Romelu returns as the 'Next 20' campaign gets into full swing
Kick It Out’s ‘Next 20’ initiative involves 20 young 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 came off the substitute bench for Everton and played a significant part in turning the game around at The Hawthorns, as the Toffees ran out eventual 2-1 winners. Gareth McCauley’s header had put the Baggies one up, only for Kevin Mirallas to equalise with a well-worked team goal. Gareth Barry then completed the turnaround when he forced the ball in at the far post, after Mason Holgate had flicked the ball in his direction.
Nathan Redmond completed 90 minutes for Southampton as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Friday evening. Zlatan Ibrahimović scored either side of the interval to secure Jose Mourinho’s first competitive win at Old Trafford and condemn the Saints to their first defeat of the campaign.
Bournemouth travelled to West Ham United in the first Premier League fixture at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Callum Wilson featured for the Cherries but they were undone by Michail Antonio’s late header from Gokhan Tore’s dangerous cross.
Elsewhere, Ben Davies and Nathaniel Chabolah were unused substitutes for Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in their respective victories over Crystal Palace and Watford. Hull City’s Harry Maguire and Stoke City’s Jack Butland remained sidelined through injury.
In the Championship, Jamaal Lascelles returned to the Newcastle United starting eleven as they narrowly beat Bristol City 1-0 at Ashton Gate, thanks to Dwight Gayle’s first-half strike.
Jason Lowe captained Blackburn Rovers as they earned their first point of the season after drawing 2-2 with Burton Albion. Rovers were twice in front through Craig Conway and Sam Gallagher, but Tom Naylor’s late header denied Owen Coyle’s men the three points, leaving them without a win in four matches.
Romaine Sawyers played 76 minutes as Brentford suffered a 1-0 defeat to Rotherham, with Danny Ward scoring the solitary goal for the Millers.
In League One, Daniel Powell featured for Milton Keynes Dons as Karl Robinson’s side snatched a last-gasp win against Rochdale. Scott Wootton’s stoppage time header secured the three points for the Dons, in a game where Ben Reeves saw his penalty-kick saved by Conrad Logan.
Michael Harriman played the full game for Wycombe Wanderers as they drew 0-0 away at Blackpool. Harriman came the closest to breaking the deadlock, when he saw his effort from 20 yards cannon back off the crossbar.
Meanwhile, Danny Rose was unavailable for Mansfield Town’s match against Plymouth Argyle after being dismissed in the Stags’ midweek win against Yeovil Town.
In the Scottish Premiership, Wes Foderingham was part of a Rangers side that came from a goal down to beat Motherwell 2-1 at Ibrox. Scott McDonald put the away side ahead before Harry Forrester levelled midway through the second-half. Kenny Miller then struck in injury time to earn Mark Warburton’s side their first home win of the season and move to the top of the division.