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EPL roundup: Villa win thriller, Palace trounce Burnley in Glasner's 1st match

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Aston Villa surged clear in fourth by beating Nottingham Forest 4-2 on Saturday, while Oliver Glasner got off to a dream start as Crystal Palace manager with a 3-0 win over 10-man Burnley.

Villa opened up a five-point lead over Tottenham in the battle for a top-four finish despite a wobble either side of half-time against Forest.

Unai Emery's men were coasting towards a first home win of 2024 as they led 3-0 inside 39 minutes.

Ollie Watkins tapped in Leon Bailey's cross to open the scoring after just four minutes.

Douglas Luiz then struck twice to take his tally for the season to nine Premier League goals - all of which have come at Villa Park.

Forest remain just four points above the relegation zone and reacted too late to help their survival hopes.

Moussa Niakhate pulled a goal back deep into first-half stoppage time before Morgan Gibbs-White's delightful dink cut Forest's deficit to one just three minutes into the second period.

However, Villa quickly restored their two-goal cushion when Bailey tapped in after Watkins' initial effort was saved.

Glasner's dream start

Palace had won just three times in 20 games stretching back to September to bring Roy Hodgson's second spell in charge to an end.

Former Eintracht Frankfurt boss Glasner could not have wished for a kinder fixture to start against a Burnley side seemingly destined for an immediate return to the Championship.

Any hope of a first win this year for Vincent Kompany's men disappeared with a first-half red card for Josh Brownhill.

Chris Richards opened the floodgates 22 minutes from time as Palace moved eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Jordan Ayew made it 2-0 before Jean Philppe-Mateta's penalty rounded off the scoring.

Everton were denied a huge win in their battle to beat the drop by Lewis Dunk's 95th-minute equaliser for Brighton in a 1-1 draw at the Amex.

Jarrad Brainthwaite's thumping finish on 73 minutes opened the scoring before Brighton were reduced to 10 men when Billy Gilmour saw red.

But Everton could not hold on as Dunk headed in Pascal Gross' corner.

A point edges Sean Dyche's men one point clear of the relegation zone.

Manchester City and Arsenal each closed the gap on Liverpool on Saturday, with Pep Guardiola's treble-winners moving within a point of the leaders following a 1-0 result at Bournemouth.

In the late afternoon fixture, Arsenal scored a dominant 4-1 victory over Newcastle to extend their Premier League winning streak to six matches. The Gunners are two points behind Liverpool with 12 games remaining.

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