For An Hour We Were In The Top Half Of League!

Last updated : 25 February 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor

Newcastle squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Bournemouth as two priceless points slipped from their grasp.

And for an hour that Saturday afternoon we were tenth in the table ... actually in the top half of the Premier League.

Dwight Gayle's first-half double had put the visitors in complete control and Jonjo Shelvey passed up a glorious opportunity to extend his side's lead.

Adam Smith took full advantage when he smashed home an 80th-minute drive and former Magpie Dan Gosling snatched a point at the death when he turned home Nathan Ake's cross.

Leicester 1-1 Stoke
Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle
Brighton 4-1 Swansea
Burnley 1-1 Southampton
Liverpool 4-1 West Ham
West Brom 1-2 Huddersfield
Watford 1-0 Everton

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all scored as Liverpool routed West Ham 4-1 to climb into second place in the Premier League table.

It took Jurgen Klopp's men 29 minutes to get their noses in front when midfielder Emre Can climbed above Patrice Evra to head Salah's corner past Adrian, but they were in complete control within 12 minutes of the restart when Salah and then Firmino struck in quick succession.

Hammers substitute Michail Antonio reduced the deficit with 59 minutes gone, but Mane made it 4-1 with 13 minutes remaining.

Premier League top-four finish odds 
Liverpool - 1/10
Man United - 1/6
Tottenham - 4/11
Chelsea - 8/11
Arsenal 14/1

Glenn Murray was Brighton's hero as he struck twice in a 4-1 victory over Swansea to take his tally to seven goals in nine games.

Murray put the home side ahead from the spot with 18 minutes gone after he had been felled by Mike van der Hoorn and doubled his tally from Jose Izquierdo's 69th-minute cross.

Anthony Knockaert made it 3-0 with 17 minutes remaining and, although Lewis Dunk's late own goal took some of the gloss off Brighton's afternoon, substitute Jurgen Locadia completed the scoring.

Steve Mounie was Huddersfield's hero as they plunged bottom-of-the-table West Brom into ever deeper trouble with a 2-1 win at The Hawthorns.

Raj van La Parra had fired the visitors into a 48th-minute lead, but it was Mounie who put them in the driving seat eight minutes later when he ran on to Alex Pritchard's pass to make it 2-0.

Craig Dawson pulled one back for the visitors to spark a late onslaught, but the Terriers held on to claim three vital points.

Manolo Gabbiadini came off the bench to snatch a point for Southampton as they fought back to claim a 1-1 draw at Burnley.

Ashley Barnes made the breakthrough with 67 minutes gone when he bundled home from close range after keeper Alex McCarthy had produced a fine save to keep out Johann Berg Gudmundsson's header.

However, Gabbiadini, who had only been on the pitch for nine minutes, struck from fellow substitute Joshua Sims' 90th-minute cross to deny the Clarets a first win in 11 league games.

Premier League relegation odds 
West Brom - 1/7
Stoke - 8/11
Swansea - 11/10
Huddersfield - 9/4
Crystal Palace - 11/4
Newcastle - 9/2
Southampton - 9/2
Brighton - 11/2

In the day's early kick-off, Jack Butland's own goal denied Stoke a crucial victory at Leicester as the Potters left with a 1-1 draw.

Xherdan Shaqiri's 44th-minute opener for the visitors, a fine long-range strike after an enterprising run, lit up an otherwise drab first half, and the visitors retained their lead until 20 minutes from time when Butland fumbled Marc Albrighton's cross into his own net.

In the late kick-off, Watford moved six points clear of the bottom three after defeating Everton 1-0 at Vicarage Road.

Troy Deeney scored the only goal of the game 11 minutes from time, taking a touch before turning and firing into the roof of the net, beating Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at his near post.