Chelsea 3-3 Everton: 5 things we learned as John Terry goes from villain to hero with late equaliser

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Chelsea 3-3 Everton: 5 things we learned as John Terry goes from villain to hero with late equaliser

17:16, 16 JAN 2016UPDATED 17:48, 16 JAN 2016BY ADRIAN KAJUMBA

The Blues captain scored an early own goal but saved his side's blushes with a 98th minute goal to grab a draw against the Toffees



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Diego Costa 64C. Fàbregas 66J. Terry 90+8

J. Terry 50 (OG)K. Mirallas 56R. Funes Mori 90






John Terry went from villain to hero to rescue a dramatic point for Chelsea.

The Blues captain made up for scoring an own goal by back-heeling in the equaliser in the eighth minute of added time.

Terry's own goal and a second from Kevin Mirallas at the start of the second half put Everton well on control.

But Chelsea hit back with two goals in three minutes just after the hour fromDiego Costa and Cesc Fabregas to salvage a draw.

Everton sub Ramiro Funes Mori then looked to have won the game for Everton when he turned in Gerard Deulofeu's cross just before the fourth official signalled seven minutes of added time.

But Terry had the final say when he turned in Oscar's flick on with virtually the last kick of the game.

Chelsea were relieved to salvage a draw but remain winless at home in the league under Guus Hiddink, having also been held to draws by Watford and West Brom.




Chelsea were still not at their best

Guus Hiddink is right - the threat of relegation is very real for Chelsea. Their comeback, first to draw level from 2-0 down and then from 3-2 behind suggested the Chelsea fighting spirit is still flickering.

But for the first hour they were awful at both ends, all over the place at the back and woefully short of ideas in attack. On numerous occasions a Chelsea player would have nobody to pass to as he ventured forward.

Having then hauled themselves level, their defending for Everton's third was awful as their entire Blues back-line simply stopped allowing sub Ramiro Funes Mori to put Everton back in front.

In the end Terry rescued a point with the last kick of the game. But they were lucky to earn a draw and this was another worrying display.

John Stones continues to impress

The Everton defender is a joy to watch. He has such faith his ability that nothing fazes him. He refuses to be rushed or panicked into any decision and often takes a touch, or two, when others would simply hoof the ball away.

In front of Roy Hodgson and against the side who courted him last summer Stones produced another composed and faultless performance to keep Diego Costa quiet.

Action Images via Reuters / Alan Walter

Nemanja Matic's decline goes on

The Serbian's decline has been as surprising and alarming as pretty much any other Chelsea player since they won the title. Last year he was being hailed as the best holding midfielder in the league.

Today his season hit a new low. He was outfought and out-thought in midfield and was unsurprisingly hooked early.


Let's talk about Cesc

The partnership that served Chelsea so well last season is alive and kicking again. Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa combined for both goals as Chelsea hit back to earn a point.

Fabregas picked out Costa for the first with a delightful ball over the top and the roles were reversed for the equaliser two minutes later.


Gareth Barry is like a fine wine

The 34 year-old has still got it. Last week he outshone Yaya Toure in the Capital One Cup. Today he saw off Nemanja Matic, another of the league's so-called best central midfielders.

Barry just keeps things simple and his experience often takes him to the right place at the right time. And he does it all in effortless fashion, without ever really needing to break into a sprint and hare around the pitch.


Player ratings

Chelsea: Courtois 7; Ivanovic 6, Zouma 7, Terry 7, Azpilicueta 6; Mikel 6, Matic 4 (Oscar 55, 6); Willian 7, Fabregas 6, Pedro 6 (Kenedy 66, 5); Costa 8 (Remy 79, 5). Unused: Begovic, Baba, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek.

Everton: Howard 6; Oviedo 6 (Funes Mori 71, 7), Stones 7, Jagielka 6, Baines 8; Barry 8, Besic 7; Miralllas 7, Barkley 8 (Pienaar 80, 5), Lennon 5 (Deulofeu 80, 6); Lukaku 5. Unused: Robles, Kone, Cleverley, Osman,

MOM: Baines

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Barclays Premier League

PosTeamPPts1Leicester22442Man City22433Arsenal21434Tottenham22395West Ham22356Man Utd21347Stoke21328Crystal Palace22319Liverpool213110Southampton223011Everton222912Watford212913West Brom222714Chelsea222515Bournemouth222416Norwich222317Newcastle222118Swansea211919Sunderland221820Aston Villa2212

Match Stats — Team Stats




GoalsChelseaComparisonEverton350%50%3Total Shots (including blocked shots)ChelseaComparisonEverton1460.9%39.1%9Shots On TargetChelseaComparisonEverton763.6%36.4%4Blocked ShotsChelseaComparisonEverton466.7%33.3%2Shots from outside the boxChelseaComparisonEverton666.7%33.3%3Shots from inside the boxChelseaComparisonEverton857.1%42.9%6Shot Accuracy (excluding blocked shots)ChelseaComparisonEverton70%55.1%44.9%57.1%


13T. Courtois2B. Ivanovic28C. Azpilicueta5K. Zouma26J. Terry22Willian17Pedro21N. Matic4C. Fàbregas12J. Mikel19Diego Costa


18L. Remy1A. Begovic8Oscar6Baba Rahman36R. Loftus-Cheek16Kenedy24G. Cahill

Coach Guus Hiddink


24T. Howard8B. Oviedo5J. Stones6P. Jagielka3L. Baines12A. Lennon11K. Mirallas17M. Besic20R. Barkley18G. Barry10R. Lukaku


9A. Koné15T. Cleverley1J. Robles19G. Deulofeu25R. Funes Mori22S. Pienaar21L. Osman

Coach Roberto Martinez

Starting formation

ChelseaEverton4 - 2 - 3 - 14 - 2 - 3 - 1

T. Courtois13B. Ivanovic2C. Azpilicueta28K. Zouma5J. Terry26Willian22Pedro17N. Matic21C. Fàbregas4J. Mikel12Diego Costa1924T. Howard8B. Oviedo5J. Stones6P. Jagielka3L. Baines12A. Lennon11K. Mirallas17M. Besic20R. Barkley18G. Barry10R. Lukaku

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Bournemouth 3-0 Norwich City: 5 things we learned as Eddie Howe's men cruise to victory

17:15, 16 JAN 2016UPDATED 17:22, 16 JAN 2016BY HECTOR NUNNS

Benik Afobe put the icing on the cake as Bournemouth claimed a welcome three points at Dean Court with a win over Alex Neil's Canaries




Benik Afobe opened his account forBournemouth after his big-money move from Wolves – but it was Marc Pugh that inspired this victory for the Cherries over Norwich City that saw the home side leapfrog their opponents in the Premier League table.

Recalled for the injured Matt Ritchie, the 28-year-old midfelder Pugh delivered a pin-point cross for Dan Gosling to head home a fourth goal of the season to put Eddie Howe’s men ahead.

The Canaries had a huge let-off when goalkeeper Declan Rudd was only shown yellow for bringing down record signing Afobe, when it could have been red for either denying a goalscoring attempt OR serious foul play.

The Cherries came close when Pugh’s header was cleared off the line by Russell Martin, but moments later he drew a rash challenge from Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe and Charlie Daniels, who also had an excellent match, fired home the penalty off a post for his second goal of the season.

But the biggest cheer of the day came when Afobe, in just a second start after his big-money move from the West Midlands, volleyed home Daniels’ cross in the 74 minute to seal the three points.

Here's five things we learned...


Benik Afobe scores the third

1. Cherries deals coming up trumps...

Bournemouth’s activity in the January transfer window – and there could yet be more – has been swift, positive and decisive.

This win was achieved with a goal from record signing Benik Afobe, but Lewis Grabban and Juan Iturbe will play a part in the survival bid.


Pay back: Afobe started to pay back his £10million fee

2. ...Norwich need more

If Bournemouth have spent early, Norwich need to follow suit and as a matter of urgency.

It appears signings are imminent at Carrow Road, and in both defence and up front that cannot come soon enough.

3. Do officials get rests?

Referee Rob Madley could probably do with a quiet game next week.

The decision not to send off Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd was a huge and controversial call.

The later penalty, correctly awarded for Odjidja-Ofoe’s trip on Pugh, only partially appeased the home crowd.

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Booked: Madley shows yellow to Declan Rudd

4. Neil's substitutions need work

With so much at stake financially this season Norwich are going to have to heavily rely on the wits of young manager Alex Neil until May.

Unquestionably they are there, but he needs to be able to change the course of a match much better than happened here.

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Work to do: Norwich's fight will be a big test for Neil

5. Pugh takes centre stage

Marc Pugh came in for the highly-rated Matt Ritchie – and did an excellent job of replacing his threat.

He provided the cross for the first goal, almost scored with a header, and drew the penalty from which Daniels scored the second from the spot. There is now squad depth.

Player Ratings

Bournemouth: Boruc 6; Smith 6, Cook 6, Francis 6, Daniels 7; Surman 7; Pugh 8, Gosling 7, Arter 7 (O’Kane 80), Stanislas 6; Afobe 7 (Murray 84).

Norwich: Rudd 6; Martin 5, Bennett 5, Bassong 5, Brady 5; Odjidja-Ofoe 5 (Redmond 55, 6), Tettey 6, Howson 6, Jarvis 5 (Jerome 55, 6); Hoolahan 6 (Dorrans 70, 6); Mbokani 6.

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Manchester City 4-0 Crystal Palace: 5 things we learned as Sergio Aguero grabs double to sink Eagles

17:00, 16 JAN 2016UPDATED 17:03, 16 JAN 2016BY DAVID MCDONNELL

The Argentina also got an assist as Manuel Pellegrini's men go joint top of the Premier League



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Back to his best: Aguero was the best player on the pitch vs Palace

Manchester City hosted Crystal Palace today, with both sides in need of a result for different reasons.

City went into the game on the back of Wednesday's disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Everton, while Palace were searching for a first win in five, having suffered two defeats and two draws in their previous four Premier League games.

As it was, City ran out easy winners, Fabian Delph opening the scoring, before a Sergio Aguero double and a David Silva goal at the end took Manuel Pellegrini's side top of the table on goal difference, with Leicester not in action at Aston Villa until later on tonight.

1) Kelechi justifies his inclusion

When Kelechi Iheanacho plays for Manchester City, he makes things happen. His movement, pace and work ethic give Manuel Pellegrini's side a different dimension in attack, and he is fast establishing himself ahead of the injured Wilfried Bony in the pecking order of City's strikers.

Kelechi, scorer of City's late winner at Palace in September, provided the assist for Sergio Aguero to plunder their second here.

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2) Zabaleta return is a boost for City

Pablo Zabaleta has endured a nightmare season, two knee ligament injuries – one sustained in the summer – wrecking his campaign.

His enforced absence has placed a heavy burden on Bacary Sagna at right-back, but Zabaleta's committed performance here suggested his return can give the France defender a much-needed break.

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3) Aguero contines to look back to his best

City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been wary of pushing Aguero too hard on his latest return from injury, often restricting him to 65-70 minutes to ensure he does not suffer a relapse.

Here, Aguero lasted 85 minutes, scoring twice and setting up Silva for City's fourth, before being taken off by Pellegrini.

If City are to win the title and go far in the Champions League, they will need Aguero fit and back to his best. On this evidence, he is close to that.

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4) City's next two games could shape title push

After two goalless draws in their last three Premier League games, City needed a win to get their title push back on track, and in beating Palace they went top of the table, albeit potentially for only a few hours, with Leicester facing Aston Villa in the late kick-off.

But City's next two home games in the Premier League, against title rivals Leicester and Tottenham early next month, could have a significant bearing on their title hopes. City must maintain this level of performance and lose their inconsistency if they are to come out on top in the title race.


5) Palace blip starting to look like a malaise

After such a fine start to the season, which saw them beat Chelsea and Liverpool away, and look like genuine contenders for a top-four place, Alan Pardew's side have struggled in recent weeks.

They have failed to score in their last four Premier League games and not won in five, slipping to ninth in the process. Keeper Wayne Hennessey, whose clanger saw Palace lose 1-0 at Aston Villa in midweek, had another game to forget.

He should have done better with Fabian Delph's opener, although a deflection left him powerless to keep out Aguero's strike.

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Player ratings

Man City: Hart 6, Zabaleta 6, Otamendi 6, Demichelis 6, Kolarov 5 (Clichy 52, 6) Delph 7, Fernando 6, De Bruyne 7, Silva 7, Iheanacho 7 (Toure 57, 6), Aguero 7 (Navas 85)

Crystal Palace: Hennessey 4, Ward 4, Dann 4, Delaney 4, Souare 4, Puncheon 4, Ledley 5, Cabaye 4, McArthur 5 (Mutch 80, 4), Zaha 4 (Lee Chung-Yong, 85), Wickham 4 (Chamakh 66, 4)

Man of the Match: Aguero

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Newcastle 2-1 West Ham: 5 things we learned as the Magpies move out of the relegation zone

16:58, 16 JAN 2016UPDATED 17:02, 16 JAN 2016BY SIMON BIRD

An early blitz from Steve McClaren's men saw Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum do the damage and earn a much-needed three points



Steve McClaren's side climbed out of the bottom three with a vital win – as Jonjo Shelvey made a bright debut.

Newcastle roared to a 2-0 lead inside the opening 15 minutes, with Ayoze Perez curling home his fifth of the season to open the scoring before Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum got a goal of his own after a cross from Daryl Janmaat and a defence splitting pass from debutant Shelvey.

Wijnaldum had an exceptional game – a goal and assist - and was full of pressure relieving runs when Newcastle needed an outlet under pressure in the second half.

Nikica Jelavic got West Ham back into the game after 47 minutes after an error by Chancel Mbemba.

The Congo defender had won the ball but poked his pass to Elliot at the wrong angle and Jelavic nipped in to score.

But McClaren's men held on, here's five things we learned...

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Double Dutch delight: Janmaat and Wijnaldum celebrate their second

Jonjo Shelvey makes an outstanding debut... with a hint of the devil

The £12million midfielder ran the show in brilliant first half show. His range of passing added hugely to Newcastle's threat going forward.

Shelvey pinged a ball into Gini Wijnaldum for him to set up Perez's opener. But the best moment came when he switched play with a stunning 50 yard cross-field ball that played Daryl Janmaat down the wing. He crossed and Wijnaldum tapped him.


Bright start: Shelvey celebrates Ayoze's opener

The 23-year-old added a hint of steel in his challenges, including a strong shoulder barge on Enner Valencia, and probed all game, although he tired late on.

More of this from Shelvey and he'll complete his double mission. Safety with Newcastle and an England place at the Euros.

Bilic left jilted after nighclub tactics

Slaven Bilic came up with an amusing analogy when he likened West Ham's bold approach to chatting up a woman.

As his side soared to fifth this week his said: "If you're approaching a girl in a nightclub and you think she's going to tell you off and all that, no chance.

"But if you are positive, you have a chance.”

The Hammers were left metaphorically staring into their pints at closing time, without a companion.

They were sloppy in the first 35 minutes and could have been out of sight as Newcastle ran riot. They had chances to get a goal back, the best when Cheikhou Kouyate's hooked volley was well saved by Rob Elliot.

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Get your coats, football fans

Mike Ashley pledged to give away 45,000 free coats if Newcastle won.

The Sports Direct and Newcastle owner will now have to offload his stock of Everlast winter jackets for nothing.

The offer was open to all fans, not just Geordies, who registered on his company Facebook page, and mirrors win give-aways in US sports.

The pledge came just days after the Unite union's Sports Direct Shame” banner was unfurled at St James's Park, and quickly gathered up by stewards.

Some Newcastle fans who are against Ashley's regime pledged to claim their jackets and give them away to charity shops or the homeless.

Newcastle still need a striker

Aleksandar Mitrovic is leading the line well enough, but is ponderous in front of goal. He even produced an air-shot, when attempting to volley a cross in the first half.

In the second half the Serb ran in on goal, cut inside and slotted a tame shot at Adrian. As summer target Charlie Austin signed for Southampton for just £4million, you have to feel Newcastle have someone lined up; Saidho Berahino, their other summer target, perhaps?

With a goal poacher Newcastle would have been out of sight and four up in the first half.

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Good enough: Mitrovic could do with some help up front

Have West Ham peaked?

West Ham had gone nine games unbeaten and soared to fifth spot before their nightmare first half made this game an uphill struggle.

They have ambitions to finish in the top six and the season is going well. This might just be blip

Player Ratings

Newcastle: Elliot 7, Janmaat 7, Coloccini 7, Mbemba 6, Dummett 6 (Saivet 56), Shelvey 8, Colback 7, Sissoko 7, Wijnaldum 8, Perez 7 (Gouffran 80), Mitrovic 6

Not used: Lascelles, Aarons, Riviere, Toney, Darlow.

West Ham: Adrian 7, Tomkins 6(Jenkinson 75), Collins 6, Ogbonna 6, Cresswell 6, Kouyate 7, Obiang 5 (Jelavic 45 6), Noble 6, Payet 5, Valencia 6, Antonio 6 (Moses 70)

Not used: Randolph, Reid, Song, Cullen

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