Next 20 Round-Up: Nobbs nabs another nomination
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.
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Jordan Nobbs has been nominated for Women’s Player of the Year at the London Football Awards, after a successful season in which she helped Arsenal Ladies secure the FA Cup, was vice-captain of an England side that qualified for Euro 2017 and picked up England Player of the Year at the FA Women’s Football Awards.
The nomination came in the same week that Nobbs and Manchester City Women striker Toni Duggan were both called up to the England squad for next month’s She Believes Cup in the United States.
Nathan Redmond’s Southampton suffered late heartbreak against Manchester United, losing 3-2 in the EFL Cup final at Wembley. Goals from Zlatan Ibrahimović and Jesse Lingard saw United take a two-goal lead, before January signing Manolo Gabbiadini scored either side of the interval to draw the Saints level.
Oriel Romeu then headed against the post, before Ibrahimović struck three minutes from time to secure Jose Mourinho’s first trophy at Old Trafford.
Romelu Lukaku scored his 17th goal of the season as Everton stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches with a 2-0 victory over struggling Sunderland. Summer signing Idrissa Gueye netted his first goal for the Toffees to put them one-up at half-time, before Lukaku pounced 10 minutes from time to secure the points.
Ben Davies enjoyed his third successive start for Tottenham Hotspur in their comfortable 4-0 victory over Stoke City at White Hart Lane. England strike Harry Kane netted an impressive 23 minute hat-trick, his third in nine games, to set Spurs on their way, before he turned provider, setting up Dele Alli to complete the rout and send Mauricio Pochettino’s men second in the table.
Harry Maguire put in another impressive performance for Hull City in their 1-1 draw against Burnley at the KCOM Stadium. The hosts went ahead when Tom Huddlestone converted his penalty after 72 minutes, but Sean Dyche’s side responded almost immediately to snatch a crucial point, as Michael Keane blasted in the equaliser from a corner.
In the Championship, Romaine Sawyers was part of a Brentford side that snatched a last gasp 4-2 win against bottom club Rotherham United at Griffin Park. Spanish winger Jota scored a quick-fire double in stoppage-time to net his hat-trick and wrap up the points, after the Millers thought that they’d secured a point minutes before through Anthony Forde’s long-range strike.
On Friday night, Jason Lowe featured for Blackburn in their 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium. Matty Palmer’s own-goal saw Rovers take the lead under new manager Tony Mowbray, but Marvin Sordell levelled for the hosts nine minutes after the break with a superb curling effort.
Michael Harriman’s Wycombe Wanderers suffered their fifth straight league defeat, after Crawley Town came from a goal down to beat the Chairboys 2-1 at Adams Park. Adebayo Akinfenwa notched from close range to put Gareth Ainsworth’s side ahead, before Joe McNerney and a stunning free-kick from Josh Payne completed the turnaround.
An excellent performance from Wes Foderingham was not enough to prevent a second successive Scottish Premiership defeat for managerless Rangers, after a last minute goal from Billy McKay saw Inverness Caledonian Thistle secure a vital 2-1 victory.
Foderingham made several impressive saves in the first half – including an early penalty save from Iain Vigurs – but his resistance was finally broken just before the interval as Greg Tansey put Inverness ahead. In the second period, Martyn Waghorn levelled from the spot for the Ibrox club before McKay scored a brilliant overhead kick to ensure Rangers left the Caledonian Stadium empty-handed.