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Harry Sherlock reports: “West Ham head off the pitch with all three points in the bag, thanks to superb goals from Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing. Leicester, meanwhile, turned in a performance befitting their league standing, with Nigel Pearson’s men worryingly blunt going forward and shockingly porous in defence.”
Alex Moretto reports: “It was hardly the prettiest of goals to win it for Swansea, but as the saying goes, you need to be lucky to be good. Steve Bruce would know very little about that, as luck has not been on his side this campaign. The defeat is another massive blow to his job security as calls for his dismissal are already raining down from the home supporters.”
Greg Stobart reports: “It was a long time coming but finally Erik Lamela scored his first Premier League goal for Tottenham since his £30 million move to the club in 2013. Spurs never looked comfortable and were very sloppy, especially in the second half, but dug in to record a vital victory to stay in touch with the Champions League places.”
Kyle Hancox reports: “QPR's fantastic home form continues and that's 13 points out of a possible 15 at Loftus Road. The Austin-inspired win takes them up to 15th in the table as Burnley drop into the relegation zone. Their search for an away point does not get any easier as they visit the Emirates on Boxing Day to face Arsenal.”
Tom Davis reports: “Aston Villa could have won it late on but will be happy with this point against a side who have, historically, enjoyed playing on this ground. It’s now a 19-game unbeaten run here for Manchester United but they will rue not taking advantage of 10-man Villa.”
Dan Brett reports: “Southampton started very slowly and the game wasn't without controversy, as referee Jonathan Moss denied the hosts a clear penalty. Romelu Lukaku may have been unfortunate to bag an own goal, but he and his fellow forwards offered little.”
Tom Maston reports: “David Silva provided the key to unlocking the Crystal Palace defence, and though he needed a deflection to open the scoring, his knowledge of playing in a system without an out-and-out frontman was plain for all to see. Without Sergio Aguero, his role in the side becomes even greater, and on this evidence he is more than ready to carry that burden.”
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Charlie Austin's hat-trick today moves him above Alexis Sanchez and to within just three goals of the Premier League's leading scorer...
14 GOALS | Sergio Aguero
12 GOALS | Diego Costa
11 GOALS | Charlie Austin
9 GOALS | Alexis Sanchez
8 GOALS | Wilfried Bony, Graziano Pelle
Okay, so 10th in the table doesn’t look *too* bad on paper, but the reality is Everton are now 10 points off a Champions League place - their target for the season - and are far closer to the relegation zone than fourth. They’ve won just one game in five and could be leapfrogged by Liverpool on Sunday.
They got off to the worst possible start against West Brom at Loftus Road and found themselves 2-0 down after just 20 minutes, but they end the day as the Premier League’s biggest movers after a Charlie Austin hat-trick lifted them up three places to 15th.
Say it ain't so! Lost in all the Premier League aftermath, veteran defender Fitz Hall - aka ONE SIZE - has announced his retirement. The 34-year-old, formerly of Crystal Palace, QPR and many others, took to Twitter to confirm the news. He also gave special thanks to Iain Dowie, because of course!
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