Steve McClaren on the brink as Newcastle lose again

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
McClaren the latest Newcastle manager to come under fire at St James' Park
McClaren the latest Newcastle manager to come under fire at St James' Park

It was the game Newcastle manager Steve McClaren knew he dare not lose and now he will await to hear his fate after Bournemouth recorded a 3-1 win at St James' Park.

McClaren and Newcastle's miserable season shows no sign of improving, with the club's fans calling for his sacking on an afternoon when the atmosphere was toxic for the ex-England boss.

It was back to the days of the #PardewOut campaign at Newcastle, as memories of the supporters' efforts to get rid of former boss Alan Pardew were revived, with McClaren now at the eye of their storm.

Bournemouth now look certain to stay in the Premier League for another season, with an own goal from Steven Taylor and further goals from Josh King and Charlie Daniels made sure of victory that will casts a huge doubt over McClaren's future.

After Tottenham and Arsenal played out a thrilling 2-2 draw in the big game of the day, high flying West Ham closed the gap on their London rivals as they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Everton, who had midfielder Kevin Mirallas sent off in the first half.

Romelu Lukaku scored on 13 minutes, but Everton were soon reduced to 10 men when Mirallas was sent off on 34 minutes for a second caution.

Aaron Lennon scored a fine individual goal on 56 minutes to seemingly put the hosts in control, before Lukaku had a 71st-minute penalty saved.

Michail Antonio reduced the deficit on 78 minutes left and just three minutes later substitute Diafra Sakho headed in an equaliser, before Dimitri Payet won it with a last-minute goal.

Manchester City closed to within two points of the third-placed Gunners when they beat bottom club Aston Villa 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

City hit Villa with two goals early in the second half through Yaya Toure on 48 minutes and Sergio Aguero quickly scored another just two minutes later before the Argentine forward added a third (below) on the hour mark.

Raheem Sterling made it 4-0 after 66 minutes, with Agero also hitting the woodwork from the penalty spot on 73 minutes.

Chelsea continued their recovery under Guus Hiddink, but were held to a 1-1 home draw by Stoke.

Bertrand Traore (below) fired the hosts into the lead on 39 minutes, but just when it seemed the Blues were closing out another victory, Mame Biram Diouf headed in an equaliser with five minutes left.

Swansea beat struggling Norwich 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium with a goal on 61 minutes from midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Sunderland looked to have boosted their own survival hopes with a late strike from Jermain Defoe (84) at Southampton. 

However the Saints, who had Jose Fonte sent off on 79 minutes, snatched a point in stoppage-time through Virgil van Dijk.