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COMMENTATOR: Just brilliant, just brilliant!
COMMENTATOR: What a turn, what a goal!
COMMENTATOR: Look at that. Oh, look at that!
We've left Europe behind to focus on domestic duties.
Yes, the Premier League returns after the international break.
Alan Shearer and Martin Keown join us in the studio.
We begin at Stamford Bridge where leaders Chelsea began
They faced Crystal Palace, whose survival chances have been
boosted by a run of three straight wins without conceding a goal.
Commentary comes from Jonathan Pearce.
COMMENTATOR: Eden Hazard returns for Chelsea after missing the Stoke game
and the international break with a calf problem. They look for a 14th
home win on the spin at the start of the title run in. Can Moses injured,
Cesc Fabregas starts. Pedro will fill in at right wingback in a
slight formation reshuffle. They have lost once at home to Palace in
top-flight football. Times are are bet are for the visitors, three wins
in a row. They are unchanged at the start of a very tricky relegation
run in. If Zaha repeats his wonder goal for Ivory Coast in Russia or
Christian Benteke his two goal Belgium form against the same
opponents they could cause the champions elect problems. Black
armbands being worn by today's players in remembrance of those who
lost their lives in the Westminster terrorist attack. Showed too much of
it to Pedro. Fabregas, beautiful diagonal. What a pass that is. 60,
70 yards to Eden Hazard. Twisting and turning Ward. Support arriving.
To the near-post and 1-0 Chelsea. The lead remembers ahead. Fabregas
nipped in and scores after just four minutes. Just the start the leaders
wanted. He's popped up with useful goals. He's in the autumn of his
career, perhaps. He turns 30 in May, but he's still got aened woerful eye
for a pass. As we saw at the start of the move, the timing run and the
clip finish perfect. Chelsea 1, Crystal Palace 0. First goal Crystal
Palace have conceded in 297 minutes of football.
Benteke, stolen away by him from Azpilicueta. He gave it away. Pedro
is there to slide in. Got an edge on it. Did well there for Chelsea,
Pedro. Good vision. The ball had too much weight on it. Risky in there as
well, really. Here's Zaha. He gets the shot away. 1-1. This man is in
explosive form. Scored one of the international goals of the year in
the international break. He's come back to club football, gets his
sixth of the campaign. It was a lovely individual goal. Chelsea's
lead lasted less than five minutes. Four blue shirts around him. Goal
keep every's vision impaired. Would have seen it very late. He's in
terrific form and has been throughout the campaign. Here's
Pedro. Townsend got back there with them. It's their first goal in
London derbies this season. They are going mad. Will get in trouble
because of the flares. Look at this. Benteke on the break, Zaha is up
along side him. Luiz socking him. Expecting him to miscontrol it. Zaha
plays it back to Benteke. It's 2-1 to Crystal Palace. The leaders got
off to the perfect start and it's all turned around. Sensational. Both
players, who are in sparkling form for their countries in the break
have scored for Crystal Palace. Benteke got a little bit of a lucky
break. Back to him though, played in by Zaha. The dink, 2-1 Crystal
Palace. 1 minute and 31 second between the goals. She had far fewer
players way than the international. Throughout the club Chelsea had 32
players away at all levels of international football. 19 of them
were with the various England squads. The cross, Townsend should
see it out. He didn't. Sloppy defensive play there allows the
cross to come in by Pedro. It's steered away.
Played in low and flat. Matic. Pedro is arriving. Big appeals there by
Chelsea for handball or for a tackle. I think it's handball.
Townsend dipped his arm onto it. I wonder what's going through his
mind. 35 years ago today he bought Chelsea. 85-year-old Ken Bates. He
certainly is the Godfather of modern Chelsea football. Football by
Chelsea. Pedro. Hazard's gone wide. Pedro's made the run beyond him into
the box. Here's Fabregas - oh, well played. Hazard. Comes to Fabregas,
again. Costa, great reaction save. Cleared away Bia Schlupp. Really
good stop this by the Palace goalkeeper. Fantastic pass again by
Fabregas. Not for the first time in the game. When it comes to Costa,
there's just a little bit of a slip. Hennessey had to react smartly,
anyway. Fine reaction save. Flipped by Hazard, Costa, alop so. Two in
the middle. Has he got a touch to it? Having a good game, Wayne
Hennessey, pushed away the cross by Alonso. Made sure it went out.
Matic. Almost total domination of the ball by Chelsea, but they're
behind. Pedro. Here's Fabregas. Off towards Eden Hazard. Explosive burst
of place, blocked by Hennessey again. Near-post block by Eden
Hazard. Defensive work by Palace. How tired will they be come the
second-half? Second-half? Here's Benteke. Not a good touch of in the
end. Costa checks back. Goes to ground. Scott Dann got a good block
in. It's not going his way at the moment. Not since Liverpool in
September. Has any team gone away with kind of result from Stamford
Bridge. Cesar Azpilicueta got there first. Fabregas. Good use of the
ball. Diego Costa, a little bit of room. Good block, in the end. Great
block by Scott Dann, who is hurt in the block. Diego Costa's has called
the referee's attention to it. He saved his team here with the block.
He couldn't get the shot away, due to Scott Dann's intervention. Diego
Costa, immediately calling the referee's attention to this. Gets a
bad press, Diego Costa, he showed sportsmanship there. Change of
formation for Crystal Palace. They have gone to a centre-back three.
Here is Hazard attacking that trio. First block in. Puncheon won that.
Sakho. He looks spied are you on the ball. He is a decent passer of it.
Benteke, good strength. Releases Puncheon. Looks for Zaha. In on
goal, Zaha. A very good foot by Courtois. Not the greatest save he
will make. In the context of this season it could prove to be the most
important. A third glow for Crystal Palace would surely have meant
curtains for Chelsea today. Big, long leg. Steve Parish made the
decision to replace Alan Pardew with Sam Allardyce. At the moment, Palace
are edging towards safety. Hazard, lovely balance. Costa, was there a
push? The header goes wide anyway. Sakho felt he was pushed. The header
did not hit the target. Look at his face there. He knew how big this
chance was. I think he was being strong in there as a centre forward.
The referee was right to allow that one. Here's Willian. Now to Pedro.
Palace have poured players back through the middle quickly. Hazard.
Fabregas. Good ball. Pedro drives it. Sakho. A side saving
intervention. He's had a terrific game for Crystal Palace, again.
Here's Eden Hazard. Azpilicueta. Could have got a shot away. Goes for
the chip. Hazard made a good run in there. Still in play. Pedro. Oh,
it's come loose. Costa can he finish. Sakho gets it away.
Tantalisingly close for Chelsea, but they're still behind. Hasn't had to
bite his lip too often this season. Hazard. Sensible ball, Willian.
Fabregas, again. Hennessey blocks with his legs. It will not go the in
for Chelsea. This is Wayne Hennessey's 11th save of the game.
10 minutes of stoppage-time played. What a day this will be for Sam
Allardyce and Crystal Palace and a victory would send them very close
towards survival. We started the game talking about the potential
threat of Zaha and Benteke if they could replicate international form.
He certainly has. Man of the Match, scoring the first, creating the
second for Benteke. Hennessey a hero in goal, with save after save after
save. And Conte's team beaten for the first time at home since
September. What a day for Crystal Palace. 2-1 victors at the league
leaders. How big a win is that for Crystal Palace? Massive. I don't
even know what to say. Just a crazy feeling man. We worked hard and got
the win we wanted. You seem almost stunned? Yeah. Because, obviously,
they are top of the league. They are playing really well. Obviously,
no-one would expect us to come here and beat them at home. So... I can't
even describe how I'm feeling. I'm happy man. It's disappointment for
the final result. I think we deserve at least the draw. But this is
football. We must accept this result. It was really hard against
Chelsea. But I think we played with a big heart today and also our fans
they give us encouragement. Today we play 12 against 11. Things have been
going great this season. We go again Wednesday. Big game. We are in a
healthy position in the league. The gap is there. We have a huge game
now on Wednesday. A sweet three points to come to what are the
champions of the Premier League, for me, and to actually win. Of course,
for everybody this is what the Premier League is about. There can
be a shock anywhere, any time and we were the ones who have maybe sit up
this weekend and go it can wow, what a result that is. From the players
point of view a well-earned and well-deserved victory in the in. Not
sure everyone at Palace can believe it. Staggering, monumental gutsy
display, Martin? Incredible. I was a Palace fan, sat behind the sofa. The
defending was heroic. The goalkeeper made so many saves. When I looked at
the screens it was one attack from another from an outstanding Chelsea
team. They did everything right. To get the goals they needed it could
have been a cricket score of goals for Chelsea, the chances they had.
Hendrie be I keeps it out. Like this all afternoon. One player after
another. Great determine aation. Dann comes on for Tomkins. He did a
great job before him. Great block. Goes off injured, Dann, puts his
body on the line. Every player was determined. Delaney comes off the
bench. Good job they had so many central defenders to call upon.
Another good block, one after another. Resilience and a
determination. It's Sakho in there, for me, that is the one player who
has gelled. Makes it look so easy. He is a real leader. Delaney. One
after another. Players getting involved. Milivojevic is a great
plus. Sam has done a lot of hard work. Ward, another one. He wants to
get challenges in. Kelly coming off the bench. No, Gary, it was
absolutely outstanding. What a signing Sakho is proving to be? He S
if you look at the statistics since he has been in there. It say it is
all. Sometimes you need a player that just pulls the club together.
You've been a bit critical of Wilfried Zaha in the past, Allen. Is
it time, because the Palace fans say you are getting it wrong about him.
Is it time to eat humble pie? Humble pie, or was I correct? Back in
September myself and Ian Wright sat here and I said with his ability,
because he has got tonnes of it, that he should be producing more,
and the stats backed me up then. But when you compare it to this season,
he's having by far his best season of his career. He's now goals,
assists and today, without doubt, he was Man of the Match. He drove his
team forward with his energy and skill, to go past players, Kante
fouls him and they really could not cope with him today. He got an
excellent goal, wins the ball back here. It's his determination to get
through their, the strength to get through and it's one hell of finish.
The keeper has got absolutely no chance at all. Look at him getting
forward there, the drive. He gets the ball and plays a lovely ball
back in to Benteke here. It's a clever finish. Really clever finish.
Takes a touch and exit over the goalkeeper, but set up by the half.
Again, driving his team forward, what a save this is. Down on goal,
they could not cope with him all afternoon. Whatever he did, he did
incredibly well. You can see the confidence that he's now got here.
Look at that for a piece of skill. I love this. Brilliant. Without doubt,
he was Man of the Match and his playing was confident. Palace's day,
no doubt and things went for them as well. Should Chelsea have had a
penalty with Townsend's hand ball? I think the referee will be
disappointed, he wasn't in the best of positions and for me, it's
definitely hand ball. From that angle, no, but you see this,
Townsend has definitely got away with one here. That was maybe the
luck they deserved on the day, because they were manful enough in
their performance. . Everton fans partied
like it was 1999 the last time they won at Anfield -
that's because it was 1999. Ronald Koeman's side kicked off
the Merseyside Derby in seventh place, six points behind Liverpool
who were looking to ANNOUNCER: We have a minute's
The man who prepared teams for many Reds the Blues meetings, let's have
this, the 228 does his memory proud. For the Liverpool off today, Lovren
is selective head of Klavan defence, with Lucas coming in for the injured
Lallana. The only other change from two weeks ago at city. Eight useful
Everton team includes Matthew Pennington, playing for the first
time all season, along with Mason Holgate and Calvert-Lewin and the
teenage talents of Tom Davies. Does form go out of the window for
derbies? With both teams in fine fettle before the international
break, let's hope not. Caught by Ross Barkley in a challenge that has
sparked a bit of Liverpool anger, and a major flash point in the
previous meetings of these two sides because of the Bartley tackle and
he's going to be so broken to now. -- Barkley tackle and he's going to
be spoken to now. Just words, rather than having his name taken. He's
never going to quite get there, is it? At full stretch, not full
enough. Mane is very sharp in getting the
ball. Mane on it again. Mane has a goal underscores! -- he has a go,
and scores. Scored by the man who won the derby at Goodison December.
That one came late. This one has come very early. He started it.
Quick to the ball. Strong enough to hold off Davies and with Coutinho
diverted attention, Mane was free to wander into a place from which he
could score. Three Everton defenders, Holgate actually was
taken out by one of his own. Liverpool one, Everton nil.
Can looks for Coutinho, only Firmino up with him at the moment. Wijnaldum
arriving. Coutinho goes by himself. A super-sized by Robles. Headed away
from the goal by Jagielka. A big save, this. Lovely pass from Emre
Can. Coutinho, the drop of the shoulder there, breezed past
Pennington to find the space from which to shoot.
Baines arriving. Calvert-Lewin. Off Nathaniel Clyne, Everton have a
corner. It's slotted home! Matthew
Pennington has equalised for Everton, out of nowhere! His first
senior goal. What a game to get it in! It is the run from Jagielka that
caused the problem. Emre Can unable to go with him. His touch on,
Williams 40 had the chance, Lovren prevented that. Watch the movement
of Pennington, he's watching the ball all the time. He arrived in the
right place at the right time. The defender from Warrington, he's made
it in the Merseyside derby, Liverpool one, Everton one.
Coutinho! Everton weren't level for long. Liverpool have their lead
back. I moment of magic from Phillippe Coutinho. Given far too
much space in the first instance. A little shimmy and burst of pace took
him away from Gueye. There was no stopping the shot. Goals beautifully
into the corner. Liverpool two, Everton one. If Everton's
goal-scorer was a surprise, the two on target for Liverpool aren't.
First Mane, now Coutinho. Emre Can being held onto by
Williams. Advantage indicated for Liverpool.
Emre Can stayed down for a little while after that charge from
Williams. The defender stood on him after fouling him and the referee
noted it was a foul. He indicated advantage. He didn't see what
followed. Just played that too far in front of
himself and as he followed through, he caught Lovren hard. Anthony
Taylor is saying that is your second challenge. He might have been booked
for the first one. He is getting carded for this one and I think
Liverpool, on another day, it might have been more than a yellow. He
caught Lovren the bottom of the ankle, top of the foot. If we slow
it down, it doesn't look good for Ross Barkley. You think about the
first tackle, I think that maybe he is fortunate to still be playing a
full, active role in the game. Lucas came rushing in. That will be
a free kick for Everton. Jurgen Klopp and from an coma not going to
get pretty close to one another down on the touchline -- Jurgen Klopp and
Ronald Koeman. Martin Atkinson stands tall between them. Not just
the two Main men getting involved. You can see the fitness coach
telling Jurgen Klopp to calm down. Calvert-Lewin has won a free kick
for his team. It's going to be Ross Barkley to take charge of what
happens next. Liverpool trying to push every Everton player as far
away from their goal as they can, but what a good delivery it is and
it's held onto by Mignolet, with Liverpool wide open there. Well
played in. All the movement was right. Williams got to it but didn't
get enough connection to get it across to Lukaku, or even better
than that, to find a way past Mignolet. Collected by Milner.
He desperately wanted to shoot and it just arrived at Coutinho too
quickly. He couldn't sort its feet out it into an open goal. Emre Can
always looking for the angle. Straight to Davies. Everton have
overplayed. Now they do get out. A bit more than that, with
Calvert-Lewin taking on Matip. He does really well. Liverpool have an
issue at the other end with Sadio Mane still down. This is the tackle
from Baines, that caused the problem. It's the backlight that
catches him and then I think he treads on him inadvertently, with
Mane's wait already on that foot. Oh, that's a painful looking one.
Divock Origi is ready to come on for Liverpool. He was a scorer in this
fixture in April of last year. Rather different game, Liverpool
four, Everton nil. He has adopted the central role
since coming on, with Firmino going right into the space vacated by
Mane. Coutinho, a little step over and
he's away from Gueye. Now it's really. It might be all over. That's
the loudest noise of the day at Anfield. Coutinho again heavily
involved. A past that took Ashley Williams out of the game. It
presented Divock Origi with the opportunity to score and he has one
look to see where Robles is going and whacks the ball effortlessly
past him. Liverpool three, Everton one. Jagielka, Williams. Williams
loses it. It's going to be a yellow card for Ashley Williams for the
challenge on Emre Can. Williams actually seemed to stand on the
ball, partially. You can see the marks.
Up towards Lukaku. Lovren had slipped. Nobody realised. A big hand
from Mignolet. Good ball in and a missed chance,
and a golden chance. Mason Holgate passes it up. Lukaku in another
moment might have continued their himself. It was Holgate with the
initial drive. When that comes back in he finds himself with as free
header as you are likely to get. Now Nathaniel Clyne finds
Alexander-Arnold. Emre Can has given Gareth Barry the
slip. Alexander-Arnold wants it, take it on and it's pulled clear by
Robles. That would be a day. With two young defenders scoring at the
Kop end. It might well have been goal bound. It was always curling
away from that far post. Two wonderful goals, outstanding goals,
all three of them. Conceding a goal after a set piece, you could see, we
lose one challenge so two box and one challenge will stop all the
problems we had with injuries and then I'm proud about the whole team
and of course also proud about the young players. It's nice to put in a
performance as well but ultimately you need the result and give the
fans bragging rights for another six months or one of the next fixture
comes up. As there should be in a derby there were plenty of tackles.
But some of those a bit much today? From both sides also tackles, maybe
a bit more than yellow, but it's up to Liverpool, I don't mean the
manager but one of the coaches, the referee had to show eight red cards
and I don't like that behaviour. I'm still a guest in this country so
that's how it is. I like a lovely -- I like and love being here but how
can I decide what's OK and what's not OK? I asked one time and
somebody told me that the England, so if you saw something, say it. If
not, be quiet. We'll say it in a minute. A
comfortable victory for Liverpool. They seemed to cope with the -- the
didn't seem to cope with the Reds' front three. They seemed to be stuck
up whether to press or sit off, particularly Coutinho, they didn't
get it right, Everton. He's got some ability. He's a very difficult
player to pick up. But that's what I mean, there. Defenders have to be
tight there, have to get closer to the forwards than what they are,
because once you get and give this guy time to run at you, to get into
the box and pick his head up and it's very difficult to mark him.
Pennington didn't get tight at all their, a little give and go. Very,
very clever play. He's got you where he wants you, but you in the box.
You can't touch him. That was a warning to them. They got away with
that one, but it was happening all the time. This time it's Firmino
there. A simple ball in, take a touch, turn. It's a brilliant finish
from Mane, it really is superb. A clever finish. They can't touch in
the box. The keeper has got absolutely no chance. It was
staggering, how many times it was happening. It was brilliant play
from him. Look, he knows once he's running at you there, you are not
going to stop him. In the box and what a hell of a finish that is, the
keeper has no chance. Second half, didn't change. The same thing
happened. They played three at the back and seemed a bit confused as to
whether to get tight on them, but it was like men against boys for a lot
of the game today. Liverpool were far superior than Everton and
thoroughly deserved three points. Both managers referenced the
challenges in that game, Ronald Koeman said he wasn't happy can
Jurgen Klopp's dug-out. We have seen Gerrard and people over the years
make the challenges. This looks naughty to me. The heel coming in
from Barkley. He needs to be clever with this, Barkley. Some of his
tackling is not really on. He's a young lad, bone shattering tackle.
He takes his own team-mate out afterwards. You want to see those
tackles. He got booked for that, riepthly so. I don't think there is
anything in that really. You saw Mings stamping on someone recently.
That is not the same thing. Nothing doing there. That is really, when
you see this from the other angle. Lovren's leg bends back. I think
he's trying to protect himself. Doing so - he is lucky not to have
gone for that. He gets booked. He maybe should have been booked
earlier in the game. This is Ashley Williams. When you see this in
slow-mo, really nasty. He goes over the ball there. Catches him actually
with his right leg. You see it, right on the knee. That's what -
that's the sort of thing you see. Merseyside Derby I suppose? It is.
You have to be careful there. He was right, Koeman was right, there will
be those sort of tackles in this game. Romelu Lukaku was quiet today?
Premier League top-scorer thchl is how you handle him. They didn't give
him a sniff the whole game. Lucas was in front protecting him. They
bullied him, to be honest. Look who is in front, Lucas. That happened
all game, time and time again. Lukaku, slow to react there. Lovren
is in there, quicker than him. They didn't give him a sniff at all he
had no efforts on goal. There is that man again, just protecting.
Snuffing that ball out before it gets to him. Should actually do
better here. Look at the men in and around him. Not a kick all
afternoon. When that happens. , you tend to drift out wide because you
are not getting as many touches as you want. That is what he started to
do later on in the game. In the end, he was putting the crosses in.
Dominated today. Nothing from him at all. Very much Liverpool's day.
COMMENTATOR: Sissoko following in! He's wide! Gray, oh! It's Martial's
header. Rodriguez. Good save, Boruc. To Turf Moor next, where Burnley
were defending a six game unbeaten run at home against second placed
Spurs, who've not lost to a team COMMENTATOR: Michael Keane takes his
place in an unchanged team fresh from his first taste of
international football. He became the first Burnley player to start
for England since Martin Dobson back in 1974. In a continued absence of
Spurs's top score, Kane. Son is on the bench having played 90 minutes
for Seoul on Tuesday. Very tight in there. No way through
for Burnley. It's been that type of game thus far. Dele Alli. Eriksen.
He has Janssen up alongside him. Eriksen, he's round Ben Mee. Beaten
away. Dele Alli came in and couldn't finish it off. He's had a golden
touch recently. 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League games. That is the
closest either team have come to breaking the deadlock. Pushed out
Heaton. Dele Alli came in. He scored in each of his last four games in
all competitions. He will be disappointed, and so will he, that
he hasn't made it five. Can Tottenham break? Winks. He's got
Trippier to his right. Dispossessed by Ward. Lovely play from the
Irishman. Now, Harry Winks, in his attempts to get to that, went
tumbling off the pitch and looks in a lot of pain towards the Burnley
dug-out. 0-0 at the break. We hope that that that doesn't look as
serious as it is for Harry Winks. Tottenham trying to prise an opening
out of Burnley. That's better from them though. Dele Alli. Sissoko -
dreadful touch from the Frenchman. It's come back out to Eriksen. Now
Davies. Janssen. Ben Davies, terrific stop from Heaton. Wonderful
reflexes from the Burnley goalkeeper. Well Tom Heaton has kept
five clean sheets at home this season. This is why today's is still
intact. Had to be on his toes. The effort from Ben Davies and Ben Mee
completed the clearance. Hendrick. A risky ball to him. Broken to
Janssen. Up against Ben Mee. He's still going, Janssen. Then it came
to Sissoko. A lack of composure when it really was required. Sissoko, who
prior to today has only played 58 minutes of Premier League football
this year. That was a wild effort from the Frenchman, who still hasn't
scored for Spurs. Hi wasn't close to changing it there. Here's Trippier.
He's overhit that. Davies to get it back across, then put behind by Joey
Barton. Tottenham corner count is up to seven. 25 minutes to go. Eriksen
with it. All the way through. An opportunity and in! From Eric Dier.
It could be a big goal for Tottenham. It's his first Premier
League goal since December 2015. It's a most welcome one in this
game. Burnley didn't deal with it. Poor clearance from Hendrick. A calm
finish from Dier. Passed it into the net. Look what it means to Mauricio
Pochettino. Aimed towards Vokes. Keane, on the turn. Couldn't quite
keep it down. He's scored a couple of Premier League goals this season,
Michael Keane. On his left foot, just miscued it. Won back by
Eriksen. From Joey Barton. Dele Alli. In towards Son. 2-0 Tottenham.
Heung-Min Son with his eighth Premier League goal of the season,
which could seal an 18th win of the season. With just 12 minutes to
play. Full credit to Eriksen winning that challenge from Joey Barton and
finding Dele Alli. What about the awareness here? Wonderful ball from
Dele Alli. The south Korean international couldn't miss. Burnley
0, Spurs 2. Son to Sissoko. That's in towards Eriksen. Dele Alli.
Wonderful effort. Spurs with a real spring in their step now. Just tried
to clip that towards the far corner. Certainly had Tom Heaton stretching.
That came off Hendrick. It's fallen to Son. He knew Dele Alli was there.
This to seal it, once and for all. Dele Alli. And it still won't go in
for him. Again, it was sloppy from Burnley in the build-up. Good
awareness from Son. Just right across the face, in the end. How
important was your goal when it came in the second-half? Very important.
Yeah, you know, I was really happy just to get a goal, to be honest.
It's been a while? It's been a while. I was getting more worried I
wasn't going to get one. Yeah, I needed a bit of luck, it bounced
down in front of me. Yeah, you know, it's so hard to come here and we
knew it was going to be tough. We had the right attitude. Up until
their first goal I thought it was a tight affair. We gave a good
performance, solid. Kept them using the lines of pass they like tochl
they like to rotate and shift the ball quickly between the units. I
thought we kept that to a minimum. We created good chances. Good
positions rather than chances. That is something we have to add to, that
final moment of quality. 27 points tloeft play for, seven point gap.
People were calling them champions-elect. Is this champion
race back on? Seven points is completely different to ten. It's
still a lot of work to do. It's not depending on us, it's depending on
if Chelsea fade. We can be there to the end of the season and try to
fight for the title, of course. Things have livened up a tad. A few
injuries Tottenham have, no Harry Kane. Spurs marching on? Seven
league games without Harry Kane this season. It was always going to be
tough at Burnley with their home record. They didn't really miss him
today. They went four at the back in the second-half. They were dominant.
This is the first half. They did create a lot of chances. That was
the only one in the first half. The second-half they were totally
dominant. Davies, this time, good save from Heaton. This time Sissoko.
Wild slice. Should actually hit the target. This is a goal from Dier.
Gets away from Keane. Takes the touch. Time to do that. Picks his
spot well. Eriksen winning the ball in midfield. Lovely ball through to
Dier. To Dele Alli, I should say. What a ball that is for a tap-in for
Son who came on as sub. It was chance after chance and should have
been a few more. Dele Alli, again. He gets in on goal. Scuffs it wide.
It was a big test for Tottenham that today. They passed with flying
colours again. Gap down to seven points, Martin. A tad more
interesting for us neutrals. Can it be done? I don't think it can be.
This team, Tottenham, have been brilliant since the turn of the
year. More points than any other team. They have tough ones. Chelsea
and the next few games? Exactly. You never know. Semi-final to come. The
two best teams, without doubt. A good result for them today.
Hull, who began the day three points from safety,
welcomed West Ham to the KCOM Stadium.
The Hammers have lost three on the spin, leading to speculation
Hernandez starts for Hull City despite only returning from
international duty with Uruguay yesterday morning. His first-ever
Premier League goal came here against West Ham, but he is
currently suffering a seven-game goal drought. Robert Snodgrass
returns for his former stomping ground yet to score in Everton Blues
insist ?10 million move in January, but he remains Hull City's top
scorer for the campaign with seven strikes.
Clucas picked out Elmohamady, took a while to see if he backed himself
with the pass but he's found the pass. Elmohamady has forced a corner
off Cresswell. The first corner of the game. Hull City have scored in
all of their games here since Marco Silva replaced Mike Phelan in early
January. Markovic, the Serbian, to take. Struck a West Ham face, but
away by Fonte. Feghouli couldn't clear his lines. It's Clucas for
Hull. Cresswell is there, but under pressure from Niasse, who's done
brilliantly. Now Markovic, he can go back to Niasse. A decent cross and
its behind by Fonte, on the slide. Suddenly a bit of pressure on the
West Ham defence here. Ten points out of a possible 12 in the Premier
League here for Marco Silva. Davies chose to head it away but has
conceded possession cheaply to Feghouli. Snodgrass has taken up a
great position in the middle. What a chance for Robert Snodgrass on his
return to the KCOM Stadium. It bounced perfectly to invite the
header, but he couldn't beat Jakupovic. Was the offside? The flag
stayed down nearside. Slaven Bilic, the latest Premier League manager to
come under criticism this week. It's his job is safe? -- is his job safe?
Cresswell getting forward. Carroll puts it home. His 50th Premier
League goal. He celebrates with the opening strike. Curtis Davies will
not want to see this again. Carroll just dripping in behind Davies here.
Davies misjudged it. Carroll had time to wing it down and steer it
beyond Jakupovic. Not only successful Hull at home, Marco
Silva, he's actually not lost a home game in over three years for his
various clubs. That's 38 games in total. Cresswell's delivery. Cleared
as far as Lanzini. Jakupovic makes a very good save. Lanzini has really
stepped up and he's weighed in with seven goals this season and that was
heading home and but for the outstretched left hand of Jakupovic,
West Ham boss might lead would have doubled. A change made by Marco
Silva at half-time. Hull City have changed their formation to a rather
bold looking for- to- four, it underlines the importance of Hull
City getting something out of this game. Hull desperately need more
quality from Markovic. He's found Hernandez and he's picked out
Rosicky. Here -- Grosicki. Here's Robertson. Superbly taken! His
first-ever Premier League goal and it might just be a building block as
Hull City try to preserve their Premier League status. Markovic
started it. At last they are moving the ball quickly and accurately.
Robertson bombing forward. Suddenly there's space and there a calmness
about is finish that belies the fact that that is its first-ever Premier
League goal. Tuck it away quite beautifully and he stepped up when
his club needed him today. Suddenly Marco Silva's team show a bit of
fight about them. Snodgrass, you still feel he will have some part to
play in this contest. He is looking for Carroll. It's a good job for
Jakupovic that the header was straight at him. You feel it would
have been to- one, West Ham. -- 2-1. Here come Hull City again, it's
Niasse up against fog again. It will come to N'Diaye, what a chance,
against the post. He's wide. Oh, we'll Hull City rue those
opportunities come the final whistle? Suddenly there are huge
gaps in the West Ham rearguard. Niasse could have fed it to N'Diaye
but chose the wrong option. It felt for the Senegalese, who found the
woodwork and Grosicki couldn't even do that. These could be vital
opportunities that Hull City are wasting. Ranocchia, the target is
Grosicki, on the blindside of Byron. A chance to cross for Robertson.
He's picked out Maloney. All he can do is force a corner off font will
-- off Fonte. Hull City were briefly top of the table in August. Headed
in by Ranocchia! Andrea Ranocchia, the man from Inter Milan, pulse Hull
City in front five minutes from time. Hull City, so ordinary for
most of the game, particularly the first half, and Ranocchia charged
the near post. He wasn't picked up close enough by Kouyate and it's a
lovely deft touch from the Italian. He finds the bottom corner.
How important was you got all three points today? Really important. With
our stadium and our fans we are strong. Very good, because we start
to lose and after, we changed the result. It's important as well. We
deserved this result we could find ourselves one nil down and probably
deservedly so. A change of formation and personnel, the second half we
dominated and we deserved the two points in the end. Teams go through
sticky patches. We have a great team, great manager and we will pull
through. I can't stop the speculation, except by winning games
and getting a point or whatever and we didn't do it. Today,
unfortunately, we had a good chance. Of course, we can expect more
speculation. Do you even bother to read it? No, I wasn't and I'm not.
I'm concentrating on my job and doing the job the best I can. That's
it. We'll come to that. A crucial three points for Hull. They were
struggling and had a tactical turnaround by Silva. They did, Marco
Silva has been playing with three at the back and changed it to four at
Silva has been playing with three at the back and changed it to four at
half-time, Grosicki coming off the bench made all the difference to
them. He hasn't lost a home game in about four years as a manager and he
knows how to make changes. Grosicki here, you could say this was an
amazing assist and great play here. Robertson getting on the end of this
assist, look at the run he's made, but when you see him on the edge of
the box, here, I think is going to take it onto his right foot and
think about hitting this into the corner. But instead it comes off his
foot and it's a fantastic, he passes it from his right foot to his left
foot, Robertson, and it's a wonderful finish. You can't take
this away from Grosicki, a great ball in. Ranocchia there with a
great run. The marking is absolutely terrible from West Ham. They've been
really appalled with that, Slaven Bilic hanging onto his job and
that's a really easy goal to concede. Andy Carroll, one of the
best headers of the ball in the Premier League on the near post.
He's been out jumps, easily. He's quite broke -- he's quite mobile,
that Ranocchia. Slaven Bilic, under the cosh, is it fair? I think it was
always going to be a tough season for them. They suffered with
injuries. He's lost his best player, Payet. A new stadium, it's always
going to be tough. Their 14th, three points of nine, so I think it's
unfair. What they need to do is come out and back him.
Two games with an impact at both ends of the table,
plus Goal of the Month on Match of the Day 2.
There's live commentary of both games on 5 Live
More sport tomorrow, the Boat Races, BBC One, from 4.00pm.
Masters' week kicks off with a documentary on Danny Willett's
success at Augusta last year, BBC Two at 3.00pm.
A reminder - if you're watching us on the iPlayer and missed
the top of the show - you can always go back at any
COMMENTATOR: Shaun Bartlett, the long pass from
Graham Stuart. He's on the edge of the area and Shaun Bartlett made it
first time, left into the bottom corner. Ewan-macro a special goal.
Leicester have moved clear of danger after three straight wins under
The champions played host to Stoke, who've won just once in their last
eight visits to the King Power Stadium.
They are all one for now but surely Sir Michael is a shoo-in for the
Player of the Year award for the Foxes. -- Schmeichel. Berahino has a
lot to do to make him one of the most promising youngsters. His last
goal was over 13 months ago but a fresh start at Stoke may yet make
him a bargain. Stoke have lost five of their last seven away, though
they did get a point at Manchester City, which is no mean achievement.
Now Demarai Gray, for Leicester. A chance to move his pace. Ryan
Shawcross, straight into the referee's notebook. That's a
shocking challenge. Gray is so much quicker than Shawcross but there's
absolutely no attempt whatsoever by Ryan Shawcross to even acquaint
himself with the ball. If football had an orange card I think it would
have been brandished. Leicester have a free kick. Demarai Gray is off the
pitch. Then he goes and it's... Kick in the end. -- goalkicker in the
end. Huth is chasing the referee, Vardy looking quizzical. It appeared
to come off Glen Johnson. First chance was Huth's, then Vardy. It
would have cost a lot of money to put the chairman's name on there.
Whelan, straight to Danny Drinkwater. Here's Mahrez. Space
here for Wilfred Ndidi D. Hits it absolutely brilliantly! Absolute
cracker from Wilfred Ndidi D. Superb strike. Feast your eyes on that! Lee
Grant wasn't getting near this one. Out of the blue and out of the very
top draw. Leicester lead. That's a good ball into Arnautovic.
A real chance from Arnautovic. A lovely bit of play here from Sobhi.
Picked out the run of Arnautovic, had to swivel and to just over
rotated in the end, if anything. The Foxes have their tails up again. Now
Mahrez. A good save by Grant, did really well. He got a really strong
hand on this, the Stoke goalkeeper. That's a top save.
Hooked in, Vardy, great finish. Two spectacular Leicester City goals.
Jamie Vardy doubled their lead. They cannot stop smiling at the King
Power again. Look at the movement here of Vardy. Stoke might not what
to look at the defending. Glen Johnson standing statuesque. Jamie
Vardy nips in front and whacked, 2-0. As soon as Vardy got in front
of him, Glen Johnson knew what was coming. He will be incensed that his
side conceded so early in the second half. Everything he said at
half-time pretty much down the drain within about 60 seconds of the
restart. Berahino looking for Allen again.
Blocked by Drinkwater. Okazaki forward to Vardy. Leicester break,
Vardy and Mahrez. Only two in this, two might be enough. Mahrez. A great
save. Mahrez again. Mahrez found by Vardy and Grant to
the rescue for Stoke. Sometimes it only takes two. Good play by Vardy.
Good ball that, Arnautovic is offside.
Put it away smartly enough. Offside, Marko Arnautovic. He turns and says
to the referee's assistant, are you absolutely sure about that? It
looked tight. He's well onside. By the very high standards to which
they work, that was straight-forward looking decision. Adams ball in.
Schmeichel did well. He delivers for Vardy. Who has won the header.
Mahrez here. They are in trouble here. Varpdy wants it. Iing in order
by Mahrez. Well, he should really have looked for Jamie Vardy. If he
had, I think it would have been three. A poor miss. Is certainly,
his decision contentious though it was to dispense with Claudio
Ranieri, has been utterly vindicated. Here's Gray. Gray. Oh, a
little touch there from Grant. It's a really good save that by Lee
Grant. Finger tip stop here from the Stoke keeper. Arnautovic. Diouf.
Crouch in the middle. Ramadan arriving. Crouch, he should have
scored. Crouch knows that's got to go in the back of the net. So a
little bit of history, David Shakespeare will become the first
ever Englishman to win his first four Premier League games as a
manager. I always felt today the first goal was going to be crucial.
What a good goal it turned out to be by the way. I always felt then it
gave us a foothold in the game. Then we you score after half-time, people
will tell you that goals are important at times. Today they were
crucial. The second one, just after half-time, gave us that confidence
to go on and win the game. We didn't perform today, half a yard short all
over the park, unfortunately. What you don't want to happen is to go
behind against a Leicester side because then it plays into their
hands. They can play counter-attack and get people behind the ball then,
release Vardy and Mahrez further up the pitch. Then it's difficult. He's
a good guy and he's got the lads back together. It's a confidence
thing. Like I've always said, if we get the momentum we'll be all right.
Not many teams can challenge us at our best, especially at home.
Everyone has got their togetherness back. We can carry on and kick on.
Yes, indeed. Leicester playing like champions. David Shakespeare, what a
start. Look at those names who have won their first four Premier League
fixtures in charge. Not bad at all. They are going well, Leicester,
suddenly. A up could of fabulous goals to boot? They were much better
than Stoke were today. Two brilliant goals. What a strike that is from
Ndidi. The keeper has no chance whatsoever. He dives. He gets
nowhere near it at all. This is one hell of a finish from Vardy. Gets
the wrong side. Johnson doesn't seem him coming. What a volley that is.
Confidence. Four goals, four games. Yes. He's firing again, no doubt
about that. Two superb goals. Difference confidence makes.
Absolutely. Demarai Gray came in late, Albrighton wasn't feel too
well. He performed brilliantly He has been unlucky he hasn't been part
of the three previous wins they had. Played for England under-21s. Good
English talent. When he runs at people he is frightening. Flicks it
around his opponent. He is straight at you. Goes for the jugular. Good
defending. Denies him there. This is the area he wants to be, the central
position. Whips it, that is a great save to deny him. He's a real plus
point for them. Not a good day for Stoke.
Bottom of the table Sunderland need to make up a seven point gap
They faced Watford, who've struggled in recent weeks,
taking just one point from their last four.
COMMENTATOR: Watford top-scorer Troy Deeney begins on the bench having
returned from a week off ill on Monday. There are three changes,
Holebas and Amrabat come in. It was announced that Tom Cleverley will
join permanently in the summer. Lamine Kone is back for Sunderland
having missed their last game with a knee injury. The Larsson moves to
the bench. Jermain Defoe scored in his first England appearance since
2013 last weekend. Both he and Sunderland have failed to find the
net in their last four league games. Januzaj. Up against Holebas. Getting
it in towards Defoe. Kaboul left it. Gomes had to react. I think he was
expecting Kaboul to intervene here. Nerves at the back for Watford early
on. Understandable that they have kept one clean sheet in their last
18 Premier League games. Capoue for Watford. Inside of Gibson, as well.
It's Doucoure, Niang. Nice turn. Niang! Firsted away by Pickford.
Still alive for Watford with Doucoure! Pickford, again, to the
rescue. Good work here from Pickford after a neat turn and hit from
Niang. Was the better save. Down ever so quickly to Parry from
Doucoure. Cleverley. Cleverley. Here's Capoue. Okaka. Cleverley has
made his way into the centre. Back for Capoue instead. Thought about
hitting it. Does now! It wasn't too far away from Etienne Capoue. This
was travelling, but I think Pickford always knew it was just bending
wide. Well won by Jones, on for Januzaj. Still Januzaj - deflected!
It just dribbles wide. Craig Cathcart getting in the way of it.
But almost sending it into his own net. Good positive play here from
Adnan Januzaj. Gibson's corner. Space here for Januzaj. Watford ask
for a free-kick. Nothing doing. Amrabat on the charge for him here.
He has plenty in support as well. He spotted Niang. Niang. Pickford down
smartly, again. Sunderland very nearly caught napping on the
counter-attack. Decent strike, but you would expect Pickford to make
the block given the form he's been in this season.
Niang. Okaka in the middle. Niang. It's off Kone.
Cleverley's corner. Pickford comes, gets just about enough on it.
Success, back in. Away for another Watford corner. Cleverley whips it
in. Oh, a free header - off the bar. Back it and in! Miguel Britos, sends
a surge of relief around Vicarage Road. It's his first ever goal for
Watford. What a big one it is, too. A free header for Okaka. Diverted on
to the crossbar. Britos had the chance to steer in from close-range.
Doucoure. Nicely done by Okaka. Through for Success to chase.
Pickford with a very important save. Danger still not fully away. Sent
just over the top by Doucoure. Success was through on goal here.
Pickford has kept Sunderland in the game with that save. This wasn't far
away from Doucoure either. In fact, it got a deflection. Chase here.
Good turn. Good pass as well. Januzaj. What a tame effort. Doesn't
he know it. Chances few and far between for Sunderland this
afternoon. Januzaj fluffs his lines. Catching practice for Gomes.
Borini. Borini! Forces a top stop out of Heurelho Gomes. They've had
precious few chances this afternoon, Sunderland. Borini's snapshot forces
Gomes into action. Disappointed we lost. Didn't think there was much in
the game at all. I thought we deserved something out of the game.
The boys worked hard to get something from it. Set-pieces were
always going to be the difficulty. They are in the lands of the giants,
Watford. To be fair, we have done a good job on it for most of the game.
One we turned off. One is too many. It's Costly. Was in the right place
at the right moment. I went inside the box, the second post, the ball
dropped there. I was in the right moment.
TRANSLATION: Very deserved. There are no doubts about this. We created
four or five chances in the first half. We should have scored at least
two goals. Because we didn't do this we allowed them too much in the
second-half. About being deserved winners, no doubt about this. Rave
You said you needed to win one of your next two games. You failed to
do so today. How much pressure does it put on the next match for you?
I've said it, haven't I. That's it. That's what you do. We have to win
another game. A nerve settling victory for Watford given their
recent form. It could have been more but for Pickford? You have to say,
looking now that David Moyes putting a brave face on it, that Sunderland
will go down. There will be clubs chasing this fella. This is Niang,
what a purchase he has been as well coming in on-loan in the transfer
window for Watford. No points recently for them. It was vital
today. Pickford was there. A great save there, low-down. To his right.
Niang, again. He would test him. You have to be smart, get your angles
right there. Success coming through. Comes out, smothers him. He looks
really sharp and bright. He is desperate to keep clean sheets.
Today it was a set-piece. He can do nothing with this one. Britos coming
in at the far-post and tucking it. No-one near him. Just onside? For me
he's just onside. The goalkeeper is obscured. Just about keeps him
onside. Britos just simple tap-in for him. Watford up to 12th.
Sunderland doomed, are they? They are doomed. They have been flirting
with relegation for a number of years now. The seven points from
safety, nine games left. Can't see it at all. Can't score goals. No.
Big struggle. Despite going 18 league games
unbeaten, Manchester United remained four points off
a Champions League place. They faced West Brom,
who've won twice at Old Trafford COMMENTATOR: Jose Mourinho says his
team selection topd was easy because he didn't have any other options.
Mata's groin surgery confirmed last night. Latest in a long line of
injuries and suspension that is have hit Manchester United right at the
start of a month when they will play nine tems times in the next 30 days.
Tony Pulis said the starting XI still cost over ?200 million.
Fellaini, Martial. Dawson. Looking for Rashford. It will fall for
Lingard. Just too high. It's the first shot in anger of the game.
Lingard, who scored against West Brom last season here at Old
Trafford, part of the new generation. Made his England debut
in Gareth Southgate's first game in charge. Despite all the injury
problems at the moment, still no place in the starting XI today for
Wayne Rooney. Here's Lingard, headed away by
Evans. Here's Valencia. Lingard's cross. It's Martial's header. It's
just off target. Very good positioning from the Frenchman,
creeping in off the left-wing, just off target.
McClean. Robson-Kanu. He's turned well here. Chadli, again. Fletcher,
Robson-Kanu, back out to Chadli. Dawson is in the box. This is
Fletcher. He couldn't pull the trigger properly against his old
club. Scored 24 goals during his Manchester United days, Darren
Fletcher. I don't think that was going on targets anyway. It hit Eric
Bailly. Carrick, Fellaini. Rashford. Good ball to Lingard. Mkhitaryan.
McClean dove in there and Fellaini puts it wide. In a game of precious
few chances, this certainly counts as one. But, if anything, it was his
team-mate, Mkhitaryan, lying on the ground in front of him, that made
that an even more difficult shot. Manchester United have already drawn
more games this season than in the whole of last season. If it was to
finish level today it would be 11 draws from 28 league games this
campaign. Martial. Steadies himself. It took a deflection on the way
through, he claims. Mike Dean says goal kick. Not only did it hit the
opponent, it might have hit an arm on the way through, but goal kick is
the decision of the officials. Mkhitaryan gets it back from
Carrick. Couldn't control it. Mkhitaryan... Couldn't find the net.
Mkhitaryan did everything right there. It's a good save by Ben
Foster. It came out and was smothered. The goalkeeper definitely
gets a touch and that's what forces Jose Mourinho to throw his pen away
in disgust. Mkhitaryan once more. Trying to create the space. That was
on target as well and it needed saving from Ben Foster. Really good
shot from Marcus Rashford. The sun in his eyes as well, Ben Foster. Did
well to palm it away. Into the last five minutes now.
It's a sight of goal from Fletcher, it hit the crossbar. What a moment
that could have been for Darren Fletcher. And David De Gea, who's
been a virtual spectator for the whole game, almost fumbled that into
his own net. His Valencia. It's a lot louder in here now. Martial
couldn't get there. This is Rashford. Away by Fletcher. Won by
Young. It's a free kick, it's going to be a booking as well. Yellow card
for Jake Livermore. A smiling moment between Mourinho and pumas. Now
Marcus Rashford, hoping to grab a headline moment. He nearly did, as
well. Saved by Ben Foster, not for the first time today.
We saw you smiling with Tony Pulis. Did you cancel each other out today?
I don't know what you mean. What do you mean by that? Two teams evenly
balanced today? You think so? I'm asking you. Do you think so, really?
Do you think that's a question? You were smiling with him at the end.
He's my friend. I was not speaking about the game. We went across the
midfield line once in 90 minutes and the other team is for 90 minutes
with the ball, in the opponent's half, trying and trying and trying.
You are telling me that one team cancelled the other one and each
other. We didn't have to defend. We're really, really pleased with
the effort and organisation and the performers. The one disappointing is
I think we have players who imposition can do better than what
they did today. However, they were concentrating so much on the other
side of it, I'm not sure, but we are delighted with the point. You could
have had a goal on your return to Old Trafford today. It was a decent
shot but slipped through and unfortunately for him it hit the bar
but it wasn't to be and it's a great point. We beat everyone on quality
of play and possession, creation, ambition, we beat everyone, but
then, you are right, we draw too many matches. Did these two teams
cancel each other out? It was one-sided but it wasn't the most
thrilling encounter, was it? No, it was a very poor game but the same
old story, just united, isn't it? Dropping points at home, draw after
draw after draw. They got into decent positions. West Brom have
been brilliant for large, most of the season. United couldn't break
them down. They were very, very wasteful in the final third will
stop its frustrating, it's happened so many times this season. Again,
second half, it didn't change. Men behind the ball again, West Brom,
they couldn't find a way through. So wasteful, as I said, in that final
third. Martin Jol then Carrick, and Mkhitaryan, Rooney with a poor pass
-- Martial, then Carrick. Mkhitaryan has a good opportunity and you can
see what Mourinho things of that when it goes in the back of the net.
A very frustrating day for him. There's been a lot of those at Old
Trafford this season. 19 games unbeaten but they haven't really
progressed 19 games unbeaten but they are still insist position and
it's been a problem for them all season, other than Ibrahimovic, 15,
the second top scorer with six goals. They have to rekindle that
are of playing at Old Trafford. You couldn't get go there and get a
result. We finish with what can only be
described as mid-table clash - tenth placed Southampton hosted 11th
placed Bournemouth in Jay Rodriguez starts today in place
of Gabbiadini, who is injured. Bournemouth are unbeaten in three
and unchanged today. Joshua King has scored eight Premier League goals
since the turn of the year. Going into the weekend only Harry Kane and
Romelu Lukaku had scored more with 11 H. -- 11 each. Southampton at
home for the first time since the 4th of February today, for the south
coast derby, which Bournemouth have never managed to win away at
Southampton. Now Bertrand, with a passing to Tadic now. Collected by
Rodriguez. The red and white shirts flooding forwards but Rodriguez,
struck firmly. Boruc right behind it. All the attacking play so far in
the match is coming from Southampton. They hung on to get a
draw at Manchester United. They've won back-to-back games since with a
clean sheet last time out against Swansea. Good play by King there.
Harassing Ward-Prowse to win the ball back. Bournemouth get a free
kick. Bournemouth have gone looking for it a little bit more in the last
few minutes. Off the head of Stephens. Steve Cook
happy to let than one roll-out for a corner kick. Fraser to take the
corner. Almost done. Off the line. A vital clearance. By Steven Davis,
the Southampton. That's how close they were. This will give you an
even better idea. Surman stretched and Davis made sure it didn't cross
the line. Here comes Southampton, now Cedric.
The little lay-off. The shot from Tadic there clipping the outside of
the post. That's the closest Southampton have come.
Forward by Tadic, chased by Rodriguez. He'll be the first one
there. Good save, Artur Boruc. Excellent play all round. The
attacking move from Southampton, first-time shot from Rodriguez,
bringing the best out of Boruc and keeping it goalless, with half-time
on the horizon. Joshua King gets the better of
Yoshida. Its king for Bournemouth. A great chance here. Afobe put it
wide. What a chance. Bournemouth will do well to get a better one
than that today. And Yoshida finally beating in the challenge by King,
got away, saw Afobe. Picked him out, but he couldn't find the bottom
corner. Yoshida unsure where to go. Davis, into Redmond. Redmond looks
to light up this match. Brings the save. Tadic almost there.
Ward-Prowse guides it wide. It was Nathan Redmond who brought the save
from the Bournemouth goalkeeper and when the ball came out to James
Ward-Prowse he just guided it wide of the post. Southampton have scored
only 14 goals at home all season. Only Middlesbrough have scored
fewer, with a dozen going into this weekend of fixtures.
Fraser, bursting into the penalty area. Yoshida did well to hold him
up there. Davis under pressure. Wilshere goes for it. Smith goes for
it, smacks the post. Southampton scramble it away from in front of
the own goal and in the end Gosling blasts it wide. What a close run
thing therefore Southampton. Hanging on a bit at the back. With
Bournemouth pushing forward, the ball falling invitingly to Marc
Pugh, as they bounced off the post. Off the head of Bertrand, collected
by Wilshere. Away from Tadic, Wilshere still going, sliding it
through. Bournemouth appealing for a penalty. Jonathan Moss had a long,
long think about it before making the award. Jack Welsh are trying to
force his way through against Tadic and was there a touch by Bertrand on
the player running into the penalty area? Barely a touch on the
Bournemouth player. Bournemouth with the chance to go ahead, and Harry
Arter has missed it by a mile. That's the third penalty Bournemouth
have missed this season. Just as he goes to take it, a big dybbuk comes
up out of the penalty spot. -- a big dybbuk. You have to take chances
like that. Arter's flick, Fraser knocks it on. Jack Welsh,
Bournemouth starting to threaten again. Good save from Forster. Now
Southampton survived. That was a good save from Fraser Forster,
beautifully struck by Harry Arter, looking to make amends for his
penalty misfortune. I think we can lose this game, we can win, we have
a good opportunity to score and without scoring, we took confidence
and it was difficult to finish this game. Four matches in row unbeaten,
it could have been three points? It could have been three. We weren't
great the first half but we sprung to life second-half and dominated
the game. We had some great chances and really should have put the game
to bed. One of those chances was the penalty that was missed, and on
April Fools' Day we reveal that St Mary's sliding penalty spot. It's a
standing foot has slipped, it's lifted the ball and he has guided.
It's remarkable. Harry Arter there will not be... It will be a mystery,
what the hell happened. It's a different Harry but the same result.
Same penalty spot,... Same position. The groundsman won't thank me,
another divot comes up and Harry lifts it and puts it over.
Remarkable similarity. Both these teams will be happy, mid-table
finish. Acceptable. I think so, Southampton tense, Bournemouth are
11th. Bournemouth had enough chances in the second half to have won that
game today but Southampton struggled to score goals at home. Okada, we
are more or less out of time so Martin, thank you very much, Alan,
thank you very much indeed. Before we leave you we will look at the
Premier League table. Chelsea's lead over Tottenham is down to seven
points, while Liverpool are up to third. Manchester United's draw
leaves them four points adrift of the final Champions League place.
Hull move level with Swansea but bottom side Sunderland are now seven
points from safety. Alys four points of clear of trouble while Leicester
Rice to 30s. What the Sunday papers have to say. The expressive one of
several papers to declare the title race back on. The Telegraph focuses
on Jose Mourinho's scathing attack on Manchester United's misfiring
forwards. And they Mahrez considering approaches from United
and Chelsea, with the Times claiming both clubs would play his Barcelona
release clause of ?170 million -- Neymar is considering approaches.