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Wigan Routs Newcastle to Help Premier League Survival Chance

Wigan routed Newcastle 4-0 today to boost its chances of remaining in English soccer’s Premier League next season.

Victor Moses scored two goals as Wigan climbed to 16th in the 20-team league with 37 points, three more than Bolton in the last of the three relegation spots at the bottom of the standings. Bolton tied 2-2 at Sunderland.

Aston Villa drew 0-0 at West Bromwich to help its relegation fight, Arsenal tied 1-1 at Stoke, Everton defeated Fulham 4-0, relegated Wolverhampton rallied for a 4-4 draw at Swansea and Liverpool won 3-0 at Norwich.

Wigan scored four times in the first half in ending Newcastle’s six-match winning streak.

The Latics started quickly as Moses scored twice in the opening 15 minutes. Shaun Maloney added a goal in the 36th minute and Di Santo looped a shot into the top corner from about 20 yards out just before halftime.

Newcastle’s loss dropped it four points behind Arsenal in the race for third place and a berth in the Champions League. Arsenal has 66 points and Newcastle has 62 from one fewer game.

Stoke’s Peter Crouch headed in Matthew Etherington’s cross in the ninth minute before Arsenal’s Robin van Persie answered with his league-leading 28th goal six minutes later.

Bolton remained in the relegation zone after rallying to tie Sunderland. Kevin Davies gave Wanderers the lead in the 26th minute, before Nicklas Bendtner and James McClean scored for Sunderland.

34 Points

Davies then scored with a header in the 70th minute. Bolton is even with Queen’s Park Rangers with 34 points, but remains in the final relegation place because of an inferior goal difference.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given stopped Peter Odemwingie’s shot in the final minute to preserve his team’s draw at West Brom. Villa remains in 15th place, three points above relegation.

Last-place Wolverhampton, which was relegated last week, rallied in the second half to draw with Swansea.

Andrea Orlandi, Joe Allen, Nathan Dyer and Danny Graham scored as Swansea took a 4-2 halftime lead over Wolves, which got goals from Steven Fletcher and Matt Jarvis. Dave Edwards and Jarvis then scored after the break to earn Wolves the point.

Nikica Jelavic scored twice as Everton extended its unbeaten run to six games. Jelavic has 10 goals in 13 games since joining Everton from Rangers in January.

Luis Suarez scored all the goals as Liverpool sent Norwich to its third straight loss. He scored twice in the first half, then completed his hat trick in the 82nd minute with a lob over goalkeeper John Ruddy from just inside the Norwich half of the field.

Chelsea hosts Queen’s Park Rangers and Blackburn visits Tottenham in tomorrow’s games. League leader Manchester United is at second-place Manchester City in two days.

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