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Premier League Friday Results – Highlights – Comments – Gerard Deulofeu’s Hat-Trick Sinks Cardiff + The Arm of Javier Hernandez

Premier League Results

Date: 22 February 2019

By: Marc Gingell

Cardiff crushed – Fulham take another step towards the Premier League trap door.

22-Feb Kick-Off 19.45 Cardiff City 1 Watford 5
Venue Cardiff City Stadium Sol Bamba 82 Gerard Deulofeu 18′, 61′, 63′
Referee L. Mason Att. 30,87 Troy Deeney 73′, 90+1′
22-Feb Kick-Off 19.45 West Ham United 3 Fulham 1
Venue London Stadium Chicharito 29′ Ryan Babel 3′
Referee S. Hooper Issa Diop 40′
Michail Antonio 90+1′
Att. 59,950

Cardiff 1 Watford 5

Cardiff were hoping to win three top-flight games for the first time since 1961 and move up to 13th in the Premier League table. But for the second time this season their visitors crushed them 5-1. Manchester United, just before Christmas in Ole Gunnar Solskjær first game also won 5-1 and Manchester City won 5-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Gerard Deulofeu

In the 18th minute, twenty-four year old Gerard Deulofeu began the rout when he found space on the edge of Cardiff’s penalty box to slide the ball past Neil Etheridge. On 61 minutes Deulofeu picked the ball up just inside Watford’s half, in the centre circle, and skipped passed Cardiff’s Gabon defender Bruno Ecuele Manga for a free run on goal. This time he took the ball around Etheridge and slotted into the empty net.

Pattaya One. Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney celebrate.

Two minutes later Harry Arter gave the ball away in midfield and Etienne Capoue found Deulofeu in space on Watford’s right. As Etheridge came to meet him Deulofeu chipped him to complete a magnificent hat-trick. In the 73rd minute, Troy Deeney had a simple tap in from eight yards after being set up by Deulofeu and Deeney scored again in the 90+ 1st minute. That was after Sol Bamba had pulled a goal back in the 82nd minute.

Player Ratings

Cardiff: Etheridge (5), Morrison (4), Manga (4), Bamba (4), Paterson (5), Bacuna (5), Ralls (5), Bennett (4), Arter (4), Murphy (5), Niasse (4)

Subs: Hoilett (6), Mendez-Laing (4), Zohore (4)

Watford: Foster (7), Janmaat (6), Mariappa (6), Cathcart (6), Masina (6), Doucoure (7), Capoue (7), Hughes (7), Pereyra (7), Deeney (9), Deulofeu (10)

Subs: Quina (5), Cleverley (N/A), Gray (N/A)

Man of the match: Gerard Deulofeu

West Ham 3 Fulham 1

West Ham leapfrogged Everton to ninth in the Premier League but they needed a controversial goal from Javier Hernandez to bring them back into this game.

Ryan Babel

Fulham’s Dutch international Ryan Babel had a chance to open the scoring for Fulham in the second minute after a poor back pass from Pablo Zabaleta. West Ham’s keeper, Lukasz Fabianski, stood up well to save with his head but Babel should have scored. A minute later he did when he found himself in space on the edge of West Ham’s six yard box after a left wing cross  Ryan Sessegnon.

Pattaya One. Ryan Babel scores his first Fulham goal.

The Arm of Chicharito!

On 29 minutes West Ham equalised from a corner on the right. Fulham’s keeper Sergio Rico miss timed his punch, Issa Diop headed back into the danger area where fellow central defender Angelo Ogbonna headed towards Fulham’s right post. Master six yard goal poacher Javier Hernandez completed the head tennis by knocking the ball into the next. Or did he? A closer inspection showed that Hernandez’s 50th Premier League goal should have been chalked off. He’d used his left arm but all the officials and Fulham’s players missed it.

Pattaya One. The arm of Javier Hernandez.

On 40 minutes Robert Snodgrass flung over a corner from West Ham’s right where Diop rose unchallenged to head his first West Ham goal from four yards. Michail Antonio headed in West Ham’s third in the 90+ 1st minute after a good cross from Marko Arnautovic.

Pattaya One. West Ham celebrate against Fulham.

Player Ratings

West Ham: Fabianski (7), Zabaleta (6), Diop (8), Ogbonna (7), Cresswell (7), Noble (7), Rice (8), Antonio (7), Anderson (6), Snodgrass (6), Hernandez (6).

Subs: Arnautovic (7), Lanzini (7), Fredericks (6)

Fulham: Rico (4), Odoi (4), Sessegnon (5), Ream (5), Bryan (5), Nordveit (4), Chambers (5), Seri (4), Cairney (5), Babel (7), Mitrovic (7).

Subs: Markovic (5), Anguissa (4).

Man of the Match: Declan Rice

 

 

# Team P W D L F A GD PTS
1 Manchester City 27 21 2 4 74 20 54 65
2 Liverpool 26 20 5 1 59 15 44 65
3 Tottenham Hotspur 26 20 0 6 54 25 29 60
4 Manchester United 26 15 6 5 52 35 17 51
5 Arsenal 26 15 5 6 53 37 16 50
6 Chelsea 26 15 5 6 45 29 16 50
7 Watford 27 11 7 9 39 35 4 40
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 11 6 9 34 33 1 39
9 West Ham United 27 10 6 11 35 40 -5 36
10 Everton 27 9 6 12 36 39 -3 33
11 Bournemouth 26 10 3 13 37 47 -10 33
12 Leicester City 26 9 5 12 31 34 -3 32
13 Crystal Palace 26 7 6 13 27 34 -7 27
14 Brighton and Hove Albion 26 7 6 13 28 39 -11 27
15 Burnley 26 7 6 13 29 47 -18 27
16 Newcastle United 26 6 7 13 22 34 -12 25
17 Cardiff City 27 7 4 16 25 52 -27 25
18 Southampton 26 5 9 12 28 44 -16 24
19 Fulham 27 4 5 18 26 61 -35 17
20 Huddersfield Town 26 2 5 19 14 48 -34 11

 

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