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Published: 14:51 | 18/1/16

Premier League round-up: City back on top

Last-gasp Chelsea snatch draw with Everton

Manchester City returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League table for a few hours at least as they hammered Crystal Palace 4-0, while there were also wins for Bournemouth, Southampton, Tottenham and Newcastle.

Two first half goals set Manchester City on their way to a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium.

Fabian Delph opened the scoring on 22 minutes, although Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey will wonder how managed to allow the midfielder's 30-yard effort to creep under his body.

Sergio Aguero doubled the advantage four minutes before the break, his shot taking a deflection off Scott Dann on its way past Hennessey.

The Argentine international netted his second midway through the second half as he finished off a fine move involving David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, before Silva capped a fine performance with the fourth six minutes from the end.

John Terry scored eight minutes into stoppage time to rescue a point for Chelsea as they twice came from behind to draw 3-3 with Everton at Stamford Bridge.

After a goalless first half, Terry put through his own goal to put the visitors ahead five minutes after the restart before Kevin Mirallas doubled the advanatge with a fine strike six minutes later.

Two goals in two minutes from Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas got Chelsea back on terms, but Ramiro Funes Mori looked to have snacthed the points for Roberto Martinez's team with a close range finish a minute from time.

But, just as it looked like interim manager Guus Hidink's statement earlier this week that Chelsea were involved in a relegation fight looked to have become something of a self-fulfilling prophecy, Terry equalised in the eighth minute of stoppage time to secure a point, although replays showed that the goal should have been chalked off for offside.

Southampton cruised to a routine 3-0 victory over West Brom at St Mary's.

James Ward-Prowse, who had scored just once in 95 Premier League appearances, netted twice in the first half, a sublime free-kick five minutes in to put the Saints ahead followed by a penalty on 35 minutes after Matt Targett was fouled in the box.

Substitute Dusan Tadic sealed victory with the third on 72 minutes as Ronald Koeman's side climbed back into the top half of the table following a mid-season blip.

West Ham slipped to their first defeat in ten league games as they went down 2-1 to Newcastle at St James's Park.

The home side, buoyed perhaps by their late equaliser against Manchester United in midweek, took the game to the Londoners right from the start and were two up inside the opening 15 minutes through Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Nikica Jelavic pulled one back for the Hammers four minutes after the restart but they couldn't find an equaliser which means that Newcastle climb out of the relegation zone above Sunderland and Swansea.

Bournemouth eased their own relegation worries and ensured that Norwich will be looking nervously over their shoulders after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Alex Neil's side at Dean Court.

Dan Gosling opened the scoring on ten minutes before Charlie Daniels doubled the advantage from the spot on 54 minutes after Marc Pugh was brought down by Vadis Odidja.

New signing Benik Afobe completed the scoring with his first Premier League goal fifteen minutes from time as Bournemouth climb above Norwich into 15th.

In the early kick-off, Christian Eriksen netted twice as Tottenham came from behind to beat Sunderland 4-1 at White Hart Lane.

Patrick van Aanholt put the visitors ahead from close range five minutes before the break, but the lead lasted less than two minutes before Eriksen scored from the rebound after Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had parried Harry Kane's shot.

Mousa Dembele put the home side ahead with a low strike just before the hour mark before Eriksen grabbed his second eight minutes later.

Harry Kane grabbed the fourth from the penalty spot on 79 minutes after Danny Rose was tripped in the area.

The result cements Tottenham's position in the top four, with a four-point gap back to West Ham in fifth.

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