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  • Tue, 19 Jan 2021 20:35:51 +0000: West Ham sink West Brom but league investigates Snodgrass omission - West Ham United | The Guardian

    The Sam Allardyce survival guide stated a draw was the minimum requirement for West Brom here after the joy of beating Wolves. Yet the reality of his side’s dismal defending scotched that ambition. The leakiest back four in the Premier League could not handle West Ham’s crossing game and there was something slightly doomed about the anguished cry from Allardyce when Darnell Furlong spurned a late chance to equalise: a growing realisation, perhaps, that his record of never being relegated from the top flight is under serious threat.

    The numbers suggest this might prove one rescue mission beyond even Allardyce’s ability to save a struggling side. West Brom, who lie five points below Burnley in 17th place, have conceded 17 goals in six league games since replacing Slaven Bilic with the 66-year-old. The goals against column now reads 43 overall and there was no sign of their defensive flaws fading against West Ham, who profited because they were sharp and smart in the opposition box.

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  • Tue, 19 Jan 2021 20:30:13 +0000: West Ham 2-1 West Brom: Premier League – as it happened - West Ham United | The Guardian

    Michail Antonio was on target again as West Ham beat West Brom in a game of few chances to sit just five points off the top of the table

    Related: Michail Antonio deepens West Brom woes with winner for West Ham

    Right then, I’m off. Here’s PA Media’s report on the game:

    Michail Antonio snatched another victory for West Ham and denied former boss Sam Allardyce a precious point towards West Brom’s survival bid.

    Antonio, who scored the only goal of the game against Burnley at the weekend, struck again as the Hammers climbed to seventh following a 2-1 win. West Ham led through Jarrod Bowen but were pegged back by Matheus Pereira, Albion’s double-penalty hero in the win at Wolves which had reignited Allardyce’s rescue mission.

    Sam Allardyce says there are positives to take from the game:

    We came here to [get points] and follow on from picking up points at Wolves. I think it’s a great effort from the players but there are lapses in concentration at the back and we’ve conceded goals we probably could have avoided. One 10 seconds from the end of the first half. And then a really great response, came out, started playing and passing the ball much better, got ourselves a great goal. We lost the game because ultimately West Ham’s final ball was better than ours today.

    I think everybody’s seen a difference in what the players are doing. The fact of the matter is we contained West Ham who are on a good run, and we limited them to very little, but that lapse of concentration again [meant] we didn’t go in at half-time at 0-0. We just have to get better in concentration in those moments, and we’ve got to stop letting goals in. We’ve conceded more goals than anybody else in the Premier League, and we’re working hard to stop that.

    I’m not going to answer that. If the Premier League want to know about it they can contact us privately. It’s not my big worry at the moment though, whatever the Premier League do or don’t think.

    David Moyes is chirpy:

    It wasn’t our best performance, but it keeps a small run going. We’re growing in how we play, what we do. I’d have liked to have played better tonight, but I’m not disappointed to take three points, that’s for sure. I’d like to dream a lot but we’re also very humble and we’re not going to start shouting about things too soon, because history has shown we can’t always back that up. We’re making progress, we’re picking up points. I don’t see this being where I want to be or where I want the players to be, I want us to be competing at the top end. Sometimes you’ve got to win ugly and tonight we won ugly but we got there.

    David Moyes' West Ham have only got two fewer points from the first half of a PL season than David Moyes' Manchester United got (34 in 2013-14).

    I really worry for Big Sam’s beloved unrelegated record, though his players haven’t been fully BigSammed yet, I suppose, and the transfer window remains open. For now they look short on quality at both ends, even if it took a really superb bit of finishing to beat them tonight in a game of few clear chances. Talking of superb finishing, Michail Antonio has had a chat with BT Sport:

    We’ve started the season well. We’re on 32 points in the league, last season we finished on 39. Each game we’re giving 100%, we’ve got another win, we just keep going, keep pushing on. As a striker you want to be out there, you want to play, you want to score goals, and that’s what I’m doing right now. It’s unbelievable. This season the chemistry is so good in the squad and you’re seeing it on the pitch. The thing is, we’re not playing at our best. We’re managing to just get wins. Things are looking good but the fact is we’re not at our best and we can be better.

    Here’s the league table, which shows West Ham in seventh, just three points from second, and West Brom in 19th, fully five points from 17th (with two games out of hand).

    90+5 mins: It’s launched into the area, Bartley flicks on, Fabianski collects, and that is the end of the game!

    90+4 mins: Robson-Kanu wins a free-kick on the halfway line. West Brom get a last throw of the dice.

    90+3 mins: Gallagher goes down in the penalty area as Yarmolenko comes across, but the referee spots that there was no contact whatsoever, and takes out his yellow card for the first time.

    90+2 mins: West Brom win a free kick, a few yards beyond the halfway line. It’s sent high and long into the box, where Fabianski punches it off Bartley’s head. VAR checks whether he actually punches Bartley’s head, but he’s not guilty.

    90+1 mins: There will be four minutes of stoppage time, or somesuch.

    90 mins: What a chance! It’s a cross from Gibbs on the left, and Furlong runs in from the right and ghosts untracked into the middle, where he meets the ball 10 yards out and half-volleys just wide!

    89 mins: West Ham are now defending more resolutely and breaking pretty badly when they do win the ball, giving West Brom multiple opportunities to not be rubbish.

    86 mins: I’ve ignored another West Brom substitution, Robson-Kanu having replaced Livermore a few minutes ago. “How much do you think a player like Antonio would cost if he was five years younger and his hamstrings weren’t made of spaghetti?” wonders Oliver. “West Ham have a real job on their hands to find a younger upgrade within their budget, surely.” If anyone was both as good as Antonio and only 18, he and his club would soon be extremely wealthy.

    83 mins: Antonio has done enough running about, and Noble is going to replace him.

    82 mins: Some news on Snodgrass: the idea of forcing a buying club not to play a particular player in a particular match is expressly outlawed in Premier League regulations. They are investigating. Here is the regulation in question:

    I.7. No Club shall enter into a contract which enables any other party to that contract to acquire the ability materially to influence its policies or the performance of its teams in League Matches, any matches in the Professional Development Phase Games Programme or the Professional Development Leagues (as those terms are defined in the Youth Development Rules) or in any of the competitions set out in Rule L.9.

    78 mins: Chance for West Brom! Furlong crosses from the right, Gibbs knockes it down at the far post, Gallagher hits across the ball in search of some swerve but at the expense of accuracy, and his shot goes straight to Fabianski.

    77 mins: “No yellow cards in last night’s game and none so far tonight,” notes Richard Hirst. “Who’s gone soft, players or referees?” There have been nothing other than completely humdrum minor fouling here, giving the referee no chance at all to get his notebook out.

    74 mins: A shooting chance for West Brom, from a free kick 30 yards or so from goal, but they pass it instead to Sawyers, who dances around a bit then gives it away. Incidentally, Furlong came on for Grosicki a couple of minutes back.

    72 mins: West Ham win a free-kick on the left, which Cresswell sends infield. It comes off a defender and drops to nobody in particular. Soucek sees it, decides that maybe he can poke it, fall over and win a penalty. So he pokes it, falls over, and doesn’t win a penalty. He was on his way down before he was kicked, but I do think he was kicked.

    69 mins: Antonio is absolutely priceless. He’ll play anywhere, doesn’t complain, looks decent wherever he’s put, can hold the ball up or chase it down, is fast but also really quite skilful, and finishes like a born predator. Here’s his goal:

    It's that man Michail Antonio again for West Ham!

    He scored the winner against Burnley and now he's put the Hammers ahead vs. West Brom...

    A really clever finish! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Oy7s7cL0Px

    A good, deep cross from Cresswell, a header down from Yarmolenko, and an absolutely first-rate bit of finishing from Antonio, hooking the ball into the corner of goal when facing in entirely the wrong direction!

    65 mins: Between the 46th minute and the 55th West Brom had 57% of possession and looked the more threatening side. Since then West Ham have had 65% of possession and taken complete ownership of the game.

    62 mins: West Ham make a couple of substitutions, bringing Yarmolenko and Fornals on for Benrahma and Lanzini.

    60 mins: Rice goes close again! West Ham win a free-kick 15 yards outside the penalty area, and Cresswell catches the Baggies’ defence snoozing with an early pass into Rice, who from an acute angle beats Johnstone but also the far post!

    59 mins: Excellent clearance! Bowen touches the ball to Antonio, in the box but with his back to goal, so he lays back to Lanzini, whose shot was heading in until O’Shea somehow popped up and got a head on it. A few moments later Rice has a low, curling shot from 20 yards that skids a foot wide.

    57 mins: Nothing comes of that corner, of the one West Ham win soon afterwards. Now level-pegging once again, the teams need to decide whether to stick or twist.

    54 mins: West Brom have been well on top since the break, though without really threatening the goal until they went and scored. Now Grosicki finds space on the left, and his low pull-back is turned behind.

    West Ham, lulled into a false sense of security by West Brom’s complete awfulness over the previous 50 minutes, let Pereira run about 15 yards and then lash a low shot across goal and in at the far post!

    49 mins: Gallagher tries to cross to Robinson but miscues sufficiently badly that it will go down as the visitors’ first shot on target.

    48 mins: West Brom don’t seem exactly brimming with ideas. They half-heartedly counter-attack down the right, and although the home side only have their back four defending, with none of their midfielders except Rice very interested in helping out, they dawdle and eventually lose the ball.

    46 mins: Peeeeep! The visitors get the second period under way.

    The players are on their way out and nearly ready for half two. Control your excitement.

    Key stat:

    WBA haven't won a top-flight game on a Tuesday since May 1985 which was in between series 4&5 of Bullseye and now Bowen scores on 45 and you're saying I don't get a speedboat for that

    45+2 mins: And that’s half-time. It was by no means a good half, but that late goal has transformed the complexion of the match, and there’s now a chance that the rest of it might be reasonable.

    A GOAL! A GOAL HAS BEEN SCORED! BY SHOOTING! Benrahma’s high cross from the left floats over the entire area, is volleyed back across goal by Coufal, and Bowen chests it into the top corner from eight yards!

    45 mins: Ajayi underhits a backpass from the left with Antonio on the prowl, and Bartley does well to anticipate and cut off the danger before the West Ham striker can run clear on goal.

    43 mins: The Baggies break, Robinson sends in a low cross from the left, and Fabianski does well to claim it.

    42 mins: Bowen has pushed way infield, helping out Antonio a bit there and getting a few more touches as a result. Then he goes back wide, twists and turns a bit before hitting a cross that briefly looks dangerous, and then stops looking dangerous when a defender intercepts.

    42 mins: Bowen just touched the ball.

    41 mins: Another shot on target, the second of the night. Benrahma has it, twisting Gallagher around like a string of spaghetti before spearing a 20-yarder straight at Johnstone.

    41 mins: Bowen just touched the ball.

    39 mins: A cross! West Brom cross the ball! Fabianski catches the ball.

    35 mins: Lanzini takes it, curling the ball over wall and bar.

    34 mins: Antonio goes sprawling on the edge of the West Brom area after Ajayi tries and fails to nick the ball off his toes, and West Ham have themselves a tasty set-piece-based shooting chance.

    31 mins: Robinson collects the ball, plays a nice one-two with Gallagher, and shoots high and wide from 20 yards.

    30 mins: A build-up full of ricochets and missteps, as well as a decent shimmy from Antonio on the left, ends with Bowen being caught offside before he turns and shoots wide.

    28 mins: Bowen just touched the ball.

    26 mins: West Brom launch another free-kick into the West Ham area from deep. Ajayi flicks it on, Robinson runs onto it, and Dawson does well to cut out his attempted cross back towards Ajayi.

    25 mins: Jarrod Bowen is running around a lot but has hardly touched the ball yet. Apparently he has made three passes so far, and Kieran Gibbs seems to have him in his pocket.

    24 mins: Lanzini hits a first-time left-foot shot from the edge of the box, which loops to Johnstone.

    22 mins: A shot! Coufal runs onto the ball, coming infield from the right, chests it down and has an effort from the edge of the area that’s deflected wide.

    19 mins: A long throw from West Brom is sent into the area, headed out, sent back in and finally turned towards his own goal by Ogbonna. Quite a good effort on goal, definitely the best of the night so far, and well saved by Fabianski, who must have been surprised that the ball was flying towards him.

    17 mins: Soucek’s cross is chested back to Johnstone by O’Shea before Benrahma can get to it. We’re still waiting for a moment of genuine on-the-ball attacking quality.

    15 mins: Sam Allardyce is looking quite dapper in an entirely black-or-dark-grey shirt-tie-jacket-coat-trouser combo. He’s an unlikely fashion icon, is Big Sam, but after the weekend’s two-colour scarf he seems to be having a go. David Moyes is wearing a club tracksuit.

    12 mins: Grosicki and Coufal go up for a header. Grosicki heads the ball; Coufal heads Grosicki’s elbow; West Ham get a free kick.

    9 mins: Another long free-kick is lifted into the West Ham box, and again Antonio wins the header. The game so far has been about the winning and taking of restarts, which I suppose is not entirely surprising.

    8 mins: West Ham win a corner, which dips onto the head of Dawson, near the far corner of the six-yard box and completely unmarked, but he’s back-pedalling and his header goes wide.

    6 mins: Robinson wins a free-kick near the halfway line, which is lifted into the area, half-cleared by Antonio and then Bowen completes the job by winning a free-kick (which is a much too easy thing for defending players to do these days, and really irritates me, but that’s another story).

    3 mins: A slightly imprecise start from all involved ends with Grosicki playing the ball in an entirely opposite direction to the one Robinson’s running in. Goal kick.

    1 min: Bong! It’s football o’clock!

    Out come the players! It is four minutes to football o’clock.

    A photograph that makes Manuel Lanzini look absolutely tiny:

    The two managers have a chat. First, David Moyes:

    I think momentum in football in general is very good. I’ll take a win no matter how it comes, but we want to keep up the form if we can.

    I thought it was just right. We’ve got two or three players who’ve been showing some good form and Manuel’s one. With the number of games we’ve got at this present time, we thought we’d put him in.

    It’s obviously quite a difficult one, but I think Sam’s record speaks for itself. Even before I came everybody talked about how outstanding he’s been. At the moment he’s the No1 goalkeeper here. Button stepped in and did brilliantly, but at the moment Sam’s the first choice.

    That was an agreement between the clubs, that this game he wouldn’t be allowed to play. If we needed to get the player which we did, we had to agree to that.

    According to the Express & Star, the only way West Brom could prise Snodgrass from West Ham’s clammy grasp before this match was played was to agree that he wouldn’t play in it.

    West Ham make one change to the team that beat Burnley, with Lanzini coming in and Fornals dropping to the bench.

    West Brom bring back Johnstone in goal after a Covid-related absence and Gallagher after suspension, and drop Button and Snodgrass, whose unexpected and complete absence was presumably agreed before his move between the clubs earlier this month.

    The team sheets are in, and tonight’s star turns will be:

    West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Lanzini, Benrahma, Antonio. Subs: Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Alves, Noble, Fornals, Diop, Fredericks, Johnson, Randolph.
    West Brom: Johnstone, O’Shea, Ajayi, Bartley, Gibbs, Livermore, Sawyers, Matheus Pereira, Gallagher, Grosicki, Robinson. Subs: Furlong, Robson-Kanu, Krovinovic, Ivanovic, Edwards, Peltier, Kipre, Button, Field.
    Referee: Scott Graham.

    Here's our team to take on @WBA... ⚒#WHUWBA

    Here’s our Starting XI for tonight’s game at London Stadium. COYB! @MonsterEnergy | #WHUWBA

    The West derby, then! It must be said that Sam Allardyce wasn’t exactly encouraging when he spoke about this match the other day, insisting that “West Ham is now about trying to come off the pitch undefeated. We can’t go down and say ‘we’re going to win’ in the position we are in.” This sounds distressingly like a coach planning to kill the game and escape with a point to me. Allardyce of course managed West Ham to promotion in 2012 - “I’m glad you said that, that they’re in the Premier League because of me. It’s nice to see them maintain that position and trying to improve on it. It was a job well done and going back can only be a joy to me if we get a result.” - before eventually being sacked and replaced by Slaven Bilic, who was himself sacked by West Brom and replaced by Allardyce. The nation’s managers are, as ever, captive on the carousel of time.

    West Brom’s win at Wolves on Saturday was their first away from home this season, and only their second in the league. West Ham have won their last three in all competitions (all of them 1-0) and have lost only to Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal since the dismal but unrepresentative (for both teams) opening-day defeat to Newcastle, so will hope to wrestle their way through Allardyce’s shackles. “We want to win games and we want to keep moving forward,” says David Moyes. Fingers crossed, eh?

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  • Tue, 19 Jan 2021 19:16:54 +0000: Crystal Palace poised to land Mateta but West Ham fail with Laborde offer - West Ham United | The Guardian
    • Palace agree loan with obligation to buy Mainz striker Mateta
    • West Ham wanted Montpellier striker Laborde on initial loan

    Crystal Palace look set to sign Jean-Philippe Mateta after agreeing an initial 18-month loan with Mainz for the French striker.

    Palace held talks with Mainz in the summer over a potential move for the 23-year-old, who joined the German club in 2018 from Lyon, and want to reinforce their squad after allowing Max Meyer to leave six months before his contract was due to expire. The deal with Mainz will see the Premier League club pay about £2.5m to sign the former France Under-21 striker on loan, with an obligation to buy for £14m.

    Related: West Ham v West Brom: Premier League – live!

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  • Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:25:04 +0000: Leeds 0-1 Brighton, West Ham 1-0 Burnley and Football League – as it happened - West Ham United | The Guardian

    Brighton grabbed three important points at Leeds to go above Burnley, who lost at West Ham, while Wayne Rooney’s full-time debut turned bad

    Right then, that’s all from me. Scott Murray will take you through Fulham v Chelsea here:

    Related: Fulham v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

    For the second game in a row Sean Dyche watches his team lose but seems optimistic:

    We’ve just got to find the margins of our favour, especially in the attacking third. I still believe in what we do, because we’ve proved it over a long period. We kept the ball, we asked questions, but we couldn’t quite open the door. You’ve got to remember after eight games we had two points. We’re in pretty healthy shape considering. Keep playing like that and we’ll be alright.

    You can find any table you like (within reason) here, but here’s the Premier League:

    This just in from Ed Aarons at the London Stadium:

    For a player who was once rejected by Wimbledon over a £7 registration fee, Michail Antonio has definitely proved his worth to West Ham. Absent since the end of November with a groin injury, it took him less than 10 minutes to find the net against Burnley as David Moyes’ side secured a battling victory.

    Antonio was signed as a winger in 2015 and even played as a full-back under Manuel Pellegrini but it is as a lone striker that he is excelling under Moyes. Inspired by their returning talisman in attack, West Ham should really have put this game beyond doubt in the first half and were forced to dig deep to hold off a spirited late onslaught from Sean Dyche’s side. But a victory that lifts them into real contention for the top six thanks to Antonio’s 40th Premier League goal – just seven behind Paolo Di Canio’s West Ham record – was just about a fair reward.

    Related: Michail Antonio gives resurgent West Ham battling victory over Burnley

    David Moyes has a chat:

    His teams have always been incredibly hard to play against. They defend really well and they’re a real threat going forward, so it’s a really good win for us. I thought we defended really well. Against Burnley there’s things you have to do, you have to defend crosses well and we did that. I was a bit disappointed we didn’t play better, but Burnley kept at it and we showed that resilience.

    We’d like to strengthen if we can but the most important thing is we win our games. I’d like some pace and someone who can run in behind. Mickey gives us that but if we don’t have him through injury or he needs a rest we need that.

    Louise Taylor has filed her match report from Elland Road:

    A slow, messy thaw had begun melting the thick snow banked up by the sides of the roads outside the stadium and, inside it, Leeds United’s once solid midfield seemed to be dissolving in sympathy.

    Marcelo Bielsa’s side have had much better days and a big part of that was down to Brighton’s excellence. Graham Potter’s team were so good that it was extremely hard to credit that this was their first Premier League win since November.

    Related: Brighton's Neal Maupay secures invaluable win as Leeds labour

    Michail Antonio explains his curious goal celebration:

    Me and Declan played a game of Call of Duty mobile, I lost and that was my forfeit. That’s what it was.

    You won't see a more questionable celebration than this from Michail Antonio today...

    ( @primevideosport )pic.twitter.com/vrhZyMwrSu

    Here follows a classified check on today’s full-time scores.

    The final whistle sounds at both Premier League games at almost the same moment, and the results mean Brighton vault Burnley, who sit 17th (albeit with two games in hand on the Seagulls), while West Ham move at least temporarily into eighth!

    Disaster for Wayne Rooney, as Rotherham break the deadlock against Derby in the 86th minute, through Jamie Lindsay! It would be Rotherham’s second away win of the season, and take them above the Rams in the table (though both would be in the bottom three).

    West Ham should have clinched victory on the break, but Yarmolenko took a shot and hit Mee with it, when he could have passed to his left and presented Antonio with a tap-in.

    More professional foul news, as Stoke’s James Chester is sent off for one at Blackburn, a couple of minutes after the home side equalised through John Buckley. It’s 1-1 there too!

    Hull are were a goal up against Blackpool but are a man down after the most professional of professional fouls from Reece Burke. Still, it preserved their lead. But then, as I type...

    1-1. Blackpool equalise after the ball pinballs inside the box.

    1-1 [82'] #HULBLP

    Good and bad news for Norwich: Cardiff scored in the 65th minute through Ralls (bad), but the home side are now down to 10 men after Pack was sent off (good). and now Luton have gone a goal up at Bournemouth (also good), Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall with a left-foot curler. Talking of left-foot curlers, Sammy Ameobi’s second for Nottingham Forest against Millwall was a peach.

    There have been 17 shots at West Ham and 10 at Leeds, plenty of goalmouth action at both venues, but just the one goal in each game. Surely more to come?

    A second goal for Watford at home to Huddersfield, excellent work from Kiko Femenia on the right and his low centre presents Joao Pedro with a far-post tap-in. At West Ham, Bowen sees a shot go just the wrong side of the near post.

    Fiacre Kelleher, older brother of highly-rated Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin, has scored to give Wrexham a 2-1 lead at home to bottom-of-the-table Dover in the National League.

    Fornals now has an effort for West Ham, after Pope pushes a dangerous cross away, and it looked to be heading in until it hit Lowton.

    Didn't quite catch that one, @Michailantonio? #PLonPrime #WHUBUR pic.twitter.com/a8ABj7lbUy

    Over to West Ham, where a right-wing cross from Bowen Antonio chests the ball down and hammers a volley ... off entirely the wrong part of his foot, and he falls over while doing so to boot, and it goes for a throw-in.

    Watford take the lead against Huddersfield, in hilarious style! Toffolo wins a header against Sarr out on the Watford right and the ball rolls to O’Brien, who passes back to Vellejo, who passes back to Schofield. All the while Cleverley is scurrying about, closing down, and when Vellejo’s pass proves underhit he reaches it before Schofield and slides it in from six yards!

    Excellent work from Veltman at Elland Road, who runs across his own goal to nick the ball off the toe of Bamford in the penalty area. It runs to Harrison, who curls a first-time effort across goal but just wide!

    Further uncomfortable head contact news from the London Stadium, where Craig Dawson has been sent from the field to deal with a bleeding nose.

    Play is back under way! As in the first half Burnley have a player on the floor within 35 seconds of kick-off. This time it’s Barnes, who goes up for a header, butts a defender’s buttock and takes a while to recover.

    Here are the half-time scores. Not a lot of goals about:

    It’s half time at the London Stadium, where West Ham take a 1-0 lead over Burnley into the break. Brighton are 60 seconds from doing similar in Leeds.

    Stoke have only won one of their last nine in all competitions, and that was against Blackburn last month. Today they play Blackburn again, and they’re winning again: Nick Powell has just headed in from six yards.

    West Ham hit the post! It’s a corner from the right, which is played in by Bowen, flicked on, and then hammered against the far post by Ogbonna!

    Burnley have a goal disallowed! It’s a low cross from Wood on the left, which flicks off the back of Cresswell’s trailing leg at the near post and loops in at the far, but Wood was offside in the build-up.

    More good news for Norwich: Bournemouth are a man down at home to Luton, after Jefferson Lerma was sent off (apparently very harshly). It could have been better still, but Watford’s Troy Deeney has not been sent off when he might have been.

    I can see three Sivasspor players here, but there may be more:

    Başakşehir - Sivas maçının saha görüntüsü.

    Sivasspor beyaz formayla mücadele ediyor. pic.twitter.com/3QquUtrd06

    This just in from Turkey, where the game between Istanbul Basaksehir and Sivasspor turned into a game of spot the footballer. Not ideal conditions for an all-white kit:

    Şu an bu ortamda maç yapmak için deliriyorum... pic.twitter.com/udEBzSeGpx

    Brighton hit the bar! It’s a deflected cross, but Casilla is helpless as it crashes against the meat of the woodwork and away!

    Norwich are two up! The not-quite-runaway-but-getting-there (walkquicklyaway?) Championship leaders double their lead against Cardiff as Todd Cantwell snaffles the rebound after Jordan Hugill’s shot is saved.

    Here, watch it yourself. Quite a tasty goal, really:

    Beautiful Brighton goal

    Leeds are cut apart as Maupay finishes a wonderful Brighton move

    Watch on Sky Sports PL
    Follow #LEEBHA here: https://t.co/gU7Z1VIo2m
    Download the @SkySports app! pic.twitter.com/jF6HFuUfIT

    Maupay stays on his feet this time, and is left with the easiest of finishes when Mac Allister draws the keeper before setting him up with low square pass!

    Bristol City are a goal up at home to Preston, Famara Diedhiou nodding in a corner with what we generally call aplomb. At Elland Road Maupay goes down in the area, but it’s a horrible dive and the referee does not reward it (or punish it, for some reason).

    A fine Fornals cross from the left is misjudged by Tarkowski and finds Antonio in all sorts of space at the far post, and he makes no mistake from a couple of yards!

    Chance for Leeds! It’s a low cross from the left and Rodrigo only needs to touch it in as he runs onto the ball five yards out, but with a defender diving in to distract him he misses it completely!

    Norwich are the first team in the English Football League to score this afternoon, Grant Hanley heading in from a couple of feet after a corner is flicked on at the near post.

    Less than a minute played and the Burnley physios are already on the pitch, helping Josh Brownhill to his feet after a collision with Declan Rice.

    Players are out and ready for kick-off. Brace! Brace!

    Here’s Paul Doyle’s report on Wolves 2-3 West Brom:

    Six matches after being parachuted in to save West Brom, Sam Allardyce can at last say he has presided over a victory – and a particularly sweet one, at that. Matheus Pereira scored two penalties either side of a headed goal by Semi Ajayi as West Brom upset their local rivals with a display of opportunism, spirit and relative defensive rigour. Wolves, though, should mostly blame themselves. They have lost six of their last nine league matches and look no closer to solving problems at both ends of the pitch.

    For nine years Wolves had waited for a chance to avenge their defeat in the last Black Country derby, a 5-1 clobbering that convinced the club to oust their then manager, Mick McCarthy. West Brom have already jettisoned one manager this season and the replacement arrived at Molineux looking for a victory to kickstart his rescue mission.

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    “Afternoon Simon,” writes our occasional voluntary Scottish football correspondent Simon McMahon. “ Scottish Leagues One and Two were suspended earlier in the week, but still some games taking place in the top two divisions, for now anyway. Crisis club Celtic are at home to high-flying Livingston, while Micky Mellon’s Dundee United travel to Hamilton (and if anyone hasn’t seen Lawrence Shankland’s goal for United against St Johnstone during midweek, they really should). In the Scottish Championship, leaders Hearts are at Alloa, and struggling Dundee host Ayr (though there’s a doubt about that one as, after recent snow and rain, part of the pitch at Dens resembles a ploughed field*). *Insert your own joke about 1970’s industrial style football.”

    Sadly as Simon was pressing send on his email, Dundee were making the following announcement:

    Today’s match against Ayr United has been postponed.

    The referee David Munro deemed the pitch to be unplayable despite an earlier pitch inspection and both clubs wanting the match to be played #thedee pic.twitter.com/evY3AlrmyK

    Sunderland have won one and lost one league game in a drawful last two months, but Charlie Wyke has just completed his hat-trick to give them a 3-0 lead in the last minute at Wimbledon, so there’ll be three more points in the bank this evening.

    Sean Dyche has named an unchanged team to face West Ham today. He has a chat on the telly:

    We’ve got a good belief. The performance level against Man Utd was really good, that’s why we’re sticking with the same side. Other players [he mentions Dwight McNeil] are close to fitness, and our squad strength is improving all the time.

    When you win it’s always good memories. We were decent both games, and the last couple of seasons we’ve done well here. There seems a more solid feel about West Ham at the moment. Maybe not as free flowing but still a good side, we know that. We’re never far away defensively but our production in the front third has got to improve.

    Dortmund’s match against Mainz kicked off 10 minutes or so ago, their players having warmed up in special jerseys encouraging Axel Witsel, nicknamed Chaloupe (“Chaloupe is my nickname. They gave it to me when I was playing for Standard Lièege because I am always… A Chaloupe is a small wooden boat, which always moves very slowly on the water. That is how I am every day: cool, relaxed, not stressed. That’s why they called me that years ago and I’m still like that today.”), to recover quickly from his torn achilles tendon.

    Erling Haaland had the ball in the net within 90 seconds of kick-off, but the goal was disallowed for handball.

    A few photographers are trying their very best to produce interesting pre-match images on a day when drab slate-grey skies make such a task rather difficult. Here’s a puddle of the day:

    West Brom lead Wolves 3-2 with 10 minutes to play, and Scott Murray is all over this one:

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    Meanwhile at Elland Road, the names on the team sheets are these:

    Leeds: Casilla, Dallas, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski, Struijk, Raphinha, Rodrigo, Klich, Harrison, Bamford. Subs: Poveda-Ocampo, Roberts, Llorente, Helder Costa, Hernandez,
    Davis, Caprile, Shackleton, Jenkins.
    Brighton: Sanchez, Webster, Dunk, Burn, Veltman, White, Gross, March, Mac Allister, Maupay, Trossard. Subs: Bissouma, Alzate, Tau, Propper, Zeqiri, Walton, Sanders, Khadra, Jenks.
    Referee: Kevin Friend.

    Your #LUFC Starting XI...


    Your Albion side for #LEEBHA!

    https://t.co/S3j1TIvOB3#BHAFC ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/owkCBfGvfT

    Lining up at the London Stadium will be this lot:

    West Ham: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Antonio. Subs: Alves, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Noble, Diop, Fredericks, Johnson, Randolph, Odubeko.
    Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, Brady, Wood, Barnes. Subs: Cork, McNeil, Stephens, Rodriguez, Norris, Bardsley, Vydra, Long, Benson.
    Referee: Chris Kavanagh.

    Here's how we line up today at London Stadium...#WHUBUR

    LINE-UP | Here is how the Clarets line-up against West ham this afternoon. ⬇️#WHUBUR | #UTC | @eToro pic.twitter.com/v0LUbhyeMD

    Saturday afternoon is once again upon us, and with it the weekly game glut. Here, then, is your big fixture check. A few stand out: outside the Premier League there are big games at the top and bottom of the Championship, with this evening’s Barnsley v Swansea match seeing two of the division’s form teams play each other, while Wayne Rooney’s first match as a full-time manager sees his Derby side, 22nd in the league, host the team immediately below them, Rotherham (who have two games in hand). The leaders of Leagues One and Two are both out of action because of postponements, and in their absence the big games in both divisions are towards the bottom: in League One 23rd-place Wigan visit Rochdale, three places but only two points ahead of them, while in League Two four of the bottom five play each other, with Scunthorpe hoping to pull themselves clear of the relegation scrap with victory at Barrow and the bottom two, Grimsby and Southend, meeting at Blundell Park.

    Today’s fixtures (3pm kick-offs unless stated):

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  • Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:08:47 +0000: Michail Antonio gives resurgent West Ham battling victory over Burnley - West Ham United | The Guardian

    For a player who was once rejected by AFC Wimbledon over a £7 registration fee, Michail Antonio has definitely proved his worth to West Ham. Absent since the end of November with a groin injury, it took him less than 10 minutes to find the net against Burnley on his 400th professional appearance to secure a battling victory.

    Antonio was signed as a winger in 2015 and even played as a full-back under Manuel Pellegrini but it is as a lone striker that he is excelling under Moyes. Inspired by their returning talisman in attack, West Ham should really have put this game beyond doubt in the first half and were forced to dig deep to hold off a spirited late onslaught from the visitors.

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