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Football | Wins for United, Villa and Saints

Sunday’s Premier League action saw wins for Southampton, Aston Villa and Manchester United, while the game between Newcastle and Tottenham ended level. Southampton 3-2 Burnley The early kick-off saw Burnley travel to St. Mary’s to face Southampton. The Saints were without a win in two league games, with their last win coming against 20th-placed Sheffield United. Burnley were looking to continue their impressive form before the international break, with Sean Dyche's team undefeated in their previous three Premier League games.  Chris Wood gave the visitors an early lead, converting from the penalty spot after the referee judged Southampton defender Kyle Walker-Peter’s challenge to be unfair.  Matej Vydra doubled the Clarets' lead just before the half-hour mark after Wood nodded Ben Mee's long ball down for Vydra, who smashed it first time past Fraser Forster.  Stuart Armstrong halved the deficit soon afterwards. The host put together some tidy play on the edge of Burnley’s box, with Danny Ings laying off for Armstrong to cut inside and fire the ball into the bottom left corner.  The comeback was complete three minutes before the interval with Ings getting his name on the scoresheet; the Saints striker darting in behind, taking a touch inside to beat the sliding James Tarkowski and finishing coolly to the net.  The hosts took the lead six minutes after the hour mark to turn the game on its head. Nathan Redmond finished powerfully at the back post from Theo Walcott's cross after Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope initially saved Ings' initial strike.  In the end, Southampton held on for victory as they picked up their first Premier League home win since their first game in 2021 (1-0) v Liverpool, ending a run of five league games at St. Mary’s without a victory.  Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham Joe Willock's late leveller five minutes from time saw Newcastle come away with a share of the spoils against Jose Mourinho's Tottenham at St. James' Park.  The hosts took the lead through Joelinton two minutes before the half hour mark. The build up to the opener at St. James’s Park saw Davinson Sanchez' weak clearance blocked down by Matt Ritchie, allowing Sean Longstaff to run into the box before slipping it across to Joelinton, who fired a low first-time finish beyond Hugo LIoris.   The Magpies lead only last two minutes as Premier League top scorer Harry Kane levelled up proceedings.  Tanguy  Ndombele slid a brilliant through ball into Giovani Lo Celso, who squared it into Kane. The Spurs forward's touch fortuitously bounced against Emil Krafth and past Martin Dubravka, allowing Kane to swoop in and tap it in from two yards.  The English striker doubled his tally four minutes later once again Ndombele at the heart of it, driving at the Newcastle defence, before splitting them open with a threaded pass into Kane. Kane charged into the box before rifling a low shot across goal and into the bottom corner from 12 yards.  Willock saved Newcastle's blushes five-minutes from time after Ritchie’s deep cross was headed across goal by Joelinton, with the loose ball eventually falling to Arsenal loanee Willock, who blasted it into the roof of the net from close range. Kane could have gabbed himself a hat-trick as straight away with a quick counter, the England international hitting the post after being played in by Erik Lamela.  The result leave Newcastle in seventeenth place, three points ahead of Fulham, while the Magpies also have a game in hand.    Aston Villa 3-1 Fulham A second half brace from substitute Trezeguet and a third from Ollie Watkins saw Dean Smith’s Aston Villa come from a goal down against Fulham in a 3-1 win at Villa Park.  The visitors took the lead on the hour mark through Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian was in red hot form for his country during the international break, finding the net five times in three games for Serbia in the World Cup qualifiers.  This time he was back amongst the goalscorers for his club after capitalising on a horrendous error from Tyrone Mings.  Mitrovic notched a simple strike after latching onto a miscued backpass from the Villa defender, who scuffed his offload back to Emiliano Marinez, allowing the Serb to pounce and punish the mistake. The hosts found themselves level thanks to substitute Trezeguet, who clinically converted a cutback from Mings, who made up for his error in the build up to the Fulham goal. The Egyptian midfielder added to his tally nine minutes from time, converting a cross from Keinan Davis at the back post, dispatching a low strike into the bottom left corner.  The game was put to bed in the 87th minute as Watkins finished to the back of the net from close range. Bertrand Traore was the architect with a probing run down the right flank, before sending a precise cross into the middle for Watkins to bury into an empty net.  The result sees Fulham stay in 18th place on 26 points, three points away from safety and having played a game more than both West Brom and Newcastle.  Manchester United 2-1 Brighton A headed effort from Mason Greenwood seven minutes from time saw Manchester United come from behind in a 2-1 win over Brighton at Old Trafford.  Former United player Danny Welbeck gave the visitors an early lead with their first real attempt on goal.   The build up to the opener saw Paul Pogba give the ball away in midfield and Brighton work it out to Neil Maupay on the right. Welbeck got ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the box to direct a shot at Dean Henderson from close range. The Red Devils goalkeeper did well to save, but Welbeck was on hand to convert the rebound. The hosts found themselves level on the hour mark after Marcus Rashford made a great run into the left of the box. Bruno Fernandes played the overlappingd forward in down the channel with a well-timed pass, and Rashford duly bent and excellent effort around Ben White and into the far bottom corner. United completed their comeback in the 83rd minute, with Greenwood bagging his second league goal of the season. Pogba tried to hit Fernandes' cross on the volley, but the Frenchman's mishit volley fell to Greenwood at the back post; the teenager on hand to head into the net from point blank range. The result extends United's lead over Leicester City to four points following the Foxes' defeat to runaway leaders Manchester City yesterday.  

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