Newcastle climb out of drop zone

Eddie Howe Bournemouth

Newcastle (9/4 To be relegated) have moved out of the relegation zone after Tuesday’s win over Everton (4/1), while West Ham’s win against Watford saw them climb into the top four.

There were three Premier League fixtures on Tuesday and the results had implications at both ends of the standings.

Newcastle came out on top with a spirited and passionate display in a relegation six-pointer against Everton at St James’ Park.

The Toffees, in Frank Lampard’s first league game since replacing Rafael Benitez, took the lead on 36 minutes after Jamaal Lascelles put through his own net.

But the hosts were on level terms just 108 seconds later when Lascelles’ header came back off the bar before crossing the line with the help of Everton defender Mason Holgate.

Eddie Howe’s side pressed on in the second half and goals from Ryan Fraser and Kieran Trippier sealed a 3-1 win to secure back-to-back league wins for the first time this term.

The result has propelled Newcastle up to 17th and joint a point shy of Everton in 16th with a game in hand.

Howe said: “It is a big result for us because it was back-to-back wins. Consecutive wins in the Premier League are rare – they can change your status and elevate the club. We have to stay calm and focus on the next game.

“I think we are in a better place, but football has a way of twisting and turning, so we are not getting ahead of ourselves, we know how tough this league can be.”

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Elsewhere, rock-bottom Burnley (4/9 To be relegated) picked up a point courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Turf Moor.

United (7/4 Top four finish) dominated the first half but they went in at the break with just a slim 1-0 lead after Paul Pogba scored his first league goal of the campaign.

Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez bagged the equaliser early in the second half – his 100th career goal – and the hosts defended stoutly for the remainder to keep United at bay.

That draw means United have dropped to fifth in the standings with West Ham (8/1 Top four finish), who beat Watford (1/4 To be relegated) 1-0, climbing to fourth.

Jarrod Bowen netted his sixth goal in as many games, taking his season tally to seven in the league, to decide proceedings at the London Stadium.

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