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Fulham snaps unbeaten run; West Brom rallies over Swansea

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The Canadian Press
3/15/2014 1:28:55 PM
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LONDON, England - Bottom-place Fulham beat Newcastle 1-0 on Saturday for its first win in the Premier League since New Year's Day.

The Cottagers last victory came in a 2-1 home win over West Ham when Rene Meulensteen was still in charge.

Since then, a miserable run of seven defeats and two draws has seen the club part with the Dutch coach and replace him with German Felix Magath.

And the 60-year-old Magath claimed his first victory since taking over when Ashkan Dejagah cut in from the left before rifling a shot under goalkeeper Tim Krul in the 68th minute.

The win sees Fulham move to within three points of Crystal Palace in 17th place while Newcastle was left in ninth on 43 points. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew served the first of his seven-game ban for headbutting an opposing player.

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SWANSEA, Wales - West Bromwich Albion recovered from conceding an early goal by scoring twice in the second half to earn a 2-1 win at Swansea on Saturday in the Premier League.

A day after severing ties with striker Nicolas Anelka, West Brom had a terrible start as Roland Lamah put Swansea ahead in just the second minute. But Stephane Sessegnon equalized in the 52nd and Youssuf Mulumbu netted the winner in the 85th to put West Brom three points above the relegation zone. They are now just one point behind 14-place Swansea.

West Brom announced late Friday it had fired Anelka after the French forward said on Twitter that he had terminated his contract following his ban for a controversial goal celebration gesture.

Spanish striker Michu came on as a substitute for Swansea, making his return after a lengthy injury layoff.

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SOUTHAMPTON, England - Southampton secured a 4-2 win over relegation-threatened Norwich in the English Premier League on Saturday.

The Saints took a fifth-minute lead when Morgan Schneiderlin raced onto midfielder Gaston Ramirez's pass before slotting past John Ruddy.

The visitors found themselves chasing a two-goal margin when substitute Ricky Lambert struck seconds after his introduction in the 57th.

Lambert then turned provider for Jay Rodriguez, who converted from close range in the 72nd.

Norwich set up a dramatic finale after grabbing two goals in quick succession. First through substitute Johan Elmander in the 85th before Robert Snodgrass beat goalkeeper Artur Boruc seconds later.

But youngster Sam Gallacher calmed Southampton nerves as Norwich chased the equalizer, with the Canaries now a mere four points outside the relegation zone.

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SUNDERLAND, England - Crystal Palace held Sunderland to a 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Saturday in a game between two sides fighting to stave off relegation.

The hosts dominated possession but struggled to create scoring chances, with Fabio Borini coming closest in the 83rd minute when his hard shot hit the crossbar.

Kagisho Dikgacoi missed a late chance for the visitors to steal the win when his shot from the centre of the box went wide.

Palace remained three points above Sunderland in 17th place, but the visitors have two games in hand.

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STOKE, England -- Peter Odemwingie scored twice as Stoke came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 and move further away from relegation danger in the English Premier League on Saturday.

England striker Andy Carroll gave West Ham the lead in the fifth minute with his first goal since April, only for Peter Crouch's acrobatic effort to strike the shoulder of Odemwingie and ricochet in for the equalizer in the 32nd.

Marko Arnautovic put Stoke ahead in the 69th and Odemwingie finished a counter attack with a powerful shot from an acute angle with 11 minutes to go.

Stoke moved into the top half while West Ham is six points clear of the relegation zone.

Ashkan Dejagah  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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