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Watford put three past sorry Newcastle while Sakho bags injury time winner for Palace

There were big wins for Crystal Palace and Watford while Swansea had to settle for a point at home to Bournemouth.

NEWCASTLE SLUMPED TO a fourth successive Premier League defeat as Watford stormed to a 3-0 win at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Eager to correct a concerning wobble, the alarm bells only grew louder for the Magpies as they were routinely exposed at the back.

Newcastle United v Watford - Premier League - St James' Park Florian Lejeune Jonjo Shelvey look dejected following their 3-0 defeat at home to Watford. Source: Owen Humphreys

Watford had themselves ended a three-match losing run last weekend and looked full of confidence during an open first half.

Will Hughes clinically dispatched his second in as many matches in the 19th minute before Marvin Zeegelaar, who assisted the opener, drew an own goal from DeAndre Yedlin in first-half stoppage time.

The rout was complete just after the hour mark when Richarlison teed up Andre Gray to put the seal on a second consecutive victory and strengthen Watford’s grip on eighth.

Joselu did manage to force a rare save from Heurelho Gomes inside the final 25 minutes, but Newcastle never looked like mounting the kind of comeback needed to avoid a seventh defeat in the league.

Elsewhere Swansea City ended a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats with an uninspiring 0-0 draw against Bournemouth at the Liberty Stadium.

The result is unlikely to ease the pressure on manager on Paul Clement, whose side now face daunting trips to Chelsea and Stoke City in the next week.

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Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League - Liberty Stadium Jordan Ibe contests for possession. Source: Nick Potts

The under-fire manager will be left to rue Wilfried Bony’s disallowed goal on the stroke of half-time, but neither side did enough to win a game desperately lacking in quality.

Ivory Coast international Bony whipped a wonderful effort in off the underside of the crossbar, but his celebrations were cut short by referee Stuart Attwell, who deemed Jordan Ayew’s challenge on Nathan Ake in the build-up to be too aggressive.

Finally, Mamadou Sakho scored in injury time to earn bottom club Crystal Palace only their second Premier League victory of the season in a 2-1 win over Stoke City.

Crystal Palace v Stoke City - Premier League - Selhurst Park Mamadou Sakho celebrates giving Palace the lead. Source: Daniel Hambury

After a deadlocked first half, Roy Hodgson’s struggling side went behind when Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri scored a brilliant solo goal, the Switzerland star dribbling the length of the Palace half before coolly converting.

Rather than letting their heads drop, Palace surged forward in search of an equaliser and got their reward when Andros Townsend fed Ruben Loftus-Cheek with a dangerous cross and the Chelsea loanee finished clinically from close range.

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