By Owolabi Abiola/First zeal media
• BOURNEMOUTH AND WATFORD IN SIX GOALS TRILLER
• LUKAKU HELPS OLE TO STEAL ANOTHER WIN
• CHELSEA DROPS POINTS AT HOME AGAIN IN GOALLESS AFFAIR WITH THE SAINTS
• GHANAIAN INTERNATIONAL JORDAN AYEW SCORES FIRST GOAL IN PALACE COLOURS
Watford captain Troy Deeney said “Sunday League” defending contributed to his side’s astonishing 3-3 draw at Bournemouth, with all six goals arriving in a frenetic first half.
“It was an end-to-end game that could have been 6-6,” said Deeney, who scored two of his side’s goals.
“As entertainers we are happy, but not as professionals, the only people that are happy are the fans. The defending from both teams was Sunday League at best to be honest.”
The Cherries twice recovered a two-goal deficit and then levelled again after Ken Sema’s strike to peg the visitors back to 3-3.
Deeney’s textbook header from Sema’s cross gave the Hornets the lead and the forward scored his 117th goal for Watford when he lifted the ball over Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic after Gerard Deulofeu was tackled by Steve Cook.
But Bournemouth hit back thanks to Ryan Fraser’s free-kick deliveries, with Nathan Ake nodding in after visiting keeper Ben Foster brilliantly parried from Dan Gosling and Callum Wilson looping in a header to bring the hosts level.
Watford regained their lead 85 seconds later though, with Sema collecting a Deeney knock-down to drive a left-foot shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
However, that advantage lasted just over a minute as Fraser steered a right-foot shot into the bottom corner after Josh King’s dummy, to conclude an astonishing 13-minute spell that contained five goals.
The result sees Watford move to eighth while Bournemouth remain 12th.
Substitute Romelu Lukaku scored with his first touch as Manchester United beat Newcastle United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becoming the second manager in the club’s history to win his first four league games in charge.The Norwegian emulates the feat of Sir Matt Busby in 1946.
Lukaku, who had only been on the pitch 38 seconds, pounced on an error by Martin Dubravka with the Slovakia keeper spilling a free-kick by Marcus Rashford.
Rashford doubled the lead after a sweeping move involving Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez as Newcastle lost for the eighth time at home in the league this season.
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri hinted at the need for a new striker after his side failed to break down a resolute Southampton team at Stamford Bridge.
The hosts had 72% of possession but could not find their way through a well-organised and disciplined Saints side as it ended goalless.
Crystal Palace struck two late goals as Roy Hodgson’s side edged further away from the Premier League relegation zone with victory over Wolves at Molineux.
Jordan Ayew put the visitors ahead with seven minutes remaining, producing a sublime touch to control Patrick van Aanholt’s effort before converting from close range for his first goal for the club.
Luka Milivojevic then made no mistake from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time after Wilfried Zaha was brought down by Ryan Bennett.
Huddersfield manager David Wagner says he is excited to try and “do something that nobody has done before” after defeat against Burnley saw the Terriers stay bottom of the Premier League.
Ashley Barnes scored the winner for the Clarets in the second half which moved them out of the relegation zone.
Huddersfield had taken the lead through Steve Mounie’s header in the 33rd minute but conceded Chris Wood’s equaliser and had Christopher Schindler sent off within two minutes before half-time.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini said he was “absolutely frustrated” despite Marko Arnautovic scoring twice in two minutes to salvage a point against Brighton.
The Seagulls took a 2-0 lead, also within the space of two minutes, with their eighth and ninth goals from corners this season.