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Summary

  1. Sanchez scores on home debut as Man Utd beat Huddersfield
  2. Bournemouth come from behind to defeat Stoke
  3. West Brom lose 3-2 v Saints and are bottom of table
  4. Seven points separate bottom half of table
  5. Get involved #bbcfootball

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By Alex Bysouth and Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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A grandstand finish?

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Could it be any tighter at the bottom?

With 12 game weeks to go, just seven points separate bottom of the league from 11th place.

The title race might be a foregone conclusion - whisper it... - but the battle to avoid the drop looks destined to go right to the wire.

And with that, it's time to wrap this up.

Don't forget you can follow the action from the Emirates, where Arsenal lead Everton 3-0, right here and on BBC Radio 5 live.

Then tune in for some cracking goals on Match of the Day tonight.

Until then...

Howe's super subs...

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke

Bournemouth

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "The two subs made a difference and it shows the quality in the squad. A goal's been coming for Lys (Mousset), he's a potential match-winner so I'm really pleased he got his first goal. He and Josh King did well. They're talented players and are an important part of our future.

"The injury to our centre-half meant a change of system to make sure it wouldn't hurt us. We kept tweaking things during the game and it worked in the end.

"After the energy expended at Chelsea, it was pleasing for the players to go again and come back in the second half."

Puel 'disappointed' by Mahrez situation

Leicester 1-1 Swansea

Leicester City

Riyad Mahrez was absent for Leicester's 1-1 draw with Swansea, but Claude Puel says he's not thinking about the want-away winger.

"I just need to think about the players available," he said. "I know in my mind the most important thing is just to consider my team.

"I am disappointed about it all."

'Delighted with Ndiaye'

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke

Stoke City

Despite the defeat for Stoke, new signing Badou Ndiaye had a pretty impressive debut and created the first goal.

"We were really good in the first half, we looked threatening," said boss Paul Lambert. "And Badou coming in was excellent.

"It's his first game in a fortnight, he's only trained once, but he managed 70 minutes and I'm delighted with his contribution. His performance was first class and he put in a terrific cross for the goal."

On Stoke's survival hopes: "I'm still encouraged, that's the plus. We've got more than enough in our make-up to win games and the way we've been playing in my first three games, I'm really happy."

'Second goal was unacceptable'

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke

Stoke City

Stoke manager Paul Lambert speaking to Match of the Day: "There's no way we deserved to lose that. We looked so comfortable I would have been disappointed to draw, let alone lose.

"I can understand the first goal, they had a bit of luck on the break with it coming off Joe (Allen).

"But there's no excuses for the second goal, it was unacceptable. It was really poor marking and if you don't defend set-plays you're in trouble."

'A tough week for everyone'

West Brom 2-3 Southampton

West Bromwich Albion

More from Brunt, on the tributes to Cyrille Regis at the Hawthorns: "Before the game, warming up, we could see what was going on in the background.

"It's a pity we couldn’t get the result to match it and make the big man proud.

"It's been a tough week for everyone at the club and such an unexpected thing to lose Cyrille.

"For the football club he's an icon."

'Only a couple of games from safety'

West Brom 2-3 Southampton

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom's Chris Brunt speaking to Match of the Day: "It's a big blow, we started the game OK but to be fair to Southampton they played really well and controlled the game and we had too much to do.

"You can't concede three home goals and expect to win - it's one more game down and one more lost for us.

"They took the sting out of the game and overall if we’d come away with a draw we would have been happy with that the way we performed in the first half.

"We lost that today but there are plenty of teams around us and we're only a couple of games away from getting ourselves back up there."

'A really nice game'

West Brom 2-3 Southampton

Southampton

More from Mauricio Pellegrino: "I am really happy for the team because all of us have been working very hard for lots of months and lots of weeks. It's very hard to beat any opponents in the Premier League but today we are happy.

"The position in the table is nothing because we want to go higher and move and get more points and finish high as possible. We win an important game today but have to continue.

"This was a really nice game, up and down pitch, both wanted to win from beginning to end with a lot of chances."

How's stat?

Man Utd 2-0 Huddersfield

How about this for a stat, no Premier League team have won on their first visit to Old Trafford in more than 20 years...

  • Huddersfield are the 20th consecutive team to lose their first Premier League visit to Old Trafford, since Derby County won there 3-2 in 1996-97.

'We played with personality'

West Brom 2-3 Southampton

Southampton

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino speaking to Match of the Day: "We needed this victory, for many reasons, but most important one is to believe what we can do on the pitch.

"We are happy with that today, the Premier League is tough every game, every week and everything can change. Now we celebrate this and it will be massive to increase our confidence.

"It wasn’t easy, they scored really quick but we played with personality, played the ball on the ground and finding space between the lines.

"When we went in front we had many chances to score more goals and they're really strong on set-plays so we struggled a bit later on."

Fellaini injury update

Man Utd 2-0 Huddersfield

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho has just confirmed Marouane Fellaini had a knee operation this morning.

He said he expects Fellaini to be out until the end of March.

'We deserved to win'

Leicester 1-1 Swansea

Leicester City

Here's Leicester manager Carlos Puel: "I'm frustrated. It was a a good game against a tough team and they defended very well.

"We had to score more in the first half. I don't think it is a fair result and we have lost two points.

"Congratulations to Swansea, but we deserved to win.

"It was a difficult second half and Swansea played well and with quality. We finished strong but we didn’t get the result in the end. It's always a big disappointment because we felt we lost two points."

'Sturridge wasn't quite on it'

West Brom 2-3 Southampton

West Bromwich Albion

Alan Pardew on giving Daniel Sturridge his first West Brom start since arriving from Liverpool on loan: "It was a tough call, Jay (Rodriguez) has done really well recently but he's had two tough stints against Liverpool and Man City which were two tough games for us.

"I thought it best to bring Jay on later and play Daniel, who's fresh.

"We’ve seen enough in training and bits today, he wasn't quite on it today and if we had everyone available he may not have started, but it was a juggling act with the players today."

Pick that out...

Brighton 3-1 West Ham

Goal for Brighton
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We've been talking about that Jose Izquierdo stunner for Brighton against West Ham.

This picture captures it pretty nicely...

Top bins. Postage stamp. Worldie. Whatever you want to call it, Hammers stopper Adrian had no chance.

'A painful defeat'

West Brom 2-3 Southampton

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom manager Alan Pardew speaking to Match of the Day: "It's a painful one for us because Southampton looked like they had a little more energy and fresher players in the middle which showed. We had players who had been playing two games in three days and looked a little leggy and it was unlike us to concede through two set-plays.

"It was a shame because it was a special day in a lot of ways but not a special result and no matter how much we huffed and puffed we just couldn’t get back into it.

"Our fans will want to see something from us, we have a tough game against Chelsea and then a run of games where we have a chance to correct our position."

'I'm a little frustrated by transfer window'

Brighton 3-1 West Ham

West Ham United

West Ham boss David Moyes, speaking to BBC Sport: "We've been on a good run recently and stuck at games but we weren't really at the pitch of this game from the off.

"It was a world-class second goal and very difficult to stop.

"We grew into the game and started to make one or two chances. But we expected to grow into it more in the second half but we didn't.

"It showed that we had to field the same team again as midweek but Brighton played in midweek so it's no excuse for us.

"I'm a little bit frustrated by the transfer window - we needed a third player but didn't get that at the end. So I'm OK with bits of it, disappointed with other bits."

'We deserve the defeat'

Man Utd 2-0 Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town

More from Terriers boss David Wagner: "We tried to make tight spaces, we wanted to make it uncomfortable and give battles all over the grass, the players have done that but we saw the quality of Manchester United.

"Usually goals conceded are after mistakes, today we know who made the mistakes but we lose as a team. there is no point pointing out individuals.

"They have top, top quality and they were patient enough to wait for the moment. They created the few chances which they needed and used one. We were not able to go in front and that is why we deserve the defeat."

Carlos Carvalhal is fast becoming one of my favourite Premier League managers to listen to. In midweek, he said the win over Arsenal "tasted like honey"...

Sweet.

'Leicester created more noise'

Leicester 1-1 Swansea

Swansea City

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal talking to Match of the Day: "I am happy with one point. We have lost the last seven here.

"We had a bad first half and after we corrected things. We did much better in the second half.

"We were planning to give more pace in attack with Bony, but the last 10 minutes Leicester were more organised in attack, and created more noise.

"We are happy with the draw and it was a difficult game."

'The better team won'

Man Utd 2-0 Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner tells Match of the Day: "It was a fair result, the better team won. We made it uncomfortable for them, we wanted to work and fight and stay together, that is what the players have done for a long period, but they used one of their chances and it was a deserved result.

"I have seen what I wanted to see, we will not have much of the ball and not create much chances, so I can live with what I have seen with the commitment and effort from the players. if we play like this, then I am sure we will see the results."

'We never really got in the game'

Brighton 3-1 West Ham

West Ham United

West Ham boss David Moyes, speaking to Sky Sports: "We didn't play well all game but certainly not in the second half.

"The second goal was a worldie - we should've dealt with the ball up but we dealt with the corner and he's scored a brilliant goal.

"We never really got to the pitch of the game - Brighton were at it from the start.

"We're missing a few key players but wouldn't use that as an excuse because that's football and we have players to come in. We hope we get those injured players back soon though.

"We've had a good run and moved ourselves away from the bottom but things are tightening up again."

West Ham boss David Moyes has dug out his book of football hyperbole and labelled Jose Izquierdo's goal for Brighton "a worldie".

It was a cracker to be fair, one to catch on Match of the Day tonight...

'We have an aura about us now'

Leicester 1-1 Swansea

Swansea City

Swansea's Nathan Dyer talking to Match of the Day about his side's recent good form: "It was a hard-earned point. This is always a hard place to come and we were set up very well on the back of recent victories. It was a good earned point away on the road.

"Every point that we get is crucial and we are just about out of the drop zone. This point is massive."

On new boss Carlos Carvalhal: "The manager has given us belief that anything is possible. We set up very well defensively to catch people on the counter attack. We have that aura about us now."

On the reception from Leicester fans: "I had a good year here and it was on of the best of my life. I appreciate the fans and for my time here."

'We had to dig in'

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke

Bournemouth

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "Today wasn't a great performance but we had to dig in. We've done that a lot lately so that's a good sign for us.

"We struggled to get into it, we've got to give Stoke credit for that. But the key thing is we didn't concede two goals. We backed ourselves in the second half and I'm delighted with the way we came back."

'We reacted very well'

Brighton 3-1 West Ham

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton boss Chris Hughton, speaking to BBC Sport: "We probably dropped our levels halfway through that first half - we were disappointed to go in at 1-1.

"Thankfully we got a very good reaction and the second half was as good as we've been in looking like scoring goals.

"That goal lifted the stadium. Whatever goal gets us the lead is important but when it's as good as that it lifts everyone on the pitch and in the stadium

"The most pleasing thing was that at 2-1 we could've been nervous and sat back on it but we didn't. We took that third chance and was a very big goal that releases any pressure we could've been under at the end.

"If we can put in more performances like this before the end of the season, then we'll be OK."

Just seven points between bottom-placed West Brom and Watford in 11th.

A couple of really important wins for Brighton and Southampton today, which have dragged West Ham back into the mix despite sitting 12th.

Swansea are one of four teams on 24 points, but sit outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

Breaking down the Berlin wall

Man Utd 2-0 Huddersfield

Manchester United

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho tells BBC Sport: "We always had control of the game, but at half time it was 0-0. I guess we had around 85% possession in the first half but it was not enough. We kept doing the same in the second and even at 1-0 we were totally in control. Our defensive line as far from the danger areas.

"We had to be patient but had to keep the intensity high and the pressure. We had to break down the Berlin wall organised so well by David Wagner.

"It was nice for Alexis Sanchez to win a match, the first at home. Nice for him to play well and show the desire and happiness in playing football. That is most important. It was not the goal of his dreams, but it is a goal.

"It is important for the bad reasons (Munich air disaster) but the memories stay. The club looks at the date and event as a key moment in the history of the club. It is nice to do that playing at home and winning."

'Saints must keep going'

West Brom 2-3 Southampton

Southampton

Southampton defender Jack Stephens: "Going into the break 2-1 up made a big difference and coming out after half time we played really well, but we had to hold on a bit in those last 20 minutes or so.

"We need to keep going now, there's no point in coming here and getting a big three points without pushing on.

"No one wants to be in this situation but we’re the ones who have put us in the situation we're in and its up to us to get out of it."

On his goal: "It was one of those where as soon as I headed it I knew it was going to go in. I was disappointed with West Brom's opening goal, as it was my man, but I'm glad I could make up for it."

Steady Eddie...

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke

Bournemouth

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is told his side now have a "2% chance of relegation".

"It doesn't feel like we've got a 2% chance of relegation, we don't want to get ahead of ourselves..."

'I just thought shoot'

Brighton 3-1 West Ham

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton winger Jose Izquierdo, speaking to BBC Sport: "I scored one goal a little bit the same in Colombia.

"The only thing that went through my mind when I got the ball was to shoot.

"The only space I could see was the top corner because there was a lot of people in the box.

"The goal opened up the game and then Pascal got the third."

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Chris Wise: King/Mousset goals swing game in Cherries favour. First PL goal for Mousset, first defeat for Lambert. His Stoke side ran out of legs as Bournemouth found theirs. Early shout but Eddie Howe's side look capable of ending relegation fears early.

Jay Barnes: It's astonishing how Huddersfield's early title challenge has gone awry.

An insight into the mentality Jose Mourinho instills in his teams from Nemanja Matic there...?

'War'

Man Utd 2-0 Huddersfield

Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic: "This win is good for our confidence and we have to fight 'til the end. Every game in the Premier League is a war. We have to stay focused until the end.

"Alexis Sanchez played really well and he will be a very important player for us with his quality. He is very good on the ball and does a great job defensively."

'Great week' for the Cherries

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke

Bournemouth

More from Bournemouth's match-winner Lys Mousset: "It's been a great week for us, taking six points (after winning at Chelsea). We have to keep going now and we'll see what happens."

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Andy Capontes: Looks like Huddersfield is team everyone wants to play, an easy 3 points for all. Far to passive and on a slippery slope to the Championship

Kev: Decent home debut from Sanchez but loses the ball too much. Ok for Jose, not Pep

'We'll welcome Mahrez back'

Leicester 1-1 Swansea

Leicester City

Leicester City's Harry Maguire on his team's performance: "They've shown in recent weeks they can pick up points playing that formation.

"We're disappointed - we had enough chances to score more than one goal."

On Riyad Mahrez missing today's game: "The boys will welcome Riyad back and he's no doubt one of our best players.

"It's for him, his agent and the club to deal with, but we would welcome him back."

'Goal of the month'

Brighton 3-1 West Ham

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross: "We're very happy we can win today - we were the better team and played some good football.

"It was an unbelievable goal from Jose - it helps to get in a good mood and then I scored another.

"When it's 1-1 both teams try to push so going 2-1 up is really important. It was the goal of the month maybe.

"Every win is at the right time for us because the league is very tight and we have some tough games. We need to win games at home and we deserved the win today."

'We run, we score'

Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke

Bournemouth

A quick word from Bournemouth's match-winner Lys Mousset: "We work hard every day and you see that on the pitch - we run, we score, everyone works for everyone."

'Swans battered...'

Leicester 1-1 Swansea

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FULL-TIME

West Brom 2-3 Southampton

A very big win for Southampton, a very big loss for Albion...