Saturday’s Premier League schedule was reduced to just four games courtesy of the FA Cup quarter-finals. However, the games that did take place could hold significant bearing on the race for top-flight survival.
West Brom moved one step closer to suffering relegation by losing 2-1 at Bournemouth, who will now be confident of securing Premier League football for next season. The Baggies took the lead early in the second half, as Jay Rodriguez produced a good finish with a half-volley.
The home side equalised with 13 minutes remaining, as winger Jordon Ibe’s low effort bounced in front of Ben Foster and found the net. Just as it looked like the Baggies were heading home with a point, Cherries winger Junior Stanislas curled home a sublime free-kick. The defeat leaves the Baggies ten points from safety with seven games left of the league campaign.
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace moved out of the bottom three with a 2-0 victory at fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town. Palace took the lead on 23 minutes, as James Tomkins fired home past Jonas Lossl after the Dane had kept out his original effort.
The Eagles sealed the victory on 67 minutes, as Luka Milivojevic scored from the penalty spot after Matias Jorgensen fouled Andros Townsend in the Terriers area.
The defeat means that David Wagner’s side are just three points clear of the drop zone, with seven games remaining.
Elsewhere, Stoke suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Everton at the Bet365 Stadium. The Potters had midfielder Charlie Adam dismissed on the half-hour mark for a lunge on Wayne Rooney.
The Toffees finally broke the deadly on 69 minutes, as in-form striker Cenk Tosun scored at the second time of asking. Stoke equalised on 77 minutes, as Eric Choupo-Moting prodded home from close-range. However, the Toffees regained the lead with six minutes left on the clock, as Tosun headed home his second of the game.
The defeat leaves Stoke three points away from safety in 19th spot in the table. Everton consolidated their spot in the top-half of the table.
Other Premier League result:
Liverpool 5-0 Watford
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