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Summary

  1. Struggling Newcastle lose 3-1 to Saints
  2. Aston Villa all but relegated after Cherries loss
  3. Puncheon gives Palace first win of year v Norwich
  4. Holebas header earns Watford point against Everton
  5. Sigurdsson volley helps Swansea beat Chelsea

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance and Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

So Aston Villa officially remain in the Premier League, while second-bottom Newcastle lose again.

Crystal Palace managed their first victory of 2016 and Arsenal's title challenge is put to bed for another year.

Head here to stay across the Man City v West Brom game

We are back tomorrow for Sunday football with the Premier League leaders Leicester in action.

Until then.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich

Great victory today big goal from @jason_punch42 and @wilfriedzaha on flames🔥solid performance fans were exceptional

Great victory today big goal from @jason_punch42 and @wilfriedzaha on flames🔥solid performance fans were exceptional

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie plays his part in celebrating Jason Puncheon's winner at Selhurst Park.

Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth

Huge win today! Nice to get another goal. Even more pleased to see @CallumWilson back out there! 👊🏽👊🏽🍒🍒🍒

Callum Wilson, returning after a lengthy injury lay-off, is Bournemouth's joint-top scorer in the league this season on five, but Steve Cook's goal takes him to within one of the striker.

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich

Great win and shift from the boys today. Fans were brilliant and we move forward to Wednesday 👌

Palace face Everton in the Premier League at Selhurst Park on Wednesday evening.

'Fine margins'

Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich

Norwich City

Norwich manager Alex Neil: "It was down to fine margins, there wasn't much in the game. You could see what was at stake for both sides and there weren't many clear cut chances for either side.

"Matt Jarvis was adamant at half-time that it was a penalty but it was difficult for me to see. 

"I wouldn't put it down to nerves, it was just that nobody wants to make a mistake. You are just hoping to make the breakthrough first." 

Joe Hart, England's weak link?

Javel Bleach: Is Joe Hart turning into England's weakest link?

Anthony Muindi: Isn't it time we started calling him Calamity Hart?

Andrew Priestley: The state of Samir Nasri's hair! Almost as bad a Joe Hart's goalkeeping for that opening goal. Not at the near post man!!   

Samir Nasri
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GOAL - Man City 1-1 West Brom

Sergio Aguero (18 mins)

No problems for Sergio Aguero, who tucks home the penalty on his 200th appearance for Manchester City.

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PENALTY

Man City 0-1 West Brom

Hero to zero. 

West Brom goalscorer Stephane Sessegnon brings down Aleksandar Kolarov to concede a penalty...

Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich

Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye looks to have made one young fan's day.

@YCabayeofficiel just to say thankyou so so much for your shirt I can't explain how happy I am so thankyou so much!

@YCabayeofficiel just to say thankyou so so much for your shirt I can't explain how happy I am so thankyou so much!

'We need to show FA Cup form'

Watford 1-1 Everton

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores: “It’s like we forgot a little to be competitive in the Premier League. We were competitive in the FA Cup and it’s time to recuperate that power - this team has played really well this season.

“It was a fair result. The most important thing for us was to have the feeling that we had the legs and the power. So I’m happy.

“The players knew the plan of defending high and sometimes creating opportunities in attack.

“It was important to score as we didn't deserve to go into half time behind. It was very hard for us, it was nice we were able to draw level before half time.”

'We have to score more'

Southampton 3-1 Newcastle

Southampton

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, speaking to BBC Sport: "The performance was not everything I wanted, because I think in the second half, we had to score more goals. We created good chances. The key to winning was how we started, with a good spirit and a high tempo.

"It's all about how you start the game. We know the situation of Newcastle. If you give them the belief at the start, it can be very dangerous. A fast goal gave us the boost to continue. There was good movement and good goals.

"Normally at 3-0 up, you win the game. It's important to keep the belief. We had to score more goals, because there were enough chances to score more than three.

"It's fantastic to see Jay Rodriguez back, first of all for the player. He worked very hard to come back. It's up to the manager to give him that game time. He will be a very good player uin the future for us. It's important for Jay to get that game time to improve. That will not happen in one or two weeks. You need more time for that.

"That's good that we have options in attack now. That's what you like to have as a manager,  It's good news for Jay that he is back.

"He played twice after the Under-21s before he returned. He needs game time, and then he will be the Jay that we know."

GOAL - Man City 0-1 West Brom

Stephane Sessegnon (6 mins)

Oh hello.

Didn't expect to see this. England number one Joe Hart won't want to see this one again, beaten at his near post. He should really be doing much better.

James McClean's cross to the far post finds Stephane Sessegnon, who takes a touch before smashing a low finish into the net.

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'We were not sharp enough'

Swansea 1-0 Chelsea

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: "Every defeat hurts but everyone knows the situation we are in, so there's a positive side to bringing in youngsters and seeing what they can do. We defended poorly and gave Gylfi Sigurdsson a very free chance. We were attacking, attacking, but in the final third we were not sharp enough."

Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: "I was tense today. I don't normally get tense but you could sense it in our team. I was as nervous today as I have ever been in football. Sometimes the media can keep drilling it into you and in the end you are carrying that burden. I wanted to calm them down at half-time and they delivered for me.

"We handled the last period of the game well. Our fans were magnificent and we wanted to reward them.

"It was a robust challenge from Delaney, to say the least. We had the best referee in trhe Premier League and he didn't say it was a penalty so I'll go with that.

"I'm close to Jason Puncheon, we were together at Southampton and his rapid rise to the top of the game has been a delight for me to watch. He has got our most important goal of the season today and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

"We are four points from midtable and that is where we should be. If we can finish as high as we can then we can still get 11th. That's what we want to hunt down."

KICK-OFF

Man City 0-0 West Brom

City striker Sergio Aguero needs help from team-mate Fabian Delph to do his top button.

Under way at a wet/soaked/drenched Etihad Stadium.

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Southampton 3-1 Newcastle

Said on @5liveSport you can blame owner or transfer policy but #NUFC players have to take responsibility. Very poor today

"We showed character in second half"

Southampton 3-1 Newcastle

Newcastle United

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez speaking to BBC Sport: "To be fair, the last three games have been the same. I've been saying the same thing. Second half we did much better but I'm really disappointed with the first half. Everyone needs to know that we have a lot of people behind us and so we need to give everything.

"Normally when you are in the position we are in, when you start the game conceding a goal, it's not the best. We have to show more character like we did in the second half. We have four more games at home and we will need everyone's support there. In the second half, the team showed we had character.

"Away we are not doing well. At home we have the fans behind us and we need them. It's not the time to criticise. We have six games to play and everyone is important.

"It important that everybody continues to believe. The anxiety is killing us sometimes. If we can control these things then things will change."

Man City v West Brom (17:30 BST)

Five minutes until kick off at the Etihad Stadium.

Absolutely teaming it down in Manchester. Hope the players have got their waterproofs on.

Man City v West Brom (17:30 BST)

Steve Bower

Match of the Day commentator

"If Manchester City had produced the spirit that was evident in Paris in midweek on a more consistent basis, they would be right in the hunt for the Premier League title.

"There appears to be little margin for error to make sure Pep Guardiola has Champions League football to look forward to next season but, while Sergio Aguero is fit and firing, they look to be in the driving seat. The Argentine will play his 200th game for the club hoping to add to his 129 goals to date.

"West Brom, having reached their first target of 40 points, face an uphill task against a team they've managed only one point against in their last 12 league meetings."

'We showed some rustiness'

Watford 1-1 Everton

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “We had to work really hard for it. It was a good game, two teams with a lot of energy playing on the front foot. Watford were at their very best today.

“It’s a disappointment to concede from a dead ball situation so close to half time and because of the nature of the goal, the deflection.

“There was another 45 minutes to play from then.

“We never allowed Watford to regain momentum. We were strong in the second half again and the amount of chances we created, we showed a little bit of rustiness from the last few games. Another day we would have scored the winning goal.

“We were able to penetrate into a Watford team who don’t give you many opportunities at home.

“We had many good individual performances, Gareth Barry gave us a real fluency. At the back we dealt with the front two of Watford really well and we had a good focus."

'The supporters are remarkable'

Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth

Aston Villa

Aston Villa caretaker boss Eric Black speaking to BBC Sport: "Not going down today is a small consolation. I was happy with the energy and desire to do what we asked them to do.

"We've conceded poorish goals, but we have to remain professional until the end. Come Monday morning we have to dust ourselves down and go again.

"We didn't create as many chances as we would have liked. Ultimately if you concede poor goals it will be hard to score.

"I'm sure it's not easy to play in that atmosphere, but there have only been two or three victories here this season so I won't be criticising the supporters. They turned out again today, which I find remarkable. This is certainly not down to the supporters."

'It's important to finish well'

Swansea 1-0 Chelsea

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin: "This is the first victory in the Premier League for Swansea against Chelsea and I am happy and proud we played very well in the first half. We deserved to score other goals. 

"It's a very important win for our fans. It's a good afternoon for our players, our club and our fans. Jefferson Montero is an important player for us. Safety is almost real, but I hope to take other points in the next weeks because it's important to finish well."

'Toxic atmosphere made it diffcult'

Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe speaking to BBC Sport: "This was really important for us. It was a hard game. It was very nervy from both teams but I thought we dominated the ball and deserved it in the end.

"It was a difficult game to play in because of the toxic atmosphere. We made it that way with the way we started.

"Callum Wilson has worked so hard and it's great to see him back in a Bournemouth shirt on the pitch."

Team news

Manchester City v West Brom (17:30 BST)

Manchester City team
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Manchester City make five changes from their midweek Champions League draw against Paris St-Germain.

Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov, Fabian Delph, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony all come in. Nasri makes his first start since September after recovering from a long-term thigh injury.

Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Fernandinho, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne make way.

Subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure, De Bruyne, Iheanacho.

West Brom team
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West Bromwich Albion drew 0-0 with Sunderland last time out and they make two alterations, with Stephane Sessegnon and James McClean replacing Claudio Yacob and Craig Gardner.

Subs: Myhill, Olsson, Yacob, Gardner, Anichebe, McManaman, Leko.

'Everything looks easier now'

Swansea 1-0 Chelsea

Swansea defender Angel Rangel: "With the 40 points we're far away from the bottom and to beat Chelsea for the first time in the Premier League is a great achievement. All the players put a good shift in today and overall it was a great performance. With this win everything looks much easier now."

'It was a definite penalty'

Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich

Norwich winger Matt Jarvis: "We created numerous opportunities but couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.

"I was wiped out in the first half but the ref gave a corner but it came straight off me. It was a penalty, definitely. 

"It was an important game for us but they have won it with a great finish. We have to learn from it but we played well enough."

'A massive win!'

Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich

Crystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon: "It's massive, we haven't won for so long and it was edgy at the end. I missed a sitter against West Ham and a sitter in the first half so I thought it wasn't going to happen but I got there in the end.

"It's a great relief for the whole club. We had to be dogged.

"The goal meant a lot because it has been difficult for me, I have been disappointed in myself."

'That was a big win for us'

Southampton 3-1 Newcastle

Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama: "Today we needed a win, and that was a big win for us. We needed to get back on track. We did well. It was always going to be a tough game, but we went for it from the first minute. We put on pressure thanks to the early goals. 

"It's a long time since I scored. The last goal I scored was last season, so I'm really glad to get on the score sheet.

"Newcastle are in relegation trouble, so we knew they were going to throw everything. We needed to stay in the game. We did it well. 

"It's just a case of taking it game by game, trying to take maximum points, and then we can get somewhere nice."

COBBLERS UP, BOLTON & CREWE DOWN

Football League latest

Bolton
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Bolton Wanderers have been relegated from the Championship after losing 3-1 at Derby. The Trotters have not been in the third tier since 1993.

Crewe have been relegated from League One after losing 3-0 at Port Vale.

Northampton Town have won promotion from League Two. The Cobblers squandered a 2-0 lead over Bristol Rovers to draw 2-2, but Plymouth losing 2-1 at home to Wimbledon means Chris Wilder's side are up.

'We're almost there'

Swansea 1-0 Chelsea

Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson: "It's a massive three points and overall I think we deserved it. There's a good gap in between us and the bottom three now and I think we're almost there."

Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich

'Ain't no stopping us now' is played on the tannoy at Selhurst Park - that might be pushing it a bit but the Eagles are now 10 points clear of the relegation places. Almost there?

Swansea 1-0 Chelsea

A first PL defeat for Chelsea under Gus Hiddink this time round. First loss in 16 games going back to December. #bbcfootball

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Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth

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FULL-TIME

Watford 1-1 Everton

Points are shared.

FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 1-0 Norwich

Jason Puncheon celebrates
Reuters

Crystal Palace have won a game! In 2016!

A big win.

FULL-TIME

Swansea 1-0 Chelsea

Francesco Guidolin celebrates
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Wild celebrations from Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin, a double-fisted punch towards his fans, before getting his composure back to shake hands with Guus Hiddink.

A well-deserved victory for the home side against Chelsea.