Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Swansea the big winner as EPL relegation fight heats up

Everton dominated possession in the second half but could not make the breakthrough against Swansea Everton dominated possession in the second half but could not make the breakthrough against Swansea
Clarence Duncan | 08 May, 2017, 05:49

"I'm disappointed. We knew it was going to be hard and Hull's result [a 2-0 defeat against Sunderland] gave them a boost".

Safe? Not yet, but after last night's tension-propelled, single-goal victory over Everton and Hull's startling defeat to oblivion-bound Sunderland, Swansea City are considerably closer to salvation than they were yesterday morning.

Palace are still anxiously looking over their shoulders at the teams below them, sitting four points above Hull.

Player ratingsSwansea: Lukasz Fabianski: 7, Kyle Naughton: 7, Federico Fernandez: 8, Alfie Mawson: 8, Martin Olsson: 8, Leon Britton: 8, Tom Carroll: 7, Ki Sung-yueng: 7, Gylfi Sigurdsson: 7, Jordan Ayew: 9, Fernando Llorente: 8.

Gareth Barry failed to cut out Ayew's cross and Llorente rose above Jagielka at the far post to send the Liberty Stadium into a frenzy. For one of the best headers of the ball in the league, it was an ugly but decisive finish.

This win for Swansea built on its victory over Stoke and a draw at Manchester United over the last two weeks.

Having taken 19 points from a possible 21 at home during his four months as Hull boss, it was a shock to the Portuguese coach when his side fell behind in the 69th minute.

Hull City's hopes of avoiding Premier League relegation suffered a body blow after goals from Billy Jones and Jermain Defoe condemned them to a 2-0 home defeat by already axed Sunderland.

Silva opened the scoring inside two minutes and was untouchable as City's conductor until he went off to a standing ovation in the 67th, while De Bruyne also scored and set up goals for center backs Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi.

Did Everton's five supporting acts create enough against Swansea City?

No player has scored more Premier League headed goals this season than Llorente.

The difference between playing at home and playing away offensively is too big - if you don't score, you don't win.

Leaders Chelsea host Middlesbrough on Monday needing just six points from their last four games after second-placed Tottenham Hotspur went down 1-0 at West Ham United on Friday. Saturday May 6, 2017. "We'll have to play like we did against Everton or at Old Trafford if we're going to win the match".

Bournemouth can look forward to a third season in the league with this draw, clinched by a contentiously awarded equalizer.

Defender Ryan Shawcross accidentally deflected Josh King's strike into his own net.

Leicester piled pressure on under-fire Watford manager Walter Mazzarri with a 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium, the goals coming from Wilfred Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton.

The goals came from midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez, and Marc Albrighton.

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