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Birmingham beat Burnley, Everton drew at Stoke and Portsmouth beat Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Alex McLeish, the Birmingham manager, will decide on the future of his on-loan striker Christian Benitez in the next fortnight after he scored his first home goal in the 2-1 win over Burnley. Benitez, an Ecuador international, has been on a season-long loan from Mexican club Santos Laguna and Birmingham have the option of signing him permanently. "We have a deadline of May 25 to decide what we want to do. He has done well for us and we have to consider everything," said McLeish. Benitez netted his fourth goal of the campaign, adding to an own-goal from the Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen, as Birmingham remained unbeaten in 15 games at home - "a marvellous achievement" - according to McLeish. Steven Thompson scored Burnley's late consolation. Man of the match: Lee Bowyer (Birmingham)

Everton's hopes of a Europa League place ended amid controversy at the Britannia Stadium. Needing a victory to keep their hopes alive, they found the net in the 72nd minute through Phil Jagielka. He seemed to have scored the winner, following a corner from Mikel Arteta, only for referee Howard Webb to rule out the defender's effort apparently because Victor Anichebe was offside. David Moyes, the Everton manager, was baffled at the decision, which led to him questioning the fourth official as play resumed. Moyes skipped the post-match press conference and his assistant Steve Round said: "We thought it was a perfectly good goal. We cannot quiet understand why it was disallowed. We have taken a corner and it has been headed straight in the net." Man of the match: Mikel Arteta (Everton)

Avram Grant paid an emotional on-pitch tribute to Portsmouth's fans after their final Premier League game at Fratton Park ended with a 3-1 win over Wolves. Despite Pompey plunging into administration and suffering relegation to the championship following a nine-point deduction, Grant has led his squad into the FA Cup final against Chelsea. He led the Pompey players and staff back out onto the pitch after the match and told the crowd: "If anyone in the world wants a lesson about passion and commitment, then Fratton Park is the place. They can take points from us, put a [transfer] embargo on us, but they cannot destroy our spirit - never!" Aruna Dindane, John Utaka and Michael Brown scored Portsmouth's goals with Kevin Doyle on target for Wolves. Man of the match: Aruna Dindane (Portsmouth)

Published: May 2, 2010 04:00 AM


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