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Premier League round-up: Relegation-battling Brighton in hard-earned point at Wolves, Ayoze Perez bags first Newcastle hat-trick

Chris Hughton (left), celebrations for Newcastle's hat-trick hero Ayoze Perez (right, top) and a successful penalty for Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic
Chris Hughton (left), celebrations for Newcastle's hat-trick hero Ayoze Perez (right, top) and a successful penalty for Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic

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Crucial point for Brighton

Bruno thanks Brighton fans for their support at Wolves
Bruno thanks Brighton fans for their support at Wolves

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.

Brighton, who failed to have a shot on target, appeared to be content with a draw from the start but Chris Hughton's conservative approach may still backfire with four games left - where they face Tottenham, Newcastle, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Perez hat-trick puts Newcastle past 40-point barrier

Newcastle players celebrate Ayoze Perez's hat-trick goal against Southampton
Newcastle players celebrate Ayoze Perez's hat-trick goal against Southampton

Ayoze Perez's hat-trick all but guaranteed Premier League safety as Newcastle survived a second-half fightback by Southampton to win 3-1.

The Spaniard's quick-fire first-half brace, which came minutes after the Saints' James Ward-Prowse had escaped a red card for a cynical challenge on Miguel Almiron, looked to have put the Magpies in complete control.

However, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl made a double change at the break and one of the newcomers, Mario Lemina, pulled one back before Perez settled it four minutes from time with his 11th goal of the season.

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez scores against Southampton
Newcastle's Ayoze Perez scores against Southampton

Rafael Benitez's men, who have won six of their last seven home games in the league to go 10 points clear of Cardiff, were decidedly ordinary for much of the second half, but ultimately emerged with a huge victory as the bulk of the crowd at St James' Park pleaded with the manager to sign a new contract.

Back-to-back wins for Fulham

Fulham players celebrate Aleksandar Mitrovic's penalty at Bournemouth
Fulham players celebrate Aleksandar Mitrovic's penalty at Bournemouth

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.

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.

After beginning his Craven Cottage tenure with five consecutive defeats, Parker has now guided the west London club to successive league victories for the first time since promotion last May, restoring some pride at the end of a torrid season.

Leicester rescue point at West Ham

Leicester players celebrate Jamie Vardy's goal at West Ham
Leicester players celebrate Jamie Vardy's goal at West Ham

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 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.

West Ham celebrate after Michael Antonio opened the scoring against Leicester
West Ham celebrate after Michael Antonio opened the scoring against Leicester

Watford stay on course for seventh-place finish

Gerard Deulofeu: Watford celebrate the winger's goal at Huddersfield
Gerard Deulofeu: Watford celebrate the winger's goal at Huddersfield

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.

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.

The Terriers, who became only the second club after Derby in 2008 to be relegated from the Premier League in March, lost their 14th league game at home this season to match Sunderland's mark set in 2002/03 and 2004/05.

Grant's late header at least lifted Town up to 20 league goals this season, level with Derby's record low of 2007/08.

Early Foden strike sends Man City back to top

Phil Foden celebrates scoring the opening goal for Manchester City against Tottenham in the Premier League
Phil Foden celebrates scoring the opening goal for Manchester City against Tottenham in the Premier League

Manchester City moved back to the top of the table after Phil Foden's first Premier League goal proved enough for a 1-0 home win over Tottenham.

The encounter was much more tense than Wednesday's Champions League classic at the Etihad Stadium, with Foden's back-post header after five minutes proving enough for a hard-earned victory.

Raheem Sterling - one of six nominees for the Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year award announced on Saturday - saw a second-half effort brilliantly stopped by the boot of Spurs' stand-in goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

Ederson makes another block save to keep Tottenham out
Ederson makes another block to keep Tottenham out

At the other end, Ederson made two notable saves to deny Son Heung-min, whose goals in midweek had helped put Spurs through to the Champions League semi-finals despite a dramatic 4-3 defeat on the night.

City moved a point ahead of Liverpool, who play at Cardiff on Sunday, but were left concerned when playmaker Kevin De Bruyne limped off with what looked like possible hamstring problem during the first half.

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