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Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 21:56 GMT 22:56 UK
Dons down as Bradford survive

Bradford versus Wimbledon: Survival at stake
Wimbledon's 14-year stay in the top flight of English football has ended, and Bradford are to spend a second season in the Premiership.

David Wetherall scored an early goal for Bradford against Liverpool to give his side a real chance of Premiership survival.

Wayne Bridge's 57th minute free kick goal for Southampton against Wimbledon meant that it was the Dons who were heading to the Nationwide League with an hour gone in both games.

When Saints striker Marian Pahars made it 2-0 at The Dell with 11 minutes remaining, it meant that Bradford only needed a draw.

Click here for the final Premiership table.
They hung on for the victory against Liverpool and proved that promotion to the top flight does not necessarily mean an immediate return.

12 mins: Wetherall strikes for Bradford - the Bantams have a survival chance
57: Bridge's strike threatens Dons' 14-year top flight stay
79: Pahars seals Dons' misery
Wetherall's goal was also good news for his former club Leeds, who qualify for the Champions League.

They ended with a 0-0 draw at Upton Park to deny Liverpool in the race for third place.


The first goals of the final afternoon of Premiership action were at Newcastle, where Gary Speed put the home side ahead but Kanu equalised for Arsenal 45 seconds later.

Brian Deane put Middlesbrough ahead at Everton shortly before relegated Sheffield Wednesday went 1-0 up against Leicester from Allan Quinn's goal.

Darren Anderton put Spurs one-up against Sunderland with a penalty but Chris Makin equalised after 20 minutes.

Alan Shearer then scored a second for Newcastle in their game against Arsenal before Andy Booth put Wednesday two up.

Heidar Helguson then left Coventry in severe danger of failing to win an away game all season as he put Watford up at Vicarage Road.

The first goal of the second half came at Hillsborough where Niclas Alexandersson made it 3-0 to Wednesday. Gilles de Bilde added to the day's most surprising scoreline.

Gianfranco Zola put Chelsea ahead at home to Derby before Gustavo Poyet doubled the lead.

Stephane Malz equalised for Arsenal at St James Parkbut a second from Speed put Newcastle back ahead and Andy Griffin made it 4-2.

Teddy Sheringham then found the net for champions Manchester United at Villa Park.

Tim Sherwood was the next man to find the net to restore Spurs' lead at White Hart Lane before Stephen Carr made it 3-1.

Roberto Di Matteo handed Chelsea a three-goal cushion with a goal at Stamford Bridge with Tore Andre Flomaking it 4-0 at the death.

Finally, Juninho sealed Boro's win at Goodison with a goal four minutes from time.


Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd
Bradford 1-0 Liverpool
Chelsea 4-0 Derby
Everton 0-2 Middlesbrough
Newcastle 4-2 Arsenal
Sheff Wed 4-0 Leicester
Southampton 2-0 Wimbledon
Tottenham 3-1 Sunderland
Watford 1-0 Coventry
West Ham 0-0 Leeds

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