Premier League round-up

Bolton climb out of drop zone, but Fulham look doomed

Manchester United left it late at Ewood Park, Bolton climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with victory over Middlesbrough, but time is running out for Fulham.

Leaders United's advantage over title rivals Chelsea is now three points ahead of next weekend's Stamford Bridge showdown following a 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Gavin McCann's priceless second-half goal completed a smash-and-grab raid for Gary Megson's men at the Riverside Stadium as they had to withstand some intense Boro pressure, particularly in the opening stages.

The Trotters are now up to 16th in the table with three games of the season remaining after back-to-back 1-0 wins.

But Fulham, who gave themselves hope with a rare away triumph at Reading last time out, are looking doomed again after going down 2-0 at home to a much-changed Liverpool side.

As expected, Rafa Benitez rested his key men with next week's UEFA Champions League meeting with Chelsea in mind, but goals from Jermaine Pennant and Peter Crouch sank the Cottagers, who are five points from safety with just three games to go.

Reading have slipped closer to the relegation trapdoor, going down 2-0 to a classy Arsenal display at Emirates Stadium, where Emmanuel Adebayor and Gilberto Silva found the net.

Wigan edged closer to safety after coming from behind to draw with Tottenham at the JJB Stadium, Emile Heskey equalising with a powerful turn and shot after Dimitar Berbatov's opener.

Derby's season of woe cannot end quickly enough as they suffered their 26th defeat in 35 Premier League games, going down 2-1 to West Ham at Upton Park.

Carlos Tevez came to Manchester United's rescue at Blackburn by heading home an 88th minute equaliser.

Rovers had taken the lead on 21 minutes when Roque Santa Cruz slotted home after United had failed to clear a throw-in.

Brad Friedel was in excellent form for Blackburn and could do nothing about Tevez's close-range header which keeps United in pole position for back-to-back titles.

Bolton's hopes of avoiding the drop are very much alive as McCann's 61st minute strike was enough for them to overcome Middlesbrough in the North East.

Boro switched off defensively at a Trotters corner, allowing Gary Cahill to head goalwards from four yards out, and although Ross Turnbull made a superb save, former Aston Villa midfielder McCann was on hand to force the ball home from virtually on the line.

Megson's men were also indebted to an impressive display from goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, who produced some important saves as Boro carved out a number of early chances for Afonso Alves and Tuncay Sanli.

Liverpool fans have probably had more than enough of American input this week, after co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett's unseemly public spat intensified.

But they had US goalkeeper Kasey Keller to thank as his two blunders helped them claim all three points against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The Reds went in front in the 17th minute when Pennant was released by Lucas Leiva, and he drove a shot towards the near post which Keller inexplicably left as it flew into the top corner

Pennant then turned provider after the break as he played the ball to Crouch on the edge of the area and the England forward drilled a shot through Keller, who should have done better again.

Adebayor and Gilberto struck for Arsenal as they cruised to victory against struggling Reading, who have lost three of their last four and not scored in that run.

Adebayor broke the deadlock in the 30th minute with a cool finish under Marcus Hahnemann after Theo Walcott and Kolo Toure had combined to create the opening.

Gilberto made it 2-0 from outside the area eight minutes later with the help of a wicked deflection off the head of Andre Bikey, with Robin van Persie and Walcott hitting the woodwork after the break.

Steve Bruce has guided Wigan to the brink of Premier League safety as they claimed another important point with a 1-1 home draw against Tottenham.

The visitors went ahead in just the sixth minute when Aaron Lennon broke down the right and crossed to the far post, where Berbatov was on hand to volley home from close range.

But the Latics levelled soon after when Marcus Bent and Kevin Kilbane combined to find Heskey in the area, and the England striker was allowed time to turn by Didier Zokora and drill a low shot beyond Radek Cerny.

Derby look on course to finish the season with a record low Premier League points tally as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at West Ham.

The dismal defending which has been their downfall throughout a miserable campaign was in evidence again as Dean Leacock's flimsy attempt at a challenge allowed Bobby Zamora to head home George McCartney's free-kick in the 20th minute.

Former Hammer Tyrone Mears levelled for the visitors after the break as he got onto the end of an impressive breakaway to outpace Freddie Ljungberg and fire beyond Robert Green.

But Ljungberg then played a neat one-two with Mark Noble before crossing for Carlton Cole to slot home the winner from close range 13 minutes from time.