Anxious week ahead for Pienaar


The Bafana Bafana star had another quiet game and next weekend faces an anxious last day of the season when Everton host Newcastle United – needing a draw to be sure of another campaign in Europe.

Blackburn Rovers, who came from behind to beat bottom-of-the-log Derby 3-1 at home, were again without Benni McCarthy and Aaron Mokoena.

In the Championship, Andrew Surman played his heart out in Southampton’s epic 3-2 win over Sheffield United which ensured their status in the second tier of English football for another season.

The young left-footed midfielder was in the thick of the action throughout the match, providing numerous good crosses and defending when necessary.

There were also celebrations following Sheffield Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Matty Pattison’s Norwich City, but the injured Burton O’Brien could only watch from the stands.

As early as the second minute, Pattison had a shot saved and shortly afterwards his close-range attempt was tipped over the post, but by the time he was substituted in the 59th minute, Wednesday were well in control and ended their programme in 16th position, one place above City.

In League Two, Glynn Hurst and Mark Arber finished the season on a high note with both Bury and Dagenham & Redbridge recording 2-0 victories over Accrington Stanley and Mansfield, respectively.

Bury completed their 46 games in mid-table but Arber’s club were placed 20th – just 7 points from the drop zone.

In Scotland, Graeme Brown’s Alloa Athletic failed in their attempt to win promotion into the First Division after going down 6-5 on aggregate to Clyde in the play-offs.