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Bizarre explanation offered for why Burnley boss Sean Dyche's voice is so gravelly

Bizarre explanation offered for why Burnley boss Sean Dyche's voice is so gravelly

Bad memory of Manchester United collapse gives Phil Jones hope they can still hunt down rivals Man City

Phil Jones is convinced Manchester United can still hunt down rivals Manchester City in the Premier League title race. United closed the gap on City to 12 points with Monday’s 3-0 victory over Stoke after the Premier League leaders suffered their first domestic defeat since April in the 4-3 loss at Liverpool on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side will have the opportunity to reduce that gap to nine points if they beat Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon and apply more pressure on City before they face Newcastle United in the evening kick-off. Jones has never forgotten how United blew an eight-point lead with six matches to go in his first campaign in 2011/12, when City clinched the title on goal difference on the final day of the season. City would have to suffer a spectacular collapse and United would need to be near perfect over the remaining 15 league games for a similar situation to materialise, but Jones will not give up hope. “Football’s football, never say never,” the United defender said. “I remember in my first season we were eight points clear, absolutely cruising, no way we’d let the lead slip and we lost it on the final day. Football’s football. “People can say what they want but we’ll continue to be positive and push forward. You never know. It happened in 2012 to us so why not? It was a big, big game for us on Monday with points to be played for and teams dropping points around us. It’s another big game on Saturday against Burnley.” United could be given an added boost if they sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, after City pulled out of the running for the Chile striker, but Jones insists the players will not allow that situation to affect their focus. “No, we just go about what we do best - keep playing, it’s not up to us, it’s not down to us,” Jones said. “We know just as much as you guys. He’s a good player but it doesn’t mean to say he’s going to come to United. We’ll have to see. “If someone new comes in the door then obviously it’s a positive move for United but it’s not up to us, we just do the business on the pitch.” How would Alexis Sanchez fit in at Manchester United, and who loses out most? Jones believes United’s warm-weather break in Dubai last week gave the squad a perfect opportunity to recharge their batteries and hopes it will stand them in good stead as they try to chase down City. “It was very good, I can’t remember the last time we all trained together because of little knocks, and even if players had a little knock and needed a little rest everybody was out together, everybody was bonding and gelling,” he said. “Obviously we’d like to be in the League Cup but unfortunate circumstances allowed us to go [to Dubai]. “It was a good trip, a positive trip, you’ve seen the lads looked fresh and hopefully that will kick us on for the rest of the season.”

Arsene Wenger branded referee Mike Dean 'dishonest' and a 'disgrace' in heated row after West Brom match

Arsene Wenger accused referee Mike Dean of dishonesty and branded him “a disgrace” after Arsenal’s controversial draw at West Bromwich Albion, the Football Association has revealed. Wenger confronted Dean after West Brom were awarded a late penalty at the Hawthorns during the sides’ Premier League match on New Year’s Eve, with Jay Rodriguez converting the spot-kick to secure the Midland side a 1-1 draw. The Arsenal manager launched a withering attack on Dean after the game, with the penalty awarded after a contentious handball by Calum Chambers, in which he bemoaned the standard of refereeing. He said: “Many years ago [former Arsenal vice-chairman] David Dein and myself fought hard for referees to become professional and they do a good job, but don’t work enough. I believe we fought hard to win the game, but didn’t because of a bad decision.” Wenger was handed a three-match touchline ban and fined £40,000 by the FA and in the written reasons for that decision, published last night, they reveal the extent of his anger with Dean as the pair clashed in the referee’s room after the final whistle. This included: Wenger jabbing his finger at Dean as he accused him of “not being honest”. The manager calling Dean “a disgrace” and suggesting he was guilty of habitually giving poor decisions against Arsenal. Wenger having to be ushered away by a West Brom steward. Wenger’s questioning of Dean’s integrity, and his use of abusive and inappropriate language, ensured that he was handed a touchline ban rather than being given a fine, although he avoided a stadium ban. In his incident report, Dean wrote: “As we’ve entered the dressing room after the game Mr Wenger stood behind us in the doorway and told the West Brom steward to ‘let him in’. He was very aggressive leaning towards me, pointing aggressively at me saying, ‘You’re not honest’ on numerous occasions. I replied, ‘So you’re calling me a cheat’. He replied, ‘I maintain what I say, you’re not honest’. “He then said, ‘You’ve done this to us many times before, you’re supposed to be professional, you’re a disgrace’. He was then ushered out of the room by the West Brom safety officer.” Arsene Wenger was furious with Mike Dean Credit: ACTION IMAGES Dean’s version of events was corroborated by his two assistant referees: Simon Long – who called Wenger’s behaviour “aggressive” and said he had spoken to Dean in a “raised voice” – and Ian Hussin, as well as the fourth official, Christopher Kavanagh, who were all present in the room. Wenger was absent from the touchline for Arsenal’s games against Nottingham Forest, Chelsea and Bournemouth, none of which his side won. An independent panel, chaired by Gareth Farrelly, unanimously agreed on a three-match ban, after initially considering a four-match suspension. The commission stated: “There is no justification for this behaviour.” The panel considered a full stadium ban but “agreed it was not warranted in this case”. Wenger was also warned about his comments before and after the Chelsea game on January 3. He had described disputed refereeing decisions as “concerning coincidences”. It is the second time in 12 months that Wenger has been punished with a touchline ban. Last January, he was suspended for four matches and fined £25,000 for his behaviour in a victory over Burnley. That time, Wenger was charged with verbally abusing and pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor after being sent off. Meanwhile, it has emerged that Gaetan Bong, the Brighton defender, was interviewed by FA officials on Tuesday as the inquiry into the row with Jay Rodriguez gets under way. Bong has alleged he was racially abused by the West Bromwich forward during the game at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Rodriguez, who denies the allegations, will meet FA officials in London next week.

Arsene Wenger branded referee Mike Dean 'dishonest' and a 'disgrace' in heated row after West Brom match

Arsene Wenger accused referee Mike Dean of dishonesty and branded him “a disgrace” after Arsenal’s controversial draw at West Bromwich Albion, the Football Association has revealed. Wenger confronted Dean after West Brom were awarded a late penalty at the Hawthorns during the sides’ Premier League match on New Year’s Eve, with Jay Rodriguez converting the spot-kick to secure the Midland side a 1-1 draw. The Arsenal manager launched a withering attack on Dean after the game, with the penalty awarded after a contentious handball by Calum Chambers, in which he bemoaned the standard of refereeing. He said: “Many years ago [former Arsenal vice-chairman] David Dein and myself fought hard for referees to become professional and they do a good job, but don’t work enough. I believe we fought hard to win the game, but didn’t because of a bad decision.” Wenger was handed a three-match touchline ban and fined £40,000 by the FA and in the written reasons for that decision, published last night, they reveal the extent of his anger with Dean as the pair clashed in the referee’s room after the final whistle. This included: Wenger jabbing his finger at Dean as he accused him of “not being honest”. The manager calling Dean “a disgrace” and suggesting he was guilty of habitually giving poor decisions against Arsenal. Wenger having to be ushered away by a West Brom steward. Wenger’s questioning of Dean’s integrity, and his use of abusive and inappropriate language, ensured that he was handed a touchline ban rather than being given a fine, although he avoided a stadium ban. In his incident report, Dean wrote: “As we’ve entered the dressing room after the game Mr Wenger stood behind us in the doorway and told the West Brom steward to ‘let him in’. He was very aggressive leaning towards me, pointing aggressively at me saying, ‘You’re not honest’ on numerous occasions. I replied, ‘So you’re calling me a cheat’. He replied, ‘I maintain what I say, you’re not honest’. “He then said, ‘You’ve done this to us many times before, you’re supposed to be professional, you’re a disgrace’. He was then ushered out of the room by the West Brom safety officer.” Arsene Wenger was furious with Mike Dean Credit: ACTION IMAGES Dean’s version of events was corroborated by his two assistant referees: Simon Long – who called Wenger’s behaviour “aggressive” and said he had spoken to Dean in a “raised voice” – and Ian Hussin, as well as the fourth official, Christopher Kavanagh, who were all present in the room. Wenger was absent from the touchline for Arsenal’s games against Nottingham Forest, Chelsea and Bournemouth, none of which his side won. An independent panel, chaired by Gareth Farrelly, unanimously agreed on a three-match ban, after initially considering a four-match suspension. The commission stated: “There is no justification for this behaviour.” The panel considered a full stadium ban but “agreed it was not warranted in this case”. Wenger was also warned about his comments before and after the Chelsea game on January 3. He had described disputed refereeing decisions as “concerning coincidences”. It is the second time in 12 months that Wenger has been punished with a touchline ban. Last January, he was suspended for four matches and fined £25,000 for his behaviour in a victory over Burnley. That time, Wenger was charged with verbally abusing and pushing fourth official Anthony Taylor after being sent off. Meanwhile, it has emerged that Gaetan Bong, the Brighton defender, was interviewed by FA officials on Tuesday as the inquiry into the row with Jay Rodriguez gets under way. Bong has alleged he was racially abused by the West Bromwich forward during the game at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Rodriguez, who denies the allegations, will meet FA officials in London next week.

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Simon Mignolet considering his Liverpool future amid 'unhealthy' goalkeeper rotation 

Simon Mignolet has admitted he is unhappy with Jurgen Klopp's decision to drop him to the bench for Liverpool's victory over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. Mignolet has not started in goal for Liverpool since their New Year's Day win over Burnley and Jurgen Klopp has now said the number one shirt is Loris Karius' to lose.  The Belgian goalkeeper is also aware his chances of playing at the 2018 World Cup could be put in jeopardy by Jurgen Klopp's 'unhealthy' rotation policy. "After the game against Burnley I had a conversation with the coach, among other things about his ongoing rotation. I did not find that a healthy situation for a goalkeeper," said Mignolet in an interview with Belgian media outlet Sporza. Loris Karius has replaced Simon Mignolet as Liverpool's number one goalkeeper  Credit: REX "My place on the bench against City confirmed his words. I am not satisfied with that (being dropped) but you have to respect a decision of the trainer." "After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand and the situation has become clearer. I have been in such situations before and have always come out stronger," Mignolet said. “But of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best. I’m 30 years old and the World Cup is coming in. This situation can not last too long, that’s clear. I cannot say more about it.” Karius, who was partially at fault for Manchester City's first goal on Sunday afternoon, received backing from Klopp  Klopp insisted "people will always find a hair in the soup," when asked to comment on Karius' failure to keep Leroy Sane's shot out at his near post. 

Simon Mignolet considering his Liverpool future amid 'unhealthy' goalkeeper rotation 

Simon Mignolet has admitted he is unhappy with Jurgen Klopp's decision to drop him to the bench for Liverpool's victory over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. Mignolet has not started in goal for Liverpool since their New Year's Day win over Burnley and Jurgen Klopp has now said the number one shirt is Loris Karius' to lose.  The Belgian goalkeeper is also aware his chances of playing at the 2018 World Cup could be put in jeopardy by Jurgen Klopp's 'unhealthy' rotation policy. "After the game against Burnley I had a conversation with the coach, among other things about his ongoing rotation. I did not find that a healthy situation for a goalkeeper," said Mignolet in an interview with Belgian media outlet Sporza. Loris Karius has replaced Simon Mignolet as Liverpool's number one goalkeeper  Credit: REX "My place on the bench against City confirmed his words. I am not satisfied with that (being dropped) but you have to respect a decision of the trainer." "After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand and the situation has become clearer. I have been in such situations before and have always come out stronger," Mignolet said. “But of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best. I’m 30 years old and the World Cup is coming in. This situation can not last too long, that’s clear. I cannot say more about it.” Karius, who was partially at fault for Manchester City's first goal on Sunday afternoon, received backing from Klopp  Klopp insisted "people will always find a hair in the soup," when asked to comment on Karius' failure to keep Leroy Sane's shot out at his near post. 

Premier League - Manchester United vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United vs Burnley - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - December 26, 2017 Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Premier League - Manchester United vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United vs Burnley - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - December 26, 2017 Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Georginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool beat Man City playing our own way - others may struggle to do the same

Amid the Anfield euphoria of erasing Manchester City’s aura of invincibility, there is one regret for Liverpool. A massive 15-point gap remains to Pep Guardiola’s side, a combination of City’s freakish consistency and Liverpool’s occasional wastefulness ensuring the leaders’ defeat can be recognised as the mildest of setbacks. Should Sunday’s thrilling 4-3 victory prove the catalyst for Jurgen Klopp’s side securing the runners-up spot, the satisfaction with another season of significant Anfield progress will be balanced with frustration the most subtle of improvements in the Premier League could have made it better. No-one could have stopped City this season, but the Anfield meeting proved a gulf in points does not reflect a gulf in class. Liverpool have lost just two Premier League fixtures so far in this campaign, but midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits such obvious development is not enough. It is Liverpool’s eight draws from 23 games – five of those draws in games Liverpool were ahead – that have been costly. “In my opinion that is the difference. That’s the reality and you have to accept it,” said Wijnaldum. “They [City] did it much better in some games. There were some games difficult for them but they still scored and killed the game. That is something we didn’t do. Even today [Sunday] we still give them a chance to come back. That is the biggest thing we have to change if we want to compete with teams like City. “I don’t want to say the difference is not big because they show it every game, and even in the games they did not play very well they won. So that is the step we have to make to compete for the title. The first game against Watford we played well and conceded at the end of the game. Burnley at home we created chances and did not score often. At home we have had games we did not score – you have around six points there already. We gave a lot of points away that we could have collected. City and us are two teams with a lot of quality but so have other teams.” Liverpool’s progress under Klopp is measurable. Sunday’s win means Liverpool have more points at this stage of the season (47) than after 23 games a year ago (46). “I don’t want to think like that,” said Wijnaldum. “Last season we had more points in the first half of the season. You can see the progression, and the manager rotates and we still perform which is a good sign but we still have a lot to learn.” Having demonstrated how to beat City, there will be an expectation others will copy Klopp’s template. Wijnaldum warned the journey from attacking ambition to successful execution is gruelling. “City are such a good team they can play a lot of systems in one game, so it is difficult to say you have to play like this against them,” he said. Liverpool became the first team to beat City in the league this season when the teams met at Anfield Credit: Getty Images "Every game is different. You might have teams who drop deep and counter-attack who also win. City can switch very quickly in the game. What we did was just play our own game. We analysed them and did our game plan.” Liverpool demonstrated in a one-off game, especially at Anfield, every club in world football is vulnerable. The next stage of development under Klopp is to erase the carelessness at the back which has seen too many dominant displays unrewarded.  Centre-half Virgil van Dijk settling at the club will help. So too when Klopp finally has a goalkeeper he can trust. The constant switching of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius betrays the manager's thoughts on which position is the priority for recruitment before next season. City’s title procession has encountered little more than a bump in the road. Liverpool - like the rest of the Premier League - remain out of sight, but there is every indication Klopp's side is best equipped to make an appearance in the rear view mirror.

Georginio Wijnaldum: Liverpool beat Man City playing our own way - others may struggle to do the same

Amid the Anfield euphoria of erasing Manchester City’s aura of invincibility, there is one regret for Liverpool. A massive 15-point gap remains to Pep Guardiola’s side, a combination of City’s freakish consistency and Liverpool’s occasional wastefulness ensuring the leaders’ defeat can be recognised as the mildest of setbacks. Should Sunday’s thrilling 4-3 victory prove the catalyst for Jurgen Klopp’s side securing the runners-up spot, the satisfaction with another season of significant Anfield progress will be balanced with frustration the most subtle of improvements in the Premier League could have made it better. No-one could have stopped City this season, but the Anfield meeting proved a gulf in points does not reflect a gulf in class. Liverpool have lost just two Premier League fixtures so far in this campaign, but midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admits such obvious development is not enough. It is Liverpool’s eight draws from 23 games – five of those draws in games Liverpool were ahead – that have been costly. “In my opinion that is the difference. That’s the reality and you have to accept it,” said Wijnaldum. “They [City] did it much better in some games. There were some games difficult for them but they still scored and killed the game. That is something we didn’t do. Even today [Sunday] we still give them a chance to come back. That is the biggest thing we have to change if we want to compete with teams like City. “I don’t want to say the difference is not big because they show it every game, and even in the games they did not play very well they won. So that is the step we have to make to compete for the title. The first game against Watford we played well and conceded at the end of the game. Burnley at home we created chances and did not score often. At home we have had games we did not score – you have around six points there already. We gave a lot of points away that we could have collected. City and us are two teams with a lot of quality but so have other teams.” Liverpool’s progress under Klopp is measurable. Sunday’s win means Liverpool have more points at this stage of the season (47) than after 23 games a year ago (46). “I don’t want to think like that,” said Wijnaldum. “Last season we had more points in the first half of the season. You can see the progression, and the manager rotates and we still perform which is a good sign but we still have a lot to learn.” Having demonstrated how to beat City, there will be an expectation others will copy Klopp’s template. Wijnaldum warned the journey from attacking ambition to successful execution is gruelling. “City are such a good team they can play a lot of systems in one game, so it is difficult to say you have to play like this against them,” he said. Liverpool became the first team to beat City in the league this season when the teams met at Anfield Credit: Getty Images "Every game is different. You might have teams who drop deep and counter-attack who also win. City can switch very quickly in the game. What we did was just play our own game. We analysed them and did our game plan.” Liverpool demonstrated in a one-off game, especially at Anfield, every club in world football is vulnerable. The next stage of development under Klopp is to erase the carelessness at the back which has seen too many dominant displays unrewarded.  Centre-half Virgil van Dijk settling at the club will help. So too when Klopp finally has a goalkeeper he can trust. The constant switching of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius betrays the manager's thoughts on which position is the priority for recruitment before next season. City’s title procession has encountered little more than a bump in the road. Liverpool - like the rest of the Premier League - remain out of sight, but there is every indication Klopp's side is best equipped to make an appearance in the rear view mirror.

Premier League team of the weekend - by Jason Burt

Liverpool deserve all the plaudits for ending Manchester City’s unbeaten run and there were stand-out performances throughout the team. But the tone was set by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was positive, aggressive, creative – and scored the opening goal. The way he played exposed, once again, the lack of progress he made at Arsenal and what a good move he has made to come to Liverpool. He is fulfilling his undoubted potential. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Wayne Hennessey The goalkeeping position has been a problem for Crystal Palace all season and they are in the transfer market this month to sign one. But the Welsh international made two vital saves in the crucial win over Burnley, keeping a clean sheet. Adam Smith Played at right wing-back with Bournemouth’s formation shift in the win over Arsenal. Pushed on and helped take the game – and win the game – for Eddie Howe’s side. Craig Dawson A trademark headed goal from a set-piece from the West Brom defender helped his side to a first win – and a clean sheet – in the Premier League under Alan Pardew. Craig Dawson leaps highest to add West Brom's second goal Credit: Getty Images Joel Matip In the absence of £75million central defender Virgil Van Dijk, Matip stepped up with a commanding performance in Liverpool’s brilliant 4-3 win over Manchester City. It helped that Sergio Aguero was out-of-sorts but Matip made some important interventions. Andrew Robertson The left-back has had to work hard to earn his chance at Liverpool but he produced his best performance to date in the win over Manchester City with his boundless energy. To the delight of Liverpool fans he nullified the threat of Raheem Sterling. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Undoubtedly his best performance since joining Liverpool for Arsenal. Was positive, powerful and create and set the tone for the win over Manchester City with the opening goal. Dembele glides past Idrissa Gueye Credit:  Action Images via Reuters Mousa Dembele There is no doubt the Belgium international – when fit – makes a huge difference to the Tottenham Hotspur midfield. He has skill, the ability to beat his marker and skill as well. Everton could not cope with him. James Ward-Prowse Two goals from the midfielder were not enough to gain a win for relegation-threatened Southampton away to Watford but they showed again what promise he has. It is still a frustration that he is not a more regular starter. Heung-Min Son Son is no longer Tottenham Hotspur’s unsung hero after scoring in five successive Premier League matches. He was relentless against Everton with his speed and clever movement. Roberto Firmino A complete centre-forward’s performance from Firmino as he harried defenders, made clever runs and scored a goal that said everything about his strength and skill as he out-muscled John Stones and provided a deft finish. Marko Arnautovic The West Ham forward has been played through the middle of late by David Moyes and to great effect. He led the line brilliantly against Huddersfield, scoring and providing assists.

Premier League team of the weekend - by Jason Burt

Liverpool deserve all the plaudits for ending Manchester City’s unbeaten run and there were stand-out performances throughout the team. But the tone was set by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was positive, aggressive, creative – and scored the opening goal. The way he played exposed, once again, the lack of progress he made at Arsenal and what a good move he has made to come to Liverpool. He is fulfilling his undoubted potential. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Wayne Hennessey The goalkeeping position has been a problem for Crystal Palace all season and they are in the transfer market this month to sign one. But the Welsh international made two vital saves in the crucial win over Burnley, keeping a clean sheet. Adam Smith Played at right wing-back with Bournemouth’s formation shift in the win over Arsenal. Pushed on and helped take the game – and win the game – for Eddie Howe’s side. Craig Dawson A trademark headed goal from a set-piece from the West Brom defender helped his side to a first win – and a clean sheet – in the Premier League under Alan Pardew. Craig Dawson leaps highest to add West Brom's second goal Credit: Getty Images Joel Matip In the absence of £75million central defender Virgil Van Dijk, Matip stepped up with a commanding performance in Liverpool’s brilliant 4-3 win over Manchester City. It helped that Sergio Aguero was out-of-sorts but Matip made some important interventions. Andrew Robertson The left-back has had to work hard to earn his chance at Liverpool but he produced his best performance to date in the win over Manchester City with his boundless energy. To the delight of Liverpool fans he nullified the threat of Raheem Sterling. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Undoubtedly his best performance since joining Liverpool for Arsenal. Was positive, powerful and create and set the tone for the win over Manchester City with the opening goal. Dembele glides past Idrissa Gueye Credit:  Action Images via Reuters Mousa Dembele There is no doubt the Belgium international – when fit – makes a huge difference to the Tottenham Hotspur midfield. He has skill, the ability to beat his marker and skill as well. Everton could not cope with him. James Ward-Prowse Two goals from the midfielder were not enough to gain a win for relegation-threatened Southampton away to Watford but they showed again what promise he has. It is still a frustration that he is not a more regular starter. Heung-Min Son Son is no longer Tottenham Hotspur’s unsung hero after scoring in five successive Premier League matches. He was relentless against Everton with his speed and clever movement. Roberto Firmino A complete centre-forward’s performance from Firmino as he harried defenders, made clever runs and scored a goal that said everything about his strength and skill as he out-muscled John Stones and provided a deft finish. Marko Arnautovic The West Ham forward has been played through the middle of late by David Moyes and to great effect. He led the line brilliantly against Huddersfield, scoring and providing assists.

Premier League team of the weekend - by Jason Burt

Liverpool deserve all the plaudits for ending Manchester City’s unbeaten run and there were stand-out performances throughout the team. But the tone was set by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was positive, aggressive, creative – and scored the opening goal. The way he played exposed, once again, the lack of progress he made at Arsenal and what a good move he has made to come to Liverpool. He is fulfilling his undoubted potential. Jason Burt's team of the weekend Wayne Hennessey The goalkeeping position has been a problem for Crystal Palace all season and they are in the transfer market this month to sign one. But the Welsh international made two vital saves in the crucial win over Burnley, keeping a clean sheet. Adam Smith Played at right wing-back with Bournemouth’s formation shift in the win over Arsenal. Pushed on and helped take the game – and win the game – for Eddie Howe’s side. Craig Dawson A trademark headed goal from a set-piece from the West Brom defender helped his side to a first win – and a clean sheet – in the Premier League under Alan Pardew. Craig Dawson leaps highest to add West Brom's second goal Credit: Getty Images Joel Matip In the absence of £75million central defender Virgil Van Dijk, Matip stepped up with a commanding performance in Liverpool’s brilliant 4-3 win over Manchester City. It helped that Sergio Aguero was out-of-sorts but Matip made some important interventions. Andrew Robertson The left-back has had to work hard to earn his chance at Liverpool but he produced his best performance to date in the win over Manchester City with his boundless energy. To the delight of Liverpool fans he nullified the threat of Raheem Sterling. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Undoubtedly his best performance since joining Liverpool for Arsenal. Was positive, powerful and create and set the tone for the win over Manchester City with the opening goal. Dembele glides past Idrissa Gueye Credit:  Action Images via Reuters Mousa Dembele There is no doubt the Belgium international – when fit – makes a huge difference to the Tottenham Hotspur midfield. He has skill, the ability to beat his marker and skill as well. Everton could not cope with him. James Ward-Prowse Two goals from the midfielder were not enough to gain a win for relegation-threatened Southampton away to Watford but they showed again what promise he has. It is still a frustration that he is not a more regular starter. Heung-Min Son Son is no longer Tottenham Hotspur’s unsung hero after scoring in five successive Premier League matches. He was relentless against Everton with his speed and clever movement. Roberto Firmino A complete centre-forward’s performance from Firmino as he harried defenders, made clever runs and scored a goal that said everything about his strength and skill as he out-muscled John Stones and provided a deft finish. Marko Arnautovic The West Ham forward has been played through the middle of late by David Moyes and to great effect. He led the line brilliantly against Huddersfield, scoring and providing assists.

Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace need significant overhaul of playing squad

Roy Hodgson has issued a stark warning that Crystal Palace must press ahead with a significant overhaul of their playing squad or risk tumbling back into relegation trouble. Palace are five points clear of the bottom three after a narrow but deserved victory over Burnley extended their dramatic upturn under the former England manager to one defeat in their last 12  league outings. Seven points from the last nine, with just one goal conceded in the process, have set Palace, who opened the season with seven straight goalless defeats, on a firm course for survival. Palace fans were singing along to Stevie Wonder’s Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing, broadcast over the stadium PA, on their way out of the ground but Hodgson sounded a note of caution. “The fact we’ve done well enough to pull ourselves up by our boot straps will make the owners even more aware that if we are going to stay there, we need the help we talked about,” he said. Roy Hodgson has turned Palace's fortunes around this season Credit: Getty Images “The owners have been on board from the very first day. They agreed that to survive in the Premier League, we can’t have two goalkeepers, we need three. We can’t have one out-and-out centre forward, we at least two.” Hodgson recently held fresh talks with American owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who both attended Saturday’s match, and chairman Steve Parish. “We had 30 minutes together. We all understand where we are and what needs to be done if we are to maintain our Premier League status,” Hodgson said. Recent injury blows to Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Jeffrey Schlupp have brought added urgency. It is understood Palace are close to a deal for Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. A move for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has apparently stalled with sights now being set on Fiorentina forward Khoumar Babacar. There will also be outgoings. “We need to reduce the number of players in the squad because a lot of them aren’t going to be helping me over the next few months to win the games we need to win,” Hodgson warned. There was plenty to admire on Saturday as Palace produced some bright, attacking football before defending resourcefully as Burnley grew in purpose after the interval. Bakary Sako grafted ceaselessly, crowning his performance with the game’s decisive strike. His much-criticised strike partner Christian Benteke was just as industrious and was a little unfortunate not to also be on the scoresheet. Burnley are on a six-match winless run Credit: Reuters James McArthur was a general in midfield, rightfully drawing praise from Hodgson, and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey proved his valour to deny Ashley Barnes in a one-on-one just before the end. Burnley are on a six-match winless dip but manager Sean Dyche is keeping his perspective. “Even if we are in a bad run at the moment it is still a good season. I have to push myself and the players and the players have to push themselves and each other but there has to be a reality to it,” he said.

Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace need significant overhaul of playing squad

Roy Hodgson has issued a stark warning that Crystal Palace must press ahead with a significant overhaul of their playing squad or risk tumbling back into relegation trouble. Palace are five points clear of the bottom three after a narrow but deserved victory over Burnley extended their dramatic upturn under the former England manager to one defeat in their last 12  league outings. Seven points from the last nine, with just one goal conceded in the process, have set Palace, who opened the season with seven straight goalless defeats, on a firm course for survival. Palace fans were singing along to Stevie Wonder’s Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing, broadcast over the stadium PA, on their way out of the ground but Hodgson sounded a note of caution. “The fact we’ve done well enough to pull ourselves up by our boot straps will make the owners even more aware that if we are going to stay there, we need the help we talked about,” he said. Roy Hodgson has turned Palace's fortunes around this season Credit: Getty Images “The owners have been on board from the very first day. They agreed that to survive in the Premier League, we can’t have two goalkeepers, we need three. We can’t have one out-and-out centre forward, we at least two.” Hodgson recently held fresh talks with American owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who both attended Saturday’s match, and chairman Steve Parish. “We had 30 minutes together. We all understand where we are and what needs to be done if we are to maintain our Premier League status,” Hodgson said. Recent injury blows to Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Jeffrey Schlupp have brought added urgency. It is understood Palace are close to a deal for Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. A move for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has apparently stalled with sights now being set on Fiorentina forward Khoumar Babacar. There will also be outgoings. “We need to reduce the number of players in the squad because a lot of them aren’t going to be helping me over the next few months to win the games we need to win,” Hodgson warned. There was plenty to admire on Saturday as Palace produced some bright, attacking football before defending resourcefully as Burnley grew in purpose after the interval. Bakary Sako grafted ceaselessly, crowning his performance with the game’s decisive strike. His much-criticised strike partner Christian Benteke was just as industrious and was a little unfortunate not to also be on the scoresheet. Burnley are on a six-match winless run Credit: Reuters James McArthur was a general in midfield, rightfully drawing praise from Hodgson, and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey proved his valour to deny Ashley Barnes in a one-on-one just before the end. Burnley are on a six-match winless dip but manager Sean Dyche is keeping his perspective. “Even if we are in a bad run at the moment it is still a good season. I have to push myself and the players and the players have to push themselves and each other but there has to be a reality to it,” he said.

Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace need significant overhaul of playing squad

Roy Hodgson has issued a stark warning that Crystal Palace must press ahead with a significant overhaul of their playing squad or risk tumbling back into relegation trouble. Palace are five points clear of the bottom three after a narrow but deserved victory over Burnley extended their dramatic upturn under the former England manager to one defeat in their last 12  league outings. Seven points from the last nine, with just one goal conceded in the process, have set Palace, who opened the season with seven straight goalless defeats, on a firm course for survival. Palace fans were singing along to Stevie Wonder’s Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing, broadcast over the stadium PA, on their way out of the ground but Hodgson sounded a note of caution. “The fact we’ve done well enough to pull ourselves up by our boot straps will make the owners even more aware that if we are going to stay there, we need the help we talked about,” he said. Roy Hodgson has turned Palace's fortunes around this season Credit: Getty Images “The owners have been on board from the very first day. They agreed that to survive in the Premier League, we can’t have two goalkeepers, we need three. We can’t have one out-and-out centre forward, we at least two.” Hodgson recently held fresh talks with American owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who both attended Saturday’s match, and chairman Steve Parish. “We had 30 minutes together. We all understand where we are and what needs to be done if we are to maintain our Premier League status,” Hodgson said. Recent injury blows to Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon and Jeffrey Schlupp have brought added urgency. It is understood Palace are close to a deal for Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. A move for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has apparently stalled with sights now being set on Fiorentina forward Khoumar Babacar. There will also be outgoings. “We need to reduce the number of players in the squad because a lot of them aren’t going to be helping me over the next few months to win the games we need to win,” Hodgson warned. There was plenty to admire on Saturday as Palace produced some bright, attacking football before defending resourcefully as Burnley grew in purpose after the interval. Bakary Sako grafted ceaselessly, crowning his performance with the game’s decisive strike. His much-criticised strike partner Christian Benteke was just as industrious and was a little unfortunate not to also be on the scoresheet. Burnley are on a six-match winless run Credit: Reuters James McArthur was a general in midfield, rightfully drawing praise from Hodgson, and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey proved his valour to deny Ashley Barnes in a one-on-one just before the end. Burnley are on a six-match winless dip but manager Sean Dyche is keeping his perspective. “Even if we are in a bad run at the moment it is still a good season. I have to push myself and the players and the players have to push themselves and each other but there has to be a reality to it,” he said.

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Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - January 13, 2018 Burnley manager Sean Dyche speaks with Georges-Kevin N'Koudou before he sends him on as a substitute Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - January 13, 2018 Burnley manager Sean Dyche applauds the fans at the end of the match REUTERS/Toby Melville

Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - January 13, 2018 Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - January 13, 2018 Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson before the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - January 13, 2018 Burnley manager Sean Dyche shakes hands with Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson before the match Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Crystal Palace 1 Burnley 0: Roy Hodgson revival continues as Palace pull away from relegation zone

Such is the transformation wrought by Roy Hodgson, it is difficult to envisage how Crystal Palace could not beg, steal or borrow a goal, let alone a Premier League match point, during the troubled early stages of the campaign. These days supporters arrive at Selhurst Park anticipating committed, confident and adventurous football and relegation, seemingly inevitable back in the autumn, is a fast diminishing concern. The latest success was built on Bakary Sako's well-taken first-half goal, some sparkling moves before the break and a more resilient performance in the second half, when Burnley stirred and began to pose a threat. Palace have now suffered just one defeat in their last 12 league matches and while there will still be some moments of anxiety, mainly in the closing stages as another priceless win was so tantalisingly close, this was another performance to warm the hearts of the South London faithful. Hodgson said: "It is a massive three points for us. In the first half we created enough chances to have made things more comfortable for ourselves in the second half. We knew more questions would be asked of our back four and goalkeeper in the second half but I'm delighted that we were able to withstand that test. "Now at least we can look at the league table for a week or two without having shivers running down our spines." Ashley Barnes challenges for the ball with Timothy Fosu-Mensah Credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Burnley, who arrived winless in six matches, had no reason to panic, and manager Sean Dyche deployed the same formation with the same mindset that has served the Lancashire side so well this term. But they struggled to quell Palace's positivity and had Ashley Barnes' shot, tipped away by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, as their only truly threatening moment of a subdued first half. They improved significantly after the break and looked the more likely to score in the final half-hour, though Palace's rearguard stood firm for their second successive home clean sheet. Dyche said: "Close but no cigar. They were better than us in the first half but in the second half we were much better. I was pleased with our mentality and I thought we deserved to scratch a draw out of it." Palace took 21 minutes to open up their visitors and the match could have been over as a contest by the half-hour mark. The goal was an individual creation by the hard-working Sako, who collected the ball wide on the left and ran at a retreating Burnley defence before firing low under goalkeeper Nick Pope. The Londoners could have doubled their lead within seconds. Wilfried Zaha evaded Pope to drill across the face of goal with the onrushing James McArthur, tangling with defender Ben Mee, just unable to turn in. There was another big reprieve for Burnley when Christian Benteke rose at a corner to power his header a foot over the Burnley crossbar. The big forward was also unfortunate when he cleverly diverted Patrick van Aanholt's drive, only to see the ball fly straight into Pope's gloves. Bakary Sako celebrates Crystal Palace's winner Credit: Ashley Crowden/CameraSport Sako could have supplied an even more spectacular goal just before the interval, volleying Timothy Fosu-Mensah's cross inches over the crossbar. The same combination were threatening Burnley soon after the interval, though this time Sako could not muster the necessary power in his header. Burnley, however, were far from finished, and there were warning signs for the home side as both Barnes and Sam Vokes were not far off target with headers. With the match into its final third, Dyche turned to his newly-acquired Tottenham loanee Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to reinvigorate his attack. Palace lost some of their fluidity in the second half as Burnley strove to find a way back. With eight minutes remaining, they would have been level but for Hennessey's brave block at the feet of Barnes. Tempers frayed between Zaha and Charlie Taylor after the Burnley full-back had pushed the Palace flier to the ground near the halfway line. But Palace kept their cool, Benteke almost added a rare goal in a breakaway attack, and Hodgson's men took another big step away from the relegation danger area.  

Crystal Palace 1 Burnley 0: Roy Hodgson revival continues as Palace pull away from relegation zone

Such is the transformation wrought by Roy Hodgson, it is difficult to envisage how Crystal Palace could not beg, steal or borrow a goal, let alone a Premier League match point, during the troubled early stages of the campaign. These days supporters arrive at Selhurst Park anticipating committed, confident and adventurous football and relegation, seemingly inevitable back in the autumn, is a fast diminishing concern. The latest success was built on Bakary Sako's well-taken first-half goal, some sparkling moves before the break and a more resilient performance in the second half, when Burnley stirred and began to pose a threat. Palace have now suffered just one defeat in their last 12 league matches and while there will still be some moments of anxiety, mainly in the closing stages as another priceless win was so tantalisingly close, this was another performance to warm the hearts of the South London faithful. Hodgson said: "It is a massive three points for us. In the first half we created enough chances to have made things more comfortable for ourselves in the second half. We knew more questions would be asked of our back four and goalkeeper in the second half but I'm delighted that we were able to withstand that test. "Now at least we can look at the league table for a week or two without having shivers running down our spines." Ashley Barnes challenges for the ball with Timothy Fosu-Mensah Credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Burnley, who arrived winless in six matches, had no reason to panic, and manager Sean Dyche deployed the same formation with the same mindset that has served the Lancashire side so well this term. But they struggled to quell Palace's positivity and had Ashley Barnes' shot, tipped away by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, as their only truly threatening moment of a subdued first half. They improved significantly after the break and looked the more likely to score in the final half-hour, though Palace's rearguard stood firm for their second successive home clean sheet. Dyche said: "Close but no cigar. They were better than us in the first half but in the second half we were much better. I was pleased with our mentality and I thought we deserved to scratch a draw out of it." Palace took 21 minutes to open up their visitors and the match could have been over as a contest by the half-hour mark. The goal was an individual creation by the hard-working Sako, who collected the ball wide on the left and ran at a retreating Burnley defence before firing low under goalkeeper Nick Pope. The Londoners could have doubled their lead within seconds. Wilfried Zaha evaded Pope to drill across the face of goal with the onrushing James McArthur, tangling with defender Ben Mee, just unable to turn in. There was another big reprieve for Burnley when Christian Benteke rose at a corner to power his header a foot over the Burnley crossbar. The big forward was also unfortunate when he cleverly diverted Patrick van Aanholt's drive, only to see the ball fly straight into Pope's gloves. Bakary Sako celebrates Crystal Palace's winner Credit: Ashley Crowden/CameraSport Sako could have supplied an even more spectacular goal just before the interval, volleying Timothy Fosu-Mensah's cross inches over the crossbar. The same combination were threatening Burnley soon after the interval, though this time Sako could not muster the necessary power in his header. Burnley, however, were far from finished, and there were warning signs for the home side as both Barnes and Sam Vokes were not far off target with headers. With the match into its final third, Dyche turned to his newly-acquired Tottenham loanee Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to reinvigorate his attack. Palace lost some of their fluidity in the second half as Burnley strove to find a way back. With eight minutes remaining, they would have been level but for Hennessey's brave block at the feet of Barnes. Tempers frayed between Zaha and Charlie Taylor after the Burnley full-back had pushed the Palace flier to the ground near the halfway line. But Palace kept their cool, Benteke almost added a rare goal in a breakaway attack, and Hodgson's men took another big step away from the relegation danger area.  

Crystal Palace 1 Burnley 0: Roy Hodgson revival continues as Palace pull away from relegation zone

Such is the transformation wrought by Roy Hodgson, it is difficult to envisage how Crystal Palace could not beg, steal or borrow a goal, let alone a Premier League match point, during the troubled early stages of the campaign. These days supporters arrive at Selhurst Park anticipating committed, confident and adventurous football and relegation, seemingly inevitable back in the autumn, is a fast diminishing concern. The latest success was built on Bakary Sako's well-taken first-half goal, some sparkling moves before the break and a more resilient performance in the second half, when Burnley stirred and began to pose a threat. Palace have now suffered just one defeat in their last 12 league matches and while there will still be some moments of anxiety, mainly in the closing stages as another priceless win was so tantalisingly close, this was another performance to warm the hearts of the South London faithful. Hodgson said: "It is a massive three points for us. In the first half we created enough chances to have made things more comfortable for ourselves in the second half. We knew more questions would be asked of our back four and goalkeeper in the second half but I'm delighted that we were able to withstand that test. "Now at least we can look at the league table for a week or two without having shivers running down our spines." Ashley Barnes challenges for the ball with Timothy Fosu-Mensah Credit: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images Burnley, who arrived winless in six matches, had no reason to panic, and manager Sean Dyche deployed the same formation with the same mindset that has served the Lancashire side so well this term. But they struggled to quell Palace's positivity and had Ashley Barnes' shot, tipped away by Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, as their only truly threatening moment of a subdued first half. They improved significantly after the break and looked the more likely to score in the final half-hour, though Palace's rearguard stood firm for their second successive home clean sheet. Dyche said: "Close but no cigar. They were better than us in the first half but in the second half we were much better. I was pleased with our mentality and I thought we deserved to scratch a draw out of it." Palace took 21 minutes to open up their visitors and the match could have been over as a contest by the half-hour mark. The goal was an individual creation by the hard-working Sako, who collected the ball wide on the left and ran at a retreating Burnley defence before firing low under goalkeeper Nick Pope. The Londoners could have doubled their lead within seconds. Wilfried Zaha evaded Pope to drill across the face of goal with the onrushing James McArthur, tangling with defender Ben Mee, just unable to turn in. There was another big reprieve for Burnley when Christian Benteke rose at a corner to power his header a foot over the Burnley crossbar. The big forward was also unfortunate when he cleverly diverted Patrick van Aanholt's drive, only to see the ball fly straight into Pope's gloves. Bakary Sako celebrates Crystal Palace's winner Credit: Ashley Crowden/CameraSport Sako could have supplied an even more spectacular goal just before the interval, volleying Timothy Fosu-Mensah's cross inches over the crossbar. The same combination were threatening Burnley soon after the interval, though this time Sako could not muster the necessary power in his header. Burnley, however, were far from finished, and there were warning signs for the home side as both Barnes and Sam Vokes were not far off target with headers. With the match into its final third, Dyche turned to his newly-acquired Tottenham loanee Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to reinvigorate his attack. Palace lost some of their fluidity in the second half as Burnley strove to find a way back. With eight minutes remaining, they would have been level but for Hennessey's brave block at the feet of Barnes. Tempers frayed between Zaha and Charlie Taylor after the Burnley full-back had pushed the Palace flier to the ground near the halfway line. But Palace kept their cool, Benteke almost added a rare goal in a breakaway attack, and Hodgson's men took another big step away from the relegation danger area.  

Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - January 13, 2018 Crystal Palace's Bakary Sako reacts after a missed chance Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - January 13, 2018 Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Bakary Sako leads Crystal Palace to victory over Burnley

The 29-year-old scored the only goal as Roy Hodgson's men stunned the Clarets at Selhurst Park in Saturday’s Premier League encounter

Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - January 13, 2018 Crystal Palace's Bakary Sako reacts after a missed chance Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Burnley - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - January 13, 2018 Crystal Palace's Bakary Sako scores their first goal Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Crystal Palace revival continues as Bakary Sako strikes against Burnley

Crystal Palace revival continues as Bakary Sako strikes against Burnley

Crystal Palace revival continues as Bakary Sako strikes against Burnley

Crystal Palace revival continues as Bakary Sako strikes against Burnley

Bakary Sako runs towards the fans to celebrate after giving Crystal Palace the lead against Burnley at Selhurst Park.

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