Shane Long scored his first Southampton goal in eleven months at St Marys Stadium this evening but it was not enough as visitors Crystal Palace scored twice late on for victory. Young Declan Rice was introduced from the West Ham United bench on seventy six minutes as his side recovered from a thirtieth minute goal from James McClean for visitors West Bromwich Albion to secure a two one victory.
Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers with Matt Doherty in fine form, defeated Brentford by three goals to nil at Molineaux this Tuesday evening to extend their lead at the summit. Reading captain Paul McShane started with Liam Kelly a seventy fourth minute substitute as their side went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Birmingham City.
South Coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion and AFC Bournemouth kick-started the New Year in the Premier League with a 12.30pm meeing at the Amex Stadium. Chris Hughtons’ hosts had Shane Duffy in central defence while the visiting ‘Cherries’ had Harry Arter back in their starting eleven as the sides played out a two all draw. Jeff Hendrick started for Burnley with Kevin Long and Jonathan Walters unused on the bench for the two one defeat by visitors Liverpool at Turf Moor while Newcastle United had Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven but Rob Elliot remained an injury absentee for the one nil victory at struggliong Stoke City. In the late kick-off, James McCarthy was introduced from the Everton bench on sixty two minutes and made a significant impact despite their two nil defeat by Manchester United.
The Championship continued in the New Year with promotion challengers Aston Villa crushing visitors Bristol City by five goals to nil in the late Villa Park kick-off this afternoon. Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan both started and scored for the victors. Second place Derby County (Richard Keogh) were held to a one all draw by visitors Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers) while Preston North End (Daryl Horgan) went down to a three two home defeat by Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) at Deepdale. Sunderland (John O’Shea, Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady) also went down to a one nil home defeat by Barnsley at the Stadium of Light.
The Premier League continued on Sunday afternoon with West Bromwich Albion scoring a hotly contested penalty in added time to earn a one all draw with visitors Arsenal at the Hawthorns. James McClean was introduced from the bench on seventy two minutes and the Arsenal goal has been credited to him following a significant deflection of a Sanchez free kick.
In the Premier League, Harry Arter passed a late fitness test and was introduced as a late substitute for AFC Bournemouth who defeated visitors Everton by two goals to one this Saturday afternoon. Fit again James McCarthy started for the first time this season but was withdrawn at half-time. Newcastle United had Ciaran Clark back in defence but injury ruled out Rob Elliot for the scoreless draw with visitors Shane Duffy and his Brighton & Hove Albion colleagues at St James Park while Burnley duo, Kevin Long and Jeff Hendrick started while Jonathan Walters was an unused substitute in the scoreless draw at Huddersfield Town. Shane Long and his struggling Southampton colleagues travelled to face Manchester United in the late kick-off and earned a point with a scoreless draw.
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with Barnsley scoring a late equaliser against Reading (Paul McShane) at Oakwell while Leeds United ( Conor Shaughnessy) lost to the only goals at Birmingham City. Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town (David McGoldrick, Adam McDonnell) went down to a two one defeat by Derby County (Richard Keogh) at Portman Road while Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph, Cyrus Christie) also lost at home to the only goal from visitors Aston Villa (Jake Doyle-Hayes, Conor Hourihane, Scott Hogan). Nottingham Forest (Daryl Murphy) play lost one nil to Sunderland (John O’Shea, Marc Wilson, Aiden McGeady, Darron Gibson) with McGeady the goalscorer. Sheffield United (Enda Stevens, Samir Carruthers) were also defeated by one goal to nil by visitors Bolton Wanderers (Josh Cullen). The late kick-off saw Bristol City suffer an added time two one defeat by leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) at Ashton Gate.