London: Tottenham lost two valuable points against 10 Southamptons yesterday as West Ham beat Watford 4-1 to heat up in the Premier League’s top four races. Elsewhere where action was interrupted by the postponement of the coronavirus, Crystal Palace passed behind Norridge 3-0 while Liverpool was preparing to face Leicester on the pick of the match of the day. The Spurs have remained undefeated in the league since Antonio Conte took command early last month, but couldn’t count the men’s advantage at St. Mary’s and drew 1-1.
Southampton took the lead in the 25th minute with a stunning goal from James Ward-Prows. Tottenham couldn’t take full advantage of the limited opening, but the match was a headache when Mohammed Salisu defeated Son Heung-min in the penalty area shortly before half-time. Salis was sent off after receiving a second yellow card, and Harry Kane made no mistakes on the spot.
Kane had the ball back on the net following a fun float pass from Harry Winks early in the second half, but the goal was excluded due to a slight offside. Tottenham didn’t allow another goal after Southampton’s Fraser Forster spilled the ball under pressure. Referee Anthony Taylor has determined that the goalkeeper has been fouled, despite limited apparent contact. The homeside was on the rope for most of the rest of the game, but the Spurs couldn’t find a killer touch and left the South Coast annoyed.
West ham comeback
West Ham dispelled the disappointment of recognizing an early goal on Vicarage Road to strengthen their qualifications for the Champions League. Watford took the lead early on when Emmanuel Dennis played Joshua King for the eighth goal of the season. West Ham leveled 27 minutes after Jarrod Bowen found it in the space inside the box and Tomáš Souček fired over Daniel Bachmann.
Two minutes later, when Michael Antonio returned to the side and played for Saïd Benrahma, the visitor took the lead. David Moyes’ subordinates increased their lead from the penalty spot just before the hour mark scored by Mark Noble after Bowen was fouled by Buckman. Nikola Vlasic completed the rout with a goal of stop time and was 4-1. West Ham climbed to fifth place in the Premier League with 31 points after 19 games, four games behind Arsenal and one game behind the Spurs to win two games.
Crystal Palace got off to a perfect start on Norridge, who is struggling at home, with Odsonne Edouard scoring from the penalty spot in the 8th minute. Patrick Viera’s men doubled the lead in the 38th minute, with Edouard shooting at Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jeffrey Schlupp scoring 3-0 four minutes later. Liverpool are desperate to beat Leicester in the second half of the kick-off at King Power Stadium to close the six-point gap with leader Manchester City, who played more games than their title rivals. — AFP
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