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Frank Lampard scored for Manchester City in his final Premier League appearance as Southampton missed out on a top-six finish, losing 2-0.

Classic Lampard. The veteran finished the season as he's spent his career - scoring goals. The 35-year old, who is set to play for New York City FC in the USA, side-footed home from 10 yards to give the hosts a first-half lead. Sergio Aguero doubled that advantage with a close-range header into an empty net, having seen three earlier efforts saved by Kelvin Davis. Victory for City saw them consolidate second place in the table, ending the season eight points behind champions Chelsea. Ronald Koeman's Saints must now hope Arsenal can defeat Aston Villa in next weekend's FA Cup final to help them earn a place in next season's Europa League.
Source: BBC Sport
May 24 - 2:33 PM

Tottenham qualified for the group stage of the Europa League after finishing fifth in the Premier League with a confident win at Everton.

Spurs have been lacklustre over the past two months, but this was an assured performance and a deserved victory over a disappointing Everton side. Kane scored his 31st goal of the season, equalling a Premier League club record, after he headed in Eric Dier's first-half cross. The Toffees offered little, with Seamus Coleman's angled effort the closest they came to equalising. Spurs end the season in a respectable 5th position in Mauricio Pochettino's first campaign in charge and go in to next season's Europa League proper, while Roberto Martinez will reflect on a poor year, ending in 11th.
Source: BBC Sport
May 24 - 2:17 PM

Kyle Naughton returned from injury in time to start the final game of the season for Swansea City, but the result was not as hoped as they fell to Crystal Palace, 1-0.

While Naughton's return was a pleasant surprise, Swansea were hampered by the absence of three key players in their midfield: Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jonj Shelvey and Ki Sung-Yueng, all instrumental in one game or another throughout the season, did not make the squad. Hence, while they did well to play an even possession battle with Palace, their chances in the final third lacked that creativity or extra pass that could provide a better shot at beating the Eagles keeper. Though the Swans drop their final two games, the first season under former player/now manager Garry Monk has to be viewed as a solid one.
Source: NBC Sports
May 24 - 12:39 PM

Crystal Palace ended their season on a winning note, as a goal by Marouane Chamakh would make the difference in a 1-0 win over Swansea City.

It was rather even between the two sides in most statistical categories like possession and chances, but it was Palace who were able to break through for the game's lone goal. It came in the 57th minute when Jason Puncheon sent a free kick into the box, Scott Dann headed it across the face of goal, and Chamakh was able to control it with his chest and smash it home. Swansea didn't have a strong midfield and it made it easy on the Eagles defense. After a four game losing streak that ended earlier in the month, Palace finish strong (10th place) with wins over Liverpool and Swansea.
Source: NBC Sports
May 24 - 12:33 PM

Petr Cech played his last match for Chelsea as the Blues lifted the title in the last match of the season.

Cech is heavily rumored to be leaving the Blues this summer in search of playing time and this will likely end up being his last match in a Chelsea jersey. If he ends up at another Premier League team, Cech will be a fantastic Premier League option next season as he has shown this year that he is still in top form. At Chelsea, it will be Thibaut Courtois who is the future between the posts and he will be the top fantasy goalkeeper choice for years to come.
Source: Sky Sports
May 24 - 12:31 PM

Alex Bruce, Steve Bruce and the entire Bruce family have been relegated after a final day draw with Manchester United.

Hull City needed a win and a Newcastle draw to stay up. Instead they got a draw and a Newcastle win meaning they will be relegated. Hull City supporters will be frustrated that they couldn't even manage a goal in their effort to stay up...even after Marouane Fellaini was sent off in the 77th minute.
May 24 - 12:27 PM

Mame Biram Diouf bagged a brace and four other Potters would score as Stoke City would demolish Liverpool in record-breaking fashion with a 6-1 win.

Diouf opened the scoring on the day with a goal in the 22nd minute and it must have taken the wind completely out of the sails of the Liverpool defense, as the Potters would go on to score five of their six goals in the opening half, the most ever conceded after 45 minutes by any Liverpool team in their Premier League history. Diouf made it two goals just four minutes after his first, then goals would follow by Jon Walters, Charlie Adam and Steven N'Zonzi respectively before the halftime whistle blew. After giving one up in the second half, they would add one more themselves in the 86th minute, with a goal by substitute Peter Crouch. Stoke finished what was a steady season without too many bumps quite strongly.
Source: NBC Sports
May 24 - 12:23 PM

In an otherwise forgettable finish to the season, Steven Gerrard was able to add a final goal to his Liverpool career, but it was only a consolation as the Reds were walloped by Stoke City, 6-1.

Liverpool broke a record today that they will not be bragging about any time soon - for the first time in PL History, they conceded five goals in the opening half. With the result last week against Crystal Palace, the Reds finished the season by shipping nine goals in two. Still, the legend of this generation of Liverpool Football Club managed to score for his city one last time, scoring in the 70th minute. It was a down year for Liverpool, who made up for a lack of Luis Suarez with excellent defending during the bulk of the season, but fans will now be wondering what to expect heading into August after today's result.
Source: NBC Sports
May 24 - 12:16 PM

Marouane Fellaini was shown a straight red card in the 77th minute but neither team scored in the finale.

Hull City needed three points to have a chance to stay up and they only got one Manchester United didn't need anything but they could have done without a suspension heading into next season but that's what they got. Marouane Fellaini saw red and will miss the first three matches of next season unless an appeal changes his fate.
May 24 - 12:13 PM

West Ham have announced that they will not renew Sam Allardyce's contract as manager of the club.

Allardyce was given an ultimatum at the beginning of the season to finish 10th or not be given another chance and the owners have kept their word. Allardyce did a respectable job, finishing 12th despite a number of long-term injuries to his top players, but it wasn't enough for management and he will not be in London next season. Allardyce should will be able to find a job in a timely manner.
May 24 - 12:11 PM

Gareth McAuley scored a consolation goal as West Brom lost to Arsenal 4-1 at the Emirates on the final day of the season.

It didn't mean much to either side but only West Brom played like it. Arsenal, powered by returning stars Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, scored four in the first half to end the tie. McAuley scored a consolation goal to keep it from being too embarrassing in the end.
May 24 - 12:08 PM

West Ham United came up empty against a Newcastle United side that were fighting for their lives in the league, finishing the season on a negative note after a 2-0 loss.

While Newcastle are clearly happy today that the season is over, it is West Ham who should be thankful the season isn't any longer. The attack hit a wall down the stretch as they were able to only score two goals over their last six games combined, being kept out again today by a Magpie side that isn't exactly known for keeping clean sheets. It is an area that will need to be addressed in the summer, as they do not have a standout first choice striker between Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia while Stewart Downing experienced a major dropoff in production in the second half of the season. We may see more of the young defender Reece Burke next season, as he made a positive impact in his time down the stretch.
Source: NBC Sports
May 24 - 12:07 PM

Burnley beat Aston Villa 1-0 in the last match of the season in what is a consolation win for the relegated side.

Burnley have been relegated for a few weeks now and the win is meaningless, but it does confirm Danny Ings has the talent needed in the Premier League. Ings scored the only goal in the match and he will certainly be sought after by bigger clubs this summer. He will have good fantasy value next season if he can land in a good situation in the Premier League. Aston Villa finish 17th on the season and just barely avoid relegation, but they'll take anything at this point as long as they have a healthy Christian Benteke heading into next season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 24 - 12:06 PM

Theo Walcott returned to the Arsenal starting eleven with a first half hat trick as Arsenal cruised to a 4-1 home victory.

In a match that meant very little in the grand scheme of things, Arsenal got good news in the form of big production from key reserves. Theo Walcott scored a hat trick and Jack Wilshere added one as both players get sharp after long injury layoffs. The goals will help their confidence if they are called on in the FA Cup Final.
May 24 - 12:03 PM

Newcastle United were able to avoid relegation on the final day of the season with a 2-0 win over West Ham United.

It was a nervy atmosphere at St. James' Park as expected, and though the Magpies showed themselves better in the opening half of the match than they had in quite a long time, anxiety continued to grow around the stadium as they went into the locker room at halftime with the game still 0-0. The breakthrough came in the 54th minute, when Jonas Gutierrez sent a cross toward the Hammers' far post and found Moussa Sissoko, who headed it in strongly. The job was not finished though, as a second goal was needed to truly feel safe and it came courtesy of Gutierrez who sent a strike that was helped by a deflection into the net for his first goal in over two years. Newcastle ended February looking like they would only need one more positive result to avoid relegation. Though there is plenty of issues with the club, they can rest easy now that they got the job done in time.
Source: NBC Sports
May 24 - 11:58 AM




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