City back to their best as Spurs leave it late

Manchester City have moved back to the top of the English Premier League, while Tottenham Hotspur left it late and West Ham United’s good form continued.
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Gabriel Jesus scored two goals and Raheem Sterling added a third on Saturday as City beat Everton 3-1 to go two points above Liverpool, who host Manchester United on Sunday.

HOT SHOT: Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring against Everton on Saturday. Picture: Rui Vieira, AP

“The players responded in a marvellous way,” City manager Pep Guardiola said after the champions rebounded from their first league loss at Chelsea last weekend.

“Today was tricky –a dangerous, dangerous game. I am very pleased.”

Jesus opened the scoring in the 22nd minute off a pass from Leroy Sane and headed home another Sane cross to make it 2-0 early in the second half.

Everton was given a glimmer of hope through Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header, but Sterling came off the bench and settled matters with a header of his own in the 69th minute.

Tottenham had to battle to the very end to beat Burnley 1-0 and tighten their grip on third place.

Christian Eriksen’s 91st-minute goal moved Spurs within five points of City and also five points clear of Chelsea and Arsenal behind them.

“To score in extra time was extra nice,” Eriksen said.

“The games are so close if you drop any points … getting in a flow like we are now feeds confidence. We are in a good situation and feel confident going into any game.”

West Ham beat Fulham 2-0 for their fourth straight win, their best league run in almost five years.

Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio were on target as the Hammers rose to ninth.

“We’re starting to gel, things are just going well for us,” Antonio told BT Sport.

“Hopefully we keep going.”

Fulham remain rooted to the bottom of the table on nine points, having conceded 42 goals in 17 games.

Wolverhampton Wanderers made it three straight wins by beating Bournemouth 2-0 on goals from Raul Jimenez and Ivan Cavaleiro.

“In this weather, with the wind, cold and rain and against Bournemouth –I’m very proud,” Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo said.

“We did a fantastic job.”

Watford raced out to a big lead and then held on to beat Cardiff 3-2.

Gerard Deulofeu, Jose Holebas and Domingos Quina put Watford firmly in control, but late scores from Junior Hoilett and Bobby Reid made things a bit nervy at the finish.

Salomon Rondon scored the only goal as Newcastle won at Huddersfield, while Luka Milivojevic’s first-half strike gave Crystal Palace a 1-0win against Leicester.

OvernightArsenal visited Southampton, while Brighton hosted Chelsea.

Meanwhile, Leeds have leapfrogged Norwich to the top of the English Championship thanks to a 1-0 win at Bolton.

Substitute Patrick Bamford, back after three months out with a knee problem, broke the deadlock in the 66th minute on Saturday.

It was enough to give Leeds a fifth straight league win and leave them two points ahead of Norwich, who drew 2-2 with Bristol City.

Marco Stiepermann fired Daniel Farke’s side ahead, but Famara Diedhiou and Callum O’Dowda responded either side of half-time before Max Aaron’s 78th-minute leveller.

At the other end of the table, managerless Reading moved out of the bottom three after a 1-1 draw at Ryan Williams’ Rotherham.

Bottom club Ipswich finally got a first home league win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Wigan.

Swansea scored two goals in as many second half minutes to come from behind and beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Birmingham also struck twice in quick succession as they fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Blackburn.

It also finished 2-2 between Aston Villa and Stoke.

Middlesbrough saw their hopes of making ground on the play-off pack hit with a 2-1 defeat at Massimo Luongo’s QPR.

Jackson Irvine’s Hull beat Brentford 2-0 to increase the pressure on Bees boss Thomas Frank.

Preston saw off James Meredith’s struggling Millwall 3-2 at Deepdale.

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