Leicester fight back to hold West Ham, Fulham surprise Bournemouth, Watford win at Huddersfield

Sam Lovett
The Independent

Manchester City’s clash with Tottenham may have dominated Saturday’s agenda but there were plenty of other clashes to get stuck into.

Indeed, it was a memorable afternoon for Fulham who, despite already being relegated, put in a spirited display to beat Bournemouth 1-0 away from home.

Elsewhere, Leicester left it late to pick up a point against West Ham in a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium which saw the hosts pull ahead twice before being pegged back by the Foxes.

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Over in Huddersfield, it was a straightforward affair for Javi Gracia’s Watford as they secured a 2-1 win to keep their hopes of European football alive.

But it was a disappointing run-out for Wolves, as they were held to a goalless draw by Brighton.

Here, we round up all the action from Saturday’s 3pm fixtures:

WEST HAM 2-2 LEICESTER

Harvey Barnes pulled the rug out from under West Ham as Leicester snatched a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium.

The 21-year-old substitute grabbed his first Foxes goal in stoppage time to salvage a point for Brendan Rodgers' side.

Jamie Vardy draws his side level at the London Stadium (Getty)
Jamie Vardy draws his side level at the London Stadium (Getty)

Jamie Vardy had earlier cancelled out Michail Antonio's first-half header before Lucas Perez fired West Ham back in front nine minutes from the end.

It was a lively end to a match which for long periods had all the hallmarks of an end-of-season run in the sunshine.

  • What you missed: Harvey Barnes' equaliser was the 5000th goal scored in the top four divisions of English league football this season.

HUDDERSFIELD 1-2 WATFORD

Gerard Deulofeu's double earned Watford a 2-1 win at Huddersfield, who slumped to a record-equalling Premier League defeat.

Deulofeu produced a finish similar to his stunning effort at Wembley earlier this month in Watford's FA Cup semi-final win over Wolves to give his side an early lead.

Adam Masina and Elias Kachunga tussle for possession (Getty)
Adam Masina and Elias Kachunga tussle for possession (Getty)

The Spaniard then sealed the points for the Hornets with 10 minutes to go before Huddersfield substitute Karlan Grant headed a stoppage-time consolation.

Watford's sixth win on the road this season kept them on course for their highest Premier League finish, while relegated Huddersfield matched another unwanted record.

  • What you missed: ​The Terriers, who became only the second club after Derby in 2008 to be relegated from the Premier League in March, have now lost 14 league games at home this season to match Sunderland's mark set in 2002/03 and 2004/05.

BOURNEMOUTH 0-1 FULHAM

Relegated Fulham ruined Eddie Howe's 500th match as a manager by ending a year-long wait for an away win with a 1-0 success at Bournemouth.

Aleksandar Mitrovic's second-half penalty gave the 19th-placed Cottagers a first league victory on the road since beating Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship on April 20 last year.

Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates after putting Fulham ahead (Getty)
Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates after putting Fulham ahead (Getty)

The Serbia international converted from the spot after being brought down by Cherries substitute Jack Simpson to halt a goal drought dating back to January.

Victory at the Vitality Stadium, which spoilt the landmark occasion for Cherries boss Howe, strengthened the hopes of Fulham caretaker boss Scott Parker landing the job on a permanent basis.

  • What you missed: Aleksandar Mitrovic's penalty for Fulham ended a run of nine Premier League games without a goal. His previous 36 shots in the league failed to find the back of the net.

WOLVES 0-0 BRIGHTON

Brighton secured a crucial point in their battle against relegation after frustrating Wolves at Molineux.

The hosts had spent the week training in Marbella and went go-karting in their free time but stalled badly in a 0-0 draw with the Seagulls.

A hard-earned draw ended Brighton's run of five straight defeats in all competitions and moved them three points ahead of Cardiff, who host title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday.

Diogo Jota twice hit the woodwork and Leander Dendoncker was denied by Mathew Ryan but the hosts dropped to ninth after an instantly forgettable stalemate.

  • What you missed: The Seagulls have now gone 570 minutes without a goal

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