Fading Tottenham held to draw by Wigan
LONDON (AP) -- As Luis Suarez began a 10-match ban, Liverpool showed it still has bite up front by inflicting Newcastle's worst home loss since 1925 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Making the Newcastle fans pay for their constant chants of "Luis Suarez - he bites who he wants,'' Liverpool produced a ruthless display to win 6-0 at St. James' Park.
Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson each scored twice, while Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini also found the net to demonstrate the attacking resources available at Liverpool as Suarez begins his hefty ban for biting Chelsea defender Bransilav Ivanovic in a match last Sunday.
"Very happy with this great win!!!'' Suarez wrote on Twitter. "Congratulations to all my teammates!!!!''
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was glad to shift the spotlight away from the fight with the Football Association and show the team's unity.
"It's been a very, very difficult week,'' Rodgers said. "It was a real test for us.''
The win lifted Liverpool's spirits but not its position in the standings, where it remains seventh - five points and a place below neighbor Everton, which beat Fulham 1-0.
Tottenham remains fifth after missing a chance to move back into the four Champions League places by drawing 2-2 at Wigan and relying on Emmerson Boyce's own goal to earn the point.
Tottenham is level on points with Chelsea, but its London rival has a superior goal difference and a game in hand in fourth. The London rivals are still to play each other with the season drawing to a close.
Manchester City strengthened its grip on second place, the only thing it can aim for after seeing Manchester United seize the trophy on Monday. Yaya Toure's late curling strike clinched a 2-1 win for City over West Ham.
Stoke eased its relegation fears by beating Norwich 1-0, while Southampton was a point behind after losing 3-0 to West Bromwich Albion in a match that saw three players sent off.
Tottenham was in danger of throwing away fifth place unless it produces victories in its final four games.
The visitors had made the perfect start at Wigan with a bizarre goal. Dithering by Maynor Figueroa and Joel Robles led to a poor attempted clearance hitting Bale and cannoning into the net.
The elation lasted just two minutes, with Boyce heading home from Shaun Maloney's corner.
Callum McManaman put Wigan in front four minutes into the second half, blasting in his first league goal from the edge of the penalty area after being fed by James McCarthy.
Wigan was on course to climb out of the relegation zone until Aaron Lennon's low cross went into the net off Boyce in the 90th.
Nearby in Manchester, a stoppage time goal counted for little - apart from leaving City goalkeeper Joe Hart red-faced.
Andy Carroll's shot squirmed through Hart's legs but City had already safeguarded the victory.
Sergio Aguero put City ahead in the 28th after being set up by Samir Nasri, who cut through the West Ham defense by playing a one-two with David Silva.
Toure curled the winner into the top corner of the net in the 83rd after also being teed up by Nasri.
?''I think Joe's back spasmed as he kicked a ball,'' City assistant manager David Platt said. "He is a bit blocked up and will be a bit sore tomorrow but he will be OK on Monday.
"It possibly affected him with the way he conceded the second. If you look at the ball when it has gone in he can't get down to it.''
There were dismissals and goals aplenty on the south coast.
Marc-Antoine Fortune and Romelu Lukaku had put West Brom 2-0 in front by the 67th at Southampton before the red cards came out.
Referee Robert Madley sent off both Fortune and Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez three minutes later. Fortune pushed Ramirez having been upset by the Uruguayan's elbow on Shane Long.
It was Long who struck the third for West Brom before Southampton lost another man when Danny Fox was red-carded for a two-footed challenge on Steven Reid.
There was less drama at Goodison Park with Steve Pienaar settling a lackluster match for Everton against Fulham.
"It was nice intricate play and a good finish,'' Everton manager David Moyes said. "I thought Steven knitted us together a little bit and he scored a good goal as well.''
There was also only one goal in it at Stoke, with Charlie Adam ending ended a five-month scoring drought to clinch the win over Norwich after latching onto Peter Crouch's knockdown.