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Cheikhou Kouyaté hits only goal as West Ham United sink Swansea City

West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate celebrates scoring their first goal

This week Slaven Bilic told his players that they must leave their egos in their beds if West Ham were to survive in the Premier League. Whether that was the decisive factor in the 1-0 win over Swansea that now leaves an eight-point gap between them and the bottom three is unclear, but the sighs of relief around the London Stadium at full-time could have knocked over the Orbit sculpture just outside.

Middlesbrough’s Valdés stands tall and points are shared with Swansea City

Middlesbrough's Victor Valdes saves a shot

Perhaps it was inevitable that a must-win game for both clubs would end this way. Neither Swansea City nor Middlesbrough had enough about them to pick up the victory they so badly needed. Boro were hanging on in the final 15 minutes, yet Steve Agnew’s side so nearly pilfered three points in injury-time, when Rudy Gestede profligately headed wide.

Benik Afobe lifts Bournemouth clear as Swansea remain in danger

Bournemouth's Benik Afobe scores their second goal

Bournemouth recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time since last March to hoist themselves nine points clear of the relegation zone and dent Swansea’s survival hopes. Eddie Howe felt he was ageing after his team’s difficult start to the year but this relentless display will have left him full of vigour.

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Middlesbrough's Victor Valdes saves a shot

Middlesbrough’s Valdés stands tall and points are shared with Swansea City

Perhaps it was inevitable that a must-win game for both clubs would end this way. Neither Swansea City nor Middlesbrough had enough about them to pick up the victory they so badly needed. Boro were hanging on in the final 15 minutes, yet Steve Agnew’s side so nearly pilfered three points in injury-time, when Rudy Gestede profligately headed wide.