Next 20 Round Up: Romelu Lukaku strikes four glory
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 his fourth goal of the week in Everton’s 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at Goodison Park.
Maarten Stekelenburg’s own goal put the visitors ahead, before Gareth Barry equalised on his 600th Premier League appearance. Seamus Coleman completed the turnaround with a smart finish before Lukaku extended the lead on the stroke of half-time.
The Belgian had already notched an impressive hat-trick in Monday’s 3-0 win against Sunderland and was on hand to faintly divert Yannick Bolasie’s cross to secure the Toffee’s fourth straight victory.
Nathan Redmond completed 90 minutes for Southampton as they beat Swansea City 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium. Charlie Austin scored the only goal of the game in the 64th minute to earn Claude Puel his first Premier League win as Saints manager.
Ben Davies replaced the injured Eric Dier in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win over Sunderland at White Hart Lane. Harry Kane ensured Mauricio Pochettino’s side claimed all three points and remained unbeaten this season when he netted his second goal of the campaign from close range.
Harry Maguire came off the bench to make his second Premier League appearance of the season in Hull City’s 4-1 home defeat to Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez put the Gunners ahead before seeing his penalty kick saved by Eldin Jakupovic, with Tiger’s midfielder Jake Livermore seeing red for handball in the build-up.
Theo Walcott made it two, before Robert Snodgrass pulled one back for the hosts from the penalty spot. Sanchez did eventually score his second, before Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka rounded off the scoring with a tremendous long-range strike.
Callum Wilson came off the bench at half-time, but his Bournemouth side were on the wrong end of a 4-0 score-line at Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring with a free-kick, before Kelechi Iheanacho, Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan rounded off a rampant win and made it eight wins from a possible eight for Pep Guardiola’s side.
In the Championship, Jason Lowe’s Blackburn Rovers earned their first victory of the season after a 4-2 victory over Rotherham United at Ewood Park. Danny Ward put the Millers ahead, before Craig Conway equalised with a superb strike from the edge of the box. Marvin Emnes completed the turnaround, before Ben Marshall extended the lead with a smart, curling effort. Ward bagged his second for the visitors, before Sam Gallagher’s tap-in secured the three points for Owen Coyle’s side.
Romaine Sawyers completed 90 minutes for Brentford in their comprehensive 5-0 victory against Preston North End. Scott Hogan’s hat-trick and goals from Harlee Dean and Chris Humphrey (OG) secured a rampant win for the Bees and moves Dean Smith’s side into the play-off positions.
In League One, Gael Birigimana played 90 minutes for Coventry in their goalless draw against Oldham Athletic, while Daniel Powell was a notable absentee for Milton Keynes Dons in their goalless draw against Oxford United.
Michael Harriman was part of a Wycombe Wanderers side that ended their five game winless streak after they defeated Stevenage 1-0 at Adams Park. Dayle Southwell’s first-half strike was the difference between the two sides and earned the Chairboys their second win of the season which moves them up to 19th in League Two.
Wes Foderingham kept his first clean sheet in the Scottish Premiership this season as Rangers were held to a goalless draw against Ross County. Foderingham saved from Jonathan Franks and Alex Schalk, while Clint Hill and Michael O’Halloran came the closest to breaking the deadlock for the home side, who were held to their third draw at Ibrox.
There was no action in the Women’s Super League this weekend, however Jordan Nobbs featured for England Lionesses in their 5-0 victory against Estonia in the Women’s European Championship qualifiers. Danielle Carter netted a hat-trick, while goals from Jill Scott and Karen Carney completed the rout and moves Mark Sampson’s side to the top of the group.