From the Back Pages, April 17: Pellegrini’s men all but out of title race despite late goal

From the back pages
From the back pages

Samir Nasri may have scored a late equaliser but Manchester City are all but out of the title race after dropping two points at home to bottom of the table Sunderland (Daily Mail)

A victory created in south-east London, cherished in north London. Crystal Palace shattered Everton’s seven-game winning streak, their run of nine successive victories at Goodison Park and quite possibly their Champions League aspirations with a model away performance effectively to secure their Premier League status. Tony Pulis’s rescue act is complete. Arsène Wenger can sense a reprieve of his own. (The Guardian)

Liverpool have had a blow delivered to their title hopes with news that striker Daniel Sturridge looks certain to miss Sunday’s tricky game at struggling Norwich. (The Mirror)

The thrill for Lukas Podolski must have worn off rather quickly. He might have felt he had proved something on Tuesday night, as his two goals earned three points which moved Arsenal back up to fourth in the Premier League table. It was the perfect follow-up to his comments on Saturday evening, that he was being under-used by Arsène Wenger and ought to play more. (The Independent)

Sam Allardyce reignited the row over diving in the Barclays Premier League by claiming that Matt Jarvis had suffered for his honesty in West Ham United’s defeat by Arsenal. (The Times)

Bayern Munich’s Germany midfielder Toni Kroos will stay with the Bavarian giants until at least 2015, despite interest from Manchester United, his agent has revealed. (The Telegraph)

GARETH SOUTHGATE has opened the door for Liverpool’s Jon Flanagan to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s World Cup plans. (The Express)