Wednesday 17 October 2018

Premier League round-up: Southampton keep Premier League survival hopes alive with crucial victory

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Dusan Tadic of Southampton celebrates scoring his side's second goal with Nathan Redmond and Oriol Romeu during the Premier League match between Southampton and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Dusan Tadic of Southampton celebrates scoring his side's second goal with Nathan Redmond and Oriol Romeu during the Premier League match between Southampton and AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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Dusan Tadic scored twice as relegation-threatened Southampton boosted their chances of Premier League survival with a 2-1 victory over south coast rivals Bournemouth.

Struggling Saints had not won in the top flight at St Mary's since November but the recalled Tadic changed that with a goal in either half to end a nine-game winless league run.

Bournemouth had briefly threatened to damage their near neighbours' safety hopes when Josh King levelled in first-half added time.

However, Tadic struck again early in the second half to edge the Saints closer to Premier League safety.

A period of sustained pressure during the closing minutes increased hope of a second equaliser among the healthy away following but they were left with nothing to celebrate as Saints dug in for vital victory which was greeted with a roar of relief.

At Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace moved to the brink of safety and increased the pressure building on Claude Puel with a convincing 5-0 victory over 10-man Leicester.

A team which looked destined for relegation after losing their opening seven Premier League fixtures without scoring a goal climbed to 11th and six points clear of the bottom three, where only Southampton are capable of catching them.

The in-form Wilfried Zaha again excelled and scored their opening goal, after which further finishes from James McArthur, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Patrick van Aanholt, and Christian Benteke's penalty, secured the three points that mean only a remarkable turnaround elsewhere would again put them at risk of the drop.

Elsewhere, Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye scored in either half as Everton piled the pressure back on relegation battlers Huddersfield with a 2-0 win at the John Smith's Stadium.

David Wagner's men are now just three points ahead of Southampton while Everton are now four clear of Leicester in eighth place.

Meanwhile at Turf Moor, Burnley are virtually assured of European football next season for the first time in over 50 years after picking up a point in a 0-0 draw with Brighton.

Everton's victory at Huddersfield means the Clarets are not mathematically assured of a top-seven finish, and a place in next season's Europa League, though they are six points clear of the Toffees with two games remaining, and have a far better goal difference.

And at St James' Park, Matt Phillips gave West Brom a glimmer of hope in their fight for Premier League survival as they won 1-0 at Newcastle to extend their unbeaten run to four games.

Phillips' 29th-minute strike handed caretaker boss Darren Moore a second victory of his brief reign as the Magpies came up short in their hunt for a fifth straight home win in front of a disappointed crowd of 52,283 at St James' Park.

It was no more than the visitors deserved as they created the better chances on an afternoon when they knew even three points might not be enough to keep them in the top flight.

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