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United hope still alive

Dpa
Monday, April 23, 2012

LONDON - Newcastle United boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification with a 3-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday as Arsenal and Chelsea drew and Tottenham Hotspur lost.

It was a sixth straight Premier League win for Alan Pardew's side and lifted them three points above Tottenham Hotspur, who went down 1-0 at QPR, four above Chelsea and three behind Arsenal who have played a game more.

Arsenal had earlier drawn 0-0 against Chelsea, a drab match in which Robin van Persie and Laurent Koscielny both hit the post.

Theo Walcott suffered a hamstring injury, putting his participation at the Euros in summer in doubt.

"It looks like a serious hamstring injury," said manager Arsene Wenger.

Newcastle took full advantage of Arsenal's stalemate.

"Whatever we do now, it's an outstanding season," said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew. "But of course, we haven't lost sight of what the city hasn't lost sight of.

"You can feel it in the crowd, you can feel it in the city, that there's a chance for us to do something really special, and we will go to Wigan and try to achieve that."

Adel Taarabt's first-half free-kick was enough to give QPR all three points against Tottenham even though the goalscorer was later sent off for a second yellow card. Mark Hughes's side stand three points clear of the drop zone.

Blackburn Rovers beat Norwich City 2-0.


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