THIS week's fixtures row was just so avoidable.
Chelsea have one hand on the Barclays Premier League title after Eden Hazard knocked Manchester United out of the reckoning in the leaders' 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
AN early own goal from Alex Tettey sent Middlesbrough top of the Sky Bet Championship to leave Alex Neil's Norwich fretting over their own automatic promotion prospects.
RAHEEM STERLING grabbed the headlines on and off the field as Liverpool reignited their Champions League hopes with a 2-0 defeat of 10-man Newcastle.
YANNICK Bolasie plundered an 11-minute hat-trick as Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew got his own back on Sunderland.