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COMMENTATOR: Just brilliant, just brilliant!
COMMENTATOR: What a turn, what a goal!
COMMENTATOR: Look at that. Oh, look at that!
I can't pretend it's been the most scintillating day
We do have plenty of goals in the show, sadly most of them
COMMENTATOR: Hazard 1-0 Chelsea. It's in, it's
1-1. Incomes Cahill. Good ball in! Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
Absolutely brilliant. Now it's over to Spurs. What can you do? A game
with Spurs absolutely must win. Oh, it's in, absolutely brilliant goal
from Eriksen! It is a huge three points for Mauricio Pochettino that
keeps the title race alive. Monreal point sit-in. The deflection has
carried it in. This is rather feeble. He wasn't even hit in the
face. It's all really rather embarrassing.
Another defeat for Sunderland, as they slide towards the inevitable.
There is another foul, Fellaini again, and now Aguero down and it's
a red card for Marouane Fellaini. Aguero, can't find a position from
which to shoot, but he plays it in and Gabriel Jesus, the flag is up.
It's finished goalless at the Etihad.
Five more games today, as the battle for Premier League
Alan Shearer and Didi Hamann have their work cut out this evening.
Good job there's not another big sporting event taking place tonight!
We start at St Mary's, where Southampton hosted
a Hull side desperate to increase their advantage over
relegation rivals Swansea, who play at Manchester United tomorrow.
Given what's at stake for Hull, this could be even tougher for his side
under recent matches against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Ranocchia, having played here in the Europa League with Inter Milan
earlier this season. The Tigers away form may be awful but Southampton
haven't been in great nick here, losing four of their last seven
league games at St Mary's. Jack Stephens, Fraser Forster, not
the best of touches there from Forster. He's given it straight to
Markovic. Markovic closed down now and crowded
out, but he's managed to win a free kick. Fraser Forster hasn't been in
the best form of late. This was a very sloppy piece of play from him.
It was nearly punished. Not much contact from Davis on Markovic, but
enough for the Serb to go down and winning the free kick. It's
Grosicki. It's so close. A whisker away from his first Hull City goal,
Fraser Forster didn't move a muscle. It was very nearly an inch perfect
from the Pole. It would have been a dream start for his side.
Robertson, Grosicki. Lucas, the cross was deflected and Forster is
unable to prevent the corner. Grosicki's corner. Not the best of
clearances. Clucas. Still Clucas. Turned it in neatly and Elmohamady's
delivery not the best. Clucas there again. All a bit scrappy. Evandro
can't do anything with the header but Maguire on the scene quickest.
Grosicki is going to have a go and Forster with a fairly routine save.
The boos ringing around St Mary's, the home fans not happy after a
first half Hull have had the better of. Look at the room here. Still
Boufal. A great challenge from Harry Maguire, as Sofiane Boufal wriggled
his way through the penalty area. Got that absolutely spot-on,
Maguire, much to the relief of his manager. It's been a pretty
thankless task, following Hull away from home this season, with only
Burnley picking up fewer than the five points the Tigers have won on
the road. Elmohamady. It's another corner for
Hull City. Just building up a bit of a head of steam late on. In from
Grosicki. Headed goalwards by Maguire, who felt he was being
talked down. Stephens against Maguire. He had hold of a bit of his
shirt. Not a great deal in it. Picking out Stephens, who was closed
by Clucas. Does well to work it on for Davis.
Bertrand, and now it's Nathan Redmond. Another crunching challenge
from Harry Maguire to save Hull City. A nice move, this, from
Southampton. The first time they've got in round the back. Redmond got
it back and Maguire timed his challenge excellently. Cedric, great
pass. Davis has managed to win the corner.
Davis to take the corner. Jakupovic comes, doesn't clear. Makes a very
good save on the follow-up. Simmons, back in again. Well, it wasn't the
best punch away for but he made up with it with that block from Tadic.
Short on goals at St Mary's this season. Only Sunderland and
Middlesbrough scoring fewer than the 17 they've managed here in the
league. They are chewing up in there and
Mike Dean has given a penalty. Well, what a pivotal moment this could be
in the fight against relegation. N'Diaye is cautioned. Mike Dean took
a long time looking at that and N'Diaye, up against Yoshida, drags
him to the ground. Yoshida jostling with N'Diaye, had
his arm around him. It's Dusan Tadic. What a huge moment that could
be for Hull City. Well, there's been talk this week of
Jakupovic attracting admirers from a fair few potential suitors, and he
has produced a top stop here to keep Marco Silva's side level and what a
crucial stop that could prove to be. Niasse happy to hold it up. Hull
City happy to settle for a point, but maybe with an opportunity to
snatch more than that, right at the death.
In comes the corner, guided across goal and almost bundled in by
Niasse. Very nearly snatched it at the death and Hull just asking the
question here as to whether Niasse was having his shirt pulled in a
similar manner to which Yoshida was at the other end for the penalty
Southampton got. The fans at times showed their disappointment today.
Is your job in the next few weeks to convince your players and your fans
to go once more at the end of a very busy season? The fans are treated
like the stuff, like the players, because the game was not a good
game, it was a poor game. It was not enough today to make the difference.
What was the penalty save down to, a bit of luck, choosing the right way,
or did you have an idea which way Tadic would go? It's a secret! No, I
mean I'm always watching penalties. Before the games with my goalkeeper
coach, but finally that's my decision and today, my feelings,
they told me go this side and yes, it was a good penalty but it was a
good save as well. Earlier I spoke to the Hull City boss, Marco Silva.
Marco, you've generally been struggling away from home. Did you
do anything differently today, tactically? Yes, when you are not --
analyse our away games, many times I have, and I say you play very well,
we didn't deserve sometimes the results, but the final of the games,
we don't win the games and it's important we analyse the games and
change something. I want our players always to be balanced, even when we
try to achieve the goal it's important to achieve the balance and
our focus, in set pieces as well and this afternoon we achieved all these
things. A huge moment for you towards the end of the game, when
Jakupovic made the penalty save and your reaction on the touchline said
a lot. Yes, because I saw the other box with Harry Maguire and the
referee, and in that moment, it's a really important moment for us.
After one minute we have again a very good chance to score, but it's
football. There is the emotion of the moment. I celebrate because it's
important to others as well. You are doing an excellent job. How are you
enjoying life in the Premier League? It's fantastic. It's one goal I have
in my career, when I start my career, of course I want to prove in
my country, my competence. It's a goal I have in my career and at this
moment I'm here and I enjoy it but I need to prove, day by day, every
day, my competence for my players first of all and after in the games
with my team. Thank you very much for talking to us and we wish you
well for the rest of the season. Thank you. I do think there's any
question he's done a fabulous job since he took over. That's only the
second point is turned on the road though and you thought there was one
standout figure? I did, it was a terrible game but there was one
outstanding player, I thought, on the pitch, Harry Maguire. I thought
it was excellent, as he has been for large parts of the season. He got
his timing absolutely spot on in so many tackles. The right place, the
right time, doesn't panic. He is prepared to play. A poor clearance,
but he's the one that wins the ball back, again, and he did that time
and time again often in. That's three times now in the space of ten
seconds, clearing it again. He was a mountain at the back for them, he
was organising them and talk about timing of the tackles. That is
superb. A split second out there and it's a penalty but it's a superb
tackle and stops another Southampton effort. Strong going forward. Set
pieces as well against Stephens. I think is claiming for a penalty
there, but there's no way he was ever going to get that but he did
his bit going forward. Again, no-nonsense, I'll just get rid it,
clear it. He was absolutely superb. Right place again. Right tackle,
timing of the tackle again. Numerous times, all afternoon. Again, split
second out and that's a penalty. The balls into the box and this is the
penalty they conceded. What do you think? I don't think it's a penalty
on Yoshida rant that is the 12th penalty Hull have conceded this
season. I don't think it was a penalty at all. Yes, his arm is on
him but it's not enough to go down and Jakupovic goes down to his left
hand side and you can see what it means to the manager, because he's
well aware that saved them a point and it could be a huge point for
them. Given the nature of the penalty that was given, should Hull
perhaps have had one towards the end?
It's a good corner. It's flicked on at the near-post. He's got hold of
his shirt. I don't think it's enough. I don't think there is too
much in it. In the future he's got to be smarter. Referees, when she
see shirts pulled, we have seen penalties being given. I don't think
this particular incident was a penalty. Hull's next game is
Sunderland at home as well. They have a superb record. That will
manager has a superb record at home. You would have to fancy them, yeah.
Indeed. Sunderland had to match Hull's
result or be relegated. They faced Bournemouth,
who needed one more win to secure a third straight season
of Premier League football. Steve Bower was at
the Stadium of Light. COMMENTATOR: David Moyes says
Sunderland have forgotten how to win but urged them to stand together and
fight to the end. Which could well come today. The problems are
mounting up for the Sunderland boss, four more players injured. In come
Kone, Pienaar, Borini and Love. For Bournemouth on the back of a victory
over Middlesbrough, Gosling is ruled out. A second Premier League start
for Lewis Cook. Only Lukaku and Cane have scored more goals this year
than Josh King. Will this be the day when Sunderland's fate is sealed?
Straight to Anichebe. Defoe. Totally outnumbered at the moment. It's
dropped to Borini. Good try. Moved in the air, Defoe. Couldn't readjust
himself in time. Clean strike from Borini. Almost deceived the
Bournemouth goalkeeper. Seven different Premier League scorers all
season. After Jermain Defoe 14 goals the next top-scorer is Anichebe. Saw
the run of King. Space here. Went alone! Josh King, with his personal
confidence sky high at the moment, had a little look, what a goal this
would have been. Pickford rooted to the spot. Delighted to see it come
back off the post. Eddie Howe still feels they need another result to be
absolutely safe. They would then look forward to a third consecutive
top-flight season. Francis. Under pressure, good pressure from
Anichebe. Defoe. Can he find room for the shot? Blocked by Francis.
Sunderland said he had blocked it with hid hand. Stewart Atwell had a
different opinion. Did Francis put his hand deliberately in the way to
block the ball? Pienaar wanting a little bit more movement ahead of
him. Square to Manquillo. Into Defoe. Back to Khazri. Promising for
Sunderland. Still alive. Borini, denied by Pugh. Too strong for
Defoe. Khazri offside. Didn't touch the ball, now he can. Anichebe.
Eventually away by Pugh. Back from Ndong. Defoe! The flag had stayed
dune. Bournemouth looked towards the referee assistant. That would have
scored. Hasn't scored since the start of February. It's been a long
hard winner. Two points from the last 27 his team have picked up.
Fraser. Now, Pugh. Difficult one for King. He dealt with it well. Fraser,
once more, then Pugh. Then Afobe's hit was blocked. It still comes to
King. Then Donald Love to clear, virtually, off the line. Desperate
defending here from Sunderland. First of all from Manquillo. Then
King's follow-up. Away by Donald Love. King.
Ndong didn't give it up. It's broken for Defoe. Borini going on ahead of
him. Borini with an opportunity. Denied by Boruc. It was all created
by the hard work and endeavour of Ndong, initially. First time that
Boruc has been called upon. He was equal to it. Lewis Cook. Fraser
trying to wriggle his way through, past Manquillo. Cleared by Kone.
Defoe, away from Francis and from Arter. Can he go all the way
himself? He has found Borini. A blue wall in front of him. The Italian
still has it. He sensibly found Honeyman. Kept out by Boruc.
Encouragement for Sunderland. Came through to the substitute, who had
gone untracked. Borini alive to the situation. Now Khazri. Manquillo,
bursting forward on the overlap. Ignored that. It's found Anichebe,
in the end. Away by Francis, now Lewis Cook. Foul by Borini.
Temperatures rising. Harry Arter has got hold of the
ball. Every player now in the melee. Let's have a closer look. There's
Borini. It was what fold that just did threaten to boil over. Arter
reacting first. Kone came in. A little scuffle with Steven Cook. A
yellow card for Borini. That won't be the last of it. Harry Arter as
well. Yellow card a piece. Order restored. Incidentally, Sunderland's
lowest Premier League crowd of the season today. He said he understands
the supporters frustration. 2,000 less than their last home game here
against West Ham. Fraser. That was Kone on King. Atwell says play on.
Arm on the back of his shoulder, again. Not a huge amount of contact.
Late, Sunderland free-kick. Can they make one count? Kone's flick on.
Defoe. Oh, that could have been deflected in. It was deflected over
in the end. Sunderland looking for that little bit of luck. Defoe alive
to the situation. Just brushed off Steven Cook. Never been relegated as
a manager. David Moyes said yesterday he would consider his
future at the end of the season. That's come through to Musa. King
wants it at the back post. Here's the opportunity. Josh King for
Bournemouth. With a little over two minutes to go. As it stands, he
knows that's a goal that will relegate Sunderland to the
Championship. Ryan Fraser, a killer goal to confirm the inevitable for
Sunderland. That's a goal that could send Bournemouth to back-to-back
victories and certain Premier League safety. There is the full-time
whistle. David Moyes relegated as a manager for the first time. After
ten successive seasons in the Premier League, Sunderland's fate is
sealed for the fourth time they have been relegated from the top-flight.
With four games still to play. How difficult was it is to go in that
dressing room straight afterwards today? I don't know what words you
can really say to the players. But what I did say to them, I thought
they fought really hard for the team today. I thought they fought for the
jersey. They were extremely committed. Because of that, it's
very difficult to fault them. A lot of people in that squad, yourself
included, have had a lot of highs in football. Is this as low as it gets?
Exactly. Obviously, the feeling you have inside of you, that decency
about you, you are letting people down. Obviously, there's been a few
months ago there was announcements of redundancies and different
things. You take that all on your responsibility. If maybe you are
staying in the Premier League that doesn't happen. Maybe it still does
happen, but you have to take that responsibility and ultimately we
haven't been able to produce the goods for them this season as we did
in the priest ten seasons when be we remained a Premier League team. How
important is to finish strongly in the rest of the games? I won't say
we are safe until we are mathmatically safe. We are in a nice
position. Especially when you compare where we were a few weeks
ago. We had work to do. The players have been superb in her response.
Have you unfinished business to get this club back into the Premier
League? I think the plan, when I do sit down with Martin will be the
plan, looking at how we can do that and as quickly as we can. You like
to see a challenge through, don't you, that is what you've done in
your career? This is a great football club. The amount of
supporters who follow it. If anything I feel for them, they are
the ones who put their hard earned cash into coming to the games. We
have to try an give them something to shout about. Sad day for
Sunderland supporters and players, of course. It's been coming though,
hasn't it, really? That's five seasons we saw there, failed to get
more than 40 points. They have been getting away with it, not now? I
think they went there once two often. Miraculous escapes over the
last few years. If you want to win games you need to score goals. The
whole season, two players who come out with credit. The goalkeeper,
Pickford, and Jermain Defoe who scored more than half the goals for
Sunderland. In the second best scorer is Patrick van Aanholt,
scored three goals. He's a full-back and left the club in Jan. That say
it is all. It very much does. How much should David Moyes take
responsibility? He has to take responsibility as has the owner.
Disastrous season from start to finish for Sunderland. The
mismanagement at all levels. Of They've signed poor players. They
have been flirting with relegation for a number of seasons now. It was
inevitable that it was going to happen. ?28 million net spend in the
last three transfer windows. It's comparable to other clubs in and
around them. But, I worry for Sunderland. I do. You Mingsed the
two players, they are the two players with assets in that team.
Other than that, there is not too much in that squad that's worth a
lot of money. OK. That is the verdict of two ex-Newcastle players
which rubs salt in the wounds for the Sunderland fans. Bournemouth,
Josh King, in particular, his record in 2017 is right up there with the
best, as we can see Yes. A rich vain of form. Only Lukaku scored more
goals. What I like about him he has had a few loan spells echl he has
been in the country for a long time. United bought him nine years. Never
been a prolific scorer. Finds space and knocks the ball too far. He goes
down here. I like his awareness. Afobe plays the ball down-the-line.
He is aware, alert. Great effort. The cross comes off the post. It
would have been a fantastic goal. His all around game, not only his
skills, he is fantastic footballer, good pace and body strength. Kone, 6
foot 4 defender. Uses his strength and body well and gets the ball
back. He is in positions to score goals. 12 goals in the last 13, 14
games. Not the cleanest of contacts, two minutes before the end. Eddie
Howe found the keep key to him. He has been a talented player for a few
years. He has finally arrived in the Premier League. Eddie Howe, three
seasons in the Premier League. Superb job. Quite something? Superb
job he has been doing there for quite a long time. He certainly has.
Burnley, without a win on the road all season,
were just five points clear of the bottom three ahead
of their trip to Crystal Palace, who knew victory would
Damien Delaney replaces Sakho. -- Sako. Palace look for a seventh win
in ten to take them beyond the magic 40 point mark. There a start for
Westwood, Tarkowski comes in for Ben Mee, who is injured. Scott Arfield
is back from injury to replace Robbie Brady and Sam Vokes is
preferred to Andre Gray, as they try to match the Palace threat at set
pieces and get that first away win for the campaign.
Towards Benteke, Benteke, thought about the shot then got it away.
Parried by Heaton. A really bright start to the game for Crystal Palace
in the opening five minutes. Ward, away by Keane. Keane.
Great noise from the Palace fans. It was bending in the air from Benteke.
Good save by Heaton. Palace's makeshift centre-back duo.
He is Ward with a low cross in. Ashley Barnes, and Burnley take the
lead. Palace have been on top in the opening seven minutes, but Burnley
get the opening goal and Crystal Palace without Tomkins, without Dann
without Sakho look muddled at the heart of their defence and are
behind. Didn't look amicable, lost a bit of shape, the Palace difference.
A low cross, they failed to deal with it. Barnes got away to smash it
in. A low cross by Ward. Didn't get the shot away first time, certainly
did the second. And I'm afraid to say that there might have been an
incident here. That is, I think, the result of something coming out from
the crowd and it may well have hit Tarkowski on the head. As they
celebrated, was Tarkowski hit by something coming out of the crowd?
He feels the top of his head and Crystal Palace could find themselves
in trouble retrospectively because of that.
Puncheon over the top. The pace of Zaha. The Palace fans think it's
because he was fouled, but he was in an offside position. It looks like
he's on, from that angle. It's a peculiar angle we are seeing that
from. Very difficult to judge it from there. He was certainly taken
out by Heaton. You have to go back to December 2000
and 14 Burnley's last win here -- 2001, four Burnley's last win here.
They started brightly here. I corner all the way through the box, Keane
was underneath it. Here is Vokes. It's come to Barnes again and he's
tickled it in, you know, and the flag has stayed down. Palace fans
think it's a hand and the referee has ruled it out, but I didn't see a
flag. Well, that's controversial! The Burnley bench looked baffled.
It's hand ball there. But the assistant didn't flag. The referee
has given it. Keane with the header on, he has hand ball that, clearly.
The right decision has been found in the end. It might even be offside,
but it's certainly hand ball. The referee looks to his assistance. No
flag came. In his programme notes he's said safety isn't a foregone
conclusion and said in a pre-match interview that a point will do.
Across from Lowton, dealt with by Kelly. Good ball, Ward, through to
the middle. It comes towards Barnes. A decent save. He saw it late, as
well, Wayne Hennessey, and he drops down very quickly. Burnley could
have been two up. Trying again, Crystal Palace. Zaha, the outside of
Flanagan. He's won the free kick. Scott
Arfield punished. He's holding on to Zaha, that's why it was given. Keane
is tight on Benteke. The rest are zonal. It's into the far area.
McArthur keep the ball alive. He's done well. Van Aanholt's Ross,
headed away. Better from Crystal Palace.
It comes out towards Delaney and that's a good save. Did so well to
get the shot on target, keep it low. Hasn't scored in over a year and a
good save by Heaton. Van Aanholt. He did have to react smartly and he
did. Now Vokes has turned away here, can he get the shot here? It was a
real chance for Burnley to win the game. Roles beyond the defender,
stole a march on him. That touch was horrible. That allowed Kelly to get
back and make the challenge. Their first effort, that, in the second
half. Is that a penalty? Zaha goes down
and the pressure -- under pressure from Flanagan. The referee was well
placed and totally unmoved. A strong call for a Palace penalty here. It
looked Stonewall to me. It came through the Palace player, com
caught him on the bottom of his boot. That's a penalty. They need to
hold onto the 1-0 lead, a poor ball by Milivojevic. Is Gray getting in
behind that for Burnley? He seals Burnley's first away win of the
season, six minutes to go. It's been a mature Burnley performance. It's
been a vital, vital Burnley win. They are almost there. And those
fans know it. A wonderful awayday for Burnley, who will leapfrog
Crystal Palace and Sam Allardyce's team, they thought they'd be safe
tonight. There's work still to be done. Composure from the substitute,
Gray, finishes it off. Crystal Palace nil, Burnley two.
Before the game Sam Allardyce sought a point would be enough for his team
to stay up. You're 39 now. Are you safe? Your bobbin Sam is older and
wiser than me, that's for sure, and in the Premier League. My mentality
with the players is just keep going and that's the key thing. We've kept
going through all the knocks we've had and we kept going again today.
We were probably thinking this was a sticky one. They all in the Premier
-- they all are in the Premier League away from home. Our job is to
keep going, until we get what we want and we just keep going. It's
special to get the first away win for our fans to travel throughout
the country and to not come away with three points, we've only picked
up a couple of draws on the way but it's meant a lot to others as a
group of players. He was onside with the ball through and the goalie
would have been sent off or Wilf would have scored if he hadn't
brought him down and that box looks like a penalty, but, you know, if he
hasn't given it that his mistake. But at the end of the day we lost
this game on the fact that we gave two silly balls away in the wrong
area and not cleared the ball as we normally do, or passed the ball as
well as we did. Burnley's first away win of the season, and they were
strong throughout and Sean Dyche won't be paid off? Very positive. I
thought they thoroughly deserved to win the game. I know Crystal Palace
have injuries certainly at the back but that's where Burnley were much
better than Palace today. They went direct at times into Vokes and
Barnes and Palace couldn't handle that. They kept the second ball
alive and time after time, Gary, they worked well together. They were
too strong for them. They basically beat the two centre halves, Delaney
and Kelly, and every ball that came into the box they were dangerous.
Barnes their misses the first one. It comes to him. No defenders in and
around him at all. A tidy finish through the goalkeeper's legs. As I
said, this sort of summed Crystal Palace appear. They lose one header,
two headers, three headers, within three or four microseconds, and it
wasn't offside but it was hand ball. That sort of summed Crystal Palace
up, losing that many headers. Yes, they were directed at times and
looked a bit silly with the celebration when it was ruled out
but it kept on happening. Worked together here, good linkup play, but
what should what happens, the ball comes out wide. The first thought,
get it into the box because they were beating them with that all
afternoon. Kept the ball alive. Goes out wide again. What do they do?
Exactly the same thing. Surprise surprise, he wins another header in
the, Vokes, and perhaps should have actually done better. Same thing
again. Very good save. Ball in, in and around the six yard box. It
happened second yard also. Again, too strong, too quick. Sam Vokes. A
poor touch with his left foot, takes away from goal. It should have been
another goal for them but what a big win for that was and Burnley have
been magnificent this year. When you look at Sean Dyche, we mentioned
Eddie Howe before, doing a superb job at Bournemouth. If it isn't, if
Conte doesn't get that cover the Manager of the Year Award, he
probably will because Chelsea should win the league. If he doesn't, those
two guys, Dyche and Eddie Howe shouldn't be far away from it
because the job they are doing, when you consider their budget,
especially Burnley, the size of the clubs, superb jobs they are doing.
England managers. Did you know that was Burnley's first win in London
since 1975 on the top flight. I thought I would throw that in. It
amused me. It could have been different, if a couple of decisions
had gone Palace's way? I don't think there's any question that Puncheon
plays the ball over the top. Zaha is onside. In all probability, if he
was given onside, heat and probably would have been red carded and this
is after 50 minutes so they would have played 70 minutes with ten men.
We see clearly here it's a bad call from the linesman. Easy yard on
second one I don't really agree, because if you look Zaha now a ball
comes to him, Flanagan, who came on and did well for the injured Jamie
Ward, there isn't any, if any, there's minimal contact. He sort of
jumps into Flanagan here. There might be little contact. There might
not be any contact at all. He jumps into Flanagan, his momentum takes
him into him and that's where he goes over and for me it's not a
penalty and they were unlucky with the offside shout. Agree? It
definitely wasn't offside, it wasn't enough for a penalty.
There are some big hitters in action on Match of the Day 2.
There's commentary of Spurs versus Arsenal on 5 Live and the BBC
Match of the Day 2 Extra previews all the action
Look out for the Women's Football Show at 11:45pm.
The final of the World Snooker Championship gets
under way at 2.00pm, on BBC Two.
COMMENTATOR: Beardsley's Corner, headed in.
I've kept really quiet but I'll tell you something. He went down in my
estimation when he said that. We have not resorted to that but I tell
you, you tell him now, he'll be watching it, we're still fighting
for this title and he has to go to Middlesbrough and get something and
I tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them come and love it! He
didn't. This time last year,
Leicester were seven points clear Today, they travelled to West Brom
seeking the victory that COMMENTATOR: Ronaldo has gone 18
games without a goal and West Brom haven't scored in four. A blank
today means the longest scoreless run in their history. Six more
points would set a new club record in the Premier League. Ronaldo
replaced Robson-Kanu. He and Matt Phillips are injured. Chris Brunt
moves forward and Nyom returns at left-back. Vardy rediscovered his
route to goal. He is supported today by Magnus Okuonghae, the only change
from Wednesday night at the Emirates. It's the last match in the
Premier League for Mark Clattenburg who has refereed some of the highest
profile in recent years and leaves for a new assignment in Saudi
Arabia. Got a good record at The Hawthorns, Leicester City. They have
won five of seven. They did lose to West Brom at the King Power earlier
this season when Ranieri was in charge of Leicester. Chadli was
challenged there. It's Danny Drinkwater who has come through him.
He gets the yellow card. That was right in front of the referee. You
just might wonder whether Drinkwater was out of control there.
Evans. Chris Brunt coming in from this side. Good chip over by
Schmeichel. Header by Brunt, which is well saved by the Leicester
goalkeeper. Nyom started the move. Oh, Okuonghae has take unone in the
face from Yacob. Yellow card. Mark Clattenburg right on top of that.
That's an elbow in the face. The way this game has started suggests to me
that we might not be too far off a red card. -- Shinji Okazaki.
Morrison, Brunt, nicely done. Chadli! Well, he was a consistent
goalscorer at Tottenham when he was there, Nacer Chadli. This game
really needs a goal to open it up. Whoever or where ever it comes from.
This is Mahrez. He's taking on Yacob, who concedes the corner.
We've got about three minutes left in the first half. It's low into
Okazaki. This is Ndidi. This has to be seen in the first half so far as
something of a stalemate. Ronaldo. -- Rondon. Oh, given it away. Here's
Vardy for Leicester. Oh, what a good goal for the executioner, Jamie
Vardy. He's now nine in 13 for Leicester. He's back to where he
was, this time last year. This is West Bromwich Albion, architects of
their own downfall. This backpass and a through ball for Vardy. There
was never any chance really of Albion recovering from that. They've
lost their last two home games 1-0. Now they are 1-0 down again. Okazaki
also played a part in the move with a through ball to Vardy. Clinical.
Morrison. Wanted a free-kick, didn't get it. Vardy is off again behind
McAuley. Evans has gone across, and got it. Fuchs backs up. They found
Vardy again, again. Didn't console it very well. Okazaki, inches away
from 2-0. Regardy the provider this time. Couldn't make contact. Just at
the moment, I'd have to say, from where I am, Leicester are showing
that little bit more desire. McAuley forward. There's Rondon underneath
this. Here comes Morrison. Rondon. Rondon. Well, for once, he got some
support. It's taken a while. It's his shot, Ronned Ron. He needs
people to come up. -- Rondon. Nyom. He has forced a corner, Nyom. Off
Simpson. Oh, they are all in together. Dawson
holds his head because it was he that nearly scored. Two against
Arsenal here from corners. He nearly ended the West Brom goal drought
there. The alleyon supporters here have suffered rather a lot recently,
two 1-0 defeats here in their previous two home games. 1-0 down
again today. No goals for over four-and-a-half games. It doesn't
look good -- Albion. Here's Drinkwater. He's opened things up
here for Mahrez. Oh, just wide of the near-post as he tried to catch
Foster out. And, Mahrez, into the side-netting. Oh. That's given
Livermore something to feed on. A little chip past by Morrison. This
is Chadli. Livermore, again. Went behind Morrison. McClean. Oh, what a
good cross. Oh, what a good cross from a very difficult position.
James Morrison was there, but it went straight at Schmeichel.
This is Fletcher. Oh. Lost that to Vardy. You can never rest when he's
around. This is Mahrez. Drinkwater is up on the far side for Leicester
here. Coming to the near-post now, Mahrez. It looks as though another
home game is slipping away for West Bromwich Albion. I'm just pleased
with our performance today. When I say performance, we had to show
different aspects of it today. We had to defend. It was a gutsy
performance and really pleased with the three points. We always wanted
to come here and obviously get the three points. We've done it for the
past couple of seasons now. It's definitely a ground where I like
scoring. We have three points. Go away happy. There is hard work to be
done. Fourth game we have lost 1-0. You know, that could easily, we
could easily have won those games or drawn them. That's the thin lines.
Both ends of the pitch. We have to be more careful defensively and a
little bit - definitely, you know, a little bit more clinical at the
other end. Your players must be going to the owners - give him the
job? Something we will take at the end of the season anded sit down and
reflect on it. I can reflect personally on it as well. We need to
get to the end of the season. It's Mark Clattenburg's last game as a
Premier League referee are we going to miss him? Very much so. A top
referee. Obviously, he's reached the pinnacle of his career in what he's
done. The Premier League should work harder and the referees association
should work harder to keep their best referees. I think Mark is one
of the best referees. We want to maintain this as the best league in
the world, not just in players and teams, but also in officials. It's
disappointing that he's leaving us to go somewhere else. I suppose, if
anything, epitomises Leicester's turn around in-form since the
Ranieri sacking and the Shakespeare appointment is the statistics of
Vardy there? The player we know from last season that led Leicester to
the Premier League title. People questioned early in the season if he
put as much in as he did last season. Today he did. This is early
on in the game. He captures McAuley in possession. Wins a goal for his
team. Being alert, knowing where the goal is and where the danger is. He
spots the situation. Okazaki wins the ball. He is first to react. It's
a great finish. Still got a lot to do to beat the keeper. Puts it away.
Not sure about the celebration. He played so well we will let him off.
You won't see a better cross than this. Excellent ball for accuracy.
Half a ball short. All round game today, excellent. Another good ball
in, causes trouble. I think he's a player who needs to be involved all
the time. He wins the ball again. His workrate has been excellent. He
helps the team in every aspect today. Not only scoring the winner.
This epitomised him. Injury-time, helps the full-back. Closes the West
Brom player down. Comes off the full-back, but an all round
performance today. Excellent today. I criticised him in January that he
wasn't putting as many sprints in and he wasn't scoring as many goals
as he should. It's only fair now that I heap praise on him. He is the
player now that we saw last season. He's back to being a menace and
being horrible to play against, scoring goals, working hard, closing
defenders down. He looks every inch the player he did last season. As
for West Brom, they are eighth even though they have not scored in the
last five games. Stoke were one point ahead
of West Ham going into their game Neither side kicked off in great
form, Stoke had won one in seven, COMMENTATOR: Jack Butland plays at
home for the first time in 13 months after recovering from a long-term
ankle injury. His long-awaited return having come on the road at
Swansea last weekend. West Ham also made a change in goal a week ago
with Adrian starting for the first time in the league for
five-and-a-half months. One clean sheet later and he's keeping
Randolph on the bench again this afternoon. West Ham picked up in
their last three games, taking five points, one win and a couple of
draws. Haven't won on this ground for a little while, though. Lovely
combination. It's promising. It's Berahino. It's blocked by Winston
Reid. It stays at 0-0. First threatening attack of the afternoon
from Stoke City. It very nearly resulted in Berahino's first goal
for the club. Lovely play between Muniesa and Arnautovic on the left
hand side. Berahino's effort blocked. Stoke haven't lost to West
Ham during mavrj Mark Hughes tenure. Two clean sheets in the last three
matches. Defended well so far. On the attack. Fernandez could open up
here. A ball in, he snatched at the chance. Calleri in a good position,
wasn't able to make it count. Neither anxiously looking over their
shoulders. Seven point cushion from West Ham down to Swansea City in the
bottom three. Advantage played by the referee. It would have been a
free-kick for the challenge. He allowed the game to continue. Here
comes Xherdan Shaqiri. Allen with a chance to deliver the ball in. Goes
for the return from Arnautovic. Into Berahino. Can't find a way through.
More promising play from Stoke City. Good play there against Martins
Indi. Now with Ayew. Masuaku. A chance to cross. Decent one. Oh,
good save by Butland. It was nearly a spectacular goal from Ayew. A
superb change from Jack Butland. Little to do, called into action
here. What a save to deny Ayew. Great play all round. Collins
forward. Flag stays down. Could be a chance here for West Ham as they all
go to the line. Calleri went for the spectacular, tried to put it in the
back of the net. He had a really good chance here, Calleri, onside as
he races forward. As the ball comes back out for him went for the Harlem
Globe Trotters finish. Very watchable first half, despite the
lack of goals. Stoke with much of the play. West Ham forced to defend
well at times. Kouyate. He did well here. Into Ayew. Oh, it's fallen
kindly now for Kouyate once more. Across the face of the goal. Stoke
defenders had a look across there. A little deflection coming off Joe
Allen, falling kindly for Kouyate. Dragged it wide of the far-post.
Muniesa. Won himself a free-kick nicely. Ironic cheers from the home
crowd. Arnautovic with the kick. Header on.
Martins Indi tries the shot. Collected here by Ryan Shawcross.
Shaqiri, sends it into the box. Just flicked over the top of the crossbar
by Adrian. Certainly no offside against Shawcross. Here, Shaqiri
whipping it in. Stoke City looking for the breakthrough. Nice touch
from Shaqiri, took him away from Collins. Now it's Berahino. Oh, good
save by Adrian. Berahino still looking for his first
goal in a Stoke City shirt. This was excellent play though from Shaqiri.
Berahino almost getting it past the West Ham goalkeeper.
Kouyate, too strong for Shaqiri. Now it's idea won for West Ham. Good
save by Butland. The danger is still not clear. Cresswell with the
delivery. The blast towards the goal and knocked off the line there by
Butland. Real flurry of activity inside the Stoke City penalty area,
but they survive. Picked up as he's never been away, Jack Butland, since
coming back after injury. Shaqiri initially dispossessed. He was the
first save and just moments later he is the second one. An excellent
performance from Jack Butland, his first home game for Stoke City in 13
months. I'm sure it will have been noted by the England manager.
Given away by Collins. The interception by Shaqiri, who sends
it into waltz Arnautovic. Good save there by Adrian, who somehow manages
to keep it out of the back of the net. What a superb pass, Arnautovic
denied by West Ham's keeper. There were some good moments with balls
flashing across the box and a number of times, but didn't quite get the
Taiwan one of those. If we'd been able to convert one of them, I think
we'd have won. It may have been a more attractive game. But I think
West Ham were clearly happy with the point than we are. I'm really
pleased the way we played with the ball, on the ball, I think Lanzini
was brilliant. But if it's something negative that is the thing, the
reactions in the last third of the pitch, when we created more than
enough chances to score the goals. We want and we need to win games and
for that you have to score goals. Calleri went for the spectacular
with one of his chances. I don't think you went for spectacular, but
the ball was in that position that it was for him and it sounds
strange, but for him, it was easier to try to score like that. You can't
read the cake fitness levels and decision-making in training as well
as you can in a game so you still very much pick it up as you go,
being able to train, train a hell of a lot and feel really good on that
side of it, so to get a couple of games now I feel really good and a
little bit shaky last week, the first one back, but I feel a lot
better today. Yes, his first home game for 13 months and a clean
sheet. Fabulous performance. It was a fabulous performance. You'll be
feeling very good about himself. Those long lonely days in the gym,
I've been there, when you don't see light at the end of the tunnel and
when he put in the performance today, superb. Great skill to get
down to his right hand side there and push it, a big strong hand. That
was the first of many good saves. A good one there again from Ayew, but
the West Ham keep the ball alive, comes back to the far post and then
we saw him saving with his hands, this was equally good with his left
foot. Keep it out anyway. Keep it out there but it comes to Lanzini
here and that's an excellent save, with his left foot. He got injured,
of course, playing for England, so it's good to see the England manager
there. We are out of time. Let's look at the Premier League table.
Chelsea's lead remains four points with top seven teams yet to play but
Everton are guaranteed at least Europa League football next season
despite not kicking a ball. Bournemouth move into the top half
for the first time since January. At the bottom Sunderland are relegated
after a 10-year stay in the Premier League. Hull City remains perilously
close to the drop zone but Burnley look safe as they move onto 39
points. Leicester end the day in 11th. Most of the Sunday papers are
concentrating on a certain boxing clash, but thankfully, some also
have written about the football. Congratulations to Anthony Joshua.
Moyes misery says The Times, a photo of the Jakupovic penalty save. The
express focuses on the Black Cats manager with Moyes, worst day of my
life. Another heavyweight performance from the King knocks
Sunderland out. Goodbye. Full disclosure - you're looking at
a room of double glazing salesmen.