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A brace from Troy Deeney helped Watford move up to eighth in the Premier League table after a hard fought 2-1 win over Crystal Palace a Selhurst Park.
After a scrappy opening, Watford broke the deadlock from the penalty spot after 16 minutes.
Mile Jedinak grabbed a hold of Troy Deeney inside the area and the referee correctly penalised the Palace man. Deeney stepped up and calmly slotted home the spot-kick to make it 1-0.
Watford deserved to be further ahead going in at the break but instead they went in level after Emmanuel Adebayor looped a brilliant header over Huerehlo Gomes.
It was roles reversed in the second period with Palace on top and looking the most likely.
However, it was Watford who retook the lead with eight minutes remaining when Deeney controlled inside the area and smashed home from close range to make it 2-1.
Palace threw everything forward in final minutes and they went within inches of an equaliser when Yohan Cabaye whacked the post with a cracking strike, but they were unable to get back into the game as Watford held on to move within four points of the European places.
Two goals in three minutes from Dimitri Payet and Mark Noble steered West Ham to a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road.
Norwich looked on course to move out of the relegation zone when Wes Hoolahan put them 2-0 after 65 minutes, but once again their defence proved to be their undoing.
After a rather dull first 45, Norwich were the better side after the break and they took the lead after nine minutes of the half.
Robbie Brady robbed Michail Antonio and drove at the Hammers defence before firing home off the underside of the bar
The hosts doubled their advantage 11 minutes later when Hoolahan pounced on a rebound and slotted home from close range.
However, this was as good as it got for the Canaries as they were undone by two goals in three minutes.
The first arrived after 74 minutes when Payet tapped home from close range, before he turned provider and teed up Mark Noble who fired a stunning strike past John Ruddy from the edge of the box to make it 2-2.
It was all West Ham in the final ten minutes as they threw men forward in search of a winner, but they were unable to find a third as Norwich held on for a much needed point.
Goals from Gianelli Imbula, Ibrahim Affellay and Joselu capped a sensational attacking display from Stoke as they beat Bournemouth 3-1 at Dean Court.
The visitors started on the front foot and were ahead after nine minutes. Imbula pounced on a loose ball and marked his debut with a stunning volley from 25 yards to make 1-0.
Eddie Howe’s men were much improved at the beginning of the second half, but they were undone by two breakaway goals in two minutes.
The first came when Glenn Whelan released Jonathan Walters and he pulled the ball into the path of Affellay who slotted past Artur Boruc to make it 2-0.
And it got even better for the visitors after 55 minutes when Xherdan Shaqiri clipped a brilliant ball into the path of Joselu and he looped in a header to make it three.
It looked like game over after the third, but the hosts grabbed a lifeline three minutes later when Matt Ritchie fired home a powerful strike from the edge of the box.
However, it was too little too late for the home side as Stoke regrouped and saw the game out with a minimum of fuss.
Fraser Forster kept his sixth clean sheet in a row since returning from injury as Southampton continued their fine recent form with a 1-0 win over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
After a first half devoid of any real quality, it was the Saints who finally broke the deadlock after 69 minutes when James Ward-Prowse whipped in a good ball that was headed home by Shane Long.
The Saints are now sixth in the table just a point behind Manchester United, while Swansea remain deep in trouble, three points above the relegation zone.
West Brom moved eight points clear of the relegation zone after a classic smash and grab 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
The visitors took the lead totally against the run of play after 15 minutes when Salomon Rondon pounced on a header from Jonas Ollson and poked home at the far post.
Everton dominated possession before and after the goal and created chance after chance, but they were unable to break down a stubborn Baggies defence as they held on for a vital win.
Earlier in the day, Sunderland gave their Premier League survival hopes a much-needed boost by deservedly beating Manchester United 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.