With the bottom four teams going into the weekend’s #Premier League action all winning their respective matches, most of the sides in the bottom half of the revised table seem to be in danger of being sucked into the relegation battle as things stand. Twelfth place Everton stand only three points away from third-bottom Hull City, as Leicester City remain rooted to last place but still within touch of safety. It promises to be an enthralling story between now and the end of the season, as the battle for survival is well and truly on.
City 1 #Aston Villa 0
Leicester won at home for only the second time this season and with it improved their chances of survival in the Premier League, with a hard-fought one nil victory at the King Power Stadium. Villa now haven't scored for more than seven hours and face Liverpool at Villa Park next time up, with manager Paul Lambert now under gathering pressure.
He must have thought his luck was changing as David Nugent missed an early chance for the hosts and then hit the bar later on in the first-half. However, the reprieve was short-lived as Paul Konchesky volleyed in for Leicester in injury time just before the break.
Both sides were reduced to ten men in injury time of the second-half as Ciaran Clark for Villa was given a second yellow card for his reaction after Leicester’s Matt James had been sent off for a wild lunge, as the temperatures between the sides hotted up at the end.
Leicester remain bottom despite the heartening victory.
Burnley 2 QPR 1
Burnley took the lead against Rangers through Scott Arfield’s strike after twelve minutes, as the midfielder rode two challenges before beating the keeper with his curler from the left. In-form Charlie Austin equalised from the penalty spot on 33 minutes, following a foul by Dean Marney, but Danny Ings restored the home side’s advantage on 37 minutes.
The game finished 2-1
as neither side were able to add to the scoring in the second-half to lift the
Clarets out of the relegation zone for now, as QPR were pulled back into the
Crystal Palace 2 v Tottenham 1
In the late kick-off, Palace had to come from behind after Harry Kane’s wonderful scoring run continued before claiming an encouraging home victory over their London rivals at a “bouncing” Selhurst Park, in Alan Pardew’s first league game in charge.
Kane’s eighteenth goal in all competitions this season on 49 minutes put the visitors ahead. He was borderline offside as he checked back, but once waved on he got the ball out of his feet beautifully before firing his shot hard across the keeper's right hand and into the net.
The home side were
handed a slightly fortuitous route back into the match on 69 minutes as Benjamin
Stambouli was adjudged to have fouled Joe Ledley in the area and Dwight Gayle swept
the resultant penalty home to Hugo Lloris' right. They thought that they should
have been awarded another penalty when Kyle Walker looked to inadvertently
handle the ball as his back was turned, but the referee ruled it as being accidental.
It didn’t prove costly for the home side though as in the 80th minute Jason Puncheon finished with a precise shot, after trickery by Wilfried Zaha down the left flank. The fans reacted by bouncing in the stands as they celebrated the win.
West Brom 1 v Hull City 0
The much admired Saido Berahino’s strike on 78 minutes proved to be the difference between the two closely-matched sides at the Hawthorns, as Hull manager Steve Bruce was left to rue a mistake by his players that offered the home side their chance near the end of the match, as it seemed destined to end scoreless. The usually reliable Egyptian Ahmed Elmohamady was deemed to have passed back to his keeper and an indirect free-kicked resulted for the Baggies in the penalty area. The ball was tapped sideways for Berahino to smash his shot home via a slight deflection.
It was the Burundi-born Berahino’s ninth league goal in a promising season and the third match in succession that he has found the net as his reputation grows.
Hull dropped to third from bottom due to the defeat. #Football