Mark Chapman presents highlights from the day's three Premier League matches, Chelsea v Hull, Burnley v Arsenal and Leicester are away to Southampton.
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Tonight we'll see the Premier League leaders, one of their challengers,
And with us are Danny Murphy and Martin Keown.
Arsenal, with one of the best home records in the league,
faced Burnley, who'd taken just a point on their
COMMENTATOR: A chance for Arsenal to move into second place. Burnley
better than their away record suggests and they were unlikely --
unlucky to lose at Turf Moor in October. Arsenal's starting XI is
the same as a week ago in Swansea, a match they won 4-0. Olivier Giroud
has recovered from an ankle injury. Hector Bellerin, Francis Coquelin
and Kieran Gibbs are fed again and on the bench. Burnley were 1-0
winners over Southampton on Saturday, Joey Barton came off the
bench and scored the winner and is named among the substitutes again as
Sean Dyche goes with an unchanged team.
Beautifully played to Alexis Sanchez, taking on Matt Lowton,
Giroud with the. Nacho Monreal almost on the end of it. Giroud
trying to put it on a place for Monreal. Arsene Wenger stressing
during the week that it was matches between teams fifth and 12th in the
table that they slipped up on last year.
Mustafi with time to send it away via Monreal into Sanchez. Luton was
on to it quickly would not once but twice. -- Lowton. Ashley Barnes
almost on the end of that. Burnley certainly in the opening ten minutes
of the game have got forward whenever possible. Lost their way
there, though. Cut out. The phone with a chance to clear. Gabriel in
their swiftly. Iwobi back in the Mesut Ozil, cold
one in, good saves by Tom Eaton. First real test for the Burnley
keeper. Ozil sending that one towards the bottom corner, just
beyond the outstretched toes of Olivier Giroud but not the
outstretched fingers of Tom Heaton. Defour, space here for Marney,
collected by Barnes. Good shot. Pushed away from the goal by Cech.
Both teams threatening to break the deadlock here. Alexis and is in the
Aaron Ramsey. This is Nacho Monreal, back to Mesut Ozil. Blocked by Ben
Mee. Across, and Giroud going forward
this spectacular. Great idea, pressure still on.
Comfortable for Tom Heaton. Here is the cross from Ramsey. Giroud denied
the spectacular attempt on goal by Michael Keane. Ozil. Three lining up
inside the penalty area, back to Ramsey. He inadvertently strikes as
anti-made. Sanchez. -- his own team-mate.
Hardly any room whatsoever that it matters not, doesn't need much.
Brilliant play. Giroud and Ramsey going for the spectacular. That
would have been a rival for Olivier Giroud Fozz, had it gone into that
other the net. Superb effort, as you can see unable to keep it down. --
Olivier Giroud's golf. Dispossessed by Alex Iwobi, and now it is with
Ozil. Arsenal sweeping forward. It will be still going, now Alexis
Sanchez creates an opening, and it was also the top of the bar. Lovely
fast, flowing move. Almost resulting in the opening goal of the game.
Xhaka forward, it will be in possession now. Finding his way
through, still going for Arsenal. The blog finally made by Steven
Ward. That has woken the crowd up. -- the block. The header finds the
back of the net, Mustafi with his first ever Arsenal goal. And with
almost an hour played, they finally find a way past Burnley. Arsenal 1-0
Burnley. Mustafi. Just able to direct it beyond the outstretched
arm of Tom Heaton, and Burnley's resistance is broken. And relief, at
last, for the Arsenal bench. Xhaka concedes possession, and then
commits a foul on Steven Defour. And, clearly, Jon Moss getting
advice in his ear, and it's a straight red card for that
challenge! Andy Halliday over on the far side had the clear view and he
felt that it was a red car challenge and the referee Jonathan Moss
double-checked with his assistant on the far side and Granit Xhaka sent
off with this challenge, diving in on Steven Defour. Straight red,
reckless tackle, red card. Three red cards this season. He had three for
Borussia Monchengladbach last season as well. Arsenal down to ten,
leading 1-0. Burnley's backroom plotting their way back into this
one. Header into the box and at full
stretch now still not clear. The final touch off Ashley Barnes did
not have the power to get over the line. Burnley pushing for an
equaliser here with ten minutes to go, and Arsenal were at full stretch
there. We might be heading for seven minutes of added time here.
Meanwhile, here's Arsenal's number seven, Sanchez. In towards Danny
Welbeck, Coquelin for Arsenal, saved by Heaton. That really would have
put the match beyond reach, but Tom Heaton was equal to it. Still got
five minutes of added time left. Koscielny gets his head to it,
Barnes goes down in the box, it's a penalty for Burnley. The referee Jon
Moss pointed straightaway, no hesitation from the referee. Ashley
Barnes going to ground, and Burnley, in added time, with a route back
into the game. As the ball was played into the box, the leak came
out, the challenge from Coquelin, and straightaway Jonathan Moss
pointing to the spot, and Andre Gray, who grew up supporting Arsenal
as a boy, has the chance to draw Burnley level in added time! And he
has! A big role for Burnley, and potentially to point struck by
Arsenal, in injury time at the end of the game! -- a big goal, and
potentially two points lost by Arsenal. Arsene Wenger may have been
sent off by the referee. It might have all unravelled here in the
dying moments of the game for Arsenal. Anthony Taylor I think is
pointing to the tunnel, suggesting that Arsenal's manager needs to
disappear. Arsenal going to become the fifth team from the top six to
drop points this weekend? Arsene Wenger very reluctantly disappearing
into the mouth of the tunnel, but so far not going any further.
Bellerin just trying to play the ball into the penalty area, cleared
away, only as far as Coquelin. Bellerin, Gabriel, Arsenal going to
drop points here or can mismatch it at the last? Heaton makes the save,
ball goes behind, Arsenal corner. Mustafi quick to take it, this is
Alexis Sanchez, they are looking for something special pretty quickly
now. Everybody back defending for Burnley. Sanchez with the delivery,
Koscielny goes for it, he's challenged by Ben Mee, Arsenal want
a penalty, and they get it! My word, what drama at the Emirates! Two
penalties in added time at the end of the game, and now it Dyche's turn
to harangue Anthony Taylor, the fourth official. I think Koscielny
got a kick to the head here as he went to the ball. Ben Mee with the
high ball catches Koscielny in the head. There it is. And Alexis
Sanchez has the chance to the Arsenal's hero here again. He scored
the winner when the sides met in the FA Cup glasses on, can he score the
winner again? He can! And he can do it in style! Cool head, calm finish
from a classy player. And it was virtually the last kick of the game,
and the ten men of Arsenal have pulled it out of the bag right at
the end. What a finish, what drama, so much to talk about. Arsenal 2-1
Burnley. We never take anything for granted,
we know how tough it is, we know that it is, but we need the
officials to make the right decisions, and that is the shame, to
lose it in that fashion with offside not given. Particularly when you
come to places like this. In the end we are disappointed, but I was not
disappointed with the performance or the mentality. Was your frustration
with the decision or with the circumstances, that it could
potentially have cost you the two points so late in the game? I did
not see a penalty from outside, but I should have kept my control and I
apologise. That is basically it, I should have shut up. Good to see you
are in one piece, because I saw UL bow ties in the face today. I have
been playing in Italy, and Spain and it is a bit from here. We know that
the Premier League is physical, and if you don't take them, you are not
going to win any games. What were your thoughts on the challenge for
the red card? Honestly, it was on the other side of the pitch. If it
is a red card, we just have too apologise and make sure that it
doesn't happen again, because that could damage too much the team. We
have to keep control, you have to play the ball correctly. I don't
know, was it a bad tackle, if it was, it is a red card. I suppose
those of the games you have to grind out if you are going to go for the
title, that is the cliche, but at the same family must have sympathy
for Burnley as well? Totally, from Burnley's perspective I thought they
were well organised, brave, they played two up front, they had go.
Well drilled, looked strong, fit, and for long periods were in the
game. Arsenal dug it out, after going down to ten men they showed
really good spirit, and if you're going to challenge for the title,
sometimes you don't play well. You have to win ugly and that is
certainly how it was today. Burnley will feel aggrieved, and indeed did,
that in the second time in the Arsenal this season, they have lost
two and arguably late goal that should have been disallowed, says
Sean Dyche. As well as the penalties are concerned, look at all of them
in one go. Just trying to balance this out, Sean Dyche was unhappy
with the decisions but there were some favourable decisions. Look at
this one here, Mustafi, Gray, for me that as a penalty, won the officials
have missed. It is quite clear for me, he is running away from goal of
course but a penalty. This one is definitely a penalty. Coquelin takes
out his man, Barnes, a little bit silly, edit crash. He feels he runs
into him but he has definitely made a foul. A lot of pressure on him,
just close down the middle. That at this stage, got them back into it.
This one here. I feel that Mee is unlikely because ordinarily you go
with your foot. He has his eyes on the ball but it is dangerous play.
It has to be a penalty, he has kicked him in the face. That you
have some survey, because if you look at it from here, from this
angle, he is offside. Clearly offside. -- you have to have some
sympathy. The linesman has a clear view. He missed the Mustafi penalty
but look at this for eight layer, his third penalty, missed the
previous two, he put it down the middle with no fear. The stadium
then was rocking. It is a good way to win a game because Arsenal, it
would have been disastrous from the Premier League point of view that
they did not win today. There is no way the goalkeeper will stand still.
Choose a way to go and it makes perfect sense. Obviously that
confirms it. It is sensible, because the keeper will do that. It takes
some bottle. Young goalkeepers want to do the big launch to save it and
it goes down the middle and they look stupid. Was there any other way
that Ben Mee could have defended it? I think he's unlucky. You see
players get away with that. And I know its height, but it's high
enough to be a penalty. Arsenal down to ten men because of the
sending-off of granite Zach Kerr. When we start with this? I feel a
little bit for him. Let me say that first and foremost. I don't think
he's being played in the right position. He is playing in the
holding role where he gets isolated and I think his strengths are his
passing and shooting which are served better higher up the pitch.
When he plays in this role, as we will see in a second, he gets
isolated. Those strap -- stats are ridiculously bad. He's becoming a
liability. When he plays this role we will see that he gets himself
into all sorts of Rob Evans. It's a silly -- is all sorts of problems.
It's a silly mistake and I'm not sure if it is coincidental, but he
gets himself in these predicaments. He will end up not playing because
the other players will get sick of it. Too many times this season he
has cost them. The actual incident is a no-brainer for the referee.
Leaving the floor, he has caught him, and to be honest, we have
looked at a lot of stuff today and he is getting himself to a point
where Arsene Wenger will find it difficult to defend him. It is a
scissor tackle, and he has the right kind of man of -- manager. Same
referee. It is a succession of incidents he has been involved in.
Another one on Joe Allen. He needs to clean up his act. He has the
right manager. I had a few sendings off. Jeju? There is just -- did you?
There is just no need there. So often on this programme, and on
Football Focus, and on Match of the Day, and the five live shows, people
talk about the Arsenal of the past losing their grit their hard man
stuff and not having the leaders and people like Viera and Adams, and now
they have somebody who puts his foot in and he gets the odd red card.
That's not the odd red card. That's ridiculous. He's getting the balance
wrong. Yes, they want the physicality, but they want him on
the pitch. There was a time we were trying to win it with ten men back
in the day we were getting so many sent off but they can't afford to do
that. This was an easy win for Arsenal when it was 1-0 and then it
became difficult. Arsene Wenger was apologising, but it should be Xhaka
for getting sent off. At 24, first season in the Premier League, there
is time for him to adapt. 24 these days is not young. It is to some of
us. But there are already four incidents this season. I'm not
saying giving away a penalty is as bad as the sending-off, but I would
hope somebody like Martin Keown would say to me, listen, you have
got to calm down. Who is saying that to him? There will be a few around
him, like Mustafi, in his ear, but he has to learn himself. He will
reflect on this and he will have to change. Defending on corners. You
have looked at all of the Arsenal corners, five in the first half and
four of them saw Steven Defour on the back post, and the one where he
wasn't. They are in swingers, Howard swingers, whether somebody goes
short, there is no rhyme or reason. This is early in the game and for
some reason, and this is the goal they concede. He is on the edge of
the box. Whether that has been told to him by the manager, I don't think
so. You should have somebody on the back post. I think it is a total
system. He could have rescued that. He does not get off the ground, Boyd
should be near the front post and headed away, and it's a fantastic
header but if there's a play on the post, he clears it. Lo and the next
corner, as if he has sprung from nowhere, he's back on the post. Did
he forget to be there or did he have licence to choose it? You were often
on the back post. Did you ever forget to be there? No, because I
had a goalkeeper that would let me forget. But it should not happen. --
would not let me forget. I can't believe that so many managers have
nobody on the back post. Most seasons that would save five or six
goals. It is always the place that the ball drops in. Managers in the
Premier League not doing it is crazy to me.
Next to Stamford Bridge, where Hull were visiting
In a league of grand designers, a blueprint has emerged. Teams cannot
live with Chelsea. It comes from that man, Antonio Conte A. Built on
strong foundations and using materials smartly restored. Moses. A
steely structure. Kante was amazing today. Taken superbly. Until a
possible design flaw appeared. But this architect believes he has sold
it. I think the player wants to stay at Chelsea. He is happy here. Your
commentator at Stamford Bridge is Jonathan Pierce.
The China syndrome has not reached meltdown after all. Diego Costa is
back after missing two matches amid frenzied headlines to make his 100th
Chelsea appearance as they look for their 1000th Premier League home
point. It is eight home wins on the spin for the leaders. Eight away
defeats for Hull City who, tellingly, do not include Robert
Snodgrass raising speculation they will cash in. Elabdellaoui makes his
debut and may switch to a back three, to match Chelsea. Diego
Costa's first touch back in the first team. Chelsea all in blue,
getting us underway, kicking from right to left. Shoot, shoot is the
cry. What a return it would have been if that had gone in. The whole
Stamford Bridge erupts, singing his name. -- the whole of. What a
returning would have been. A cross from McGuire. We know he can hit
them. He gets onto the end of the 1-2 and he goes for gold. A decent
move by Hull City. The build-up was neat and tidy. But when he pulled
the trigger there was not much there. Manager of the Month for
three months, and looking for number four as the Premier League leader. A
good switch of play by Matic. Here is Moses on the outside. Tackled by
Robertson in a good passage of play. David Luiz up from the back Chelsea,
not yet scored in his second spell. Looking for Cahill. A clash of
heads, that was horrible. That's really nasty. You could hear the
crack of the heads from way up here. Ryan Mason will have to leave the
field of play. He has an oxygen mask on now.
The Chelsea fans standing with the whole city fans to applaud Ryan
Mason -- the whole city fans. On comes David Meyler. -- the Hull City
fans. Alonso. That was Alonso. The shot was
deflected up. The keeper had to stand up and push it over. Nearly on
the scoresheet again after two at Leicester last week. Matic. Chelsea
come again. Header away by Clucas. The Premier League leaders squeezing
on the pressure. Hazard, tightly round the corner. Moses. Scooped up
by Curtis Davies. Is that a penalty? The referee has a look and gives
just a corner. In the Eire long, long time. The sliced clearance.
There was a little bit of a nudge -- in the air. There was an expectant
tumble. Hazard. Offside, Diego Costa came
from the deeper position. He finds the net on his return, but it won't
count. Very, very tight. I think Harry Maguire might just be playing
him on, you know. Evandro. Here is Harry will require for -- Harry
Maguire for Hull. That is the most meaningful save either goalkeeper
has made. Hazard, in the deeper position. Pedro. Good challenge by
Maguire, who has been excellent for Hull. Moses, a good low cross. Moses
was coming in on the far side of the box as well. Couldn't quite get
there. The pressure surely must tell. Hull have had to work so hard
off the ball. Robertson away. Hernandez. He felt he was fouled,
and he has a horrible job today with no support for him, but he needs to
be stronger than that. Moses could be the key to this game yet. He
rolls in on the right-hand side. Good cross. Diego Costa. Well, he
had to be. It had to be him. Six minutes into stoppage time, the
deadlock is broken, and Diego Costa, the man who they said was heading to
China has come back into the side and smashed the defensive rearguard
of Hull City. He went far too far across the penalty area the
satisfaction of the Hull manager. And a venomous finish for Diego
Costa's 15th of the season. Hull feel they had a foul. Cahill on
Hernandez. Well, you can see they have an argument there. There was a
lengthy passage of play before the goal was scored, I would say.
David Meyler. Fernandez trying to get in behind. Was he brought down
there by Marcus Alonso? He was going away from the penalty area and I
think he was looking for it. Why make this challenge? That is a
penalty. He caught him on the back of the thought. Hernandez going away
fro. That is a penalty, no doubt about it. -- going away from him.
Ryan Mason, who was treated for a head injury for eight minutes,
before being stretchered off, and we believe he has gone straight to
hospital, understandably. Maguire. Chelsea have not learned the lesson,
because he will come forward. As well Meyler. Good effort. A spirited
second-half by Hull City. Moses has Hazard ghosting into the
space. A real fans out there. Going for the return. Pedro. He works his
socks off, Pedro. Matic. Diego Costa. That's the difference between
the two sides. Chelsea have been the better team,
and they have the more skilful players, but Hull have dug in deep.
Diego Costa's goal separating the two, and he goes for a second.
In the 55th minute at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea fans rise to
remember an unsung hero, the former groundsman here, Carl O'Brien, they
used to call him Worzel. He passed away in December, aged 55.
Premier League point of view that they did not win today.
Kante picked it up. Good break by him. He is onside. Was it taken out?
Yes he was. Decisive burst by Kante, as Willian checks back inside. He is
clipped. Cesc Fabregas with a free kick, Diego Costa on the edge of the
six yard area. Cahill! Chelsea's game. Nine home wins on the spin,
big looping run to lose defender. No one picked him up, ten minutes to
go. Decisive goal by Cahill. Gary Cahill wanted it, Gary Cahill got
there, and Gary Cahill scores for Chelsea. The league leaders 2-0 Hull
City. He knows how tough it has been, delightfully animated,
passionate. Here's Fabregas, Diego Costa, onside. Good goalkeeping.
Lovely weight on the pass-through to Diego Costa. Spread himself well.
It is not easy, it is not easy to play this type of game. I think our
opponent was very good, had good organisation, and they created it
difficult for us. But I think we are in the second part of the season,
and every game now becomes very, very tough. Had you been given a
penalty it might have been a different story, in the second half.
Yes, it's true. I had doubts in the first goal whether it was a foul. I
don't know if it was a penalty or not where I stood. My players said
to me it was a penalty. It was a good weekend for us before we kicked
a ball, so we know how important the game was. When you get opportunities
in the season that don't come around too often, you have to try to
capitalise. I thought with a win today we did that. So, very pleased.
Is at the end of the China thing now with Diego Costa? Yes, but in this
situation I told always the truth. And, yes, I'm happy, I'm happy for
him, and also to finish this speculation. We have to ask you a
question about Ryan Mason because it looked a serious industry Ashun
injury, how is he? He is in hospital, we don't have more news.
We do now because Hull City released a statement of the last 45 minutes
or so and it is as follows: the club can confirm Ryan Mason sustained a
skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon, he was taken
to Saint Mary 's hospital where he has undergone surgery. He is in a
stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few
days. Everyone at the club would like to express their sincere thanks
for the excellent and swift caregiver and to Ryan by both the
Accident Emergency department and neurosurgery unit at Saint Mary 's
hospital. A further update will be issued tomorrow. It was a sickening
clash between Cahill and Mason. It certainly was. Everybody connected
with it dealt with it superbly, from the trainers, the medical staff,
even the fans and the crowd giving him a standing ovation as he was
stretchered off. I think we realised straightaway how bad this was, and
our thoughts are obviously with Orion. It is a terrible thing to see
on a football pitch, you hope it never happens. Of course, Gary
Cahill was just innocently going for the ball. That was a sickening
challenge and let's hope you get back onto the affable pitch again.
Our thoughts are also with Gary Cahill, because he looked incredibly
concerned, as you would do. He is a good guy, and of course you would
be, any person the same situation would be. As you said, the fans's
applause for him was great and good to see because nobody likes to see
that in any match. As everybody wishes him all the best, as soon as
possible to get back. Our best wishes to Ryan Mason, his friends,
family and everybody at Hull City bubble club. It seems a little bit
trite to discuss the money shy of the game after that. Whether Hull
had a penalty or not we decided it didn't really matter or not in the
grand scheme of things, but what we would like to do is highlight a Hull
player who had a really positive game today, and in fact you two were
talking about improve match and then he had a storm. Harry Maguire today,
as good a central performance as I have seen. Start off in an unusual
situation, seeing a centre-half trying to take on the opposition but
he has that in the locker. We know he can tackle. A lot of clubs looked
at him. He was at Sheffield for many years, he has played close to 200
games. But that that fine effort from distance. Comes out the Hazard.
He is quick, strong. Honestly, I have not seen a centre-half play
this well. The second half exactly the same, no fluke, bit ambitious,
shooting from distance but why not? He is confident. This is awesome.
Powerful, Costa knew he was in a game today. There is a calmness and
his play. Look at this, travelling out, left foot, right foot, just
feathers it into the channel. A good way to his past. Costa breathing
down his neck, so what, nice and calm, just finds his past stop on a
difficult day I thought he was really outstanding. That is what he
is therefore, to have the ball but there is an awful lot more to his
game and he deserves the credit. He was exceptional, and I have to give
Martinson credit, he said he had played a few times and Khomitsky an
eye out, but I didn't need to because it was that good. There were
50 clips we could have picked up. The best centre-half performance I
have seen this season. Chelsea have had a very good weekend. It has gone
perfectly for them. They get like Arsenal, did not play particularly
well at times but got the win with the quality they possess. That man
Costa back in, scores again, what was all the drama about?
On to Southampton against Leicester at St Mary's.
Leicester started the day five points off the relegation zone.
A tale of four seasons for the champions.
COMMENTATOR: Raw emotion all-rounder King Power stadium, what a day, what
it is to be alive on days like these. The party will last all
summer long. Jamie Vardy is staying with Leicester. The England striker
has done out a chance to join Arsenal. Premier League champions
Leicester City have sold N'Golo Kante to Chelsea. Here go again?
Such a stark contrast. They are not doing the dirty work, the basics.
Unlike Leicester. Nobody recognises list of the season, I know, me too.
It feels like Claudio Ranieri has lost control. You can't be saying
sack Ranieri? They can't win a game to save their lives. It has been
some fall for the champions, how far will they drop? COMMENTATOR: After
21 matches last season, Leicester were second behind Arsenal on goal
difference. 12 months on and the Foxes are still looking for their
first away win in the league this season. Southampton searching for a
solution to end their run of four successively defeats. Jay Rodriguez
replaces Shane Long in the only change to the same side that began
last week and's loss at Burnley. Long, 30 today, dropping to the
bench despite getting the late winner against Norwich in the FA Cup
midweek. Demarai Gray, Shinji Leicester came from 2-0 down to draw
2-2 last season. So we are under way on the south coast. A midday
kick-off in bright sunshine. Booth with time to consider his options.
Straight Ward Romeu. Bertrand has Katich on this
nearside, he is too long for Rodriguez, Redmond! Time and space
here for a measured cross, and it was naturally well by Nathan
Redmond. Gareth Southgate among the interested spectators today.
Katich, faced by Simson. Schmeichel pushing behind the corner. Good
pressure here from the Saints. Redmond with the eventual shot that
looked to be heading into the bottom corner until the intervention of
Schmeichel. We are in the 19th minute and this is the first corner
of the match. Away by Mendy. Demarai Gray. You can
see the two Leicester men sprinting into the middle. How much room does
Vardy have? Plenty, but ignored. Van Dijk finds Cedric with pinpoint
accuracy. Redmond in towards Ward-Prowse! CHEERING
Lovely flowing move from Southampton, and their pressure
eventually pays off. James Ward-Prowse with his second
goal of the season. You can see here he is just advancing onto the edge
of the penalty area. A well struck shot. Schmeichel might feel that he
could have done a little better. Just the faintest of fingertips from
the Leicester goalkeeper. Southampton take the lead. In
conceding the first goal this season, Leicester have not won won.
The omens are not good for a Leicester victory today. A clash of
heads. And it is in parlours Mendes who looks like he has -- it is
Mendy. The end result is a free kick to Southampton. Ward-Prowse is
behind it. Mic drop here for Rodriguez! A gain, Leicester failed
to clear the ball away and Jay Rodriguez takes full advantage. A
fine left footed finish past Schmeichel. Crank Malta. Eventually
cleared away -- Drinkwater. Okazaki making a run, Demarai Gray.
It is a number of times now that he has made tracks forward, and has
gone for goal, instead of perhaps using a team-mate. Claudio Ranieri
will no doubt be reminding his team that they came from 2-0 down here
last season to draw 2-2. Van Dijk's clearance. Van Dijk has
landed rather awkwardly here. This could be a major problem for Claude
Puel and Southampton, not only for today but for the next few matches
possibly for the Saints, starting with the League Cup semifinal at
Liverpool on Wednesday. And Jack Stephens will come on in his place.
Fox will use Schmeichel. That was Ray close to being intercepted.
Should have scored. Really careless from Leicester at the back.
Romeu getting his body in the way. Towards Robert Huth and over from
Wes Morgan. Two central defenders almost combining to bring Leicester
back into this match, but it flew over.
Foul by Huth on Katich. Ward-Prowse and Tad Dick are behind
-- Tadic. Oh, it has gone in. Yoshida runs away but it came off
Wes Morgan. The referee has come across to the
near side and will have a word with his assistant. Offside. The flag
raised against Yoshida, just offside, but very, very tight. And
his presence was just enough, and certainly interfering with play. Wes
Morgan is a very relieved man. What a contrast to last season for
Leicester City supporters. Redmond. Long. He is in behind Wes Morgan. It
is Shane Long, down in the penalty area, and Michael Oliver says it is
a penalty. Longer's pace causing all sorts of problems here. -- long's
pace. It's been a miserable Sunday lunchtime for Wes Morgan and
Leicester City. Dusan Tadic with the responsibility. Tadic and it is 3-0.
And with a little under five minutes plus stoppage time remaining,
Southampton have surely ended their run of four successive Premier
League defeats and confirmed that Leicester's miserable away form this
season will continue. It was not a good performance. It is
my fault. I wanted to change the shape of my team, and in the two
last matches against Chelsea I played with three at the back and
today I played with the diamond in the midfield, and maybe my players
did not understand my idea very well. To what extent today was that
a perfect Southampton performance? Well, I think it was a great first
half. A good game. It is perfect for us. It was important for us to win
this game after four defeats. It was important to start the game well and
we were aggressive all over the pitch and we won the battles and we
knew Leicester would make it into a fight. The way we performed and we
were on the front foot was great. It is hard to put our finger on the
answers to get the result, but we will keep trying and we will try to
remain positive. We try to do our best, but at the moment everything
is wrong. I want to come back with a new shape to give more calm to my
players. They will react as soon as possible. Were you surprised by how
comfortable that was for Southampton? I was. I was expecting
a competitive game. What the game show today is that anybody who
thinks tactics don't matter is talking rubbish. A couple of coaches
have told me that in the past, it should be just players, but tactics
do matter, and Leicester got completely showed up today. As you
heard cloudier say, and admit. He admitted post match, and you said
about five minutes in the office that if Leicester persist with this
diamond they will be in trouble. Well, thanks. Well, occasionally I
dish out praise. I saw it early because I've played there are times,
you understand how difficult it can be in certain areas of it. When you
the pictures now of how wrong they got it, it's believable. --
unbelievable. This is a mini diamond, and they are
all too close together, you could throw a blanket over all four of
them. It became for players not knowing their roles they have not
obviously works on it much. Southampton use displaces so well in
the wide areas where the Leicester full-backs became isolated -- use
the spaces so well. Leicester got more confused and upset with each
other. Drink water is coming across and is meant to be on the right side
of the diamond and is not sure whether to come out to Ryan
Bertrand. This is another example. Three of the diamond are actually in
a good position. Danny Drinkwater is in a good position because he's not
sure whether to drop, press, and he doesn't do either. Simpson is left
on his own again and it's an easy cross. This could have been five
minutes, this footage. There is the diamond, they are all on the
left-hand side, and Danny Drinkwater has 50 yards to make up. His body
language was not great. Ndidi is coming over, what am I doing? Who am
I marking? The late run, another cross into the box and this is all
in the first 20 minutes. This, I don't know what shape that is. I'm
telling you now that four midfielders should not be close
together. Good players find space. They switch out to the right weather
places. Mendis too late to get so is Ndidi. -- Mendy is too late. You
don't know what you are doing, you have worked on it, and Drinkwater is
too late to get across. It was so far from the Leicester City we saw
last season it was incredible. You have played in a diamond. When you
are in a diamond like that, whose responsibility is it to boss the
diamond? The player at the base of it? Yes, because he can tell you to
drop. And that is the newest member of the midfield. Drinkwater would
have been a better option to sit in there. It was a mistake. You could
see a resistance in the body language. Claudio Ranieri has tried
to make a change and you understand why, and he has held his hand up
after the game. Do you appreciate that as players when your manager
goes, that was my fault? They have been champions and at the moment
there form is shocking. They won 11 away games last season I haven't won
a single one this season, so he wanted to make a change and it
hasn't worked. They have to go back to basics. You play the diamond when
you want to boss the ball. 60% of the time they lost possession but
they were still champions so he needs to go back to the previous
system and trust is players. Fair enough, it is the first step, to
admit it. A word on Southampton. You still have to find the space on the
weaknesses may quickly worked out that the switch of play would help
them. And the quality they had, especially down the left-hand side
with Ryan Bertrand, and Ward-Prowse played they had so many players who
were intelligent enough to find the spaces and punish Leicester, so they
deserve credit. They were under pressure after losing four games.
Looking at Ward-Prowse. David Pleat, who seems to watch more football
than anyone, said about four years ago that he was the closest thing he
thought to David Beckham in how he delivered the ball. I think he was
with Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers. I've seen him watching games myself,
and this fellow, he made his debut at 16 and he has this ability to be
able to whip a ball. But it's how you can get the best from him. It
has freed him up. He won the ball back for his team very well, and 14
times, more than any other players. That has not been one of his
strengths. No, it hasn't, that he uses the dead ball situations get
the goals, and he's making it count with the ball on the move, and it's
that whip, it's a bit like David Beckham. There are certain players
with that ability. He whips that ball in, totally commits to it. I
used to think he will overindulged it a bit, but he has the ability to
do it, so why not? He has a more rounded game, and he whips it into
an area, asking questions of the opposition defence. Is he at the age
now where he needs to start consistently? Not be on the bench,
he needs to start games regularly. He needs to show all aspects of his
game and not just be put in there because he can whip in a corner. He
is averaging about 15 or 16 games per season to start and he needs
more, but maybe he's turned the corner. He looks fitter and
stronger. Part one of our round-up
begins at Anfield. It came to Llorente. And he puts
Swansea in front. And he has shocked and field inside the first two and a
half minutes of the second half -- Anfield. Olsen.
Tom Carroll is an option. Terrific delivery. Llorente. Goodness me. Two
goals in five minutes. Both from Fernando Llorente. And the bottom
club Swansea are 2-0 up at Anfield. In from Milner. Firmino. There is
one back. Roberto Firmino reduces the deficit at Anfield.
Lovely touch. In towards Firmino instead. Fabulous finish from
Firmino. Two goals for him, two goals for Liverpool, and they have
got it back to 2-2. Leroy Fer. Llorente. Here is Tom Carroll.
Trying to weave his way through. It will come to Sigurdsson. Swansea,
back in front. He can't believe it. Swansea are pinching themselves.
Liverpool two, Swansea three. Arnautovic with the lay-off. Joe
Allen. Continuing the run into the penalty area. This looks promising.
It's in the back of the net. Stoke City with the lead. That's going to
have to go down as an own goal of Juan Mata. Wayne Rooney with the
ball at his feet. Deep in added time. Rooney's delivery. Oh, it's a
sensational goal. Wayne Rooney, record-breaker. That is number 250.
And Wayne Rooney now stands alone as Manchester United's record
goal-scorer. De Bruyne, trying to find a way
through to Sane. Hugo Lloris has missed it, and Sane taps Manchester
City in front. Hugo Lloris as Eric Dier hesitated, then he opted to use
his head and missed it completely. Is there a suggestion of handball
from Leroy Sane? However he got it under control, he had the simplest
task after it. Otamendi sends Raheem Sterling on his way. De Bruyne is
central. Lloris has lost it. De Bruyne scores a second for
Manchester City and it's a gift of a goal for Kevin De Bruyne.
Dele Alli. Harry Kane. David Silva on the slide. Now Kyle Walker. What
a good ball in, and it is headed in by Dele Alli. Spurs are back in the
game. Same old story for Manchester City, their opponents have hardly
had an attempt on goal, here is one on target, and here is one in the
net. Kolarov. Raheem Sterling, onside. Nearly to wrap it up. There
was a little push from Kyle Walker. Just as he was about to strike on
goal. Pep Guardiola is furious. Raheem Sterling about to pop it in
and Kyle Walker pushes him. He kept his feet, and maybe that's why he
didn't get the penalty. Eriksen. Gliding away. Son. Spurs level. A
fine finish from Son. Moments after Pep Guardiola was adamant that they
should have had a chance to make it 3-1 from 12 yards, and it is a total
turnaround at the Etihad Stadium. The
the team and the pace of the player. I like to play good football. There
is intensity, but despite that, we play good. Let's establish that
more. You can play with intensity and play good football. I think what
he wanted was the quality of the football to be recognised first
rather than the intensity, but they are kind of coming together, because
winning the ball high up and moving it fast, with and without the ball,
creates better football. They did it all. They were really unlucky. It
was as good as Manchester City performance I've seen in a long time
they had many players at it. Tottenham were hanging on for dear
life and showed good spirit to get back in the game, but they should
have been out of sight. All the discussion about the Kyle Walker and
Raheem Sterling penalty has actually meant that city's football has not
been discussed as much. No, and it is the philosophy Pep Guardiola. You
wonder what he was working on the training pitch and people questions
the defenders, but he's only interested in the artists in
midfield, De Bruyne, David Silva, what can they create. And if we play
well enough, it will take care of itself, we don't have to defend
because we will score the goals and win the game.
That formation there, some of the players are different, but did that
formation rather than necessarily the personnel take them back to how
they were playing, say, August, September, October? That is when
they were on the best run. De Bruyne and Silva playing ahead of
Fernandinho, Gundogan coming on for a little while. But it is basically
two number tens rather than to holders and one the button. What it
creates is magic all over the pitch, especially when they are that good
because the brain was fantastic. The problem they have got is even when
they dominate games and are making chances. As Pep Guardiola says, they
are not scoring enough goals, not converting enough, that's fair
enough. But defensively they are still looking for robbery. He will
be wanting more goals from Aguero. Costa is probably the difference of
the Premier League, scoring the goal, the number one marksman.
Gabriel Jesus to help out as well. He will be demanding more, that is
where he will be looking to buy new players.
Plenty of live football on the BBC this week.
Five Live has commentary on the second legs of
Liverpool v Southampton on Wednesday, and Hull against
Our coverage of the FA Cup fourth round begins on Friday
And tomorrow afternoon, there's highlights from
the Australian Open tennis on BBC Two.
Britain's Johanna Konta is back in action.
2 Good, 2 Bad to come, after the rest of yesterday's goals.
COMMENTATOR: On by league, turned a bad pass on to a good pass. Still
between the two, still persisting. Decent offending in the end, a touch
would have sent him over, he has got cramp. Everton can play on. He
doesn't need treatment, he has worked his way back onto the pitch.
That is a caution of all the fence. Off macro leave. The keeper did very
well. Davis into the box. He has won it for Everton, and the boos from
Crystal Palace fan because they were down to ten men. Schlupp still
receiving treatment and the referee did not studied. It might have been
offside. That is the bigger question for me. Brilliant finish to give
Everton the points. Carroll attacking it, and Carroll
scoring! Last week, he scored an absolute worldie against Palace.
This is much more of a bread and butter ball for the West Ham number
nine but no less valuable. Negredo. Better. Clayton going right
towards Traore, now can he just get the Afterburn is working? Lurking
for Chambers, the cross, Stuani! West Ham lost him back stick and the
Uruguayan could not miss. Carroll looking left for Creswell. Carroll
now in the box ready for the cross. Instead it is back four Antonio to
drive, good save by Val theirs, Carroll! No offside, Carroll at the
double -- good save by Victor Valdes. Middlesbrough defender 's
appeal for offside, who was in when the ball was struck and Carroll
helps himself to his second of the day. Antonio, West Ham have players
over here. Calleri, and they are looking for Lanzini, and it looked
easier to score. Still the chance is there for Calleri, and it is in.
West Ham have wrapped up the points, Lanzini kept it alive, Calleri
chanced his arm, of the knee of Clayton and Middlesbrough have lost
another one. Phillips, Brunt got a head on it.
McAuley in, and 1-0, brilliant finish, Darren Fletcher turned and
volleys West Bromwich Albion in front! He had the space but didn't
he use it well? Chest, turn, volley, goal. James Morrison has done well
to find Phillips. Phillips is not good through the legs of O'Shea.
Chadli, surely? He has hit the bar, Brunt, great finish! Brilliant
finish! How about that from Chris Brunt?
Holebas prepares to deliver. Lukaku at the front post, the opening goal
by Christian Kabasele. Bournemouth will be disappointed to concede from
the corner. Here is Adam Smith, a good launch into the penalty area
and it is finished by Joss King! Only his second goal in 15 Premier
League appearances. Cleverly's corner, a good delivery, the
goalkeeper was unable to clear it. Artur Boruc just came and flapped at
it but could not prevent Troy Deeney from restoring Watford's lead.
Afobe, there is a Watford player down and Benik Afobe takes advantage
to get a second equaliser of the game for Bournemouth. Kabasele, who
was down nursing an injury, Afro Afobe took full advantage, and it is
a crucial, crucial goal for Eddie Howe.
Chelsea have extended their lead to the top to eight points.
Arsenal are now their nearest challengers, after their late win.
Tottenham and Liverpool complete the top four.
Hull's defeat cost them the chance to move out of the relegation zone.
Of the other clubs to play today, Southampton rise to 11th,
Burnley drop a place to 13th, while champions,
Just time for a quick two Good, two Bad.
Burnley's bus driver didn't want Matt Lowton to play today! The
lovable Slaven Bilic less than lovable to this little Middlesbrough
fan. Although I'll borrow Negredo had no problem keeping his mascot
nice and quiet. Remember the fan at last week's Sunderland - Stoke game,
disillusioned at having to watch through five minutes of injury time.
She was back for more, watching her team at West Brom yesterday. That is
what us fans go through. I given much to Martin and Danny.
We finish with Wayne Rooney, who yesterday scored
the one to take him ahead of Sir Bobby Charlton,
as Manchester United's record goalscorer.
COMMENTATOR: What a special strike! Wayne Rooney for Manchester United,
what a goal! Oh, what a goal! Rooney goes for the extraordinary, oh, and
it's an unbelievable goal! Rooney, the captain on the scoresheet.
Rooney there at the back post! Rooney with the ball at his feet, oh
it is a sensational goal! Wayne Rooney, record-breaker.
Mark Chapman presents highlights from the day's three Premier League matches. Chelsea have won nine out of their 10 league games at home this season and will aim to continue their impressive form against relegation-threatened Hull.
Elsewhere, Burnley face a trip to Arsenal as they look to avenge their controversial injury-time defeat to the Gunners in October. In the day's early kick-off, reigning champions Leicester are away to Southampton.