Next 20 Round-Up: Romelu is City's nemesis yet 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 enjoyed another weekend to remember notched his 13th goal of the season as Everton beat Manchester City 4-0 at Goodison Park. Lukaku slammed in the opener from Kevin Mirallas’ cut back after 34 minutes to put the Toffees in the ascendency.
Mirallas then doubled the lead shortly after the break, before youngsters Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman scored their first goals for Everton to complete the rout.
Hull City defeated Bournemouth 3-1 in their fixture dedicated to Kick It Out’s work on Saturday afternoon, with two of the organisation’s ‘Next 20’ Ambassadors, Harry Maguire and Callum Wilson, lining up on either side.
Bournemouth opened the scoring after three minutes thanks to Junior Stanislas’ penalty, before Abel Hernandez netted either side of the break to put the Tigers in command. Tyrone Mings then scored an own-goal to secure the points for Marco Silva’s side, which lifts them off the bottom of the Premier League table.
Nathan Redmond was unable to prevent Southampton falling to a 1-0 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor. Substitute Joey Barton scored a free-kick 12 minutes from time to secure the Claret’s third win in four league matches and moves them into the top half.
Elsewhere, Ben Davies came on as a late substitute for Tottenham Hotspur in their 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion, while Nathaniel Chabolah was an unused substitute for the leaders Chelsea, as they beat Leicester City 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.
Romaine Sawyers’ Brentford lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle United, who return to the top of the Championship table. Dwight Gayle scored his 20th goal of the season to put Rafa Benitez’s side ahead, only for the home side to strike back thanks to Lasse Vibe. Daryl Murphy then netted a late winner for the Magpies, heading home his first goal for the club from an Ayoze Perez cross.
Jason Lowe featured in Blackburn Rovers 3-2 defeat to Ipswich at Portman Road, a defeat that leaves Owen Coyle’s men in the relegation zone. Tom Lawrence’s free-kick put the home side in front, before Hope Akpan equalised two minutes before the interval.
Christophe Berra restored Town’s lead from close range after the break, before Lawrence continued his fantastic scoring streak with another stunning strike from 30 yards. Danny Graham pulled one back from the spot, but it was too late for Rovers to salvage anything from the game.
Elsewhere, the fixture list for the FA WSL 1 Spring Series – set to launch in April – has been confirmed, with Toni Duggan’s Man City up against Chelsea on the opening weekend, while Jordan Nobbs’ Arsenal face Notts County.