Premier League round-up – Everton close on United

In a reduced Premier League Saturday, Everton reduced the gap to Manchester United in sixth place to two points after an impressive 3-0 home win against West Brom.

Two goals from Kevin Mirallas and Morgan Schneiderlin before half time and Romelu Lukaku’s 19th Premier League goal of the season on 82 minutes sealed the victory. It was Schneiderlin’s first Premier League goal in over 18 months – his last was against Everton for Manchester United.

Bournemouth came from behind to beat West Ham 3-2 with Josh King claiming a hat-trick. His day started badly with a missed penalty which saw the Hammers sweep down the field 48 seconds later to take the lead through Michael Antonio. Benik Afobe missed a second penalty for the Cherries also in the first half before King restored their lead early in the second half. The referee consulted his linesman after it looked like Afobe handled in the build up but the goal stood. Andre Ayew equalised for the Hammers with ten minutes to go before King sealed the victory in the 90th minute.

In the battle at the bottom Hull secured a massive 2-1 win over Swansea City with two goals coming from on-loan Everton striker Oumar Niasse. The win pulls the Tigers above Middlesbrough into 18th place, only one point behind Crystal Palace in 17th. The Swans pulled a goal back in injury time with Alfie Mawson tapping in in a scramble and will be anxiously awaiting news of an injury to Fernando Llorente which saw the in-from Spanish striker replaced before half time.

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