Monday, 1 January 2018

EPL New Year's Day Round-up: Liverpool Win Late At Burnley; Man United Beat Everton

A round-up of the English Premier League action on New Year's Day
 Everton 0 - 2 Manchester United

Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard's fine second-half strikes delivered a first win in five for Manchester United as they lifted the gloom of their festive period by beating Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park on Monday..

Following a dull first 45, Martial, playing up front in the absence of injured duo Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, curled home a 57th-minute opener before Jesse Lingard smashed in his seventh goal in nine games nine minutes from time to give United three points on New Year’s Day against a lackluster Everton side.

With the win United move into second place in the table and cut the gap to Man City to 12 points, while Everton remain in ninth place.

Burnley 1 - 2 Liverpool

Liverpool extended their long unbeaten run and battled to a 2-1 win at Burnley on New Year’s Day.

Centre-back Ragnar Klavan was Liverpool's unlikely match-winner at Burnley as his close-range header in the fourth minute of added time made light of the absence of three of the 'Fab Four'.

With the Reds' newest defender Virgil van Dijk waiting in the wings for his debut, the focus has been turned on Liverpool's central defenders, but it was at the other end of the pitch where Estonian Klavan proved his worth.

Jurgen Klopp's side looked like they had thrown away two points when Johan Berg Gudmundsson's 88th-minute equaliser cancelled out a stunning strike from Sadio Mane.

But with just seconds remaining, Klavan popped up with a diving header of his own to send the traveling Liverpool fans wild.

With the win Liverpool remain in fourth on 44 points, while Burnley have failed to win any of their last five games but remain in seventh.

Leicester City 3 - 0 Huddersfield Town

Riyad Mahrez's classy volley inspired Leicester to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Huddersfield at the King Power Stadium. The goal is Mahrez’s seventh of the EPL campaign.

The winger lit up a turgid game before his countryman Islam Slimani scored his first English Premier League goal since April last year and Marc Albrighton wrapped up the points.

The biggest cheer of the afternoon was reserved for Adrien Silva as he made his delayed debut as an 86th-minute substitute in a match marred by captain Wes Morgan limping off injured before the half-hour mark.

With the win Leicester are eightth on 30 points, while Huddersfield are eleventh on 24 points.

Stoke City 0 - 1 Newcastle United

The pressure on Stoke boss Mark Hughes increased as Ayoze Perez's second-half strike secured Newcastle a 1-0 New Year's Day victory at the bet365 Stadium.

Perez struck in the 73rd minute to earn the Magpies - whose goalkeeper Karl Darlow made two superb late saves to deny Mame Diouf - a victory that takes them above the Potters in the table.

Newcastle's second win in 13 matches moves them up three places to 13th and they are now four points clear of the relegation zone.

Stoke, who have won only two in 12, drop one place to 16th and remain two points clear of the drop zone.

Cries of "you're being sacked in the morning" were heard after the goal, and there were boos from Stoke fans at the final whistle, while a 'Hughes Out' banner was on display.

Brighton & Hove Albion 2 - 2 AFC Bournemouth

Callum Wilson's second goal in three games earned Bournemouth a 2-2 draw at Brighton in the early kick-off at the Amex Stadium.
The former Coventry striker's reflex finish secured a point for the Cherries at the Amex Stadium, after Glenn Murray's strike had left the hosts eyeing victory.

Brighton forward Jose Izquierdo produced two assists in an unselfish display, teeing up first Anthony Knockaert and then Murray.

Steve Cook's looping header had the visitors level at half-time, however, and Wilson snaffled them a point with his fifth league goal of the campaign 11 minutes from time.

The two clubs remain in the bottom half of the EPL table, with Brighton sitting in 12th place, while Bournemouth is in 14th.

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