Next 20 Round-Up: Callum and Jordan rounding the year off in style
Kick It Out’s ‘Next 20’ initiative involves players from across the Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Women’s Super League, who represent the organisation as ambassadors and help to spread the key messages of equality and inclusion.
Ross Hobart provides the latest update from the 2016-17 season, as our ambassadors make their impression on the pitch during international weekend.
Callum Wilson scored his fifth goal of the season as Bournemouth came from two goals down to beat Liverpool 4-3 at the Vitality Stadium. Sadio Mané put the visitors ahead, before Divock Origi rounded Artur Boruc to double the lead with a curling effort.
Wilson then pulled one back from the penalty spot, only for Emre Can to reaffirm the Reds’ two-goal advantage. Two quick-fire goals from substitute Ryan Fraser and Steve Cook levelled the game, before Nathan Aké bundled in the winner three minutes into stoppage time to complete a dramatic comeback and earn the Cherries their first ever win against Liverpool.
Another ‘Next 20’ ambassador enjoying the build-up to Christmas is Arsenal Ladies midfielder Jordan Nobbs, who was named England Player of the Year at the Football Association Women’s Football Awards last month. Nobbs was rewarded for her role in helping the Lionesses qualify for Euro 2017.
Back in the Premier League, Nathaniel Chalobah appeared as a late substitute for Chelsea, as they extended their league winning streak to eight matches with a 3-1 victory over title rivals Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side went ahead thanks to an own-goal from Blues captain Gary Cahill, but Diego Costa equalised midway through the second-half with a low shot past Claudio Bravo.
Willian put Antonio Conte’s side ahead following a swift counter-attack before Eden Hazard secured the victory with a great solo effort.
Romelu Lukaku played the full game for Everton as they drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Goodison Park. Zlatan Ibrahimović opened the scoring for United just before half-time with a lob over Maarten Stekelenburg, before Leighton Baines rescued a point for the Toffees with a last gasp spot kick, after Marouane Fellaini upended Idrissa Gueye.
Nathan Redmond was unable to prevent Southampton falling to a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Christian Benteke capitalised on an error from Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster to put Alan Pardew’s side ahead, before James Tomkins and another from Benteke halted the Eagles’ run of six straight defeats.
In the Championship, Jason Lowe’s Blackburn Rovers side extended their unbeaten run to three games with a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town at Ewood Park. Kasey Palmer headed in the opener for the visitors from Chris Lowe’s corner, before Danny Graham drew the hosts level from the spot to earn Rovers another vital point.
Romaine Sawyers played 78 minutes for Brentford in their 5-0 defeat to Norwich City at Carrow Road. Goals from Jacob Murphy, Graham Dorrans, Robbie Brady, Nelson Oliveira and Alex Pritchard condemned the Bees to their fourth straight defeat, with only one win in their previous nine attempts.
In the FA Cup, Michael Harriman’s Wycombe Wanderers thrashed League One Chesterfield 5-0 to secure a place in the third round. Scott Kashket’s hat-trick and goals from Paul Hayes and Anthony Stuart ensured the Chairboys cruised into the next round in style, earning their fifth straight win in all competitions.
Elsewhere in the competition, Daniel Powell appeared as a late substitute for MK Dons as they drew 0-0 with Charlton Athletic at The Valley, while Gael Bigirimana’s Coventry City crashed out after suffering a 4-0 defeat to League Two Cambridge United, thanks to Luke Berry’s four goals.
Wes Foderingham was denied a clean sheet by a late goal as Rangers secured a 2-1 victory against Aberdeen, a result which lifts Mark Warburton’s side up to second in the Scottish Premier League. Kenny Miller and Lee Hodson put the Ibrox side two goals to the good, before Andrew Considine netted a consolation for the visitors in an ill-tempered affair.