SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Owen Coyle, manager of Bolton Wanderers gives out instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers at Stadium of Light on April 28, 2012 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
Bolton took a point off of Sunderland when three were arguably available. Not the best result for us but, again, certainly not a bad one. Without all three points, Bolton failed to leave the drop zone for another round of fixtures but sit extremely close to safety. Thanks to the tense nature of this relegation battle, we have to keep an eye on the fixtures of all the teams around the bottom of the table just to see where we stand.
An evenly matched clash saw both sides leave the Hawthorns with a point. Both sides were denied what looked like clear-cut penalty shouts and it was down to the goalkeepers to protect the draw. Foster denied N'Zogbia a fierce, close range effort and it was a stunning Shay Given save right at the death that gave Villa their clean sheet.
Wigan continued to fire on all cylinders as they have now won five of their last seven matches. The casualties from that run include Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Newcastle United. The Toon did not come out ready to play and Wigan fully capitalized with a pair of Victor Moses goals and a stunning Franco Di Santo strike with all four coming in the first half.
The ideal result for Bolton Wanderers in this match would have been a 10-0 (or greater) Chelsea win. That result would have made up our goal difference with QPR and seen the Trotters go 17th on goals scored. A Fernando Torres hat trick and Daniel Sturridge goal that came in the 45th second were enough to keep Bolton level on points with QPR.
Tottenham 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
Tottenham looked like scoring and scoring a lot. As the scoreline suggests though, they did not. Spurs smacked the crossbar on 3 separate occasions with the lone first half goal coming off one of the rebounds. A long cross was put onto the woodwork from a Rovers defender standing on the goal line. Emmanuel Adebayor gathered the rebound and held it up with his back to goal for Rafael Van der Vaart to put it in. Tottenham doubled the advantage in the 75th minute through an absolutely perfect Kyle Walker free kick.
This is a look at the part of the table that concerns the Wanderers the most. It's still within our grasp. COYWM
*Note: Blackburn have played 36 matches, not 35. At the time of writing, the table did not reflect Blackburn's game against Tottenham. Blackburn are also now level on goal differential with Bolton.