Next-20 Round-Up: Red-letter day for Nathan at the Etihad
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.
Nathan Redmond scored his second goal in two games as Southampton drew 1-1 with Manchester City. Redmond capitalised on a mistake from John Stones to put the Saints ahead, only for Kelechi Iheanacho to equalise on 55 minutes after good work from Leroy Sané. Claude Puel’s side are now unbeaten in five matches and move up to eighth in the Premier League table.
Nathaniel Chalobah came on as a second-half substitute as Chelsea thrashed Manchester United 4-0. Pedro rounded David De Gea inside the first minute to open the scoring, before goals from Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and a wonderful solo effort from N’Golo Kante completed the scoring. The win moves Antonio Conte’s men up to fourth, one point off the top of the Premier League.
Callum Wilson was unable to break the deadlock as AFC Bournemouth held Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw. Both teams had chances to win the game, with Erik Lamela and Charlie Daniels both having their efforts denied by the woodwork. Spurs defender and fellow ‘Next 20’ Ambassador Ben Davies was an unused substitute for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Romelu Lukaku’s recent run of form came to an end for Everton in their 2-1 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor. Sam Vokes put the Clarets ahead after a mistake from Maarten Stekelenburg, before Yannick Bolasie equalised for the Toffees just before the hour mark.
Lukaku failed to convert two glorious chances to win the match, before Scott Arfield’s superb strike in stoppage time saw Sean Dyche’s side steal the three points.
Harry Maguire was introduced as a second-half substitute for Hull City as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Stoke City. Xherdan Shaqiri produced two fantastic strikes to earn Mark Hughes’ side back to back wins and their first away victory of the season.
Away from domestic football, Jordan Nobbs started and Toni Duggan came on as a late substitute for England Women’s team as they held France to a goalless draw. Duggan saw a late goal disallowed, but the result means Mark Sampson’s side remain unbeaten in their last eight matches.
In the Championship, Romaine Sawyers’s Brentford slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Barnsley at Griffin Park, thanks to goals either side of the break from Newcastle United loanee Adam Armstrong and Sam Winnall.
Elsewhere, Jason Lowe completed 90 minutes for Blackburn Rovers as they lost by a single goal at Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham netted late on for the Robins to move Lee Johnson’s side into the top six, while Owen Coyle’s men remain in the relegation zone.
Gael Bigirimana featured for Coventry City as they beat Rochdale 2-0 at the Ricoh Arena to record two straight victories for the first time in League One this campaign. Striker Daniel Agyei opened the scoring after 28 minutes, before Andre Wright secured the points late on, tapping in Lewis Page’s cross.
Daniel Powell and Milton Keynes Dons were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Southend United at Stadium MK, in what proved to be manager Karl Robinson’s final game at the club. A Simon Cox strike and a brace from Anthony Wordsworth earned Phil Brown’s men the points, while the Dons remain without a win at home win since March.
Michael Harriman played the full game for Wycombe Wanderers as they fell to a 2-0 home defeat to Barnet. Second-half strikes from Mauro Vilhete and John Akinde ended Martin Allen’s side’s run of six games without a win and moves them out of the League Two relegation places.
Wes Foderingham was an unused substitute as Rangers lost to Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park. Moussa Dembele scored the solitary goal in a 1-0 victory and Brendan Rodgers’ side will meet Aberdeen in the final in November.