Team of the Week
Mark Schwarzer had another fine game for Fulham but Jussi Jaaskelainen gets the nod at number one for another inspired performance against Hull City. He thwarted the Tigers single-handedly when they met at the KC back in November and he was at it again on home turf, producing a string of excellent saves, and particularly fine ones from Daniel Cousin and Criag Fagan in the second half.
Kevin Kilbane is regressing as his career reaches 'double twilight' stage. He started off as a left-winger, reverted to a left back and now he's popping up at centre half for injury ravaged Hull City. Makeshift he may have been but his performance was similar to his career, solid but unspectacular.
Brede Hangeland has rightly been recognised plenty of times by TOTW this season but perhaps hasn't earned the wider praise his solid form has warranted. He helped Fulham plunge the Toon back into their black-and-white cavern of despair with another unfussy display, effectively shackling Mark Viduka.
Another impressive player bedecked in flattering yellow was Danny Murphy, who showed he had the stomach for the fight during Cottagers' relegation scrap last year. The 32-year-old still has a considerable amount of class as he turned in the sort of cultured midfield display that Newcastle have lacked all season.
Tom Huddlestone is probably back on the pies now Harry Redknapp has brought some old fashioned British bluster back into the Spurs dressing room and his performances have certainly improved since the dark days of Juande Ramos. His diet may change on a regular basis but the quality his right boot possesses does not. He capped a fine display with a pinpoint cross for Jermain Defoe's opening goal.
Goals are the main reason for the inclusion of Everton pair Joseph Yobo and Louis Saha. How Everton fans wish the latter was built like the former because there's no doubt that when fit, Saha will score goals, mostly in predatory fashion like against West Ham. The same cannot be said of Yobo, but he showed a neat fleet of foot to control and finish for his effort.
Just for good measure, we'll chuck Steven Pienaar in the mix as well to make it a hat-trick of Toffees. He had already set up a chance for Saha and smashed a shot narrowly over the bar before he skipped away from his man on the left wing and rolled the ball across the face for Saha to register his second.
Dirk Kuyt's second half strike at The Hawthorns sealed West Brom's fate and notched his goal tally to 12 for the season, a not inconsiderable haul given his limited ability. Afforded the freedom of West Brom's half the Dutchman slalomed downfield before rifling a low shot past Dean Kiely.
Middlesbrough's Tuncay can rightly be faulted for his curly perm but not for effort. The Turkish striker may only have seven goals in 32 games this season but that's still three more than any of Boro's other chumps. Heck, even Mido is second in the list. His fantastic overhead kick gave 'Boro a great start in their do-or-die clash with Villa and his header at the end nearly won the day.
Nicolas Anelka pulled level with Cristiano Ronaldo in the race to be the season's top scorer. He finished off Blackburn at the Bridge with a neat, angled drive after a lay-off from Drogba to move onto a modest 18 for the season, but one can't help feeling a flutter of disappointment that no-one looks like breaking the 20 mark.
As a match it may have been painfully drab but bore draw or not it was a mighty important point for Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United wrapped up the Premier League crown. The grizzly old gaffer secured his 11th league title and United's 18th and few can argue they don't deserve it. They may have a big squad and plenty of bucks at their disposal but they consistently play sound, attacking football and often quality sides a good spanking, and, honestly, who doesn't like to see a good spanking?