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Everton moved within three points of a Europa League qualification spot after beating Fulham 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

South African midfielder Steven Pienaar scored in the 16th minute to lift Everton to 59 points. Tottenham drew 2-2 with Wigan on Saturday to stay fifth in the automatic Europa League berth with 62 points but having played one match less.

"It was nice intricate play and a good finish," Everton manager David Moyes said. "I thought Steven knitted us together a little bit and he scored a good goal as well."

Chelsea is also on 62 points in the final Champions League spot but with a game in hand on Spurs and two on Everton.

It was Fulham's 20th straight league loss at Goodison Park, and the visitors rarely looked interested in a lackluster match containing few scoring opportunities as they are in 11th place and safe from any relegation fears.

Stoke 1, Norwich 0

Charlie Adam ended a five-month scoring drought to give Stoke a win and move the team closer to securing another season in the Premier League.

Adam netted just after the break to give Stoke back-to-back victories for the first time since December, following last weekend's 2-0 win at QPR. The win puts Stoke on 40 points, eight points outside the relegation zone. Norwich, though, is now six points outside the drop zone and has a vital game now next Saturday against Aston Villa.

Stoke's goal came in the 46th as a long ball pumped forward from Huth found the head of Peter Crouch for a knockdown into the area, and Adam stole in for a simple left-foot shot underneath Mark Bunn from seven yards.

West Brom 3, Southampton 0

West Bromwich Albion consolidated its mid-table position with a win over Southampton on Saturday in a Premier League match that saw three players sent off.

Marc-Antoine Fortune gave West Brom the lead in just the sixth minute after a goalmouth scramble and Romelu Lukaku doubled the lead when he rounded goalkeeper Artur Boruc in the 67th.

Gaston Ramirez and Fortune were then sent off before Shane Long completed the win with a long-range strike in the 77th, and Southampton finished with nine men after Danny Fox was red-carded for a two-footed challenge on Steven Reid.


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