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Vardy overtakes Lineker: the 3pm action you might have missed in the Premier League

By Harry Edwards

Published: 17:09, 6 April 2019

A depleted Saturday of Premier League football saw just three games take place, all kicking off at the traditional 3pm kick-off slot.

Ninth-placed Leicester City were the highest-ranked team in action, taking on already relegated Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Relegation battlers Burnley travelled to Bournemouth hoping to put some space between them and 18th-placed Cardiff City.

And in the final game, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace faced off with move teams looking to move away from the relegation fight.

But what happened in the three matches? Read on for all you need to know about Saturday’s Premier League action.

Bournemouth 1-3 Burnley

The match summed up in one stat… Asmir Begovic has made five errors leading to goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other player.

What does this mean for the Premier League? Burnley have strengthened their chances of safety, moving eight points clean of 18th-placed Cardiff City, while Bournemouth have dropped to 13th.

Man of the match? Chris Wood, who led the line well in the comeback, scoring one and assisting one.

Spare a thought for… Asmir Begovic. Everyone has a bad day and Saturday it was Begovic’s turn. The Bournemouth goalkeeper had a day to forget, misjudging a cross for Burnley’s equaliser before fumbling the ball for Ashley Barnes’ goal. The story of the Bosnian’s season as he is the only player to make two defensive errors leading to goals in the same game, twice – against Everton and now Bournemouth.

In the managers’ words…

“We will have to look at everything we are delivery, go back to basics and try and make things right.” – Eddie Howe, Bournemouth manager.

“We want to finish the season well and the next game is very important.” – Sean Dyche, Burnley manager.

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Huddersfield Town 1-4 Leicester City

The match summed up in one stat… Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals in his last eight games for Leicester in the Premier League.

What does this mean for the Premier League?Leicester have moved up to seventh in the table, ahead of Wolves on goal difference, albeit having played a game more. Meanwhile, Huddersfield remain bottom and already relegated.

Man of the match? Jamie Vardy, who scored twice to pile misery on Huddersfield and overtake Gary Lineker as Leicester’s sixth-highest goalscorer of all time.

Spare a thought for… Huddersfield fans. It’s been a long, poor season for the Terriers with their relegation already confirmed. But it appears they won’t be giving their fans something to cheer about on their way down, with another home defeat. Only two home games remain for Huddersfield, against Watford and Manchester United.

In the managers’ words…

“The supporters know the time in the Premier League is time we can take much learning out of.” – Jan Siewert, Huddersfield manager.

“t was always going to be a difficult game for us today with Huddersfield getting relegated and they wanted to have a reaction, of course.” – Brendan Rodgers, Leicester manager.

Newcastle United 0-1 Crystal Palace

The match summed up in one stat… Crystal Palace have been awarded 11 penalties in the Premier League this season, more than any other club having previously been tied with Manchester United on 10.

What does this mean for the Premier League? Crystal Palace have moved up to 12th and sit on 39 points, looking safe from relegation. Meanwhile, Newcastle have dropped down to 15th though are still seven points clear of 18th-placed Cardiff City.

Man of the match? Vicente Guaita, who made five vital saves en route to keeping a clean sheet.

Spare a thought for… Florian Lejeune. It’s never nice to see a player have to be taken off on a stretcher, but that is what happened in Newcastle’s home game against Crystal Palace. Florian Lejeune went down after an attempted tackle on Andros Townsend and had to have his leg strapped before being taken off – having only just returned from a long-term injury lay-off.

In the managers’ words…

“Every game is a final and every game we will try to get three points.” – Rafa Benitez, Newcastle manager.

“I think 39 points with our goal difference will see us over the line.” – Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace manager.

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