Next 20 Round-Up: Super-sub Redmond helps Saints march on
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 appeared as a second-half substitute as Southampton defeated Middlesbrough 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium. Sofiane Boufal scored the only goal of the game in spectacular fashion to earn Claude Puel’s men a much needed victory, that takes them up to 10th in the Premier League table.
Harry Maguire returned to the Hull City starting line-up in their 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace at the KCOM Stadium. Robert Snodgrass put the Tigers ahead from the penalty spot, only for Christian Benteke to equalise in the same circumstance after Wilfred Zaha was upended in the area. Zaha then struck to put the Eagles ahead, before two-goals in six second-half minutes from Adama Diomande and Jake Livermore put the hosts back in front. Fraizer Campbell then came off the bench to guide Zaha’s cross into the corner to cap off an entertaining game.
Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace for Everton in their 3-2 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon. Lukaku opened the scoring for Ronald Koeman’s side, before Stefano Okaka equalised with an exquisite flick past Maarten Stekelenburg. Sebastian Prodl headed the Hornets in front and Okaka made it three, before Lukaku struck late, but there was no way back for the Toffees who have now just one once in the last eleven games.
Callum Wilson featured in Bournemouth’s 3-2 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor. Jeff Hendrick’s superb volley put the Clarets ahead, before Stephen Ward struck from close range to make it two. Benik Afobe pulled one back on the stroke of half-time, only for George Boyd to reaffirm Sean Dyche’s sides two-goal lead with an excellent strike from the edge of the area. Charlie Daniels pulled another back for the Cherries in stoppage time, but Burnley held on to earn a vital three points.
Nathaniel Chabolah and Ben Davies were both unused substitutes for Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in their respective matches against West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United on Sunday. Chelsea defeated the Baggies 1-0 thanks to Diego Costa’s wonderful strike, while Spurs lost by a single goal to Man United after Henrik Mkhitaryan’s first Premier League goal.
In the Championship, Romaine Sawyers played in Brentford’s 2-1 win against Burton Albion, to move the Bees five points clear of the drop zone. Sawyers assisted Scott Hogan’s opener with a great through ball, before Jamie Ward equalised for Nigel Clough’s side. Hogan then doubled his and Brentford’s tally in what proved to be the winner, tapping the ball home from close range to give his side a much needed three points.
Jason Lowe was on the wrong end of a 3-2 score-line as Blackburn Rovers were defeated by Lancashire rivals Preston North End. Rovers striker Danny Graham twice levelled after Daniel Johnson’s double had put Simon Grayson’s side in the ascendency, before Callum Robinson scored ten minutes from time to give Preston the bragging rights.
In League One, Daniel Powell appeared as a late substitute as the MK Dons beat rivals AFC Wimbledon 1-0 at Stadium MK. Dean Bowditch scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot to give new manager Robbie Neilson an ideal start to life in Milton Keynes and give the Dons their first home win since March.
Gael Birigimana played 90 minutes for Coventry City as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Southend United at Roots Hall. Anthony Wordsworth, Anton Ferdinand and Stephen McLaughlin put the Shrimpers three goals to the good, before Daniel Agyei netted a late consolation for the Sky Blues to leave them in the relegation zone.
In League Two, Michael Harriman featured in Wycombe Wanderers’ 2-0 victory over Notts County to give the Chairboys their seventh straight win in all competitions. Adebayo Akinfenwa put Gareth Ainsworth’s side in front just before half-time, before Scott Kashket continued his fine form to secure the points ten minutes after half-time and move them up to sixth in the league table.
In the Scottish Premiership, Wes Foderingham kept his sixth clean sheet of the season as Rangers consolidated second place with a 2-0 victory against Hearts. Rob Kiernan and Barrie McKay scored the goals that take Mark Warburton’s men four points clear of Aberdeen in third.