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Gregory Porter is just a regular guy who draws fences — and wins Grammys

The jazz singer will address racial calculus and optimism in a concert in St. Paul. (Author: Gardener)

Gregory PorterGrammy-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter had a to-do list before he set out: Paint the fence and chop some trees. "I stay grounded by cleaning my gutters, reorganizing the garage, changing diapers," he said last week from Bakersfield, Calif., a day before his tour begins. The singer is taking COVID precautions seriously, especially after one of his brothers died from the coronavirus in 2020. "If science and cities tell us to close again, I'm fine with that," he said. "I'm for protecting people." When Porter arrives at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater on Sunday, he will address the racist reckoning in the Twin Cities with the deaths of George Floyd, Daunte Wright, Winston Smith and Amir Locke at the hands of the police be aware. Porter recalled a concert in Israel in 2015 where he was confronted with a boycott over alleged Israeli human rights abuses, which he was unaware of when the contract was signed. "There was so much pressure and political energy that I had to speak to my Heavenly Mother before I approached the stage," said Porter, who began singing at a church in Bakersfield where his late mother was a minister. "So I talked about brotherhood and sang songs about offending the little one and looking out for your brother as a point of political difference." Porter, 49, is touring behind last fall's 34-song retrospective 'Still Rising - The Collection' , which connects the dots of a stellar career in which he has worked with everyone from opera diva Renee Fleming and pop experimentalist Moby to the late crooner Nat King Cole and early rocker Buddy Holly (via Technology). "The record is a good example of respecting music without respecting genre," said Porter, who has won two Grammys for jazz vocal albums. “I approach things like a jazz singer. I feel like a jazz singer in my body and in my voice, but sometimes jazz, gospel, blues, soul also come through. Music Associated with Black American Music All Rise, his 2020 album, is easily the most gospel-leaning album of his 12-year recording career. The singer said the direction is organic, going back to the first music , which he sang as a child. The video for All Rise's single "Revival" alludes to Freddie Gray, who died in Baltimore police custody in 2015, but Porter feels the song has a broader meaning.It affects everyone People." Porter has more obvious protest songs in his repertoire, including "1960 What?" and "Mister Holland," about how he was roughly treated by the father of a white girl he wanted to be with in high school. "Yes "Protest music is an integral part of jazz," he said. "To give a full picture of how to sing a song about optimism, you have to talk about where you come from. Overt racism was part of Porter's Kindh." in Bakersfield. There were only two black families in his neighborhood. A 30-foot cross was burned in her yard. One of his brothers was shot while walking home from work. One of seven children whose father abandoned her when Gregory was a toddler, Porter still found his way. He won a high school talent contest by singing a gospel song after a well-received band rocked and then blew audiences away (lead singer Jonathan Davis recently befriended Porter on Facebook.) Porter went to the San Diego State University, since he knew the lineman could sing, teammates Marshall Faulk and Darnay Scott (both future NFL players) asked him to play a song at practice one day: “These guys listened in the locker room all day Hip-hop, R&B and soul music, and on the football field I sang [the Jazzpult ard] 'Moody's Mood for Love.' They had this perplexed look on their faces.” A shoulder injury halted his football career, so Porter focused on getting a degree in urban planning. Meanwhile, his father, whom he barely knew, died when Porter was 20 and his mother passed away from cancer the next year. I told her I would finish my studies and wear brown shoes and have two children and everything will be normal," he recalled. “With her last breath she encouraged me to make music. It gave me a kind of license to do it, even if it didn't bring me immediate success." As for his father: "He gave me no time, no advice, no money, nothing. But at my father's funeral I found out that he was a great singer. He gave me something. Porter has a delicious baritone reminiscent of Lou Rawls, with references to Nat King Cole, Joe Williams, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers. This versatility has led to invitations to sing on records with world-class cellist Yo-Yo Ma and electronic dance duo Disclosure, among others. While his ingredients can vary from song to song, there's one constant for Porter: his Kangol Summer Spitfire hat. He has 30 or 40 at home but saves the black ones for the stage. "Some are for gardening," he remarked. Like he said, a regular guy.

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Scotland's view of the World Cup place "overwhelming".

Scotland's women have endured heartbreaking defeats and even more painful tragedies but now have their sights set on the World Cup, writes Tom English. (Author: Gardener)

the World CupIn her days as an alpine skier skiing the Chamonix Valley like there was no tomorrow, Helen Nelson thought she was in heaven. When she was in her early teens she was a member of the Scotland team. As good as that was - and as much as those carefree days bring a smile to her face - she could top it all on Friday when Scotland's women beat Colombia in Dubai and qualify for their first Rugby World Cup since 2010 is 80 minutes of one Removed space at the New Zealand big show in the fall. They would be in a group with Wales, Australia and the host country and five-time world champions. "There is nothing bigger than playing against New Zealand in a World Cup in New Zealand." This is Nelson's second attempt at it. "I've been with the team since 2016 and before that I did the qualifiers. I was in the squad but wasn't sure if I was good enough. I watched a few games [the World Cup was hosted by Ireland] and when I saw the hype and seeing the excitement around him, I knew that one day I wanted to be a part of it." Nelson is one of those who can tell you how tough this road has been, who can enumerate the defeats that shaped that spirit "We lost badly to Italy last year [41-20] and it hit pretty hard. That was the toughest post-game rating we've ever had.I felt terrible but then we went out in the next game and beat Wales.Even when we won games we've never had a 20 minute cruise where we were like that were so far ahead that we could relax. Every time it's a transplant for all 23 of us. I know every team says it, but we." "Very, very close. It's like I'm out here in Dubai with a bunch of my buddies. Their shot at the World Cup came about when that bond Nelson speaks of was formed for Ireland in the dying seconds of a dramatic qualifier. Leading 13-5 against the hot favorite and then 18-13 in the final minute, Chloe Rollie's late try equalized and Sarah Law's conversion won. Even today, Nelson gets goosebumps when she tells the story. "In that period, we were fourth seeded behind Italy, Ireland and Spain. We lost against Italy, beat Spain and then we had this incredible win in the last few seconds. "I wasn't on the pitch at the time and my heart was beating fast. Imagine having a kick with your hopes of a spot at the world championships riding on it. It makes me emotional just thinking about it. It showed how far we've come as a team. "It's a day I'll never forget. People keep saying there's 80 minutes between us and the World Cup and I don't like hearing that because it blows my mind. But we're ready to play." is a mix of gnarly veterans and bright youngsters, a mix of those players who know all about the hardships of the past and those who don't."The young guns really appreciate what has come before them," says Nelson: "Sometimes we get really nice things and tell them it wasn't always like that. They've all experienced losses on the rugby field, but there's another kind of loss that's not that easy to accept or even talk about at the end of November, her teammate and friend Siobhan Cattigan died at the age of 26. She became world champion in 2018 and has played 19 times for her country, her last appearance being the World Cup qualifier n win against Spain in September . The grief stays in the squad. You can see that on Nelson's face as she begins to speak. "Some of the girls aren't ready to speak yet, some are, so it's a matter of dealing with that and they're all at different stages." We all want to get to that point where we're going to talk about Siobhan. She's been such a big part of this journey and this team for so long, so it's all about remembering her and making sure she's recognized for bringing us to this point. We carry her with us all the time and if we make it to New Zealand she will be there with us." One senses that within the squad there is no need for words when it comes to paying tribute to their friend, the The Emotions are ingrained in each of them.It's hard to tell if Siobhan's name will pop up as part of her final preparations for Colombia, but there's a roaring certainty that her memory will still linger in their minds.One game before the World Cup. Scotland is 9th in the world and Colombia is 26th. In theory it should be easy, but when you look at what Colombia did to the more coveted Kazakhstan [world no " Colombia played 65 minutes of this game with 14 players and still won. They are ready for a fight, a close game that will see nerves torn in the final minutes. After Ireland's win, they know they can win that way if they have to. Nothing comes easy, but it would mean everything if we did.

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Google's CEO has a remarkably simple "Monday morning" rule that explains why he's so productive

Nobody likes Mondays, but that doesn't mean they can't be part of your productivity routine. (Author: Gardener)

GoogleNobody likes Mondays, but that doesn't mean they can't be part of your productivity routine. That's because Mondays are tough for most people, especially Monday mornings. It's the start of the work week and the end of the weekend - which for most people means the end of some kind of relaxation and a return to work. If you're someone who measures the time until next weekend, Monday is especially tough. Just to be clear, if this is how you measure your week, it's possible you'll want to consider another job. Nevertheless, many people find it difficult to get back to their everyday lives on Mondays. I think part of this is because we're not good at choosing between having the freedom to spend our time and switching work - which often feels like someone else is in charge of our time. Despite the fact that so many people dread Monday mornings, it turns out they can play a major role in how productive you are the rest of the week. To illustrate the point, I recently came across an interview with Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, in which he discussed his morning routine. "I really appreciate the quiet time in the morning," says Pichai, 49. However, when it comes to Mondays, Pichai has a special habit that I think is very smart: Monday mornings in particular are the time when I really try to thinking about the day important things I want to get done for the week or deeper thoughts. I have a notepad and pen and I often write down the three to five things I want to do that week. There are a few things I think are worth looking into, not the least of which is how easy this Monday morning routine is. Simple is good, because it can be easy to think we can't possibly relate to someone like the CEO of a trillion-dollar company. In some cases that might be true, but when it comes to organizing your week, it's about as simple - and universal - as it gets. Part of Pichai's routine is to set aside time in his schedule on Monday morning to make his plan for the week. It's important to note that this is done before you head into the office. That is why it is so important to draw up a weekly balance sheet in advance. It's important to write down the handful of things you want to achieve. It's even helpful when those issues arise — you've already decided how you want to spend your time, which makes it easier to say no to things that aren't helping you get there. We call it the "Monday Morning Rule": Every Monday morning, sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and write down the things that matter most that week. There's nothing magical about any particular shape — what matters is the routine of sitting down, thinking about how you can be most productive this week, and writing those things down. By the way, I think it's worth mentioning that Pichai doesn't create a list on his smartphone or laptop. I happen to think that drawing a pen across a piece of paper as your ideas and goals flow out dramatically increases the likelihood that you'll stick to your list. That's the point, after all - to decide in advance what's important and to make a conscious effort to devote your time to those things.

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Kevin De Bruyne's lead, Jadon Sancho's magic and five things we learned from Man City beating Man United

Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United: Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez each scored twice to earn derby rights (Author: Gardener)

Kevin De Bruyne'sManchester City beat rivals Manchester United 4-1 in Sunday afternoon's derby. Captain Kevin de Bruyne scored the opener with a great shot but it was nullified by a goal from Jadon Sancho. De Bruyne retook City's lead to put the hosts 2-1 up at the break. City came out with a lot of pressure on United in the second half and ended with a screamer from Riyad Mahrez. He converted a corner to put the visitors out of sight and scored his second goal in the final moments of the game in what proved to be a shocking performance from United. Liverpool are putting pressure on Manchester City to keep scoring points and Pep Guardiola's side did not disappoint on Sunday. They restored their six-point gap at the top of the table by beating United. And City also showed their strength at depth when Kevin De Bruyne came on for Ilkay Gundogan, meaning even if some City stars get injured in the closing stages of the race, Guardiola's side can weather the storm. All eyes were on Harry Maguire on defense as Raphael Varane was unavailable. Maguire was poor, being overwhelmed with De Bruyne's first goal and receiving a yellow card for a late challenge against the Belgium international. Maguire should either start every game or be benched to allow the side to work on their communication. A prime example of the breakdown in communication was when goalkeeper David De Gea, who was having a great game with some great saves, came miles out of goal to clear a ball which Aaron Wan-Bissaka then kicked. Not only was Maguire disappointing on defense, Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles were just as sloppy. Telles wasn't fast enough to cover City's opener and he kept getting left in the dust by City attacks. And Wan-Bissaka was bad in every area of ​​the pitch. Kevin de Bruyne scored two goals for City (Getty Images) Kevin de Bruyne, who was named captain of the Manchester derby, was a menacing presence on the pitch. He kept City calm in a frantic first five minutes and was in a perfect position to score. It was a beautiful goal that United captain Harry Maguire failed to help David de Gea as it blocked his view of the ball. De Bruyne dunked it through Maguire's legs and the entire City team ran after him in celebration. Not only was it the start of a big game for both Manchester sides, it was De Bruyne's 50th Premier League goal. He almost had his 51st with a powerful punch that was saved well by De Gea. But he got his second of the game to restore City's lead when he met with the ball flying in the box. The skipper led from the front throughout the game and was in the perfect spots for City. Jadon Sancho scored a terrific goal against his former club Manchester City, for whom he played as a child. It worked well with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba on the break, putting Sancho in a good position but the midfielder still had work to do. But big celebration or not, it was one of the best he has scored for United since joining in the summer. Jadon Sancho celebrates his goal (Getty Images) Arsenal survived a late scare from Watford to finish fourth and United failed to get the job done against City, meaning Ralf Rangnick's side have no Champions League qualifying spots. They'll have plenty of chances to reclaim the spot in the rest of the season, but they could have started to consolidate into fourth place. City, Liverpool and Chelsea look set to qualify and fourth place is the all-important place.

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Premier League Team of the Week

This is where Sports Mole picks their Premier League Team of the Week including Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and Thiago Silva. (Author: Gardener)

Premier League Team of the WeekThe latest round of Premier League games is over and dusted, with Manchester City still six points clear of the summit after humiliating rivals Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad. Arsenal moved up to fourth after a thrilling 3-2 win at Watford, while north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur scored five unanswered goals against Everton. Wolverhampton Wanderers' top-four pursuit took another hit with a 2-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace and Southampton's strong form ended in a 4-0 defeat by Aston Villa. Elsewhere, Leeds United started without Marcelo Bielsa with a 1-0 loss at Leicester City, Brentford returned to winning ways against Norwich City 3-1 and Newcastle United beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1. This is where Sports Mole selects its Team of the Week for the final round of Premier League matches. It's easy to forget that Kasper Schmeichel is 35 at times, but the Danish keeper was in top form as he saw Leicester over the line against Leeds, handing Jesse Marsch four saves, four high claims and two successful runs from a losing start. There have been several outstanding performances from right-backs in just the past week, but it would have been a crime to overlook Trent Alexander-Arnold, who provided a somewhat unorthodox assist for Sadio Manes' winner against West Ham, scoring five key passes and a superb goal-line clearance through the chip of Pablo Fornals. The ex-Wolves man has breathed new life under Antonio Conte, contributing two assists, four key passes and five tackles to beat Everton. While the future of his fellow centre-backs remains up in the air, signing Thiago Silva on for another year was a crucial part of the deal for Chelsea as the 37-year-old starred against Burnley with four clearances, four of five won Aerial Duels and a 96% Passing Accuracy at Turf Moor. Despite having plenty to do against Leeds, Schmeichel was eventually helped by the efforts of Caglar Soyuncu, who won all six of his ground duels and made six tackles, six clearances and two blocks in a performance that Leicester fans will be hoping for more often. A hugely forward-thinking midfield begins with a man who terrorized Man United for 90 minutes at the weekend when Riyad Mahrez scored twice - one of which was an incredible first effort from the outside with his left foot inside the box - and he featured eight shots in total and one 98% accuracy of fit in a stunning rendering. De Bruyne also found Mahrez for the Algerian's left-footed thunderbolt and finished the day with a 93% passing accuracy - not bad for the team's creative center. Ivan Toney, who was hailed as the world's best penalty taker as Brentford ended his winning streak at Norwich, took home the match point after scoring all three of his side's goals at Carrow Road - two of them from 12 yards - in 25th -Year-old leads the bees away from danger. It was extremely difficult to narrow down to two frontmen given the stellar performances of Kai Havertz and Cucho Hernandez this weekend but Tottenham talisman Harry Kane ultimately gets the nod after scoring both goals with usual aplomb against Everton to secure the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry overall with his 175th and 176th Premier League goalscoring and Spurs supporters certainly enjoyed that goal.

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CBN funds 28 Coys with N23.2bn under 100-for-100 policy

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has started implementing its 100 for 100 policy on production and productivity with the disbursement of N23.2 (Author: Gardener)

The Central Bank of NigeriaThe Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has started implementing its 100-for-100 policy on production and productivity with the disbursement of N23.2 billion to 28 companies to accelerate manufacturing output and encourage further diversification of the economy. Launching the program in Abuja yesterday, CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele said 79 applications worth N121.87 billion were originally received from commercial banks for projects in six sectors. "Worth N23.20 billion, these projects include 14 in manufacturing, 12 in agriculture and two in healthcare," Emefiele said, adding the program will support the bank's efforts to spur greater economic growth and create job opportunities. Emefiele said the 100-for-100 PPP is one of the bank's interventions aimed at accelerating productive activity in priority sectors. When fully operational, the projects are expected to create over 20,000 direct and indirect jobs across multiple economic sectors and generate nearly $125.80 million in foreign exchange earnings, Mr. Emefiele said. Five of the selected projects are greenfield projects that want to take advantage of the enormous opportunities in key sectors of our economy. “Under this initiative, manufacturers in critical sectors who want to participate in greenfield projects or expand their existing facilities will have access to cheaper forms of credit at single-digit rates every hundred days, as well as foreign exchange for the procurement of equipment and machinery. he explained. According to Emefiele, applications for the credit facility were carefully screened and assessed against established selection criteria, which are broken down into the following categories: production efficiency and scalability; local content capacity; job creation and human capital development; relevance of the operational sector and potential contribution to economic growth The CBN Governor also announced that the Bank's Agricultural Anchor Borrowers' Program (ABP) had disbursed N927.94 billion to over 4.5 million smallholder farmers to grow 21 commodities nationwide Its Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACS) has funded 666 large-scale agricultural projects with the potential to create an estimated 70,070 direct and indirect jobs Minister for Labor and Employment Dr Chris Ngige, who also attended the event, which took place at CBN Headquarters, said the 100-ft The r-100 PPP is designed to ensure Nigeria transitions from a consumer to a producer nation. Ngige said the country's economy has not been sustainably diversified to deal with the social crime problems troubling the country. "We know that this country will die if we don't have a central bank that plays center forwards and even goalkeepers today," Ngige said. He said Emefiele is reversing Nigeria's long practice of exporting raw materials by encouraging local productivity and creating opportunities for manufacturers to process raw materials into finished goods. He said Nigeria's latent capacity to produce what it consumes is being activated by Emefiele through schemes such as the 100-for-100 policy.

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Spineless Everton need Dele Alli's spark as Matt Doherty's form turnaround continues

Plus: Mikel Arteta's Arsenal warning; No case for Man Utd defense as Kevin de Bruyne is hailed as the perfect footballer; Reece James returns to bolster Chelsea; can Aston Villa keep a revitalized Philippe Coutinho; Christian Eriksen shines in his maiden start at Brentford (Author: Gardener)

Dele Alli'sFrank Lampard waited another 14 minutes after Harry Kane scored Tottenham's fifth goal before turning his attention to Tottenham's one-time favourite. Dele Alli was the figurehead of the cherished team Mauricio Pochettino built, but professional life has stifled his enjoyment of playing. He enjoyed a meteoric rise under Pochettino after arriving as a precocious 19-year-old in the summer of 2015, but he netted just nine times at Tottenham's new stadium before departing for a first free transfer in late January. That he was unable to realize his rich talent in the Tottenham white is a source of frustration and regret for the majority of those who filled the stands on Monday night, but he will need to show his hunger to prove he is back at the highest level belongs. Tottenham's running stats have skyrocketed since the arrival of Antonio Conte but it's an oddity that Alli hasn't been successful under the Italian given how he's excelled in that category among his peers at MK Dons and Pochettino in particular hat, who saw him as the strongest member of his squad. Lampard resisted calls for a first start but there were flashes of his craft in a cameo that finally came 24 minutes into the second half. "We've seen a real revival and unification at Goodison and we've got two home games now which hopefully will make things look more positive," Lampard said after that sobering defeat, the hardest of his managerial career. "It's a mentality problem when you concede two or three goals in the first half no matter where you are in the league. We still have a lot of home games to play so it's important that I stay positive but we can't shy away from it ." what happened tonight." At times, Alli looked all alone on the pitch as he was ordered to play off against Richarlison to chase after a lost cause. The world wants Alli to play with a smile on his face and have fun again, though he's found himself in a bad situation at Everton and it's only when safety is in place that we'll see his old, contagious ways, but he'll expect to start doing it soon judging by the spineless performance of those who failed at Tottenham. Harry Kane understandably grabbed the headlines but it wasn't his partnership with Heung-Min Son that helped him score his two goals in the 5-0 win over Everton but an unlikely Tottenham team-mate Matt Doherty had a better game for Spurs ?The delicate pass for Kane's first goal was delightful The budding relationship with the impressive Dejan Kulusevski suddenly looks like a Ber calibration off. Doherty has been badly vilified since arriving from Wolves in August 2020 and given the Republic of Ireland international is now 30, this renaissance may have come too late to convince everyone that he was the long-term fix the right side. Confidence is growing and Doherty, who is now acting in the role that convinced the club to sign him in the first place, is looking much better. Arsenal moved up to fourth with their 3-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road and there seems little risk of complacency creeping in under Mikel Arteta. The Arsenal manager cut a frustrated figure on the touchline for much of the game - even berating his players immediately after their second goal - and later used the opening part of his post-match press conference to chide their defensive performance. "We were really good going forward," he said. "We had the right organization and energy to do it and we scored three great goals, but we didn't have the same energy and commitment in defence," he said. All three of their goals were beautifully crafted, with skillful passing changes reminiscent of Arsenal's best sides under Arsene Wenger, but at the other end their carelessness created opportunities for Watford that a better side would have taken. Arsenal stayed in the end, surviving five minutes of stoppage time after Moussa Sissoko reduced his lead late on, but Arteta's eagerness to focus on the flaws in their performance shows he knows there is still a long way to go in the Champions League race Way to do gives goal. His exciting young Arsenal side have firmly placed their destiny in their own hands with a run of eight wins from ten Premier League games. "He's the perfect footballer," said Jamie Redknapp of Kevin De Bruyne's performance in the Manchester derby. Keep in mind that this is one player who managed to win back-to-back PFA Player of the Year awards. His peers think he's the best in the Premier League and this performance only confirmed that. His talents shone brightly against Manchester United's midfield - a club who can only dream of having a player with the drive, determination and skill of a De Bruyne. While Fred was "waiting for a bus," according to Roy Keane's scathing assessment of his performance, the Manchester City maestro hopped around the pitch like a Ferrari. There were two goals and an assist for the Belgian. And five more chances were created for his teammates - no more player created. De Bruyne has now scored 89 direct goals in 100 Premier League home games (37 goals, 52 assists) for Manchester City. "He's back at his best," said Pep Guardiola. "He was struggling with pain at the beginning of the season but Kevin is absolutely at his best again. I'm happy that he's scoring goals. I spoke to him about the fact that he only focuses on assists but he needs to score goals. I've told him you gotta win games. He's scoring a lot of goals now and hopefully he'll stay fit." After a sobering afternoon at the Etihad Stadium, United can only hope a return policy was still active. City have been outstanding - every one Defending in world football would have struggled with their fabulously fluid attacking performance, but perhaps not to the extent of this United defensive line Harry Maguire, the world's most expensive defender, had two and a half years to develop a partnership with Victor Lindelof, but the two looked like they had never met, let alone played alongside each other at times during the city's demolition United's iger offered little relief for a shambolic defensive effort. With a second-half deficit for Aaron Wan-Bissaka to catch up, Aaron Wan-Bissaka's easy start, marked by countless turnovers in the United area, added even more pressure before the dams were catastrophically breached. Not for the first time United's weather-beaten defense faltered under scrutiny and the most devastating element of that most painful defeat was City appearing to come off the field as if they had plenty in reserve. The gap to Manchester City is a sobering 22 points. "Newcastle are certainly safe now," said Jeff Stelling on Saturday's football match after Eddie Howe's side clinched a hard-fought 2-1 win over Brighton. No side is currently unbeaten in the Premier League than Newcastle, who are now eight games unbeaten and seven points clear of 18th-placed Burnley. "I still think we're in a relegation battle and it's very important that the players feel that we can't stop because we can't let up. It lifted us up in terms of points but we have achieved nothing." Howe said afterwards. Deep down, he will certainly be confident in keeping his team safe. On January 15, Newcastle were 19th on 12 points. They are now 14th on 28th and behind Liverpool in the Premier League form chart St James' Park is beginning to feel like a fortress Some smart signings in January coupled with a genuine work ethic under the former Bournemouth boss have the club dreaming again The new owners of Newcastle will be hoping this brilliant form is just the beginning of an upward trend Liverpool have played much better than they did in the 1-0 win over West Ham, even in games they failed to win On paper it was a stunning performance and an afternoon for the Reds but Jurgen Klopp didn't put it that way. He called it a "special win" and if you think about it, he has a point. The question every team looking to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title asks is simple: could they, like City could, win the 10, 12, maybe 15 straight games it takes to win Throwing Pep Guardiola's team off their seat? The fact that Liverpool did the job despite his performance and not because of his performance should help make his claim. It was their 12th consecutive win in all competitions, in a run in which they have now kept eight clean sheets - including Saturday's win. "You can't win the number of games that we've won in the last few weeks without stress and the occasional bit of luck," was Klopp's accurate assessment. Manchester City will certainly know that; As they ousted Liverpool to the title by a single point in 2018/19, they brought three 1-0 wins over the line in their last five games, including that famous night against Leicester City when Vincent Kompany scored a memorable winner. And as they're likely to get better rather than worse, it would take a brave soul to choose between the two title contenders, at least before they meet at the Etihad next month. "We missed him for so long that we got used to it." So long was Reece James' length on the touchline and the plethora of games Chelsea had to manage in his absence that Thomas Tuchel seemed to have forgotten just how influential Reece James is. After James' performance at Burnley, it wasn't lost to the Chelsea head coach - nor was it to go to the Blues' Champions League rivals. Chelsea were second best in the first half of the trip to Turf Moor on Saturday, with Tuchel revealing he had to repeat his pre-game instructions to his players at the break. His call worked, and James sparked an emphatic victory. In his first Premier League appearance since returning from the hamstring injury that had ruled him out since December 29, the England international showed Chelsea exactly what they've been missing. His superb run and raspy finish opened Burnley's floodgates and then he met Kai Havertz for the second of the afternoon for the German as he scored his fifth goal and sixth assist of the season on his much-anticipated return to the Premier League . "When he's back you see what you're missing," added Tuchel. "These positions are very important positions when you play with this structure. With such an important cog of Tuchel's machine back - and seemingly better than ever - a campaign that has already delivered world domination may not be over for Chelsea .Missed chances The quality they lacked in a first half, they dominated against European and world champions Chelsea, defended as poorly as in the second half and their Premier League status could well have lapsed at the end of the season a goal but when Dwight McNeil had an opportunity to score just that from a cross from Edouard Mendy the chance was squandered leaving Chelsea off the hook and the visitors ruthlessly forced them to pay the price.The opportunity to surpass Everton and getting out of the bottom three went unused and the Clarets' goal difference – d escaped by four unanswered goals in the two tenth half - is now worse than that of the toffees. The hope for Burnley is that they clearly have an achievement in them. Her three unbeaten games before Tuesday's loss to Leicester - and her first-half performance against Chelsea - proved that. Dyche's challenge now is to deliver that form consistently because if Burnley are to continue in the same vein as that last outing their days in the top flight almost certainly appear to be numbered. Jesse Marsch was positivity personified after Leeds' defeat at Leicester. While another loss adds intensity to the fight against relegation, the performance on the pitch provided more than enough evidence that this Leeds side have the potential to escape danger ahead of the season finale. Marsch called the show a "major step forward" from what had come before, and throughout the competition they were the more menacing side. After keeping a first clean sheet in the first 45 minutes of an away game since October, they had registered eight attempts on goal in the second half before Harvey Barnes made a crucial attack on the Foxes' run of play. With Leeds playing a 4-2-2-2 formation and often switching to a front four - on and off ball possession - it was clear that Marsch would be kept busy on the ground during his four-day training spell. These game patterns and ideas will be implemented even more effectively in the coming weeks. While the sight of speedy four forwards Dan James, Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo running down the Leicester backline was worrying for Leicester defenders, there is also the prospect of Patrick Bamford recovering. The fit forward didn't make it off the bench at the King Power but it's tempting to assume that game could have gone the other way had Leeds had had a finisher of his skills on the field. In a post-game scrum in the center circle, Marsch very publicly supported his side's efforts in Saturday's loss. Pointless platitudes don't count for much at this stage of the season - but with some cheap games Leeds supporters can be encouraged from the start and into the post-Bielsa era. Aston Villa's Brazilian loanee Philippe Coutinho was again on hand to crush an in-form Southampton side 4-0 at home on Saturday, with the playmaker involved in three of his side's goals, including another for the man himself Rightly so, manager and former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard purred after the full-time whistle, stating: "With all due respect to everyone else on the pitch, he [Coutinho] has shown a level that was above the game. He really showed his old form and it was a pleasure to be at the stadium." And with good reason, as the 29-year-old has now been directly involved in six goals in just four Premier League games for his new team at Villa Park, with three goals and three assists, an attacking number that will surely make the rest of the Premier League sit up and take notice.It was like Christian Eriksen had never been away.On his first start at Brentford and his first start since suffering cardiac arrest before Almost nine months ago, while playing for Denmark against Finland at Euro 2020, the midfielder put on a great performance at Norwich that reminded us all of his genius, having the most touches (68), the most passes (46), the most passes in the last third (17) and most crosses (9) of any Brentford player at Carrow Road He was also instrumental in Brentford's first two goals, with his corner kicks contributing to both. And any doubts about his fitness were dispelled as he played the whole game - including eight minutes of added time at the end of the game. It was truly a joy to see Eriksen getting back to doing what he does best: creating for others, floating into space and pressuring the opposition. And the best thing for Brentford is that he's just getting started. "I think he was good, but I think he'll be even better," said Bees boss Thomas Frank after the win. If the 30-year-old does improve, Brentford will be looking up rather than down in the short term and become the club's 'biggest signing of all time', as Frank hinted last month. In the longer term, however, Brentford will prove to be a springboard for Eriksen, who is aiming to return to one of Europe's elite clubs in the summer. For now, though, it's time to acknowledge his amazing comeback, which is a much-needed feel-good story. In terms of away appearances, Crystal Palace's performance at Wolves was perfect. Within 10 minutes of kick-off, Molineux was reassured by the visitors' confident start. They would push high on the field, move the ball in a targeted manner and when they lost the ball, they immediately pushed to win it back. Now 10th, Palace don't have to look over their shoulder at what's behind them - if they were at all. Patrick Vieira's side are regular points after avoiding defeat in five of their last six Premier League games and his side spoke afterwards about the importance of maintaining their momentum. Palace have a very winnable FA Cup quarter-final game against Everton this month and should be focused on ending this season on a league high in preparation for next. Their first-half performance at Wolves should set a benchmark for what they can achieve. While Palace's season is in full swing, Wolves' appears to be in decline as three straight defeats dampen their hopes of a top-four finish. Their lack of goals - just 10 at home in the league - would always catch up with them, but the decision to bench Raul Jimenez in the last two games seems odd. Palace centre-backs Joachim Andersen and Marc Guehi had an easy afternoon as the hosts failed to have a focus up front. But frustrated manager Bruno Lage seems to have bigger problems after he accused his younger players of not working hard enough following a first-half injury to Ki-Jana Hoever against Palace.

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Two goals from Harry Kane were part of a defeat that began with a Michael Keane own goal as Everton pushed deeper towards the bottom three (Author: Gardener)

Harry KaneThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Minute-by-minute report: Two former Chelsea managers clash in north London, with both teams struggling for form. Join John Brewin. 83 min: The act of an old pal as Harry Kane robs Dele Alli, his former accomplice, with a superb head-to-head. Davinson Sanchez heads wide after a free-kick blocked by Reguillon from the left. 82 mins: Kulusevski, who had a good game, rides a tackle from Branthwaite. He's not the fastest, but he's strong and uses the ball well. A rare period of calm as Tottenham caressed the ball. Kulusevski takes the ball in midfield and runs through to Kane, and he finishes calmly from 20 yards. Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane rolls away in celebration after scoring his side's third goal. Photo: Ashley Western/Colorsport/Shutterstock Kane is bullied by his Tottenham team-mates. 81 min: Poor Mary Waltz writes: 'What is greater humiliation? Getting torn up for a whole game or having the other team stop scoring out of pity?” 80 mins: Not much happens in the game if you're wondering. Tottenham appear to have declared. Everton have made some ineffective attacks and are yet to score. A frustrated Mason Holgate crouches the ball up after Harry Kane scores his second goal to give Spurs a 5-0 lead. Photo: James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images Photo: James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images 79 min: Colin Young joins in: "With deepest sympathy for Mary Waltz, I think we know which version of 'Spursy' Spurs emerged from the clinic today. Credit where it's due. Especially since Henry's record just fell to the simply amazing Kane. Him and son just incredibly good. 77 mins: Em Jackson speaks up: "At this rate, I wonder if Rooney is happy not to have been asked to become Everton manager as his reputation at Derby cannot be tarnished given their financial situation. If Lampard is sacked this time next week I wouldn't be surprised - and where does he go from here? A TV studio, that's all.” 68 min: As Lloris saves from Bergwijn, released by a Kulusevski pass, lane stands to cheer Dele Alli, now coming on from Everton, coming on for a team that is 5-0. Alli is forgiven, even if the last few years at Tottenham haven't quite worked out. Everton's Dele Alli replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Photo: Adam Davy/PA 76 min: Young Anthony Gordon is still trying as he has been the only bright spot for most of the season. 75 mins: Tottenham take the gas off, they travel to Old Trafford on Saturday and powder is dried. 73 min: Everton go through the moves, that's done and maybe they are too. The club have 12 games to save themselves and with a main sponsor and no defense to speak of, there could have been many dismal nights for the club. And we're talking Everton here, a club that never shy away from embracing doom and gloom. 72 min: Charles Antaki has an idea: "It will not have escaped many that Manchester United seems to need a new manager - preferably someone who is not an obscure foreign tactician who does not have a legendary playing career behind him. But consciously, oh where could one find such a person willing to leave their current club? 70 mins: Matt Atkinson spoke up: "I can only imagine Mr Wilson checking his old Frank Lampard's articles that Chelsea can't defend, carefully cutting and pasting and finding/replacing Chelsea with Everton. On the one hand, the football gods took away his Ole articles, on the other hand they are giving him back his Frank pieces.” Frank seems to be repeating his old mistakes, it has to be said. 67 mins: Out goes Son, who will not score another goal, and Bergwijn, the architect of that late January show in Leicester, comes on. All Conte came on, leaving Harry Kane to chase that hat-trick and Frank Lampard's goalscoring record. 65 mins: Kulusevski and Doherty connect but this time Everton get the ball free. Antonio Conte receives the applause of the Tottenham fans and responds in kind. 63 mins: Son wants another one and he chases after Mason Holgate to make sure he gets it. The Everton defender was having a nightmare. 61 min: Kulusevski and Bentancur connect and both look very comfortable. 59 mins: Everton sub: Van de Beek on, and on comes Ukraine's Mykolenko, to warm applause. 58 min: "Launched in the morning," sing the Tottenham fans. You mean Frank Lampard. 57 min: Oh Ev, oh no. Kane surpasses Thierry Henry on the all-time PL list and is now within one of Frank Lampard. He's back at his best here and against Manchester City. We barely have time to even cheer as Michael Keane and Ryan Sessegnon went off as Branthwaite and Reguillon came on. And Reguillon scores within 40 seconds of coming on as Son cuts through. Sergio Reguilon prepares to hit the ball home for Spurs' fourth Reguilon celebrates his goal with Dejan Kulusevski (left) and Son Heung-min (right). Photo: Matthew Childs/Action Images/Reuters Photo: Matthew Childs/Action Images/Reuters 55 mins: Kulusevski is robbed just as he is about to shoot and then Son is last attacked by Branthwaite. 53 min: Everton attack, Richarlison fails to slip after a Calvert-Lewin shot. Attack is probably the best way to stop more goals. 52 mins: Another sub and Tottenham make arrangements with Cristian Romero by withdrawing him for Davinson Sanchez. 50 mins: Why is Cliff Britton trending tonight, asks Foolhandy That's because he was the last manager to bring down Everton. 48 mins: Frank Lampard is fully into the 'serious' half of his 'but serious' routine. 47 mins: As the start of the second half goes, Everton's were abhorrent, absolute rubbish, but Tottenham ran past them with such ease and skill. History will be Everton's greatest horror but Spurs were there tonight. It's not good for the Premier League or good for how we consume this thing. So, in an interesting way, winning Manchester City is harder to describe than losing Manchester United. Describing why and how City are good, the way a team of seven technically great midfielders backed by a wonderfully groovy plan can always create overlap and space: this is less tangible, less operatic. Related: That Manchester United is bad is now its own self-sustaining media industry | Barney Ronay Halftime ends with Holgate smashing the ball in Michael Keane's face. That sums it up for Everton, for whom defense was a farce, useless and frankly rubbish. Spurs scored their second two goals well, but Keane's own goal set the tone. It came at a time when Everton had actually looked halfway decent. The players leave the field with Seamus Coleman, one of football's best sons-in-law, losing his cool. It was that kind of halftime for Everton. 17 min: Antonio Conte celebrated this goal in his usual pogo style and will soon be celebrating again. Oh my god, Son's through, Kane is breaking him in, and Jordan Pickford should do a lot better. Son Heung-min fires the ball home to double Spurs' lead. Then celebrate with teammate Harry Kane. 45 min: Van de Beek complains as best he can. How far is it now to get in the way of some Tottenham runners from midfield? 44 mins: Van de Beek, part of a midfield that has allowed Tottenham to slice through them like a knife through heated Kilvert's lard, is attempting to play in Richarlison. 43 mins: Calvert-Lewin at least finds himself in the Tottenham box as Everton chase a goal that could possibly, maybe, maybe turn Antonio Conte's half-time team talk from mildly threatening to maniacally threatening. 41 minutes: Everton's attacking urge is now fading as quickly as their hopes of getting anything out of the game. It is best used as a training exercise to get Calvert-Lewin fit, all else seems lost even if they play Tottenham. 39 min: That's really, really bad for Everton. Kane, meanwhile, is level with Thierry Henry in Premier League goals scored and two behind Frank Lampard, who scowls on the touchline. Most Premier League goals in the history of the competition:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 7th 2022 18 mins: Thing is, Everton had looked OK but two defensive howlers and here we are the Toffees going into the abyss stare. During the last descent in 1951, post-war rationing still prevailed. It hasn't been a good day at the office for Everton keeper Jordan Pickford. Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Getty Images Warm handshake between Antonio Conte and Frank Lampard from the dugouts, Chelsea graduates with different tenures despite having led the club for a similar length of time. Tottenham's PA play against Barry Manilow before a minute's applause for the people of Ukraine as yellows and blues worship the stadium. Players, officials and fans join in a minute of applause in support of Ukraine. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images 35 mins: Seamus Coleman slashes behind himself to prevent Harry Kane from slotting the ball in at the near post from a corner. Everton fans keep the ball to try and stop the next corner. 33 min: Three touches for Calvert-Lewin as he corners a ball from Van de Beek. Then Betancur is allowed to carry the ball for many yards and that seems to be Everton's problem. There is a theme here, although it is perhaps too early in Frank Lampard's reign to speculate on it. Not that Everton have much time. Pickford is asked to make a save from Doherty, who cuts in from the right. 31 min: Gary Naylor, the Evertonian, reports: "Good team spirit here from Everton with ten players doing their best to help Dominic Calvert-Lewin beat Romelu Lukaku's record." You might have to about that think, but it's good. 30 mins: Romero smashes Richarlison and takes a booking he fully deserves. Young Anthony Gordon will take the free-kick but it goes straight to Lloris. 28 min: So close for Spurs, and Everton cut to ties again. Pushed by Betancur, Son through, good save by Pickford and Kane smashes wide. Nice and open, as can be the case when neither team has much bull at the back, but both have attacking quality... and off we go, Sessegnon bursts to the baseline, the ball comes in and Kane smashes the net, barely slowing it down. ... no, it was Michael Keane slamming into his own goal. Everton's Michael Keane scores an own goal to put Tottenham ahead. Photo: David Klein/Reuters Photo: David Klein/Reuters That pleases Spurs boss Antonio Conte. Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images 27 min: Everton pushes up but doesn't enjoy it much. Tottenham is holding on for now. Ryan Sessegnon has a decent game at bombing for them. 25 mins: Everton tries to get Dominic Calvert-Lewin and misses them before young Anthony Gordon and Eric Dier relent with Dier being brought down by the youngster. 24 mins: And young Anthony Gordon is fouled after sending Sessegnon over with neat skill and Son pulls him back. Booking for Son, stupid but deserved. 23 min: Harsh from Steve Carr here: “Evening John. I've seen Anthony Gordon a few times now and he definitely has a bit of Jack Grealish about him. 22 min: There's still a long way to go, although we'll wait and see if that's bad news or good news for Frank Lampard's Everton. 20 min: Tottenham meanwhile have their heads up and are sauntering around like roosters. This is the story of Tottenham. 15 min: Van de Beek is penalized for a lifted boot and isn't happy about it. 12 min: Young Anthony Gordon has been everywhere so far, even taking the free kick. He's a regular Tony Grant, albeit maybe a little faster than the 1990s legend. 11 mins: Kane and Son bond and the Korean has space and time he doesn't use, only for young Anthony Gordon to enter him and rob Son when Sessegnon saw the ball play. 10 mins: Ben Davies slams into young Anthony Gordon, as we must call him, but the youngster, made of strict stuff, gets back up. 9 min: Doucoure runs back to foul Hojberg, destroyer on destroyer. The Spurs move the ball up and Kane tried to turn around and find a teammate who held the ball for a while. 7 mins: Calvert-Lewin holds it up, plays in Doucoure and an attack is in session, Everton have Richarlison and Anthony Gordon play against DLC and it looks dangerous. 6 min: Calvert-Lewin tries to hold the ball up and is wrestled out of it by Dier. Good, solid, lots of contacts. At the other end, Everton are trying to play their way out of trouble and are struggling to clear their lines. Spurs are pushing up, as is Everton. 4 min: Allan is furious after being punished for himself and keeps mumbling to himself. On the bench, Alli, never the best in the new White Hart Lane, is reduced to the role of spectator. 2 min: The Everton plan? Such a good player in his day but absent too many times this season. As Everton and Leeds have found, relying on a striker when an injury strikes is not a recipe for success. Spurs were able to empathize and Harry Kane gets an early punch from Mason Holgate. 1 min: And after the players take the knee, referee Stuart Attwell gets us going. Scott Blair on Oliver Skipp's absence: "I understand Conte's frustration, but very few medical professionals will attempt to address what appears to be Oliver Skipp's affliction in a press conference. However, it would make a good Star Wars character name. Padme Amidala, Sheev Palpatine and Pubic Symphisis would make quite a trio.” Everton fan Mary Waltz chimes in: “How you play when the sword of Damocles is hanging over your head. The weekend results from the others were good for us Toffee fans, but at some point we have to win. Spurs schizophrenia could be our salvation.” Frank Lampard is happy to have Dominic Calvert-Lewin back, he tells Sky Sports. It's hard not to look around, some results went our way, some didn't. We're really happy that [DCL] is a big player for us, it feels like a boost for the club he's been coaching for a few days and looks fit and fresh. It's not easy to switch with the click of a finger in the Prenepr League. These things take time, we work hard, let's hope we see it in the game. We've worked hard in areas and now it's time to work hard to try and stay in the league. I just rate them as the best Tottenham, with a great manager and some outstanding players. The big news for Everton is a start for Dominic Calvert-Lewin as he joins Jordan Pickford, Mason Holgate, Seamus Coleman and Richarlison after being sidelined with Boreham Wood with Dele Alli on the bench as expected. Everton players warm up. Photo: Andy Rain/EPA Photo: Andy Rain/EPA Just a change for Tottenham from the team that lost to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup last week. Rodrigo Bentancur replaces Harry Winks in midfield. In the end we'll see what happens. To keep improving, there is only one way to create a stable team. It's not easy when you play four games in 11 days. It's a surprise to see Everton in this position in the squad they have. I think this league is very difficult. At the end of the season their position will be much better than it is now. It goes without saying that all has not gone well at Tottenham and Antonio Conte appears to have fallen out with his medical team. In England I think sometimes you should have a [press] conference with the medical department. It's too easy for the doctors to work here because they don't talk, they don't explain what's happening, you know? Sometimes I think that could be good ... if in two weeks ... a good press conference is held with the medical department to explain the situation where they are trying to take care of their players. Also read: A Manchester derby to enjoy (for some) - Football Weekly Here are the teams Frank Lampard has only seriously removed. Everton have won one out of 12 away games this season and picked up six points out of a possible 36. There are reasons we don't get results. I think some of those are trust or mentality issues and when I say mentality isn't a negative thing it's just about how we as a group handle games away from home. Some of them are the structure of the team and how we line up and it's certainly my responsibility to get that right. Dele Alli is set to play a role against his old club just weeks after leaving Tottenham. During his first three seasons in north London, Alli made the game look like fun at his best and Spurs fans savored the memorable moments - mostly the goals, some of them spectacular and in tremendous games. He played with a great freedom but also a provocative bite and he loved handling opposing players and supporters. Related: Dele Alli still misses his mojo as he faces emotional Spurs reunion So which Spurs team will emerge? The one that disrupted Manchester City, all controlled the power and counterattacks, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in perfect harmony, or the one that lost 1-0 at Burnley and then overplayed in the FA at Middlesbrough and with the same result was lost mug? Nobody knows of course, least of all Antonio Conte apparently. Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has guided Everton to the FA Cup quarter-finals but knows he won't be distracted when they are just a point above the relegation zone. As a Chelsea player, Lampard has enjoyed near-continuous success against Spurs and he's hoping to bring some of that mojo to his struggling side. Tottenham, for a team with not-so-distant hopes of reaching the top four, appear to be reeling from one disaster to the next while still being able to beat Manchester City. That they followed that up by losing to Burnley is the story of Tottenham, so in Antonio Conte they have an angry martinet of a manager subject to mood swings of triumph and disaster just adds to the fun. Frank Lampard is, of course, a manager prone to minor mood swings, from his cheeky chuckle to seriousness in the next breath. Everton fans can't even try to enjoy the ride at the moment, even if their team City ran pretty close last week, losing the bottom three and Leeds above them all. A relegation battle is underway and fans of the Ev are already looking for this year's Gareth Farrelly or even a Barry Horne, Hans Segers or Bobby Stuart to bail them out.

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Tottenham vs Everton LIVE: Premier League Final Score and Reaction Tonight - Follow the live action and updates from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Author: Gardener)

tonightTottenham held their ground in the race for the top four with a 5-0 win over Everton, who are in great danger of relegation after a cowardly performance in north London. Spurs have been inconsistent in recent weeks but showed their best as they freaked out after Michael Keane's own goal gave them an early lead, with Harry Kane scoring twice and Son Heung-min and Sergio Reguilon also scoring. It was another Kane masterclass, with his second goal being a particular highlight, and he brought his tally to 14 goals in 15 games against Everton. It was as poor a performance as the Toffees have been this season and there has been no rebound under Frank Lampard, with a fourth loss in five league games since taking charge. There is no doubt they are locked in a relegation battle as they are just a point above 18th-seeded Burnley despite having a game in hand. Spurs achieved their best-ever Premier League win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and will now really believe they can crash the Champions League qualifying spots. Follow the reaction and analysis after Spurs beat Everton in the Premier League: GOAL! 17' - Son Heung-min doubles Tottenham's lead with a fine finish from inside the boxGOAL! 14' - A Michael Keane own goal puts the Spurs ahead 22-17. Michael Jones Tottenham maintained their place in the top four with a 5-0 win over Everton, who are in deep danger of relegation after a poor performance in north London .Spurs have been inconsistent in recent weeks but showed their best when they after Michael Keane's own goal, which had put them ahead early, went berserk, with Harry Kane scoring twice and Son Heung-min and Sergio Reguilon also scoring. It was another Kane masterclass , a highlight with his second goal and his 14 goals in 15 games against Everton. 22:15 , Michael Jones Everton are without a win in 11 consecutive Premier League away games in a single season since the end of the David Moyes era in 2003/04. 22:08 , Michael Jones Everton sit just a point above the last three (with a couple of games in hand) but Frank Lampard will have serious concerns about their form. They have lost seven of their eight league games in 2022 and are in acute danger of relegation. 22:06 , Michael Jones Tottenham have let two players - Dejan Kulusevski and Matt Doherty - register two assists each - Dele Alli and Son Heung-min - in a single Premier League game for the first time since December 2017 against Southampton. Tottenham 5 - 0 Everton: Five things we learned from Harry inspiring Kane 21:59, Michael Jones Tottenham kept their Champions League hopes burning bright on Monday night with a convincing 5-0 win over a thoroughly dismal Everton. Everton got off to a quick start but were twice behind by the 20-minute mark when Ryan Sessegnon's cross was converted into his own net by Michael Keane before Son Heung-min ran in to quickly double the Spurs lead. Jordan Pickford continued to be busy in the first half, denying Son and Matt Doherty but he stood no chance as Harry Kane defeated the offside trap to run through and smash in the third. Frank Lampard would have hoped for a reply after half-time but things only got worse - Sergio Reguilon scored 50 seconds after restart and Kane volleyed in a second before the home side took their foot off the pedal. Here are five things we learned during Monday night's game: Five things we learned when Harry Kane inspired Spurs at Everton t 21:56, Michael Jones goals from Sergio Reguilon and Harry Kane in the second half gave Tottenham a very comfortable win over Everton in north London. 21:53 , Michael Jones 90+3 mins: Tottenham inflicts a mauling on Everton to move within three points of a place in the top four. Harry Kane scored two more goals against Everton, he now has 14 in 15 games against the Merseyside club. Son Heung-min and Sergio Reguilon also scored for Tottenham. 21:51, Michael Jones 90 minutes: Three minutes of stoppage time. Everton have now lost seven times in eight league games since the start of the year. It's the worst form of any team in the Premier League. 21:50, Michael Jones 88 minutes: Harry Kane was named man of the match. Whenever he's switched it on lately, Tottenham have had great wins. He's an absolutely vital part of this team and Spurs need to try to keep him back in the summer. 21:48 , Michael Jones 85 mins: Cheeky play from Kane, who collects the ball and flicks it over a defender into the path of Kulusevski, who comes in from the right. 21:42 , Michael Jones 82 min: Steven Berwijn goes to the edge of the box and wants a penalty, but the referee has nothing of it. However, he grants Spurs a free-kick down the left wing when Kane is brought down by Dele Alli. Sergio Reguilon sends the set piece and whips the ball over everyone and out for a goal kick. 21:40, Michael Jones 79 mins: This is the second time Frank Lampard has conceded five goals in his managerial career, having also done so while in charge of Chelsea against Liverpool in July 2020. Kulusevski brings the ball to the right side and dodges three Everton defenders before drilling a sharp cross into the box. Kane waits in the middle, but Allan heads to the ball and takes a look across the box. 21:38, Michael Jones 76 mins: Understandably, Tottenham have taken their foot off the gas and gone back a notch or two. They like to give Everton time on the ball and appear solid enough defensively to deal with crosses into the box. Jonjoe Kenny whips one in from the right wing and Hugo Lloris comes out and plucks it out of the air. 21:34, Michael Jones 73 mins: Dele Alli tries to play a sweet one-two with Richarlison and put the ball in the Tottenham box, but the back pass doesn't get to him and the home side lead the ball away. 21:28, Michael Jones 70 min: He almost gets one! Kulusevski plays a pass into the right side of the box while Bergwijn sprints through the lines. He hits the ball on impact and lashes it towards the near post but Pickford is well positioned to smash it away! Dele Alli receives a warm welcome as he replaces for Everton replacing Dominic Calvert-Lewin. 21:26 , Michael Jones 67 mins: Son Heung-min gets a loud clapping when Steven Bergwijn comes in to replace him for the last 20-25 minutes or so. With Spurs playing so well - and Everton seemingly there for the recording - he'll be keen to score himself tonight. 21:24 , Michael Jones 64 min: Kulusevski is enjoying himself now. He receives the ball on the right wing and comes inside, waving away from Richarlison before putting a left footed shot just over the bar! 21:23, Michael Jones 61 mins: Matt Doherty had a great night for Spurs and by my reckoning provided at least two assists. He whips a cross into the box where Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison battle for the ball. Kulusevksi seems to get a touch but he is also said to have fouled the Brazilian and Everton won a free-kick. 21:19, Michael Jones 58 mins: Ukraine's Vitaliy Mykolenko gets a warm welcome from both fans as he replaces Donny van de Beek for Everton. Son whips another corner into the box for Spurs but it goes wide. 21:14 , Michael Jones 55 min: Excellent finish by Harry Kane! Eric Dier heads the ball out of Tottenham's corner but the home side regains it after Jordan Pickford restarted the game. It's played to Matt Doherty in midfield, who floats an air pass into the left side of the box. Harry Kane slips behind Mason Holgate and volleys the falling ball back to the far post where it hits the inside of the post and rolls over the line! Dejan Kulusevski puts the ball straight into the Everton box and threads a pass to Son which is wide open. He was supposed to put his foot through a shot and lace it past Pickford but instead tries to set up Davinson Sanchez and Everton blocks him for a corner. They've found their way in some decent areas and Dominic Calvert-Lewin has come close a couple of times. His first try comes from the front of the box and is blocked by Eric Dier. The second comes after the striker ran sharply into the right side of the box and looped his shot over the goal only to send it wide of the back post. 21:10 , Michael Jones 49 mins: Here's a chance for Everton to gain a foothold in the game. They win a free kick about 25 yards from goal but Anthony Gordon smokes his shot straight into the Tottenham wall. Cristian Romero - who is on a yellow card - is replaced by Davinson Sanchez after Tottenham cleared their lines. 21:05 , Michael Jones 46 min: What an introduction! Everton sends the ball to Anthony Gordon on the right wing but Sergio Reguilon quickly tackles it and smacks the ball to Son Heung-min. He drives him to the penalty area and pushes a pass to Dejan Kulusevski. Reguilon joins the attack and arrives on the other side of the box just as Kulusevski shoots the ball across the box. It finds the Tottenham replacement tapping it home to give Spurs a fourth! 21:04, Michael Jones Kick-off: Antonio Conte makes a half-time substitution with Sergio Reguilon replacing Ryan Sessegnon. Frank Lampard also makes a change with Jarrad Branthwaite replacing Michael Keane. Everton gets the ball rolling again. 21:00 , Michael Jones Jordan Pickford made his 200th Premier League appearance (starting all 200) tonight on his 28th birthday. Pickford becomes the fifth player to achieve this milestone on his birthday, after Noel Whelan, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Pablo Zabaleta and Victor Moses. Can Everton get back into the game in the second half? 20:53, Michael Jones Tottenham's dynamic duo were trailing Everton for the first 45 minutes. Both players scored after a Michael Keane own goal opened the scoring within the 15-minute mark. 20:49 , Michael Jones 45+3 minutes: A painful half of football is coming to an end for Everton and Frank Lampard is considering how he can turn this game around. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were on fire once again and Everton find them too hot to handle. 20:47 , Michael Jones 44 min: Everton push forward just before the break, but they play so high that there is a lot of space at the back. 20:41, Michael Jones 40 mins: Four shots by Spurs, three on target and three goals scored. 20:37, Michael Jones 37 min: However, Everton are not dealing with it! Hugo Lloris hits the ball onto the field where it falls on Dejan Kulusevski. He takes it to the center of the field and passes the ball to Matt Doherty, who passes it over to Harry Kane, who runs through the lines. He stays on the side and puts the ball into the box before putting a cool finish past Jordan Pickford. 20:36, Michael Jones 33 minutes: A short corner routine comes about for Tottenham when Son passes the ball into the penalty area. Bentancur loses his marker and quickly returns it to the South Korean, who puts another low pass into the six-yard box for Kane. Luckily for Everton, Seamus Coleman spots Kane's run and uses him to block the shot just outside the near post, giving Spurs another corner which the Toffees then deal with. 20:33 , Michael Jones 30 mins: Cristian Romero joins Son in the book after hacking Richarlison. Anthony Gordon swings the resulting free-kick into the box and sends it straight into the hands of Hugo Lloris. 20:29, Michael Jones 27 min: Chance! 20:29, Michael Jones 27 min: Chance! 20:29, Michael Jones 27 min: Chance! Everton pushes high on the pitch and loses the ball. Tottenham then bypasses midfield with an easy pass into midfield where Matt Doherty leads the ball to the inside left channel for Son. He puts the ball into the box and tries to open the bottom corner only to be knocked down by Jordon Pickford with his attempt. The rebound comes unhappily to Harry Kane, who volleys on target but fires just wide of the left post! 20:25 , Michael Jones 24 mins: Anthony Gordon brings the ball in from the right wing and snakes around Ryan Sessegnon, leaving him on the deck near the center line. He continues his run into the Tottenham box but is cut off by a backtracked Son Heung-min who picks up the game's first yellow card. 20:24 , Michael Jones 22 minutes: Sohn has been involved in 11 goals in his last 12 Premier League games. Spurs controlled the ball and won the battles in midfield. 20:17, Michael Jones 17 min: It's two! It's a nice slicing move from Tottenham as Eric Dier sends the ball to Cristian Romero. He passes it on to Harry Kane, who passes it on to Dejan Kulusevski. He punches the ball into the box as Son Heung-min runs between the two Everton centre-backs. Reaching the loose ball, he fires a low shot back over the goal. Jordan Pickford jumps deep to the right and was supposed to save it, but the ball sneaked under him and rolled into the net! 20:14, Michael Jones 14 min: Spurs take the lead! Eric Dier puts the ball in Tottenham's half and passes it to Ben Davies, who pushed wide on the left wing. He slices a pass into the six-yard box where Harry Kane and Michael Keane both throw for the ball. Kane misses, but the ball hits Keane and bounces into the net! 20:13 , Michael Jones 12 min: Everton wins a free kick down the right wing, which Anthony Gordon swings into the box. The cross fails to hit the first defender and Spurs heads it away but Everton regain possession. This time his cross is too deep and flies over everyone's heads, eventually allowing Spurs to clear their lines. 20:12, Michael Jones 9 mins: Anthony Gordon tries to chase after and chase a long ball for Everton but he's cut off by a body check by Ben Davies and doesn't even win a free kick. As Tottenham put the ball back on the field, it comes down to Harry Kane, who passes a pass to Son Heung-min with the outside of his boot. Son carries it into the box, but Gordon sprints back and attacks him before getting a shot away! 20:08 , Michael Jones 6 mins: Donny van de Beek is prevented from making a driving run through midfield by Rodrigo Bentancur, who just tugs at his shirt and restrains him. Everton wins a free kick and works it back into the defensive line. Jonjoe Kenny takes the ball onto the field and flicks a pass over the top. Dominic Calvert-Lewin keeps to the side and controls the ball in the penalty area. 20:04, Michael Jones 3 mins: Richarlison has started on the left of the front three for Everton with Anthony Gordon on the right and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the middle. Tottenham then worked the ball into midfield where Harry Kane fell low to receive the pass. He's being pressed by Mason Holgate, who leaves a little too much on the striker with a solid tackle and gives Spurs a free-kick. 20:01, Michael Jones kicks off: Tottenham get the game going and pass the ball to Ben Davies on the left side of the field. He sends a forward pass down the inside left channel to Harry Kane, but Kane is immediately pressured and Everton takes the ball from him and throws it in for a throw-in. 20:00, Michael Jones Tottenham Hotspur's stadium is lit up in the colors of Ukraine, yellow and blue, and there is a minute of applause before kick-off to show the country's support in the face of the Russian invasion. 19:53 , Michael Jones Both teams showed their support for the people of Ukraine during the warm-up. Tottenham vs Everton: Antonio Conte suggests Dele Alli will go 'down, not up' after leaving Tottenham 19:46 Michael Jones Antonio Conte says players who leave his coaching behind usually go "down, not up", as he spoke of Dele Alli's move from Tottenham to Everton. After finding himself on the fringes of Conte's plans, Alli left Spurs in January for a permanent transfer to Goodison Park, where he has previously struggled to impress under Frank Lampard. The 25-year-old midfielder returns to north London to face Conte's Tottenham side for the first time on Monday night and Conte believes finding new pastures was the right decision. Antonio Conte suggests Dele Alli 'will go down, not up' after leaving Tottenham 19:42 Michael Jones Everton have the worst away record in the division, amassing just six points all season. They are without a win in 10 consecutive Premier League away games in one season for the first time since failing to win their last 11 away league games in 2003/04. 19:38 , Michael Jones The last time the Spurs lost their first three league home games in a calendar year was in 1994 when they lost their first four home games under Ossie Ardiles. A sign for them tonight is that Antonio Conte is unbeaten in a total of six games as manager against Everton in all competitions. 19:35 , Michael Jones Today is Jordan Pickford's 28th birthday and he is celebrating it with his 200th Premier League appearance. Tottenham vs Everton: Frank Lampard fears for Ashley Cole as Everton prepare for Tottenham trip 19:32 , Michael Jones Everton manager Frank Lampard doesn't expect a friendly welcome from Tottenham fans as a former Chelsea player - but he believes he will it's going to get worse for assistant trainer Ashley Cole. Rivalries will be renewed on Monday night when Lampard and former Arsenal defender Cole arrive in north London. However, it's nothing Lampard can handle. "I'm not expecting good reception - but speaking to Ashley Cole, he's expecting worse reception than me!" he said. Frank Lampard fears for Ashley Cole as Everton prepare for Tottenham trip 19:28 Michael Jones Everton's 14 Premier League defeats this season is already one more than their last tally for last season. The Toffees have lost 14 of their opening 24 games of a league season for the first time this year. 7:24pm, Michael Jones All four of Tottenham's league wins in 2022 have come away. The Spurs have lost both home games in the league this calendar year. Most recently, between May and September 2008, they lost three consecutive league games at home. 19:20 , Michael Jones Antonio Conte says Spurs can't hope to win trophies until they manage to find a way to consistently perform well. The staggering nature of Spurs' recent results has seen them eliminated from the FA Cup and slipped six points behind London rivals Arsenal in the league. Conte said: In order to be competitive and try to win something, try to fight for something important and become a strong team, you first have to be stable and avoid those ups and downs. “To do this and it is impossible to change such situations in a short time. Sometimes it's normal to be angry.” Tottenham v Everton: Antonio Conte insists no manager can come up with a quick fix at Tottenham 19:16 Michael Jones Antonio Conte says no manager in the world would be able to at Tottenham, who have been stuck in an impasse for 20 years, to deliver a quick fix years. The Italian, who was appointed in November, has undertaken a massive transformation project that will require the squad to undergo major surgery if they are to return to the top of English football. One of their biggest problems has been glaring inconsistencies in both results and performances, underscored by the fact that they won at Manchester City in the Premier League but then lost at Burnley and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup. Antonio Conte insists no manager can provide quick fix at Tottenham 19-12 Michael Jones Tottenham have won just one of their last seven games against Everton in all competitions. However, Everton's only win in their last 18 Premier League games came in September 2020. The Toffees are aiming to win Premier League away games against the Spurs for a second consecutive season, having played three games at White Hart Lane from 2006-08. 19:06 , Michael Jones Antonio Conte makes just one change to the Tottenham side who lost to Middlesbrough last time out as Rodrigo Bentancur replaces Harry Winks. Frank Lampard, on the other hand, makes a whole bunch of changes. Jordan Pickford returns in goal, Seamus Coleman and Mason Holgate return to back line to join Jonjoe Kenny and Michael Keane. In midfield, Donny van de Beek starts ahead of Vitaliy Mykolenko and at the front are Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin alongside Anthony Gordon. 19:03 , Michael Jones Your team faces @Everton tonight 👇 pic.twitter.com/pTugfMa4MN— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 7 March 2022Your team faces Tottenham Hotspur! 💪#TOTEVE pic.twitter.com/o8ddRGnEEL— Everton (@Everton) March 7, 2022 18:56 , Michael Jones Dele Alli returns to Tottenham tonight, a month after leaving for Everton to revive his career The 25 -year-old has scored 67 goals in 269 appearances for Tottenham but has only scored one league goal (a penalty) since March 2020. Since moving to Goodison Park, Dele has only played four substitutes and has yet to score apart from you wouldn't believe him to score his first goal for Everton against his old club, would you? Tottenham vs Everton: Antonio Conte admits it's 'not easy' Admitting Tottenham 'that he can't fight for something important' 18:51 , Michael Jones Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says he deserves to be in to be a club that fights for trophies. Conte joined Spurs in November but has a huge task ahead of him to try and put them in a position that suits his needs. They are doomed to another season without a trophy after an embarrassing FA Cup defeat at Middlesbrough while being underdogs in the race for a top-four finish in the Premier League. Tottenham vs Everton: Conte on the Toffees 18:46 , Michael Jones Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says now is a good time for his team to play Everton as he's had more time with the players to get them up on the game prepare tonight. Conte said: This is a good game for us, at the right moment. We have the right time to prepare the game and from now until the rest of the season the only positive thing is that we can have more days to prepare for the games. In the past, when we had more time to prepare, we had good results. "We know we're going to meet a good team and a new manager. Monday will be a tough game for both sides.” 18:41 , Michael Jones Tottenham come into the game seventh and know three points tonight would be enough to draw level with sixth-placed West Ham. The Spurs would then only be three points behind the top four and would have played two games fewer than the Hammers and Manchester United (5th). On the other hand, Everton sit 17th and just a point above the last three. They have at least two games in hand against their closest rivals -- three games in some cases -- but the sooner they earn points, the less likely they are to win those extra games. If the Toffees pick up all three points tonight, they'll jump ahead of Leeds in the table and take a big step closer to safety. 18:37 , Michael Jones Tottenham have gone from winning to losing so many times that it's virtually impossible to predict what kind of performance they are likely to put up. A run of three straight Premier League defeats ended with a masterclass from Harry Kane that allowed Spurs to beat Manchester City away before capturing that win with a 1-0 loss to Burnley, a 4-0 win over Leeds and another 1-0 defeat, this time to Middlesbrough, in the FA Cup. Antonio Conte's men are aiming for a top-four finish this season, but unless they can pull off a couple of league wins in a row, that goal is unlikely to be met. Everton have won just once in their last nine Premier League games, leaving them just a point above the relegation zone. Last time out they beat Boreham Wood of the National League in the FA Cup to reach the quarter-finals and hopefully that win will give them some confidence for tonight's clash with Spurs. 18:30 , Michael Jones Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny spoke about the impact Frank Lampard has had on his football since taking over as Everton manager and said Lampard's belief in Kenny's abilities takes the pressure off him and gives it to the 24-year-old allows you to play with more freedom. I like being close and defending and everything that goes with it - but I have the quality going forward that I can create chances. "I want to try to score from my position and create more chances - and I know that will come because we practice that." 18:25 , Michael Jones Rodrigo Bentancur and Lucas Moura are back, according to manager Antonio Conte Race for Tottenham but Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga stay out. 16:38 , Michael Jones Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Tottenham v Everton tonight. Antonio Conte's Spurs side are hoping to banish their inconsistent form and string together a string of victories as they progress to European spots to secure a top-four finish this season. Tottenham are currently six points adrift of fourth place but they have games under their belts against their closest rivals - save Arsenal - and are looking to narrow that gap to three with a win over the struggling Everton tonight. Like Spurs, they have games in hand with the teams closest to them in the table, which could fit in well with Frank Lampard's plans, but he wants his side to move up the table as soon as possible. Three points from today's game would be enough to put Everton above Leeds United and move them one step closer to safety.

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Spineless Everton need Dele Alli's spark as Matt Doherty's form turnaround continues

Plus: Mikel Arteta's Arsenal warning; No case for Man Utd defense as Kevin de Bruyne is hailed as the perfect footballer; Reece James returns to bolster Chelsea; can Aston Villa keep a revitalized Philippe Coutinho; Christian Eriksen shines in his maiden start at Brentford (Author: Gardener)

Dele Alli'sFrank Lampard waited another 14 minutes after Harry Kane scored Tottenham's fifth goal before turning his attention to Tottenham's one-time favourite. Dele Alli was the figurehead of the cherished team Mauricio Pochettino built, but professional life has stifled his enjoyment of playing. He enjoyed a meteoric rise under Pochettino after arriving as a precocious 19-year-old in the summer of 2015, but he netted just nine times at Tottenham's new stadium before departing for a first free transfer in late January. That he was unable to realize his rich talent in the Tottenham white is a source of frustration and regret for the majority of those who filled the stands on Monday night, but he will need to show his hunger to prove he is back at the highest level belongs. Tottenham's running stats have skyrocketed since the arrival of Antonio Conte but it's an oddity that Alli hasn't been successful under the Italian given how he's excelled in that category among his peers at MK Dons and Pochettino in particular hat, who saw him as the strongest member of his squad. Lampard resisted calls for a first start but there were flashes of his craft in a cameo that finally came 24 minutes into the second half. "We've seen a real revival and unification at Goodison and we've got two home games now which hopefully will make things look more positive," Lampard said after that sobering defeat, the hardest of his managerial career. "It's a mentality problem when you concede two or three goals in the first half no matter where you are in the league. We still have a lot of home games to play so it's important that I stay positive but we can't shy away from it ." what happened tonight." At times, Alli looked all alone on the pitch as he was ordered to play off against Richarlison to chase after a lost cause. The world wants Alli to play with a smile on his face and have fun again, though he's found himself in a bad situation at Everton and it's only when safety is in place that we'll see his old, contagious ways, but he'll expect to start doing it soon judging by the spineless performance of those who failed at Tottenham. Harry Kane understandably grabbed the headlines but it wasn't his partnership with Heung-Min Son that helped him score his two goals in the 5-0 win over Everton but an unlikely Tottenham team-mate Matt Doherty had a better game for Spurs ?The delicate pass for Kane's first goal was delightful The budding relationship with the impressive Dejan Kulusevski suddenly looks like a Ber calibration off. Doherty has been badly vilified since arriving from Wolves in August 2020 and given the Republic of Ireland international is now 30, this renaissance may have come too late to convince everyone that he was the long-term fix the right side. Confidence is growing and Doherty, who is now acting in the role that convinced the club to sign him in the first place, is looking much better. Arsenal moved up to fourth with their 3-2 win over Watford at Vicarage Road and there seems little risk of complacency creeping in under Mikel Arteta. The Arsenal manager cut a frustrated figure on the touchline for much of the game - even berating his players immediately after their second goal - and later used the opening part of his post-match press conference to chide their defensive performance. "We were really good going forward," he said. "We had the right organization and energy to do it and we scored three great goals, but we didn't have the same energy and commitment in defence," he said. All three of their goals were beautifully crafted, with skillful passing changes reminiscent of Arsenal's best sides under Arsene Wenger, but at the other end their carelessness created opportunities for Watford that a better side would have taken. Arsenal stayed in the end, surviving five minutes of stoppage time after Moussa Sissoko reduced his lead late on, but Arteta's eagerness to focus on the flaws in their performance shows he knows there is still a long way to go in the Champions League race Way to do gives goal. His exciting young Arsenal side have firmly placed their destiny in their own hands with a run of eight wins from ten Premier League games. "He's the perfect footballer," said Jamie Redknapp of Kevin De Bruyne's performance in the Manchester derby. Keep in mind that this is one player who managed to win back-to-back PFA Player of the Year awards. His peers think he's the best in the Premier League and this performance only confirmed that. His talents shone brightly against Manchester United's midfield - a club who can only dream of having a player with the drive, determination and skill of a De Bruyne. While Fred was "waiting for a bus," according to Roy Keane's scathing assessment of his performance, the Manchester City maestro hopped around the pitch like a Ferrari. There were two goals and an assist for the Belgian. And five more chances were created for his teammates - no more player created. De Bruyne has now scored 89 direct goals in 100 Premier League home games (37 goals, 52 assists) for Manchester City. "He's back at his best," said Pep Guardiola. "He was struggling with pain at the beginning of the season but Kevin is absolutely at his best again. I'm happy that he's scoring goals. I spoke to him about the fact that he only focuses on assists but he needs to score goals. I've told him you gotta win games. He's scoring a lot of goals now and hopefully he'll stay fit." After a sobering afternoon at the Etihad Stadium, United can only hope a return policy was still active. City have been outstanding - every one Defending in world football would have struggled with their fabulously fluid attacking performance, but perhaps not to the extent of this United defensive line Harry Maguire, the world's most expensive defender, had two and a half years to develop a partnership with Victor Lindelof, but the two looked like they had never met, let alone played alongside each other at times during the city's demolition United's iger offered little relief for a shambolic defensive effort. With a second-half deficit for Aaron Wan-Bissaka to catch up, Aaron Wan-Bissaka's easy start, marked by countless turnovers in the United area, added even more pressure before the dams were catastrophically breached. Not for the first time United's weather-beaten defense faltered under scrutiny and the most devastating element of that most painful defeat was City appearing to come off the field as if they had plenty in reserve. The gap to Manchester City is a sobering 22 points. "Newcastle are certainly safe now," said Jeff Stelling on Saturday's football match after Eddie Howe's side clinched a hard-fought 2-1 win over Brighton. No side is currently unbeaten in the Premier League than Newcastle, who are now eight games unbeaten and seven points clear of 18th-placed Burnley. "I still think we're in a relegation battle and it's very important that the players feel that we can't stop because we can't let up. It lifted us up in terms of points but we have achieved nothing." Howe said afterwards. Deep down, he will certainly be confident in keeping his team safe. On January 15, Newcastle were 19th on 12 points. They are now 14th on 28th and behind Liverpool in the Premier League form chart St James' Park is beginning to feel like a fortress Some smart signings in January coupled with a genuine work ethic under the former Bournemouth boss have the club dreaming again The new owners of Newcastle will be hoping this brilliant form is just the beginning of an upward trend Liverpool have played much better than they did in the 1-0 win over West Ham, even in games they failed to win On paper it was a stunning performance and an afternoon for the Reds but Jurgen Klopp didn't put it that way. He called it a "special win" and if you think about it, he has a point. The question every team looking to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title asks is simple: could they, like City could, win the 10, 12, maybe 15 straight games it takes to win Throwing Pep Guardiola's team off their seat? The fact that Liverpool did the job despite his performance and not because of his performance should help make his claim. It was their 12th consecutive win in all competitions, in a run in which they have now kept eight clean sheets - including Saturday's win. "You can't win the number of games that we've won in the last few weeks without stress and the occasional bit of luck," was Klopp's accurate assessment. Manchester City will certainly know that; As they ousted Liverpool to the title by a single point in 2018/19, they brought three 1-0 wins over the line in their last five games, including that famous night against Leicester City when Vincent Kompany scored a memorable winner. And as they're likely to get better rather than worse, it would take a brave soul to choose between the two title contenders, at least before they meet at the Etihad next month. "We missed him for so long that we got used to it." So long was Reece James' length on the touchline and the plethora of games Chelsea had to manage in his absence that Thomas Tuchel seemed to have forgotten just how influential Reece James is. After James' performance at Burnley, it wasn't lost to the Chelsea head coach - nor was it to go to the Blues' Champions League rivals. Chelsea were second best in the first half of the trip to Turf Moor on Saturday, with Tuchel revealing he had to repeat his pre-game instructions to his players at the break. His call worked, and James sparked an emphatic victory. In his first Premier League appearance since returning from the hamstring injury that had ruled him out since December 29, the England international showed Chelsea exactly what they've been missing. His superb run and raspy finish opened Burnley's floodgates and then he met Kai Havertz for the second of the afternoon for the German as he scored his fifth goal and sixth assist of the season on his much-anticipated return to the Premier League . "When he's back you see what you're missing," added Tuchel. "These positions are very important positions when you play with this structure. With such an important cog of Tuchel's machine back - and seemingly better than ever - a campaign that has already delivered world domination may not be over for Chelsea .Missed chances The quality they lacked in a first half, they dominated against European and world champions Chelsea, defended as poorly as in the second half and their Premier League status could well have lapsed at the end of the season a goal but when Dwight McNeil had an opportunity to score just that from a cross from Edouard Mendy the chance was squandered leaving Chelsea off the hook and the visitors ruthlessly forced them to pay the price.The opportunity to surpass Everton and getting out of the bottom three went unused and the Clarets' goal difference – d escaped by four unanswered goals in the two tenth half - is now worse than that of the toffees. The hope for Burnley is that they clearly have an achievement in them. Her three unbeaten games before Tuesday's loss to Leicester - and her first-half performance against Chelsea - proved that. Dyche's challenge now is to deliver that form consistently because if Burnley are to continue in the same vein as that last outing their days in the top flight almost certainly appear to be numbered. Jesse Marsch was positivity personified after Leeds' defeat at Leicester. While another loss adds intensity to the fight against relegation, the performance on the pitch provided more than enough evidence that this Leeds side have the potential to escape danger ahead of the season finale. Marsch called the show a "major step forward" from what had come before, and throughout the competition they were the more menacing side. After keeping a first clean sheet in the first 45 minutes of an away game since October, they had registered eight attempts on goal in the second half before Harvey Barnes made a crucial attack on the Foxes' run of play. With Leeds playing a 4-2-2-2 formation and often switching to a front four - on and off ball possession - it was clear that Marsch would be kept busy on the ground during his four-day training spell. These game patterns and ideas will be implemented even more effectively in the coming weeks. While the sight of speedy four forwards Dan James, Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo running down the Leicester backline was worrying for Leicester defenders, there is also the prospect of Patrick Bamford recovering. The fit forward didn't make it off the bench at the King Power but it's tempting to assume that game could have gone the other way had Leeds had had a finisher of his skills on the field. In a post-game scrum in the center circle, Marsch very publicly supported his side's efforts in Saturday's loss. Pointless platitudes don't count for much at this stage of the season - but with some cheap games Leeds supporters can be encouraged from the start and into the post-Bielsa era. Aston Villa's Brazilian loanee Philippe Coutinho was again on hand to crush an in-form Southampton side 4-0 at home on Saturday, with the playmaker involved in three of his side's goals, including another for the man himself Rightly so, manager and former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard purred after the full-time whistle, stating: "With all due respect to everyone else on the pitch, he [Coutinho] has shown a level that was above the game. He really showed his old form and it was a pleasure to be at the stadium." And with good reason, as the 29-year-old has now been directly involved in six goals in just four Premier League games for his new team at Villa Park, with three goals and three assists, an attacking number that will surely make the rest of the Premier League sit up and take notice.It was like Christian Eriksen had never been away.On his first start at Brentford and his first start since suffering cardiac arrest before Almost nine months ago, while playing for Denmark against Finland at Euro 2020, the midfielder put on a great performance at Norwich that reminded us all of his genius, having the most touches (68), the most passes (46), the most passes in the last third (17) and most crosses (9) of any Brentford player at Carrow Road He was also instrumental in Brentford's first two goals, with his corner kicks contributing to both. And any doubts about his fitness were dispelled as he played the whole game - including eight minutes of added time at the end of the game. It was truly a joy to see Eriksen getting back to doing what he does best: creating for others, floating into space and pressuring the opposition. And the best thing for Brentford is that he's just getting started. "I think he was good, but I think he'll be even better," said Bees boss Thomas Frank after the win. If the 30-year-old does improve, Brentford will be looking up rather than down in the short term and become the club's 'biggest signing of all time', as Frank hinted last month. In the longer term, however, Brentford will prove to be a springboard for Eriksen, who is aiming to return to one of Europe's elite clubs in the summer. For now, though, it's time to acknowledge his amazing comeback, which is a much-needed feel-good story. In terms of away appearances, Crystal Palace's performance at Wolves was perfect. Within 10 minutes of kick-off, Molineux was reassured by the visitors' confident start. They would push high on the field, move the ball in a targeted manner and when they lost the ball, they immediately pushed to win it back. Now 10th, Palace don't have to look over their shoulder at what's behind them - if they were at all. Patrick Vieira's side are regular points after avoiding defeat in five of their last six Premier League games and his side spoke afterwards about the importance of maintaining their momentum. Palace have a very winnable FA Cup quarter-final game against Everton this month and should be focused on ending this season on a league high in preparation for next. Their first-half performance at Wolves should set a benchmark for what they can achieve. While Palace's season is in full swing, Wolves' appears to be in decline as three straight defeats dampen their hopes of a top-four finish. Their lack of goals - just 10 at home in the league - would always catch up with them, but the decision to bench Raul Jimenez in the last two games seems odd. Palace centre-backs Joachim Andersen and Marc Guehi had an easy afternoon as the hosts failed to have a focus up front. But frustrated manager Bruno Lage seems to have bigger problems after he accused his younger players of not working hard enough following a first-half injury to Ki-Jana Hoever against Palace.

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