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Janssen opens Premier League account but resilient Foxes rally to end away-day woes

Elsewhere, Watford and Middlesbrough secured home wins in this afternoon’s 3pm kick-offs.

Tottenham 1 Leicester 1

Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City - Premier League - White Hart Lane Vincent Janssen scores from the penalty spot. Source: John Walton

LEICESTER CITY ENDED their away-day blues in the Premier League after claiming a dogged 1-1 draw at Tottenham.

Last season’s main protagonists in the title race remain separated by eight points in the table, but avoiding defeat on the road for the first time in 2016-17 will have enthused Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri.

Spurs were utterly dominant in the first half and were deservedly ahead at the interval through Vincent Janssen, the summer signing scoring his third penalty of the season to open his Premier League account.

A combination of Kasper Schmeichel saves, poor Spurs finishing and good fortune had kept Leicester in the game and they capitalised just three minutes after the break through Ahmed Musa.

Having come into the contest just a point off top spot, Spurs dropped further behind Arsenal and Manchester City, although next weekend’s North London derby gives them a chance to immediately respond.

Middlesbrough 2 Bournemouth 0

Middlesbrough v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League - Riverside Stadium Stewart Downing celebrates his goal. Source: Ryan Browne

Goals from Gaston Ramirez and Stewart Downing either side of half-time helped Middlesbrough to a 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday, thus ending their seven-game winless streak in the Premier League.

Middlesbrough had not won a game since beating Sunderland 2-1 on August 21, collecting just three points from their following seven fixtures.

Their poor run of form had seen them drop to 17th in the table, level on points with 18th-placed Hull, with relegation slowly becoming a serious concern.

Bournemouth, on the other hand, were high on confidence heading into the game after going four without defeat, holding Tottenham to a scoreless draw last week.

And the visitors also had the better start as they came close via Joshua King twice in the opening 30 minutes. But Aitor Karanka’s men slowly grew into the game and went a goal up following a superb solo effort from Ramirez late in the first half, before Downing claimed the crucial second after the break with a tap-in to help his side earn a first home win of the campaign.

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Bournemouth pushed hard to get back into the game and Benik Afobe, Harry Arter and Adam Smith all got chances to pull one back, but Boro stopper Victor Valdes proved to be too much of an obstacle.

Watford 1 Hull City 0

Watford v Hull City - Premier League - Vicarage Road A dejected Michael Dawson can't believe his luck after scoring an own goal. Source: Nigel French

A late Michael Dawson own-goal gifted Watford a 1-0 win over Hull City at Vicarage Road today and extended the visitors’ losing streak to six Premier League games.

Hull had held out for more than 80 minutes with a resolute defensive display, before Dawson miscued a clearance into his own net following a Nordin Amrabat cross.

The Tigers had looked like winning a rare and valuable point after surviving an early Watford onslaught, which saw Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra rattle the woodwork inside the opening 10 minutes.

But Hull came through that tricky period and grew into the contest, with their new 3-5-2 shape denying the hosts space before Dawson’s late unfortunate intervention.

They had few chances of their own, though Abel Hernandez could have done better when released in the area early in the second half.

It is now just one defeat in seven and three consecutive clean sheets for Walter Mazzarri’s men, who continue their impressive start to the season ahead of a tricky trip to Anfield in their next Premier League outing.

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