The Premier League relegation battle became even more compressed after the weekend's early matches, with bottom side Leicester City moving to within three points of safety, after a spirited comeback against West Brom saw them to a commendable 3-2 victory at the Hawthorns. Hull City and #Sunderland didn't fare quite as well, both teams losing their games to drag them back into the tussle at the bottom of the table.
Leicester know that they need to pick up points soon, if they are to escape a return back to the Championship, with just 7 games of the season remaining after Saturday's fixture. Manager Nigel Pearson will have been pleased with his player's commitment to the cause against the Baggies though, with the flying winger Jamie Vardy netting the winner in the dying seconds. City had gone behind after 8 minutes when Darren Fletcher headed in, but parity was restored thanks to David Nugent's smart finish 12 minutes later. The home side regained the lead, rather fortuitously through Craig Gardner's volley before the half-hour mark, which took a deflection on its way into the net. Pearson's side demonstrated the sort of work ethic they will require until the end of the season, and were rewarded in the second-half when defender Robert Huth headed the Foxes level. Vardy made the turnaround complete with the last minute winner.
Sunderland fans endured yet another bleak afternoon at the Stadium of Light, with an embarrassing 4-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace. The visitors were clearly in confident mood after bagging all three points at home to reigning champions Manchester City in their previous match, and it was the lively Yannick Bolasie who caused most of the damage against Sunderland with a hat-trick in just 11 minutes. Glenn Murray had scored Palace's opener three minutes into the second period, before Bolasie took over to give them a 4-0 advantage after 62 minutes. The home side did eventually score through Connor Wickham in the last minute of the match, but it was far too little too late to have any bearing on the result.
Steve Bruce's Hull City are also sitting perilously close to the relegation places after losing 2-0 at Southampton. Italian international striker Graziano Pelle returned to scoring form to net Saints' second goal and make the game safe on 81 minutes, to add to James Ward-Prowse's opener from the penalty spot early in the second-half. In between Southampton's two goals, City almost grabbed an equaliser from James Chester, but his headed effort was scrambled off the line. #Football #Premier League