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Newcastle United took a step in the direction of Premier League survival with victory over Swansea City, while defeat at Manchester United confirmed Aston Villa’s relegation.
Elsewhere, Watford won away to West Bromwich Albion.
Newcastle beat Swansea 3-0 to move to within three points of 17th-placed Norwich.
The home side had edged the clash before securing a half-time lead through Jamaal Lascelles, who glanced a header home via goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from Andros Townsend's corner kick.
Swansea enjoyed plenty of possession in the second half but did little damage with it until a half-volley from Ashley Williams narrowly missed the target.
Jefferson Montero and substitute Bafetimbi Gomis also had decent chances to level the encounter.
The Magpies responded to the scares by doubling their lead through Moussa Sissoko, who drilled in a strike from 10 yards following pinball in the Swansea box.
Townsend wrapped up the Toon triumph, sliding a finish under Fabianski after being played through by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Newcastle remain 19th, a place and two points behind rivals Sunderland, with the North-East clubs holding a game in hand apiece over Norwich.
Man Utd defeated Aston Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford to confirm the Villans' relegation from the top flight.
The dominant hosts grabbed the lead soon after the half-hour, as rising star Marcus Rashford turned Antonio Valencia's pull-back under the body of Brad Guzan.
United wasted a succession of chances to effectively put Villa away before the visitors sprung into life late on, as Rudy Gestede was denied from close range and fired a volley off the woodwork, with David De Gea subsequently saving from Ciaran Clark.
Anthony Martial had a late effort tipped onto the post by Guzan but very soon afterwards, the final whistle rubberstamped Villa's drop.
Playing prior to both West Ham United and Manchester City this weekend, the victory lifts the Red Devils above the Hammers into fifth and to within a point of fourth-placed City.
Heurelho Gomes saved two Saido Berahino penalties as West Brom were beaten 1-0 by Watford at The Hawthorns.
Ben Watson brought a hitherto dull came to life in the 27th minute, flashing a near-post header from Adlene Guedioura's corner in off the Baggies' woodwork.
Gomes made a fine save to tip over Gareth McAuley's header early in the second half, before Ben Foster superbly denied Troy Deeney at the other end.
Berahino had the chance to equalise from the penalty spot, having been taken down by Gomes, but the attacker could not beat the Brazilian from 12 yards.
When Stephane Sessegnon was fouled by Etienne Capoue, Berahino was granted another opportunity from the spot, but again Gomes kept out the Englishman's attempt.
The away win keeps 12th-placed Watford above West Brom, who sit 14th.