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Premier League recap: wins for Norwich, Brentford and Leicester

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Goals from Pierre Lees-Melou and Teemu Pukki helped revive Norwich’s faint hopes of survival with a 2-0 home win over relegation rivals Burnley.

The Canaries were 10 points from safety before kick-off but Lees-Melou’s early deflected shot gave Dean Smith’s men a valuable advantage and Pukki’s composed finish late in the evening secured their first Premier League win in nine tries.

It might be too little too late for bottom Norwich, who remain in a dangerous position but have at least kept 18th-placed Burnley within reach and dealt a serious blow to the visitors’ own chances of beating relegation.

Even if this clash later in the afternoon was overshadowed by the top clash between Manchester City and Liverpool, it was a game of decisive importance in the fight for relegation.

The result of this weekend’s other game between the Merseyside and Manchester sides had helped put the pressure on at Carrow Road but chances were created from the off when Milot Rashica tested Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope before Jay Rodriguez saw a tame header that was easily saved by Tim Krul on the other end.

Playing with an unexpected degree of freedom, it was Norwich who broke the deadlock through Lees-Melou in the ninth minute.

Burnley couldn’t handle Kieran Dowell’s corner and Lees-Melou got a side footed into the bottom corner from the edge of the area via a deflection from Josh Brownhill.

Pope didn’t stand a chance but soon after did his part to ensure the Canaries didn’t double their lead.

Lees-Melou was involved again, sending Pukki away down the right touchline, the striker’s low shot being stopped by England international Pope’s outstretched right shoe.

Mathias Normann, spurred on by a raised home crowd, let fly from range minutes later but saw his shot dive late with Burnley against the ropes.

Such was the case against Everton in midweek, where Maxwel Cornet’s late goal earned a crucial three points and the Ivory Coast attacker saw off a 26th-minute stabbing Krul shot.

Sean Dyche’s side were now up front and Aaron Lennon got the home keeper into action with a cross-cumshot seconds after another low shot from Cornet was blocked by Grant Hanley.

Despite Burnley’s improvement, Norwich stayed ahead after Ben Gibson made two crucial blocks late in the half to disown his old team.

After an unremarkable start to the second period, Dyche brought on Matej Vydra, who would have wondered how Lees-Melou avoided a second yellow card after 59 minutes for a foul on Charlie Taylor.

The visitors made another change shortly after when Dwight McNeil was called out and his first involvement should have resulted in the leveler.

McNeil gained possession from Sam Byram near the halfway line and charged into space before his low cross found Cornet at the back post, but the Burnley attacker sliced ​​wide from three yards.

Byram’s next contribution was to block Matthew Lowton’s inviting cross with Rodriguez and Cornet lurking at the back post. A headbutt between the three resulted in a three-minute stoppage.

Hanley and Rashica missed big chances to end the game for Norwich before Pukki bagged the points.

Normann played a wonderful pass that split the defense to Pukki, who took a touch and fired into the bottom corner with five minutes left to score his ninth goal of the season.

Vydra and Brownhill came close late for Burnley but it was Norwich’s turn to rediscover that winning spirit.

Leicester 2 Crystal Palace 1

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall inspired Leicester to a narrow 2-1 Premier League win over Crystal Palace.

The midfielder’s first Premier League goal came after a superb assist for Ademola Lookman’s opener to give the Foxes the perfect preparation for Thursday’s trip to PSV.

They travel to Eindhoven for the second leg of the Europa Conference League quarter-finals with a 0-0 draw but have momentum after just two defeats in their last 10 games.

Kasper Schmeichel saved two penalties from Wilfried Zaha – after VAR ordered a replay – only for the striker to nod on the rebound of the second, giving Palace hope in the second half.

But a leveler never came and the Foxes move past Palace to ninth in the Premier League. The Eagles ended a seven-game unbeaten streak that had propelled them to Wembley for next week’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has completely transformed his team since Thursday’s European Cup draw and seven changes underscored the Foxes’ priorities.

But they made the recast easy, even if they had to endure two scares before assuming total control.

The first came when Zaha failed to find the target after a nice pass from Jeff Schlupp, while the second came after 18 minutes when Zaha slipped into Jean-Philippe Mateta.

The striker tricked past Caglar Soyuncu and Schmeichel’s superb low shot turned his shot behind before Joachim Andersen headed the resulting corner.

But despite the chances, the game didn’t gain momentum, both teams needed time to find their way.

Youri Tielemans’ ambitious effort faltered Vicente Guaita but the game needed a focus – which finally came six minutes before the break when Leicester took the lead.

James Justin intervened to pinch Marc Guehi’s pass from Zaha and Tielemans found Dewsbury-Hall whose excellent pass Lookman picked to slice Andersen and drill past Guaita.

Things got better for the foxes shortly before the break when they doubled their lead. Guehi allowed Justin’s hopeful ball under his foot and Patson Daka took the chance.

He crossed to Dewsbury-Hall from the edge of the box and the midfielder created space by fending off Cheikhou Koyate before brilliantly scoring his third goal of the season.

After the break, the hosts picked up where they left off when Guaita turned Tieleman’s try over 35 seconds into the restart.

Palace quickly withered after conceding and Andersen’s terrible release and subsequent ruthless challenge to Daka underscored their sloppy nature.

But they got a lifeline in the 64th minute when Tielemans brought down Jordan Ayew in the box.

Zaha’s terrible penalty was saved by Schmeichel on his left, only for VAR to order a retake as the keeper intervened.

Zaha stepped forward again and produced a miserable penalty which Schmeichel stopped but the ball rebounded nicely for the striker to nod on the rebound.

However, Palace were unable to conjure up an equalizer despite some scrambling and Leicester saw them finish the game.

Brentford 2 Westham 0

Bryan Mbeumo and Ivan Toney together sank West Ham 2-0, certainly banishing any lingering relegation fears for Brentford.

Two goals in the second half put the Bees 12 points clear of the Premier League drop zone after a Sunday afternoon stroll in the west London sun.

Mbeumo whipped in the first set after being pegged out by Toney, then retaliated for his attacking partner as Toney scored his 14th goal of the season.

For West Ham it was another dent in their dwindling hopes of a top-four finish and they also received a potentially heavy blow ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League second leg against Lyon when defender Kurt Zouma was forced out Done to hobble midway through the first half.

Zouma had taken a fierce kick in the ankle from Christian Norgaard five minutes earlier and couldn’t seem to shake the blow.

The France international, still roundly booed by opposing fans following his cat-kicking video disgrace, left the field amid a chorus in which Bees supporters put him down.

Brentford was still raving about last weekend’s stunning 4-1 win at Chelsea and Mbeumo had the first shot of the game when he headed in a cross from Rico Henry to Lukasz Fabianski.

The lively striker then tested the West Ham Polish keeper with a fierce shot at the near post.

Then, as Fabianski potted a corner from Christian Eriksen that threatened to roll straight into goal, Mbeumo whipped the rebound over the bar.

Eriksen grew into play as the first half progressed and his free-kick was headed just over his own bar by Vladimir Coufal before Fabianski saved the Dane’s low-flying shot.

West Ham, perhaps showing the effect of Thursday night’s efforts in the first leg, threatened only once in the first half, when Tomas Soucek headed a cross from fellow Czech Coufal into the arms of Bees keeper David Raya.

Two minutes into the second half, Mbeumo got his reward when he spotted Toney’s clever deflection and lashed a sharp angle shot past Fabianski.

It was the French striker’s fourth goal of the season and his first since December.

Moyes sent Said Benrahma to his old club but before the Algerian could make a meaningful touch, Brentford doubled their advantage with a skillful move.

Yoane Wissa fed Henry down the left and the full-back’s cross was deflected back over the goal by Mbeumo for Toney to get the easiest finish and a deserved win.

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