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Brighton, West Brom boost survival hopes; Chelsea, West Ham win

Brighton, West Brom boost survival hopes; Chelsea, West Ham win

DPA
London
Brighton and West Brom both picked up vital wins in their fight for Premier League survival Saturday while Chelsea and West Ham moved up the table.
A goal by Neal Maupay gave Brighton a 1-0 win at Leeds to pull them away from the relegation zone while West Brom won 3-2 at Wolves for their first victory under Sam Allardyce.
Mason Mount gave Chelsea a 1-0 win at 10-man Fulham while Michail Antonio scored the only goal as West Ham beat Burnley 1-0 to go ninth. Leicester can go second if they see off Southampton later Saturday.
After nine games without a win, Maupay clinched victory for Brighton at Leeds with his goal after 17 minutes, enough to lift them up to 16th, now five points above the bottom three. Leeds stayed 12th.
“It is a big, big win for us, a much-needed win,” Maupay told reporters.
“We have got quality we know that, but we need to keep pushing on and get more wins.” At Wolves, Matheus Costa Pereira scored twice, both times from the penalty spot, as Allardyce tasted victory for the first time since taking over as manager of West Brom.
The result means West Brom are now one point behind third-bottom Fulham and five points from safety.
“The only two disappointing moments for me were the two quick goals we conceded when we didn’t look like we were going to concede,” Allardyce said. “(But) overall it was a fantastic victory. It was the (number) of chances we created which pleased me most. I haven’t seen us create that many chances.
“A win was very important at this moment in time. The attitude, work-rate and determination of the players, that’s brought us a big, big victory.” Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo was dejected, not least since his side overturned Pereira’s first penalty with Fabio Silva and Boly making it 2-1 to Wolves just before half-time.
But Semi Ajayi levelled soon after the break for West Brom and Pereira then won the local derby with a second penalty 35 minutes from time.
“Disappointing, frustrated with the way we played and the result,” the Wolves boss said. “The beginning of the second half, we started very poorly.
“Two penalties and a throw-in (were West Brom’s goals). We knew we required better defending. We must rectify it and do better.” Fulham’s hopes of getting anything from their west London derby at home to Chelsea ended when Antonee Robinson was sent off for a nasty challenge on Cesar Azpilcueta.
Mount scored the only goal 12 minutes from the end to secure Chelsea’s win, lifting them to seventh, but only seven points behind leaders Manchester United, who play at second-placed Liverpool on Sunday.
Antonio’s goal for West Ham left Burnley 17th.
“We’re not the old West Ham any more, we’re the new West Ham,” manager David Moyes said. “And we’re going to try to become even better.
“It needs time and there will be periods when it’s not going so well. There’ll be periods when it is, but we’re certainly not settling for where we are.”

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