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Burnley break into the Premier League top six as Newcastle's slide continues

Meanwhile, Swansea City have dropped into the relegation zone.

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Southampton 0-1 Burnley

SAM VOKES NETTED a late winner as Burnley’s fine early season away form continued and they breached the Premier League’s top six with a 1-0 triumph at St Mary’s.

League leaders Manchester City are the only side to have beaten Sean Dyche’s men away from Turf Moor in this campaign, with the Clarets turning around last term’s dismal record on the road – where they won just once – in spectacular fashion.

This victory may be somewhat less heralded – and less surprising – than the opening day defeat of champions Chelsea, but it had not looked like coming until Vokes was introduced as a second-half substitute.

With his first effort on target, he directed a header beyond the flailing Fraser Forster to earn the post.

Manager Dyche continues to be linked with the vacant Everton post, but it was Merseyside rivals Liverpool he had in his sights here as – at least until the Reds face West Ham – Burnley moved above them up to sixth.

Newcastle United v Bournemouth - Premier League - St James' Park Bournemouth players celebrating after their victory over Newcastle. Source: Owen Humphreys

Newcastle 0 – 1 Bournemouth

Steve Cook’s last-gasp header helped Bournemouth move out of the Premier League’s bottom three thanks to a 1-0 win over Newcastle United.

Three points for Eddie Howe’s men sees Bournemouth climb up to 16th and means they have won back-to-back away Premier League games for just the second time.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have lost consecutive matches and the end of a four-match unbeaten home run sees them drop into the bottom half.

The Cherries had earlier hit the post through Marc Pugh, but the visiting fans were celebrating deep into injury time when Cook rose highest to nod in Andrew Surman’s corner.

It compounded a frustrating afternoon for Newcastle, who had seen Dwight Gayle have a goal debatably ruled out for offside when following in a shot from Matt Ritchie that hit the post.

But Rafael Benitez’s men failed to build on a strong opening half an hour and, in the end, Bournemouth could have won more comfortably had Callum Wilson not wasted a great chance and Pugh not been denied by the woodwork.

Swansea City v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League - Liberty Stadium Swansea City's Tammy Abraham and Brighton & Hove Albion's Bruno fight for possession. Source: Nick Potts

Swansea 0-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Glenn Murray continued his rich vein of form as Brighton and Hove Albion inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Swansea City, who dropped into the Premier League relegation zone.

Murray struck for the fourth time in three Premier League matches to guide Chris Hughton’s side up to eighth and make it back-to-back top-flight away wins for just the second time in their history.

While the Seagulls are soaring above expectations, a fifth defeat in six league outings was met with boos from the Liberty Stadium crowd and raises the pressure on Paul Clement, who will need positive results in their next outings against Burnley and Bournemouth, whose late win at Newcastle United leaves the Swans in the bottom three.

A one-minute brain fade for erratic centre-back Federico Fernandez preceded the only goal – the Argentine was booked for a wild and needless tackle on Murray before the striker evaded his man to bundle home.

There was nothing Fabianski could do to keep out Murray in the 29th minute, though, as the striker got in behind the static Fernandez to turn Anthony Knockaert’s cross home with his thigh.

Brighton came close to doubling their lead four minutes later when Dunk powered a header straight at Fabianski, who reacted well to push it over.

Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League - John Smiths Stadium Huddersfield Town's Scott Malone and Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion. Source: Nigel French

Huddersfield 1-0 West Brom

A spectacular Rajiv van La Parra strike secured a slender 1-0 victory for 10-man Huddersfield Town over an insipid West Brom at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The result maintains the Terriers’ impressive home form this season, which has seen them emerge victorious in three of their six games, while Tony Pulis’ side remain without a win in the Premier League since 19 August.

A poor first half was lit up in the 44th minute when Van La Parra curled home magnificently from 30 yards past Ben Foster.

David Wagner’s Town side made life difficult for themselves shortly after the restart when German defender Christopher Schindler was sent off for picking up two yellow cards.

Pulis immediately made a triple substitution in a bid to capitalise on their numerical advantage, but Huddersfield’s defence stood firm to hold on for a vital three points.

The Baggies have now gone nine games without a win in the Premier League and with a home clash against Chelsea waiting in a fortnight, things do not look like getting any easier for the under-fire Pulis.

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