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How about that? Just brilliant, just brilliant. That is wonderful. An
absolute belter. What a turn, what a goal. Look at that, look at that.
So, Tottenham's title hopes are all but over after last night's
That's one of seven games coming up, with big moves
Wayne Hennessey could not hold it. Raheem Sterling. A really good ball.
I really did save. Jordon Ayew hits the post. The reaction save keeps
Tottenham tip Bay. Almost the finish. Our field. It is a great
block. Nicely done from Bournemouth and be shot is of the inside of the
post. Danny Murphy and Kevin Kilbane
are tonight's dynamic duo. Just the 742 Premier League
appearances between them. Manchester City's pursuit of a top
four finish continued against Crystal Palace,
who started the day six points clear of the bottom three
after back-to-back defeats. Your commentator at
the Etihad, Steve Bower. The script for the final four game
of Pep Guardiola's debut season was not written to be merely fighting
for Champions League football but Manchester City's destiny for the
top four finish is in their own hands but they will have noted
Palace's recent record against the big boys. Guardiola is still the
name an unchanged Premier League season -- team this season. Four
changes today, they are without Sergio Aguero who is injured. They
can welcome back David Silva. There are also recall is for Sterling and
Toure. Jeff Schlupp has a start in central defence. Andros Townsend has
been passed fit. You have to go back to 1994 the last
time Crystal Palace one away at Manchester City. The returning David
Silva. He has flooded that well. Sterling. He did not deal with it.
Silva. It has taken them less than two minutes. David Silva, on his
return, he Mark Sedwill his 50th goal for Man City. The little
magician, sprinkling his magic again. It began with the bulky
Sterling. Crystal Palace did not deal with it. A dreadful defensive
header. Silva did the rest. Two minutes in, 1-0. Crystal Palace
sitting very deep out of possession. It is hard work for Palace already,
this. Silva has looked hungry on his
return to the team. Gabriel Jesus. He took first time. Silva is pulling
the strings. He has too much time and space. Seven home draws for
Manchester City this season, to his frustration. Sane against Ward.
Still Sane. Hennessey could not hold it. Sterling. It was cleared by van
Aanholt. Desperation from Crystal Palace. He will not be sitting down
too often today, the way this game has started. They have four on four.
Beautifully weighted into Sane. It was kept out by Hennessey.
Milivojevic able to bring it clear for Palace. They will be delighted
to only be one down at the moment. They have a few more bodies forward,
Crystal Palace. Townsend has managed to get it across. Benteke. Good
save. This is McArthur. Puncheon over. Christian Benteke almost
adding to his 14 league goals. The first real chance for Palace. A
familiar route, the cross from Townsend, the towering header, but
Caballero was equal to it. Palace have taken 21 points away from
Selhurst Park. Can they change the scoreline? Zaha did well to stay on
his feet. He is being chased by Fernandinho. Offside again, Zaha.
Well played by Otamendi. It has come to van Aanholt. Suddenly, in the
last five minutes, they are beginning to open the door, Crystal
Palace. Van Aanholt did not have the composure required.
Zaha has been the most danger to Manchester City. They have stopped
him on this occasion. Toure. It did take a touch on the way through.
Manchester City have the corner. De Bruyne. It has come back to the
Belgian. Time to steady himself and pick out Kompany. What a strike from
the Manchester City skipper. It has taken City a little over three
minutes of the second half to increase their advantage. His fourth
consecutive Premier League start, his second Premier League goal of
the season. It was a centre forward's finish from Kompany, one
Belgian to another. What about that? No chance for Hennessey. Drilled
into the top corner from Vincent Kompany. Lovely from De Bruyne.
Milivojevic with the foul. He knows what is coming next. De Bruyne beat
him at all ends up. Toure and Sterling have been dismissed. It
will either be Silva or De Bruyne. It is De Bruyne. That is not too far
away. He has scored four Premier League goals this season, Kevin De
Bruyne. It just clipped the top of the crossbar. Jason Puncheon, caught
in possession. De Bruyne under pressure from
Puncheon. They have only scored twice and it is just before the
hour. They have looked so dangerous in this situation time and time
again. Only they will know how they have not scored more.
Good work from Jesus. De Bruyne, first time. He has his goal. Man
City surely have the three points. 22 goals in 31 appearances. Kevin De
Bruyne finds the back of the net. He has worked tirelessly all game.
Hennessey finger to it but he could not keep it out. He was beaten by
the power, steered in by De Bruyne. You would have to say that the
scoreline reflects the hour of football we have seen. That was a
good stop by McArthur. What a touch from Benteke. He has phone Zaha.
Zaha lost his footing. The strike from Flamini was deflected.
Caballero was able to keep it out. Crystal Palace cannot look forward
to next season just yet. You have to go back to 2010 were assayed needed
more than the 38 points they currently have to stay up. -- where
a side needed more. Look at the space for Sterling. 4-0. Raheem
Sterling's tenth goal of the season. Nobody tracked Zabaleta. Sterling
had so much room, so much time to volley past Hennessey. 4-0.
Sterling. Delaney knows a yellow card is coming. It has been men
against boys at times. All Crystal Palace want to hear is the full-time
whistle. De Bruyne, looking for the touch. There is the touch from
Nicolas Otamendi. He scores just his second ever goal for Manchester
City. That was in stoppage time, to make it 5-0. The delivery from De
Bruyne and the Argentinian completing a miserable afternoon for
Crystal Palace. It was a straightforward one for Manchester
City. They have hit Palace for five. We deserved the victory, we did
really well, especially in the second half, when we scored our
chances. Use goals quickly. In the second half, Crystal Palace did not
create any chances. The players did not apply themselves correctly for
me by making sure they kept it tight. They felt they had to go
forward and get a goal and by doing that you leave more spaces, and Man
City will punish you. They did thoroughly in the end. We cannot
complain about the score. We spoke about the mini league, the miniature
lead, with three games at home. If we are able to win, we will be there
but if not, we will not qualify for the Champions League. There are six
strong teams fighting for position, there is no other competition in the
world like this. It is in our hands by trying to beat Hull a week on
Sunday. We have to have the nerve for that one. We will come to that
later in the programme. A great performance from Manchester City.
When they did, there are very good and a delight to watch. Sensational
in terms of creativity. They put their attacking players out today.
Palace, who have beaten Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool recently, they
were struggling. So many injuries. Jeff Schlupp was at centre-half at
the start of the game he was a winger. The formation hurt them at
first. Sam recognise that and changed it. You can talk about
formation but there were certain basics they did not go in the game.
When you're up against the likes of someone like David Silva, he does
punish you. He finds space, Kevin De Bruyne the same. In midfield, they
had five at the back and then four. The changed. After two minutes,
David Silva, who is against the Palace three, UCD Palace three and
the City three. Someone has to stay with him. Communication, you can
swap sometimes. Your team-mate says, I will have him. When Silva picks up
the ball, they do not get to him quick enough. Watch what happens
when he plays the pass. Off he goes. That is basics, following your
runner. It was not a basic pass. It was fantastic, you were sensational.
These are the three again. You can see the City three. You cannot give
David Silva this space. It does not matter how many you have at the
back, he will find a way. They will cause you problems with their
willingness to run off the ball. I saw Sam talking about the formation
being irrelevant. I agree. They are too stretched. They are trying to
get back in the game, but you cannot be that open away at Man City.
He's in the box again, five yards of space. It's too easy. You can't get
a result. It's a completely different Palace than the one we
have seen in recent weeks. Good position, the Palace lads here,
three versus three. If you watch Silva where he ends up here, it's a
good ball in, good ball out sorry, poor ball in but look where he is,
ten, 15 yards. I don't understand for the life of me why one of the
players didn't take responsibility on the pitch and say, look he's
killing us. Someone just stand on him or at least put a tackle in and
let him know we're here because I couldn't have that. Otamendi, he's
had his fair share of criticism over his spell at Manchester City. Do you
think he's actually been helped by the fact that Kompany's come back
with his leadership and experience? That's probably one of the reasons.
He was excel listen today in every department. You mentioned he's been
criticised and I think that's been at times down to his positional
sense. That's been found wanting. Today, the one thing I liked about
him, early on in the game, he sees Benteke over his shoulder, it's just
a basic clearance but just doing the basic things right is what he did
today. That tackle has to be perfect because he knows he's risking a
yellow and he does time it to perfection. When he's covering
Kompany, so often he's maybe not timed the challenges correctly and
he's got himself back into position poorly, sees the run from Zaha, it's
a brilliantly timed tackle, this clearance is sensational, getting
himself back goal side and he has to make that challenge. Another one
here on Benteke, timed to perfection, then he has that
calmness about the game. Calmness and prepared to play it to his
team-mate. The goal's quite basic, simple ball played into an area but
he deserved the first goal of the season getting across his man, flick
on the header and it was a brilliant performance from Otamendi today.
He's been criticised so often. Excellent Manchester City
performance, pretty much guarantees Champions League I would have
thought? Definitely. Indeed. With Swansea playing
Everton in the late game, Hull kicked off against relegated
Sunderland knowing they had a real opportunity to pile the pressure
on their main rivals for the drop. Relegated by David Moyes says he
wants to stay as Sunderland's manager. Marco Silva is still wanted
by his team. Hernandez comes back in. The Uruguayan striker's only
scored one goal in his last 14 apersons, one more now could make
all the difference. It's likely to be a very different looking
Sunderland side in the Championship next season and perhaps with a nod
to that, 22-year-old George Honeyman gets only his second Premier League
start here and his eighth senior game.
Hull City really have to get themselves going right from the
start, three games to go, three huge finals for the Tigers. Billy Jones
coming forward now. Plenty of time and space. Good clip into the
middle. Headed wide by Honeyman. Really good chance for him.
Sunderland very casually covered the ground to get themselves forward.
Honeyman met the cross at the right time with the wrong direction. David
Moyes' team have their one and only chance of a double in the Premier
League this season today having beaten Hull 3-0 at the Stadium of
Light in November. Grosicki. Borini's getting the treatment this
time. Another good ball in. It's come for Clucas. Super save
Pickford. We have seen those sorts of reactions from him all season
long. This is there'll be plenty of interest from Premier League clubs
to keep Jordan Pickford at the top level over the next few months. Good
to see Ryan Mason in attendance at the KCOM today. The midfielder who
fractured his skull at Chelsea in January and he's on the mend and
should be wearing a black and amber shirt again next season. Grosicki.
Ndong across to try and stop the ball coming in. Robertson. Markovic.
Niasse goes for the spectacular. O'Shea stopped it. Hull fans shouted
handball. O'Shea appeared for dangerous play with the boot high.
You could see very quickly what Niasse intended to do. O'Shea, yes,
he's right next to him, so approximate imcity an issue. You can
see he puts his elbow up to stop the ball. Appeals for a knock. Niasse.
Hernandez. Grosicki calls for it. Hernandez goes on his merry way
alone. That was not far away at all. It had Pickford flying through the
air and nearly had Hull hands in the air celebrating the crucial first
goal of the game. Just needed a notch off the power and added to the
bend. Hull City are the only side not to have scored against
Sunderland in the Premier League this season. They must remedy that
today. That was a worry for Hull, the way Sunderland easily got behind
them. It's Sunderland's best opportunity of the game since the
early stages when Honeyman headed wide.
Cross towards Markovic. Missed by Pickford. It was also missed by
N'Diaye. Making a mess of that. Elmohamady. Really good ball. Really
good save! Markovic with the header. Looked like being 1-0 Hull then
Jordan Pickford came to Sunderland's rescue again. Relegated last
weekend, you wonder it might have been some weeks ago had he not
performed as he has most of the season. Hull City supporters trying
to do their bit. Ndong. Jones. Borini stayed out of the box here
Ndong is in there. Sunderland corner. Cheered enthusiastically by
the travelling supporters. Honeyman's corner. Flicked across by
O'Shea. And headed in by Billy Jones. Relegated Sunderland take the
lead at relegation-threatened Hull. They might be going down with them.
O'Shea made the run. Nobody went with him. It's flicked on
beautifully. And Billy Jones timed his header perfectly into the corner
of the goal. Delight for the visiting supporters but you could
have heard a pin drop elsewhere. What is going through Marco Silva's
mind now? Niasse. Clucas is on to it now.
Robertson. Niasse. He had to lash at it. Never in full
control of the shot. Hull City losing this must-win game to a
Sunderland team already down, a team that's gone ten games without a win
anywhere. Maguire. Niasse. Hernandez. Beaten behind by Jordan
Pickford. It's hit as sweetly as you like by Hernandez. Big, strong hand
keeps Hull out. Over towards Maguire. Maguire will battle again.
Maguire thinks he's being held off it unfairly. Just a goal kick.
Maguire's using his body. And the verdict is that he was backing into
Kone. That may be right. A bit of heart and fight has gone
out of the Hull supporters, it's very quiet. Borini. Free kick
Sunderland. Borini brought down Biharry Maguire.
Larsson will take the free kick in his own good time. Almost got nobody
to aim for in the box. Defoe is there. And Defoe's bundled it in!
The flag stays down. And that might be the goal that ultimately takes
Hull down with Sunderland. Because there's no coming back from this
today. They've got two games now to save themselves. And there is a big
hint of off side. It's whether Maguire over on the left nearest the
touch line was playing Defoe on. Vest a very, very tight decision but
Defoe able to slot it in. What a huge result at the bottom end of the
Premier League. Performances in the last month have merited much more
when we've not got the results. We have played much better football. We
have perhaps not created enough opportunities. There's been lapses
and goals given away. Today we played much better and again, this
time we've got a couple of chances and we took them. We need to get
momentum going into next season. It's great to get that win to start
with, obviously with the next few games coming up. We hope to
replicate this performance for the remainder of the season and take
that into the Championship next year. We need to be calm in some
moments to put our team more comfortable into the games. We
started to lose our focus, like in the second half. We conceded two
from set pieces. Of course that's a problem. The changing room's dying
and everyone's not happy with their own performances and the final
result. -- the changing room's down. Sometimes it works against you
against a team that have just been relegated as they have no pressure.
We have two more games and we need to fight to work to win the next two
games. With Sunderland already down and Hull such a good strong home
record, who saw that one coming, what went wrong? Today was all about
Hull how they were going to go and penetrate Sunderland and hurt them.
I think they were lacking. Marco Silva spoke about a lack of
composure and work ethic today. I don't think they showed any desire
to go and hurt Sunderland. Hernandez here - can he make Robertson's mind
up for him - no, he doesn't. This was the continuing scene throughout
the first half. They had a lot of possession. Credit Sunderland, they
closed down, worked extremely hard. But there was no cutting edge at all
from Hull. This was how Hull played throughout that first half keeping
the ball well but no real cutting edge. I think it was quite
comfortable for Sunderland with the shape of the side they had. When
they got into wide areas, it was down the left they caused problems
with Robertson and Grosicki. The final ball let them down. Robertson
here in acres of space. Poor ball into the box. That was the theme
throughout. This was such a poor goal to concede. They lined up
zonally. Defoe on his own at the near post. Telemen at the front
post. No man on the back post to see it through if it goes into that
area. The four lined up along that six yard box or just outside, nobody
picking up the run of Billy Jones and he just walks into the area. The
two on the edge there as well, they are supposed to be blocking
Hernandez but Billy Jones runs off into an area, where's the body shape
on the City players, Tom Huddlestone and Ranocchia are in position there.
He doesn't do anything there and it's such an easy goal. Credit John
O'Shea for getting across. That man at the far post could prevent that
as well. Poor goal for Hull to concede. Another back post advocate.
A lot of goals from corners. More than anybody else in the division
Gary, it's incredible. You can see why. He's probably changed it round
and gone zonally but it doesn't work. Could Hull have had a couple
of penalties or one at least maybe? Yes. I think they'll feel aggrieved
with the first one. We see Niasse. Very close to the ball. What I would
say here, you can't put your arm up and try and block it. For me it's a
free kick for Sunderland for the high foot. If O'Shea goes at it, he
takes his head off with that. Maybe they could have had one there. This
is never a penalty. He does the classic centre forward thing here.
Maguire's got his left arm wrapped around Kone. He falls into him.
Really good decision from the referee. That one is never one but
the first maybe. Good professional effort from Sunderland though
considering they went down last week.
So Hull's result meant that Swansea would move out of the relegation
zone with victory over Everton, who'd not lost a league game
Steve Wilson was at the Liberty Stadium.
It would be simply impossible to be at the Liberty Stadium today and not
to know that Hull have lost. The excitement is intense, but not
necessarily liberating. Swansea link to their Icelandic talisman Gylfi
Sigurdsson who has either scored or assisted more than 50% of their 40
Premier League goals this season. Everton's Ashley Williams returns to
the club where he spent eight seasons and played over 350 games.
He is promising no favours for his former team-mates today. Everton
have not won away since January. If ever a team has three full-time
managers during a course of this season and then stays up, that would
be a first. Sigurdsson was looking for a foul by Gareth Barry. I do
think he was looking for it. Swansea appeal, of course. They play on with
Naughton. Jordan Ayew, trying to go around Gareth Barry. Good feet. In
towards Llorente. That is massive for Swansea.
Fernando Llorente with the goal. It could be the goal that sees a
seismic shift at the bottom of the Premier League. Jordan Ayew did
really well. Gareth Barry is no mug. Llorente, two yards out. He simply
overpowered Jagielka. Not the cleanest contact, but not many are
worried about dad. 1-0 Swansea. They will feel that today I don't have
opportunity has opened up for them. They might be walking through it. A
corner kick for Swansea. They have their noses in front. They would
love a second. In it goes by Sigurdsson. It was out by
Calvert-Lewin. Llorente lost it. What a stop. Alfie
Mawson, right in front of goal. Holgate lunged in the way. Brilliant
defending by Holgate. Martin Olsson, curling interestingly
towards Sigurdsson. Ki Sung-Yueng, three in the middle for Swansea.
Mawson. Jordan Ayew hit the post. That could have been his moment, it
could been Swansea's moment. It came in with real from Ki Sung-Yueng.
Jordan Ayew just hit across it a little bit. Such a difference in the
playing careers of the two managers. One at Ajax, PSP, and Barcelona on
his CV, the other, Corinthian casuals and Banstead athletic.
That was a good strike by Lukaku. It was straight at Fabianski. It was a
comfortable save for the Swansea goalkeeper. Llorente was having his
shirt pulled by Baines. They did not bother him. He has found Sigurdsson.
He has won a corner. A great ovation for Gylfi Sigurdsson as he comes
over to take the corner kick. Midway through the second half, 1-0
Swansea. The free header, deflected. It could have easily gone in.
Federico Fernandes made a great contact and it just hit Barkley. The
corner from Sigurdsson again. Llorente. A good save by
Stekelenburg. He found lots of space. Far too much from Everton's
point of view. A good first touch by Llorente. If he had found Ayew, it
would have been brilliant. He has phoned Sigurdsson. Ayew practised
the onside. They might be end. Five in that attack. Leroy Fer. A
brilliant save by Stekelenburg. So close yet again, Swansea. On several
occasions they have been within a whisker of doubling their lead. It
is a great ball, and Fer mated beautifully. I am sure Swansea will
feel they have done enough to have got the second goal which would
settle them. Barkley has scented spinning away to Lukaku. That is the
side netting from the area. That is a huge relief to the home side. We
have seen him spank these into the back of the net a few times. His
team are dangling on the thin dividing line between pleasure and
pain for Paul Clement. Kenny -- Leighton Baines is fouled by
Llorente. There has not been a yellow card yet in this game but
Llorente must be getting close. The ball from Barkley, dangerous. Ashley
Williams running in behind. Any touch from the former Swansea man
would have taken it in. It nearly went in any way from Mirallas.
Williams was close. Ayew, behind for another corner.
What he intended. It is agony. The Konate comes in. Leroy Fer, it is
more up than out. That will do for seconds.
Lukaku, looking to turn. Mawson did brilliantly. He could have easily
put that into his own net. Alfie Mawson has been fantastic today.
Three minutes when indicated, three minutes have been played. The
cameras man in the Liberty Stadium strolls nonchalantly around his
technical area. Sigurdsson, still Sigurdsson. The referee blew the
whistle to his legs and Swansea have saved being back in their own hands.
-- have safety back in their own. Their fate is a run to decide. It
may be a massive day for Swansea. I told the players before we went out,
play with your hearts, give it everything you can, but play
intelligently. The last thing I said was when the first half. At
half-time we can talk about things we might need to do better, tactical
changes. They did that. The second half was tough at times. They took
the ball and created lots of chances but the team defended brilliantly.
The difference was one goal. They had some good possibilities to score
the second. We also had some chances to score at 1-1. Maybe the way they
were defending for their lives made the difference today. It was
extremely tense for 90 minutes. Have you experienced anything like that
before? It was always going to be like that. We had to embrace that.
The atmosphere was fantastic, the fans were massive again. That is why
we are paying for 3000 to come up next week because we need all the
support we can get. Through the trenches, with us. There is no
better feeling knowing that we have a clean sheet in the points. What a
victory. A big turnaround at the bottom. As much as Hull got it
wrong, Swansea got it right. What was the secret to the success? Hard
work, discipline, organisation, determination. I have played in
games like this were you have got to win. They set up as a
diamond, like last week, and got a good result. It takes discipline to
play like that, the strikers have to work hard. Sigurdsson is their most
creative player. He worked as hard as any man. The back four were in a
good position, tight and narrow. Alfie Mawson was fantastic. He does
not panic. Carroll is in there as well. All putting in a shift. It
sounds basic but it does not always happen. They are talking. It was
scrappy, they were not brilliant today, Swansea, but Everton were
very bad. I do not know what they were doing at times, technically.
Look at the numbers they have got in good areas. You have probably not
played in a game like this at the bottom. Believe me, I have. Way
back. Black-and-white televisions. Anyway, Sigurdsson, patient. That
could have gone in his own net. How many times do we see a defender dive
in and give a penalty away? A good decision, he does not dive in.
Super, in terms of the defensive display, as good as I have seen
them. Look at this from Everton in the first half. Kevin and I could
not work out what they were trying to do. Olsson was getting away down
the left. It was a lopsided 4-2 but no one on the right. It was bizarre.
In the second half, they picked up, but really bad from Everton. Well
played, Swansea. Considering the Hull result, fantastic. Let's look
not only at the points they have got, but the games that are
remaining. How do you see a panning out. I have played in a few of
these. Palace one points from safety. Palace get the point and you
can break Middlesbrough out of it. The game next week against Hull,
Crystal Palace and Hull, will Sam Allardyce looked to do a job and get
the draw. You can see in setting up more defensive minded. Swansea at
Sunderland next week, I can see them getting a good result next week. I
think Swansea and in the driving seat. Do you concur? I think it will
go to the last day. Playing with freedom like Sunderland bid, the
last day, you never know, it could go all the way.
It's Goal Of The Month time on Match Of The Day 2.
Some belt was there. -- some belters there.
There's commentary of Arsenal versus Manchester United
on 5Live and the BBC Sport website from 4:00pm.
Reading take on Manchester City in the Women's Super
League Spring Series, that's live on the Red Button
And the Women's FA Cup final takes place next Saturday,
-- is Michael Owen. Within 15 minutes of his arrival as a
substitute, the 17-year-old gives Liverpool some hope. Years ago, the
first of many. With Chelsea not playing
Middlesbrough until Monday, Spurs were chasing a tenth straight
win to move within a Jonathan Pearce was at
the London Stadium. COMMENTATOR: On the back of just one
win in 11 games, Slaven Bilic brings back Captain Mainwaring noble and
much-needed pace in Aaron Cresswell. Harry Kane has scored five in his
last five league games against West Ham and 18 in his last 20 London
derbies and all. One change for Spurs, Kyle Walker replaces Kieran
Trippier having been dropped to the bench against Arsenal last weekend.
Given their superior goal difference, appoint the night should
ensure a top two plays, but Spurs must win tonight to keep alive title
hopes. Tottenham looking for 24th league victory in a single season
for the first time 50 years. It is switched. It is a good switch.
Lanzini is in. Was he caught in two minds? Was that across seeking
Calleri or was he going for gold? I think he has gone for goal. That was
a good run by Son. Runners either side. Kane goes for goal. Adrian.
The reaction save keeps Tottenham at bay. That is the best we have seen
from Spurs. From back to front. A lovely run by Son. Power behind the
shot. Not good goalkeeping. He got lucky. He started with his big leg.
He just got back in time. Logically nor has an eye on 53% win rate at
Spurs. -- Mauricio Pochettino has a 53% win rate. Hugo Lloris make
contact. The trip from Kouyate is woeful. Anthony Taylor is unmoved by
the protest from West Ham. Did he get the ball? Ali on the ball. He
got the ball. -- eye on the ball. West Ham have really made Spurs work
hard. The clock is ticking. Son. That is a good run. Lanzini was
sleeping. Adrian can make the save comfortably. That is a good
opportunities spurned by Spurs. This was the man who won it at Crystal
Palace recently and he could have won it again they are. Appoint will
not be enough for the title race. Tottenham need a goal.
Son. Collins. Walker. Good save. Big strong hands.
The moment Spurs picked it out from the West Ham possession it looked
dangerous. Collins went with the run of that. That's a good save.
West Ham well drilled as the back five. Landsny's been a danger on the
counter. Here is Cresswell. -- Lanzini. Here is Lanzini! West Ham
score. Is that the moment Spurs' title challenge dies? This is a game
that Tottenham must win. Pochettino knows Chelsea are watching. And he
knows that they can ill afford this. Lanzini with a lovely weighted pass.
Cresswell did well with a second cross in. Back in it came. Ayoue
couldn't finish but Lanzini could. Spurs appeal for a handball. Came
off the chest. Good decision, came off the chest. West Ham 1-0
Tottenham. The faces tell the story. Spurs at the moment look like a team
that fears the worst. Oh, and Lloris may have just kept
Spurs in the title race. Why are they playing so deep? Just outside
the six yard area in a London Derby, are you sure? ! Top naff
goalkeeping! Trying to force it -- top notch
goalkeeping. It was veering and spinning and scorching through the
air. The sounds of time are ticking away on another title challenge from
Tottenham. Deli Ali, Dembele, West Ham win it back. Fletcher. Snodgrass
to his left. Will Fletcher play him in? He does.d? Fast back to
Fletcher. Fletcher beats the keeper. But it goes wide. As it goes wide,
Tottenham's title chance surely goes as well. West Ham are safe for
another season. Is this the night the new stadium found a team?
Chelsea cannot twin title this weekend but tonight Tottenham have
surely lost it. 1-0. At the end of the game there were some sad faces
there. Can you put into words what the mood is in the derision room?
That is what we said. But feelings and face, it wasn't the best if you
compare with last week. It's a big difference to last week.
Disappointing. We knew it was going to be tough. We managed to bring it
back. Yes, after today, it's nearly impossible now, but, you know, we'll
give everything for the last three games now no matter what. A long
time in football and nothing can surprise you in football. But what
we know is that we had so many obstacles. Pre-season was
unbelievable so I praise the players at the end of the day. It's not
over. It's true that it will be difficult but if you want to put
pressure on, you should be winning. It wasn't the case now and now we
have to wait. Thinking that it will be difficult to catch Chelsea
though. It's not over but it is over really. Lanzini's done for Tottenham
in the terms of the title race And I think it's nine in 14 London Derbies
he's scored. And he was outstanding as well. He was the key player on
the night. West Ham were excellent defensively but when they were
getting out and causing problems invariably it was coming through
Lanzini. Tottenham at times created their own downfalls. Lanzini should
do better and should be squaring that across the box. I think he was
quick to spot when Walker was out of position. That left hand channel was
where he exploited it at times and Tottenham couldn't deal with him. He
got into positions, collecting the ball from defence, a key link
between defence and attack, got them on the front foot. He got his
rewards for the goal. It was good play down the left from Cresswell.
He runs off defenders, gets himself into an area, runs between the goals
and it was a great finish from him in the end. He gambled into an area.
Got his reward. Yes, he's got a lot better in responsibility since
Payet's left. It is. He looks like plain sailing for Chelsea, they can
win it obviously in the next few days. Where do you see Tottenham
now? Have you seen any particular progress this season from last
season? It's a similar scenario at the end of it? No, they are better.
They should be second rather than third I would think. Yes, seven
points, still nine to play for. I think every one of them's improved.
The simple case for Spurs is keeping their best players. Have they got
some decisions to make in terms of the they have superstars will they
have to pay them what superstars get or lose them? Yes. They are not at
the level that City, United and Chelsea are, maybe even Liverpool in
terms of paying wages so they've got to make a choice which is difficult
because they are funding a new stadium as well. That's the only way
they can compete, they have to break the pay structure and pay the
players the money. A defining moment I suspect.
After defeat against Liverpool on Monday,
thanks to an Emre Can wonder goal, Watford were in action at Leicester,
both sides still harbouring hopes of a top-half finish.
Both on 40 points. Still plenty to play for.
Mahrez scored in the last two meetings.
Clearance by Mariappa, lucky it fell to Cleverley. Capoue. Dreadful pass
collected by Mahrez. It wasn't a great passage of play there, ending
with a poor challenge from Cleverley.
Mahrez. Nicely done. Oh, it smacks the post and bounces away. A lucky
escape for Watford. Free kick slid into the box. It was
almost an own goal off Mariappa I think racing in.
Deflected in as it came into the penalty area. And Gomes with the
full stretch save. Janmaat. Faced by Simpson. Flick off
Deeney. Good save by Schmeicheal and the flag's gone up. Schmeicheal was
equal to him. Still looking for his first goal since returning to the
club from being on loan to Everton. Simpson. Mahrez.
Not a great place to concede a free kick. No doubt about it. Looked as
if he had his arms all around him. Mahrez and it comes off the wall
behind for a corner. The defence does its job.
Drinkwater. Deeney. 1-0 Leicester City! Deeney in the right place as
the ball drops -- Ndidi. He buried the chance. Ndidi's mid season
arrival. His second goal in the Premier League. Here it is again.
The ball just dropped to him. Drinkwater floating that one in and
inadvertently, Capoue in trying to clear his line, it fell invitingly
for the tlers City player and Ndidi, the Nigerian international puts
Leicester City ahead. -- for Leicester City.
Albrighton brings the ball forward now for Leicester. This is Mahrez.
Twinkle-toed and almost the finish that he was looking for. Mahrez
twisting and turning and the deflection looping over Gomes and
almost into the back of the net. Mariappa in real trouble. As Mahrez
comes in. 2-0 Leicester City. Mahrez two scored against Watford on each
of the last three times he's faced them, celebrating his 100th Premier
League appearance with a goal. Mariappa stretched for the ball.
Just skimmed off his boot, left the door ajar and Riyadh Mahrez was in
there with the run on goal and the finish through the keeper's legs.
Leicester 2-0 Watford. Slimani with a chance. Vardy up
against Mariappa. Good play Vardy. Good save by Gomes.
Stopped by the Watford keeper. A flowing attacking move for Leicester
City as Mariappa gave the keeper the slip. Amrabat away from Foulkes this
time. Collected by Cleverley. Just pipped over the top by Schmeicheal.
Amrabat laid it back Cleverley with time to key himself up brings the
best out of Schmeicheal. Blue shirts swarming all around.
Vardy and Slimani against Mariappa. Cleverley's goal side. They haven't
picked up Albrighton. It's 3-0 and it's the finishing touch on an
excellent afternoon for Leicester City. Deep in added time. Lovely
goal. Vardy trying to look up. Picking out Albrighton in space in
off the near post and Leicester finishing off the afternoon in
style. A tense home win of the season for them -- tenth win of the
season for them. They are mathematically safe now. Leicester
3-0 Watford. Performance wasn't quite there for both sides today I
think. It was a scrappy affair at times but ultimately it was about a
result and another clean sheet which is pleasing. We managed to get the
points when there was six games left and the points was what everybody
talked about. That was our objective and we reached it when there was six
games left. Now all the games we are playing from here to the end of the
season we'll use them in order to prepare to have a base for the
following year. I saw a nice thumbs up from the chairman. Do I read
anything into that? No, he does it most matches. Maybe I need to look
up a bit more. The remit was take the team to the end of the season
and then we'll sit down, I've not been told anything else so that's
what I expect to do. I would just give him the job, another two months
of the season left, they would have won the league I would imagine.
Mahrez, speculation once again in the media this morning in the papers
whether he'd leave Leicester for possibly a Champions League club but
he was close to his best again at the moment? He's a wonderful
footballer. 17 goals, 11 assists last season. This year he hasn't
done as well in terms of numbers but he's a game-changer. He's got that
wonderful left foot, great vision. Always plays with the confidence
that even when the team is not playing well, he can do something
magical. Look at his feet. I'd be amazed and I'm sorry Leicester
supporters and I know you are one of them Gary, but he can't be in a
Leicester shirt next season, he's a Champions League player. We were in
the Champions League this season. Were being the operative word. The
only one ever. Leicester have given him the platform to achieve the
heights. He's going to be very sought after because of the ability
to win games. And produced magical moments. He has
signed a new contract, Yaz given a year and this might be the summer
when he can move on to a club where maybe he will be able to play
Champions League football regularly. Thanks very much. Craig Shakespeare
has got to get the job, hasn't he? He has done amazingly. It certainly
feels that way. I would give it to him. Watford have got the 40 points
and then they are in a rut? Lost the last three games, no goals in the
last five away matches. It has been a bad end to the season. Mazzarri
spoke about getting to the 40 point mark, they have done their job,
season over. Burnley were looking to reach
the 40-point mark for the first time Opponents West Brom had lost four
in a row without scoring a goal. It is a proud day for this
four-year-old. He becomes the first mascot to lead out all three
Lancashire rivals, Blackburn, Accrington and now Burnley. His
family are attempting to raise funds as he battles a rare form of liver
cancer. Five clean sheets have been pivotal to Burnley's survival bid.
Tom Heaton is fifth in this year's shutout table. Kevin Long makes his
first start of the campaign alongside James Tarkowski in an
untried centre pairing. Ben Mee is injured. Craig Dawson was the last
to score for West Brom on the 18th of March. Four changes for the
visitors, including 18-year-old Sam Field, who goes in support of
Salomon Rondon. Boyd continued his run. Vokes. It
was a good start by Foster. It was a good attempt by Vokes. It took a
little touch on the way through from McAuley. That makes it an even
better save from Foster. He has already got Burnley to their highest
ever Premier League points total and they have recorded their most of the
winds. -- their most wins. That is a great
block. I think it was McClean got back it in. McClean just came in and
stop Arfield brilliantly. Towards Barnes. The assistant is
flagging on the far side and the ball goes into the net. Vokes
scores. The flag was up in the first sightseeing penalty. The referee
waved play on and Vokes turned it in. I am certain if it had not gone
into the net, it would have been a Burnley penalty. The assistant was
flagging, the signal was penalty, the referee waved play on, and
Barnes provided Vokes with the goal which means that Burnley could be a
Premier League team again next season. They are eighth in the
Premier League season -- in the Premier League table despite their
recent bad run of results. If you had asked Tony Pulis if he had
fancied being eighth in May, he would have snapped your hand. Headed
away under pressure by Ward. It is a West Brom corner. The delivery from
Brunt. It is a good one as well. On the underside of the bar and just
about cleared. You just fancied that if West Brom were going to finally
score it would be from a set piece. They very nearly did. McClean
getting round the outside. Nyom cannot get it. Rondon on the near, a
brilliant swivel into the corner of the net. At long last, West Brom
have a goal. It is Rondon's first of 2017. The almost scored when they
hit the underside of the bar. In the next phase of play, McClean got the
better of Lowton. Rondon got to the ball, swivelled and thumped it into
the net. Determination from McClean. Rondon did the rest. At last, well
in excess of eight and a half hours of trying, West Bromwich Albion have
a go. In that moment, they may well have put off Burnley's Premier
League survival for another week. Livermore. Good turn. Corner. He is
disappointed, Livermore. He felt that was properly going to go in
before the deflection took it wide. Good delivery. They have got
another, West Brom. Dawson scores. You wait more than eight and a half
hours for a goal and two come within eight minutes of each other. They
had some momentum once the equaliser, West Brom. Great
delivery, and Dawson, who, in the lead up to their equaliser, hit the
underside of the buyer. He puts on under the bar and West Brom layback
Turf Moor. They are spoiling Burnley's potential celebrations.
There is a real urgency about Burnley. Andre Gray looks like he
was held by McAuley. A yellow card is coming for the experienced centre
back. Brady will take a free kick for Burnley. Less than five minutes
to go. Foster comes out but he will not get to it. It is turned in by
Vokes, his second goal in the match. Turf Moor and absolute raptures. It
is a precious equaliser. What a relief. They were starting to look
at the table and wondering if they could still get caught, Burnley.
Vokes gets there in front of Foster and helps it into the back of the
net. With news of Hull Trilling, it might be enough to keep Burnley in
the division. A good afternoon on a personal
level. Some frustration you have not come away with all three points? I
think so. Obviously good point for us in the end by going 1-0 up, we
were in control and took our foot off it a little bit and let West
Brom back into it. To get back and get the point, hopefully that is a
big point for us in the end. We have gone into the last few games with
only one striker, Salomon Rondon. He has had to take the full weight of
playing by himself. He works his socks off. Today he has got his just
reward and we are very pleased. I am pleased for the whole group because
they have worked hard and they had a go again today. We know that other
teams have more quality and budgets but you cannot go around the Premier
League worrying about everyone else. You have to focus on yourself and we
have gone about games. We have taken a few knobs, but we have
got to 40 points. That is a good marker for a club and team like us.
Two games to go so we want to go hard in those games. A marvellous
achievement for Burnley to get 40 points. A good achievement for Sam
Vokes, his first Premier League race. Superb. Sean Dyche has done a
great job. He played Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes upfront last week
against Crystal Palace and it was the same today. It worked for them.
People would think having those two upfront, they are direct side, they
will go in. They have the option to play direct, but they get the ball
into wide areas, get crosses into the penalty area. Brilliant from the
referee, Mike Jones, to play advantage to give Sam Vokes the
goal. It was a clear penalty. You can see the assistant flagging. Good
movement from Vokes, getting across the near post, as he does here.
Getting across his man and into a goal scoring position.
That ball from Robbie Brady in a great area. Is the offside?
Probably, just offside. The assistant missed out on that one.
The goalkeeper is coming into an area he could not get to. A
brilliant performance by Sam Vokes. There are the details. West Brom
have stopped the rot in terms of goal-scoring. Five previous games
they have not scored. Yes, but they have had a tremendous season. Tony
Pulis deserves great credit, as do the players. It is difficult to
maintain it until the end, but they should be pleased with what they
have done. Back-to-back wins looked to have
secured Bournemouth's place They faced Stoke, who've not scored
in their last six away games, a run that stretches back
to the middle of January. John Roder was at
the Vitality Stadium. The 21-year-old French striker Lys
Mousset makes his first Premier League start with Benik of or be
injured. He will play alongside Josh King upfront, who has scored 11
goals in his last 12 appearances, including the late winner last
weekend that relegated Sunderland. Mame Diouf has not scored from a
stayer. He replaces Berahino an attack. Berahino has been ill in the
days leading up to this match but is among the substitutes. Stoke hoping
for a repeat of their 3-1 victory year last season. Stoke would move
above Bournemouth with a victory today. Ballmer is looking to
complete the double having won 1-0 at Stoke back in November, Nathan
Ake with the only goal of that match. -- Stoke looking to complete
the double. Nicely done from Bournemouth. The
shot is against the inside of the post. Mousset blasted over. The shot
from Smith, coming off the upright. Great passing and movement from
Bournemouth. Adam Smith, so close to scoring. Perhaps Mousset should have
scored. Both teams in mid-table at the moment. Not quite mathematically
assured of their Premier League players for next season. We all
accept that they will be in the top division, next August. That is a
terrible challenge. What is Paul Tierney going to do? The Stoke
players are surrounding the referee. Harry Arter, going for the ball,
diving in. Joe Allen. You can see that the studs are showing and the
fruit is raised, it is already ball. It is a yellow card. -- foot is
raised. Some may consider Harry Arter to be very, very fortunate to
still be on the pitch. Diouf will have to do it on his own.
Another good block from Cook. Twice in quick succession that Steve Cook
has got his body in the way. The corner and it is headed in. Geoff
Cameron is the man who is claiming it. Stoke get a goal at last. At
last on the road. Geoff Cameron is claiming that but it may well be an
own goal by Mousset. There is the touch of the Bournemouth striker. 0-
one. -- 0-1. Arnautovic in the middle with the header. It is over.
Marko Arnautovic with a great chance to double the lead for Stoke. They
header goes over. Bournemouth breeze massive sigh of relief. It remains
1-0 the visitors. Lewis Cook, a great pass to find Smith. King has
made a run in the middle. He lets it go and equaliser is turned in by
Junior Stanislas, his fifth goal of the season. His eighth in total in
the Premier League. Of those eight goals, seven have come. You just go
back a couple of minutes, Marko Arnautovic head over the bar, and
not long after, Bournemouth striker back to equalise. King leaves the
cross and Stanislas tucks it in. 1-1. Mark Hughes's side with just
one victory in their last eight Premier League matches coming into
today, just four points from their last seven in the league. That was a
delicate lob towards Arnautovic. It almost dropped for Diouf. Stoke are
back in front. Mame Diouf, with his first goal since last May.
Ah nowt vich with a little lock down. Could. Cleared by Bournemouth
and do you have was left with the - Diouf was left with the task of
scoring, something he has not done since last May. Bournemouth
1-2-Stoke. Bournemouth have to do it all again, come from behind.
Hits King and goes in! Stoke are claiming off side. But the header
struck King and Bournemouth are level for a second time. Smith with
the cross. Is King off side? Doesn't look to be. That took a final touch
off Shawcross on its way in. For the second tame this afternoon,
Bournemouth have come from a goal down to equalise -- second time.
Good performance, we were very much on the front foot. We had a plan
that worked well for us today They didn't create too many chances of
note. We've just slipped up a couple of occasions and they've benefitted
from that. We are disappointed with that and also disappointed that the
referee didn't see fit toe send one of their players off early in the
game with a terrible challenge on Joe Allen and the lad was out of
control and should have gone, in my view. A few years ago, that would
have been seen as an outstanding tackle. The ball was flush. Only
seen it live, haven't seen the replay but it's one of those
difficult ones because obviously you don't want to see any player hurt
and Harry hasn't gone in with that intention. I think the referee's
made the right call. The main aim is to stay up. It's a massive
achievement for this club. This set of players, we are still hoping to
get into the top ten. To establish ourselves in the Premier League, we
are trying to do that desperately, incredibly tough league and we have
found that again this year with the highs and lows but we are delighted
to be playing in the Premier League next season. Honours eeven there,
couple of talking points. Let's have a look at the possible offside. We
don't think so? No. I don't think it was off side. Josh King, it's played
on side actually by two players, he was an own goal off the back of
Shawcross but he was clearly on side. It's played on side when he
blocks the cross. Good decision from the officials. The talk was about
the tackle as well. It was ferocious. It was a naughty one.
What saved Joe Allen was the fact he did get the ball flush, the manager
was right about that, but that is dangerous and it's a leg-breaker.
Thankfully he's gotten away with it in terms of a yellow but Joe Allen
is OK, that is the main thing. A red? Very lucky Harry Arter there.
That is an horrendous tackle that, very bad tackle. Got away with it
with just a yellow, not a red. We are out of time. Let's have a look
at the Premier League table before we leave you. Tottenham's defeat
means two games for Chelsea on Monday and Friday this week, that
could security them the title. Manchester City leapfrog Liverpool
into third. A huge day for Swansea who moved out
of the bottom three at Hull's expense. Crystal Palace remain in
trouble but will stay up if they get a point against Hill next weekend.
Burnley and Watford are safe barring a big swing in goal difference --
Hull. The Sunday Times show the emotion felt by Hull goalkeeper
after their loss to Sunderland. They also report Manchester United boss
Jose Mourinho is plotting a shock bid for Manchester City's Aguero.
The Mail on Sunday call Man City boss Guardiola deluded after he said
his team are the best attacking side in the Premier League while the
Sunday Telegraph claim Bayern are preparing a ?55 million bid for
Sanchez. So a Llorente header
wins it for Swansea. There was something in the air
tonight and it was Fernando. There's no such thing as
a child prostitute.