Niasse rescues point for Everton in chaotic draw with Crystal Palace

This was a frenzied occasion, furiously contested in slippery conditions and richly entertaining as a result, but it was also evidence as to why these teams have endured such miserable campaigns to date. When Jordan Pickford dived to push away Luka Milivojevic’s vicious drive in stoppage time at the end, Crystal Palace’s last hopes of moving back within vague touching distance of the pack were gone. This was another improved display but the worry is if Everton, an awkward mishmash of a team at present, cannot be overcome, then who can?

It was Palace who were the more cohesive team throughout, and the more threatening with Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend and Ruben Loftus-Cheek irrepressible. Yet, for all that they could complain for Everton’s first equaliser, they gifted disjointed visitors a second route back into the game and, with it, shed two vital points. Roy Hodgson wore a scowl as he retreated while David Unsworth, still an Evertonian caretaker manager, thumped his chest in apparent pride. This was the first of eight games which will surely determine Palace’s campaign. It felt as if the chance to begin with a win had been passed up.

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Callum Wilson hat-trick powers 10-man Bournemouth past Huddersfield

Callum Wilson scored his first Premier League goals since his injury nightmare as his fine hat-trick for 10-man Bournemouth inflicted more away-day misery on Huddersfield.

The striker, who was sidelined for nine months after suffering a second serious knee ligament problem in January, set the Cherries on course to a crushing win with a first-half double before claiming his third late on after Harry Arter had added another. Huddersfield, who have now failed to score on the road in five league games, were given some hope when the Bournemouth captain, Simon Francis, was sent off just before half-time with the score at 2-0 but the hosts emphatically registered a third win in four league games.

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Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes on target as Burnley ease past Swansea City

These are historic times for a historic club and miserable ones for what had been a modern-day success story. Burnley have now recorded a first hat-trick of top-flight wins since 1975. They are still level on points with Liverpool and Arsenal but Swansea remain rooted in the relegation zone. Their American co-owner Steve Kaplan witnessed a wretched display and while Paul Clement’s job may not be under immediatethreat, too many more such performances will surely change that.

Swansea’s irritation should be compounded by the avoidable element of their fifth successive defeat. They off-loaded Jack Cork to Burnley in the summer and, with crushing inevitability, the midfielder’s November, which already included his England debut, got better when he scored the opening goal. Ashley Barnes added another as Burnley struck twice for the first time in the league since their 3-2 win over Chelsea.

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Manchester City sink Leicester with Kevin de Bruyne super strike

Hard to believe now that Manchester City lost this fixture 4-2 a year ago, putting in a shambolic performance that fatally undermined any pretensions they might have had of a title challenge.

Pep Guardiola’s side arrived here 18 points ahead of the Foxes and deservedly increased the gap to 21 with an impressive display of control, even with two centre-halves who were rusty through lack of games. Leicester City did not play badly; they might have taken something from the game against most opponents, but the whole point about Manchester City these days is that they are not any old opponents.

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Chelsea turn up heat on Tony Pulis with four-goal rout at West Brom

Tony Pulis is on the brink of losing his job after the West Bromwich Albion supporters repeatedly called for him to be sacked during a humiliating defeat against Chelsea that was witnessed by Guochuan Lai, the club’s Chinese owner. “We want Pulis out‚“ was the message from a fanbase that is no longer willing to tolerate the sight of the Welshman in charge of a team in freefall.

Chelsea, who won the Premier League title at this stadium last season, brutally exposed the brittle confidence in a side that has now won only two of their last 21 Premier League matches and collected just 12 points in the process. It is relegation form and Pulis appears powerless to arrest the slide. “You’re getting sacked in the morning‚“ chanted the Chelsea fans, prompting some from Albion to join in as the mood darkened in these parts.

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