Fulham blow it, Villa in trouble
Fulham blew a chance to pull out of the Premier League relegation zone after a 2-2 draw with Hull, while Swansea, West Brom and Spurs all won.
The battle to avoid the drop took several twists and turns in a key game at Craven Cottage to remain in the relegation zone.
A tight first half finished goalless, although Hull had a strong penalty appeal waved away when referee Lee Mason decided that Fernando Amorebieta had not brought down Shane Long.
Felix Magath's side then opened the scoring in the 55th minute as half-time substitute Ashkan Dejagah weaved away from a couple of defenders to drift in from the right and curled an exquisite shot into the top corner.
Amorebieta's doubled Fulham's advantage just three minutes later with a glancing header from Kieran Richardson's inviting cross, but Hull responded brilliantly to salvage a point.
Nikica Jelavic reduced the arrears when he reacted quickly to beat David Stockdale after Sascha Riether had deflected the ball on to his own bar, and Shane Long headed home Sone Aluko's cross three minutes from time to deny Fulham a precious victory which would have lifted them out of the bottom three, for a couple of hours at least.
Saido Berahino made the crucial breakthrough in the 11th minute with a close-range finish from Morgan Amalfitano's cross, after great work from Stephane Sessegnon to lead a swift counter-attack and burst through a couple of challenges.
The Hammers were unable to find an equaliser but results elsewhere leave them with a six-point cushion over the bottom three, while West Brom are now just a point further back.
at the Liberty Stadium in a match which featured a remarkable Shelvey goal from about 45 yards.
Swansea eased their own relegation fears with a win at Newcastle United last weekend and took the lead against Aston Villa after just ten minutes as Wilfried Bony beat the offside trap to latch on to Shelvey's pass and calmly slot home for his 14th league goal of the season in all competitions.
Gabriel Agbonlahor turned in Marc Albrighton's excellent right-wing cross from just a couple of yards out to equalise in the 22nd minute, but Villa were back on level terms for just four minutes before Shelvey produced his moment of magic.
With a strike reminiscent of Rooney's goal against West Ham United last month, Shelvey controlled the ball on his chest just inside the centre circle and spotted Brad Guzan off his line before unleashing a dipping, swerving volley which flew into the top corner.
Pablo Hernandez's calm finish extended Swansea's lead in the 73rd minute and Bony added a late penalty after Nathan Baker had clattered into Marvin Emnes.
The result leaves Garry Monk's side on 39 points, while Villa are just four clear of the drop zone.
In Saturday's early game, courtesy of two own goals.
Two own goals in the first half from defenders Antolin Alcaraz and Seamus Coleman gifted Southampton all three points as Everton missed the chance to climb above Arsenal into fourth spot.
Roberto Martinez's side were well below their best as they struggled to make any inroads against an energetic Southampton side and the result leaves Everton hoping for favours from other sides if they are to finish in the top four and claim a place in the Champions League next season.