Premier League round-up: Spurs make light work of Man United, Chelsea embarrassed by Bournemouth

talkSPORT’s round-up of Wednesday’s Premier League action

Chelsea 0-3 Bournemouth

Bournemouth scored three goals in 16 remarkable second-half minutes to record a sensational 3-0 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

Callum Wilson opened the scoring for the visitors shortly after the interval before Junior Stanislas doubled their lead with 64 minutes on the clock.

Former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake then netted a third moments later to stun Antonio Conte’s toothless side on a night to forget for the Premier League champions.

Everton 2-1 Leicester City

Theo Walcott’s maiden Everton goals secured a first win in eight matches as a 2-1 triumph over Leicester arrested their slide under Sam Allardyce.

The £20million January signing became the first Toffees player to score twice in his maiden Premier League appearance at Goodison Park since Romelu Lukaku against Newcastle in September 2013 with a first-half double.

Jamie Vardy’s penalty midway through the second half set up a nervous finish but Everton clung on to inflict the Foxes’ first defeat of 2018 as they squandered the chance to close the gap on sixth-placed Arsenal.

Newcastle United 1-1 Burnley

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow’s late own goal denied struggling Newcastle a first Premier League win at St James’ Park since October as Burnley struck late to snatch a 1-1 draw.

Sam Vokes’ close-range header went in off Darlow via the crossbar with five minutes remaining to cancel out Jamaal Lascelles 65th-minute opener, on a night when the main focus off the pitch on Tyneside was Leicester striker Islam Slimani’s proposed loan switch.

However, the Magpies’ lack of firepower was cruelly exposed once again as Joselu wasted a first-half penalty and a series of other opportunities to fire his side away from the relegation zone.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was left to bemoan a first-half penalty decision which did not go his way and a disallowed goal, and will feel his team was worth at least a point.

Fans at the Gallowgate End of St James’ Park made their feelings about owner Mike Ashley abundantly clear ahead of kick-off when they held up a banner quoting former manager Kevin Keegan’s assertion that the club is bigger than any one man.

Southampton 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Southampton recovered from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with Brighton but wasted the chance to ignite their season as their struggles continued in the final third.

They had recently shown signs of improvement and secured some encouraging results, but after under-pressure manager Mauricio Pellegrino started new £19.2million striker Guido Carrillo on the bench, they remain at risk of relegation and in 18th place.

Brighton represented beatable opposition even after Glenn Murray had given them the lead, but following Jack Stephens scoring for the second game in succession and despite their dominance, the winning goal Southampton so desperately needed did not arrive.

Manchester City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion

Kevin De Bruyne was again the inspiration as Manchester City opened up a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win over West Brom.

City may have pulled out of a deadline day deal for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez but on the field it was business as usual at the Etihad Stadium.

De Bruyne set up Fernandinho for City’s opening goal and then added the second himself before a delightful late finish from Sergio Aguero wrapped up the win.

It proved a comfortable evening for record signing Aymeric Laporte to make his debut. His appearance was a surprise, after his £57million switch from Athletic Bilbao was confirmed only on Tuesday, but he was given a chance after John Stones fell ill.

West Brom, meanwhile, blooded their high-profile January recruit Daniel Sturridge only as a late substitute and were left three points adrift at the bottom.

Stoke City 0-0 Watford

There was little to get those who braved the cold excited at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night as Stoke and Watford shared the points in a goalless stalemate.

Stoke had the best chance to break the deadlock just after the hour mark when Orestis Karnezis blocked Xherdan Shaqiri’s driven shot and substitute Peter Crouch headed the rebound straight at the goalkeeper.

The half-time parading of new signing Badou Ndiaye, who Stoke have signed from Galatasaray for a fee in the region of £15million, was one of the few other instances that got the home fans off their seats.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester United

Christian Eriksen scored within 11 seconds as Tottenham brushed aside a below-par Manchester United to seal a crunch 2-0 victory in the race for the top four.

Eriksen’s strike, coming after four Spurs passes, is the third fastest in Premier League history, slower only than Ledley King and Alan Shearer, who both took 10 seconds to hit the net in 2000 and 2003 respectively.

A Phil Jones own-goal then put Tottenham in charge before half-time at Wembley, with United fortunate not to suffer a more emphatic defeat.

Their chaotic display was summed up by Jose Mourinho substituting Marouane Fellaini in the second half, less than eight minutes after the Belgian had been brought on.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men stay fifth but have reduced the gap behind Chelsea to three points and United to five.

A pulsating contest was played out in front of a crowd of 81,978, beating the previous Premier League record set when Spurs hosted Liverpool here earlier this season.

Alexis Sanchez was handed his league debut by Mourinho but by the end the Chilean’s contribution was nothing more than a footnote. Tottenham’s own new star signing Lucas Moura was paraded on the pitch at half-time.

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