Ledley's Talking Points: Slow and Painful Declines, 10-Goal Thrillers, and the End of an Era
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7 Talking Points
Pochettino has made wonderful progress over the last four years at Spurs despite it being more competitive than ever domestically, with the quality of the top six. We will finish the season trophyless, but the foundations are now in place to build on our strengths and push further next season.
Sunderland have been relegated to League One after their 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats took the lead at home on just three occasions in 2017, staying ahead for a total of just 20 minutes over the whole year. It has been a slow and painful decline for Sunderland fans.
Stoke’s destiny looks sealed after they failed to hold onto their 1-0 lead against Burnley on Sunday afternoon. Paul Lambert described the game as a must-win, but after the draw, he acknowledged that survival is still possible. “We have to go to Anfield and get a result, then we have to get results against Crystal Palace and Swansea,” he said. It’s three games left and three wins needed for the Potters.
Arsene Wenger will be leaving his post as Arsenal manager at the end of the season, signifying the end of an era, not only for Arsenal, but for the Premier League. Wenger said he is not ready to quit football yet, and explained “I will never completely leave this club because I will always first look for Arsenal’s result."
Hull secured Championship survival in their 10-goal thriller at Bristol City. Bristol led by two goals twice, but needed a 94th-minute equaliser to secure a point and keep their playoff hopes alive. City are now in 10th-place, but just three points behind 6th-place Millwall with two games to play.
Wigan confirmed their return to the second tier with a 4-0 win at Fleetwood. Chairman David Sharpe said “it’s been a perfect year,” after also seeing his side beat three PL teams in the FA Cup, including Man City. "The record speaks for itself; clean sheets, goals, wins and the best teams in the league finish at the top,” said manager Paul Cook.
Grimsby earned their seventh point in three games to edge closer to football league safety. Saturday’s 1-0 win at Swindon was their first away win since November, putting a five-point gap between themselves and Barnet, who have just six points left for grabs this season.
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The Legends scored 87 points and were beaten by Ledley's challengers for the first time since Christmas, as they scored 96. Neither made the top 30 this week.
6 Most Selected Bankers
Arsenal (won 4-1)
Wolves (won 4-0)
Livingstone (won 3-0)
Man C (won 5-0)
Rangers (won 2-1)
Birmingham 2-1 Sheff Utd
Derby 1-2 Boro
Ipswich 0-4 Aston Villa
Leeds 2-1 Barnsley
Stoke 1-1 Burnley
Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
Man C (5-0)
Accrington Stanley (4-0)
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