PREMIERSHIP WRAP: Man City and Tottenham still going head-to-head for fourth spot, a win for Portsmouth but Stoke and Everton share the spoils

Both Tottenham and Manchester City claimed the three points and remain in contention for a Champions League spot, but Aston Villa’s hopes of a similar finish are over.
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Both Tottenham and Manchester City claimed the three points and remain in contention for a Champions League spot, but Aston Villa’s hopes of a similar finish are over.

With Villa having played a game more than their rivals for fourth place in the Barclays Premier League, they knew only victory at Manchester City would be good enough.

And they got off to the perfect start by taking the lead in the 16th minute through John Carew.

But just before the break Stephen Warnock fouled Adam Johnson inside the penalty area allowing Carlos Tevez to equalise from the penalty spot.

Carew immediately smashed a shot against the bar but City went down the other end and Emmanuel Adebayor grabbed a second.

Villa pushed in the second half but could not break City's resistance and Craig Bellamy wrapped up the points in the last minute.

It was hardly a classic but the three points that Tottenham collected in the narrow 1-0 home win over lowly Bolton was all that mattered.

Tom Huddlestone's superb 38th-minute strike proved enough enabling Spurs to stay one point ahead of City, setting up a crucial clash against Roberto Mancini's side on Wednesday.

Birmingham kept their unbeaten home run going with a 2-1 victory over Burnley in the day's early game.

Portsmouth may be already doomed but they came good at Fratton Park to defeat Wolves 3-1.

Aruna Dindane put them ahead in the 20th minute with a header only for Kevin Doyle to level, but John Utaka restored Pompey's lead just before half-time.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake missed a good chance for the visitor’s to equalise before Michael Brown made the points safe in the 67th minute.

Stoke and Everton drew 0-0 in the Potteries which was an improvement of sorts for the home side who conceded seven last week against Chelsea.

Phil Jagielka had a header ruled out for offside for the Toffees.

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