Norwich City’s Kick It Out day provides nine-goal cracker at Carrow Road
Kick It Out’s ‘Next 20’ initiative involves 20 young players who represent the organisation as ambassadors and help to spread the key messages of equality and inclusion. Every week, we’ll bring you a round-up of how our ambassadors are doing on the pitch
By Ross Hobart
Norwich City displayed their support to Kick It Out this weekend by dedicating their home fixture against Liverpool to the organisation. The game itself proved to be one of the most entertaining fixtures in the Premier League this season, as Adam Lallana’s late volley saw Liverpool edge out the Canaries in a nine-goal thriller at Carrow Road.
Roberto Firmino put the Reds ahead early on, but goals from Dieumerci Mbokani and Steven Naismith saw Norwich leading at the interval. Wes Hoolahan added a third from the spot, before goals from Jordan Henderson, Firmino and James Milner restored Liverpool’s lead. Sebastien Bassong then equalised in added time just moments before Lallana’s dramatic winner. ‘Next 20’ ambassador Nathan Redmond played 70 minutes of the match, whilst Andre Wisdom was ineligible against his parent club.
Jamaal Lascelles scored his first Premier League goal for Newcastle United on his first league start for the club against Watford at Vicarage Road, but he ended the game on the losing side as the Hornets won 2-1 thanks to goals from Odion Ighalo and Craig Cathcart.
Jack Butland’s Stoke City lost 3-0 at the King Power Stadium, as Leicester City returned to winning ways with an emphatic victory. Goals from Danny Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa secured the three points for the Foxes, which takes them three points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Carl Jenkinson was forced to leave the field of play through injury early on for West Ham, as they drew 2-2 with Manchester City. Enner Valencia opened the scoring after 53 seconds for the Hammers, but Sergio Aguero levelled from the spot after he was upended in the area. The hosts regained the lead through Valencia, before Aguero pegged them back once again with a late strike from ten yards.
Romelu Lukaku played the full game in Everton’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City, whilst Ben Davies was an unused substitute for Tottenham Hotspur as they came from a goal down to beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park.
In the Championship, Harry Maguire played 90 minutes for Hull City as the beat Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage, thanks to an Abel Hernandez penalty. The Tigers were able to capitalise on Middlesbrough’s defeat to Nottingham Forest to return to the top of the table. Daniel Powell came on as a late substitute for MK Dons and had a hand in Josh Murphy’s late consolation goal in their 3-1 defeat to bottom team Bolton Wanderers.
Promotion-chasing Walsall endured late heartbreak as League One strugglers Blackpool scored deep into stoppage-time to secure a 1-1 draw at the Bescot Stadium, with Romaine Sawyers playing 89 minutes of the match for the Saddlers.
Elsewhere, Gael Bigirimana played the full game for Coventry City as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Southend United, Danny Rose was introduced as a late substitute for Bury as they defeated Oldham Athletic 1-0, whilst Michael Harriman was part of a Wycombe Wanderers side that lost 2-0 to Leyton Orient at Adams Park. Meanwhile, Nathaniel Chabolah was an unused substitute for Napoli as they secured a 4-2 win against 10-man Sampdoria to move five points clear at the top of Serie A.