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West Ham Move Clear Of Man Utd With Big Win

West Ham United cemented fourth spot on the Premier League table after hammering ten-man Aston Villa 4-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The Hammers were unchanged from the win over Tottenham Hotspur, with their top goalscorer Michail Antonio leading their attack while Villa were without their top-scorer Danny Ings due to injury and he was replaced by Leon Bailey, who got his first start on the left side of attack.

Benjamin Johnson gave the visitors a dream start with the opener in the seventh minute after cutting inside from the right and smashed home a low strike.

Dean Smith's charges were working their way back into the game and Ollie Watkins levelled matters ten minutes before the half-time break with a strike inside the box after he was setup by Emiliano Buendia.

However, Declan Rice restored the lead for David Moyes' men two minutes later with a first-time strike just inside the box after he was teed up by Said Benrahma, as West Ham went to the half-time interval leading 2-1.

Villa had horrible start in the second stanza after Ezri Konsa, who initially received a yellow card five minutes from the interval following his challenge on Pablo Fornals with a raised elbow, had his card upgraded to red-card after the referee reviewed the incident on the pitch-side Video Assistant Referee (VAR) monitor and the hosts went down to ten men.

Rice was denied the third goal for West Ham in the last 20 minutes with a curling free-kick that was brilliantly saved by shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez.

However, Fornals gave the Hammers a two-goal cushion in the last ten minutes with a tap-in from a rebound at the back post and Jarrod Bowen made it 4-1 for the visitors six minutes before time with another tap-in after a square pass by Manuel Lanzini, as Moyes' men went up to fourth on the log.

Norwich City 1-2 Leeds United

Leeds United moved three points clear of the relegation zone in the Premier League after defeating Norwich City 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors were bolstered by the return of Kalvin Phillips while the Canaries made three changes from the embarrassing defeat to Chelsea, as Milot Rashica, Kieran Dowell and Andrew Omobamidele were all brought in.

The visitors were unfortunate not to go ahead in the seventh minute after Daniel James beat shot-stopper Tim Krul in a one-on-one but his strike was cleared off the line.

However, the encounter lacked clear cut chances for the majority of the first stanza, with lots of energy from both sides but lacking the quality in the last third to make a difference.

Marcelo Bielsa's charges had another quick start in the second stanza and Raphinha was not denied the opening goal five minutes in with a low strike in between the legs of Krul after getting past a couple of challenges on a solo-run inside the box.

The Whites' lead was short-lived as Omobamidele levelled matters for Daniel Farke's men two minutes later with a towering header that found the top corner from a corner-kick.

However, it took only three minutes for Leeds to restore their lead, as Rodrigo was offered space to have a shot inside the box and his low strike got past the hands of Krul, against the run of play.

Leeds were not giving the Canaries time and space on the ball in the latter stages, as Bielsa's troops managed to hold on to move three points clear of the relegation zone while Norwich remain bottom of the log and winless.

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