Next 20 Round-Up: Rom makes Hammers pay once again
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.
Romelu Lukaku scored one and turned provider for the other as Everton beat West Ham United 2-0 at Goodison Park. The Belgian opened the scoring, nodding in from close range after good work from Yannick Bolasie, before he crossed for Ross Barkley to stroke home 15 minutes from time to earn the points and end the Toffees five game winless run.
Nathan Redmond played 90 minutes as Southampton fell to a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at St Marys. Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Antonio Conte’s side, squeezing the ball home from a tight angle. Diego Costa doubled the lead in the second-half with a superb strike from outside the box to earn Chelsea their fourth straight win. Fellow ambassador Nathaniel Chabolah was an unused substitute for the Londoners.
Harry Maguire played the entire match for Hull City in their 1-0 defeat away at Watford. Michael Dawson diverted Daryl Janmaat’s cross into his own net eight minutes from time, when the game looked as if it was petering out towards a draw. The Tigers remain in the relegation zone, without a win since August.
Callum Wilson was replaced on the hour mark as Bournemouth lost 2-0 to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium. Boro opened the scoring through a fantastic individual strike from Gaston Ramirez, before Stewart Downing doubled the lead after 55 minutes, tapping in from close range to earn Aitor Karanka’s side their first win in eight matches.
Ben Davies was an unused substitute as Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with champions Leicester City, while Carl Jenkinson returned to the Arsenal bench in their 4-1 win at Sunderland, following a lengthy absence from a knee injury.
In the Championship, Romaine Sawyers opened his account for Brentford as they beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 in the west London derby. Josh Clarke scored just before half-time, before Sawyers met Maxime Colin’s cross with a superb strike to double the Bees’ lead and secure the three points.
Jason Lowe featured for Blackburn Rovers in their 1-1 draw with Wolves at Ewood Park. Southampton loanee Sam Gallagher put Owen Coyle’s side ahead in the 13th minute, netting his sixth of the season with a superb volley, before Dave Edwards equalised for manager-less Wolves, heading in Matt Doherty’s cross 15 minutes from time.
Coventry City moved out of the League One relegation zone, despite drawing 1-1 with Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. Andy Rose opened the scoring for the Sky Blues in the 36th minute, only for Erhun Oztumer to restore parity, sliding the ball home from the edge of the penalty area. Coventry’s Gael Birigimana completed 90 minutes for Mark Venus’ side.
Elsewhere, manager-less MK Dons continued their difficult start to the season, losing 2-1 to Sheffield United. Daniel Powell entered the fray 11 minutes from time, but was unable to prevent the Dons from defeat.
Michael Harriman featured for Wycombe Wanderers as they drew 2-2 with high-flying Doncaster Rovers in League Two. The Chairboys opened the scoring, after Matt Bloomfield capitalised on a mistake from Ross Etheridge. Doncaster turned the game around thanks to goals from Tommy Rowe and John Marquis, only for Bloomfield to level with his second in the 78th minute.
Rangers moved into second place in the Scottish Premiership following a 3-0 victory against Kilmarnock. Goals from Lee Wallace, Andy Halliday and Joe Garner earned the Ibrox club their biggest home win since returning to the Scottish top-flight. Wes Foderingham played and kept his fourth clean sheet of the season.
England pair Jordan Nobbs and Toni Duggan returned to domestic action on Sunday, featuring for Arsenal Ladies and Manchester City Women respectively. Nobbs played 90 minutes in the Gunners’ 2-0 win against Doncaster Rovers Belles, while Duggan featured for City as the newly crowned champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Birmingham City Ladies.