West Ham striker Andy Carroll bags important goal to earn a point at Southampton
Andy Carroll earned a precious point for West Ham United in their fight against relegation with their equaliser at Southampton.
Sam Allardyce admitted his side were still not quite safe this season – and thought three more points would be enough to secure at least another season in the top flight.
And they got one of them thanks to Carroll’s deflected 66th-minute strike – his fifth goal in eight Premier League outings - which cancelled out Gaston Ramirez’s opener at St Mary’s.
Elsewhere, a trio of England stars featured for Arsenal as they came from behind to beat Norwich City 3-1 at the Emirates.
Jack Wilshere started, while Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench for the Gunners, who knew victory would be crucial to their hopes of finishing in the top four.
But they fell behind when Michael Turner opened the scoring in the 56th minute.
Arsenal, however, hit three goals in the final five minutes through Mikel Arteta and Lukas Podolski – either side of a Sebastien Bassong own goal – to take the points.
Two of England’s defensive stars were in great form for Everton as they kept a clean sheet against QPR.
Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines played 90 minutes for David Moyes’ side as they beat the Hoops 2-0 at Goodison Park to boost their chances of Champions League qualification.
Glen Johnson, another member of Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions' defensive unit, also enjoyed a clean sheet as Liverpool – who also boasted Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge in their side - drew 0-0 at Reading.