EPL Reports: Swansea, West Brom and Newcastle condemned to 1-0 defeats

A fourth goal in three Premier League matches for Glenn Murray saw Brighton increase the pressure on Swansea City boss Paul Clement.

Glenn Murray Swansea Brighton and Hove Albion

Glenn Murray (C) celebrates his goal against Swansea with Brighton team-mates.   -  Getty Images

Glenn Murray continued his rich vein of form as Brighton and Hove Albion inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Swansea City, which dropped into the Premier League relegation zone.

Murray struck for the fourth time in three Premier League matches to guide Chris Hughton's side up to eighth and make it back-to-back top-flight away wins for just the second time in its history.

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While the Seagulls are soaring above expectations, a fifth defeat in six league outings was met with boos from the Liberty Stadium crowd and raises the pressure on Paul Clement, who will need positive results in their next outings against Burnley and Bournemouth, whose late win at Newcastle United leaves the Swans in the bottom three.

A one-minute brain fade for erratic centre-back Federico Fernandez preceded the only goal - the Argentine was booked for a wild and needless tackle on Murray before the striker evaded his man to bundle home the winner.

Cherris knick it late

Steve Cook's last-gasp header helped Bournemouth move out of the Premier League's bottom three thanks to a 1-0 win over Newcastle United.

The Cherries had earlier hit the post through Marc Pugh, but the visiting fans were celebrating deep into injury time when Cook rose highest to nod in Andrew Surman's corner.

It compounded a frustrating afternoon for Newcastle, who had seen Dwight Gayle have a goal debatably ruled out for offside when following in a shot from Matt Ritchie that hit the post.

But Rafael Benitez's men failed to build on a strong opening half an hour and, in the end, Bournemouth could have won more comfortably had Callum Wilson not wasted a great chance and Pugh not been denied by the woodwork.

Three points for Eddie Howe's men sees Bournemouth climb up to 16th and means they have won back-to-back away Premier League games for just the second time.

Newcastle, meanwhile, has lost consecutive matches and the end of a four-match unbeaten home run sees it drop into the bottom half.

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Pulis feeling the heat

A spectacular Rajiv van La Parra strike secured a slender 1-0 victory for 10-man Huddersfield Town over an insipid West Brom at the John Smith's Stadium.

The result maintains the Terriers' impressive home form this season, which has seen them emerge victorious in three of their six games, while Tony Pulis' side remain without a win in the Premier League since August 19.

A poor first half was lit up in the 44th minute when Van La Parra curled home magnificently from 30 yards past Ben Foster.

David Wagner's Town side made life difficult for themselves shortly after the restart when German defender Christopher Schindler was sent off for picking up two yellow cards.

Pulis immediately made a triple substitution in a bid to capitalise on its numerical advantage, but Huddersfield's defence stood firm to hold on for a vital three points. 

The Baggies have now gone nine games without a win in the Premier League and with a home clash against Chelsea waiting in a fortnight, things do not look like getting any easier for the under-fire Pulis. 

 

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