Next 20 Round-Up: Redmond wins south coast ambassador battle
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’s Southampton defeated Callum Wilson’s Bournemouth 3-1 on Sunday in the first south coast derby of the season.
Nathan Ake scored his third goal of the season to put the Cherries ahead, before Ryan Bertrand equalised with a superb left footed strike to ensure the match was level at the break. Jay Rodriguez then notched a second half brace, including a stunning volley to earn Claude Puel’s side only their second away victory of the season and lift the Saints up to seventh.
Ben Davies made his first appearance for Tottenham Hotspur since October as Mauricio Pochettino’s side defeated Burnley 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Ashley Barnes had given the visitors a shock lead, but Spurs went in level at the break thanks to Dele Alli’s equaliser.
Full-back Danny Rose then earned the hosts three points, smashing the ball past England colleague Tom Heaton to move them within a point of the Champions League places.
Harry Maguire completed 90 minutes for Hull City as they lost 1-0 to West Ham United at the London Stadium. Mark Noble’s controversial second-half penalty was enough to secure two consecutive home victories for Slaven Bilic’s men.
The Tigers seventh straight away loss means that they fall to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Nathaniel Chabolah was an unused substitute for Chelsea, as they made it 11 straight wins with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
In the Championship, Romaine Sawyers featured in Brentford’s narrow defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road, with defender Kyle Bartley netting a late winner for Garry Monk’s men.
Jason Lowe completed 90 minutes for Blackburn Rovers as they suffered a late setback, losing 3-2 to high-flying Reading at Ewood Park. Rovers twice came from behind to level the match, with Danny Graham and Wes Brown cancelling out respective goals from Dominic Samuel and Liam Moore.
The Royals snatched all three points in stoppage time thanks to George Evans’ late goal to condemn Owen Coyle’s men to their third straight 3-2 defeat.
In League One, Gael Birigimana played in Coventry City’s 2-1 defeat to second place Sheffield United at the Ricoh Arena. Billy Sharp scored either side of Daniel Agyei’s deflected effort to move the Blades into the automatic promotion places, while Coventry remain in the bottom four.
Elsewhere, Daniel Powell was an unused substitute for the MK Dons as Robbie Neilson suffered his first taste of defeat as manager with a 1-0 defeat to Gillingham.
Michael Harriman completed 90 minutes for Wycombe Wanderers as they continued their rapid surge up the League Two table with their eighth straight victory, beating Leyton Orient 1-0. Scott Kashket scored his 11th goal of the season against his former club, to earn the points for Gareth Ainsworth’s side.
Wes Foderingham played in Rangers 2-1 victory against Hamilton Academicals on Friday evening at New Douglas Park. Martyn Waghorn scored a brace to put Mark Warburton’s men two goals to the good, but Hamilton struck back late on through Dougie Imrie to ensure a nervous finale.