Premier League results 2023 | Chaos as 21 goals scored in three mathes blows relegation race open. Brighton v Everton.


Chaos reigned in the Premier League’s relegation battle as Everton scored five goals in a surprising win to climb out of the bottom three and Leicester City conceded five in a confidence-sapping loss to drop into it.

Southampton’s 11-year stay in the top division is surely over, meanwhile, after a 4-3 loss at Nottingham Forest plunged the last-placed team eight points from safety with three games left.

There was a total of 21 goals in three games involving relegation-threatened teams, who appeared to take the view that attack was the best form of defense with time running out in the fight to avoid the drop.

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Everton’s goal spree was the most surprising. A 5-1 victory at Brighton came out of nowhere, ending a seven-game winless run at the home of a team that had an outside shot at Champions League qualification.

And they started in the best possible way, by scoring the opening goal just 34 seconds into the clash.

“People will be out there thinking, ‘Right, OK, there’s life in that team’ but we’ve never lost sight of that,” Everton boss Sean Dyche said after the match.

“It just reminds the players that their work ethic, their commitment to the cause, their commitment to the group is really important because I know there’s quality. They’re very high, feeling the feel-good factor. But it’s only another step.

“I said that after Arsenal, and sometimes people forget that. There’s three more big steps we’ve got to take.”

Even wilder was Fulham’s 5-3 win over Leicester, which is in danger of going down just seven years after capturing the league title in one of the greatest sporting stories of all time.

Leicester and Leeds fell into the relegation zone and are tied on 30 points, two behind Everton and three adrift of Forest.

More worrying for Leicester is its remaining schedule, with games to come against Liverpool at home, Newcastle away and West Ham at home.

— With Damien McCartney

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