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COMMENTATOR: Just brilliant, just brilliant!
COMMENTATOR: What a turn, what a goal!
COMMENTATOR: Look at that. Oh, look at that!
Welcome one and all, eight Premier League games on the way.
Joining me in the studio two former Cottagers,
Danny Murphy and Mark Schwarzer, once team-mates at Fulham of course.
After a 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Monday,
Liverpool were back on home turf against a West Brom side who've won
At the end of this fixture last season and Jurgen Klopp led a chorus
line in front of the Kop after an injury time equaliser, he will not
be celebrating if it is another draw today as he hopes to continue his
team's recent lament. He makes one change to London,
Monday's team, Daniel Sturridge drops to the bench, Wijnaldum is
able to return to the squad but only as a substitute. West Brom who have
drawn their last three matches and are without Jonny Evans through
suspension have a staffer Jonas Olsson who scored in this fixture
last season. Nacer Chadli hopes to add to his four goals in five
Premier League games since signing from Spurs. West Brom have managed
just nine goals in eight games in the Premier League so far. Theys
Court 2 in this fixture last season to get a point and almost got all
three. Neatly done by Lallana. Dummy from Coutinho finds Chamakh, who has
Mane one and Firmino the other. Here is Firmino into Mane! -- Can. The
first chance for Liverpool results in a goal. Created by Flamini and
finished by Mane. For the first 20 minutes, West Brom restricted
Liverpool. But then this move under Dem. Firmino had a look up.
Beautifully flighted, which Nyom misjudged and Mane did the rest. And
that will calm Liverpool down. There is the early first half goal he
wanted. Already four in a Liverpool shirt. He's already needing a goal.
Coutinho. What a pass from the Brazilian. Nathaniel Clyne. Still
Clyne. Teasing ball. Emre Can sliding in. He was the closest to
it. Lovely play from Clyne. What an inviting delivery. Both managers on
their feet. There were a few words exchanged at Anfield in this fixture
last season between these two. Things have not got heated just yet.
Kept Foster on his toes. It wasn't straightforward for him and it has
now fallen to Mane who has Coutinho in support. Coutinho...
Fabulously finished. And West Brom punished.
2-0, Liverpool. Fifth goal of the season for Philippe Coutinho. In
fairness to Ben Foster it wasn't the easiest backpass to deal with. He
sliced it on the volley. All a little untidy until it got to the
feet of Coutinho, that was, and he drilled it past Foster at the near
post. Interesting celebration, mind. Liverpool 2-0 West Brom.
You just feel Liverpool are driving along and a road in second gear and
if they suddenly need to get a third or fourth they can instantly as and
when required. Chris Brunt, rare foray forward for West Brom.
Dawson's Ross. Combination of Henderson and Milner got away. --
Dawson's cross. Here come Liverpool with Mane. Morrison on the chase.
Five forward with him. Coutinho demanding it and receiving it. Into
Firmino. Desperate defending again from West Brom. Fantastic football
from Liverpool once more. Henderson. WHISTLE
Jordan Henderson was caught, it is a Liverpool free kick. This could have
easily been number three. Good awareness from Mane. The same can be
said here for Coutinho, just rolled it into Firmino. The block from
McAuley. Coutinho is behind the Liverpool free kick. It was
inviting. Terrific save from foster. Firmino's effort blocked. Ben Foster
was at full stretch to deny Lovren there. Strong, powerful header.
Equally strong hand to deny Lovren his second Premier League goal for
Liverpool. What an early ball that is from
Milner into Pettini on, who is onside and he has Firmino on the far
side. The also Mane arriving and Can. The German's effort blocked by
Olsson. They were queueing up there for Liverpool. Wonderful early ball
from Milner to begin the move. Milner's won it back there.
And again. Kept out by foster.
Just watch James Milner here. He has a look the vision and perfection on
the ball. Coutinho was almost spoilt for choice. I think he was looking
for Mane and in the end it was Can on the stretch. All of this without
Daniel Sturridge, 183 days since he last scored in the Premier League.
He will want to get on in this one and try and put that record to bed.
That is a file by Robson-Kanu by Milner. West Brom have a set play
opportunity. Brunt's delivery. Karius misjudged it and was able to
get in the way. Another set play opportunity because it was a corner
after McAuley's header. Completely miss read by Karius. Liverpool has
everybody back to defend this corner. Trying to see out
back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since March. They might
not do, and they won't do, it is McAuley and West Brom have a
lifeline from nowhere with nine minutes to go. It was a set play
Liverpool didn't deal with. McAuley reacted. And he really couldn't
miss. His second Premier League goal of the season gives this game an
unlikely scoreline of Liverpool 2-1 West Brom.
Firmino to Coutinho. Mane. He is all alone. Mane will have to go solo.
He's managed to find Wijnaldum who have the awareness to find Firmino.
Ben Foster keeps West Brom in it. They could and should have been out
of sight. But they did it by 2-1. How were
when they scored? Good. They? Not good! Sorry! You are not excited
then. Not so good. It was not clear. The plan was to avoid set pieces.
Against Man United we did really well. Tonight we did really well but
it's so difficult, these set pieces, they are role models for set pieces.
Coming in the in the box, not too soft but not too hard, so it's not
really good to defend. It felt like 15 West Brom players in the box. In
a game like this do you find out things about your players you don't
already know? No, they are an honest group of lads who work well
together. We lack certain qualities that we are looking for and we will
try and keep improving. I think the squad has improved. They have worked
hard today, worked their socks off and we have got faults and we accept
that and we have to get on with it. But effort and commitment, even the
last couple of mistake going and trying. What is it like playing in
such an exciting forward line that create so many chances like
Liverpool do? I think because we know other and I think we make many
movements between the lines, and finally we score goals.
Six wins from nine, you must be satisfied with that as a foundation?
The problem is, I don't know when I was last satisfied, maybe 2012 after
I won the double, or we won the double at Dortmund and that was five
seconds. Read into that what you will but not
for the first time this season Liverpool were excellent and the
star man was once again Philippe Coutinho, wasn't he? He was
excellent. He was but I'm just excited now by the whole team. The
balance, the creativity, the confidence, the rotation of
positions is going so well, better than I
expected and I think lots of the supporters as well. Coutinho really
is the jewel in the Crown. He is special in so many ways and now he's
adding the end product we have talked about. Four goals this
season. He only got eight the whole of last season. He is coming deep
and has a free role, he starts on the left and drifts in and gets the
ball whenever he feels like it. Playing with confidence, his
decision-making is much better than it has been before. He can spray the
ball all over the place. His skill is brilliant. The awareness of
people around him was fantastic, brilliant dummy, and that leads to
the goal. What a move, this is Liverpool free-flowing. They have
just found this formation and this team selection that really suits
them. You've got storage sitting on the bench and they still are not
struggling for goals. Grey finish from the left, we've seen him do
this more and more. This is what I'm talking about, creativity, final
pass, the hardest thing in football is to play people in in the final
third and he is one of the best at it. He's dictating games, terrifying
opposition, he starts this move, gets the ball back in the second,
can he make the right choice again? Can he play someone in for a chance
on goal? Yes, he keeps producing. OK, it is at home to West Brom, you
would expect him to have lots of the ball but he's been like this all
season and is getting help from people around him, another great
chance and Emre Can should score. Great block. Long-range shooting,
he's very good at this, doesn't quite get this one, but his
performance today was magnificent and long may it continue. The only
downside for Liverpool is another goal conceded from a set piece.
There have been a few of those and they must work on that. It is one of
the Achilles' heel is at this moment in time. Date sort of sit playing
with zonal marking and that is one of their biggest problems. As a
player I hated playing zonal marking, I always wanted man on man,
a play on the post, Liverpool don't seem to have a player on the post
and it makes it more difficult. For a goalkeeper you feel more exposed.
He whips it in here and their best defender with heading the ball is
out of the plate with one good ball, and what happens in the end is
McAuley Adam Dawson on the edge of the box have a good run-up, and it
is very difficult for Firmino and Lovren to compete. They get
overloaded in the middle. In the end it is McAuley who gets some luck on
his side and finishes it. As a goalkeeper you are in a position
where you like man to man and people on the post but the manager likes to
play a different way. Would you go to the manager and say, hang on,
you've got to help me out, I don't like this way of playing, Audrey
have to say he is the boss and in charge. Most players, and you might
agree with me, they will ask you, the manager will come to you and say
I like zonal marking, I don't want people on the post, I want someone
in the hole and what do you want to do? More often than not, I will say
OK, I'm not particularly happy, I'd rather have some of the other post
and go man on man and then you have a discussion and if the manager is
adamant that is what he wants to do that's it. He doesn't say it that
Here is something I never thought I'd say, Leicester have won more
games in the Champions League this season than the Premier League.
Opponents Crystal Palace saw their five-game unbeaten run ended by West
Ham last week. Guy Mowbray was at the King Power Stadium.
Getting the balance right between continuity and change is the
Leicester challenge with such a busy schedule. Two changes as Marc
Albrighton and Jamie Vardy get a breather on the bench, Shinji
Okazaki and Ahmed Musa come in, the Nigerian Ahmed Musa has not fired in
a Leicester shirt yet. Scott Dann is almost ready to return for Palace
but not quite so Damien Delaney continues as captain. Today he's
back at the club, his career in England kicked off with. Leicester
signed him from Cork 16 years ago. Respects being paid to the late King
of Thailand who has passed away after a 70 year reign, and with whom
Leicester's Thai owners had a close bond. When Palace were last here
they lost by just one goal. The goal scored by substitute today Jamie
Vardy. Here is Okazaki. Mandanda holds up his hands and apologises.
Okazaki might do the same to his Leicester team-mates now. Mandanda
didn't look straight to Okazaki who had a bit longer to take a look
himself. First Wayne Rooney, now Jamie Vardy. Star strikers having to
take their places on the bench. It is an ever-changing game this.
Huth, not helped by that lift of the ball by King. Townsend now. He's
gone for goal. He was having to go through Simpson to have any chance.
Kelly's cross against the frame of the ball from Benteke. This is a
cracking cross from Martin Kelly, Espinoza specially with someone of
Bentekent's aerial prowess waiting for it. Put it in the right place to
Benteke. Alan Pardew said he wanted a response to their home defeat last
week against West Ham. He's getting it. Great play by Drinkwater.
Okazaki, now. Slimani. It's come to Christian Fuchs, now Danny
Drinkwater. Mahrez waiting wide. Mahrez! Just over the top. Deflected
over the bar by Okazaki. Mahrez sent Martin Kelly completely the wrong
way. King. Musa. Slimani. Okazaki with a toe-poke, back to Slimani.
Musa, chance to find Mahrez. Chance to shoot, chance to score! Ahmed
Musa's first Leicester City goal. Boy, is he happy about it. A
milestone for Musa and the lead for Leicester. It wasn't exactly a
flowing move, but through sheer determination, with a toe-poke here
or there, they managed to work the ball into the space and Musa had
options. He could have played Mahrez in, but he realised with one shift
to the right, the goal was within his sights. That's blasted home.
Leicester City 1, Crystal Palace 0. Leicester City are halfway there,
halfway towards making it 20 Premier League home games without defeat.
Nobody's come here in the league and won since Arsenal scored five on the
26th September last year. Mahrez cross. That's Slimani. It's just
wide. It caught the side of the net on its way passed, which caused a
few Leicester sides on the other side of the ground to start
cheering. Alan Pardew with Gary Lineker on the Premier League Show
midweek, it made fascinating viewing. Very animated when talking
about Leicester's title triumph saying he loved it. All his players
loved it. They all wanted Leicester - not today. Drinkwater, looking for
Slimani. It's come to Okazaki. There was some feeling in that finish, and
the celebration. It's his first goal in 14 Premier League appearances.
Michael Oliver deserves a bit of the credit there. Musa was fouled, he
realised Drinkwater was running away. Clearly signals advantage. The
didn't Leicester take full advantage? The few changes made by
Claudio Ranieri seemed to have worked all right. Musa into the
team, Okazaki into the team - both onto the scoresheet. Cabaye.
Benteke. Down to Ledley McArthur, finds Zaha. He can't beat
Schmeichel. Guarding that near-post. Well-worked by Palace. Zaha just had
to check himself as he received the ball from McArthur. Palace have
definitely stepped up the urgency level, but then they had to.
Drinkwater. Here's Campbell. He's added a little bit of energy to the
Crystal Palace front-line. Zaha. Got to beat two. He managed it. Cabaye,
he will get another chance. Schmeichel saves. In the right place
to block everything. Clinging on to the chance of that fourth successive
home clean sheet. Okazaki. Came in quickly on McArthur. Vardy, in space
to the left. Drinkwater has seen him. It's Vardy. And Musa got to it.
He plays it Fryers who was expecting it to run out of play. Leicester
corner. Mahrez corner. Benteke. There's Christian Fuchs! This is the
day Leicester supporters have been waiting for that. You just somehow
knew that when Christian Fuchs finally scored his fist goal for the
club, it would be a belter! On the volley, no chance for Mandanda. What
a goal from Christian Fuchs to make absolutely sure of the three points
for Leicester City. Zaha who has it through to Benteke.
Benteke, with a chance for Palace. He never looked convinced that he
was going to take it. That's Palace' day summed up. Benteke has three
looks up to see where Schmeichel is and played it into that exact spot.
Zaha. There's Cabaye. Palace have one. You wouldn't have thought there
was enough time for that one to be followed by two or three, but it
does just give a little bit of encouragement to the Palace
supporters, some of whom have stopped heading down the steps for
the exit. Cushioned into the goal by Yohan Cabaye. Well, there is a surge
of confidence from the team in yellow now. . Here's Zaha. Fuchs
slipped and got in his way. Zaha. Campbell finds his effort blocked.
Mikel furious with his defenders. If Crystal Palace were to get another
quickly this really might be on for them. -- Schmeichel. It might be
another chance for Leicester. Vardy is on to that. Mahrez is in.
Mandanda has blocked it. This should have been 4-1 to Leicester City.
Leicester City's home run goes on and on. In the end what Leicester
fans will take away most from this is that they were there when
Christian Fuchs fired in a belter. Leicester City 3, Crystal Palace 1.
How do you feel after that result? I feel good. I feel good. Of course,
the first 20 minutes I felt not so good. But after that moment we start
to play our football. To press, to play so fast, so quickly. I enjoy a
lot. We deserve to win today against a very good team. We were OK today,
but they were still a good side. You have to understand that. Their pace
and their power unsettles you and opens you up at times when you least
expect it. It was enough for them to win today. They told me, if I scored
I should make it a woodser. What were your thoughts when you saw it
coming towards you. Did your eyes lit up? Hit it as hard as I can and
hopefully hit the goal. When it was in, then it was pure emotion. Last
season against Crystal Palace there was pizza for the players. Will you
share thatened woerful birthday cake with them this year? Yes. We have a
cake in the dressing room. I said I wanted a clean sheet. At the end, in
the dressing room, I said - you don't want pizza, it's OK, I get my
money and I'll spend money. Thank you. Have his cake and eat it too.
Thank you for sending it us to. Happy birthday. Great victory. You
were part of Leicester's squad last season. Talk about missing Kante.
The one player who hasn't featured was Okazaki. It has been
underestimated how important he is to the side. Today they were more
like last season, which Shinji Okazaki in the side. He covered
today more distance than anyone else on the pitch. More sprinters as
well. One kilometer, travelled one kilometer more than Vardy or Slimani
any game this season so far. It's underestimated how much work he does
for the side. He has been quite brilliant today I thought. Aftering
about out for such a long period of time. Today, his actions on the
pitch. He drops deep. Helps out his backline and midfield. Basically,
what he does is, he helps them out so they don't have to come out of
position so much. He engages the fist time with Crystal Palace
midfield and forces them them wide. Forces them to go around him. He's
never any moving around the pitch. He is closing players down. He is
passing on players. Again, he's putting pressure on them. The minute
the ball goes into the feet of a Crystal Palace player he is putting
pressure on. In the end, Cabaye doesn't know what to do with him he
ends up knocking the ball long. At the other end, this is what her's
there for. It didn't work out for him. He has that quality as well. He
is coming short. Always looking to link up with his team-mates. Doesn't
get it this time. Moves into the box. He is unlucky in this instance
after Mahrez' shot on goal. This one, he throws himself in. Not many
people would do that. He has that determination. Musa scores a very
good goal. You can see him again. He's grafting, fighting for every
ball. In a side like Leicester, who this season have struggled at times,
he has been invaluable. For all his hard work, he still gets forward.
Against all the odds wins the second ball, he is the first one to it and
finishes it really well. Cracking afternoon. My son's favourite
player. He loves him. Midfielder's dream that type of player. Certainly
is. Palace a couple of defeats in in a row after a good run. They are a
steady side? They had bad luck. The Benteke chance hit the bar early on.
That could have changed things. Missing Scott Dann, their best
defender. Puncheon is missing. He calms things down for them. When
they come back they will be OK. COMMENTATOR: He can't get on the end
of it. What Payet gets the shot in. Oh, the woodwork. Fantastic block on
the line. Sigurdsson! All seven of Burnley's points this
season have been won at Turf Moor. They faced an Everton side without
a win in their last three matches. Defoe is missing today for Burnley.
Arfield steps in Ronald Koeman made his point by leaving Barkley out of
Everton's starting line-up last weekend. He is back in today along
with Mirallas, Cleverley and Deulofeu make way. Everton quietly
impressive under Ronald Koeman so far this season. Four points off the
top of the table. Marney gets the ball away. Everton now striding
forward with Bolasie. Oh, a defensive mixup here. Mirallas.
Saved by Heaton. What a lucky escape there for Burnley in the first
couple of minutes in the match. Hesitancy in the heart of the
defence. Bolasie scuffing the ball. The clearance totally miscued.
Heaton called into early action. Bolasie backing away with Lukaku.
This is Bolasie. Taking on Ward. Bolasie still going here. Good play
by Yannick Bolasie. A block made by Ben Mee. Burnley pinned back inside
their own penalty area. Mirallas, tightly-controlled. Barkley, alarm
bells ringing at the back here for Burnley. Good save. Pushed away by
the gloves of Tom Heaton. There has been an intensity about the way Ross
Barkley has played in this quarter of an hour or so. He brings a good
save from the Burnley keeper hear. Ronald Koeman, whose team have
conceded six league goals in eight games in the league. Tottenham have
conceded fewer. Playing second fiddle here at times. A great desire
about the way Burnley are approaching this half, the longer it
goes on. Ben Mee, here's Dean Marney.
Looking for Gudmundsson, lovely touch, beautifully taken by Scott
Arfield, Burnley striding forward, and Arfield... Vokes is there!
Arfield's shot had the sting taken out of it but in the end it fell to
Sam Vokes and he gives Burnley the lead. This was a fantastic touch
from Gudmundsson. Scott Arfield does really well here and Stekelenburg
could only poke the ball with his palm into Vokes's Path. Watch the
number nine who could hardly miss. Burnley lead Everton 1-0.
Hoping to start the second half in a similar manner to the first,
Everton. They were dominant in the early going. Yannick Bolasie. He
hasn't been firing quite at his best so far. That is a decent ball but
headed behind by Matt Lutton. First corner of the second half for
Everton. -- Matt Lowe to an. Out by Mirallas, backed by Ross Barkley,
saved by Heaton. The 1-1 draw with Tottenham was his last goal. He hit
this firmly enough. Under pressure here from Lukaku. Hayton wisely gets
rid of that without hanging around. On by Ross Barkley, foreword by
Idris Elba a. Can't quite get on the end of it. Everton knocking on the
door looking for an equaliser. -- Gueye. It was just out of reach for
Lukaku. Bolasie. The touch by Gareth Barry but he's given it away.
Arfield cannot pick it up, collected by Barry, he's done well finding
Romelu Lukaku, Bolasie takes it off him, it is Bolasie! Burnley 1-1
Everton. Yannick Bolasie with his first goal for the club following
his big-money move from Crystal Palace in the summer. Everton are
right back in the game. Burnley conceding possession. Ben Mee taken
out of the game. Bolasie took it over and nudged Lukaku out of the
way, and having done that he had to make sure that the finished product
was a good one. Lukaku was about to run in on goal and Bolasie said, no,
I'm having that, and that's why. I get the feeling more the plate is
going to be in Burnley's part of the field than Everton's. Going like a
train, and it was nearly at the feet of Romelu Lukaku again. Keane puts
it behind. Everton almost in for a second goal here. Coleman powering
forward and Keane with a vital touch. Jagielka.
Ross Barkley's ball out wide. Yannick Bolasie with the ball in
towards Lukaku. Vital touch from Tom Heaton to take it away from the
Everton striker who surely would have scored. Back in it comes once
more from Seamus Coleman and Stephen Ward puts it out of play. Bolasie,
scorer of the equaliser, causing problems here. Vital fingertip save
from Heaton. Bolasie. He holds off one, holds off
to Mecca, can't find Lukaku. This is Bryan Oviedo now. Bolasie gets a
little bit of space. Goes full glory. Fingertip save. The pressure
is on Tom Heaton the longer this game goes on. Headed away by
Jagielka. Are they going to have a late winner
here? At the moment it's looking like a hard earned point. The
delivery, headed on, towards Michael Keane. Could be a chance. It smacks
against the bar and Arfield's Dunnett! Scott Arfield for Burnley
in the last few seconds of the 90 minutes. On the infant and not much
time for Everton to do anything about it. Throughout the second half
Everton were looking like the more likely to score a second goal.
Maarten Stekelenburg's nothing to do in the second half. He was beaten by
the shot and the follow up by Arfield. The initial one from
Gudmundsson rattling against the crossbar, and Scott Arfield puts
Burnley in front with the match almost over.
How do you make sense of that? Dramatic finish? There is still a
little boy inside you that wish is that when you do it in front of
20,000 it becomes more important. It is hard to take, because sometimes
football can be so unfair that has happened today. One shot in the
second half and 2-1. We did not deserve to lose. We did so many good
things but finally the result is not what we want and it is hard to take
it. Earlier on I spoke to the Burnley manager Sean Dyche.
In your last home game you suffered from a late winner at Arsenal and
this time it was your turn. Slightly different emotions, I suspect.
Certainly, the one against Arsenal was a real sickener and I thought we
had put on a good performance worthy of getting something from the game
and a draw would have been fair on the day. Today was a different day,
good performance overall. Very authentic performance from us. We
went away from what we are good at at Southampton last week and we had
to remind the players we are doing the basics here, we're not kidding
everyone thinking we will roll the ball around Premier League stadiums
and win every week, we know we have to work for everything we get and
that was on show today. Two moments of real quality, I must say, the
first goal the build-up play was excellent and a lucky break at the
end of it but the build-up was good. The second goal, different type of
goal, fantastic strike from Gudmundsson, and I must say a
fantastic finish from Scott Arfield because they are awkward when they
are bobbling. That is three wins now. What have you learned from
perhaps having been through this experience two years ago. What have
you learned from what happened last time in the Premier League?
I have learned that it costs a lot of money to get players. I have
learned that, that's for sure. There was a lot made of me playing 4-4-
two and playing the same team etc. It's not that I prefer any system,
the system that works is the one you prefer. I think if you have two
strike as it is trouble for teens, especially in the Premier League
because not many play with two strikers and we've been pushed a
little bit into playing with the five in midfield. I think that has
suited as well, we've done well but that with the Andre Gray situation
but he comes back next week and he will have to fight for his shirt.
We've shown a different way of playing that can be productive,
hasn't always gone well away from home. We have to learn as a staff
and I am still a young manager earning my Spurs. I'm hopeful of
what I can achieve with this group and beyond.
Thank you for joining us. We wish you well for the rest of the season.
A lot of things went into that victory, albeit with a little bit of
fortune. Having you here, Mark, is a great opportunity for one of their
most consistent performers, their goalkeeper Tom Heaton. He made good
saves throughout the game. He was also very busy. You would expect
that at Burnley. He is their leader and the captain of the side. Second
season in the Premier League and gained a lot of experience and
growing in confidence from his first experience. I think now Burnley are
reaping rewards. It is important for them that he plays well to have any
chance of staying in the Premier League. His main strengths? He is
calm, probably the most improved goalkeeper in the Premier League
this season. Growing in confidence. You can see a couple of stats. He's
obviously been busy and made a couple of saves the season, more
than anybody else. Another star for Burnley was Gudmundsson who we saw
to our cost playing for Iceland in the summer against England. He was
taken at Charlton and he was well thought of there. Good left foot. He
did not start the season, earned his place this season. He plays on the
right-hand side, difficult to mark when you have a left footer on the
right. Positive early in the game, confident on the board. This was the
little flick, for the build-up for the first goal. When you see a
player doing this type of thing you think this lad has something. He has
not played at this level before but it didn't faze him. Always demanding
the ball. Although they were under the cosh for long periods he dug in
and try to get back to help his team, which Burnley have to do,
they'll have to put in a shift, of course. Watch this for a strike to
help get them up. Great technique and a brilliant finish. He stood out
for me and he is not somebody I've seen much of. If you have not played
at this level and you see somebody with that confidence, he's only
going to get better. Everton, after a cracking start to
the season, four games without a win and Koeman thought they were unlucky
having dominated in large parts but it is concerning after such a good
start. It is but most coaches look at performance. The performance was
much better today than it has been in recent weeks. For example, at
Bournemouth, if they keep playing like they did today they will be
fine, lots of pace and creativity and they were unlucky today. Hull
City were looking to end a run of four defeats during which time they
conceded 17 goals. They faced eight Stoke side who have secured their
first win week against Sunderland. Martin Fisher was at the KCOM
Stadium. COMMENTATOR: In desperate need of
tightening up at the back Michael Dawson makes a timely return for
Hull City today after suffering a knee injury in the summer. With Andy
Robertson ruled out for eight weeks Sam Clucas drops in at left-back,
experienced duo Tom Huddlestone and David Myler are recalled. Stoke City
stick to the side that overcame Sunderland, Joe Allen looking to
extend his surprising goal spree. Four goals in his last three games,
he is responsible for more than half of the team's goals so far this
season. Last week's 6-1 defeat at the Vitality Stadium was Hull's
heaviest in the top flight for seven years. 6-1 at Liverpool in September
2009. The following game after that they came here and beat Wigan 2-1.
They will be looking for something similar this afternoon. David Myler.
Elmohamady wants it to his right. Pieters was caught. Elmohamady Buzz
is blocked by Cameron. 30 minutes gone, neither goalkeeper yet forced
into action. Hull trying to test Grant. They have won corner. It came
off Geoff Cameron. Dawson in the box, Davies is there as well,
Snodgrass with the inswinger. Appeals for handball as it was ping
ponging around. It struck the arm of Shawcross but are the arms in an
unnatural position? Hull City started the day at a point above
Stoke City end of the visitors win today they will climb out of the
bottom three and above Hull City in the process. Here is Mason finding a
cross. Keane's head. A long time to come, midway through the half
command Hull have fashioned their first realistic opportunity and Ryan
Mason deserves all of the plaudits. Elmohamady to bring it clear for
Hull. In danger of losing that and he has, stopped by Pieters. This is
Shaqiri. Bony. Long way out, deflection off Davis. For a second
it looked like it might make life difficult for David Marshall but
instead it is over for a corner. Bony and Arnautovic in the six yard
box, others looking to attack it. Bony couldn't quite get up, Marshall
got a punch to it. Shawcross. That is a lovely ball, good vision, good
execution. Shaqiri. Good effort! What a goal! What a goal Xherdan
Shaqiri. You do not keep those out. The Swiss where's the smile, Stoke
City have the lead, and it's an absolute cracker. Full credit to
Shawcross for keeping the move alive and then Shaqiri takes over and you
do not let him shoot with his left foot, however far out he is. Stoke
find some quality, and its top drawer quality. Hull City 0-1 Stoke
City. Mike Phelan without a win since he was named Manager of the
Month for August. He started with the successive victories against
Leicester City and Swansea. But since then it has been all downhill.
Shaqiri has picked out Arnautovic! What a ball from Shaqiri. And
Arnautovic, the expression on his face, is very revealing. He feels he
should have scored here. Now Allen has two to aim for. This is Shaqiri,
can he move it to his right to Bony, only with a chance for his first
goal for Stoke and it is that Mandelson with a magnificent
challenge, that's why it's so important he is back in the team.
That is brilliant. -- batsman Dawson. Must be feeling in the
dressing room that a second goal would win the game for them. That
was sure from Davies, Allen might steal it for Stoke. Shaqiri goes
down under Davies' challenge. Free kick. Hull got themselves into a bit
of a tangle outside their penalty area and could not clear their
lines. Shaqiri might well fancy this.
It will be Shaqiri. It's 2-0. Well not quite of the quality of his
first-strike, that was magnificent. It's not a bad follow-up. It might
be enough to ensure that those Stoke fans head home happy tonight.
Delightfully flighted over the wall. Martial couldn't get across quickly
enough. Stoke City on course for their first away win since March
19th. It's a familiar Premier League campaign panning out, it seems, for
Hull City and their supporters. Elmohamady.
. Now needs an outlet. He decides that outlet is Arnason. --
Arnautovic. What a save by Martial. What a goal this would have been.
What a pass from Shaqiri. The first touch by Arnautovic, fabulous.
Breezes away from Elmohamady. I thought Martial made a save,
Arnautovic certainly felt that was the case. He did. It's a quarter of
a century they were together in the Manchester United side that won Sir
Alex Fergusson's first trophy. The FA Cup in 1990. Arnautovic.
It will sit nicely for Allen. He forces the save out of Martial.
Wasn't much of a gap to aim for at the at the near-post. Allen very
nearly found it. 1700 Stoke fans here. They haven't stopped singing
and clapping all afternoon. It's been a good afternoon for them. Back
on track. Next up for Mark Hughes a game against Swansea. Today we were
nervous, a little bit edgy we gave the ball away in situations when
really we shouldn't be at this level we shouldn't be doing that. We need
to rebuild confidence. We need to set our sights for the battle ahead.
I'm sure we will. The referee blew the whistle we had good intent to
our play. Moved the ball round with good intensity and any number of
chances before the great strike from Shaqiri which opened the scoring for
us. The key was that we did more of the same in the second-half. Shaqiri
produced a moment of magic, fantastic free-kick. He does that in
training. We expect him to score, to be perfectly honest. Both goals were
beautiful. Of course the first one I think I have to watch it again on
the TV, but I think it was beautiful. First of all, it was
important that we win the game. We played good. We had clean sheet.
That was important, I think for everybody for Stoke City it was a
beautiful day and for the fans also. If you want to watch them again on
TV stay watching now. There is obviously only one man to pick out.
The star of the show, Shaqiri? He turned up. He hasn't done enough of
this in a Stoke shirt. We have been raving about Allen it should have
been this man, Arnautovic. Today he had that strut about him, the the
confidence in the Euros, moments of brilliance. He is capable of this
type of thing. That's unstoppable. Technically brilliant. Very good at
coming off that right side and getting shots away. The only
surprise is he doesn't do it more often with the ability he has got.
Fabulous goal. Yeah, he's got this well as well, I love it, the ability
to open the defence from anywhere on the pitch. What a pass that is.
Arnautovic should finish it. To have an eye for a pass... Not many
players can do that. Free-kick, again technically very good. You
have to question the wall a little bit. We will look at that again in a
bit. That is technically very difficult to do that. He missed the
first few games with an injury, to be fair to him. Maybe it's taken him
a while to get his fitness and sharpness back. He is strong, that
low sense of gravity. Look at that for a pass again. If he can stay fit
with Arnautovic on the other side and Allen playing at the level he
is, Stoke will be up the table before you know. Pleased for Mark
Hughes and his We saw the staff. Free-kick briefly there. Have
another look at it from perhaps a goalkeeper's perspective. It seemed
to be easy? It looked a a little bit. For David Marshall it was
difficult. Shawcross has done what he does best. Make a nusance of
himself. Make himself big. He is a big lad anyway. He gets in between
Snodgrass. Should they not get someone behind Snodgrass? I would. I
would have another defender in behind him. If Snodgrass make as
run, moves out of the way last second you want someone to go with
him and defend him. David Marshall was in the right position doesn't
see the ball until late. The wall didn't do a good job.
There's a special reunion on Match of the Day 2 this week.
I gave everything to the club. I diddle my job and they gave me their
love. Now I go there as Manchester United manager and I go there to try
and do my job. 5Live and the BBC Sport website has
commentary of Manchester City versus Southampton at 1.30pm
and Chelsea Manchester Before that it's Match of the Day 2
Extra, BBC Two at 12.15pm. Also on BBC Two there's
live American Football, the New York Giants face the LA Rams
at Twickenham from 2.00pm. And look out for a special edition
of the Premier League Show this week from New York,
Frank Lampard and Patrick Vieira both feature, Wednesday,
BBC Two, 10.00pm. Pires, he scored one. He faces David
James, again! What's he done? Well, he pretended to take it and didn't
seem to take it. The referee has given a free-kick the other way.
What on earth was Pires doing? I see, he was waiting for Henry. What
an extraordinary incident. It's still funny, even now, isn't it in
on last week's victory over Crystal Palace against bottom
To the London Stadium next where West Ham were now,
on last week's victory over Crystal Palace against bottom
of the table Sunderland, who've failed to win any
of their opening eight league games for the second season in a row.
COMMENTATOR: Switching to a back three at Palace paid off. Despite
being without the suspenses Cresswell he has stuck with the same
formation today with Swiss under-21 international, Fernandez coming in
at left-wingback for his first Premier League start. Sunderland
have Kone back in their side after he missed the defeat at Stoke with a
hamstring injury. Their other change from last weekend sees Pienaar come
into central midfield as McNair is dropped to the bench. Sunderland are
only the second club in top division history to start consecutive
campaigns with such a long winless run. So, on paper at least, they are
just the kind of guests West Ham would want over as they try to make
this place feel a bit more like home. Here's Fernandez. Room for
Payet here. It's dangerous. Poked over for Fernandes to chase. He's
kept it in. Fernandes finding Payet. Noble look for Payet. Dimitri Payet,
a whisker away from another to add to the scrap book for Dimitri Payet.
Given that kind of room on the edge of the box always likely to have a
go. A yard or so wide. Zaza. Asking quite a bit from his goalkeeper to
prevent the corner there. Van Aanholt trying to be a bit too
clever. In from Payet. Pickford thought about coming, stays.
Agbonlahor in there as well. He asked the question, nothing doing.
Fernandes out as far as Reid. Nice turn. Still going. Was he held up
there? He asks the question and says - goal kick. This was Reid, turning
inside of Manquillo. He had his arms up there, Manquillo. Before that
wrestling from John O'Shea. West Ham have started with a really good
rhythm. Here's Payet. Still Dimitri Payet. And still. Straight at Jordan
Pickford. The Antonio had his pocket picked by Pienaar. Dimitri Payet
weaved his way into the Sunderland penalty area. But then fired too
close to Jordan Pickford. Billic has had West Ham training here at the
London Stadium in a bid to try and make it feel a bit more like home
for the side. Lanzini, looking for Noble. Too much on it. Might work
out for Dimitri Payet. He gets the shot in. So close from Dimitri
Payet. Payet, swivelling away from ast ho of white shirts. Pickford was
beaten and Payet was just a couple of inches out. This is Duncan
Watmore. Sunderland showing signs of getting into the game. Here's
Jermain Defoe he could get in around the back. Got in a tangle. He has it
back. He has got the shot in. That is Sunderland's first shot on
target. Billic warned his side to beware the finishing ability of
Jermain Defoe. Never got the contact he was hoping for there. David Moyes
met with representatives from some of Sunderland's supporters branches
this week and says that most of them understand the position the club are
in at the moment. Noble. Thought about having a go. Might do here.
Still Mark Noble. Fernandes. Decent ball in. Zaza was waiting. Zaza.
Went for the spectacular. He wasn't a million miles away, Simone Zaza.
He was quick to go for goal. Is acrobatically here. Sunderland do
have the joint worst attack in the division so far this season with
only six goals so far. Hardly anything created from them in that
first half. Not the best of clearances. It's through here.
Brilliant save from Adrian. Sunderland almost gifted a goal
there. A glorious opportunity here. Payet. Offloads to Obiang. It comes
back to him, side-netting. That is one of the rare moments of note that
West Ham have had in the second-half. Sunderland heading
towards their first clean sheet in the Premier League this season. Now
or never for West Ham if they are to snatch the points. Noble in. West
Ham corner. The last chance of the game, perhaps. Here is Payet.
Short-corner. Winston Reid. It's Reid. He's won it for West Ham. With
virtually the last kick of the game. Delight for West Ham, despair David
Moyes and Sunderland. The short-corner catching Sunderland
out. Reid with the turn and the hit. Jordan Pickford unsighted by his own
bunch of players. Reid's effort Nestling in the bottom corner. Some
much needed home comforts for West Ham. As Winston Reid snatches the
points despair for David Moyes and Sunderland. A their winless run goes
on. They don't even leave here with a point. Straight to it. Maybe a
contentious decision about that late goal. What was your take on it?
Offside. You don't want me to say anything else. The boy lost his foot
in front of the goalkeeper. It should be given offside. Have you
spoken to the team about it? They think it's onside. You disagree with
that? That is what I said to you, isn't it? I'm happy much we get
three points. Keep moving up the table. It's really good for us. We
needed this win. Especially playing at home. We haven't been doing well
lately at home. Important to get a win. Now we have two wins, two clean
sheets and no matter how much we are talking before training, after
training, during the training or analysing the games and everything,
nothing can give you bigger boost than wins. Not for the first time
this season Sunderland have conceded a goal as we can see from the
graphic there. They dropped a lot of points, more than anyone else in
those circumstances, Danny. There is a degree of controversy about this
particular win, of Winston Reid's. What do you make of it? It's tight.
It is tight. I think, listen, ultimately, if you are conceding
goals late in games is a problem. Four players with the their back to
the ball in the last-minute of the game trying to fight for a point.
Keeper trying to tell them, two v one, you can't have it any part of
the game, never mind the last-minute. Players not
concentrating. Look at the gap. Not the best ball, Reid does
brilliantly. You can see the line. The lad in front of the goalkeeper,
he jumps over the ball is in line with Rodwell. Offside. It's tight.
It's tight. An inch, two inches. It's certainly not a bad decision.
You can see the boots, the yellow booze in line line with Rodwell's
boot inside the six-yard box. I think the referee assistant does
well. The man on the post would have cleared it. Forever going on about
the man on the post. Pet hate of man-managers don't do it.
Concentration awful in the last part of the game. West Ham deserve it.
Payet brilliant. Great to see him playing back to the levels. Two wins
for West Ham. Two clean sheets on the bounce. Important for
goalkeepers and defenders. Crisis over, isn't it? Not quite yet. A
step in the right direction. Particularly at home. This game
today was a massive win - To win in that stadium to get belief. At that
stage of the game it relieved the pressure massively. I suppose, take
that stigma of the new stadium, how hard will it be to win games. Today
was an important victory for them. It certainly was.
At the Emirates, Arsene Wenger was celebrating his 67th birthday.
His in-form Arsenal side faced a Middlesbrough team who've not
Middlesbrough arrive all at sixes and sevens. Arsene Wenger 67 today,
Arsenal seven wins on the spin in all, Boro six without a league win
and at a club that in the past has hit six and seven goals in matches
past them. Elneny replaces the injured Cazorla because Granit Xhaka
is also out. Clayton is recalled to thicken the midfield. Ayala replaces
chambers who is ineligible. Mustafi. World Cup winner with
Germany. The centre-half Arsenal fans have been screaming for four
years. Elneny. The ball in behind, Theo Walcott has read it and puts it
back into the middle, away by Ayala, only as far as Ozil, all of the
pressure on Middlesbrough. Elneny! It was whistling. Only his second
league start of the season. Well wide in the end. Middlesbrough
cannot get on the ball. 80% of possession in the opening 17
minutes, Arsenal. Pressure. Koscielny has made a mistake. Cech
saves Arsenal, and again from Negredo. He cannot buy a goal at the
moment. Middlesbrough dangerous on the counter after an Arsenal mistake
and they have a free kick after a rash challenge by Bellerin. That is
a very big chance for Middlesbrough. That mistake by Koscielny. Sloppy
defending. Cech, good save initially, bad miss by Negredo on
the follow-up. Gaston Ramirez stands on the right of this. He will take
it and bend it around the wall and hit the woodwork! Great free kick.
And Arsenal from a position of total dominance are rocking at the back as
Middlesbrough's self belief grows. Elneny. Here is Ozil. Bellerin.
Quickly into Mesut Ozil. Good refereeing. Foul on the edge of the
box, court Coquelin. He will say the Arsenal player ran into him. I think
he caught him late. -- caught. Sanchez to the right, that is a good
save because he will have seen that late. Two free kicks, one for each
side. Mr Middlesbrough watching on, Steve Gibson. The chair since 1994.
Negredo with the header. He's done well so far, great cross looking for
Negredo and a great save by Petr Cech, denying Ramirez at the far
post. Lovely football by Middlesbrough. Had Nagy Rory has
played so well on his debut, the touch by Negredo and Cech got across
goal so quickly to make the save. -- Adama Traore. Sanchez. Into
Woollacott. Sanchez has gone down off the ball and he was caught in
the face. Mike Dean saw enough of it to give
the free kick. Ayala fortunate to get away without a card. Ozil will
take the free kick for Arsenal. Played so well against Ludogorets in
midweek. Will it drop for Sanchez? Just too high for Koscielny as he
arrived. Let off for Middlesbrough. They seemed to have the situation
dealt with. No real danger here. The goalkeeper and his defenders got
into a right mix-up. Just too high for Cristiani as he came in.
Monreal. -- cuss Yonny. Sanchez, couple of
strides, great shot. Super-safe. Sanchez has come alive in the second
half. Really good effort, veering away, fine goalkeeping by Victor
Valdes, good goalkeeping. Margaret Macdonald with the blue shirt on and
silver hair, and Bernie on the right, big Middlesbrough hero. Ozil
trying to find a way through, not like that. Traore can be a danger.
Koscielny cutting down the angle. Cech saves. Adam Nagy Rory has been
bright and has lifted Middlesbrough to another level today and forced
another very good save out of Petr Cech. Not his best birthday so far.
Here is Oxlade-Chamberlain. He sees the run of Walcott trying to get in
behind. Lucas Perez battles back, good strong challenge won, Mustafi
with the cross. Sanchez will not win that against Ayala. Here come
Middlesbrough now. Traore on the counter. Bellerin matching him for
pace. It has broken towards Negredo. And a challenge by Koscielny denies
Alvaro Negredo the opportunity. His body shape, the way he looked as he
moved forward, didn't look convincing.
Sanchez. Back to Coquelin. He would shoot, Oxlade-Chamberlain might come
into the penalty area. Offside, it won't count. Arsenal thought they'd
won it. The linesman's flag denies them that victory. And the linesman
was absolutely right. It's been that sort of afternoon for Arsenal. They
hoped to go top in a birthday treat for Arsene Wenger, but Middlesbrough
have been determined, resolute and well organised and have held onto a
0-0 draw, brushes for them. We've had a tough run of late and we
have not got we deserved and we could have nicked it today if we are
being supercritical on ourselves but we are delighted with the point, we
have stopped the rot and we have to take the fight and mentality into
the next game. It was a difficult game, we had a lot of possession, it
was a bit of tired legs. We were intelligent enough not to lose the
game in the first half, we expose ourselves three times and in the
second half when you cannot win at least don't lose and that's what we
did quite in an intelligent way. I think it was an amazing performance
from my team. Because, you know, especially after the defeat at home
it's really good when you come to The Emirates and the best player of
Arsenal is Petr Cech. We had a few shots and their goalkeeper did very
well and in the end we didn't find a goal, which is a shame. But overall
they had plenty of chances as well. So I think you have to say that a
draw is a fair result. When you are in the position at least you can
have a drink on your birthday. When you win you deserve it. When you
don't win you need it, so in any case you can't escape!
Brilliant! I hope he enjoys his drink, happy birthday, Arsene
Wenger. Good point, brilliant point for Middlesbrough. Adama Traore
looks like a lively acquisition. He was rapid. He looks like a world
beater. I will not take away from the rest of the lads because it was
a brilliant and organised team performance but he gave them a
threat on the break and his pace is incredible. He also has good feet
and a good touch as well. Why he has not been playing for Aston Villa
since he's been there I do not know. I know he has had a couple of injury
problems but Middlesbrough snapped him up, he came on as sub last week
and made a big difference, got himself
into the team, he is strong and demands the ball and comfortable in
possession, as you'd expect coming from Barcelona, of course. That is a
brilliant cross. Middlesbrough made some really good chances in the
game. He was at the centre of everything good they did. Look at
the strength knocking him off the ball. It leads to another good move.
He kept up his levels, his fitness levels, even late in the game he
burst forward with the same energy and pace. Sometimes quicker players
lose the intensity. He's gone past Coquelin like he doesn't exist,
brilliant save again. And as I say, he just kept going. He was the one
player on the pitch who looked like at any moment he could win the game.
The decision. He is quicker than Bellerin. He was quicker than
Bellerin and Negredo should do better. That lad deserved to be on
the winning team today. He spent a long time at Middlesbrough, Mark.
Appreciation today, two goalkeepers, excellent performances, clean sheets
and they will be happy. They will be and I was most pleasantly surprised
with Victor Valdes today because I thought he had one of his best games
for Middlesbrough so far. Obviously he's been out injured for quite some
time that what he did well was dominate his area, which was a
surprise to me because I've never seen him do it before. The best save
of the match for him was this save and it was a difficult save to make.
The ball swerves late and at the other end, the one you'd expect to
have a quiet again, the busier of the two. To check is the best gold
peep in the league and probably has been for the last... De Gea. I think
he is and I had the privilege to work with him and class him as a
good mate and he is an incredible professional, he stands big. That
was the best save of the match. He really kept Arsenal in the match,
believe it or not, which is strange to think. No body gave Middlesbrough
a chance. It is good of them to put on the performances with a
goalkeeper on, considerate. Spurs were defending their unbeaten
start to the season against a Bournemouth side
who smashed six past Hull last week. Steve Wilson was at
the Vitality Stadium. West Brom and Everton left here
beaten. Hull left here in tatters, so can Bournemouth make it four home
wins in four against a still unbeaten Spurs? Eddie Howe is forced
into two changes, though, Joshua King comes in for Junior Stanislas
who failed a test on a tight calf and Andrew Surman felt ill in the
warm up so Dan Gosling comes in for him. Son Heung-min is preferred to
Vincent Janssen for Spurs. The Dutchman has been struggling for
goals. Tottenham's opposition have been struggling to contain the South
Korean. King to Gosling. Foul by Wanyama and
a free kick to Bournemouth. Claiming handball, Vertonghen,
against Callum Wilson, but it is a corner. Jan Vertonghen is absolutely
convinced that Calum Wilson handled this. Bournemouth might profit here,
they are going to take the corner short to King. It comes to Gosling.
It is a fantastic block on the line by Hugo Lloris. It looked for all
the world as Charlie Daniels would open the scoring. Sloppy defending
from the corner from Spurs. Terrific block off the keeper first as
Daniels must have thought he was going to score here. It came off
Lloris and off the bar. Eddie Howe will be delighted. He will be a
little frustrated that his side are not in front but they have really
started in a very bright and positive frame of mind. Lamela with
a good foot in Bamidele Alli with a lovely bit of skill, Lamela takes it
up here for Tottenham. Erik Lamela. Always a threat, Tottenham Hotspur.
Lovely bit of footwork here from Dele Alli getting the better of
Harry Arter. He is capable of the spectacular comedy clip the corner
of the post with that. Divided loyalties for Harry Redknapp. He's
not had the best of weeks if you have been reading your papers. That
is a hefty, hefty challenge. The referee Craig Pawson is a cross with
card in hand. Look at this from Lamela. The ball had long gone.
Confident Smith will survive but Lamela is booked.
Walker to Ericsson. Looking for Son. Wilshere with Wanyama. Eriksen,
deflected! Good save by Artur Boruc. Deflected off Artur Boruc.
deflected! Good save by Artur Boruc. Deflected off Artur Would have been
on target. Mistake by Danny Rose. King. Helped on by Dembele. I keep
thinking there has got to be a goal soon. I've been thinking that from
almost the first minute. Erik Lamela has already had a yellow card and he
mistimed that. He has got away with it. Rightly or wrongly. Lamela.
Space here for Dele Alli. Good hit! Well saved by Artur Boruc. This is
Spurs's best starts to a season since 1990 when it was all about
Gascoigne and Lineker and co-. Spurs were unbeaten in their first ten
games of last season but finished the season in tenth place. The game
continues to promise goals. Wanyama. Lamela.
Two or three in the middle who are giving Lamela the glare here.
Fancied his chances of hitting the top corner. Wilson showing no signs
of running out of legs. Lamela. Not behind Rose. Not ideal for him, on
his right foot. Boruc would have been very despirited to have let
that one. Might be concerned now, Eddie Howe.
He's scrapping for it when it's not on the pitch. I just wonder here how
much sises is has caught Harry Arter. He's not going to let this
go. He's absolutely incensed. The ball is off the pitch. Oh, dear oh
dear. I would be very, very surprised if he doesn't get a
retrospective ban for. That the referee has a pretty clear view of
it. I really don't know how he hasn't seen that. Commitment from
both sides. It's been so impressive. A mistake from Eric Dier. Away they
go now. Wilshere to his right hand side. Dembele for company. Can he
beat him? It's a corner. A little over a minute of normal time to
play. In goes that corner kick. Out from Sissoko. Fraser brings it down.
Jack Wilshere. Francis. Driven in. Hurled himself at it. Nothing on it.
Francis for Bournemouth. Brilliant turn. Afobe. Look at this from the
centre-half. Brilliant. Almost the winner. I'm more proud of the
players today than I was last week, that was on the back of a 6-1 win.
We went toe-to-toe with an outstanding team and got a point. A
deserved point. It was a game of real quality. They start the game
really well. It was difficult for us at the start. After 15 minutes we
started to control the game. Of course, we would have loved the
three points. Of course we would have hoped for that. If you look at
the game, Bournemouth are playing with confidence and believing what
they are doing. They made it difficult for us. There was that
incident with Sissoko. Looked like a deliberate elbow, should have been a
red card. That is how it seemed. I don't want to see a player get in
trouble if he didn't mean to do it. He apologised and said it was an
accident. I'm happy to take that as the gospel and move on from it
really. If he didn't mean, if he didn't, hopefully he won't get
banned. Good for you. That wasn't the only possible red card that
Tottenham could have had. The Lamela incident as well. What do you make
of those two yellow cards it could have been? The first one is clear. A
yellow card. He slides in, takes him out. This one, I just think he's...
He's naive. A bit silly. He doesn't need to put himself in that
situation. When you see it in slow mo. What concerns me is the lack of
control. Gets a bit of the ball. He does get a bit of the ball, slightly
from behind. If he didn't have the yellow card before, he will get
another one. Deliberate or not. Only Sissoko knows? The picture say it is
all. We don't know whether it's deliberate or not. It doesn't look
good. What is he thinking? He's going to get done for that whether
he meant it or not. It looks awful. Brilliant Bihary Arter. I like a
player coming out and saying the right thing. Brilliant. Terrific per
performance. Decent game, both sides having a go. Bournemouth are
impressive, Danny, aren't they? They played with an intensity and
cleverness. They got after Spurs. Knowing they had been away in the
Champions League. Not at it early on in the game. Arter, he was
brilliant, but all of them, all of them were at it. Trying to stop
Tottenham play. Making them kick it long. Look at this for a tackle. Out
Spurring Tottenham? In a way. Spurs went there last year and murdered
them. Bournemouth overplayed and got in trouble. This is Ibe getting in,
pressing. Minimal possession today than they've had all season at home.
It say it is all. When Tottenham got in the final third. Look at this for
defending. Closeness. Everyone covering each other. Putting their
bodies on the line. Everyone helping out. I think Eddie Howe is right. It
was more pleasing than the performance last week because of the
tenacity and discipline shown against a hell of a good side.
That's Smith getting a block in the last-minute. Tottenham still not
beaten this season either? Both doing well. It was a good game. The
best 0-0. OK. I've seen in a while. It says a lot. So far. So far.
Another to come. Who knows. Bob Bradley's first match in charge
at the Liberty Stadium was also Swansea's 100th home game
in the Premier League. Watford, who began the day
in the top half of the table, COMMENTATOR: 11 A first home game
for Bob Bradley. A significant day perhaps to register what would be
Swansea's first home victory of the new campaign. The new head coach
changed half his outfield players, among the five who come in,
22-year-old Alfei Mawson signed during the summer. Two changes for
Watford. Ighalo, he scored the winner against Swansea last
September. To the mark the 50th anniversary of the terrible tragedy
in Aberfan the club are observing a minute's silence for those who
tragically lost their lives. Here's Britton, now Barrow. Always a
buzz of anticipation when he gets on the ball. He does have it within him
to produce moments like that. Tipped around the post by Gomes. He came
out and melted in some of the applause that came his way from his
new supporters. Injected a new positivity in Swansea. Routledge,
that should be easy. Berahino. Good tackle by Naughton.
Nice ball to Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson! Gomes with a nice, safe save. Opened
up to be hit. Gomes always looked like he was going to save it.
Barrow getting away. Still going. Great ball in. Couldn't quite
control it. It goes out for a goal kick. Barrow, with his hands on his
head. He felt that would be the moment. It is a goal kick. Plenty of
time for either of these sides to win this match. Here's Naughton.
Sigurdsson. Naughton, Ki. Tackle by Capoue. That's a foul on Ki.
Free-kick, Swansea. Just going through the back of Ki, Capoue.
Sigurdsson. Hovering over the ball. Plenty for him to aim for. Plenty of
tall men as well. Great save by Heurelho Gomes. Van der Hoorn turns
away in enormous disappointment, as do his team-mates. What an
opportunity. Gomes' legs, vital to keeping it 0-0. Naughton. Barrow. Is
Behrami. Still He made a difference since he
came on. A glimmer of a chance to give them that precious lead. Into
the path of Barrow. And turned towards goal again by Sigurdsson. A
simple enough save for Heurelho Gomes. Never really struck it with
any great power at all, Sigurdsson. It was a much easier save than it
should have been for Gomes. Here's Behrami. Ighalo. . Claims of a
penalty in the end. Fabianski flops on the ball. He doesn't get much of
the ball. The fashion police were a little critical last week of Bob
Bradley's attire. He appears to have smartened up his act this week.
Sigurdsson. Two to the right, one is Barrow. Llorente by the penalty
spot. It goes instead to Sigurdsson. He clips the outside of the post. So
very, very close to a precious winning goal. Sigurdsson. He tried
to be so precise. Tried to just side-foot it into the corner. He
succeeded only in clipping the base of the post. There are such fine
margins that separate sides in the bottom three from escaping from it.
. Good effort. Good positioning from Fabianski. Really hit that. It's not
to be for Bob Bradley in his first home match in charge of Swansea. A
second successive clean sheet for Watford. The final score Swansea
City 0, Watford 0. . It's important for us to get a clean sheet. It's
been a while. I think the first game against Burnley. We talked about
that part of it. I thought the play of our xrbacks was solid. Ighalo is
a difficult guy to play against. On that end I was satisfied. I think we
created still some good chances. There is work to be done, for sure,
but I told everyone that I think this is still a step that we can
build on. TRANSLATION: The first half was one
of the best first half we played so are fa. Unfortunately we weren't
able to score in the last 25 meters. The second-half, it was a
second-half that we suffered a lot. I'm in general happy with the
performance. How much warning did you get you would make your debut
today? Not a lot, to be honest. He told me yesterday morning. He told
me before training. I sat there thinking, I'm not in the squad,
what's the reason? He was like, "you're starting." That's lovely.
You have to take the things. I had a good evening last night relaxing.
Today woke up ready to rock-and-roll. It is lovely. Well
done. First point for Bob Bradley. It could have been better? It could
have been. Gylfi Sigurdsson really should have created things and score
goals. Today he had the best chances in the game. Three in particular.
The best chance was his last one where he beat everyone except the
post. He will be a vital player for them this season. Certainly is. Just
about out of time. Good point for both of them in some ways. Thank you
very much. Good to see you. Before we go let's look at the Premier
League table. Arsene Wenger can enjoy his birthday
with Arsenal leading the division ahead of Liverpool
on goal difference. Only one point separates the top
four, although Manchester City can reclaim top spot by beating
Southampton on Sunday. Winless Sunderland are now three
points adrift of Swansea, while Hull slip into the bottom
three as a result of Middlesbrough Liverpool's win over West Brom it is
the headline in the Mail on Sunday. According to the Sunday Express,
Manchester City have opened talks with Pierre to replace Aguero. The
Sunday Telegraph quotes Jose Mourinho,ed a mid militarying he
will no longer be special if he had fails to win silverware at
Manchester United. So three 0-0 to finish
for the first time in yonks. Look what happens when we get
a goalkeeper on!