Premier League - LIVE: Wigan hammering Newcastle, goals galore at Swansea and more
Published 16:14 28/04/12 By Mirror Football
Wigan turned in their best 45 minutes of the season to stun Newcastle and take a 4-0 half-time lead at the DW Stadium.
Roberto Martinez's side took another big step towards securing their Barclays Premier League future - and dealt a major blow to Newcastle's Champions League hopes - as they tore the visitors apart.
Victor Moses took advantage of some lax defending to head in the first after 13 minutes and was then gifted an even easier second two minutes later when Fabricio Coloccini fluffed his clearance and the Wigan striker fired home the loose ball.
It got worse for Newcastle after 36 minutes when Shaun Maloney capped a fine flowing move with a finish from a tight angle on the left and Franco Di Santo made it a first half to remember for Wigan fans with a wonderful curling shot from outside the area in stoppage time.
While there was much less riding on their game, Swansea did their best to match the drama as they scored three times in the opening 15 minutes before heading in 4-2 up against relegated Wolves at half-time.
Andrea Orlandi turned in Scott Sinclair's cross before Wolves had touched the ball, and it was 2-0 after four minutes when Joe Allen broke away and found the net with the help of a deflection off Richard Stearman.
They should have been cruising when Nathan Dyer headed in a third after 15 minutes, but a fine header from Steven Fletcher gave Wolves hope moments later.
Danny Graham's calm finish put Swansea 4-1 up after half an hour, but again they were pegged back as Matt Jarvis cut in from the left and his low shot found the net with Ashley Williams stumbling when given a chance to block on the line.
Goals were flowing around the league, with Peter Crouch's ninth-minute header giving Stoke the lead against Arsenal before Robin van Persie enjoyed a simple finish from Tomas Rosicky's cross to level on the quarter-hour mark, his 35th goal of the season.
The in-form Nikica Jelavic helped Everton to a 3-0 interval lead over Fulham.
His seventh minute free-kick was blocked by Pavel Pogrebnyak's hand inside the area, and the January signing from Rangers stepped up to send Mark Schwarzer the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Marouane Fellaini was allowed a free header to double the lead after 16 minutes before Jelavic's second of the afternoon and ninth in the last seven games made it 3-0 six minutes before the break.
Bolton, needing a win to climb out of the drop zone, took the lead at Sunderland when Martin Petrov's fine cross was volleyed home by Kevin Davies at the far post, but Nicklas Bendtner levelled before the break.
With Wigan and Bolton both on course for points, Aston Villa's relegation worries are only growing but their critical match at West Brom reached half-time still goalless.
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