Blackburn Rovers have
been relegated from the Premier League after losing 1-0 at home to Wigan Athletic who ensured their
survival in England's top flight
with the victory.
|Blackburn Rover's Yakubu on a wet and miserable night in Blackburn. Photo: Reuters.|
Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz
scored with a header three
minutes from time to end
Blackburn's 11-year stay in
the Premier League after a
dismal season in which they
have won just eight of their
37 league matches under
manager Steve Kean.
West Ham United edged closer to a
Premier League return with a 3-0
home win over Cardiff City, to ease into the Championship playoff final 5-0 on aggregate.
The Hammers came
into the second leg with a
firm grip on the tie courtesy
of a 2-0 win in Wales last
week. They strengthened that
in the 15th minute when
captain Kevin Nolan headed in
from a Matt Taylor corner.
West Ham made sure of the win when
Ricardo Vaz Te fired in a
superb drive with Nicky
Maynard adding a late third.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
called for more of the same on May
19 when his team battle for a place
in the top flight against Blackpool
or Birmingham City - both teams that were also relegated from the Premier League last season.
Blackpool take a 1-0 lead into the
second leg of their playoff semi-final at Birmingham on Wednesday.