Premier League: Man United, Chelsea Suffer Frustrating Draws As Newcastle Fightback Against West Ham

Premier League: Man United, Chelsea Suffer Frustrating Draws As Newcastle Fightback Against West Ham

Robert Abong'o
updated at March 31, 2024 at 11:37 AM
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  • Manchester United failed to hold on to a late Mason Mount goal against Brentford
  • Chelsea could not capitalize on a man advantage over relegation-threatened Burley
  • Newcastle beat West Ham 4-3 in a thrilling Premier League classic at St James' Park

Manchester United and Chelsea stumbled in the latest round of English Premier League action, suffering frustrating draws to Brentford and Burnley.

The Red Devils, once considered a Champions League club, suffered a setback in their pursuit of the coveted top 4 spots after being held to a 1-1 draw by Brentford on Saturday, March 30.

Despite Mason Mount's late goal, United could not keep Brentford from scoring an equalizer in injury time, leaving much to be desired from their performance at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Manchester United in action against Brentford on Saturday, March 30. Photo: Clive Rose.
Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Brentford on Saturday, March 30. Photo: Clive Rose.
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Head coach Erik ten Hag expressed disappointment, acknowledging that his team was fortunate to escape with a point.

"If you are winning then you shouldn't give it away. Normally we are a strong side in such situations, we have to bring it over the line, and that is disappointing. We should have acted differently on the occasion when we conceded the equaliser. It was absolutely unnecessary, as reported by the BBC.

Ten Hag's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League now hinge on the teams above him to drop points, as Man United are 11 points off the top 4 with a staggering goal difference of zero.

Chelsea fail to beat 10-man Burnley

Meanwhile, Chelsea failed to capitalize on their numerical advantage against Burnley, settling for a frustrating 2-2 draw. Coach Mauricio Pochettino voiced his frustration, citing defensive lapses and a lack of energy contributing to the disappointing result.

"So disappointed. We didn't show the consistency and the capacity to deal with and manage the game. We allowed them some actions from set pieces to get some possibility to believe. It is a result that shows that we need to improve in many areas if we want to be competitive," the Argentine told press, as reported by Goal.

The Blues are 11th with only 40 points after 28 rounds, and only 4 points separate them and 7th-placed West Ham.

Tottenham toil against Luton Town

In contrast, Chelea's London rivals Tottenham Hotspur exhibited resilience in their clash against Luton Town, coming from behind to secure a 2-1 victory. Despite an early setback, goals from Son Heung-min and an own goal by Issa Kabore propelled Spurs to victory.

Aston Villa maul Wolves

Aston Villa continued their impressive form with a dominant 2-0 win over Wolves, maintaining their fourth position in the league. Goals from Moussa Diaby and Ezri Konsa secured the bragging rights for Villa, as Unai Emery recorded his first win over Wolves in seven attempts. With the prospect of fifth spot being able to secure top-tier European football next season in the revamped tournament, Spurs and Villa have made significant strides.

Newcastle classic comeback vs West Ham

Newcastle United delivered a thrilling performance, staging a remarkable fightback to secure a dramatic 4-3 victory against West Ham at St James' Park. Despite falling behind early, goals from Alexander Isak and substitute Harvey Barnes inspired the Toons' sensational comeback, leaving fans on the edge of their seats. Manager Eddie Howe hailed his team's resilience and character, stressing the emotional rollercoaster of the game.

Bournemouth heaps on Everton's misery

Everton's woes continued as they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Bournemouth, extending their winless run to a club-record 12 Premier League games. The Toffees are precariously placed just 3 points above the relegation zone.

Kalvin Phillips insults West Ham fans

Sports Brief reported that West Ham midfielder, Kalvin Phillips, went viral on social media for an explicit gesture towards irate fans after the Hammers’ defeat to Newcastle.

Phillips had an afternoon to forget at St James’ Park, as he was subbed on with his side leading 3-1.

He gave away a controversial penalty which Alexander Isak converted to make it 3-2.

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