Premier League round-up: Stoke thump Bournemouth while West Ham fight back in four-goal thriller

first_img Premier League round-up: Stoke thump Bournemouth while West Ham rescue draw with another comeback 1 It was another action-packed afternoon in the Premier League on talkSPORT, as we bring you all the final scores from Saturday afternoon…Norwich City 2-2 West HamWest Ham produced the second stunning comeback in as many weeks as the plucky Hammers fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Norwich at Carrow Road.Slaven Bilic’s side were battered for most of the game as goals from Republic of Ireland forward Robbie Brady and midfield maestro Wes Hoolahan gave the dominant hosts a deserved lead with just over an hour played.But, just as against Liverpool in the FA Cup this week, West Ham refused to go down without a fight and battled back to rescue a point with two goals in two minutes courtesy of star man Dimitri Payet.The Frenchman celebrated signing a new contract by netting their first – on the rebound after Victor Moses’ initial effort was saved – and he then provided the assist for Mark Noble’s stunning equaliser – the Englishman finding the top corner with a wonderful curling drive – which sealed a share of the points.Bournemouth 1-3 StokeStoke City rise to ninth place in the Premier League table as they fired three fine goals past a spirited Bournemouth.The Potters, wearing a one-off all white third kit to avoid clashing with the hosts, were off to a flyer at Dean Court as record signing Giannelli Imbula opened the scoring after just nine minutes.The £18.3million man scored his first Stoke goal with a thumping first-time volley from outside the box, with Ibrahim Afellay doubling their lead after the break with another fine long-range finish to complete a quick counter-attack.German forward Joselu then scored within moments of his introduction to make it 3-0 just minutes later, but Bournemouth refused to fold in front of their home fans.Matt Richie, perhaps the Cherries’ best player this season, exhibited wonderful technique to volley past Jack Butland on 57 minutes, and while Eddie Howe’s men were the better team until the final whistle it proved too late to spark a comeback.Swansea City 0-1 SouthamptonSouthampton climbed to within a point of fifth-placed Manchester United with a slim victory over Swansea City.It was an even contest at the Liberty Stadium but it lacked quality up front as both sides squandered planet of goalscoring chances.The points were eventually won by Shane Long’s 69th minute strike, as Southampton sealed their fifth win in six games, and returning goalkeeper Fraser Forster kept his sixth consecutive clean sheet.Crystal Palace 1-2 WatfordTroy Deeney struck twice as Watford climbed to eighth in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, who ended the game with ten men.The Hornets captain opened the scoring in the first-half from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box.January signing Emmanuel Adebayor then netted his first Palace goal, looping a close-range header over Heurelho Gomes and into the net, to level before on the stroke of half-time.But Deeney was the hero for the Hornets once again with a cool close-range finish in the 82nd minute to seal a brilliant win.And it got worse for Palace defender in stoppage-time, as Pape Souaré was sent off for a nasty two-footed challenge.Everton 0-1 West BromSalomon Rondon’s first-half goal proved the difference as West Brom scraped a slim 1-0 victory over a luckless Everton.It was a frustrating afternoon for the Toffees, who were the overwhelmingly dominant side but were eventually punished for their wastefulness in front of goal.The Baggies scored against the run of play as Venezuelan forward Rondon chested the ball over the line from Jonas Olsson’s header in 17 minutes.It was all Everton for the rest of the game, as the hosts registered 76 per cent possession and 34 efforts on goal.But only six of those were on target, and Ben Foster was in fine form in the Baggies net as Tony Pulis’ side clung on to claim their first win in six games.last_img read more