Saturday Night Takeaway: Bournemouth penalty mishaps and Lukaku brilliance
Niasse also had a very nice day for Hull19:20 Saturday 11 March 2017, 19:20 11 Mar 2017
Bournemouth's bad luck from the penalty spot
It was a bizarre day for Bournemouth from the spot-kick, missing two penalty opportunities in the first half of their clash with West Ham.
The first - missed by Joshua King - seemed particularly cruel. Within seconds of the miss, West Ham stole the lead on the counter through Michail Antonio.
King earned some redemption with an equaliser later in the first half, before they were awarded a second penalty, and a chance to extend their advantage.
2 - Bournemouth are the first side to miss 2 penalties in the first half of a PL game since Aston Villa v Wimbledon in Sep 1998. Wayward.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 11, 2017
Benik Afobe elected to take the responsibility this time, but Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph was equal to the effort.
They did eventually reclaim the lead, and again, it was King who rescued them with a second half goal. King clocked out of his shift with a hat-trick as they held on to take the spoils against the Hammers.
Romelu Lukaku continues to excel for Everton this season.
Last month, he equalled the record set by Duncan Ferguson as Everton's joint top goal-scorer in the Premier League.
And today, he spearheaded their attack again in a 3-0 rout against West Brom. He generated several goal chances, including a low strike in the first half that just glazed past the wrong side of the post.
He finished the day with an assist and a second half goal to his credit, which crucially puts him alongside Harry Kane as the league's top scorer so far this season.
Niasse's crucial intervention
The Senegal international striker was deemed surplus to requirements at Everton but has given Hull some hope of staying up whilst on loan.
Two goals off the bench against Swansea in a relegation six pointer and crucial 2-1 home win has put the Tigers one point above 17th place.
Along with his goal against Liverpool in a 2-0 win in February, Hull's home form is keeping them alive in the race to stay up.
They haven't lost at home since December.
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