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Kammy's back with his Premier League analysis

Features - Chris Kamara Posted 8th April 2013 view comments

Every Saturday, Chris Kamara heads to stadiums up and down the country to deliver his unique match reports for Soccer Saturday.

On Sundays you can see Kammy back in the Sky Sports studios as he brings you all of the highlights on Goals on Sunday.

And then on Mondays you can find him right here on skysports.com as he brings you his views on the Premier League weekend.

Pulis: looking forlorn after Stoke lose at home to Aston Villa

Pulis: looking forlorn after Stoke lose at home to Aston Villa

Read below for Kammy's thoughts on this weekend's games, as he looks at Stoke's struggles, Tony Pulis' future and Matt Lowton's wonder strike...

Stoke are in danger and could lose their manager in the summer

For probably the first time since they were promoted to the Premier League, you are looking at Stoke and thinking there are in a bit of trouble. They are just three points above the relegation zone and really need to stop the slide, but Tony Pulis will be well aware of that.

The fans are getting on Tony's back a little and I can see why; Stoke is not an affluent city, there is a lot of unemployment and the people live for their football, and while they were delighted just to have a Premier League team, their mind-set has shifted a little now that Pulis has brought in some better creative players like Michael Kightly and Peter Crouch.

They thought the style of football might change, they could enjoy some more exciting football and watch their team progress, but it just hasn't happened. Stoke chairman Peter Coates isn't going to sack Pulis, but you wonder whether Tony might look at things at the end of the season and decide that he has outstayed his welcome because all managers have sell-by dates.

Matt Lowton's goal at Stoke was brilliant and important

Lowton and Loic Remy scored excellent goals at the weekend, but the Aston Villa defender's was definitely my favourite. Remy is a goal-scorer and that's why Harry Redknapp went out on a limb to bring him to QPR, but Lowton is a full-back and gets very few opportunities to score goals.

However, he scored a long-range strike against Swansea earlier in the season with his left foot and then netted a screamer at Stoke with his right on Saturday as Villa ran out 3-1 winners. Not only was Lowton's chest control and strike brilliant but it was also a vital goal for Villa's season; it put them 2-1 up with not long to go in the game and was the catalyst for a victory that could go a long way to keeping them up.

QPR could have stopped Wigan's late equaliser

Remy's goal against Wigan was cancelled out at the death by Wigan's Shaun Maloney and it is now going to be very tough for QPR - and Reading, for that matter - to survive. Maloney's strike was decent but could have been prevented if Stephane Mbia hadn't given away a silly foul and Rs keeper Julio Cesar not offered so much of the left side of his goal, because as soon as Maloney lined-up the free-kick you knew where it was going.

If the ball goes right in the top corner then you think: 'Flipping heck, what a magnificent goal', but it didn't and while it was still a good goal, Cesar has got to do better. Wigan got out of jail against 10 men but you have to give them credit for sticking at it.

Southampton looked like a very good team at the Madejski

I was at Southampton's win at Reading for Soccer Saturday and I thought the Saints were very good; their movement was great, Jay Rodriguez has come into his own at just the right time and looks confident playing on the left or in a central striking berth.

Rickie Lambert, meanwhile, is a focal point and in midfield they are very creative. Saints have a few dodgy moments at the back, but they look to have secured their safety now.

Sunderland can still survive, despite Paolo Di Canio starting with a loss

Sunderland can class themselves slightly unlucky to have lost at Chelsea in Paolo Di Canio's first game in charge, but when your luck is against you, you concede goals like Matthew Kilgallon's own goal and Branislav Ivanovic's back flick.

Paolo can take a lot from the game in terms of the effort and commitment his players showed and they still have a fighting chance of staying up ahead of next week's derby with Newcastle because there are a lot of teams in the mix.

Everton can make the top four - and keep David Moyes

In the race for the top four, the pendulum swung in Arsenal's favour this weekend, but Everton remain in contention after drawing 2-2 at Tottenham, and you wonder if a Champions League spot will be the deciding factor in whether Moyes stays at Goodison Park.

The fact he hasn't signed a new deal yet leads you to think that he will leave, but I think it's right that Moyes has put talk of contracts to the back of his mind and is focussing on getting Everton as high up the table as possible. If I was a betting man, I would say that David does not yet know what he will do come the summer.

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