QPR Victory Rocks All Relegation-Threatened Sides!
By Footy Mad - Editor
Updated Sunday, 3rd March 2013
Review of Saturday's fixtures ...
Swansea claimed a 1-0 win over Newcastle in their first match since their historic Capital One Cup win over Bradford last weekend.
Luke Moore (pictured right) scored in the 85th minute after Newcastle looked to have held the upper hand for much of the game with strikers Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran missing two good scoring chances.
Shinji Kagawa scored a hat-trick as Manchester United went 15 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League table with a 4-0 win over Norwich at Old Trafford.
The Japan international gave United a 1-0 the lead on the stroke of half-time after Robin van Persie played him in following a first half with few chances.
Kagawa then added his second in the 76th minute before he linked up with Wayne Rooney for his third, running on to the striker's pass to clip into the roof of the net in style.
Rooney sealed the comprehensive win with United's fourth goal in the 90th minute as Sir Alex Ferguson's side pulled even further clear of rivals Manchester City, who play Aston Villa on Monday night, in the title race.
At the other end, QPR claimed a much-needed 2-1 win over Southampton at St Mary's on manager Harry Redknapp's birthday, though it was not enough to lift them from the foot of the table.
Loic Remy gave QPR the advantage when Junior Hoilett played a ball over the top and found the Frenchman, who lifted the ball over goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
Gaston Ramirez levelled the score up at 1-1 with a close-range shot on the stroke of half-time but Jay Bothroyd put QPR back in front after the break, moments after goalkeeper Julio Cesar limped off at the other end.
Elsewhere, Demba Ba gave Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez something to smile about as he fired the Blues to a 1-0 win over West Brom at Stamford Bridge.
Benitez faced flak from Chelsea's own supporters before kick-off and during the first half after his outburst criticising a section of them following the midweek cup win at Middlesbrough.
Chelsea went ahead after 26 minutes and held on to move above Tottenham and into third place ahead of Spurs' derby clash with Arsenal on Sunday.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez steamed ahead in the race for the Golden Boot with a hat-trick as woeful Wigan were dispatched 4-0 at the DW Stadium.
The Uruguay international followed in some illustrious footsteps by becoming the third Reds player to score 20 or more in a Premier League season after Robbie Fowler (25) and Fernando Torres (24).
Stewart Downing's free header in only the second minute set the tone but his effort, created by his clever movement and good delivery by January signing Philippe Coutinho was almost forgotten as Suarez again took centre stage.
Marouane Fellaini inspired Everton to a 3-1 win over Reading at Goodison Park.
The Belgium international climbed to reach Seamus Coleman's cross from the right wing to head past Royals goalkeeper Jan Mucha in the 42nd minute before he saw another chance blocked by Ian Harte.
Steven Pienaar doubled the Toffees' advantage in the second half when he was played in by Fellaini and fired home from 20 yards just before the hour mark with Kevin Mirallas adding the third.
Hal Robson-Kanu pulled one back for Reading but it was scant consolation.
Elsewhere, Fulham drew 2-2 with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light after the home side fought back from a two-goal deficit.
Dimitar Berbatov put Fulham ahead with a penalty after Craig Gardner fouled Ashkan Dejagah before Sascha Riether made it 2-0 to the Cottagers 10 minutes before the break.
Sunderland hit back two minutes later, though, with Gardner atoning for his earlier mistake when he scored from the spot at the other end of the pitch after Danny Graham was pulled back by Philippe Senderos.
Stephane Sessegnon then levelled the score when he pounced on Adam Johnson's deflected cross in the 70th minute.
West Ham also triumphed 1-0, against Stoke thanks to substitute Jack Collison's goal on the brink of half-time.
Collinson, on for the injured Matt Taylor, put the Hammers ahead in first-half in injury time when he fired past Asmir Begovic after a good run by Ricardo Vaz Te.