NORWICH and Newcastle attained Premier League safety in emphatic style yesterday, but Wigan still harbour hopes of catching Sunderland who were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton.
Robert Snodgrass, Grant Holt, an own goal from Gareth McAuley and Jonny Howson scored as the Canaries thrashed West Brom 4-0 and climbed to 12th, on 41 points.
Meanwhile, 10-man Newcastle, who had goalkeeper Rob Elliot sent off, came from behind to beat QPR 2-1 with Hatem Ben Arfa and Yoan Gouffran netting after Loic Remy had converted a penalty.
Daniel Sturridge hit a hat-trick in a 3-1 win for Liverpool against Fulham. Martin Jol’s side, who netted through Dimitar Berbatov, have taken just one point from their last seven games, enjoy a far superior goal difference to those below but are not definitely safe.
Wigan travel to Arsenal tomorrow knowing they must win to survive. A draw would make Aston Villa safe and leave Sunderland the only team catchable, though Wigan’s goal difference is inferior by 11.