Liverpool move up to second with big win; West Brom slump again

Liverpool move up to second with big win; West Brom slump again
From ESPN - February 24, 2018

Liverpool moved up to second in the table ahead of Manchester United's game against Chelsea on Sunday as they beat West Ham 4-1 at Anfield.

The home side started at a blistering pace and were almost ahead within three minutes as Mohamed Salah created space and fizzed an angled strike past keeper Adrian but saw it come back off the post.

West Ham hit the woodwork themselves after 16 minutes when a Marko Arnautovic chip was touched onto the bar by Loris Karius, but just before the half-hour Liverpool broke through when a corner was flicked into the net by Emre Can.

They doubled the advantage five minutes into the second half when Salah finished superbly after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had created the chance and made it three when Roberto Firmino finished after being set free by Can after 57 minutes.

The Hammers gave themselves a glimmer of hope when substitute Michail Antonio struck, but Sadio Mane wrapped it up from Andrew Robertson's cross.

Huddersfield left West Brom adrift at the bottom of the Premier League as they won 2-1 in a crucial clash at The Hawthorns.

After a bright start, West Brom faded and Huddersfield began to dictate the tempo, but neither side could come close to scoring in a tense and scrappy opening half.

When a good chance did arrive it passed West Brom by as James McClean hammered over the bar from a Matt Phillips cross, and they were made to pay three minutes into the second half when Steve Mounie set up Rajiv van La Parra to steer his shot home.

The Baggies' situation became dire before an hour had been played when the home side gave the ball away and Alex Pritchard set up Mounie to double the lead, but with 64 minutes gone they were back in it as Chris Brunt's corner was headed in by Craig Dawson.

Newcastle were denied a valuable win when Dan Gosling's late goal saw Bournemouth come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 on the south coast.

The visitors led after 17 minutes when Jonjo Shelvey's pass down the right freed Matt Ritchie, whose low cross rebounded off Asmir Begovic to Dwight Gayle, who backheeled home.

They doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time when Ayoze Perez fired in a shot that Begovic failed to deal with and Gayle was again on hand to fire in.

Bournemouth looked out of it, but Adam Smith pulled one back with a fine swerving strike after Shelvey had missed a chance to put the game out of reach -- and he was made to pay when ex-Newcastle man Gosling converted.

Brighton moved further away from the danger zone and dragged Swansea back into trouble with a thumping 4-1 win at the Amex Stadium.


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