West Brom relegated after losing to Liverpool

West Bromwich Albion 0 Liverpool 2

Steven Gerrard scored the first and set up Dirk Kuyt for the second as Liverpool beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Sunday to relegate the Baggies from the Premier League while Chelsea beat Blackburn 2-0.

Although the title race was out of reach after Manchester United clinched it on Saturday with a 0-0 draw with Arsenal, Liverpool sent out a full strength side at the Hawthorns and made it 12 victories in a row over West Brom as well as a club-record equalizing 13 away wins this season.

West Brom's 22nd defeat of the season means it remains last in the standings with 31 points and only one round of games to come next Sunday. The Baggies are relegated from the Premier League for the third time in seven seasons.

"I don't know how we didn't score today," said manager Tony Mowbray. "We created chances as we do every week but invariably the opposition take theirs.

"I feel as if we do give value for money most weeks, home and away. The supporters have been there before over the past seven or eight years, up and down and hopefully we can reward them next season with another promotion."

Next-to-last Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Hull and Sunderland are also in danger of winding up in the other two relegation spots.

West Brom's relegation also came on the day it suspended striker Roman Bednar after newspaper allegations that he bought cocaine and cannabis from a drug dealer hours after last week's 3-1 victory over Wigan.

After surviving an early spell of West Brom pressure in which goalkeeper Pepe Reina twice saved from Jonathan Greening, Liverpool went ahead in the 28th minute.

There appeared no danger until Shelton Martis lost control of the ball deep inside his own half. Gerrard took full advantage by racing clear of the defender and beating goalkeeper Dean Kiely for his 24th league and cup goal of the season, his best ever.

Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty just before halftime when West Brom defender Jonas Olsson barged Gerrard over but the referee turned down the Reds' appeals.

It was West Brom's turn to have a penalty turned down when Lucas Leiva brought down Marc-Antoine Fortune in the 59th minute.

And it was all over for the Baggies when Gerrard fed Kuyt with a through ball in the 63rd minute and the Dutch star weaved through to score the second with a low right foot shot.

West Brom striker Luke Moore hit the post and there was an angry confrontation between Jamie Carragher and Liverpool teammate Alvaro Arbeloa after the centerback accused the Spaniard of poor marking. Carragher pushed Arbeloa and they had to be kept apart by teammate Xabi Alonso.

"They were talking about clean sheets," manager Rafa Benitez said. "We needed one more maybe to be at the same level as (Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin) Van der Sar so they wanted to win without conceding. It's disappointing because it's better to do it another way."

Nicolas Anelka joined Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the Premier League scoring list with 18 goals with Chelsea's second against Blackburn at Stamford Bridge.

The French striker collected a sideways pass from co-striker Didier Drogba to power home a low, right foot shot in the 59th minute.

Anelka also set up the first goal after four minutes with a cross that set up Florent Malouda for a powerful long range header.

The victory means that Chelsea remains three points behind Liverpool and seven behind Manchester United. Throughout the second half, the Chelsea fans pleaded with Guus Hiddink to stay on as manager, the Dutchman having taken the job only until the end of the season before he returns to his full time role as coach of Russia's national team.

Portsmouth and Sunderland meet on Monday to complete the next to last round of matches and the final schedule of games is next Sunday.

News
A model of a Neanderthal man on display at the National Museum of Prehistory in Dordogne, France
science
News
Richard Dawkins dedicated his book 'The Greatest Show on Earth' to Josh Timonen
newsThat's Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome
Arts and Entertainment
Eye of the beholder? 'Concrete lasagne' Preston bus station
architectureWhich monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?
Extras
indybest
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
Dinosaurs Unleashed at the Eden Project
travel
Arts and Entertainment
music
Sport
football
Life and Style
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first online sale
techDespite a host of other online auction sites and fierce competition from Amazon, eBay is still the most popular e-commerce site in the UK
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home