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COMMENTATOR: Just brilliant, just brilliant!
COMMENTATOR: What a turn, what a goal!
COMMENTATOR: Look at that. Oh, look at that!
It was a day when football paid tribute to former England
manager Graham Taylor, who died this week at the age of 72,
no more so than at Vicarage Road, where Taylor enjoyed so much
Watford versus Middlesbrough, one of eight games on the way.
In the company of Danny Murphy and Ian Wright.
We start though at the King Power Stadium where Champions Leicester
hosted the favourites to take their crown.
Leaders Chelsea were missing top-scorer Diego Costa after reports
COMMENTATOR: One noticeable absentee as Chelsea bid to embark on another
winning run, top-scorer, Diego Costa, is not with the squad in the
East Midlands for a fixture Chelsea lost last season and proved to be
Jose Mourinho's final game in charge. Leicester welcome back their
top-scorer, Jamie Vardy, after a four-match absence. Their recent
signing makes his debut. A third league start for 20-year-old Ben
Chilwell. Willian replace ares Costa for Chelsea. That is the only team
beaten by Spurs. N'Golo Kante makes a first return to the club where he
won the title last season. It's Leicester hoping to build on the
four points they havic taen from the last six with back-to-back clean
sheets. Matic. Is Albrighton quickly on to that. Quickly into the path of
Vardy. He's gone Musa up with him. Here is Musa. Still going.
Courtois's intervention. Nervous moment inside the first 90 seconds
there for Chelsea. Musa's pace something Leicester are hoping to
utilise today. Fresh from those two goals in the FA Cup win at Everton.
He got around Azpilicueta. At his near-post, as you would have
expected him to, Courtois. Matic assessing the situation for Chelsea
who went 102 days unbeaten in the Premier League prior to that defeat
to Tottenham. Pedro. Potential crossing for Alonso. Back to Matic
instead. Patient possession from Chelsea. Everybody, except Vardy,
back behind the ball for Leicester. Azpilicueta, trying to guide it
through to Hazard. It might still come to him. Then Alonso - 1-0
Chelsea. Six minutes gone and the league leaders are in front. Marcos
Alonso with his second Premier League goal for the club. Without
their top-scorer, they have still found the back of the net early on.
Leicester didn't deal with the first cross. Lovely little touch back by
Hazard. Very calm finish, you have to say, with his right foot, by
Marcos Alonso, who swept in past Kasper Schmeichel, into that bottom
corner. Perfect start for Chelsea as they look to bounce back from events
at White Hart Lane. Leicester 0, Chelsea 1. 10 minutes in, in
reference to the shirt Number 10, Leicester fans lighting up the FK in
support of former hero and club ambassador Alan Bichanall. He
suffered a heart attack and today he had heart surgery. I'm sure that
sight will lift his spirits. The man who is named Fifa's Coach of the
Year, he already has food for thought today. Mahrez, Slimani away
at the African Cup Of Nations. Almost caught Courtois out.
Certainly a situation the Belgium goalkeeper felt he needed to deal
with. An interesting run of home games for Leicester, today,
Manchester United and Liverpool all heading to the east Midland. They
have taken 18 of their 21 points so far this season at the King Power
Stadium. Willian. Trying to get away from Fuchs. Fouled by Fuchs.
Chelsea, free-kick. It will be the first yellow card of the day for the
Austrian. Willian had got away from him. He quite clearly had hold of
his shirt. Willian himself to take it. In towards Luiz. Back to Alonso.
Deflected - 2-0. Well, the unlikely source of Marcos Alonso has provided
both Chelsea goals. That one with a slice of luck about it, but it's
taken them just six minutes of the second-half, after it took them six
minutes in the first, to beat Kasper Schmeichel. And the league leaders
have a two goal cushion. Luiz didn't get there, Alonso had time to steady
himself, and it brushed off the Leicester captain, Wes Morgan.
That's what diverted it past Kasper Schmeichel who, despite that
outstretched arm, couldn't keep it out. Difficult for Leicester, but
just look what it means to Conte con. -- Antonio Conte. Leicester 0,
Chelsea 2. Claudio Ranieri used to admire Antonio Conte as a player. He
tried to sign him once. He's been glowing from his praise for Conte as
a manager. He somehow has to try to find a way back against his Chelsea
team here. Leicester finding it very difficult to get a touch of the ball
in this second-half. Moses will reach that. It comes to Alonso! What
a story that would have been. Difficult ball for him to hit,
coming out of the sky. But the way things are going today, that could
easily have flown into the back of the net. Alonso. Almost found
Hazard. Kante. Super ball. Moses. It will still come back to Kante.
Pedro. Willian's onside, and Pedro has surely sealed it for Chelsea.
Leicester didn't deal with that, and Pedro scores his seventh goal of the
season. And Chelsea score three without their top-scorer, and look
set for an immediate return to winning ways. This was untidy at
best from Leicester's point of view. Static here. Pedro, unmarked, had
the simple task of heading that into the back of the net. His first goal
away from Stamford Bridge this season. Clear clear daylight between
them and last year's champions. I guess managers like goals to be
shared around the time. When your left-wingback gets to it must be a
good day. Into Marcos is a player who is very important. Today he
played very well, but not only today because against Tottenham it's not
easy. We did this and we must be pleased. We're helping the team to
get the wins and working hard to be there. We just got to keep the hard
work and keep winning. I think our performance was good, but of course
when you concede goals against this team it's difficult to equalise. We
tried to do our best. We close all the space, but they found two goals
at the beginning of each match and then it was difficult for us. One
player missing today, Diego Costa, why wasn't he in the squad today?
Diego Costa stopped his training on Tuesday because he felt a pain in
his back. He wasn't available for the game. Chelsea fans reading all
kind of reports this morning about break down in communication between
you and him. Has there been a bustup, is everything OK? But I
think that, in this situation, you can listen to a lot of things. In my
career, in my experience, as a coach, I always, if there ares
problems, I'm used to solving the problems in the changing room. Never
during a press conference and, yeah, but I repeat "if", if there are the
problems. We will get on to Costa in a moment. Of course, he wasn't on
the pitch today, but they didn't miss him. The three upfront more
than made up for him. You were waxing lyrical for the match about
them? Rightly so. They played on Boxing Day without Costa and these
three played upfront and did really well. They took it up a notch today.
It was absolutely sublime. See three players play so well on the same
day. Their underen staing, their linkup, their rotation. Pedro,
Hazard and Willian, you see the three. This is the first goal. What
I like about this, the three of them end up in the box, it's well and
good-looking pretty with flicks - what a touch from Hazard - you have
to have end product. These three had that in abundance. Leicester tried
really hard. They did OK in the first half. They had to resort to
fouling them and little touches round the corner. Awareness of each
other's positions. Each one willing to run behind without the ball as
well, which is also important. Their variation in play killed Leicester.
This is fantastic counter-attack. Hazard touch, brilliant as always.
Good pass from Willian. Pedro has his confidence back, five goals,
five assists. More than he got in the whole of last season. You see
the confidence with this touch. Every time they looked up they had
the option of one of the others. The biggest compliment I can play them
is me and Ian Wright were watching and didn't mention Costa once. No.
The skill. They actually nearly got in so many times, the intra-Kasse in
which they were playing, as I say, the three of them together was
absolutely fantastic. They gave the rest of the team the ability to have
time on the ball. Leicester had to drop off. They couldn't press, every
time they pressed these three would hurt them. This was nearly
unbelievable. What a touch from Pedro. I know you love that one.
Yes, it was fantastic. I don't think Leicester did too bad. They were on
top, top form. Passing the ball and getting the ball with players around
them. One touch. We saw it all there. Brilliant today. We have no
idea really the truth behind what is going on with Costa. We hear a big
money move to China being muted. Him denying it, that isn't at all
happened. His manager saying no bustup. Pulled out of training with
a bad back. It would from the outside that could unsettle the
camp. The performance today would say nod not. Would you be confident
of him moving through this season with those three upfront? I'm not
sure. We don't know what's happened. For him to come out at this stage,
when thee need him so much, it seems very strange. I feel that the way
the players, the way the players played today, they looked like they
were enjoying it. They didn't his miss him today. The sooner they sort
it out the better echlt he has 14 goals. You need someone like that in
your team. He seems to have almost tried to derail what is going on.
Would you be surprised if he was to be attracted to China at this point
in his career? Diego Costa does not strike me as the kind of person who
is bothered what people think. There may be some reason, but he is
playing in a top club in the top league. It is maybe the money. It
does not make much difference to him. Maybe it is his back, but
somebody has turned him. 12 months ago you would not have got Leicester
players looking at offers like that when they were under way to a title.
Today they are not looking at a title, but Claudio Ranieri. They
played well. They change the system, they played quite well, but they did
not have the quality. I think they will be fine, it was an OK
performance, but Chelsea's performance was something else.
Spurs have yet to lose at home in the league this season.
They faced West Brom, who've not been beaten
Spurs have won the league if Dele Alli had not been suspended in
April's 1-1 draw. Is there a more informed European midfielder right
now? Tottenham revert to the side that beat Chelsea ten days ago.
Nacer Chadli makes his first White Hart Lane return. There is a
flourish about Tottenham when they are playing well.
He came very close. West Bromwich Albion should have stopped the cross
coming in. They should have been more aware in the middle. Harry Kane
got in behind Gareth McAuley. Very much an attack against defence
discipline. Kristin Eriksson had a bit of space, Harry Kane, 1-0. 11
minutes gone. To be honest it has been coming. It came on the shoulder
of the last defender. Just level. Finished astutely. Goal 13 of the
campaign. What a way to celebrate becoming a new dad. Harry Kane for
the first time, a goal for Spurs. It has not been easy with the injury to
Jonny Evans. They do not beat the first man with a free kick, how
disappointing. The flag is up. The first chance
created by West Bromwich Albion. Had also left it for Fletcher, that
would have been allowed to build up. Deflected and just about kept out by
Ben Foster. The West Brom goalkeeper is having a fit campaign. The shot
bobbled on its way through. Harry Kane got the touch and Ben Forster
got a hold of it. Kristin Ericsson behind brands. Deflected twice and
in for Spurs and deservedly so. It is a long afternoon ahead for West
Brom. Kristin Ericsson will insist it is
his eighth goal of the season. There was a double ricochet and off Gareth
McAuley. Ben Foster was wrong-footed. Spurs are very good
and coasting. Harry Kane is a real handful today.
West Brom are giving it away. It has been a super Spurs performance. It
is ruled out by the linesman's flag. Offside. What a lovely move. He just
went too early. An imperious flick to put it beyond the goalkeeper.
Dele Alli was to his left-hand side. Harry Kane off the post. Spurs have
been brilliant. Harry Kane is on fire today. Then Foster had just
enough onto the post. Two up, they could have had four or five.
A chance for West Bromwich counter. That was not too far away. That was
their most meaningful attack of the game, the first real effort they
have had on the Spurs goal. It did not hit the target, but it was not
far away. It is a corner kick. Toby Alderweireld was allowed to
turn. Again they are denied by Foster. Twice he denies Tottenham
Hotspur. With his leg first of all. Then it bounced horribly in front of
him. He was a bit fortunate. Fortune favours the brave. He has had a good
game and a good season, Ben Foster. Harry Kane is in the middle and he
wraps it up. Given away cheaply by West Bromwich Albion, but finished
in real style. For West Bromwich Albion there is no way back now.
Walker with the steel and the prison and Harry Kane with the finish. 3-0.
Tottenham have had 20 attempts on the West Bromwich Albion goal. 11 of
them have been on target. West Brom are yet to force a save from Hugo
Lloris. Harry Kane with a hat-trick! That is
it. What a week it has been for him. Brilliantly set up by Dele Alli.
Impudently done, extravagantly done. Two goals in four minutes for Harry
Kane. It makes it a handsome victory for Spurs. A Harry Kane match ball,
a Harry Kane hat-trick, Harry Kane changing nappies tonight. I am a new
dad. It is a good feeling and what a great way to finish the week off.
Mentally and physically where you OK, because a become completely ruin
your stride. We have been fine, the little girl is great, I have got a
good wife, getting up in the middle of the night. It has been a busy
week, but once I have enjoyed. It was amazing the way they played. The
feeling the team translated to the stands. It was 45 minutes of amazing
football and I am very pleased because it was amazing. If you come
to these grounds against these teams you have to be at your best, not
just technically, but mentally as well, and we were not today. If you
are not on it at these grounds, they will punish you. We gave some sloppy
goals away, we never really got going. I do not take anything away
from Tottenham, they are a good team and good luck to them for the rest
of the season. It was a bad day for us. We are on a great run of form at
the minute. We need to keep it up, we cannot afford to drop any points.
The teams around us always seemed to be winning and we have to make sure
we are as well. Straight league wins, equalling their own record,
Harry Kane with the record, but you want to look at the wingbacks. You
feel they were instrumental in everything they did today. Yes, they
were. These two have consolidated under Chelsea. Rose and Walker,
especially at home, they are unbelievable. We could have picked
out a few, but these two are the ones in particular. You will see
Danny Rose on the left. They had a thankless task trying to deal with
Danny Rose, arguably one of the best left-back in Europe at the moment. A
great ball in and Harry Kane should score. This is brilliant, the
communique said, they have obviously had words. Watch this pass from Toby
Alderweireld. Absolutely fantastic. They get a corner out of it. He has
got his man there. He does not get close enough. He is doing this all
day. Nacer Chadli. This is the goal. Once you have got the insurance of
one Yama and Mousa Dembele, you can go forward and play. That was a
great pass from Kristin Ericsson and look who pops up on the right-hand
side, Danny Rose again. They got a little bit of luck here, but they
deserve the luck. They were brilliant today. Kyle Walker has
been having a nightmare of a month. Olivier Giroud pinned him at
Arsenal, but now you see his determination. A great cross into
Dele Alli and that is a great finish. Just brilliant. They were
really good. Spurs' last ten goals have been scored by Harry Kane or
Dele Alli, and he impressed you today even though he was not on the
scoresheet. There is nothing he cannot do, this lad. He is athletic,
he scores goals, he is confident at the moment. I know he loves these
little nutmeg. Poor old fletch. It has happened to me at times and I
know how he feels. He is just playing with freedom. He is enjoying
it. Look at this, fantastic. He is getting better. I did not know he
had this type of quality and vision, but he is just getting better. Look
at that for a pass. A great scoop, it makes it easy for Harry Kane.
They were all brilliant. A day to forget for West Brom.
Swansea's new boss, Paul Clement, took charge at the Liberty Stadium
for the first time since replacing Bob Bradley.
Opponents Arsenal began the day in fifth, eight
COMMENTATOR: Neighan Dyer who won the title on-loan at Leicester City
last season makes only his second start in the league for Swansea in
the current campaign while Stephen Kingsley plays at full-back with
Taylor suffering a fractured cheek bone in tlang. Mesut Ozil returns
for Arsenal after missing three matches through illness. Olivier
Giroud who signed a new contract this week is in fine form with a
goal in each of the last four games. Task number one you would think for
Paul Clemmit is to put out a Swansea side with greater resilient i, a
side that doesn't crumble at the back. Naughton's long ball. Could
get Nathan Dyer away, Koscielny is right on him. Sigurdsson well
forward. Routledge and Llorente in the centre. Well saved there by
Cech. First attempt on goal in the match. It's come from the home team,
Kyle Naughton involved in both end of the field. Almost finishing off
the move. This effort here, palmed away at full stretch. Paul Clemmit
is quick to add to his backroom staff there the very familiar figure
of Claude. Kingsley, Routledge. Good play by Wayne Routledge. Support -
Sigurdsson! Second decent attempt on goal from Swansea City in the first
13 minutes or so. I have to say, Arsenal have barely got out of
second gear here so far in this game. They haven't tested Fabianski
so far. Is that about to change? Here's Sanchez. Good one. Saved at
the near-post by Lukasz Fabianski. Liberty Stadium looking a picture at
the moment. I wonder what's at the end of that? Premier League survive,
of course would do Paul clement very nicely indeed. Naughton. In to Dyer.
Surrounded and dispossessed. Ozil now finds Ramsey. He's got Iwobi
alongside him. Ramsey, right across the face of goal. Somehow Giroud
couldn't make contact with it. This is Sanchez. Alarm bells for Swansea.
The header from Ozil. It's in from Olivier Giroud. After all the good
work for Swansea City, Arsenal make the breakthrough. From the look on
his face it would appear it might be the last contribution that Olivier
Giroud makes to the game. They have barely got out of second gear here
in this first half, but against the run of play, Arsenal force the
breakthrough here. Ramsey with the ball across. Giroud couldn't quite
make contact the first time. Loitering on the edge of the
six-yard box. He snapped at the chance and buried it. So Olivier
Giroud has scored in each of the last five games now for Arsenal.
He's also scored on each of his last nine starts for the Gunners. It's
Swansea 0, Arsenal 1. Despite indicating he wanted to come off it
looks as if Giroud is in fact staying on the pitch. Pitch. Dyer
with the ball in. Llorente. Down he goes. Swansea City do not have a
penalty. Ki Sung-Yueng has a yellow card for simulation. Here it is once
again. This is Lorne Llorente with the turn into Ki Sung-Yueng. Coming
together with the boot of Laurent Koscielny. The referee felt he was
looking for this one. Yeah, it is was the final angle that gave us the
evidence we were looking for. Well spotted there by the officials. Not
a good ball. Collected by Dyer. White shirts swarming forward. Dyer
send it over the top of the crossbar. Another cross field ball
goes awry, but once more they get away with it.
Ozil. Finding Sanchez. Iwobi in the centre. Three, four, five also there
for Arsenal. Giroud is one of them. Here's Sanchez. Lovely ball. Great
chance, fine save by Fabianski to deny Aaron Ramsey. The pressure is
still on. Iwobi. The deflection sends it behind. Lovely ball in. The
turn from Ramsey. Fabianski with the initial save there. Victory today
would give Arsenal the double over Swansea for only the second time.
1982-83. Fabianski goes for it. Sanchez, away by Llorente.
Sigurdsson can't turn. Still with Arsenal. Iwobi. It's blocked, and
it's curled into the back of the net. The block took the sting out of
the shot, but it redirected it over the top of Lukasz Fabianski and into
the back of the net. Arsenal's sustained pressure at the start of
this second-half pays off. Arsenal swarming forward at every available
opportunity. The ball ricochetting off Jack Cork. Here it is once
again, Iwobi attempts to put the ball in and the block merely
redirects it over the top of Swansea's goalkeeper and beyond his
reach. Olivier Giroud forced out of the match with a foot injury.
Heavily strapped ankle. Looking for Sigurdsson. Cut out. Collected by
Alex Iwobi. Arsenal just pose a threat every time they come forward.
Oh, it's deflected in off Kyle Naughton. There's no doubt that's an
own-goal. Once again, it is Alex Iwobi with the shot on goal, just as
it was minutes before. And, for the second time in a row, his shot takes
a wicked deflection, which carries the ball past Lukasz Fabianski. But
more importantly for Arsenal, it means they now lead Swansea 3-0. The
journey down the M4 looks like it's been a worthwhile one for those
travelling supporters. Arsenal look as if they might do something every
time they go forward. Iwobi, beautiful play. Now it's Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ramsey tries to shoot. Sanchez does, Arsenal lead by
4-0. It is turning into something of a rout here in this second-half.
Alexis Sanchez has his 16th goal of the season. Brilliant build-up,
lovely pass from Iwobi. Collected by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ramsey beaten to
the initial shooting opportunity, but there you see the ball going in
Sanchez general direction. He only needs half a chance, doesn't he? How
many times have we seen that. The interception for Alexis Sanchez, who
makes it four. Worrying situation for Swansea. They have now conceded
at least three goals in seven of the last nine matches they've played.
Iwobi with the ball out wide. Here's Oxlade-Chamberlain. Welbeck and
Perez in the centre. Back towards Welbeck. Just behind him. Cleared
away by Sigurdsson, only as far as Xhaka. He brings a save from
Fabianski. Good shot, fine save. Well-struck by the Swiss
international. A decent save, too. Brooding and quietly steaming in a
corner there, Alexis Sanchez. His Eden Hazard loves playing hitch
didn't want to come off at all. Sigurdsson. He's done well, just
over the top. That's the best we have seen from Swansea City for
quite some time in this match. Paul clement's first league match will
end with a heavy defeat. For long periods we looked solid defensively.
Didn't do enough on the attacking side. We had a big claim for a
penalty, having looked back at it, I have that luxury, it's a penalty.
You know, Arsenal were better than us on the day. How difficult is if
to pick them up? We all have a can difficult job on our hands. We get
back on the training field and work on bet getting the basics right. If
you keep working hard and get the organisation right you have a better
chance. I think the first half was very intense physically and Swansea
played very well. They gave a lot in the first half to stop us from
playing and they did it very, very well. And, they are technically a
good side. In the second-half our pace took over and maybe we were
fortunate on one or two goals as well, but we were dominating the
game after. Were you a goalscorer? At least one of them, I'm claiming
the first one at least, I was on target. I would like to claim that.
The second one I can let slide. The first was my goal. He has neither.
If we talk about Mesut Ozil, you were impressed by his contribution.
A lot said about his contract negotiations, he missed games
through illness as well? They missed him for a few games. He made a real
difference today. Swansea deserve credit for the first half,
definitely. But he was exceptional in crucial areas of the pitch 82
touches, he makes the right decisionsing nine times out of ten.
Picks Sanchez out. Great ball there. This is early in the game, actually
in the first half Arsenal didn't create too much. Anything they did
create was through him. He was up for it. He took the ball in his own
half. Nice bits of skill. Watch this for a touch. That is what he gives
you, that quality in the final third. I know there is a loft people
who say he doesn't turn up in the big games, he was back today. I
think they are a better team when he is in it. OK he gets lucky with the
header there. Right foot. Always clinical with his passing. Always
sees it. Runs without the ball, crucial when you are playing that
role. You can't be prepredictable, always to feet. He was unlucky today
with some of the runs he made. He didn't quite get the right pass, but
him and Sanchez together make Arsenal an exceptional team and a
really dangerous team. When he he is not there, they don't quite have
that same cutting edge. They get a bit of luck... The scoreline
flattered them a little bit. I was impressed with him today considering
he had three games out. Paul clement doesn't agree with the referee, he
thinks Swansea should have had a penalty, what was your take? Is
sdmoo Paul said he saw it and thought it was a penalty. I don't
agree with him. I think, yes, Koscielny sticks his foot out, what
Ki does he he searches for the foot. You see, Koscielny's foot comes, he
plants it, he searches. He kicks the foot for me, Ki, I think the referee
has it right. I can feel Swansea fans - it's Arsenal you are sticking
up. If I was Paul I would want that. That is it. You see a lot of
penalties where the players do the same thing and they are given. They
will feel hard done by. I didn't think that was a penalty. One
incident we should talk about and have a look again. Sanchez
instrumental in many things. World-class player, but Brilliant.
Not very happy about being taken off when his team were 4-0 up. You can
see his face. He is disappointed. He doesn't want to be taken off. When
you have the contract talk and everything going on. He is integral
to Arsenal. If he was gone, as much as they say Ozil, if he is not
there, there is a massive problem. You see that picture. He doesn't
want to be taken off. He wants to continuously play. I hope it's not
something that they are using as excuses for him to get out of the
club and maybe his representatives and stuff... Arsene Wenger say it's
cultural and different cultures react differently. If we put it down
to now. Paul clement, you know him well, he has a big task in hand.
There are games he expects to win, maybe that wasn't one anyway? That
is fair. He will be on the training pitch as long as he can be. He's a
work aholic. He's got great attention to detail. I think he will
be quite savvy in the next few weeks in the transfer market. They will
improve. They did in the first half. Whether it will be enough, I am
anticipate not sure. Tough job. Job. I'm not sure.
West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet missed the game against
Crystal Palace after manager Slaven Bilic said the Frenchman no
Palace arrived at the London Stadium just one point
COMMENTATOR: Joint chairman's notes are emphatic, they will not sell
Dimitri Payet this transfer window. The onus shifts to Andy Carroll to
be the tallsyman. He was signed back in 2013 by Sam Allardyce when he was
the Hammers boss. Allardyce himself has been dismissive regarding
speculation about Christian Benteke, who he says quite simply is going
nowhere. Palace's record signing is their top-scorer despites ming a
penalty last month in Allardyce's first match in charge against
Watford. We are inside the last 20 minutes of a first half that has
been bereft of chances, really. Here's Feghouli. Noble. Getting away
from Ward and driving West Ham forward. And Carroll! Well, that's
the best move of the match by a mile. Carroll is very disappointed
that he couldn't get over the top of it. Good move, West Ham. He's maybe
woken this crowd up. A quarter of an hour to go. Just really one
opportunity for Andy Carroll to reflect upon thus far. Palace
haven't really offered anything. Here's Puncheon though to try and
change that. Away by Collins. Good connection. Randolph was in a good
position to gather it. It's just as as well as he was because Cabaye
hits this as truly as he would intended.
A little break for Townsend again and then he is caught and it is a
free kick for Crystal Palace. You can trace this pattern of play all
the way back to Mark Noble's miss timed pass on halfway. And it ends
on a yellow card for a mistimed tackle a few minutes' later. Of all
players, West Ham kid who spent the vast of his career with the Hammers,
it could have come back to want them here. What a chance.
It is a great ball by Andy Carroll. He was put under pressure and it is
a corner. Well defended by Tomkins. Excellent defending. Tomkins only
straight to Sofiane Feghouli. Free kick to West Ham. They have played
three games in a row without scoring. Prior to that they had won
three in a row in the Premier League. Swansea, Hull and Burnley.
They want to recapture that form again. That was Andy Carroll, but it
was wide. He moved it from right to left and drove it wide.
He was onside and the shot was pretty good. Only he will know for
sure if he was going for the spectacular into the corner. Antonio
Cesaro side. He will get there in front of Hennessy. And it is turned
in by Sofiane Feghouli. And in a game of precious few opportunities
might it be enough to win it but Mark round the goalkeeper and
Antonio was going for glory, but there was Sofiane Feghouli and West
Ham are in front. David Sullivan has backed exactly what his manager said
about the Dimitri Payet situation. He ain't going nowhere. What he
wanted today was a response from his players and they have responded.
Andy Carroll on the far side. Oh, that is tremendous! Just sit back
and admire this sensational goal. Andy Carroll has been to reflect
today. He has scored one of the best goals that this stadium has
witnessed. And you can hear the second roar from the West Ham
supporters who are watching on the big screen and it is worth watching
over and over again. He has provided an absolute sumptuous Dimitri Payet
style goal. He can still provide moments of sheer class.
Antonio and in space on the left-hand side is Manuel Lanzini.
Oh, lovely. It is a wonderful West Ham response to a troubled week at
the club. Two fantastic West Ham goals in this second half, both with
a technique that you would have wanted to savour. This enormous West
Ham United crowd will go away from the London stadium and they will
remember this afternoon very fondly indeed. It is a pride, the
overriding emotion? Yes, that is a good word, it is pride, it is
everything. I would like to congratulate the guys. They showed
basically everything we asked them for. OK, the first half was a
nervous one and all that, but together with the crowd, they were
banned Davison from the kick-off. We gave everything and in the second
half we were magnificent. The concentration and the way you play
has to last for the whole period of the game and unfortunately for us we
gifted two and then three. If you gift them, you will not get
anywhere. It is a bitterly disappointing end to what looked
like a comfortable performance. How do you rate that amongst your goals?
I think it has got to be the best one I have scored. It is one of the
important ones for the club and for me it is fantastic and I am happy
with the result and the way the lads play. After the 5-0 drubbing in the
FA Cup last week it was really important, and with the Dimitri
Payet stuff as well, and it came eventually, a good performance. Yes,
it did. It was quite the poor game with the midfielder is getting
beyond the ball. On this occasion Mark Noble does do it as we can see.
Sofiane Feghouli had a fantastic game today. Andy Carroll is the only
one in the box and he picks out really well, but unfortunately he
could not keep it down. He worked really hard today and that is what
the West Ham fans wanted. They wanted to see people chasing and
working hard. Andy Carroll forces the goalkeeper into a rushed cake
and they get the possession that. That was a superb pass. It is super
stuff. Sofiane Feghouli had a really good game today. The West Ham fans
will be pleased with his contribution. Tomkins had a super
defensive header. When they got the ball in the box, Crystal Palace have
all sorts of problems. They could not deal with it. This is a good
cross. Tomkins had a really good game. Then Andy Carroll comes in
with a fantastic strike. That is as good as I have seen. That is the
best contact. Unbelievable. That was better contact than Wayne Rooney's
against Manchester City. I know it was a bigger game. And just rewards
for his contribution. His manager needed it, the club needed it, it
was a great performance. It is not quite the same as Diego Costa, but
there are parallels with Dimitri Payet and the club and the fans are
disappointed with how this is panning out with him. How will it be
resolved? What will happen? The fact he said I do not want to be here,
they have got to get rid of him. Keeping him would be cutting off
their nose to despite their face. They cannot afford him. He is a
great player and they did wonders with him and he did wonders for
them, but take the money. Whatever happens, the promises broken. You do
not say I do not want to play for the club any more. It was not a good
day for Crystal Palace and big Sam has only had a return of one point.
They have not experienced that bounce they were expecting. Today
they were quite disappointing. Christian Benteke, for Sam he is a
big man, get the ball into him and get some second balls and they are
not doing it. We saw it happening with Andy Carroll, but it is not
happening with him, they have got to do it quickly.
Make a note, Match of the Day 2 moves to BBC Two this week,
an early start time as well, at 10.00pm.
5 Live and the BBC Sport website will have commentary
of Manchester United versus Liverpool at 4.00pm.
There's live football on Tuesday when non-league Lincoln take
on Ipswich Town in the FA Cup Third round replay, BBC One at 8.00pm.
That's followed by Cup highlights on Wednesday,
including Liverpool's trip to Plymouth, 10.45pm on BBC One.
Scotland is the best. They are our main players. Nelson, Robert the
Bruce, James Joyce, Tom Jones. Jonny Wilkinson's feed. We built the
Titanic. We invented the bicycle. Dragons. The kilt. Bagpipes. Spotted
Dick. The six Nations starts on the 4th of February across the BBC.
Bottom of the table Hull had new manager Marco Silva in charge
for the first time in the Premier League.
They faced Bournemouth who won the reverse fixture
Martin Fisher was at the KCOM Stadium.
COMMENTATOR: The serious stuff starts here for new boss Marco
Silva. He is boosted by the return of a Belle Hernandez who makes his
first start in over two months. There is a more familiar look to
Bournemouth after those wholesale changes in the FA Cup that backfired
so badly last weekend. Artur Boruc makes his 100th Premier League
appearance and it is the first Premier League start for Tyrone
Mings, 17 months after he signed for the club.
Dawson got just enough on that. Here is Jack Wilshere for Bournemouth.
And Fraser goes down under the challenge of McAuley and it is a
penalty. Yet another soft penalty conceded by Hull City this season.
Inside 100 seconds. McGuire's challenge on Fraser and the referee
was in the perfect position to see it and give it and that is the tenth
penalty that Hull City have conceded this season. Junior Stanislav scored
from the spot in the 6-1 win against Hull City back in October. He has
not scored a goal since. He puts this one away. He put it away with
consummate ease. It was always going to be a hard afternoon for Hull
City. It has just become a whole lot more difficult. Marco Silva was only
appointed nine days ago. He is a surprise choice, but he has
succeeded everywhere he has been. That was not far wide. He had a bit
of room, he got away from Snodgrass. Hull City will always be a special
club for Eddie Howe. He made his first ever appearance as a player
against Bournemouth in December 95. Junior Stanislas is in there.
McGuire will get it away eventually. Andy Robertson had a bit of time. He
fires its end. And they have the equaliser through Fernandez. That is
what his return might bring for Hull City, the ability to find the back
of the net. A decent build-up starting with the goalkeeper. That
was a lovely reverse ball. Full is to now Hull City are right back in
the game at 1-1. What a shot. Abel Hernandez with his
second of the afternoon. Look at that celebration. Look at the way he
attacked Tyrone Mings from the off here. Knew what he was about. Got it
on his left boot and - bang, Boruc has no chance whatsoever. Hull City
are 2-1 in front, five minutes into the second-half. Arter. Huddlestone.
Neat for Maguire. Up the line for Diomande. Lovely football at the
moment from Hull. Hernandez, Snodgrass and Clucas all interested.
Hernandez got his head to it. Well, this is lovely stuff from Hull. They
are looking anything but a team anchored to the foot of the Premier
League table at the moment. He doesn't speak the best English,
Marco Silva, whatever he said to his team at the break, he got the
message across. Poor challenge from Smith. Pretty much been all Hull
City since the second-half got under way. 2-1 they lead, Snodgrass with
the cross. It will drop here for Huddlestone. A good shot - it's in.
It came off a Bournemouth player. Tyrone Mings, his first ever Premier
League start. He scores the own-goal. Tom Huddlestone's gamble
to try the volley pays off. It's three years since Tom Huddlestone
last scored a Premier League goal here. He might try and claim this
one. But that touch from Mings is the decisive one. Hull City have
scored two quick goals at the start of this second-half and, suddenly,
they are romping away with it. King. Slides away from Dawson. Into
the box, and feeding Pew. He goes down. Shot was accurate from
Wilshere. Well dealt with by Jakupovic. Bournemouth felt they
might have had a penalty in the build-up to this. This challenge, as
he went down, Wilshere took on the shot. That didn't look too
dissimilar to the one that was given in the first few minutes of the
game. I feel happen yip, what I saw in the game I saw one team with a
big, big speed, it's important be for me. Very happy with it because
they worked. Happy really when I saw the fantastic behaviour with our
fans. For me it's important also. Disappointed with the first goal,
disappointed with all three, that is the story of our run. They think
we've been bad defensively, any chance we conceded they have taken.
We conceded three goals again. Again, that must be alarming to you
minute. The number of teams who score three against you? There seems
to be a pattern emerging defensively. Something we have to
put right quickly. You are off the bottom-of-the-table. How important
is that psychologically? It is. The main thing is the points, we need to
get as lose to 40 points as soon as possible. As I say,let three points
today, because none of the teams got too far away from it it puts us in a
decent motion position and back in the mix. That is the bounce we are
talking about that Sam Allardyce didn't have with Crystal Palace,
they will be delighted with that? Yeah. I thought they were good
today. Especially going a goal down. It showed a lot of character coming
back. It's goals. That is what they needed. Hernandez nicked a few in
the Championship. He stays in the middle of the goal. He stays in the
middle of the pitch. Is sounds obvious that. When you look at
Benteke and people, you know what I'm saying, he doesn't stay in the
middle of the pitch. When you have a ball put in like that. You have a
chance to do that. He is in the middle being the vocal point. Javier
Hernandez is on fire running at you. He knows he wants to get on his left
foot. He moves it quick, hits it quick there. It's a really good
finish. It's what they need. Hernandez's first game back since
the beginning of November. They have missed him and his potential goal
threat? Absolutely. He is a goalscorer. He gets his header and
running at the defenders. Pretty quick and sharp and knows where the
goal is. Eddie Howe sounded down, "there is a pattern emerging, I have
to look at this." To concede those goals, they had a great run of form
before that? Huge. They rested everybody for the Cup game last
week, ready for this game. You couldn't tell that in that
performance. The way they capitulated in games I have seen
recently is a worry moving forward. They have to stop conceding goals so
easily. Too easy to play against. OK.
Sunderland, who began the day in the bottom three,
Mark Hughes's men have never won a league game at the Stadium
COMMENTATOR: If you are good enough, you are old enough, in Jermain Defoe
case more or less invaluable for Sunderland. 11 goals this season, he
has scored in his last two Premier League games as his former club and
country colleague Peter Crouch. He has earned a new contract until the
end of next season. He will be 36 at the end of this month. Inn with the
season only just into its second-half, it's another high
pressure day on Wearside. This time of the year is when the ride really
begins for Sunderland. They are used to that, it's happened Forfar too
many years in a row. Johnson. Good ball in from Johnson. Crouch was met
by Donald Love. Look at Peter Crouch's expression. That tells you
what a good chance it was for him. On to the shoulder and against to
Donald Love. Credit to the full-back though. Mark Hughes had stressedlet
need to get their act together this week. Encouraging signs now from the
Stoke team. Another groan for Sunderland for giving the ball away.
This could be Costly. Arnautovic. Stopped by the boot of Mannone. The
Stoke pressure has been mounting. Hughes team have their reward for
taking control of the game by taking the lead. Arnie is the chant. Vito
Mannone dug him out once, the shot found the target. Only his third
goal this season. It's made it Sunderland 0, Stoke City 1.
Shawcross. O'Shea. Crouch. Penned in the corner by Borini. That
was the aim. Great play from the Austrian. Played
in again, and he scores again! Brilliantly worked by Stoke City.
Marko Arnautovic is the Potters main man on Wearside today. Two goals
inside the first 22 minutes. He played the one-twos as freely as you
like before getting in to score. 2-0. Another risky ball. Away from
Rodwell. Oh, Mannone's lost it. So close to being a calamitous third
goal conceded by Sunderland. Almost one for the goalkeeper's blooper's
hand back. He's had enough. He's seen plenty of that. Erik Pieters.
Charlie Adam. Mannone, he knows Crouch is am coulding. Crouch beats
it to it, it's in. No suggestion of a foul. It's a clean header into the
net. Well, he got away with the last one, the Italian creeper, he almost
looks close to tears that one. He had in his mind, as the ball came
over, the threat of Peter Crouch coming towards him, he panicked. A
hesitant goalkeeper who got his timing all round. Peter Crouch's
99th Premier League goal, his 49th goal for Stoke City, and they might
have won the points on Wearside already today. It's Sunderland 0,
Stoke 3. Bruno Martins Indi. With the
faintest of flicks. Here's Arnautovic. Donald Love forced him
to give the ball away. Borini. Rodwell goes for it. Back to him,
again. It's pulled wide. In fact, it's turned wide. Good defending by
Shawcross. Jack Rodwell sized up his options before letting fly. Straight
Attlee grant. Shawcross prevented him from putting in the follow-up.
-- at Lee Grant. Important Sunderland get back into this and
get the crowd on side as soon as they can. Jermain Defoe, first
chance he had all day. He's put it in. Sunderland have a way back.
That's Jermain Defoe for you. He is Sunderland's only hope. Mark Hughes
won't be happy. Defoe on-the-run. With his usual relaxed, composed fib
finish, control off the thigh is deliberate. Quick check to see if
the flag is up. He does as well as anybody in the game, still at the
age of 34. Crouch. Finds Januzaj. He picks out
Borini. Borini might have a go at goal here. He does. He stings the
hands of Grant. Bruno Martins Indi turns the ball away. That is what
Sunderland supporters need to see. Direct and positive. Johnson.
Thought he was impeded. Mike Dean agrees with that. Free-kick for
Stoke. That was Johnson trying to get on to the return pass. He runs
into Jack Rodwell. A chance for Stoke City to get three goal
breathing space, again. Charlie Adam really fancies this. Arnautovic
leaves it for Adam. Adam fires wide with Mannone flying through the air.
Too much bend on it. Van Aanholt. Defoe. There's Rodwell.
Oh, dear me. Snatched at the chance. What a chance. David Moyes looksure
Yeos. They need those opportunities.s We were excellent I
thought first half for 40 minutes of it we had a little bit of a wobble
just towards the end, we make made a mistake. Can't afford to do with
that with Jermain Defoe around. They got a goal. Sunderland, if I'm
honest, didn't create a great deal against us. More our mistakes that
let them have a glimpse of the game in the second-half. We were never
really in trouble throughout the proceedings today. It's a good
response. The players need to take responsibility. They need to stop
making individual mistakes. I did didn't think overall our performance
was that bad. By the time we got three goals we made the game very
difficult. They stuck at it in the second-half. We created one or two
chances ourselves, we weren't quite able to take them. I had that time
on the bench to reflect and think - where are things going? I've got a
new Lees of life, I'm playing again and loving every minute of it.
Playing in the Premier League and hopefully I have confirmed my
selection. Peter was magnificent. He brought people into the game. A
credit to his profession today. He as a new contract. He is 36 this
month and one goal off 100. Incredible. You can't help but love
him. He hats a new Lees of life. His performances in the last few weeks
have been great. He knows what he is good at. He knows how to nick goals.
He is always in the box when the ball goes wide. He has a good touch,
as you see there for the goal. He scored in his last three games. His
hold-up play is just superb. People criticise him for a lack of
mobility. When you have that aerial power. I know the keeper is awful
there, he should do better, you have to get up there and head it in. He
is difficult to play against. This is how desperate he is to stay in
the team. Look. He's doubling up at right-back. When you want him using
his pace... No he is a credit to his profession to be able to do the
running, great defensive header as well. He deserves real credit for
revitalising his career. As for Sunderland, I think same old
Sunderland. The Liverpool game was the only time really I'd seen them
play well at home. Yeah. Relying on Jermaine too much. David Moyes is
saying the players have to take responsibility - I get. That he
chooses them and works with them day in and day out. He has to take some
responsibility, too. Their performances generally have been
poor. The fans fed up. Leaving as early as 35 minutes today.
All seven of Burnley's wins this season have come at home.
Southampton, who'd lost their last three in the league,
were the latest team to try their luck at Turf Moor.
Jay Rodriguez was born and schooled in Burnley and joined his local club
as a ten-year-old and left for Southampton in 2012. He has not
played here since and may not today, he is on the bench. Seldom any room
for sentiment in team selection. He was muscled out of it illegally
by Shayne Ward Prowse. A free kick to Burnley. They are in a good
position here. They can conjure something from this range. It is
crowded in front of the keeper. Then me looked like he got a push in the
back. -- then me. It probably was just heading inside
that post, Ben Mee with the block. He is Dusan Tadic again. This is the
best spell they have had in the game really. Ben Mee was in the right
place at the right time. That was well played. Dusan Tadic on the
Bali. -- volley. Off the line. Southampton are really
threatening now. That was a good save from Tom Heaton to deny Ward
Prowse. There was a big shout after that
block. He got himself down well. That has lifted the fans.
Dean Marney is making way and Burnley fans welcome back Joey
Barton. It is his first Premier League outing since made 2015. That
was a good free kick. It is stopped on the line by Tom Heaton and
Burnley got away with it. It looked for a second as if it was going to
squirm its way into the back of the net. Burnley have got a free kick
and Southampton are ruing the fact the brakes did not go their way.
They might have done. You have the distinct impression that they will
not be a barrel full of goals in this game. One might be enough. Boyd
was thinking about the spectacular and wanting a free kick and getting
a free kick. He stuck his foot out. Burnley have a chance. This would be
quite a return if Joey Barton could put this into the back of the
Southampton net. Joey Barton against the wall. Through the wall and N.
Joey Barton has only been on the pitch a couple of minutes. Back in
the Premier League, back with Burnley, back with a goal. How about
that? Deflected on its way. That might have been crucial, taking it
beyond Ben Forster's fingertips. What were the odds on that?
Time is very much against them now. Two and a half minutes to go. Off
the head of Tom Heaton. He gets a really good contact on it. This is
Jay Rodriguez. Tom Heaton pushing him away. A great double save. A
great double save by Tom Heaton. As super header from Van Dyke. That was
a brilliant save. Southampton are a good side. They took the game on
early on and they came out pressing and of the front foot and they have
got good technicians in their side. Early in the second half they
started the game, but as the game went on you felt the sense that we
would get something. It was difficult after this game because I
think it was a strong game for us with good attitude, good play. It
was difficult to play against a slow ball in the second half. But it was
interesting. Just to make a goal. They deserved it. It is probably not
the best free kick I ever hit, but it hit the back of the net and from
a personal point of view it is quite nice. But some of the blocks that
the guys made. Then the double save by Tom Heaton at the end. It is not
about me, it is about the team and I am delighted we have got three
points. He said it is not all about him, but his manager will be happy
to say it was. A great story, he has had his ups and downs. He is well
liked there and he made an impact. He got a bit of fortune. I think the
keeper thought he would go over the wall or through the wall where the
gap is. He does take a big step right. You have got to keep your
position. But it nicks Ryan Bertrand's backside. I think the
keeper will be disappointed. This is a wonderful double save. If the
league table was in home form, Burnley would be dead. It may well
just be what keeps them up. It may well just be
what keeps them up. There were emotional scenes
at Vicarage Road as Watford fans celebrated the memory of Graham
Taylor. Middlesbrough provided
the opposition. Vicarage Road today, a stadium that
was developed so much in Graham Taylor's time. He was manager here
for 14 years in two spell. He showed how to build a club and not just 18.
His wife Rita and his daughters Joanne and Karen are there. Families
are here to share the occasion with the supporters. They share is such a
unique affinity, the new signing Tom Cleverley is on the Watford bench.
New signing Rudy Gestede is on the bench.
His first touch was not good enough and he is the top scorer would you
believe. That should have been number six for Etienne Capoue. His
first touch was not good enough. Middlesbrough have only won one of
their last 23 away games in the Premier League.
A chance for Stuani. But, no, the flag is up for offside. I would say
it was marginal. Doucoure! A chance for his first
Watford goal. Headed on by Troy Deeney. Doucoure brought a save out
of Valdez. That is a foul by Gibson on Okaka. He is cross to say the
least. Anyway, it is a free kick to Watford. It is going to be taken by
Etienne Capoue. They have piled the big men forward and Middlesbrough
have pulled everybody back. That was the header by Okaka. It was a hard
chance for Okaka, but Valdes was equal to it. Even their own fans are
getting restless now. A chance at the far post is wasted
again! Doucoure puts his head in his hands because he looked to have got
the better of Fabi and should have scored.
Rudy Gestede won it back well. That could have been a debut to remember.
Formerly a goal-scorer at Blackburn. Not so productive at Aston Villa.
Tom Cleverley, it is against the post. That was Etienne Capoue and it
was over. That was Watford's best chance of the afternoon and it fell
to the man who has just come on and come back to the club, Tom
Cleverley. When the ball comes out Etienne Capoue shoots high and wide.
Walter Mazzarri puts his head in his hands. He was pleading for Watford
to create a chance like that. It has been a disappointing afternoon for
the Spectator and less somebody get something now. It was wide. He got
beyond the two defenders. Victor Valdes stuck his left foot out. And
in fairness and in tribute to Graham Taylor, the occasion has been far
more memorable than the match could ever have been. It was not the best
game to watch, but for us it was a good game and we showed that once
again we are a consistent team. We would like to have had more chances.
We had some in the first half, but in the second half they were a
strong team, physical. We were defending and trying to play, but we
could just defend. In the second half we had six or seven chances to
score. Two came off the post and we can say that they were very lucky.
Overall I am happy with the performance. I think the fans were
top drawer today in terms of their efforts and what they showed and
everybody could see what it meant to people around the place. As for the
performance, probably not the best, but we created a lot of chances. It
hit the post and I am disappointed not to score. Today was more about
Graham Taylor, not really about the result. A win would have been nice,
but obviously it did not go that way. The win would have given the
fans that extra special feeling that they were reflecting Graham Taylor's
memory really well. We did not see certain things, but we spoke about
the fact he was always a gentleman, he was always very nice. And Troy
Deeney had the best chance. Yes, it was a good chance, the way he broke
through was brilliant. Maybe he could have gone round the side of
the goalkeeper. In the end you have to give Victor Valdes credit. It was
a great save. He saved it. It was unfortunate. It would have been nice
to get that. Unfortunate on such a sad day.
Middlesbrough, back-to-back goalless draws. Hard to beat, well-organised.
Had a chance. Hard to beat. Really good shape, lacking goals. OK. Thank
you very much, guys. Chelsea's win extends their lead
at the top to seven points, with Liverpool playing
Manchester United on Sunday. Tottenham's sixth consecutive
Premier League win, a joint-club record,
moves them up to second. Swansea's fifth defeat in six
games sees them drop Hull's first win in ten matches
means they jump two places to 18th. The back pages tomorrow. According
to the Sun Times marr say hope to tie up a deal for Payet despite West
Ham insisting he will not be sold. Chelsea's senior players are trying
to persuade Diego Costa not to go to China on a ?30 million a year deal
says the Mail on Sunday. The Sun on Sunday says that Marcus Rashford may
be signed on-loan. We'll leave you with the words
of Graham Taylor, a true football man who never lost his love
for the game. The sound of hitting a football
thrilled me. I'm very fortunate I'm a manager and I'd like to remain
one, it's simply so I can hear a football being struck. At the end of
the day, when a ball is kicked, when a game is played, when you are on a
football pitch, I have a feeling in the pit of my stomach that this is
where I belong. They want me to write and
produce - for a boy band. Oh. Your album's
getting five-star reviews, I mean, you must feel like