Premier League: Everton FC, Swansea City register wins as Stoke City falter
Everton eased to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace and Swansea City continued their resurgence under Carlos Carvalhal with a late 1-0 win over Burnley.football Updated: Feb 10, 2018 23:23 IST
Everton eased to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace and Swansea City continued their resurgence under Carlos Carvalhal with a late 1-0 win over Burnley.
West Ham United beat Watford 2-0 and Stoke City came from behind to draw 1-1 against Brighton and Hove Albion.
At Goodison Park Everton bounced back from a humiliating 5-1 defeat at Arsenal with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Oumar Niasse and Tom Davies on target in a straightforward win against Palace.
After a committed but low-quality first half ended goalless, Everton struck twice within six minutes after the break as Sigurdsson beat Wayne Hennessey with a deflected shot before Niasse’s header doubled the advantage.
Midfielder Davies all but sealed the victory with a low finish in the 75th minute against a Palace side who showed little threat until Luka Milivojevic converted a late penalty after Ashley Williams handled the ball.
Everton climbed to ninth and the only negative on an otherwise impressive afternoon was Luke Milivojevic’s late consolation from the penalty spot.
In south Wales, Swansea registered a third Premier League victory in four matches with Ki Sung-Yueng’s late strike lifting them to 15th after a tense victory against out-of-from Burnley.
The victory moved Swansea up to 15th in the table, two points clear of the bottom three, and extended their unbeaten run to five matches.
West Ham climbed five points above the relegation zone and ended a run of three league games without victory with a 2-0 win over Watford thanks to goals from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic.
The win leaves the two sides level on 30 points apiece in the middle of the table, though still just six points above the relegation zone.
Stoke shared the points with Brighton after Xherdan Shaqiri cancelled out Jose Izquierdo’s brilliant opener.
Charie Adam missed a late penalty for a Stoke side who remained in the relegation zone.
The substitute’s spot-kick was brilliantly saved by Mat Ryan - and moments later another replacement, Anthony Knockaert, headed Mame Diouf’s effort off the line to preserve Brighton’s hard-earned point.
The visitors had taken a first-half lead through a classy goal by Jose Izquierdo on 32 minutes, but Xherdan Shaqiri equalised for much-improved Stoke midway through the second half.
The draw left Stoke 18th while Brighton are 13th, but still just three points clear of safety.
Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City host Leicester City in the day’s late kickoff knowing a victory would extend their advantage to 16 points.
First Published: Feb 10, 2018 23:23 IST