Next 20 Round-Up: Toni Duggan makes history with Manchester City
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.
Toni Duggan helped Manchester City seal the Women’s Super League for the first time after they defeated Chelsea Ladies 2-0. Katie Chapman diverted Duggan’s corner into her own net just before half-time to put City ahead, before she slotted home a second from the penalty spot to earn the three points and their maiden title win.
Nathan Redmond completed 90 minutes for Southampton as they beat West Ham United 3-0 at the London Stadium. Charlie Austin netted his fifth goal in four appearances to open the scoring, before second-half strikes from Dusan Tadic and James Ward-Prowse condemned Slaven Bilic’s men to their fourth successive Premier League defeat.
Tottenham Hotspur remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season, after beating Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium with Ben Davies completing 90 minutes for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. South Korean international Heung-Min Son scored a brace to make it four goals in his last three, before Ben Gibson reduced the deficit by heading in Stewart Downing’s free kick.
Callum Wilson’s Bournemouth entertained Romelu Lukaku’s Everton at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday and it was Eddie Howe’s men that came out 1-0 victors. Junior Stanislas’ superb strike from the edge of the box was enough to earn the Cherries their second win of the season, while ending Everton’s unbeaten league start.
Nathaniel Chabolah was an unused substitute as Chelsea suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
In the Championship, Jason Lowe’s Blackburn Rovers side came from behind to beat Derby County 2-1 at the iPro Stadium. Matej Vydra put Nigel Pearson’s side ahead, before two goals in four minutes from Marvin Emnes and Danny Graham completed a spirited comeback for Rovers which saw them move out of the relegation zone.
Romaine Sawyers completed 90 minutes for Brentford, but they were on the wrong end of a 3-1 score-line against Wolves at Molineux. On-loan winger Joao Teixeira netted a brace just after half-time to put Walter Zenga’s side two goals up. Sullay Kaikai pulled one back for Dean Smith’s side, before Ivan Cavaleiro extended the lead in stoppage-time from a swift counter-attack.
Gael Birigimana played 90 minutes for Coventry City, but Tony Mowbray’s side remain rooted to the bottom of League One after a 2-1 defeat to Gillingham. Kyel Reid put the Sky Blues ahead, only for Max Ehmer to equalise five minutes later for the home side. Billy Knott completed the turnaround, netting 18 minutes from time to move the Gills up to eighth.
Wycombe Wanderers suffered their third consecutive defeat away from home after they narrowly lost 1-0 to Carlisle United. Shaun Miller scored the only goal of the game as the Cumbrian’s extended their unbeaten run to nine League Two matches. Michael Harriman played the entire match for the Chairboys.
Wes Foderingham played in Rangers 2-1 defeat to Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday. Jonny Hayes put the home side ahead straight after the interval, before Andy Halliday equalised from the spot with 10 minutes to play. On loan midfielder James Maddison then netted a superb free-kick in the dying minutes to claim the three points for the Dons, which sees them climb up to second in the Scottish Premier League.