come when Thievy Bifouma looked to have snatched victory for the home side three minutes into added time, only for Mats Daehli to deny them with virtually the last kick of the game.
South Wales neighbours Swansea enjoyed a much more comfortable afternoon as they eased to a 3-0 victory over Norwich which left the Canaries looking anxiously over their shoulder once again.
Jonathan de Guzman’s first-half double laid the foundation with Wayne Routledge’s second-half strike completing the job.
Peter Odemwingie continued his fine goalscoring form as Stoke recorded their third successive victory with a 1-0 triumph over Hull at the Britannia Stadium.
Odemwingie struck in the 62nd minute, firing in from the edge of the box after collecting the ball from a stray Ahmed Elmohamady pass to register his fourth goal in three games, and fifth since joining the Potters from Cardiff in January.
The hosts had earlier been indebted to their goalkeeper Asmir Begovic when he kept out a David Meyler shot that had taken a wicked deflection, and in the first half Hull defender Liam Rosenior failed to make the most of a good chance.
Overall, though, Stoke were good value for a win that takes them to 40 points for the campaign with six more games to go.
Southampton continued their pursuit of United with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Newcastle which saw them leapfrog the Magpies into eighth.
The Saints had to wait until stoppage time at the end of the first half to take the lead after being repeatedly thwarted by keeper Rob Elliot, standing in for the injured Tim Krul.
However, once Jay Rodriguez had opened the scoring there was no way back for Alan Pardew’s men as fellow England World Cup hopefuls Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana helped themselves to a goal apiece before Rodriguez sealed victory at the death with his second.