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Big day at the bottom of the Premier League

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Agbonlahor led the Villa revival under Tim Sherwood
Agbonlahor led the Villa revival under Tim Sherwood

Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace claimed huge wins on a day that was always likely to be hugely significant for the teams at the bottom of the Premier League.

Tim Sherwood's revived Villa side scored four first half goals as they inflicted a stunning 4-0 defeat on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, as thousands of Black Cats fans walked out in protest before half-time.

The result leaves Sunderland in a perilous position at the bottom end of the table, with some Sunderland fans being restrained by stewards as the attempted to get at the Sunderland bench.

West Bromwich Albion's revival under Tony Pulis continued as they beat Stoke 1-0 at the Hawthorns, with Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace hammering the doomed QPR 3-1 at Selhurst Park.

Leicester missed a chance to make ground in their bid for Premier League survival as they could only draw 0-0 at home against Hull, meaning the Foxes are still bottom of the Premier League table.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's push toward a top two finish in the Premier League as they strolled to a 3-0 home win against West Ham at Emirates Stadium, with Olivier Giroud (below), Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini on target.

Arsene Wenger's Gunners are now just one point behind faltering Premier League champions Manchester City, who suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Burnley after a sensational George Boyd winner left City boss Manuel Pellegrini starring at the sack ahead of his side's Champions League game at Barcelona on Wednesday.

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