Team of the Week
Forgive us if this final team of the week looks hastily assembled, light on the odd detail and is a touch sentimental. We were all so terribly intoxicated by 'Survival Sunday' that we weren't afforded even a glimpse of the other action you see. Still, a brief squiz on the internet has filled in a few gaps, so here goes.
No-one really gave a stuff but Manchester City and Bolton went ahead and completed their game anyway. Trotters keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen at least showed he cared with a string of fine saves, from Robinho among others.
Micah Richards continued his impressive late season form for City by playing his part at both ends of the pitch. Richards set up the game's only goal with a delightful overhead cross after Steven Ireland's chip found him in the area - Caicedo finishing off the move - before a sustained bout of blocking and tackling went a long way to ensuring a clean sheet.
Leon Osman scored two fine goals as Everton clinched fifth place with a win at Craven Cottage. He nipped round Mark Schwarzer to roll into an empty net for the first, then drove at the heart of Fulham's defence before unleashing a curling drive into the far corner. A predictably solid display from Joleon Lescott kept Erik Nevland and Diomansy Kamara quiet, completing another excellent season for the centre half.
Forgive us if we get all dewy-eyed but few can argue Tugay or Sami Hyypia don't deserve a mention for a combined service of 18 years to the Premier League. Hyypia only got six minutes of action - but still nearly slotted one final header - before he was carried off the field by his team-mates at the end to a chorus of singing from the Kop.
Tugay managed 85 minutes in Blackburn's bore draw with West Brom before he came off to a standing ovation. Sadly, he couldn't add another to his catalogue entitled 'wholehearted whacks into the top corner'.
Speaking of howitzers, Darron Gibson's blockbuster for Manchester United against Hull was good enough to win any game. Thankfully for the Tigers Gibson's 35-yarder, coupled with Wes Brown's tidy shift, didn't consign them to the Championship largely due to Newcastle's unique brand of inadequacy. The Magpies started brightly but faded badly, with Gareth Barry turning in a reliably solid display in what might be his last appearance for the club.
Anybody who manages to provoke a Cristiano Ronaldo paddy is alright by me so take a bow Nicolas Anelka. The Chelsea striker saved his best of the season until last as he secured the Golden Boot with a barnstormer at Sunderland. Picking the ball up deep, he beat one hapless Black Cat before lashing a ferocious drive past another; Martin Fulop in nets.
Robin van Persie helped Arsenal steamroller Stoke, who probably boarded their flight to Marbeya less than an hour after the final whistle. Van Persie slotted his first from the spot, sent over an inviting cross for Abou Diaby to make it two then smashed home his second on the volley after some truly woeful defending from Rory Delap.
Sir Alex Ferguson has the honour of leading this rabble into battle (not the easiest job given that we've got a 35-year-old centre back and a 38-year-old midfield general in the XI). The wily old fox made ten changes from the side that beat Arsenal but Manchester United still had enough about them to do a professional job on Hull. Fergie spent the week fending off questions about his integrity but ended it with another three points and another Premier League crown. Now for Rome and the Champions League.