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An Indian teenager's midnight jog inspires millions on Twitter

19-year-old Pradeep Mehra works at 1 p.m. until 11pm and then runs home to keep in shape for his goal: to join the highly selective Indian Army. A video of his late-night jog has become a Twitter sensation. (Author: Gardener)

IndianAt 11:45 pm On March 19, Vinod Kapri, a former television journalist and award-winning filmmaker, returned home from a dinner. Driving down the Golf Course Road in the northern Indian city of Noida, near New Delhi, in the dead of night, he spotted a child speeding by. Kapri says he was alarmed at first - worried the boy was in trouble. "Do you need help?" he asked. "I thought he was 14 years old because he looked a lot younger than he was and he had a backpack on," Kapri tells NPR. "It was late and he ran so fast. The boy turned out to be 19-year-old Pradeep Mehra, who had just finished his shift at McDonald's and was returning home. When it was clear that everything was fine, Kapri offered to take the teenager home, but Mehra politely declined and ran on without hesitation. Surprised by his refusal, Kapri says he pulled out his phone and started filming their conversation because he could tell there was a story behind the midnight run. "I felt there was an educational moment here and I wanted to share that with my 18-year-old son," he says. Mehra explained he runs to keep fit so he can fulfill his dream of joining the army. A career in the army has proven reliable for many young men in India. Up until the outbreak of the pandemic, the Army was recruiting an average of 55 to 60,000 graduates, mostly men, each year from an average of 800,000 applicants. Kapri says the conversation left him in deep awe of young Pradeep Mehra. "As a filmmaker, I know that every scene in a good cinema should have twists and turns," says Kapri. “My conversation was brief, but it had immense twists and turns. I came to help but left inspired instead.” After asking permission to post the video, Kapri uploaded the recording, just over two minutes long, titled “A Little Boy Running at Midnight” to his Twitter account up. Kapri's closing lyrics - "Run Pradeep, run to your brighter destiny" - touched many viewers, and the viral video sparked a violent reaction on Twitter. Some commentators admired Mehra's determination and determination and found her inspirational. Others questioned the deep social injustices and systemic problems in India that have left people like Mehra poor and working hard to achieve their goals but with no guarantee of success. As the discussion continued, retired army officers and generals approached Mehra with offers to help him train. Mehra has since been besieged by the press and interviewed extensively by Indian media and TV stations. Kapri, who got Mehra's cell phone number that night, says they've kept in touch since they happened to meet. After the video went viral, well-meaning people from Twitter showered Mehra with gifts — a jogging outfit, socks, a backpack. They sent these to Kapri, who made sure that Mehra received them. People have also reached out to Mehra personally - they've stopped by Mc Donalds where he works with gifts - mainly shoes and money. So far he has received ten pairs of running shoes. On March 28, a local politician, Amit Jani, gave him a check for $1,300 to cover his mother's hospitalization and treatment costs. And now he's just received a three-year scholarship to Minerva Academy, which specializes in training people for interviews and written exams in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. In an interview with NPR over a video call, Pradeep Mehra opened up about his regular midnight run and the impact his newfound fame has had on his life. I am originally from (the North Indian state of) Uttarakhand. Shortly after high school I moved to Noida to help my brother care for my ailing parents and to find better paying work in the city. Why do you always run at midnight? I started my nightly runs because I just didn't have time to train during the day. I help my brother to cook and take care of my parents. My mother was recently hospitalized and my father is not as strong as he used to be and that is why we are worried about her. I also work at Noida's Macdonald's and my shift is 1pm to 11pm. I needed to keep up with my workouts and stay fit, so I decided to walk the 5 miles home every night after I got home from work. How is your mother now? My mother is recovering and feeling better, but it has been a slow process. She has been suffering from tuberculosis for two years and recently contracted a blood infection and had to be hospitalized. I haven't had too much trouble with cars but people are a different story! I've found that my nighttime running habit piques people's curiosity. Many stopped to ask me why I was running at this time of night while others made fun of me. There's also a lot of sarcasm - I've been warned that such a race will only have stray dogs chasing me. No matter what anyone says, I just smile at them; it only strengthens my resolve to keep going. I have always believed that hard work has its own reward and that one day I will reach my goal and be successful. Is the goal your dream to serve in the army? Ever since I was a child, I have dreamed of joining the Indian Army. Some of my friends have already been selected and I too want to serve my country. I also want to be able to take care of my parents and make them proud of me. I've always believed that army men are real heroes. Did you expect your running routine video to draw so much attention? I never thought it would get so much attention. My family isn't on social media, so at first I didn't think it would have a huge impact on them. My mother used to worry about me running so late at night and always tried to stop me. But over the past few days, many of our friends and family have called to tell her how wonderful the video was. Both my parents said they were proud of me and I was very happy about that. My friends said they were proud too, but they thought the awareness from the video could probably spark something bigger. For the past two years, the Indian government has suspended army recruitment [as a result of the COVID pandemic]. They thought the video could serve as a trigger for recruiting to resume. If so, hundreds of young people across India could benefit. I just want to focus on my goal of making it into the army. I would also like to be able to take better care of my parents. What advice would you give to other young people who may be facing stumbling blocks in pursuing their dreams? I believe that everyone faces problems at some level. My only advice would be to not dwell on the problems but face them and work hard. When it comes to achieving your goals, you need to be focused and determined. In other words, never stop running.

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An Indian teenager's midnight jog inspires millions on Twitter

19-year-old Pradeep Mehra works at 1 p.m. until 11pm and then runs home to keep in shape for his goal: to join the highly selective Indian Army. A video of his late-night jog has become a Twitter sensation. (Author: Gardener)

IndianAt 11:45 pm On March 19, Vinod Kapri, a former television journalist and award-winning filmmaker, returned home from a dinner. Driving down the Golf Course Road in the northern Indian city of Noida, near New Delhi, in the dead of night, he spotted a child speeding by. Kapri says he was alarmed at first - worried the boy was in trouble. "Do you need help?" he asked. "I thought he was 14 years old because he looked a lot younger than he was and he had a backpack on," Kapri tells NPR. "It was late and he ran so fast. The boy turned out to be 19-year-old Pradeep Mehra, who had just finished his shift at McDonald's and was returning home. When it was clear that everything was fine, Kapri offered to take the teenager home, but Mehra politely declined and ran on without hesitation. Surprised by his refusal, Kapri says he pulled out his phone and started filming their conversation because he could tell there was a story behind the midnight run. "I felt there was an educational moment here and I wanted to share that with my 18-year-old son," he says. Mehra explained he runs to keep fit so he can fulfill his dream of joining the army. A career in the army has proven reliable for many young men in India. Up until the outbreak of the pandemic, the Army was recruiting an average of 55 to 60,000 graduates, mostly men, each year from an average of 800,000 applicants. “My conversation [with Mehra] was brief, but it had immense twists and turns. After Kapri asked permission to post the video, Kapri uploaded the recording, just over two minutes long, to his Twitter account, titled "A little boy running at midnight." Kapri says the conversation left him deeply impressed by young Pradeep Mehra. Kapri says the conversation left him deeply impressed by young Pradeep Mehra. "As a filmmaker, I know that in a good cinema every scene should have twists and turns," says Kapri. "As a filmmaker, I know that every scene in a good cinema should have twists and turns," says Kapri. “My conversation was short, but it had immense twists and turns. I came to help but left inspired instead." I came to help but left inspired instead." Kapri's closing lyrics - "Run Pradeep, run to your brighter destiny" - touched many viewers, and the viral video sparked a violent reaction on Twitter. Some commentators admired Mehra's determination and determination and found her inspirational. Others questioned the deep social injustices and systemic problems in India that have left people like Mehra poor and working hard to achieve their goals but with no guarantee of success. As the discussion continued, retired army officers and generals approached Mehra with offers to help him train. Mehra has since been besieged by the press and interviewed extensively by Indian media and TV stations. Kapri, who got Mehra's cell phone number that night, says they've kept in touch since they happened to meet. After the video went viral, well-meaning people from Twitter showered Mehra with gifts — a jogging outfit, socks, a backpack. They sent these to Kapri, who made sure that Mehra received them. People have also reached out to Mehra personally - they've stopped by Mc Donalds where he works with gifts - mainly shoes and money. So far he has received ten pairs of running shoes. On March 28, a local politician, Amit Jani, gave him a check for $1,300 to cover his mother's hospitalization and treatment costs. And now he's just received a three-year scholarship to Minerva Academy, which specializes in training people for interviews and written exams in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. In an interview with NPR over a video call, Pradeep Mehra opened up about his regular midnight run and the impact his newfound fame has had on his life. I am originally from (the North Indian state of) Uttarakhand. Shortly after high school I moved to Noida to help my brother care for my ailing parents and to find better paying work in the city. Why do you always run at midnight? I started my nightly runs because I just didn't have time to train during the day. I help my brother to cook and take care of my parents. My mother was recently hospitalized and my father is not as strong as he used to be and that is why we are worried about her. I also work at Noida's Macdonald's and my shift is 1pm to 11pm. I needed to keep up with my workouts and stay fit, so I decided to walk the 5 miles home every night after I got home from work. How is your mother now? My mother is recovering and feeling better, but it has been a slow process. She has been suffering from tuberculosis for two years and recently contracted a blood infection and had to be hospitalized. I haven't had too much trouble with cars but people are a different story! I've found that my nighttime running habit piques people's curiosity. Many stopped to ask me why I was running at this time of night while others made fun of me. There's also a lot of sarcasm - I've been warned that such a race will only have stray dogs chasing me. No matter what anyone says, I just smile at them; it only strengthens my resolve to keep going. I have always believed that hard work has its own reward and that one day I will reach my goal and be successful. Is the goal your dream to serve in the army? Ever since I was a child, I have dreamed of joining the Indian Army. Some of my friends have already been selected and I too want to serve my country. I also want to be able to take care of my parents and make them proud of me. I've always believed that army men are real heroes. Did you expect your running routine video to draw so much attention? I never thought it would get so much attention. My family isn't on social media, so at first I didn't think it would have a huge impact on them. My mother used to worry about me running so late at night and always tried to stop me. But over the past few days, many of our friends and family have called to tell her how wonderful the video was. Both my parents said they were proud of me and I was very happy about that. My friends said they were proud too, but they thought the awareness from the video could probably spark something bigger. For the past two years, the Indian government has suspended army recruitment [as a result of the COVID pandemic]. They thought the video could serve as a trigger for recruiting to resume. If so, hundreds of young people across India could benefit. I just want to focus on my goal of making it into the army. I would also like to be able to take better care of my parents. What advice would you give to other young people who may be facing stumbling blocks in pursuing their dreams? I believe that everyone faces problems at some level. My only advice would be to not dwell on the problems but face them and work hard. When it comes to achieving your goals, you need to be focused and determined. In other words, never stop running.

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Can Spurs pull off a 'miracle' and present Kane with a dilemma?

Tottenham are rejuvenated under Antonio Conte and move into the top four, leaving Harry Kane with a dilemma of staying or leaving at the end of the season. (Author: Gardener)

KaneThere have been times this season when things have looked bleak for Tottenham. Star man Harry Kane also wanted out and champions Manchester City were keen to sign him but the England skipper ended up staying. There were suggestions he was down tools at the north London club, seemingly disinterested and needed until mid-October to score his first Premier League goal of the season. But after a rocky start under current manager Antonio Conte, Tottenham's signs are much better - and Kane now faces a dilemma over his future. On 30 October, Tottenham were eighth in the table, two points off a Champions League spot, after a humiliating 3-0 home loss to Manchester United. It cost Espirito Santo his job, who was fired just two days later. Former Chelsea manager Conte was named as his successor and things only deteriorated on February 23 when he fell seven points adrift of the top four after a feeble 1-0 defeat by Burnley. After that game, Conte suggested that if he was the problem at the club he was "ready to go", but the comment has had an electrifying effect on the squad. Since then, Spurs have gone on to five wins and one loss in their last six games, including Sunday's 5-1 win over Newcastle to propel them into a Champions League spot. On Friday, Conte said his side needed a "miracle" to play in Europe's elite club competition and after beating the Magpies he told BBC Sport: "It's very difficult to win this league in the Champions League race to attempt. We want to stay there until the end.” We have to try to keep playing that intensely and precisely. Spurs are ahead of Arsenal on goal difference but their north London rivals have two games in hand and the two sides meet in a crucial tie before the end of the season. Conte added: "We know we have eight finals. We have to try to stay in the race and do our best to make our fans happy. He was fighting for the title rather than a place in the top four. But Levy declined an exit and the England captain eventually said he was "100% focused on helping the team succeed." Kane had a slow start to the season, scoring his first league goal on October 17 at Newcastle, and in he scored just two goals in his next 11 club games. Despite failing to score against Newcastle on Sunday, Kane provided the cross for Matt Doherty's goal and was named the man of "They got their mojo back," former Premier League footballer Clinton Morrison said on BBC Radio 5 Live. "A lot of people doubted Harry Kane when he didn't get his move, but I did." not because he's one of the best strikers in Europe and the world." Fo Tottenham winger David Ginola told Sky Sports: "Spurs look very confident. "The new playmaker at Spurs is Harry Kane. Kane's return to the Form has seen him score eight goals and provide five assists in La Liga in 2022 - his 13 goal contributions more than any other top-flight player. Conte said: "He played an amazing game. "We're talking about a talented player. Often players with great talent don't want to work hard. Not that they want to work less, but sometimes they can be lazy. "He was an example from day one when I arrived here. Ex-Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe added on Sky Sports: "He's a complete footballer. When someone like Harry Kane is chasing records, he wants to score in every game." During the international break, Kane moved up to second on England's top scorer list - just four short of Wayne Rooney's record of 53. With 178 goals in the Premier League, he sits fifth on this all-time list as he attempts to equal Alan Shearer's record of 260. Kane's individual accolades, however, are unequaled by his trophy case as the 28-year-old has yet to lift a silver.Closest he lost in the 2019 Champions League final and was twice runners-up in the EFL Cup final and at the European Championship "We don't know what Harry and the football club have agreed," Graeme Souness told Sky Sports, "Harry will be a real one Having a dilemma It's okay to have records, but you want to show your grandkid your medals." If I were Conte, my first thing would be 'For me to stay, Harry has to Stay Kane'." "Not the commitments he gets - it has to be all about Kane. You have to keep the manager and the player. "If Erling Haaland goes to Man City, who could afford Kane?" France's Ginola, who won the League Cup during a three-year tenure at Spurs in 1999, added: "If Spurs rely so much on Harry Kane, they've got a few more years to sign him. It's a crucial question for Spurs because, 'You can't replace him.' 'Kane has a choice to go anywhere. He wants to win trophies. * Our Tottenham Hotspur coverage is bigger and better than ever - here's everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a moment. * Everything Spurs - go straight to the best content

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The best football-related April Fool's jokes this year

Friday, April 1st, 2022 is of course April Fool's Day. On this day, people play pranks on each other all day long until 12 noon. (Author: Gardener)

this yearThanks to modern technology, it is very easy for individuals worldwide and even in the mass media to participate in April Fool's Day with thousands of others. 101, in turn, has rounded up the best soccer-related pranks of April Fools' Day 2022. One of the day's most bizarre April Fool's jokes came from football.london and involved Tottenham boss Antonio Conte. The Italian is known for changing the food available to his players, with Conte having banned ketchup in the Tottenham canteen earlier this season. However, FL's story on Friday went one step further, running the headline 'Tottenham only lets players eat with their left hands as it increases chances of silverware'. "The club are believed to be monitoring players in the Spurs canteen to ensure they are not eating with their right hands. There is a system of fines for those caught breaking the rules. Losses were also made by club captain Lloris, according to a source, including wearing an Arsenal cap for the day and spending an hour washing up in the Spurs canteen. “It is understood that some players were confused after the first meeting so Paul Gascoigne was brought in to help explain the benefits. The former Spurs midfielder only ate and drank with his left hand during England's successful Euro '96 season and the now 54-year-old told Tottenham players he blamed himself for England's semi-final defeat by Germany because he played with his a bowl Eaten oatmeal right hand that morning.” As well as being snubbed about their eating habits, Tottenham were also told they were welcoming back a former manager on April Fools' Day. Spurs news account 'That Tottenham Feed' ran an article suggesting Jose Mourinho was keen on a North London return and even came up with some quotes that will no doubt haunt Spurs fans: NEW: Jose Mourinho has a return to # is indicated. Tottenham should have the opportunity in the future. “There is one place I would like to go back and finish the job correctly. Not making the League Cup final last season was wrong - I want to win for them." #THFC #COYS pic.twitter.com/1s7Liq6uPG Not the most creative bit but Wolves Fancast claimed the club was up for sale and apparently fooled at least one fan with the tweet: 😄 pic.twitter.com/vv5Wmdc9wp See some more of the best April Fool's jokes below. 8.8 - Arsenal have the second highest ratio on the Celebration Index for their goals this season after Wolves (9.1) - 1.8 above the Premier League average of 7. pic.twitter.com/FUJWmcZaKq 6 - Paul Scholes has scored more toe-shot goals than any other player in Premier League history. pic.twitter.com/8JAdikHu6Z

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Frank Lampard is still confident Everton will survive

Jarrod Bowen returned with a bang as West Ham inflicted even more pain on the away day with a 2-1 win at Everton; Everton travel to Burnley in the Premier League live on Sky Sports on Wednesday 6 April (Author: Gardener)

EvertonFrank Lampard insists "things will turn around for Everton" if they reproduce the same attitude they showed in a 2-1 defeat at West Ham - their most recent poor result on the road. Jarrod Bowen scored his 13th goal of the season for Floor Lampard and Everton need to regroup ahead of Wednesday's six-point relegation against Burnley, live on Sky Sports. West Ham led through a spectacular Aaron Creswell free-kick but were pushed back by a deflected Mason Holgate shot. Bowen struck again for West Ham almost immediately, and the visitors finished the game with 10 men after captain Michael Keane was sent off. The travel-sick Toffees still hold the country's worst away record and are just one place above the drop zone in a torrid season - but Lampard saw signs of improvement despite a 10th away defeat. "The performance was good and we deserved more from the game," the Everton coach told Sky Sports. “A lot of things went against us today, just as it went for us. But there were also a lot of positives against a good team. We definitely deserved a point against a good team.” We showed character, discipline and created chances, which isn't easy against West Ham. If we continue like this things will go in our favor." Asked what would determine the fate of his side in the final weeks of the season, Lampard added: "Conclusion and goals, it's talent and work on the training ground . "The work isn't always repeated on the pitch, but you have to keep going. Every player and every team has moments. We created the better chances today and enough to score two or three goals. If we do that, we win games and we have to add 10 to that." Ten games is a lot. If our luck turns and we stay on the path we showed today and against Newcastle I have no doubts that we will be ok. "They want to win games. Look at West Ham. Today they are very strong, but two or three years ago they were facing relegation. The fans can know if we do that over 10 games we'll be fine." West Ham are still struggling for a place in the top four and are the least likely to climb back-to-back top six spots , which manager David Moyes regularly delivered when he was in charge at Goodison Park.Everton were dealt a blow when Donny van de Beek picked up a muscle injury in warm-up, meaning a late selection for Holgate.'It's not ideal Donny at Losing warm up but you deal with it and I think we have," Lampard added. Keane will now be suspended for this Wednesday's game against his former club Burnley and Lampard said: "The next game is always the most important .We can't think in terms of game blocks - the closest is a competitor down in the same end of the table and nobody gets an easy game at Burnley." "That's a fact at all times , so it's about continuing with the application and character of our performance today. "When things go against you - and they are - it's not whining, it's clear recent decisions and injuries... the only way to react is to do the right things and keep working. So on Wednesday when Richarlison [on Tor] the ball goes in and when the other team gets a free kick it doesn't go in the top corner. We have to stay focused on ourselves and believe in ourselves for ten games." For Everton, the misery continues. Bowen inflicted even more pain on Lampard's side, but here they were the authors of their own downfall, beaten by their own lack of focus before themselves the red mist was lowering. Keane captained the side in the absence of Seamus Coleman but it was his weary challenge to Antonio that made life more difficult as West Ham regained the lead. Lampard had his players' bottle - or equivalent words - in Questioned after they capitulated at Crystal Palace last time out in the FA Cup and they conceded poorly again just five minutes after equalizing when Bowen scored Keane's second yellow card capped another miserable road trip for Lampard and he can't help himself not afford another fruitless outing from Goodison Park on Wednesday in that crucial game against Burnley at Turf Moor. Ever ton remains safe for now, but a loss to Sean Dyche's side would narrow the gap to just a point in the last three. "It gets worse and worse when you're in that kind of situation, especially when you have to play against teams that are going against you and fighting relegation." The game against Burnley will be another crucial one for Frank Lampard. So many lost games for a manager who all the fans expected would pull the club out of this situation. "You can lose a game, but in a 38-game season, if you're in that position, it's because you're not good enough." "You can't fault this group for their efforts but I'm afraid it just boils down to the fact that they don't have enough quality at this level to win games away from home. West Ham boss David Moyes, who spent 11 years managing Everton, is confident his former club will avoid relegation. Moyes, who was Everton's longest-serving manager since Harry Catterick in 1961-73, believes Lampard's side have the quality to stay in the Premier League despite taking just six points from 14 away games this season - the lowest of England's 92 sides four best leagues. "I think Everton will be fine," said the Scot. "I think if you have the quality of strikers that Everton have, something gives you a great opportunity [with a] Brazilian center forward and an English centre-forward. "I think they have players on the flanks who can also score goals, so I think Everton have a lot of good things for them. "I think they should be more positive about it, but I understand [as] I was in Been there lately when I haven't quit with Sunderland, I've been there with West Ham a couple of times when I've done it and it's not a good place and you never know how it's going to go. "But I think Everton have quality in some areas that other clubs don't have." Asked about Moyes' confidence his side will stay up, Lampard joked: "It's easy for him to say, isn't it? I value his opinion and I know he is rightly close to the club and to the club it back." If he meant seeing us today and feeling how we were as a team and if we continue with this form then I agree. We have 10 games left which is a lot of points to go that we have to fight and as much as we don't like to lose here, the feel of the game and our performance was a plus so if we can replicate that then I agree with him." West Ham host Lyon in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday 7 April; Kick-off 8 p.m. Everton travel to Burnley in the Premier League live on Sky Sports on Wednesday 6 April; Kick-off 7:30 p.m.

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Tottenham vs Newcastle Player Ratings

Tottenham came from a goal deficit to edge past Newcastle 5-1 at home on Sunday to overtake Arsenal into fourth in the Premier League. (Author: Gardener)

TottenhamAs for Newcastle, the hammering against Tottenham Hotspur has seen Eddie Howe's side lose three in a row. Tottenham dominated opening first-half exchanges but didn't have outstanding chances to show for it. In fact, it was Newcastle who could have broken the deadlock in the 22nd minute through Joe Willock had it not been for a crucial final trench from Cristian Romero. The visitors grew into the game as half-time progressed and finally took the lead in the 38th minute through Fabian Schar, whose low deflection free-kick was too strong for Hugo Lloris. The lead didn't last too long, however, as Spurs immediately hit back when Ben Davies nodded in Son Heung-min's cross to make it 1-1. And after a half-time team chat from Conte, Tottenham managed to turn the tide shortly after the restart as Harry Kane fell deep into the gaps while Son and Kulusevski worked the channels on their bikes. Spurs were widespread and tore Newcastle apart afterwards as goals from Matt Doherty, Son, Emerson Royal and Steven Bergwijn propelled them to a massive 5-1 win. It was a complete second-half defensive collapse by Eddie Howe's side against a free-goal Tottenham unit who have now scored 21 goals in their last six Premier League games. Hard tackle will now reign supreme over both groups of players in what ended up being a fairly comfortable victory for Conte's men. The France international should have done better on Fabian Schar's free-kick, even if there was a lot of traffic blocking his view. Otherwise he didn't have much to do as Newcastle only managed one shot on target from this set piece. It was another solid and dominant performance from Romero, growing game by game. Some of his tackles and blocks really stood out, including when he denied Willock a specific goal. He was also composed with the ball at his feet and often flicked into the Newcastle half. Eric Dier looked a little uncertain for the first 30 minutes but he calmed down and didn't make a mistake after the break. He's grown so much since Conte took over and it showed on Sunday when he organized things at the back and was very good on the ball. Ben Davies got off to a shaky start to the game but made up for it by equalizing Tottenham before half-time. The Welshman deserves credit for that, as it was the turning point in the game. After the goal, he was solid defensively and played a stable second half. Emerson made several false passes early on while offering little attacking threat for an hour. But he grew into the game, worked hard and scored his first goal for the club when he showed up at the near post to knock Doherty's cross over the line. As always, Bentancur had command of the ball and showed some clean turns and passes over the top, but sometimes held the ball too tightly. He also got a yellow card in the first half after a brawl with Saint-Maximin. Hojbjerg maintained his strong form with another commanding and fighting performance in the engine room. Provides the much-needed physicality to close down Newcastle's midfield and control the game. While he gave up possession unnecessarily a few times, he calmed down well after the break. Despite being forced to play at left-back, Doherty finished with a goal and an assist to continue his resurgence under Conte. The Irishman has put in an amazing effort to revive his falling Spurs career and now looks like a man born again. He was composed, calm and solid defensively while also providing Spurs with a steady exit for forward movement. He made a smart finish for his goal with a header from a fantastic Kane cross, while his assist for Emerson's goal was simply exquisite. Kulusevski was a key cog in Tottenham's relentless second-half attack. He knitted midfield and attack and created decent openings, superbly crossing over to Son's goal in the 54th minute. The Swede also played in Tottenham's fourth goal, creating four chances in total, as many as all Newcastle players combined. ⚽️⚽️ vs Man City Kane didn't look enough of a threat in the first half as Newcastle jammed the area to narrow the gaps for warm-up. But that definitely wasn't the scene in the second period, as the England skipper dove deep between the lines and showed his class as a first-rate playmaker. He crossed a teasing ball for Doherty's goal and was part of the deft move for Son's goal, while he could have added another assist later, putting Son on target with an exquisite pass from his own half. Son was kept calm by Newcastle's backline in the first half and he carelessly gave away the free-kick for Schar's goal. But the striker quickly made amends, rolling a testing cross into the box for Davies to level. In the second half, the South Korean was back in his groove and looking dangerous, with goals and assists flowing freely for Spurs. He scored very well but was a bit wasteful in front of goal and could have scored more than once. Nonetheless, Son delivered another electrifying performance. Winks brought some fresh legs into Spurs' midfield in the final 15 minutes. The Brazilian came off the bench to make a lively cameo with some drives and played a cute little pass to put Bergwijn in the fifth goal. Dubravka was by far the busier of the two keepers and faced the most pressure from Spurs in the first half. The Slovakian goalkeeper couldn't have resisted either goal as his defense left him rattling, helpless and completely exposed in the second half. He was the culprit for Spurs' second goal when he was caught napping and Doherty was able to sneak up behind him and score a header. Newcastle saw both the good and the ugly side of Schar at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Swiss hit the far corner with a beautiful, low free-kick to put Newcastle ahead but passed the ball cheaply straight to Kulusevski ahead of Doherty's goal, setting the tone for a poor second half. Without a doubt, this was Dan Burn's worst performance in black and white since signing from Brighton last January. Usually very dominant in and around the box, he performed decently in the first half to keep Kane-Son's duo reasonably calm. But the 29-year-old was just about everywhere in terms of positioning and Spurs crucified him for his lack of pace after the break. Targett was usually a solid presence on the left, but his performance in north London was his worst since joining the club on loan in January. Not only was he ineffective up front, but he also struggled defensively against Kulusevski, who rushed past him too easily for Son's goal. Davies beat him in the air for an equalizer and Emerson passed him for Tottenham's fifth. Since Howe's arrival, Shelvey has been in fine form, but this anonymous appearance shows it was more of a false dawn than anything. He was sloppy with his passing and his long balls were stubborn throughout the game. He couldn't even get close to the Spurs players around him and control the game in any way. Drop one from Shelvey/Joelinton/Willock who were all cruel today. #NUFC In a bleak afternoon for the Toon in terms of clear chances, Willock had his moments and chances to score. In the first half, an outstanding block by Romero failed after nice footwork. Defensively, he was part of the midfield that was completely overrun and cut open several times in the second half. He struggled and converted but lived on the sidelines after picking up a yellow card for shoving Bentancur at the table on the edge of half-time. Howe eventually ticked him off as a precaution to avoid a second yellow card. Fraser's last ball just wasn't there that day. He made a lot of effort defensively, but Spurs got a lot of joy from his side and Manquillo's. Wood didn't get the ball as well and was largely isolated and ineffective. He won a couple of headers and worked hard but didn't get any real service to work with before being replaced by Jamaal Lascelles in the 70th minute. Saint-Maximin was determined to prove some of his doubters wrong, but for all his good defensive work and chasing back in the first half, he lost the ball far too often and gave it away cheaply in the build-up to Tottenham's fifth. And while he looked dangerous every time he touched the ball, the Frenchman left too much room for Kulusevski and Emerson to get behind him and threaten in the second half. You would be forgiven for not knowing that Jacob Murphy came on on the hour mark as the full-back offered literally next to nothing and had no impact on the game. Guimaraes came on to bring more control into the game and offered some composure but it was too late as the damage had already been done and dusted by the time he came on. Lascelles was introduced by Howe to limit the damage done but he practically stood out for the fifth goal.

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Is it between Arsenal and Spurs?

We rate the runners and riders in the race for the top 4, their form and their placings through to the end of the season... (Author: Gardener)

Arsenal and SpursManchester City and Liverpool are fighting for the title, but the race for fourth place is also heating up. Tottenham and Arsenal are the front runners, grabbing fourth from the chasing pack, with West Ham, Manchester Utd and Wolves entering with a hoot. Qualifying for next season's Champions League is a fascinating race. Here we rank the runners and drivers as they battle for fourth place, their form and their games by the end of the season... Tottenham had alternated between wins and losses in each of their last seven games but have been able to catch up-back Premier League wins for the first time in 2022 with a win over West Ham before the international break and made it third in a row with a 5-1 win over Newcastle that put them fourth on Sunday. Don't forget West Ham and Wolverhampton are having a fantastic season. Every player improves and that's why Tottenham keep rising. With Mikel Arteta under pressure but the Spaniard has made a remarkable comeback at the Emirates Stadium. Their 1-0 win over Aston Villa gave the Gunners their 10th Premier League win in 13 games. Arsenal have this 13th. Gary Neville has explained his recent comment that he doesn't "trust them completely", saying he now expects Arteta's side to finish fourth despite some difficult games. "Trust Arsenal because haven't delivered them yet," Neville recently said on Monday Night Football. "The pressure is on them now, in the sense that they are now expected to finish fourth. "I think they will finish fourth, but Tottenham have yet to come, they have to play Manchester United. Now they have to go on and prove that we can all trust them, that they can go and deliver Champions League football that went against all expectations at the start of the season. Key games: Brighton (H) – Saturday 9 April 3pm kick-off Chelsea (A) – Wednesday 20 April 7.45pm kick-off – live on Sky Sports, Manchester United (H) – Saturday 23 April 12.30pm kick-off West Ham (A) – Sunday , 1 May Kick-off 4.30pm - live on Sky Sports, Tottenham (A) - TBC Arsenal to play West Ham West Ham had a fantastic start to the season but, despite beating Liverpool and Chelsea at home, suffered a minor setback when the Back-to-back defeats to Wolves and Man City on November 1, before followed by losses to Arsenal and Southampton They responded well however, and wins over Watford, Crystal Palace and Norwich put them firmly back in contention for Champions Le ague qualification.But the defeat against Manchester United on January 22 saw them concede fourth place on a weekend that saw Arsenal drop points and Tottenham lose to Chelsea. A narrow win over Watford got them back on track, but subsequent draws against Leicester and Newcastle saw their top-four offers falter before they ended February with an important three points at home to European challengers Wolves. The defeat at Tottenham before the international break ended what Moyes described as a "good week" for the club after sealing their place in the Europa League quarter-finals. That could now be their best route to next season's Champions League, although a win over Everton has kept them in the hunt. West Ham's start to the season looks tricky with trips to Chelsea and Brighton on the horizon. They also face Arsenal and Man City at home. If they want to reach the top 4 West Ham will have to do it the hard way. Key games: Chelsea (A) - Sunday 24 April; Kick-off 2pm - live on Sky Sports, Arsenal (H) - Sunday 1 May; Kick-off 4.30pm - live on Sky Sports, Man City (H) - Sunday 15 May; Kick-off 3pm, Brighton (A) - Sunday 22 May, kick-off 4pm. West Ham games Manchester United United will end a fifth straight season without a trophy as the club finds itself at yet another crossroads. Hopes of winning the Champions League always seemed faint and failing to land a glove against Atletico Madrid, they meekly fell in the round of 16. After finishing second in the Premier League and losing the Europa League final on penalties, hopes of further progress under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were fueled by the summer's acquisitions of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo. But they were eliminated from the Carabao Cup in September and were then humiliated on home soil by Liverpool and Manchester City, with the 4-1 defeat at Watford leading to Solskjaer's exit in November. Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has lost just two Premier League games but there have been too many draws and incoherent performances, plus they've been knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League. The club have won just two knockout games in the Champions League in the last decade - a period during which gross transfer spend has reportedly totaled £1.4billion. If performances don't improve, the club could even slip into the Europa Conference League or miss out on European football for the first time since finishing seventh in 2013/14. Man Utd fixtures Wolves Wolves have had a bumpy start to the season with three straight 1-0 defeats under new coach Bruno Lage, which has seen them finish 18th in the league. One of those defeats came against Nuno Espirito Santos Tottenham, who left last season to take over the north London club. Since then, however, Lage has improved his side's form with impressive victories against Aston Villa, West Ham and Brighton. Despite being the third-worst team in the division with 24 Premier League goals, their defensive play has been a key component in their rise up the table. They have conceded just 21 goals this season, a record only surpassed by Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Their start to 2022 has been impressive, with back-to-back victories over Manchester United, Southampton and Brentford. Losses home and away by Arsenal were setbacks but they immediately responded to the Molineux defeat by the Gunners with key victories over Tottenham and Leicester that kept Wolves firmly in the hunt for European qualification. The Midlands club have been back on track after back-to-back victories over Watford and Everton - but following their dramatic 3-2 home defeat by Leeds it now looks increasingly likely that a Europa League spot is the limit of their aspirations, although a 2-1 win over local rivals Aston Villa heated the mood after the international break. Wolves matches Follow the race for Champions League qualification live on Sky Sports.

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Bowen returns in time; Kulusevski drives the Spurs forward

Jarrod Bowen makes an instant impression on his return for West Ham; Dejan Kulusevski's form helps drive Tottenham's improvement; Liverpool and Man City are arranging an important title duel (Author: Gardener)

BowenJarrod Bowen returned for West Ham to inspire them to win over Everton Jarrod Bowen's return could not have been more timely for West Ham. Bowen made his first start in a month after four games injured and proved he could make the difference in a 2-1 home win against Everton. He won the free-kick that caused Aaron Creswell to roll in West Ham's opener and then scored the winning goal. It was a reminder to all why he looked doomed to earn his first call-up for England last month, before suffering an agonizing foot injury in the Liverpool defeat. But Hammers boss David Moyes has no doubt Bowen will still be on the mind of England manager Gareth Southgate in the summer. "If he finishes the season well then he'll be back for those [England] games in June," said Moyes. Such is Moyes' confidence in Bowen that he had no problem putting the striker in the starting XI against Everton after Manuel Lanzini was left out of the squad following a car accident on Thursday which luckily left the Argentine unharmed. "It was only until yesterday that I knew Lanzini wasn't going to make it," revealed Moyes. "I thought with [not] Lanzini's quality on the ball and he played really well for us, should we start Jarrod for 50 or 60 minutes or bring him in for 30 minutes? It's not his fitness, I think it's just his game and he was a bit worried about it." However, the 25-year-old's performance against Everton was unproblematic as he lasted 70 minutes before being substituted off. Moyes added: "I've never really worried about Jarrod. He said he doesn't know if he's smart enough when you've been out for a while, but he's got such high standards now.” But what Moyes would have liked most about Bowen's performance is the way he responded straight away integrated into the squad when he formed a menacing quadruplet with Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio. Together they terrorized the Everton defense all afternoon as they scored nine shots on goal and had a combined 20 of West Ham's 22 touches in the opposition's penalty area. Even with Lanzini returning, it's hard to imagine Moyes changing that front four for Thursday's big Europa League quarter-final first leg against Lyon at the London Stadium. One thing is for sure, Bowen's return will worry the French. 'Great signing' Kulusevski helps Spurs improve It was a reminder of the quality Antonio Conte must fall back on and the Italian made it a point to highlight the options offered by these two players in particular. But they are being kept from the side by a brilliant 21-year-old right now. Dejan Kulusevski has poked fun at proposals that take time to adapt to the Premier League. The January loan-in for Heung-Min Son's goal on Sunday gave him five assists in his first 10 appearances in the competition. The last player to reach that tally so quickly at his age or younger was a certain Eden Hazard. It would be a tall order to say he is on a similar path to the brilliant Belgian, but Conte believes Spurs have brought a gem of their own. "It's a great signing for Tottenham, now and in the future," he said in his post-match press conference. Tottenham 5-1 Newcastle match report and highlightsTeam line-up | Match stats Spurs have signed Kulusevski on a two-year contract with Juventus and have a commitment to buy him at the end if certain criteria are met. While Conte has spoken about the improvement each player has made through his coaching, there is no doubt that Kulusevski's arrival has also given the team a boost. If they can sign a few more of that standard over the summer, they'll go really far. Everton need to stick together in difficult times Bowen inflicted more pain on Frank Lampard's side but here they were the culprits of their own downfall, struck by their own lack of focus before the red mist descended. Michael Keane captained the side in the absence of Seamus Coleman but it was his weary challenge to Michail Antonio that made life more difficult as West Ham regained the lead. Lampard confident of Everton survival | Moyes: You have quality to stay upHow the teams are lined up | Match stats Lampard confident of Everton survival | Moyes: You have quality to stay upHow the teams are lined up | Match statistics The Merseysiders have received a red card in each of their last three Premier League games (including Jonjoe Kenny v Wolves, Allan v Newcastle), becoming the first side to see red in three straight games since Watford in December 2017. Lampard had questioned his players' bottle - or similar words - after they capitulated last time out in the FA Cup at Crystal Palace and they conceded another feeble goal just five minutes after equalizing when Bowen scored. Keane's second yellow card capped another miserable road trip for Lampard and he simply cannot afford another fruitless outing from Goodison Park on Wednesday in that crucial game against Burnley at Turf Moor, live on Sky Sports. Lampard said: "The next game is always the most important and the next is a competitor down at the same end of the table. Nobody has an easy game at Burnley - it's a fact at all times so it's about continuing the application and character of our performance today." Everton remain safe for now but a loss to Sean Dyche's side would widen the gap to the last trim three down to just one point Is it time for Howe to ditch Wood?Up until he was withdrawn 20 minutes before Newcastle lost to Tottenham, Chris Wood had played every minute of every game for the Toon since joining from Burnley.He was Eddie Howes focal point without regularly finding the back of the net. Far from just scoring a goal. That's fine when you're winning games and teammates are scoring goals. However, Newcastle have now lost three games on spin, and Wood was anonymous in north London and was knocked out by a combination of Eric Dier and Christian Romero, having just 15 touches, the lowest of a All field players who started the game. If you stretch it further back, he's only found the net once in his last 17 starts for Burnley and Newcastle. Splitting goals in the absence of Callum Wilson, who is their top scorer with 10 goals, remains a major concern for Howe. Premier League Table | Fixtures | Results Wood is a massive presence, but his lack of movement makes him easy to tag when you don't have players around him. Dwight Gayle remains a Newcastle player but has played just 29 minutes of football in a season of bench warming and has not started a Premier League game for almost a year. Is Howe considering going in a different direction? He said: "It's been difficult for Chris, he's had four games [on international duty], a lot of travel so we pulled him back to keep him in good shape." Historic victory for Brentford shows what makes them special Best performance of the season? But however you categorize Brentford's shocking, stunning 4-1 win at Chelsea, there's no denying that Thomas Frank and his players deserve huge credit for achieving a result few would have believed possible. Before kick-off, it appeared that Brentford's survival in the Premier League would rest more on a clash with Watford in a couple of weeks. Instead, their first league win at west London rivals Chelsea in 83 years may have secured their top-flight status. If so, it's an accomplishment that owes it all to the core ingredients that define this Brentford team. Chelsea 1-4 Brentford Match Report & HighlightsTeam Lineup | Game Stats His high caliber coaching has created a team capable of mixing high pressing and low blocking and frustrating opponents with both. Praise also goes to these players: from the bravery in bringing the game to Chelsea early on, to the character in reacting to Antonio Rudiger's force and pushing for more. A first goal in the Premier League since 2019 was the reward for another class show in the middle of the park. He inspired the players around him. Capturing the enormity of Saturday's win isn't easy - but Brentford fans will cherish a day to remember. Chelsea need to shake sluggishness ahead of crucial weeks Thomas Tuchel was at a loss to explain Chelsea's 4-1 home defeat by Brentford. He ended up putting it down to "an odd 10 minutes," saying he wouldn't dwell on it for too long. Tuchel: I don't know why we lost control | Frank: Eriksen 'amazing' Despite all the distractions off the field, your players have consistently delivered admirably over the past month. But April is crucial for their season. Real Madrid are in town for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday. There's also an FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace and later in the month a potentially crucial midweek game against Arsenal, the side now breathing down the Premier League table. A similar loss to West Brom almost exactly a year ago turned out to be just a blip. Tuchel and Chelsea supporters are hoping this defeat by Brentford will ultimately act as a jolt to sharpen the side for the big challenges ahead. Watford win is crucial month for Liverpool Liverpool's lead at the top of the Premier League table has lasted so long, but three months ago the Reds would never have dreamed of a second at the top. On January 15, they were 14 points behind Manchester City. At 2:22 p.m. on Saturday, they were two points ahead of the champions. At 4.52pm, City quickly reclaimed first place with a comfortable win at Burnley, but for Liverpool it was all about starting a massive month with the right result that perfectly hits the potential title decider at City next Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Liverpool 2-0 Watford - Match Report & HighlightsTeam Lineup | Match stats Liverpool's win over Watford was a case of work and it continued as Jurgen Klopp's side struggled to a 2-0 win over the relegation strugglers. It wasn't a performance worthy of Klopp's 250th Premier League game in charge and the German later admitted he was 'not interested' in the performance. "We didn't play the best football possible today, but it was enough," he said. "I didn't expect us to fly - it's unlikely to be the best game of the season after the international break." But he knows his side need to tune in and play their best in the coming weeks. On Tuesday they travel to Lisbon to face Benfica in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-finals, followed by the trip to the Etihad on Sunday. The second leg against Benfica at Anfield takes place on April 13, before another match against Pep Guardiola's side in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on April 16. On April 19th, league home games against Manchester United Everton will follow on April 24th - both live on Sky Sports. Throw in a potential Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich or Villarreal on April 26 or 27 and it really is a blockbuster month for the Reds. The win over Watford will be a minor footnote, but it's a win that sets Klopp's side up for a crucial couple of weeks. Maddison is smiling again and influencing the games James Maddison was watching when Gareth Southgate opted for Emile Smith Rowe and Conor Gallagher for England's international friendlies last month, but the Liecester midfielder provided the perfect answer at Old Trafford. The 25-year-old has had just one cap for his country, coming on as a substitute in the 7-0 win against Montenegro in November 2019, but he created twice as many chances as any other player in Saturday night's 1-1 draw. Speaking of his World Cup ambitions, Maddison said: "As an English player, the World Cup is the pinnacle." Man Utd 1-1 Leicester - Match Report & HighlightsHow the teams line up | Game Stats “It's just about showing more consistency and influencing games more. I'm feeling really good, very confident and going into games with that confidence and Marcus Rashford still struggling looking for a spark when sharing the same pitch, Southgate can have the undisputed qualities and that certain something of something else , which Maddison certainly possesses, might not be ignored.Isolated Weghorst leaves Burnley looking toothless Burnley pulled away from their typical 4-4-2 formation for the third time this season in the Premier League, with Dyche's plan to move Man City to " control" with Jack Cork starting Cornet in place of Maxwel to bolster midfield, but the manager admitted his game plan was shattered within five minutes thanks to De Bruyne's early goal. In truth, the chances of a home win against the champions were slim, whatever Dyche's tactics, given Pep Guardiola's side. The regular dominance of the Clarets, but starting with Wout Weghorst as a lone striker, had a particularly negative effect. The hulking Dutchman is no doubt a threat to opposition defences, but throwing long balls at him with no one around to attack second balls was an odd tactic, with Burnley only having three touches in opposition's penalty area in the first half recorded. Dyche seemed to acknowledge the problem in the second half, bringing on both Cornet and Jay Rodriguez and moving Josh Brownhill into a more advanced position, but it was little too late, especially against a Man City side who haven't lost a point from winning positions in the Premier League this season. Weghorst finished the game with zero shots, zero touches in the opponent's box and less than 50 percent of his aerial duels won, outlining the toothless nature of a Burnley attack relying on his aerial skills. With just 10 games remaining for Burnley to come from a four-point deficit over Everton - who have a game in hand - the responsibility lies with Dyche to get more of Weghorst's signing in January, who was signed to help the Avoid relegation but now has only one goal in 10 league games. Premier League table | Fixtures | ResultsWatch Premier League highlights for free on Sky SportsTurf Moor trip presented perfect set-up for Man City Pep Guardiola said ahead of Manchester City's Burnley game that he and his players were aware Liverpool's win over Watford would benefit them were knocked out of first place in the early game . But the manager and his players could not have asked for a friendlier game to return to the top of the table as Man City have won their last nine games against Burnley by a aggregate score of 32-1. Burnley 0-2 Man City - Match Report & HighlightsTeam Lineup | Match Statistics Burnley 0-2 Man City - Match Report & HighlightsTeam Lineup | Match statistics The Clarets used a 4-5-1 formation to frustrate their visitors, but Man City quickly undermined that strategy thanks to Raheem Sterling's right wing raids and clever finishes from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan. While Guardiola highlighted his side's inability to finish the game, he would probably privately admit his players lowered their intensity in the second half, with the three points all but certain and an impressive fixture list looming. The impressive De Bruyne and Phil Foden were withdrawn in the second half in what appeared to be an attempt to keep them fresh for Tuesday's visit to Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final first leg. Man City then face their biggest game of the season so far on April 10 when Liverpool travel to the Etihad - live on Sky Sports - before flying to Madrid for the second leg against Atletico. They then face Liverpool again, this time at Wembley Stadium, for a place in the FA Cup Final. With so many season-defining games taking place in the coming weeks, a trip to Turf Moor seemed like the perfect opportunity for Man City to improve - an opportunity the champions capitalized on vigorously. Wolves had lost four of their previous six Premier League games before their deserved 2-1 derby win over Aston Villa at Molineux. After a 2-0 lead against Leeds and a 3-2 defeat in the last game before the international break, it looked as if an impressive debut season under head coach Bruno Lage was about to end. Wolves 2-1 Aston Villa Match Report & HighlightsTeam Lineup | Match Stats Despite the absence of suspended Raul Jimenez and injured Ruben Neves, Saturday's win over West Midlands rivals and the conflicting results of the teams around them mean they remain firmly in the hunt for European football. Now over West Ham ahead of their clash with Everton on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, Wolves will qualify for next season's Europa Conference League if they can stay in seventh place - should Crystal Palace fail to win the FA Cup. With tough games still to come against Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, games against Newcastle, Burnley, Brighton and Norwich will give Lage encouragement that his side can end the season strong. After reaching the quarter-finals of the 2019/20 Europa League under former coach Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves can dream of playing in Europe again and if they can find some consistency in the run-in then they are well on their way to doing so. It's a question you would have answered with a resounding no a few months ago when Graham Potter's side were looking safe after a top 10 finish. However, no wins in their last seven games and just three wins in their last 24 league games have greatly derailed their season. It's perhaps a bit of a reality check for a club that doesn't spend the same money in the transfer market as the teams around them in the Premier League. Brighton 0-0 Norwich - Match Report & HighlightsTeam Lineup | Match Stats One thing is for sure and it has been said before, they need to find a forward they can rely on throughout the season. Neal Maupay has shown what he can do in bouts but that performance was another reminder of where Brighton need to invest in the summer. Brighton are now just a point better off than they were at the same point last season when they were 16th on 33 points. Chances and attractive football are created and served but this was another day where it was the same old story. Only Manchester City have managed to produce that many in one game this season and they won that game 7-0 against Leeds. Ward-Prowse close in on Beckham as PL free-kick champion Is there a better free-kick taker in world football right now than Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse? Leeds 1-1 Southampton - Match Report & HighlightsTeam Lineup | Match statistics The England international added to his already brimming repertoire of stunning free-kick goals to earn his side a point at Elland Road on Saturday. When referee Anthony Taylor awarded a free-kick to the visitors on the left side of the box, everyone on the ground knew what was to come, including Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier. However, it is one thing to know what is coming and quite another to stop it. The Frenchman found that out seconds later when he clawed the ball out of the net after Ward-Prowse's free-kick sailed over the wall and into the top left corner of the net. Incredibly, this is now the midfielder's 13th direct free-kick in the Premier League, leaving him just five behind David Beckham at the top of the list and with time on his side to catch the former England captain. Brentford's Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game in the 4-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

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Spurs come from behind to advance to the Champions League spots

Match report and free highlights as unlikely goalscorers Ben Davies, Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal help Tottenham to a comeback win over Newcastle; Heung-min Son and sub Steven Bergwijn also found the net to claim their third straight win; Fabian Schar gave Newcastle the lead with a free kick (Author: Gardener)

the Champions LeagueTottenham moved up to fourth in the Premier League table and put pressure on rivals Arsenal with an impressive 5-1 comeback home win over Newcastle. Goals from Ben Davies and Matt Doherty on either side of half-time turned the game after Fabian Schar's free-kick sped past Hugo Lloris and Spurs kept their foot on the pedal for a big win, boosting their faith in the run-in . Heung-min Son finished a lovely move started by the superb Harry Kane to give Spurs the two-goal lead they needed to hold their own against their north London rivals. It was a man of Kane's game display, although he was surprisingly absent from the scorer list. Instead, Emerson Royal added a fourth with his first goal for the club and sub Steven Bergwijn sped through the middle of a suddenly exposed Newcastle defense to end the loss. It's the first time Spurs have been in the Champions League qualifying spots since September and - with three straight Premier League wins - Antonio Conte's previously painfully inconsistent side look like they've found form at just the right time. Arsenal - who now have two games in their hands - can reclaim their spot in the top four if they take a point at Crystal Palace on Monday night, but the yet to be postponed postponed derby between the two rivals is shaping up to be potentially pivotal. As for Newcastle, what appeared to be an ideal away display for 43 minutes fell short and boss Eddie Howe lamented how his side "followed the game in a very aggressive manner" as they fell 2-1. This game marked three years since Tottenham's first game at their new stadium and in that time only Manchester City and Liverpool have gained more points in their own patch. That home advantage was clear early on as Tottenham dominated possession, enjoying up to 83 percent possession in the first 15 minutes. But Newcastle have a good record away at Spurs, having won four of their previous seven and going unbeaten on their two trips to the new arena, and they did well to point Spurs to a deflected shot from Rodrigo Bentancur, a Kane shot wide and to limit a missed free kick by Eric Dier in the early stages. Newcastle were also dangerous when they had the ball. Cristian Romero did an excellent job of stopping Allan Saint-Maximin and then pulling off a crucial block to deny Joe Willock from seven yards out. And it was Howe's side who scored first in the 39th minute - thanks to a helping hand from Son, who smashed into Willock on the edge of the area, and goalkeeper Lloris, who should have done better with Schar's shot into the bottom corner. However, Son atoned for his error just three minutes later by heading in a beautiful cross for Davies to score his first Premier League goal since 2017. Maximin booked everyone after some pushing on the sidelines, but Spurs deployed their energy more positively three minutes into the restart when Doherty - playing in an unfamiliar left-back role - fired home from Kane's superb center at the back post. Son appropriately came on the scoresheet in the 54th minute to put his side out of sight - he now has 27 Premier League goals on this ground, more than any other player. Schar frantically blocked to keep Kane out shortly after, but on an afternoon when Son was helped by some unexpected goalscorers, Emerson got in the six-yard box to add the fourth from Doherty's cross with just 63 minutes on the clock . Son kicked himself for shooting wide from a good opening and sub Harry Winks bent over the bar as Spurs continued to press against an increasingly ragged Newcastle and it was no surprise a fifth went in with Lucas Moura bundles through the middle of the park before playing at Bergwijn for a cool finish. Tottenham manager Antonio Conte: "The gap between games so that we can work and not play every three days helps us. Having more days to work with my players is helpful for us as I have more time to apply my football philosophy to my players. That performance and the last few appearances have given us a lot of confidence, but in England this league is difficult. It's difficult to play against us at the moment." Conte on Kane's form: "His performance was fantastic. I told him it was a shame he didn't score but he played fantastic. Having a player like him on your team makes you strong. Knowing that we have him in our team is very important because he can score goals and create chances. Some players with talent don't want to work hard. I found a player who is a great man. It's not normal , because normally when you are at the top players you can work less, sometimes you are a bit lazy." Newcastle coach Eddie Howe: "We performed very well up to the moment when Fabian scored. "That the most important goal is the second goal - from our point of view we had to feel our way into the second half. Then we followed the game very aggressively and played in ways we shouldn't have. We were way too open, but it was in our desire to follow the game. Some of the goals they scored on the transitions were very good. We didn't get through that part of the game at all. We're aware that we've got this series of games We've just dropped out, it's been difficult for us, a lot of away games and we're happy to return home where our form has been good. It's going to be a massive time that will determine our fate this season. We need to take today's pain into our next few games and absolutely rock the stadium.” * That win lifted Tottenham Hotspur to fourth place in the Premier League; It's the first time Spurs have finished a day in the top four, having played at least 20+ games this season since finishing 4th under Mauricio Pochettino in 2018-19. * Tottenham have gained 14 points from lost Premier League positions this season, now the most of any side. Conversely, Newcastle have dropped 24 points from the top positions in 2021-22, also now a league high. * Since Antonio Conte's first league game as Tottenham manager in November, only Liverpool and Manchester City (both 50) have picked up more Premier League points than Spurs (39). * This was the biggest Premier League win by a side who conceded the game's first goal since Spurs themselves beat Manchester United 6-1 in October 2020. Tottenham travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League live on Sky Sports on Saturday 9 April; Kick-off 5:30 p.m. Next up for Newcastle is a home game against Wolves on Friday 8 April, also live on Sky Sports; Kick-off 8 p.m.

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Spurs beat Newcastle five to finish fourth

Tottenham moved up to fourth with a 5-1 comeback win over Newcastle and pressured rivals Arsenal to respond to MNF at Crystal Palace. (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleTottenham moved up to fourth in the Premier League table and put pressure on rivals Arsenal with an impressive 5-1 comeback home win over Newcastle. Goals from Ben Davies and Matt Doherty on either side of half-time turned the game after Fabian Schar's free-kick sped past Hugo Lloris and Spurs kept their foot on the pedal for a big win, boosting their faith in the run-in . Heung-min Son finished a lovely move started by the superb Harry Kane to give Spurs the two-goal lead they needed to hold their own against their north London rivals. It was a man of Kane's game display, although he was surprisingly absent from the scorer list. Instead, Emerson Royal added a fourth with his first goal for the club and sub Steven Bergwijn sped through the middle of a suddenly exposed Newcastle defense to end the loss. It's the first time Spurs have been in the Champions League qualifying spots since September and - with three straight Premier League wins - Antonio Conte's previously painfully inconsistent side look like they've found form at just the right time. Arsenal - who now have two games in their hands - can reclaim their spot in the top four if they take a point at Crystal Palace on Monday night, but the yet to be postponed postponed derby between the two rivals is shaping up to be potentially pivotal. As for Newcastle, what appeared to be an ideal away display for 43 minutes fell short and boss Eddie Howe lamented how his side "followed the game in a very aggressive manner" as they fell 2-1. This game marked three years since Tottenham's first game at their new stadium and in that time only Manchester City and Liverpool have gained more points in their own patch. That home advantage was clear early on as Tottenham dominated possession, enjoying up to 83 percent possession in the first 15 minutes. But Newcastle have a good record away at Spurs, having won four of their previous seven and going unbeaten on their two trips to the new arena, and they did well to point Spurs to a deflected shot from Rodrigo Bentancur, a Kane shot wide and to limit a missed free kick by Eric Dier in the early stages. Newcastle were also dangerous when they had the ball. Cristian Romero did an excellent job of stopping Allan Saint-Maximin and then pulling off a crucial block to deny Joe Willock from seven yards out. How the teams lined up | Match StatisticsPremier League Table | Fixtures | ResultsWatch Premier League highlights for free on Sky SportsDownload the Sky Sports app And it was Howe's side who scored first in the 39th minute, thanks to a helping hand from Son, who slammed into Willock on the edge of the box , and goalkeeper Lloris, who should have done better with Schar's drive into the bottom corner. However, Son atoned for his error just three minutes later by heading in a beautiful cross for Davies to score his first Premier League goal since 2017. Maximin booked everyone after some pushing on the sidelines, but Spurs deployed their energy more positively three minutes into the restart when Doherty - playing in an unfamiliar left-back role - fired home from Kane's superb center at the back post. Son appropriately came on the scoresheet in the 54th minute to put his side out of sight - he now has 27 Premier League goals on this ground, more than any other player. Schar frantically blocked to keep Kane out shortly after, but on an afternoon when Son was helped by some unexpected goalscorers, Emerson got in the six-yard box to add the fourth from Doherty's cross with just 63 minutes on the clock . Son kicked himself for shooting wide from a good opening and sub Harry Winks bent over the bar as Spurs continued to press against an increasingly ragged Newcastle and it was no surprise a fifth went in with Lucas Moura bundles through the middle of the park before playing at Bergwijn for a cool finish. Conte: Training Ground Time Key; Kane setting the example for team-mates Tottenham boss Antonio Conte: “Having the gap between games so we can work and not play every three days helps us. Having more days to work with my players is helpful for us as I have more time to transfer my football philosophy to my players. It's difficult to play against us at the moment." Conte on Kane's form: "His performance was fantastic. I told him it was a shame he didn't score but he played fantastic. Having a player like him on your team makes you strong. Knowing we have him." "It's very important in our team because he can score goals and create chances. Some talented players don't want to work hard. I found a player who is a great man. He has set a good example from day one. Howe." : Newcastle coach Eddie Howe is facing a huge phase: "We were performing very well up until the moment when Fabian scored. "The most important goal is the second goal - from our point of view we had to us into the second half. Then we followed the game very aggressively and played in ways we shouldn't have. We were way too open, but our desire was to chase the game.” We went expansive, took risks with the ball and then were punished by a top team. Some of the goals they scored on the transitions were very good. “We have a tremendous time ahead of us. We are aware that this series of games that we have just finished has been difficult for us, many away games and we are happy to return home where our form has been good . It's going to be a massive spell that will determine our fate this season. We need to capitalize on today's pain in our next few games and absolutely rock the stadium." Opta Stats - Spurs under Conte That win moved Tottenham Hotspur into fourth place in the Premier League; it's the first time Spurs have a Finish day in the top four having played at least 20+ games this season since they finished 4th under Mauricio Pochettino in 2018/19.Tottenham have gained 14 points this season by losing Premier League positions.now the most from each side. Conversely, Newcastle have dropped 24 points from leading positions in 2021/22, also a league high. Since Antonio Conte's first league game in charge of Tottenham in November, only Liverpool and Manchester City (both 50) have picked up more points in the Premier League than Spurs (39) This was the biggest Premier League win by a side who conceded the first goal of the game since Spurs beat Manchester U in October 2020 defeated nited 6-1. What's next? Tottenham travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League live on Sky Sports on Saturday 9 April; Kick-off 5:30 p.m. Next up for Newcastle is a home game against Wolves on Friday 8 April, also live on Sky Sports; Kick-off 8 p.m. Tottenham's Steven Bergwijn celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal. Matt Doherty scored one and set up another from left full-back

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