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Huddersfield equal Premier League relegation record: The 3PM Premier League action you may have missed

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:03, 30 March 2019

The Premier League returned with five games kicking off at the traditional 3pm kick-off on Saturday.

Manchester United welcomed Watford to Old Trafford, Brighton & Hove Albion hosted Southampton, Burnley faced Wolverhampton Wanderers, Huddersfield Town travelled to Crystal Palace and Leicester City went up against Bournemouth.

But how did the games do down? Read on for all the key details.

Brighton 0-1 Southampton

The match summed up in one stat… Brighton hit the target with just one of their 15 shots on goal against Southampton.

What does this mean for the Premier League? Southampton have moved level on points with Brighton and now sit five clear of 18th-placed Cardiff City in the fight against relegation.

Man of the match? Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who scored the only goal of the game.

Spare a thought for… Chris Hughton. Brighton had looked safe following two good wins but they have been brought back into the fight against relegation. Hughton’s men are now level on points with Southampton and Burnley with eight games to play. Next up? Chelsea.

In the managers’ words…

“We didn’t play at a level that was going to win us a game, particularly at home.” – Chris Hughton, Brighton manager.

“”It’s important to take as many wins as possible until the end of the season.” – Ralph Hasenhuttl, Southampton manager.

Burnley 2-0 Wolves

The match summed up in one stat… Burnley won an incredible 36 aerial duels, with Ben Mee contributing to 10 of those.

What does this mean for the Premier League? Despite the win, Burnley remain in 17th but do open up a five-point gap on Cardiff City. Wolves, meanwhile, remain seventh.

Man of the match? Dwight McNeil, who scored his second goal in as many games to wrap up the win.

Spare a thought for… Conor Coady. Keeping a clean sheet is a hard enough task, but it gets worse when you score an own goal. Against Burnley, Coady scored his third own goal of the season – only Lewis Dunk (four in 2017/18) and Martin Skrtel (four in 2013/14) have scored more in a single Premier League campaign.

In the managers’ words…

“We have got 21 points since Christmas – that’s a healthy return.” – Sean Dyche, Burnley manager.

“We tried but we must look at it and not allow ourselves to concede so early.” – Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves manager.

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Crystal Palace 2-0 Huddersfield

The match summed up in one stat… Huddersfield have won just six points in 15 games away from home this season.

What does this mean for the Premier League? It had been coming for some time but Huddersfield have officially been relegated with six games remaining – equalling the unwanted league record. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, move up to 13th.

Man of the match? Patrick van Aanholt, who kept a lid on Huddersfield’s wingers and scored Palace’s second.

Spare a thought for… Jan Siewert. It was always going to be an uphill battle for Siewert to turn things around at Huddersfield but on Saturday their relegation was officially confirmed. The German must now start planning for life in the Championship.

In the managers’ words…

“It lifts us to 36 points which, depending on results, might be a nice buffer from the bottom three.” – Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace manager.

“For me in life there is failure and success and it belongs together, as a club we have to learn from the failures.” – Jan Siewert, Huddersfield manager.

Leicester City 2-0 Bournemouth

The match summed up in one stat… Wes Morgan has scored in consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time in his career.

What does this mean for the Premier League? Leicester have moved up eighth, level on points with Wolves in the race for a potential Europa League place. Meanwhile Bournemouth remain 12th.

Man of the match? Wilfred Ndidi, who won 10 of his 11 attempted tackles.

Spare a thought for… Callum Wilson. The England striker had an extremely quiet game, having just 21 touches of the ball in 90 minutes on the pitch.

In the managers’ words…

“Our pressing was excellent, the boys are understanding tactically how we want to press and the importance of that.” – Brendan Rodgers, Leicester manager.

“Our away record is a concern and we are trying to find ways to improve what we do.” – Eddie Howe, Bournemouth manager.

Manchester United 2-1 Watford

The match summed up in one stat… Manchester United have had four players score 10+ goals in a single Premier League season for the second time in the competition’s history, joining Chelsea.

What does this mean for the Premier League? Manchester United have moved into the top four, leapfrogging Arsenal and sit level on points with third-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Meanwhile, Watford have dropped a place to ninth.

Man of the match? David de Gea, whose seven saves were vital to Man Utd’s win.

Spare a thought for… Javi Gracia. His side dominated proceedings at Old Trafford and were seriously unfortunate not to come away with at least a point, being punished by United’s prolificacy in front of goal.

In the managers’ words…

“Some of the players who went away maybe played too much.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager.

“It was a good performance but we didn’t take our chances in the beginning.” – Javi Gracia, Watford manager.

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