West Ham win puts pressure on Gerrard, Newcastle takes a draw

West Ham have won the Premier League for the first time this season, after their 1-0 win put new pressure on Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard, while Newcastle player Allan Saint-Maximin saved a 1-1 draw at Wolves on Sunday.

David Moyes’ side arrived at the bottom of the table at Villa Park after losing their first three games without scoring a single goal.

Pablo Fornals’ goal late in the second half ended West Ham’s wait to get out of the relegation zone.

Fornals’ shot was deflected off Villa defender Ezri Konsa and slid over keeper Emiliano Martinez to break the deadlock with 15 minutes to go.

The Hammers, beaten by Manchester City, Nottingham Forest and Brighton, are now level with Villa, who have lost three of their first four games.

Villa’s latest setback will only add to the criticism of Gerrard amid rumors of dressing room turmoil with the former Liverpool and England midfielder.

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A second-round win of the League Cup at Bolton’s third tier during the week had given Gerrard some breathing room.

But Villa fans are growing uneasy with Gerrard, who has struggled to make a lasting impact since leaving Rangers to succeed Dean Smith last season.

With games against Premier League leader Arsenal and champions Manchester City looming in their next two games, Villa could be in deeper trouble in early September.

At Molineux, Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves gave his team the lead seven minutes before halftime when he drove a beautiful attack into the bottom corner from 25 meters.

But Saint-Maximin equaled Neves’ goal in terms of quality, as he netted a brilliant equalizer in stoppage time.

Saint-Maximin volleyed home from the edge of the area after Wolves attacker Hwang Hee-chan sanded a woeful clearance towards the French attacker.

Newcastle move up to seventh after an unbeaten start that has been extended to four games, a streak of three consecutive draws.

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They were only inches from all three points in the closing seconds when teenager Elliot Anderson headed a corner on the crossbar from close range.

Wolves remain in second place with no win in the league after two draws and two defeats.

In the late game of the day, Tottenham will bid to move their unbeaten run to four games when they visit the newly promoted Nottingham Forest.

AFP

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