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COMMENTATOR: Just brilliant, just brilliant!
COMMENTATOR: What a turn, what a goal!
COMMENTATOR: Look at that. Oh, look at that!
They began the day nine points clear at the top of the Premier League,
with the other challengers bunched well behind.
We'll see 28 goals and all the top four in the next 90 minutes.
Plus the thoughts of our front two - Alan Shearer and Ian Wright.
We start with Chelsea against Arsenal.
It followed midweek matches which strengthened the position
The Premier League gives back and it could be the biggest week yet. This
fixture is rarely dull. That's it up for Kaboul. Deflected. All over the
place, Arsenal. David Luiz to hit it and he called them out. Wijnaldum,
Liverpool back on terms. A big moment in the Premier League title
race. Mignolet has kept it out. This is the night that Arsenal lost the
title. The result that will suit the leaders far more. Your commentator
at Stamford Bridge was Jonathan Pearce.
COMMENTATOR: Antonio Conte's transformation of
Chelsea began with the 3-0 hammering at Arsenal on September the 24th,
which saw them three points behind their London rivals. 15 victories in
the 17 subsequent games means another wing will lift them 12
points clear the Gunners, effectively ending their title
hopes. Pedro, who scored four in his last five games, replaces Willian
for Chelsea, in their only change from Anfield. They've won their last
ten home games this season and their last four here against Al is --
against Arsenal. Walcott, looking for his 100th goal, replaces Giroud,
who goes to the bench. Oxlade-Chamberlain, who came on
against Watford, starts for the injured Ramsay. Bellerin will be a
welcome change for the Arsenal fans who know they are in the last chance
saloon. Good afternoon for the Arsenal manager, sitting out his
suspension -- and awkward afternoon for the Arsenal manager, sitting out
his suspension amongst the supporters. Azpilicueta, part of the
back three brought in by Conte after that game at the Emirates. When they
were beaten so badly. But they've taken a chance there. Method Ozil,
risky by Chelsea. Iwobi. A chance to shoot and place it, he nearly found
the back of the net. Only a deflection saved Chelsea from an
embarrassing start. Really bright start to the game. Charged
atmosphere, as there always is. Hazard floating into a central
position. Back to Moses. Koscielny has been drawn out for Arsenal, that
could be a worry. The woodwork! And in from the rebound. Reacted
quickest was Alonso, and Chelsea, the league leaders, our ahead from
their first meaningful attack of the game. Arsenal couldn't withstand it.
Our Arsenal heading out of the title race? Another big step for Chelsea
here. Mustafi was left isolated in the middle. In came the cross.
Bellerin Ford Diego Costa, Bellerin was there, absolutely poleaxed. The
little Arsenal full-back at two jobs to do in there. Took a real back in
the face. He looks completely dazed -- he took a real hit in the face.
Chelsea lead. A perfect start for him. Off goes Bellerin on and on
comes Gabriel. Arsenal may moan about that and say it should have
been a foul. Quick release to Hazard. Couldn't risk a challenge.
Diego Costa is there. Diego Costa held onto it, the chance has gone.
Didn't lift his head quickly enough. Oxlade-Chamberlain, look at the
pressure on him by Conte. Costa grimacing as if the decision should
have gone his way. He should have been more decisive, there. Arsenal
just got back at it. Anguished. A lovely ball. Alonso stretching
Arsenal in towards Pedro. Spilled by Cech. It would have been a lovely
goal. Not for better check, but Chelsea's build-up was lovely to
watch. Easy on the eye, precise. Cech nearly gifted than the goal.
Conte makes great theatre on the touchline. Walcott is wide, a lovely
ball. Theo Walcott with a cross. Arsenal have their six corner, one
more than Chelsea so far. Not since Iwobi's very early effort that was
deflected wide have they created anything. Here's Coquelin. Ozil
picks out Oxlade-Chamberlain. In comes the cross, a free header, a
great save. Gabriel denied by the acrobatic Courtois. It was straight
at Courtois. Gabriel really should have scored there. Sanchez is
turning out, bringing in Monreal. He is Iwobi. A good period here for
Arsenal. Monreal to the left line, back to Coquelin, brings in Ozil.
Can he get the shot away? He was obscured by Walcott, who wandered
across. Alexis Sanchez kicked the far post in frustration. He made the
deep run in. There's nothing to suggest at the moment Arsenal can
get back into the game. Diego Costa to Hazard. Chased by Coquelin, too
strong for him. Chelsea fans rise to Eden Hazard. Into the box.
Brilliant! A brilliant goal by Eden Hazard. Strength, purpose,
technique. Chelsea two, Arsenal nil. A title winning display by Chelsea.
Abramovich is delighted. From the minute he picked it up, he meant
business, and Arsenal were backpedalling. Bewitched the arts
and old defenders and tucked it home. Terrific individual gold -- he
bewitched the Arsenal defenders. It looks as if Chelsea are clearing
another hurdle on their way to the title. They'll take some stopping
now. Sheer delight. Brilliant celebrations for the manager. He is
irrepressible! Sanchez trying to get beyond Azpilicueta and does. Mustafi
shakes for the cross. Well back with a header on, good save. Idle for
long times in the game, but still alert. As to get down smartly, a
clever header from Welbeck. Stars of the Premier League watched by stars
of the silver screen, will Farrell and John C Reilly there. Now listen
to this reception. From Chelsea fans for Fabregas coming on against
Arsenal, they'll love this and especially for Hazard, a standing of
Asian and the scoring of the terrific second goal. -- a standing
ovation. They will love this. Arsenal fans won't.
Cech misplaces it. Fabregas. That's to complete Arsenal's misery. He
doesn't celebrate. But Arsenal fans will be crestfallen he got the
third, and Petr Cech, a nightmare for him. There are days in the late
winter and early spring when you see champions in the making, and this is
one of those days. Chelsea have been superb. Arsenal have been run
ragged. They accepted the gift, moments after coming on. Chess
Fabregas, the old Arsenal hero, puts his team to the sword. Chelsea
three, Arsenal nil. The look says it all. Eden Hazard, Man of the Match.
His goal was simply sublime. Three minutes of stoppage time being
played. Monreal with across, a consolation for Arsenal, just a
consolation. In terms of the game it won't mean much now. In terms of the
title race, I'm afraid it's all over for the Gunners. Should he have
started? That's the question Arsenal fans will ask as he gets his 11th
goal of the season. Today has been the story of the team that is built
on championship winning foundations against the team that has seen those
foundations absolutely crumble. As bad as they were Arsenal in
September, Chelsea have been so very, very good today. They have
completely turned the tables on their north London rivals this
season. It was an important game against Arsenal, because I consider
Arsenal one of the six teams that can fight for the title, until the
end of the season. For this season, to win and to put them 12 points
behind is important for us. The first goal is always going to be
decisive. Were you unhappy about it? If you look at the repetition in the
number of -- reputation in the number of games recently, you can
feel a bit sorry, but I think it's was 100% a foul, even dangerous
play. Did you think the first goal was a foul? In England, never. In
Italy or in other countries, maybe. What a goal by Eden Hazard? Eden
Hazard has a good technique. He can score goals, to date, he scored a
beautiful goal, good for him. It's good to score beautiful goals
against a massive team, so today I enjoyed the game, also the goal. We
scored three beautiful goals and we deserved to win the game. Let me
take you back to September at Arsenal, 3-0 down. Did you think
then you would this position so early? Honestly, I must be crazy to
think this is the situation now, yes, because honestly, at the start
it wasn't good for many reasons but only through the work, work, work,
it helped the players show you can change the situation, also when the
situation is not good. Another win for Chelsea, as they seem willing
march inexorably towards the title. Way too good for Arsenal. Yes, this
was a chance for Arsenal to run the words straight down our throats, the
critics like me, who say Arsenal won't win the league, and they
failed miserably again. Having said that, Chelsea were superb. They
bossed them from start to finish. Two performances in particular,
Hazard and Kante were brilliant. I don't think I've ever seen a guy who
is as fit as this guy, who gets around the pitch as much as this
guy, Kante. How many times he breaks up play and stops the opposition in
their tracks, and he can play as well. We said it many, many times.
He was just superb today. The way he gets around, the amount of grassy
covers, the moves he breaks up, sets up Costa here, and they couldn't
live with him today. He was absolutely superb. This guy also.
This is what they gave him stick for, not getting back, not working,
but he is composed, he is calm. You just want to leave him with the ball
at his feet, he will put you on your backside. This is good, this is
where the goal comes from. He is off now, and once he gets it, it is
skill, technique, strength, pace. This reminds me of the picture of
Maradona. Look at it, look, hasn't got a clue where he is going,
Koscielny. Coquelin falling off him. Watch Koscielny, we see is number,
all over the place. They just can't contain players playing that well in
the system. We sought the start of Kante, he has made more tackles than
any Premier League player in the last three seasons, and he has only
been here a season and a half! By contrast, what was Arsenal's game
plan? You have to press Chelsea, put them under pressure. Arsenal against
Watford, that was a poor as I have seen, and to be fair, Arsenal
started well. Sanchez telling everyone, let's push forward, Theo
is in a good position, the Ox is in a good position, Ozil is in a good
position. Courtois is going to try and go back, this is good, Ozil is
in, they get the ball, you are thinking, brilliant. They were
starting slow, they get the ball to Alex Iwobi, brilliant, here we go.
But that was it, they gave them too much time on the ball, and it was
just too easy for Chelsea, they were superb. The closing down was not
good. Look at the difference between Alonso and Walcott, Walcott has a
look at where he is, but he should track back. Koscielny has to work
harder to stop the cross coming in. That is not enough. Once the ball
comes in, it is too late, Walcott, it is a mismatch. You are right,
Wenger said that was a foul, but he is just being aggressive. Look out
easy bases, a throw from the keeper, long ball, this is embarrassing. --
look how easy this is. No pressure on the ball whatsoever, simple pass,
Chelsea attacking again. This is from one of their corners, Arsenal,
the keeper picks it up. Ozil is walking back, Costa is in the box,
and he plays the ball in, they are in trouble. No protection in front
of the back four, simple ball up to Costa, they are into the final third
again, and they were absolutely superb, Chelsea. It was an
embarrassing performance from Arsenal. It was, Alexi Sanchez
playing the centre forward role, not his usual self. Not one of his good
days, I didn't understand what he was trying to do, he made it so much
easier for the Chelsea back three than it should have been. He was
angry, he was frustrated, and rightly so. He is moaning because
the ball is not coming in, exactly the same thing again, frustrated.
When that happens, you come deeper for the ball, so now the Chelsea
back three are delighted with him. 40 yards from goal, no problem
whatsoever. Olivier Giroud is not on the pitch yet, so he is on the
left-hand side. This is a superb ball across, he should be in there,
he is their best player, he will put it in the back of the net.
Remarkably, their best player at 50 touches of the ball, not one of them
was in Chelsea's box, and that summed up Arsenal today. Arsene
Wenger does divide opinion amongst fans, they get into a terrible rage.
Social media is going crazy, and he has got a tough couple of months
coming up. At this time of the season, the crux end, they are
starting to slip up, fall away, you know what I mean, he has got really
serious thinking to do, really serious thinking to do at the end of
the season, what he wants to do - has it got the stomach to do this
again? Top four again? They are not going to win the league.
Two teams in contrasting form met at Goodison Park.
Everton had taken 14 points out of a possible 18 since Boxing Day,
while one win in seven had left Bournemouth
looking nervously over their shoulders.
It was a remarkable match, watched by Steve Wilson.
The 19-year-old makes his first evidence that after joining from
Charlton, he has only made an impression, scoring four minutes
after coming on in the win over Manchester City. Tyrone Mings makes
only his third Premier League start since sustaining a knee injury 18
months ago, and a second serious injury to strike a Callum Wilson
rules him out for the rest of the season, a bitter blow for Eddie
Howe. Mike Jones is the referee, and it is Everton who will get this game
under way, kicking towards that end in the first 45 minutes. And
immediately, a free kick for a foul by Josh King, that must be one of
the quickest of the season. Schneiderlin out to Williams.
Lukaku into McCarthy, back to Lukaku, space, goal! Romelu Lukaku!
What a start for Everton! Bournemouth sliced open. Brilliant
finish. Everton 1, Bournemouth 0. Just what he didn't need! Romelu
Lukaku's goal timed officially and 30 seconds, the joint fastest scored
in the Premier League this season, equal to Pedro's for Chelsea against
Manchester United. The cross laid into the feed of
Lukaku. Great footwork from Ademola Lookman.
He left Harry Arter brilliantly, just couldn't find the finish. He
doesn't look terribly thrilled, Ronald Koeman.
Nice touch to Barkley and back again, Lookman is in the middle, so
is Schneiderlin. Romelu Lukaku, great stuff from Lukaku, McCarthy,
and in! A big slice of luck about the way this ended up in the back of
the Bournemouth net, but it is 2-0 to Everton. And it is James
McCarthy's first goal of the season. McCarthy right to point at Lukaku,
because he made it, McCarthy scored it. Bournemouth in bother here.
Oh, that is dreadful, Lukaku through! What on earth was he doing?
29 minutes played, and Bournemouth have conceded three already, and it
is the 12th time this season they have conceded three or more. This is
a horror show at the moment for the visitors. And a stroll for the
hosts. Bournemouth have started the second are very much better than
they started the first, which, it has to be said, the bar was not set
very high. Wilshere, clipped up to Josh King, and he has got one back
for Bournemouth. It is a quality ball from Wilshere, the first touch
was lovely from King, just glancing it past the keeper into the net. It
is 3-1. You wonder if that is a platform on
which something happens, we will have to wait and see. A chance for
Bournemouth here, a good save, it is a corner, and Josh King turns away,
knowing that he might have made it 3-2. What a turnaround we would have
had then. Dangerous, in, it is 3-2, Josh King
has got another one! Extraordinary stuff, there is still 21 minutes to
play! At half-time, they were absolutely nowhere, and now they are
just one goal behind. And this, suddenly, is going to be a very
nervous 20 minutes for Everton. Well, he has seen it all already
this season, Eddie Howe. They came back miraculously against Liverpool,
they crumbled against Arsenal, they looked nowhere today, and now they
might get something from this game. Here is Jack Wilshere, good tackle,
and it needed to be. Kevin Mirallas here. Arter's shot! Corner. You
cannot believe what is happening in front of him, the Everton keeper.
They thought they should have a free kick, his shot was heading wide
anyway. Bournemouth have a corner. In goes the corner kick, Leighton
Baines arrives. Arter! Fabulous save! The Everton fans behind that
goal cannot believe what they are seeing, their team are hanging on
here. Great hit from Harry Arter, really good reactions from the
keeper. At the moment, he is keeping evident's lead intact. I would not
like to have a punt on who is going to score the next goal. Lukaku.
Lukaku... Abstract! -- hat-trick! He has been brilliant today. With eight
minutes to go, that should do it, 4-2 Everton. And another good
finish, hat-trick Lukaku. Three goals for him. I hesitate to say it,
but probably three points for Everton. Lukaku, he is in again! He
has scored again! Lukaku has four, Everton have five!
Fantastic display. Evident's number 10, four goals for Everton's
formidable Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku basking in the admiration. 16
league goals now this season, 17 in all.
Afobe, it comes off the post, and Arter has put it in the back of the
net, it is 5-3. It was pinball, ping-pong, and then in from Arter.
Here is the goal line camera. That suggests that the whole of the ball
had gone behind. I don't think that goal should have stood. Great run by
Josh King. Don't forget, he is on a hat-trick.
Barkley celebrates and scores! In an unusual order at the celebration
normally follows the goal! A very enjoyable game for the neutral, and
for Everton. Unless I have lost count, I think it is Everton 6,
Bournemouth 3. Crazy game, crazy game of football.
During the game, different systems for both teams, change system,
change system, and it really was a tactical battle. But they came back
in again, really good football, they made it really difficult. Obviously,
we scored the two goals, the game and a knife edge, the crowd getting
nervous, then we can see the fourth goal, which really knocked the
stuffing out of us. When I was driving to the stadium, I was like
thinking that I had a good feeling today, so it is just about instinct,
really, something that we worked on in training as well, all the
finishing in training is about instinct. So I am really happy that
everything worked today, happy for the other players as well, everybody
put a shift in. Romelu Lukaku showed again today he
is maybe one of the best finishers in football, because what he showed
today was really outstanding. It certainly was a bonkers game, wasn't
it? A remarkable performance from Romelu Lukaku. Cracking goals. He's
got all the attributes to be a stop -- a top striker. Isn't the one yet?
23 years of age, he's getting there, can score goals, already has a good
scoring ratio. But today, he was just absolutely superb. The touch,
the give and go here was brilliant. Give, and get it back. The touch
again, a little backlift and before the keeper. Blink. It's in the back
of the net. Side netting. The keeper has no chance with that one. This
one is a gift. From Simon Francis, touch with the right foot, a little
pink, clever, full of confidence. Too much space from Bournemouth.
Again, give and go, gets into the box, a good ball across, and a
clever finish. Really clever finish, cultured, into the back of the net.
The volley control. It's superb. This is a brilliant goal. This is
what I said about pace and power. Two quick for the Bournemouth
players. Brilliant from Ross Barkley. A right foot finish this
time. The keeper has no chance. Two quick and too strong, he was
absolutely superb today. Already, 172 appearances, 76 goals. One thing
I think will take to the next level as in last three years, 30 times
against top six opposition appearance but only scored three
goals. If you can keep on going... Perhaps because the team don't play
so well. He's been in a struggling team at times, but I think he can
get there. Certainly can. You enjoyed Ross Barkley's goal,
particularly his premature celebration? I never thought of
doing that! I thought he had a fantastic game today. This sums up
the confidence of him. He's done brilliant. But here, the
celebration. I like it, there's nothing wrong with it. Don't hit a
bobble here! You remember doing that when you were a kid at school,
heading it in and stuff like that. I'm glad to see he's got the
confidence to do that. He gets a lot of stick for enjoying the moment.
Bournemouth conceded 31 in the last 12 days. That's a recipe for
disaster. One win in eight, a shocking record. It coincides with
Nathan Ake, going back to Chelsea. They've conceded 13 in the last
four. It's not good form. He's got to be worried about, Eddie. Good to
watch though. Having steered Sunderland
to safety last season, for the first time as
Crystal Palace manager. this was all about another
battle to beat the drop. Sam Allardyce has called it an
ultimate six pointer, but his first encounter with Sunderland since
leaving in the summer isn't the only subplot. Patrick van Aanholt lines
up against his former side, two weeks after playing for them, as
Palace stick with the same team that won at Bournemouth mid Wales full --
mid week. David Moyes had them is to bring him his Everton old boys and
one starts today. Oviedo replaces Manquillo, their only other change
sees Januzaj preferred. It's going to be a free kick and an early
yellow card for Sebastian Larsson. Larsen knew that Zaha had the pace
to get past him and didn't get much of the ball, but a fair bit of
Wilfried Zaha. Having replaced Sam Allardyce in the summer, David Moyes
thinks the Sunderland players have a lot to thank Allardyce four, mainly
keeping them in the Premier League last season. Van Aanholt on the
scene for Palace. Sunderland fans making their feelings about Patrick
van Aanholt clear, as Rodwell brings it forward and puts it in for Defoe
to chase. Defoe up against Ward. Defour forces a fine save out of
Wayne Hennessey. -- Defoe. Sam Allardyce said Jermain Defoe is
simply electric and his players couldn't afford one slip against him
today. Hennessey keeps him at bay early on.
Rodwell helped it onto Januzaj. Januzaj was the meat in a Palace
sandwich there. Van Aanholt and McArthur closing in on him.
Larsson takes, looking for Kone, who gets the header in. Can't deal with
it and Kone puts it in. Sunderland have the early lead for stop Kone
reacted quickest. Party time for those Sunderland fans, who have had
precious little to cheer on their travels this term. Lamine Kone, one
of the stars of Sunderland's second half of the campaign, after being
brought in by Sam Allardyce last season, has dealt an early blow to
his former manager. Crystal Palace nil, Sunderland one.
Zaha has won possession back off Larsen, then caught from behind by
Sebastian Larsson, who has already been cautioned and has to watch his
step here. 20 minutes played, and the Palace fans baying for a second
booking. Well, I've seen yellow cards given for that kind of thing
in the past. Puncheon leaves it for Cabaye. It's a good ball and away by
Rodwell as far as Van Aanholt. On for Delaney. He's kept it in. Dann
is up there and Tomkins somehow sends it wide. The best chance
Palace have had midway through the first half. It's a good cross from
the defender and his fellow centre-back failed to hit the target
from close range. It's a really big chance that, for Crystal Palace.
Ledley, pocket picked by N'Dong. Danger here. Oh, brilliant! Didier
N'Dong with a wonderful strike and a huge goal for Sunderland. Big Sam's
side are in big trouble now. Didier N'Dong with his first goal for
Sunderland, and his first goal for anyone since November 2015. Joe
Ledley won't want to see the replay again. He fell asleep. N'Dong was
alert. Then chanced his arm in great fashion from long range. Hennessey
couldn't do much about that. Crystal Palace nil, Sunderland two.
Larsen, as -- clever pass. Releasing it at Januzaj. Januzaj, waiting for
support, gets it in the shape of Jermain Defoe. 3-0 Sunderland.
Staggering stuff from the visitors. And the boos ring out around
Selhurst Park. Jermain Defoe, so often the saviour for Sam Allardyce,
when he was in charge of Sunderland last season, has dealt a devastating
blow to him today. He timed his run perfectly and then steered it beyond
Hennessey will stop Jermain Defoe with his 13th goal in the Premier
League this season. Threaded through for Defoe. Danger
here. Jermain Defoe! 4-0 Sunderland. Incredible! Devastating from Jeff
ain't -- Jermain Defoe. The Sunderland supporters can barely
believe it, and the Palace fans are leaving in their droves. And we're
not even at half-time yet. And you're not fit to wear the shirt
reverberates around Selhurst Park, in stark contrast, three goals in
the space of five minutes have Sunderland in Greenland. It's the
stuff of nightmares for Crystal Palace -- Sunderland are in dream
land. A bit of room here for Jason
Puncheon. McArthur, a good hit, not far away. Ironic cheers from the
home fans, as Palace have a rare sight of goal. His team have lost
their last five away league games. Talk about ending a losing run in
style. He is Zaha, meanwhile, Wilfried Zaha, away from Jones. Put
in on a plate, and income from Puncheon. Brilliantly saved by Vito
Mannone. Jason Jason Denayer back there as well. The combination of
the pair of them. Sunderland closing in on their first clean sheet away
from home this season. The last shutout on the road came in April's
win in Norwich, and Sam Allardyce was the man in charge.
Wilfried Zaha, fisted away by Mannone. Townsend onto the rebound.
Andros Townsend and Mannone again, and from Benteke. Dallas simply
aren't going to score today. Almost a wry smile on Sam Allardyce's face.
-- Palace simply aren't going to score today. Three chances in quick
succession, the first two saved by Mannone and then Christian Benteke
couldn't get that one on target. It's a game that we had to win
today. And you know, for some reason, when the pressure is on we
always perform. So we will hopefully keep it going. From a personal point
of view how will this result affects you today? Deeply, in all honestly.
As long as I've been doing this job and as experienced as I am, I'm
slightly in shock at the moment by what I've watched and what I've
experienced. In fairness to his team today, Dave's team were very good.
We were not at the races today. It gives is a real lift, a great
chance. We have an idea of where we need to get to. We have games at
home I believe that the Stadium Of Light we are capable of winning, so
we have to try to show that. A brilliant effort from Sunderland, a
fabulous performance away from home but your old team, Palace, got
something. They did. Sunderland need credit, they were under pressure
coming the game. Sam probably thought it would be a good day,
dancing with the mascot, but that's where it ended in respect of smiles.
Kone was magnificent, too strong. The keeper has to punch that, but
his reaction there to get that on target and volley it in, that was
fantastic. He's got to do better, Hennessey. Fantastic reaction from
him. Here, I think he's headed it to him, Delaney, he's got to tell him
to turn. Just a little bit of information for me there and he
tries to control it. The keeper doesn't move his feet well enough
for me. It's a good strike. But they were playing well. By now they were
really flying, Sunderland were Pirelli -- Sunderland were playing
brilliantly. This is a good move for them. Jermaine Defoe does really
well, comes off his man, links played brilliantly. It was so easy.
Sunderland couldn't believe what was going on. Januzaj played very well.
Jermaine still has so much time and space, I think the goalkeeper is too
close to his near post. But Jermaine has done what he does, if you give
him that time in the box. He hits the target and score the game. For
me, Oviedo, who literally bottomed up Wilfried Zaha for the game, he
played fantastically well. Januzaj's passes brilliant but Jermain his
movement, you can't let him turn and do that. It summed up Palace,
everything was sloppy and slow, no intensity, nothing. If you get the
first goal against Palace you have a good chance of winning the game
because they are so mentally weak. People keep saying they have good
players, they keep mentioning Zaha, Benteke, Puncheon, Townsend. These
guys have been poor now for over a year.
Hull against Liverpool wasn't easy to predict,
Hull had produced some encouraging performances
while Liverpool were still waiting for a first league win in 2017.
Hull City were the busiest club in the transfer window, and there are
debuts today for the two latest arrivals. And a late change too,
when Michael Dawson was injured in the warm up, a first start and a
home debut for the -- Ranocchia. A boost to the attacking play with the
return of Sadio Mane, the club's top scorer in the Premier League this
season. Sadio Mane has knocked it down to
Firmino, that did strike Niasse of Robertson. The referee has ruled it
was not hand to ball. A double deflection on that, it came off
Maguire first before slamming against the left hand of Robertson.
Would have been very harsh on Hull. Henderson, that is in point, that,
all the way up to Firmino. He looks towards Mane. That is wide. It was
flat that by the Hull keeper, but importantly he has kept it down to
Coutinho, but he kept on going to smother the shot.
Hernandez not quick enough to make the most of that pass, Matip had the
head start. If Hull had looked the other way, there was a gaping hole
where James Milner usually is. Given away again, Emre Can takes it. That
will be a hell city corner. All does not seem well at times with
Liverpool's defending. Hull's corner they can bite was... A debut goal
for Alfred N'Diaye. It seemed as though the threat had gone when it
bounced up to Simon Mignolet. He beat her Nando's to it, but he not
decisive enough. He drops down to the boot of Alfred N'Diaye, who had
an empty net to tap the ball into. Hull City 1, Liverpool 0 with
half-time looming. Only one Liverpool win in four games at this
stadium, having been unbeaten at the old ground. Jakupovic clauses away,
that is the closest Liverpool have come to scoring, Mane attacks it, it
comes off the head of Robinson, but it was dipping under the Barbie for
Jakupovic got his fingertips to it. -- it was dipping under the bar
before. Mane, a little too hurried. Robertson tries to get Hull away, it
is a good ball, Hernandez, it's just ran away from him with that first
touch. Good bit of keeping from Mignolet, all of a sudden Hull what
threatening to take the game away from Liverpool. Very good work from
Grosicki. Deflected behind for yet another
Liverpool corner. That scowl has been permanent ever since Hull took
the lead. It is headed away by Ranocchia, there is Milner, Mane.
Good ball in, here is Milner, can't find a way through. Surely now! Oh,
it is wide. Of all the people for that to fall to and do that with it,
you would have put quite a lot on Phillippe Coutinho firing that one
in two draw Liverpool level. They are queueing up, it is on a plate,
it is the wild spin of the ball which must have resulted in doing
that, it must have been a factor. He normally hits them so clearly.
It is scooped up towards Niasse, he is in an goal to seal it, surely,
for Hull City! 2-0 to The Tigers! Jurgen Klopp is about to see his
Liverpool side go five Premier League games without a win, and they
have been caught out today by one from a set piece and then a simple
one over the top. And didn't Niasse do well! Mignolet has to back away.
Into the net before he is challenged by Matip. The striker who cannot get
a game for Everton, he can barely get a training session with the
first steam, he now seems to have wrapped up the points for his new
club against Liverpool. It is deflected wide for a corner,
not that they have done Liverpool much good today. How many is that
now? 14! It is a Coutinho corner. Clucas out as far as Henderson,
brilliant save by Jakupovic, keeping his clean sheet in tact, it could
well be Hull's first-aider home in the Premier League all season. That
tells the story, Jurgen Klopp seemingly resigned to his fate
today. I was not happy, I was angry with the first, and second half,
yes, it was better, but that is the minimum we expect, but it is our
fault, our mistake. Yes, we have to change it. Fantastic result for us,
very good performance, we play as a team, and the first words for our
supporters, fantastic. At the moment I am enjoying it, but what I wanted
is to keep our club in the Premier League, that is our goal for this
season. But of course we're not in charge of the Premier League. Great
result for Hull, Liverpool in a rut. One of the problems that Klopp faced
when he took over Liverpool was they were defensively poor. 15 months
into his reign, they are still really poor, despite having
different and goalkeepers. Defensively poor from corners again
this season, Henderson is not even looking at the ball. Three men are
free, Maguire has a free header in, two men free, seven yards out.
N'Diaye and Hernandez, and the keeper makes another mistake. It is
a simple goal, far too easy for Hull to score that goal. This is their
second one, brilliant tackle from Robertson, and it is a straight
ball, 40 yards down the middle, Niasse gets in the middle of Matip
and Clucas, I think the keeper can do better, but that is too easy.
That is a long ball over the top, in between the two defenders. That
can't be allowed to happen, and that is while it would pool will not win
the title. Terrific performance from Hull, they have really upped their
form with Marco Silva. Seven signings in January, seven points
from 12 under their new manager, they look well organised, very
compact, very tight. They all seem to know exactly what they are doing.
They were just superb the whole game, they didn't give Liverpool any
space whatsoever. 50-50s they won, aggressive in the right way. And a
reading of the game was also brilliant, Maguire looks to his
right hand side, he sees Firmino running in there, but he's not going
to let him do that, he is too clever for him, too quick on this occasion.
There was no space through the middle whatsoever, I set out compact
and tight they were, look, there is no way through, and they didn't have
an macro answer to that, Liverpool. And also, everyone doing their
shift, this is a centre forward doing his job, running back, doing
his bit for the team. Not to be encouraged, Alan! Hull were superb,
they deserved the three points. the only team
with an unbeaten home record, against Middlesbrough, who'd won
just once on their travels. Harry Kane faces Middlesbrough in
the league for the first time today, he scored against 22 of the 24
previous Premier League opponents he has come up against. Hugo Lloris is
back in goal, Ben Davies starts in place of Danny Rose. Alvaro Negredo
has been involved in half of Middlesbrough's goals this season
and scored twice the last time they won in the league back in December.
Calum Chambers returns from a foot injury, Stewart Downing is preferred
to Cristhian Stuani on the left. Tottenham are the side with the only
unbeaten home record in the Premier League, they have won nine of their
11 home matches so far, with two draws. Middlesbrough without a win
since the middle of December. Forshaw in trouble, dispossessed, a
chance for Son, good save by Victor Valdes under way by Gibson for a
throw. Tottenham quick to break, look at the space for Son Heung-min,
brought the save at full stretch. Mauricio Pochettino saying ahead of
this one that the most important thing is to be ready to take the
possibility if Chelsea give the possibility. Beautiful ball, Dele
Alli! And so nearly 1-0. Eriksen managed to find the gap, and Dele
Alli almost squeezing it in the near post.
Now Dele Alli, Bernardo, Calum Chambers. Corner. The pressure is
building on Middlesbrough. And they had smashed against the post from
Alderweireld. -- the header. The closest we have come to a goal with
Alderweireld, he seizes effort bounced away to safety. Just one win
on the road all season, Middlesbrough, their first away
match, 2-1 at Sunderland in August. The home crowd doing their bit to
try to roar the home team on. Harry Kane, a chance, lovely flowing
football from Tottenham, wonderful first starch stuff, Kane with the
opportunity but couldn't keep it under the crossbar. That is twice
now Tottenham have gone close. Son Heung-min, dangerous, Tottenham
are in, but it will not count, offside against Harry Kane. The flag
was up sharpish on that one, let's have a look again. And Harry Kane in
an offside position. It has been a while since Middlesbrough won here
back in the league, September 2000 and two. Now it is with Son
Heung-min, Harry Kane is ahead of him. And a shot from Eriksen brings
the save! You could see Son was looking to see if there was a chance
to get a shot in, but he let it roll for Christian Eriksen. Just a hint
of anxiety from some sections of the home crowd. A long way to go.
Dele Alli sliding it through, down goes Son under pressure, and
Tottenham have a penalty. Here it is again, it was Bernardo, just
catching the Korean with his leg, there, catching the left leg of Son
Heung-min, it is Kane against Valdes, and it is 1-0 Tottenham. And
Middlesbrough's defences finally breached from 12 yards. And Kane
facing Boro in the league for the first time in his career, he has a
goal against them already, and he has now scored against 23 of the 25
teams he has faced in the Premier League. Tottenham, by the way, could
go unbeaten in the league for 12 matches for the first time in five
years, looking to close that gap a little bit on Chelsea. Dele Alli,
perfectly placed, Son Heung-min up against Bernardo. It was close, just
shaving the outside of the post and the netting.
Launches it for Patrick Bamford, Negredo, Marten de Roon, oh, it was
a chance 4-iron added time equaliser for Middlesbrough, and that Janssen
is just slipped through their fingers. The little flick from
Negredo, Marten de Roon sends and wide of the posts. The final score,
Tottenham Hotspur 1, Middlesbrough 0.
I think we played well, I'm disappointed it was only 1-0. It is
only 1-0, you can concede a chance and the game is open. It's an
important three points for us today. I told them at half-time the way
they had to play, with pressure, because if you are here trying to do
something and playing under pressure is impossible. At the end we had
chances to score. I think we played a lot better today than we did
midweek. It was a similar game. They dropped deep and made it difficult.
We should have scored more, to be fair. We will take 1-0. You have
lost two matches all season but Chelsea are not getting any closer.
I'm not frustrated about that, Chelsea have lost one game against
is, that speaks well of us because we can beat them but on the same
time we need to believe and try to reduce the gap. Another win, a vital
win, though they didn't really stamp their overall dominance. It was a
vital win because they have watched teams dropping points around them in
the day, so they had to win the game. They had a lot of possession.
A bit sloppy in the final third, but it could have been so, so different
in the last minute, with all that good work could have been undone.
Middlesbrough pushing forward, as they had to do, chasing the game.
Marten de Roon finds himself free. That is a big opportunity.
Basically, the last kick of the game he decides to go with it on the
volley, rather than front of the foot rather than hit it with the
side of the foot. It could have been so different. Tono Manaj Chelsea's
closest challengers Ian. It's quite a big gap -- Tottenham are now
Chelsea's closest challengers, Ian. It needs Chelsea to have a bit of a
collapse and the other teams to consistently win. Is it all over? I
think so. Even if Chelsea had a couple, they haven't got that kind
of running them where they totally capitulate. They are playing too
well. I can see them losing one or two, but I don't see other teams
winning every game. Battle for Champions League places, might as
well give up! You never know. Two more games for you on this week's
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Southampton may have reached the EFL Cup final,
but their league form had suffered of late
with five defeats from their last six games.
They played West Ham at St Mary's, watched by John Motson.
Jose Fonte's second game for West Ham is on familiar territory, he
played many games for Southampton. Southampton's big capture in the
transfer window was Gabbiadini. Sofiane Boufal starts with
Gabbiadini today. Fit again Jay Rodriguez makes it three up front.
Robert Snodgrass starts for the first time for West Ham, though
without the injured Sam Byram. So Kouyate comes in at right back. West
Ham here with Snodgrass. He started on the left, Robert Snodgrass, and
Feghouli has started on the right for West Ham. Antonio upfront with
Carroll. This is Feghouli. Andy Carroll is
coming in fast side. The sort of ball he thrives on. And applauds
Feghouli. That could have been an uncomfortable start for Southampton.
West Ham of course still troubled by absentees upfront. Sakho injured, IU
has gone to the African cup. Gabbiadini has scored on his debut!
What a wonderful start for the man from maples Lexmark only needed one
touch -- the man from maples! Only needed one touch. At least one
defender is appealing for offside. The angle isn't great. West Ham are
still trying to catch up with him. But he thumps that into the roof of
the net, above the goalkeeper's net. Looking at that again, two
Southampton players going level with all beyond the West Ham defence.
Bertrand is definitely offside. Gabbiadini, borderline, but the goal
stands. That's a nice through ball for
Carroll. And West Ham United equalise! It had to be Andy Carroll.
Good approach play by Obiang. And Slaven Bilic sees his side get off
the hook here, after 14 minutes. Obiang does well here from midfield.
The defender wasn't quite tight enough and Carroll, with the
experience of a good striker, slides the ball past Fraser Forster.
Noble drives it forward. It goes via Feghouli here to Kouyate. Carroll
was coming in again. Cresswell. Carroll takes the defenders away.
There's an opportunity for another white shirt to come in on the
blindside. It was well by Cresswell. -- it was well volleyed by
Cresswell. That's going to be a corner to West
Ham. The second of the match. Well, Fonte was coming in on that
and hope, the drive has gone all the way through from Obiang. Well,
Southampton weren't expecting that. Slaven Bilic sees his side take the
lead in the match for the first time. As this ball comes out of the
crowded penalty area, Obiang latches onto it. I'm not sure if that
touched a foot on the way through, but there's no doubt at all that it
was accurate. Pedro Obiang's first ever goal for West Ham.
This is Snodgrass. Goes down. Free kick given.
Against Ron Mayo. -- Romeu. There was definitely contact there. Mark
Noble's free kick is bent in. It's there.
Well, it went in off Steven Davis, there's no doubt about that. I think
that might have fooled Fraser Forster as well. But Mark Noble
hoping to make it his fifth goal of the season, courtesy of the dubious
goals committee. It's a poor header, and Gabbiadini
should have scored. It should have been a newcomer's second goal and he
knows it, the manager. The ball just rising nicely for him. The shot
rising just too much. Well, there's David Gold and David Sullivan, the
two owners of West Ham United. There have been rumours of offers from
abroad but at the moment they are keeping the English ownership
steadfast, what there is a bit, in the Premier League. -- what there is
of it. We're going into the 90th minute and West Ham still have a 3-1
lead. Steven Davis to Nathan Redmond. Interception there is by
Cresswell. He dallied too long and should have been punished for it.
Really a very good chance to get back to 3-2 therefore Southampton. A
mixture of stout defending by West Ham and poor finishing by
Southampton has meant they are now facing a home defeat. Difficult to
-- again, but we have the productivity to play and score, now
it's time to find a good clean sheet, good confidence about this
possibility because it's difficult after the result. The guys did
fantastic, fantastic. We had a game plan but it's them who have done it,
who executed it in the best possible way. We were behind the ball,
closing them down, we pressed them when we could do it and when we had
the ball, when we could penetrate, we ran behind and then we could
switch sides and switch the ball we kept it. Scored three goals so
basically a great team performance. Was it tough to mentally block
outdoor surroundings today? Of course. Almost eight seasons here so
it's always tough but I think all in all, with the help of my team-mates
and the West Ham supporters we did a great job and the most important was
the three points. Good start for him. West Ham climbing the table and
Andy Carroll is banging in the goals at present. He said, they've got to
try to stop the supply to him and you do. Is goal-scoring, five in
six, he's playing fantastically. They said to try to stop the supply
but they didn't do it. Feghouli, too much time and space to put it in.
For Andy Carroll it's amiss in his current form. He was dangerous all
day. When it comes back in he actually points to Obiang to put it
out of the win, because maybe he wants the cross but there's so much
bass when you look, so much space for Obiang and behind the
Southampton defence there that Andy Carroll makes the run in there. It's
a good pass. He finishes it really well. He's stepped up at a time that
West Ham needed him to, especially with the Payet De Bakker. He has to
stay away from injuries. Not long ago since we were talking about West
Ham being in deep trouble. Saints are struggling. They are in the cup
final, so they can't let it affect their league form. I have sympathy,
they've lost Virgil van Dijk and Fonte.
Coming up, we'll see West Brom against Stoke,
Watford produced one of the results of the season
who have been formidable at home but poor away.
Zarate makes his debut for Watford, the Argentine back in English
football after a year in Italy with Fiorentina. Niang is on loan from
Milan. New signings are on the bench. Scott Arfield comes in for
the injured Steven Defour. 28 points at Turf Moor for Burnley, just one
away from home. It will be gathered by Heaton. He
looks for the quick throw out. Niang with the challenge and it was a bad
one. Michael Oliver is going to have words with M'Baye Niang. For this
challenge. Cleverley running into a bit of
trouble. Hendrick followed through, there might be another yellow card,
or might it be even more? It's more, it's red! Jeff Hendrick is sent off
and we've played just six minutes at Vicarage Road. Reorganisation needed
from Sean Dyche and Burnley. Jeff Hendrick, sent off for this
challenge, over the top, straight into the Watford defender. Burnley
will have to play over 80 minutes of this match with ten players.
Prodl looking for Cathcart on this nearside and finds him. Kouyate
drives it high, Jakupovic! -- Jakupovic. Perfect delivery by
Deeney. Able to pick out a precise ball into the penalty area, and Troy
Deeney is on the end of it. Problem is mounting for Burnley and Sean
Dyche. Niang, Deeney, Niang. Just pushed over, superbly placed by
Niang. This was heading in until Heaton got his hands to it.
Boyd goes down outside the penalty area, a free kick to Burnley.
Barton, tipped over by Gomes. That looked to be heading into the top
corner from Joey Barton, Gomes made sure it didn't.
Holebas towards Niang, 2-0! Heaton is beaten for a second time with
just seconds left in the first of. Holebas with plenty of power on the
cross. Niang rising, a terrific header, and it is Watford 2, Burnley
0. Burnley's first corner of this
second half, and only their second in total, a match where we have only
had four corners. It was Keane who got there. Diverted behind by Gomes
at the last moment. Slight touch there off award. Cleverley finds
Niang with pinpoint accuracy. Deeney! What a save that is from
heat and! That looked like it was going to be goal number 34 Watford!
-- number three for Watford. It is a Burnley penalty, yellow card
as well for Sebastian Prodl, the shot strikes his arm, and Burnley's
pressure may very well paid dividends here. Ashley Barnes
against Heurelho Gomes. Barnes drives it in, just, and is there
hope for Burnley still? It is only their fifth goal away from home in
the Premier League this season, off the post and in.
Ashley Barnes! Gomes with the save. That was the chance for Burnley to
snatch a rare point on their travels.
Just over 30 seconds of the minimum of four minutes' additional time
remaining. Troy Deeney! The whistle had gone, I think, for handball.
Would you agree that Watford's first half performance was better than
your second? Yes, and this is why I am very angry, things were too
close, and this is what we should have done, 4-0, and we didn't do it,
we have to grow out of this mentality. You have just come out of
the referee's dressing room, what was your conversation? Only asking
why the goal-scorer, Niang, was not sent off, because he had been booked
earlier in the game, then he ran into their crowd, and we are told
you are not allowed to do that. It is a tough one for referees, there
is not a lot of contact, but it is tough not to send him off, because
of the foot going over, et cetera. So that happens. Familiar faces are
on show, Tony Pulis Saido Berahino is not his problem any more, he will
be hoping Stoke's new boy doesn't cause any problems if he comes off
the bench on his return to the Hawthorns. The West Brom boss says
he is more fearful of Peter Crouch, who is four goals in his last five
games. Pulis is able to hand a debut to his most recent capture, ?10
million signing Jake Livermore replaces Claudio Yacob. That is for
Peter Crouch to attack. Morrison making the run, he got in
there, Morrison! Less than six minutes in, James Morrison, who
scored in the week against his former club, Middlesbrough, has
scored again, against Stoke, to give West Brom the lead. Right from the
edge of their own penalty area, Chadli weighted, he had seen the run
of Morrison. Critically, goal side of Glenn Whelan, he tucked it away
very confidently for his fifth Premier League goal of the season.
He did describe West Brom as his bogey team prior to this game, lost
eight of 16 managerial meetings with them, and he has not had a good
start to this one either. Rondon once the early ball, so did Chadli.
Super strike, but no way by Lee Grant. Chadli wants to take it on,
then he wanted the pass from Rondon, good reactions from Grant.
Martins Indi, a little bit of space for Joe Allen, possible opportunity
for Arnautovic. In towards Shawcross, really attacking this,
the Stoke skipper, defended well. Arnautovic, that is a better cross,
Joe Allen! Just got in the pocket of space, totally unmarked, might have
been more problematic for the West Brom goalkeeper. Crouch trying to
help that towards Arnautovic. It has been a physical battle with Nyom.
Away by Livermore, only as far as Whelan, Bardsley. He has never
scored a Premier League goal ever was Stoke, Phil Bardsley. He would
be an unlikely scorer, Ben Foster had that one covered. The boos
around the Hawthorns will tell you that it is time for Saido Berahino
to come on. He played 121 times here, joined the club at the age of
12. He gets the welcome that he expected. Stoke have not really
stretched Ben Foster. Into the last 20 minutes at the
Hawthorns, McClean. Oh, good effort, away by Grant.
And West Brom have conceded ten goals in the last 15 minutes of
games this season. Arnautovic finds Allen, back to Whelan, many West
Brom bodies back there. Back in from Bardsley, and in came Erik Pieters,
who was wondering how we could not find the target. He is almost there,
victory over his former club. It is another home win for West Brom, a
seventh of the season, and it is a sweet one for Tony Pulis against his
old club. I thought, first off, Steve, we played really well, the
interchange and movement, Chadli, Morrison, on that side of the pitch,
you know, the disappointing thing was, Steve, that we only came in 1-0
up. It is difficult against West Brom if you allow them to get a
lead, they are very adept at getting people behind the ball and playing
on the break. We made it difficult for ourselves just by virtue of how
we started the game. Second half, you saw a different side of the
team, a side that can really work hard. No handshake with Mark Huws. I
went to look for him, he was walking away to their supporters, no
problems with me. I was there, I would have shook his hand, but he
didn't at the beginning of the game either. I was the guest, surely.
A bit of aggravation there, we always shake at the end of the show,
without fail! West Brom going really well. Superb, they have won six of
their last seven home games, and that was such a good goal. Not the
customary set piece. Fletcher, good ball into Chadli, he drives forward,
the run of Morrison, the weight of the past is just brilliant, such a
good goal, not offside, timed it perfectly, the finish is clever.
Over the goalkeeper, brilliant run, very good finish. Another good win
for West Brom. These two sides look like they are battling for eight.
Magnificent effort by West Brom. As regards the other game, Watford
against Burnley, Ian, a bit of controversy in that one, the sending
off to look at, a bit of a wild challenge as well. I think the first
one we are going to see, this was just a bit clumsy, not a challenge,
he has actually slipped, it could have been quite dangerous, but there
is no challenge there. Overzealous, I think. But that is a red card, he
is over the ball, very dangerous. I think he is very fortunate. You
know, if we see it here, that could have been really bad. I don't think
there's any complaints about that, I don't think he had any complaints.
Sean Dyche did complain later. I thought he had a very good game, on
loan from AC Milan, Kouyate, this was a super effort, great save.
-- Niang. This is better from Niang, guides and into the corner. That is
what Sean Dyche was complaining about, he wanted him to get a yellow
card. Under the laws of the game, but not really! We're just about out
of time, time to shake hands! Before we leave you, a look at the Premier
League table. Chelsea are a three wins clear of second placed
Tottenham, while defeats for Arsenal and Liverpool give Manchester City
the chance to go third when they face Swansea. Sunderland are still
at the foot of the table, victory over Crystal Palace has brought them
level on points with Sam Allardyce's side. Only two points separate the
bottom six, which includes champions Leicester City! Some of the football
headlines in the Sunday newspapers. The Star quotes Arsene Wenger
conceding the title to Chelsea. The Mail on Sunday leads on Mark Hughes
questioning the timing of Saido Berahino's two match ban, publicised
ahead of their game today. And Didi Hamann has told the Sunday Times it
was madness to give Jurgen Klopp a six-year deal last summer.
and heading for the title Hazard-free.
Don't let go of that towel. I'm not! Hurry up!