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Own goals hit Everton's top four hopes

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Antolin Alcarez headed into his own net after just 53 seconds © Getty Images
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Two calamitous own goals put a serious dent in Everton's bid for Champions League football as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Southampton.

Making just his sixth appearance this season alongside John Stones at centre-back, Antolin Alcaraz headed past Tim Howard into his own net with 53 seconds gone at St Mary's.

Seamus Coleman then followed suit on 31 minutes, steering Nathaniel Clyne's cross from the right past Howard into the bottom corner.

Everton have now lost two of their four games since beating Arsenal 3-0 at Goodison Park earlier this month. They remain a point behind Arsenal in the race for fourth place, though have played a game more than Arsene Wenger's side, who face Newcastle at home on Monday night.

Hull fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Fulham at Craven Cottage and stop the hosts from moving out of the relegation zone.

Ashkan Dejagah broke the deadlock on 55 minutes, cutting inside and curling the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Then just three minutes later, Fernando Amorebieta guided in a glancing header from Kieran Richardson's cross.

However Nikica Jelavic pulled one back for Hull, nodding in the rebound after David Stockdale pushed Sascha Reither's looping attempted interception onto his own bar.

Shane Long then headed in Sone Aluko's cross with three minutes remaining to leave Fulham a point from safety with two games remaining.

Brad Guzan was lobbed by Jonjo Shelvey from the centre circle © PA Photos
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Swansea eased any lingering relegation fears by securing a 4-1 win at home to Aston Villa, who slumped to a fifth defeat in six games and are now just four points above the drop zone.

Wilfried Bony put Swansea in front after 10 minutes, slotting Jonjo Shelvey's ball past Brad Guzan for his 23rd goal of the season.

Gabriel Agbonlahor brought Villa level on 22 minutes, meeting Marc Albrighton's cross from six yards.

However Shelvey quickly restored Swansea's lead with a goal of the season contender, sending a dipping shot from the edge of the centre circle over the back-tracking Guzan.

Pablo Hernandez then added his side's third, controlling Shelvey's cross at the far post and curling home, before Bony converted a late penalty after Marvin Emnes was bundled over in the box by Nathan Baker.

West Bromwich Albion continued their survival charge with a vital 1-0 win at home to West Ham, with Saido Berahino converting from Morgan Amalfitano's cross early on. The result moved them five points clear of 18th-placed Fulham.

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