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A cracking set of Premier League fixtures on the way to kick-start
Who needs Jools Holland when you've got Alan Shearer and Philip Neville?
Leaders Chelsea began the day 6 points clear after 12 straight wins.
Antonio Conte's side faced Stoke, who've not won in the league
at Stamford Bridge for 42 years, almost as long as John Motson's
Chelsea a Premier League record of 13
wins... If David Luiz gets booked a Premier League record of 13
Hughes was in Chelsea's FA Cup winning team 20 years ago but
Hughes was in Chelsea's FA Cup Bridge. Here is that the gas. This
is Hazard. Pieters is just Bridge. Here is that the gas. This
Willian, Fabregas, and Diego Costa. He looks for a shot. And the
Willian, Fabregas, and Diego Costa. hoping to sign him permanently from
Derby next week. He has been hoping to sign him permanently from
Grant goes to his left. wanted to pay Derby, but with the
prolonged absence of Jack wanted to pay Derby, but with the
Stoke. Shaqiri has been taking these corners
Stoke. Shaqiri has been taking these actually. A good chance for Charlie
Adam. You actually. A good chance for Charlie
have held out for over half an actually. A good chance for Charlie
all over the bar? actually. A good chance for Charlie
after those saves, but Stoke, goodness me, he has come in behind
Alonso, I think, who took him away. And Cahill comes in behind him,
getting good contact. 1-0. 34 minutes gone, as Cahill puts
Chelsea, maybe, maybe on their way to win number 13. It has taken them
a while to break Stoke down. I suppose there was some Chelsea fans
hoping for a big score today, when you think that this season they have
beaten Everton 5-0, Manchester United 4-0, Burnley, Leicester and
Bournemouth 3-0. If you cast your mind back to the start of the
season, Stoke conceded four against Manchester City. And that none,
against Liverpool more recently. But it has not worked out like that yet.
1-0 to Chelsea at the start of the second half, it will not just be a
matter of keeping the score down for Mark Hughes, he will be hoping for
better. Rogers coming in on the far side, and somehow or other, it is
Martins Indi who snatches the equaliser. I would not have
thought... They fancy a 1-1 now. What a start to the second half from
Chelsea. And what a good one from Stoke. Peter Crouch was threatening
Chelsea to begin with. Somehow or other Martins Indi gets a foot in
there, or is it held by a Chelsea defender? I think he will claim it.
Kante was the man who went down with them. Martins Indi, not the most
likely goal-scorer for Stoke City. In fact it is his first goal for the
club but it is 1-1. Delilah is Stoke City's supporters favourite song and
they are in good voice tonight because their team equalised within
54 seconds of the start of the second half. Victor Moses. A nice
turn. And a chance for Willian! The 13 in a row is back on. And it is a
thumping shot by Willian, putting Chelsea back in front. It is his
fourth of the season. Moses does superbly well here. Hazard, just
touching it on. As four Stoke players look on in admiration, but
certainly not in terms of interception, Willian funds that
into the corner. 2-1 to Chelsea. 57 minutes. That is the usual
managerial celebration. Charlie Adam has chipped that forwards to Peter
Crouch. His first touch was good. He finds El Hadji Diouf, and Budgen.
And Crouch is there. He has come back to 2-2. Peter Crouch scores his
97th Premier League goal. And his first for quite some time. It is a
long ball. Crouch plays a part in the build-up, and Budgen. He runs
free, and Crouch cannot get a shot in. There is grouch coming in, ahead
of Azpilicueta. Peter Crouch, he has not scored in the Premier League
since May of 2015. But he has got one here, setting this match alight.
Here is Eden Hazard. Well, well, well. A lot of people... And here is
Willian again for Chelsea! It is 3-2! Goodness me, two goals in a
minute. Willian's second. And another cracker. Stoke, still
celebrating the Crouch call, they really were. You would never have
predicted a match like that today. Conte's team got in front for the
third time. Hardly time for Stoke to gather their thoughts after Chelsea
kicked off on the Crouch call. But suddenly Willian was in again.
Another powerful shot. In the near side of the goal with Pieters
trailing Willian. And now it is Chelsea three and Stoke City two.
Look at Antonio Conte. If it is going to be the 13th consecutive
win, there will not have been many more dramatic. And now it is floated
in. Crouch is coming in the side. He has given it away badly. Can Chelsea
capitalise on this? Eden Hazard is on the far side. Beautifully taken
down. Diego Costa one set. -- wants it. It is over the bar. Peter
Crouch, I have to say, guilty of a backpass there. Almost haunted by
these at the moment. But goodness, didn't Chelsea attack quickly? Diego
Costa scoops it over the bar. A substitution for Chelsea, Willian is
the man coming off with two goals and Nathaniel Chalobah, one of the
young players who Antonio Conte has been ringing on quite frequently,
comes on in his place. Diego Costa is still there. It is a call! Diego
Costa, 4-2. Sheer persistence. And another rivalling finish. Surely
that has secured the 13th consecutive win for Chelsea,
equalling Arsenal's record in one season and Diego Costa ensures that
is what is going to happen. This was one against one to start with. But
Martins Indi, he couldn't quite control Diego Costa. Look at the
speed with which he delivers the shot. There is hardly any backlift.
And it is for- to Chelsea. To win 13 games in a row in this league, it is
very difficult. And today, it is another. I am very pleased because
my players have shown me that they are very good at adapting to
different situations, different types of games that we face. We
didn't come here hoping to put everybody behind the ball and nick a
draw but ultimately I found many times you do that and you get beat
anyway. At least we came here and we had a game plan and we had a go,
putting goals on the board. Not many teams come here and get two goals
against a very good Chelsea side so we will take those positives but
clearly we need to defend at key moments better than we are at the
moment. We showed character on more than one occasion and we have a
feeling at the minute where we do not feel like we want to get beaten.
But that is because we are working hard. We have to keep focused and
keep working hard and I am delighted with the results, of course. 13
straight wins, equalling Arsenal's record of consecutive wins in a
single season. One short snout, the Gunners, of their overall record.
They were tested by Stoke today. This was probably the most difficult
game that they have had because Stoke played really well. They
caused problems in attack and they matched Chelsea's system, probably
the first time a team has done that against them. Everyone keeps using
the word relentless with Chelsea. If there was ever a moment, it was the
third goal. They had just conceded the second, and 15 minutes later,
they had the ball in the back of the net. It was straight from the
kick-off. Normally teams passed back and Chelsea did not. Four, five men
forward. Hazard went for the jugular and lost the ball. Teams normally
retreat at this moment but Chelsea did not. They maintained intensity.
Cahill went tight. He chased down Budgen. -- Bojan. At that moment it
was five against four for Chelsea. This is why teams cannot live with
Chelsea. That intensity. We talk about intensity, and it comes from
that man there, Antonio Conte. Sensational. An extraordinary
character. On the other thing is the return to form of Diego Costa this
season. He had an in and out season last time out. He's back to his
irrepressible best. He is a double handful. The score today, that sums
up Diego Costa's performances this season. It had aggression, it had
power, and it had one hell of a finish. All in the right way. Look,
he is angry, in the right way. He's not going to be pushed off the ball.
He is stronger than anyone else and there is a little backlift on that
shot. Watch the goalkeeper. Before he reacts the ball is passed him and
in the back of the net. The keeper has absolutely no chance. Top of the
net. The Player of the Season so far in the Premier League. The
impressive thing about them so far is that normally when they get one
goal, that is it and they shut up shop. Today, they were asked to
different questions and they came up with the right answers. OK.
Manchester United look to be hitting their stride under
Jose Mourinho after a run of four straight wins.
Opponents Middlesbrough were back at Old Trafford for the first time
since beating United in last season's League Cup.
Madrid, friends reunited, as Aitor Karanka faces his mentor Jose
Mourinho for the first time as a manager. Fresh from his goal on
Boxing Day Henrikh Mkhitaryan starts, one of five changes for
Manchester United who scored seven goals in their last three games,
hoping to get Man United out today is Victor Valdes who returns to Old
Trafford for the first time where he played only twice in the league,
Middlesbrough have won once in 22 Premier League away matches.
The cross to pick out Martial, set up for Pogba. Still going, the
Frenchman. Manchester United corner. His team are unbeaten now in nine
Premier League games. Blind to deliver this one. Cleared
comfortable by Negredo. Ander Herrera showed too much of it
to Traore and Manchester United could be caught here. Traore has
options right and left and he went alone in the end. Adama Traore
didn't have the composure required. He had for sure one side and Downing
on the other. In the end it was an extremely disappointing effort --
Adam Forshaw. Three years he was Jose Mourinho's assistant at Real
Madrid, a title and a Spanish cup won in that time.
Floated in towards Mkhitaryan. He is looking for Pogba! And he is denied
by the post-. Mkhitaryan was highly intelligent here with their head
back across. Pogba might have been offside, you know. In fact, I think
he was. Still, he reacted brilliantly and was really fortunate
not to give Manchester United the lead. Traore. He has done well, he
is round Blind. Still Traore, and he's managed to get it back across.
Here is George Friend. Blocked by Fellaini. Excellent from Traore, who
caused Blind real problems here. He did really well to retrieve this
ball to get it back across. George Friend had time. That was
travelling, Fellaini in the way. Pogba trying to find Fellaini and
succeeding. Martial. He saw the space, and it came to Mkhitaryan.
Valdes had to hold it and managed to second time.
Pogba. Manchester United plugging away. Martial. A long way out. What
I hit! -- what a hit. So I'm lucky, Martial. The woodwork it for the
second time in the first half. Here is the Frenchman again. Ibrahimovic!
Manchester United lead finally, or do they? That has been ruled out.
Let's have a look. Ibrahimovic's first touch was the ball and then
the follow-through Court Valdes. Just watch Ibrahimovic as he just
comes across. He's entitled to have a go. Vihari foot. You can see what
he thinks. -- Martial had a look up and saw
congestion. Ibrahimovic with the effort. Saved by the legs of Valdes.
Evidence again of this relationship between Ibrahimovic and Pogba, it
almost paid dividends. 75 today. There was nowhere else he was going
to spend his birthday, was there? He wouldn't mind a goal for it, though.
Here is Chambers and a bit of space for Negredo. Ledbetter! Would you
believe that? They've soaked up all the pressure and Grant Leadbitter
has scored his 50th career league goal with 23 minutes to go at Old
Trafford on his first Premier League start of the season. Chambers with
the delivery. Negredo with the knock-down, and Grant Leadbitter
kept his cool and swept it past De Gea. Old Trafford is shocked. It's
Manchester United 0-1 Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough have dropped to nine
points from winning positions this season. Manchester United, can they
make that more? Mata's ball. It came off Chambers. A landmark goal on
what could be a memorable day. Mkhitaryan's corner, Manchester
United's tenth of the game. Bailie. Mata's mis-hit. It has come to
Ibrahimovic! Valdes denies him. Manchester United's top scorer, you
would back him all the way here. His former Barcelona team-mate was
quickly off his line. This is the last role of the dice for Manchester
United. Chris Smalling sacrificed, and Marcus Rashford introduced. --
roll of the dice. Rashford. And still... And Rashford again. Right
across the face, almost made an immediate impact, Marcus Rashford.
Mkhitaryan. Looking for the run of Rashford. He will comfortably get to
that. Up against Espinosa and round him. More appeals from the
supporters than the players in fairness, Lee Mason I moved either
way. Ironic smile from manager. -- unmoved. Not a huge appeal from the
united players. A little untidy by Espinosa.
Mkhitaryan. Martial. He was appealing for hands.
Mkhitaryan. Martial. Valdes in the way. That was a big chance. Look at
the space and the time Martial had. Straight at the legs of Valdes. You
just begin to wonder if it is to be Middlesbrough's day. Long towards
Ibrahimovic, there is the knock-down. Martial! Well, he got it
right that time. 1-1, five minutes to go and Valdes is finally beaten.
This was just Route one. That's what they have resorted to. Clever header
from Ibrahimovic and a clinical finish from Anthony Martial, his
second Premier League goal this season and it has set up a
grandstand finish at Old Trafford. Manchester United 1-1 Middlesbrough.
Ramirez. Bailie made the challenge, Lee Mason immediately waved away any
claims that Middlesbrough might have. I don't think you're going to
get a penalty for that. Mkhitaryan. Desperate times for
Middlesbrough back there now. It has rebounded back to Mata and header
from Paul Pogba! Just when it mattered, two goals in just over a
minute have turned it round for Manchester United. Mata has a little
bit of luck and then Pogba kept his eye on the ball and steered the
header into the top corner. His sixth goal of the season, no chance
for Valdes, delight for Jose Mourinho. Late drama at Old
Trafford. Well, what a change in emotions for Aitor Karanka.
We thought we could at least get a point but it is difficult. Again,
the performance from everybody has been amazing, all of the players
have played really well and we couldn't do anything more. Once
again we showed we can compete against every single team and that's
the way. I don't feel the same happiness
because my brother is in the other side and it's sad. I tried to do my
job, he tried to do his job, he did amazingly well but my players were
phenomenal. We managed to do something that I love, which is to
bring the fans to the pitch. The last 15 minutes were, I don't know,
70,000 on the pitch against 11, and this is something that I really
love. It was a late comeback from Manchester United. Shades of the
third Hira on his 75th birthday. You've got to admire the way they
kept going particularly with the number of games they have had in
recent weeks because I am sure tiredness would have played a part
and it was against a very stubborn and organised Boro side. But I'm
going to pick out a guy who has been criticised a lot this season, and
rightly so in some quarters, but I thought he was the best player on
the park today, Anthony Martial played a big part in them getting
back into the game and he was very positive from the start. He started
off on the left hand side and he did this all afternoon. Positive, went
at defenders, getting balls into the box and creating chances. He crossed
it with his left foot, this time comes inside, crosses it with his
right foot, good header, and Pogba is a tad unlucky here. That is 30,
30 five yards out, it is so unlucky, just a brilliant effort but he
doesn't give up, he keeps on looking for the ball, he gets the ball and
puts in a wonderful cross for Ibrahimovic and this goal should
never ever be disallowed. Ridiculous! Ridiculous, it is a good
ball in, Valdes is a yard away from him and it should never be
disallowed. Another decent effort, cuts inside a good goalkeeping, he
is building up his confidence. This is a big opportunity for him. He
just doesn't get the ball out of his feet enough, he gets caught in the
middle and he should score but this is the equaliser. Beautiful ball
from Pogba, brilliant header from Ibrahimovic and it is a lovely
finish and he gets his team back on level terms and of course they go on
to win the game. I think it is a big game for him today, he should take
huge confidence from that performance, his second league goal
of the season. You can see he was all over the place, so many touches
in the box. He was a constant threat all afternoon. Mourinho said in the
press conference after, not to the TV cameras, that Anthony Martial
needs to listen to him and not his agent so there has obviously been
some rumblings going on lately. It is pretty simple with Anthony
Martial, the club invested ?56 million into him and he must play to
that level more consistently and secondly he must ring his agent and
say why are you linking me with Seville? I'm at one of the biggest
clubs in the world and I want to stay here. OK, fair enough.
Six games still to come. COMMENTATOR: Just pushed over.
Good ball as well! Riyad Mahrez for Leicester. Good
save! Coleman with the header against the post!
Second met third in what was the final action of 2016 as Liverpool
hosted Manchester City in the late game at Anfield. Commentary comes
from Guy Mowbray. COMMENTATOR: Old acquaintances
renewed as the respectful rivalry in the Bundesliga is played out in the
Premier League for the first time. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side is
changed by one after Tuesday's 4-1 win against Stoke as Emre Can gets a
starting place at Divock Origi's expense. Three changes for city, the
most significant seeing Nolito make way for Sergio Aguero's return to
action following a four match ban. City captain, city fan, Vincent
Kompany is in the away end at Anfield today, just about ready to
return soon from his knee injury. A game that has got everybody excited,
even the managers, with Jurgen Klopp saying he would 100% buy a ticket if
he wasn't sitting on the bench. Otamendi. In Aguero's Way, clever
back header for De Bruyne, Fernandinho is fouled. Free kick
City. It was a swing that only made contact with knee and not ball.
Milner's bought then headed in brilliantly by Wijnaldum. It's just
about Liverpool's first attack of the night, a cross from Adam Lallana
and Georgina Wijnaldum arrived right on cue. That is a beauty from
Lallana. Kolarov was just about left on the floor by Wijnaldum's well
timed run. And perfectly placed header. Most predicted goals
tonight. The first one comes with only eight minutes on the clock.
Liverpool 1-0 Manchester City. Guardiola already has some sorting
out to do. Zabaleta. It's going to be cut out
by Milner. Milner threads wander through, what a ball. Had Firmino
managed to control that first-time Claudio Bravo was in a really
awkward position. The pass of the match from James Milner. The touch
of Firmino seized the chance go away. It's not the easiest but nine
times out of ten he would feel he would do better with that. Stones
and Otamendi threatened to get in one another's way. Here is Lallana,
Emre Can. Plenty up there in red. Emre Can going for gold.
Never shy about having a go with the opportunity presents itself. It
never really did. A feel-good atmosphere around Anfield. The Cop
plays a huge part in creating that. Can City break quickly? Aguero has
to chase it. He has taken up a good position. Very nearly got caught
out. He actually did pretty well in the end. A free kick to Liverpool. I
am not going to say it was coolly done but he got it done. Toure.
Incomes Adam Lallana. Milan is offside. -- La La Land is offside.
Yaya Toure was caught napping. Only just, but it was the right decision.
Promising for City now. Aguero has gone for it. A very routine save for
Mignolet. Nothing else much on four Sergio Aguero. It looks like this
could be Liverpool's most testing stretch. Definitely a more testing
a. David Silva claims there was a Liverpool touch that to get past the
post. A bustling run. He did not sense any deflection. City have
certainly shaken off their lethargy. Yaya Toure. Raheem Sterling gets
there. Only two had the side of the net. And it very nearly worked from
Toure's ambitious pass. It was merely the perfect ball for Raheem
Sterling. If he had managed to convert that it would have been one
of the most spectacular goals of the season. Vincent Kompany keeps a
watchful eye. Desperate to get back on the field as soon as possible. It
is allowed to run to David Silva, who is forced off balance. Pep
Guardiola is adamant that his team should have something for that.
Meanwhile, Sadio Mane is bundled over. This is it, Adam Lallana on
David Silva. Taken out with a dig to the ribs. He immediately, Craig
Pawson blows for full-time and that reaction says it all. I don't know
what it means for Liverpool. But it is they who emerge at the end of
this year, going into the new one, as Chelsea's chasers in chief. Four
points clear of Manchester City now. And for Pep Guardiola, ten points
back on Chelsea. That is a very big gap to close. Wijnaldum's header won
it. How does that feel? It feels like a significant three points. Of
course. I don't want to burden the quality of Man City, the situation.
The season means that we already had a lot of games. When you invest in a
game like this, so much, then at the end you want to have it all. And
thank God we got it, because the day after tomorrow would play again. We
started very good. The first chance that arrived, they scored a goal. It
is always difficult. We controlled the counterattack. In the first
half, we did not create much. In the second half, a little better. There
were not many clear chances. It depends on the quality of the people
in front. We had Adam Lallana and in the second half, we crated more
chances. But in this type of game, the little details make the
difference. They could not create too many challenges. We defended
really well and then we scored the goal. A wonderful goal. We probably
had the bigger chances but it is about how you work together. And I
think in the whole league, we have conceded the smallest number of
shots on our goals. And of course,... Given the talent on
display, not the best of games, not quite what we were hoping for. One
player who did perform well was James Milner. And he has made it
look like he has been playing left-back all his life. He was
brilliant today. I was at Newcastle with James Milner and he is a
manager's dream. Wherever you are asking to play, he will do you a
job. With all the big-name players on show today, I did not think we
would be talking about a left-back and that superb performance.
One-on-one with Raheem Sterling, he never gave him a kick all afternoon.
Normally you will see him knocking past defenders but not James Milner.
He outsmarted him. What about this for a pass? A half volley, better
touch, superb. One-on-one again and he is controlling the situation.
Sending them where he wants to send them. He gets enough on the cross
and it was simple. The second half, no different. A crunching tackle out
on the touchline. He is not getting passed him at all. One-on-one, he
has to be clever. He is about to get into the box but he takes it off him
with ease. He takes his team away on the attack. Supporting the forwards,
going past one, two, three. He gets the free kick. And he was brilliant.
You were a player that was versatile, Philip, playing lots of
different positions. What kind of mental capacity to do need for that?
Not much ability! You have to have an incredibly open mind. You need
the trust of your manager, and you have to be unselfish and think of
the team. Did it ever get on your nerves? Never, because it meant I
played probably 250 more games because there was always a position
for me to play. Magister City, clearly not at their best, losing
three times in a month for the first time since 2008. It was a poor game
of football. I was so disappointed with the way that they passed the
ball. It was littered with poor passing and lapses of concentration.
City, this was the goal. Kolarov gives away a sloppy pass. We have
highlighted him here because he must be 6-foot four, and from that
position, he should be winning this header when the ball comes into the
box. Adam Lallana puts the ball into the box and it was a fantastic
header. 6-foot four? 6-foot three, plus. City were poor in possession.
With Pep Guardiola, you associate fluidity, movement and confidence in
possession. And we saw nothing of that. Up until the last 20 minutes
where they showed a little bitter fight. Until then, I did not see a
performance that Pep Guardiola would have been happy with. Lots of little
mistakes, Aguero passing behind, patting to Otamendi. He will be
looking to improve on that. I thought that City were off the pace
and credit to Liverpool, they set up deeper, and allowed City now
possession type football that they would normally associate with them.
4-1 defeat at home to West Ham on Boxing Day proved to be the end for
Bob Bradley at Swansea after just 11 games.
Alan Curtis took temporary charge for the visit
John Roder was at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea once again turn to Alan Curtis to fulfil the caretaker
manager's role and he makes sweeping alterations to Bob Bradley's last
selection. Fernando Llorente one of seven changes to the team. Nathan
Ake returns after having been ineligible to play against Chelsea.
Three defeats in four. Benik Afobe makes his third league start of the
season and Bournemouth's search for a winning way to end 2016. He finds
France's. Stanislas, trying to hold off Ki. Pushed over by Fabianski. A
comfortable save. Eddie Howe's Bournemouth have lost the last three
matches, conceding to Southampton and Chelsea. Three defeats in four
coming into this game. It goes high. Towards Llorente. Fernando Llorente
has six goals this season. All of them have come here at the Liberty
Stadium. He was able to get on the end of this cross, just the wrong
side of the post as far as Swansea are concerned. A big decision ahead
for Huw Jenkins in the Swansea hierarchy. Who will take over from
Bob Bradley? Francis is looking for Benik Afobe. Jack Wilshere eludes
one challenge. He pushes it across. Almost in on goal. Benik Afobe is
there. It bounced off Fabianski and Benik Afobe was left with the simple
task to put Bournemouth in front and he took it. Unfortunate for Swansea
here. You can see the ball cannons off Amat. Fabianski does well to
prevent the own goal but does nothing to halt the rebound. Benik
Afobe with his second goal of the season. Stanislas will leave it for
his captain. Stanislas, a little flick to
Wiltshire. He is onside. A chance for 2-0 and it is taken by
Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser in stoppage time at the end of the first half
has doubled the visitor's lead. Terrific passing from the Cherries.
Look at the way that they slice open the Swansea defence. Eight horrific
backheel from Stanislas and then I'm selfishly putting it into the
middle. Ryan Fraser gets his second goal of the season. And just before
half-time, it is very much advantage Bournemouth. 2-0. It is as if
Bournemouth's second goal, coming as it did in the time that it did, as
completely killed any optimism may have been among Swansea fans. Headed
on to Wiltshire by Arta. He gives away from Taylor. And Bournemouth
were close to getting goal number three there. Stanislas again
involved. Was it a cross or a short? Still plenty of time left for
Swansea to fight back. But in all honesty, it doesn't look as though
they have the capabilities to be able to do so. Stanislas bushes of
the move towards Benik Afobe. And it is wrestled away by Jordi Amat.
Benik Afobe onside. Fabianski alive to the danger. It goes towards
Sigurdsson. McBurney in the middle. Sigurdsson wins the corner. They
have to find a goal sooner than later. Sigurdsson with it. It goes
towards McBurnie. Just gathered. Oliver McBurnie rising high. Just
able to get a hand to it. McBurnie finds barrel. -- Barrow. Swansea did
not give a single corner in their first half. This is their forced to
lean back fourth of the second. Charlie Daniels. Into the path of
Josh King. And he gets the third goal for Bournemouth. Josh King
scored in both the Premier League matches against Swansea last season.
And he has scored again against the Swans. Swansea, caught short at the
back. And the Norwegian international is able to easily slot
past Fabianski. Bournemouth ends 2016 with an away win. It is another
defeat for Swansea City. It has been a good day for us and I thought we
were excellent, start to finish. We controlled the game and greater the
number of chances. Thankfully we took them. We were prepared for a
tough game, given the quality of players Swansea have. It was a tough
game but thankfully the players stood up to that challenge.
Certainly, we need fresh eyes and somebody to work on it completely
different. We need a new manager, probably an influx of players as
well. It is evident to everybody that we need a little bit of
strength. It looks like they may have found their man. Reports are in
that Swansea are set to appoint Bayern Munich's Assistant Manager
Paul Clement as their new boss. I think he might need to work on the
defence, that is for sure. Emre Can. Plenty up there in red.
Emre Can going for gold. 100%, normally you get a reaction.
It was incredible what I was seeing. Simple ball into the channel, Alfie
Mawson bullied by Afobe. The ball goes into the middle, Jordi Amat
dives in on Jack Wilshere and recovers into his base and then
cannot sort out his feet,,, stay, a phobic scores the first goal.
Llorente comes back, two yards off the play, doesn't make a tackle,
Taylor comes out and puts pressure on the ball. Swansea were off the
pace, never quite at Mawson comes out again, great football from
Bournemouth. This sums up Swansea for me. Not one Bournemouth player
is marked man-to-man by any Swansea player. There were too far off the
pace, it was too easy for Bournemouth, even though Bournemouth
played well, it was far too easy. This is the third goal. It was just
an open lane. The pass straight through, just a straight ball, Josh
King rolls it into the net and it was an horrific performance from
Swansea today. It looks like they will bring in Paul Clement if this
particular story is true. Number twos don't always work out, it
didn't work out for him at Derby. It is hard to have sympathy with
Swansea, it looks as if they are going to go back to their old
principles, hiring a coach, Garry Monk, Brendan Rodgers but the owners
must take their share of the blame. Is going to take a miracle from Paul
Clement to save the club. The fixtures come thick and fast over
the next few days. Match of the Day 2 has action
from Watford versus Spurs Keep up-to-date with
Final Score from 4pm. We're back with the best
of the action at 10.30pm. And then on Friday, the FA Cup
third round kicks off. West Ham versus Manchester City.
BBC One at 7.30pm. Burnley would be in the top four
if the table was based They hosted Sunderland who knew
a win would see them climb out of the bottom three
for the first time since August. COMMENTATOR: Andre Gray's late
winner against Middlesbrough, their sixth victory of a product a seven
foot Egdon nine points clear of Sunderland. Suspension rules out
Jeff Hendrick so Steven Defour comes into midfield while Matt Lowe to and
is back after his own band has been completed. -- Matt Crampton. Vito
Mannone starts for the first time since August with Jordan Pickford
the latest casualty on Sunderland's injured list. Jermain Defoe may be
seeking his first goal in five games but he's only one of four players to
have scored for The Black Cats the season. Burnley were the first team
he scored against on signing for Sunderland almost two years ago. Is
a blustery day here at Turf Moor. Conditions affected the game against
Middlesbrough on Monday. It breaks for Januzaj who is off-balance. It
was a presentable opportunity. When he looks at this again he will think
to himself he should have tested Heaton at the least. David Moyes has
come with the intention of not sitting back but going for it.
Looking towards Defoe. Finding Ward. Arfield up towards Barnes, and Andre
Gray is onside, through on goal, Andre Gray and scores. He had one
attempt on target against Middlesbrough on Boxing Day and it
was enough to win the match. I think it comes off the back of O'Shea's
head and into the path of Andre Gray and that's why the flag stays down.
So Andre Gray is allowed to continue. He puts enough on it that
Vito Mannone can't prevent him from giving Burnley what could be a
precious lead already. Ward forward. Won by O'Shea, over the top of
Barnes, the referee waves play on. Defour battling. Won and on it goes
to Andre Gray and it looked like he was held and the referee waves play
on, Andre Gray makes it 2-0. What a week he is having. Andre Gray has
all credit to him, looked as though he had been beaten by Djilobodji but
he had the determination to keep on going and the presence to get around
Vito Mannone command Turf Moor erupts because this is surely now a
decisive blow. What a week for Andre Gray and what a week for Burnley.
He's been in the papers of the gossip column because he has been
dating one of the members of Little Mix.
Dear oh dear. Ian Darke standing on the ball. Here is Barnes and on
towards Andre Gray who is onside! It's a hat-trick! It may not be one
of the biggest grounds in the country by any stretch, but I tell
you what, this place is now in a frenzy. Two goals from Andre Gray in
just over two minutes and it's the match ball he will be taking home
with him. Pienaar stands on the ball. Barnes between the defenders,
O'Shea Duo Bujie don't seem to have any kind of understanding, and
Barnes helps it through the gap and Andre Gray helps it beyond Mannone.
First manager to begin and end the season as manager of Sunderland was
2000, 2009-2010, Sam Allardyce. Arfield is played in and he goes
down. Penalty. Larsson's challenge and Sunderland are capitulating
before your very eyes. David Moyes is just slumped into his chair, one
of his most experienced campaigners shoving Arfield to the floor.
Burnley haven't scored four goals in the Premier League this season. They
have now. They are 4-0 up, nine points clear of Sunderland and they
will be nine points clear of the bottom three and beginning to
breathe a heck of a lot easier. Terrific play from Januzaj. The pass
to Defoe is exquisite and Defoe inevitably takes the first chance
that comes his way. But there is the evidence as to how Sunderland are
going to escape the drop if they are going to do it. Januzaj brilliant,
Defoe's first chance to score, taken. One of the biggest pieces of
business Sunderland can do in the transfer window is to make sure that
he isn't sold, because without him they surely don't have a prayer.
I think nearly all the goals, we missed header, should have saved it,
didn't cover each other, real basic stuff. That performance today was
really dire, as bad as I've been involved in. It's been a good week
for sure, the end of the calendar year for all involved with Burnley
Football Club, there are no givens in this league so we knew we would
have to work for the result and we did that. The manager kept faith in
you when you were not scoring because he knew you were doing the
right things. That's right, it would never be easy stepping up into the
Premier League. I knew that chances would come a little less in the
Premier League and it's just a matter of working hard and doing the
right things and hopefully it will pay off and the last two games it
has. Because of the manner of the defeat
and the way you describe it questions will be asked about new
and your future as an individual. What answers do you have for people?
No problem, you can ask the question, I have no problem with
those questions. Where does it put you? We are in the bottom three, I
know that, so that is where it puts us right now. Burnley at Turf Moor
has become something else, it is like a fortress for them, quite a
record. Phenomenal their form at home and every team, Amaq that comes
there gets a tough game. They are on a roll and they have a centre
forward playing without fear. He was so clinical today, but I couldn't
believe some of the defending I saw from this Sunderland side.
Particularly Duo Bujie. He had no right to go for that old -- Duo
Bujie. He comes across John O'Shea. It is outside. Maicon side. John
O'Shea sticks it away really well. Djilobodji clashes into him. Again,
straight ball up the pitch, David Moyes said it in the interview,
schoolboy defending, no covering. Last-ditch challenge gets him out of
trouble. This was the second goal. And just going to pause it here now.
The minute it goes across the keeper Duo Bujie must run as fast as he can
but he looks like he's not bothered to me. The minute it goes past the
keeper he must sprint back to his goal and at least try and look like
he is making the effort to block the goal. It was a good finish in the
end -- Duo Bujie. Poor defending. Andre Gray sticks it away. Terrific
hat-trick, take nothing away from him but the defending was horrific.
It was. As is customary at this time of year it seems the Sunderland boss
is under the cosh somewhat. He was under pressure from the beginning of
the season, he came in late, didn't have much time to plan, there were
lots of rushed signings and now the chairman or Chief Executive came out
to say there would be limited funds available for him this month. Unless
Sunderland signed players like Sam Allardyce did last year because
effectively that is what kept them up last year, unless they backing
this January I think they will go down. We shall see.
After defeat against Spurs on Wednesday, Southampton were back
at St Marys for the visit of a West Brom side beaten
COMMENTATOR: Three years ago Shane Long helped them to a win. Today he
is recalled by the home side, one of six changes to the team that lost
here three days ago. The Irishman is still to score this season. Claude
Puel has changed three of his back four, the much sought after Virgil
van Dijk is the only survivor from a quartet who started against Spurs.
Hal Robson-Kanu starred for Wales at Euro 2016 but has had to be patient
and wait for his first start under Tony Pulis. He gets it today,
Salomon Rondon drops to the bench in the Baggies' only changed by the 11
beaten by Arsenal on Boxing Day. Tadic finds McQueen. This is Boufal.
McQueen wanted it back quickly, Boufal holds onto it for now and
will try and get through two players. As is often the way West
Brom say you've got a break is down. Having won it Phillips has lost it
and here is Boufal, dangerous ball across the face of goal but nobody
there to make the final connection for Southampton. Super from Boufal.
Phillips running his team into danger. And that's a lovely ball.
There are not a lot of numbers in there when Southampton deliver the
dangerous balls. Martina will win the free kick turning Nyom.
Quizzical look from Allan Nyom. Here is the challenge. It will be Tadic
to deliver it. Van Dijk is in the middle. Tadic. It is low and catches
Hojbjerg. And fools to McQueen. He has not scored in a Southampton
shirt, Sam McQueen. Southampton working and using a lot of the width
of the field to try and find the way through. That is misplaced and a
rare break forward for Hal Robson-Kanu here. Tracking back is a
van Dijk and into the book is Virgil van Dijk. It is early in the game
for a centre-half to receive a yellow card as well. He will hope
that doesn't come back to haunt him. Boufal. Beautifully played out to
the feet of Tadic. And another Southampton corner. Up, van Dijk and
Yoshida as well. Five minutes to half-time. Tadic's delivery and the
header is in. Shane Long, the former West Bromwich Albion player and his
first goal of the season to end the longest goal drought of his English
career. Fine header, runs across, Nyom doesn't go with him,
Robson-Kanu couldn't get there either, and the angle on the header
is excellent to beat Foster away to his left. Southampton in front as we
approach half-time. Nyom. Yacob. This might fall all the
way through for an immediate equaliser from Philips. Well,
Southampton worked so hard to take the lead but it's lasted barely 90
seconds at St Mary's. Phillips picks his spot and scores his 50th career
club goal. Excellent finish from Matt Phillips. Inside Yoshida, into
the corner, 1-1. Foster's clearance high up under the
lights. Chadli. The goal-scorer, Philips, and the run here from Hal
Robson-Kanu and the shot and the goal. That's sensational! Hal
Robson-Kanu. He's done some special things in 2016, but that is right up
there. His first goal in the Premier League for three and a half years,
it is a net buster from the Welsh man. The Baggies have the lead at St
Mary's. What a strike from the former Reading player. His first
club goal since March, and look at how well he strikes that.
The Phillips. It is a clear header and a good save as well. Fraser
Forster. Morrison, unmarked, he produces a fine save. Nobody has
done that to an England goalkeeper. And he is up against Virgil van
Dijk. There is a tussle, and van Dijk is brought down. The referee
reaches to his pocket. Southampton are down to ten men. Virgil van Dijk
is sent off. And if a few were leaving St Mary's, well, they are
flooding out now. I don't think there is any arguing now with that
decision. It is a bit of rotten way to end the year, Southampton beat in
here by West Brom. Their star man, red carded. 2017, perhaps it will
bring a brighter start. In the second half, I thought we were my
much the better team and we stepped it up. We should have won buy more.
Too many games, too soon? Three games in ten days, for us six days.
With all the many games, and the international games, it is all that
my players can do. This is very difficult. We had to be patient. We
worked hard in training and give my best one I have come on in games. It
is great to be on the pitch. Did you have to think long and hard about
whether to put on Rondon? He has had great attitude in training and he
has been great in training. This will do the team a world of good.
This was Robson-Kanu's first start for West Brom and also his first
goal since that one. We won't forget that one. He played a big part. Him
and Robson-Kanu linked up well for us goals. Phillips has been very,
very good. All season. A little touch there from Robson-Kanu. He
just caresses it. And he passed it to Robson-Kanu. A good run but what
about that for a Finnish? A stunning finish. Fraser Forster has
absolutely no chance. What does the manager do next? I think he left
Rondon out for him? Dare we suggest that Tony Pulis will play a
different formation. Never. Very unlikely. But we shall see. A few
more statistics there. But West Brom are going well and playing really
well. I think Phillips made a big difference. Brunt on the right-hand
side. Tony Pulis is always underrated and overachieving. I
think this year he is doing another fantastic job. But certainly. To
make games for you coming up. Last night's actions whole play Everton
and before that, Leicester, who it have to be said are leaving their
title challenge a little late this season.
They hosted a West Ham side chasing a 4th straight win.
Simon Brotherton was at the King Power stadium.
Danny Drinkwater comes into midfield, and Robert Huth returns
from suspension. Chill well impressed on his Premier League
debut and keeps his place. Christian Fuchs is named among the
substitutes. Jamie Vardy, still suspended. West Ham, unchanged
following their 4-1 win at Swansea. No fight stays in at the right back.
-- Nordtveit. Slimani is buzzing around. And here is Mahrez with a
shot. Darren Randolph, with just a minute played. Leicester City, close
to making an early breakthrough. Mahrez, left out of the team on
Boxing Day, almost making an immediate impact. He was talking
about it being a must win before the game, Claudio Ranieri, and is
players have started as if they view the match in that fashion.
Albrighton. He will chase it and he will get there ahead of Dimitri
Payet. Good player! Away at the far post! It bounces off the outside of
the post. Away by Ogbonna. The shot is blocked. Ricocheting off Antonio.
This is much more like it. West Ham's fans, their Man of the Match
against Hull a couple of weeks ago. And they will be having another good
game already. Three quarters, really driving the engine room of this
Leicester side. Albrighton, a fantastic cross and a brilliant
goal. Wonderful, wonderful header from Islam Slimani. And that is
precisely what Leicester City can do. What they deserve for their
performance from the opening 20. Superb play. Marc Albrighton, a
brilliant cross and a superb header. Just what Claudio Ranieri and the
Leicester City crowd were hoping to see. A fast start from the team and
the King Power Stadium is rocking. It falls kindly for Noble. Almost.
And Dimitri Payet with the shot. Andre Ayew could not quite finish it
off. Leicester City scramble the ball away. Dimitri Payet brings the
saver. Andre Ayew could not quite get the final touch. They did not
fall for him. Finding Payet. West Ham, starting to come into the game
more. What a superb shot, so unlucky. Fortuitous escape for
Leicester City. Drinkwater didn't do very well
there. And now it is Michail Antonio. Andre Ayew inside him now.
And it is Antonio went to the penalty area. A vital interception
by Danny Simpson. Payet goes down in the challenge, he stays on the
ground. The referee had a think about it and it was Robert Huth with
the tackle. He goes sliding in. Did the referee feel that there was
excessive force? Did he feel that the studs were up? Dimitri Payet for
West Ham, knocked away by Schmeichel. West Ham, still on the
front foot. Slimani feeding forward. This is great, on his own. Blue
shirts and support. Under pressure. And it is a yellow card. A yellow
card for the central defender. Breathless stuff, end to end. Riyad
Mahrez for Leicester! Good save! This will be a superb view of it.
Darren Randolph could not take any chances. Lanzini in some space. It
goes to Feghouli. Caught in a sandwich between Albrighton and
Drinkwater. And it is a yellow card for Albrighton. Feghouli trying to
burst clear between the pair. What can he do hear? Tredwell for West
Ham and it has taken a deflection. Superbly saved on the line by
Schmeichel. He followed the line of the ball and watched its trajectory,
getting down to make the save. It goes to Fernandes. Present well.
Andy Carroll leaps for it, and it is wide. He got up well. Wide of the
post. Excellent play. Albrighton colliding with Drinkwater. Superb.
Off the head of Nordtveit. Chilwell still going. Caught by Randolph.
Okazaki goes for it. Leicester City pushed for a second goal, and
Chilwell, blocked by Andy Carroll. And there goes the final whistle. It
was a must win game, described by Claudio Ranieri. They set about it
from the off. 2016 has been the year for Leicester City and a Finnish
omni- 2016 was unbelievable for us, for our fans and everybody here. --
and they finish on a high. In the first hour and 30 minutes, it was
fantastic. They deserve to score at first but after that we played good.
We had a few chances in the first half. The second half, apart from
the counterattacks. We were missing that final touch. Once we get going,
we are a hard team to play against. The second half was difference. It
was harder, but in the changing room we said we needed to stay compact
and organised and that is what we did. Hull City began 2016 dreaming
of a return to the Premier League. The end the year fearing a speedy
return to the Championship. A lack of goals one of their many problems.
Still searching for a first of the season, Mbokani. What they would
give for someone like Lukaku, who took his tally to ten. Ross Barkley
gets another chance to prove his worth to Ronald Koeman. Gareth
Southgate is here to check him out, too. Many have been guilty of
writing off Hull City already. Still an awful long way to go this season.
Elmohamady gets in behind. A chance to deliver. It went over his own
bar. Snodgrass with the first corner. Dawson and Davis, poised.
And it was scored by Dawson! What a season he is having in front of the
goal this season. That is his fourth of the season. Three of which have
come in the Premier League. Quickly off the near post by Curtis Davies.
It is just the start that might feel unwanted. -- might feel and wanted.
Barry is free to the left. Queueing up in the middle. Thumped away by
Maguire. They had the post twice in recent defeats away to West Ham.
Soaking up quite a bit of pressure in the last few minutes, Mike
Phelan's old team but they are hanging on in there. This will be
the last attack of the first half. Looking for a look at you, who has a
chance here. This last bit of action will be evident's third quarter.
Everton have an equaliser. Look at who leads the Everton celebrations.
And what a blow to the belly that is for Hull City. How much fault at the
door of David Marshall I wonder? A calamitous way for Hull City to
concede a goal on the stroke of half-time. A good challenge from
Ross Barkley. Morale is can bring is clear. Lukaku once it. And Marshall
helps it onto the bar. -- Mirallas. Fingertip stuff but vital all the
same. A foul by Ross Barkley on Myler. And then it does blow, for
the challenge on Mbokani. It will be the Scot. And it is against the
frame of the bar. Sent wide by deal Monday. --
wide by Diomande. Good anticipation by Maguire. And there is the push.
And so it is Snodgrass for Hull. And this time he finds the net. If at
first you don't succeed, try, try again. And Robert Snodgrass comes up
with the goods again for Hull City. They are back in front. Fabulous
technique, and the goalkeeper can only help it into the back of the
net. Snodgrass with his eighth of the season, his sixth in the Premier
League, equal to his best ever in the top flight.
One step forward and one step back for Ronald Koeman recently. You just
sense there is going to be another goal in this game before the final
whistle. Ross Barkley. Calvert-Lewin. Bains delaying the
cross. Lukaku couldn't get to it, Ross Barkley does and Everton are
level. Bains took his time here to pick the cross, Lukaku couldn't get
to it, and Ross Barkley on marked coming in from the far side notes
home what is his fourth of the season. Hull looking very leggy at
the moment. Coleman's cross, and it's headed wide, but a chance for
the youngster, Dominic Calvert-Lewin eats, the 19-year-old. This is a
glorious chance to score his first ever goal in the Premier League and
surely win the game for Everton. We like to keep the momentum after
the win against Leicester. OK, it is one point but two away games and
four points is good and we'd like to continue it now. I'm really pleased
because over the last three or four weeks we have put in a shift and got
nothing and today we put in a shift and got a point. We could be greedy
and ask for more but I'm really proud of the players and their
efforts and we have to go again in two or three days' time. I think if
Hull are to stay up then they will owe this followed a debt of
gratitude, weren't they? Robert Snodgrass has been terrific this
season. He has been absolutely sensational and for a team that
really struggled to score goals he sets up goals, takes brilliant set
pieces and place on the right-hand side. He's left footed and difficult
to mark because you know he will come inside and he has the quality
to do things like that where he nearly scored.
This is an assist, two assists already this season for Michael
Dawson, who is the top scorer on three goals. If you Weather Centre
forward in this team you would know you would have quality balls coming
into the box and they just haven't capitalised on some of his quality.
Any set pieces around the area, he is fantastic. He has the ability to
get it up and over the wall with unbelievable accuracy and speed,
that is a terrific goal. You just think in the January transfer
window, if Hull could bring in a centre forward he would love to play
with somebody like Robert Snodgrass. Bottom three? Normally somebody gets
out of it, don't they? We will have to wait and see. A much-needed win
for Leicester. You picked out Marc Albrighton as a player who has
returned to some form. Ranieri changed it around and gave Myra
raise a freer role and moved Albrighton to the right-hand side
and he didn't disappoint -- Mahrez. Dimitri Payet is not prepared to
tracking here but this was a brilliant ball, Slimani pulls away
at the far post and should actually score. If you thought that was a
good ball wait until you see this one. This time he does score, what a
ball that is first-time and a very good header. Running in behind
again. The balls here I really quality balls. Decent defending, a
constant threat, didn't change in the second-half. Beautiful bit of
skill, Little drag back, see you later. He's been like a lot of
Leicester players this season, hasn't been at it but you cannot put
that on him today because he was very good. He certainly was and West
Ham have been on a good run and they have just lost that today. They have
had a good month, West Ham. Four good results. They have lost today
but I think they have enough quality to survive. Thanks, just about out
of time. Before we leave you let's look at the Premier League table.
Chelsea's 13 league victories sees his side leading with a 6-point
lead. Liverpool's win over Man City puts them four points clear of Pep
Guardiola's side while Manchester United's revival means they are
three points adrift of their City rivals. Swansea are rooted in the
bottom three along with Hull and a much-needed victory for Leicester
moves them clear of the relegation zone, while a win for Burnley lifts
them up to 11. That is it from us for 2016. Happy New Year to you all.