Elton John says addiction battles led him to help other musicians

Musician is known to support young artists in their careers (Author: Gardener)

Elton JohnElton John is known for supporting his fellow artists. Elton John has explained why he feels compelled to help other musicians struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. The musician appeared on the Jonathan Ross Show tomorrow night (Friday 4th. "I had a lot of support when I was sick and in rehab," he said. "You support your friends through thick and thin. I had lots of support as I walked through the thin end of the wedge and I never forget that. ”He said he recently spoke to“ two or three ”artists and offered to support them,“ They're doing OK, they're really fine good. "[You are learning] to get the message across and help people when you can," he said. "You call and support them. People have been so nice to me." Similarly, John also said, that he uses his Rocket Hour radio show on Apple Music to "keep up with new artists" and also to provide a platform for them, after early career breaks from older artists such as Bob Dylan and Neil Diamond, Taron Egerton plays Elton John in the 2019 biopic 'Rocketman' ((Par amount Pictures)) "All these people who were heroes to me and were so nice to me," he said. “This type of review means so much to you. "That taught me to say, 'Listen, if this happens to you, you have to give it back to someone else when you get older.' It's an integral part of who I am." One of Johns Mentees is British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran , with which he has just released a new Christmas carol "Merry Christmas". The Jonathan Ross Show will air on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. on ITV. If you or someone you know has alcohol addiction, you can call the Drinkline National Alcohol Helpline on 0300 123 1110 in confidence or visit the NHS website here for information on the programs available. If you or someone you know has drug addiction, you can seek confidential help and support from Frank around the clock by calling 0300 123 6600, texting 82111, sending an email, or visiting their website here . In the United States, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service can be reached at 1-800-662-HELP.


Man City defeat Watford to get to the top

Reigning champions Manchester City move up to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season with a commanding win over Watford. (Author: Gardener)

WatfordManchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his side had "achieved the highest standards of the season" as they took a dominant win against Watford to reach the top of the Premier League for the first time in 2021-22. The hosts were repeatedly torn apart by City's movement, passing game and creativity and only a few saves by goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann kept the score on a goal in the first 30 minutes. But City got a well-deserved second place when Bachmann beat Ilkay Gundogan, but the rebound fell to Bernardo Silva, who showed excellent ability to beat two defenders and finish well from a tight angle. Silva then grabbed his second and City's third, cut from the right side of the penalty area and rolled a fine finish past Bachmann. "We are an incredibly consistent team," said Guardiola, whose team has taken seven straight wins in all competitions. “We did a really good job and we missed a lot of opportunities.” The game could have been over after 10 or 15 minutes and the most important thing is that we played consistently to control the game. After 15 games, City - title winners in five of their last 10 seasons - are one point ahead of Liverpool. "It's better to be at the top but we will lose points and hopefully our opponents too, but there is still a long way to go," added Guardiola. For Watford this was the sixth loss in eight games under Claudio Ranieri, albeit after an incredibly tough run, including encounters against five of the current top 7. They won Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's last game against the Red Devils 5-2 at Everton and 4-1 against Manchester United, but have only picked up six points since Ranieri replaced the sacked Xisco Munoz in October. Ranieri was greeted by a hero last Sunday as he brought his new squad to Leicester, the club he led to the 2015-16 Premier League title. But just like in the game in which they lost 4-2, the defensive problems of the Hornets were visible and only the good goalkeeper of Bachmann prevented City from scoring a hat full of goals in the first half. Goalscorer Sterling had also saved another attempt, with Jack Grealish - back in the starting line-up for the first time in a month after injury - was rejected three times and Joao Cancelo shot wide as Watford was outclassed. After Silva had doubled the lead of the guests in the 31st minute, the question arose how many cities would hit. Sterling now has 99 Premier League goals and had a chance to hit his century but was fought off by Bachmann, who also hit a Foden shootout on the post. City's chances kept coming when Gündogan shot past before Silva's second goal - and the seventh of the season - came in the 63rd minute. Grealish was also deflected to the crossbar and Bachmann parried Aymeric Laporte before substitute Hernandez brought Watford's consolation in the 74th minute. Now we're playing against teams like us who are fighting relegation. Our Premier League starts now. "The only downside for Guardiola was a potential ankle injury from striker Gabriel Jesus, who was cynically hacked down by Craig Cathcart, with the defender only getting a yellow card, not a red card." Sometimes when the defender hacked " An opponent, that's a red card, "said Guardiola. "He couldn't play in the last five minutes, he was injured." Hopefully there'll be a knock and he can play in Germany on Tuesday [against RB Leipzig in the Champions League]. "* Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever, here is everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a moment


Ghodoussi's statement, Emenalo claim, and Fraser's absence explained

All the breaking Newcastle United headlines including updates on Mehrdad Ghodoussi, Michael Emenalo, Ryan Fraser and more (Author: Gardener)

GhodoussiAll the breaking Newcastle United headlines including updates on Mehrdad Ghodoussi, Michael Emenalo, Ryan Fraser and more. Here are your Newcastle United headlines for December 5th: Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi has denied the Magpies offered Michael Emenalo the job of football director. Michael Emenalo introduced himself while at Chelsea, where he was Director of Football. Eddie Howe hit the air and screamed; weary goalscorer Callum Wilson looked up at the sky before dropping to his knees; Supporters defiantly shouted, "We love Newcastle, we do". It's been a while since we've seen such happy scenes full-time in St. James' Park. Newcastle United hadn't lifted a mug; the magpies had only won their first game of the season. 195 long days had passed since Newcastle last scored all three points, but even longer since some of these supporters witnessed a win in person - and not just because of the pandemic. Many fans made the difficult decision to leave during the last few years of the Ashley regime, so this win was all the more special as this new era finally got underway. In fact, Wilson was the first to admit that he got "a little emotional" in the Recognition Round after the game because he was "just trying to get her first win". It would have been hard to imagine that the owner, head coach, players and fans were all on the same page back in the Ashley era, but things are stirring again in St James' Park as this club begins rebuilding. Nothing captured this togetherness as well as the players and staff who posed for a group photo in their changing room after the game. Newcastle United rate a minor injury to absent winger Ryan Fraser after missing out on a 1-0 win over Burnley. Fraser was sent off in just nine minutes in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City on Tuesday night after Ciaran Clark was sent off and Eddie Howe decided to make a move. Fraser's failure, however, was due solely to what Newcastle officials referred to as a "minor Achilles tendon injury" and after a week of assessment and training, he is expected to join the squad, which travels to Leicester City's King Power Stadium next weekend. Fraser has been trying this week to quell any remaining rumors that he is having a difficult relationship with Howe. It was not so much a round of recognition as a round of honor as Newcastle United's dizzying players and staff took to the field after the Magpies' first win in the campaign. It had been a long time since this group had last seen a win - 195 days to be precise - but nothing could have prepared them for the welcome they received after beating Burnley 1-0. Although the T-Rex hit "I Love to Boogie" played over the speaker system, the club's supporters could still be heard singing, "Eddie Howe's black and white Army!" Between all the hugs, handshakes, waving and clapping, the Newcastle head coach whipped fans at one point when he hit the air and yelled, "GET IN!" Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe applauds the fans as Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis embrace after beating Burnley. The Newcastle media team has since posted a video of these notable scenes on social media which will serve as a useful selling point for the club's owners to attract targets over the next month. Eddie Howe agreed with Gary Lineker how important Callum Wilson's fitness would be to Newcastle United's chances of survival. It's a remarkable first win for Newcastle and the campaign's first clean sheet as they start the season off. Match of the Day host Gary Lineker spoke about Newcastle United. The Magpies now face a tough streak of games ahead of the new year, but Howe wouldn't turn his attention to the January transfer window as he focuses on the current generation of players and battling relegation. Jamal Lewis had to wait patiently for his chance at Newcastle United but has now started two games in a week and looks unbeatable. Jamal Lewis arrives for the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Norwich City at St James Park Despite being signed as Steve Bruce, the Northern Irish left-back has been essentially frozen by his former boss and only had one Premier League game before this week. Lewis had a stellar game against Burnley and was many people's choice as man of the game. Newcastle United's Joelinton reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Norwich City at St James Park The Brazilian looks like a newcomer as Eddie Howe puts the striker in a slightly deeper role. James Tarkowski has noted the “huge fan base” that Newcastle United are “trying to really advance” after the Burnley defender played for the club's new owners for the first time on Saturday. Newcastle plan to bring on reinforcements when the transfer window opens next January and Tarkovsky is one of the players on the club's radar. Frank McParland, who has served as Amanda Staveley's football advisor, previously helped sign Tarkowski for Brentford while serving as football director of the Bees, and the defender's contract position has certainly not gone unnoticed. Tarkowski is nearing the last six months of his deal and it remains to be seen whether Burnley can resist a big money offer next month or whether the center-back will actually wait until summer to consider his options. Although Tarkowski was on the losing side on Saturday, the 29-year-old put in a solid performance in front of co-owners Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi. Tarkowski even fended off Miguel Almiron with a goal-protecting block before Callum Wilson finally made the dead end in the 40th minute.


James Garner and Ryan Yates score in the home win

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Nottingham Forest and Peterborough at the City Ground when James Garner and Ryan Yates struck in the closing stages to claim victory for Steve Cooper's side. (Author: Gardener)

James GarnerPeterborough's deplorable away form continued when James Garner and Ryan Yates condemned James Garner and Ryan Yates goals to a 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest in the second half. It was a welcome three points for Steve Cooper, who has suffered only one defeat since being named Forest head coach - but who had seen his side draw in five of their last six games. Peterborough had threatened at least a point but saw her resolve crumble again in the last 20 minutes. Forest had almost made a spectacular start when Philip Zinckernagel's powerful long-range shot forced an equally impressive save from goalkeeper David Cornell. Joe Worrall dived for a header from a corner, but this time the stop was easier for the Peterborough stopper. Siriki Dembele tested Forest 'keeper Brice Samba with a low shot after showing fast feet from the edge of the box. Peterborough were the better team for a long time but couldn't find the last ball. Samba's toughest job was bravely clearing a cross from Jorge Grant when Jack Taylor tried to connect. Forest hadn't found the rhythm but almost took the lead when Lewis Grabban fired powerfully into the side netting. The second half began with Braian Ojeda throwing a shot on the wrong side of the post as the home side were looking to attack. Grabban managed to make a half meter for a shot but drove the ball past the goal while Zinckernagel shot past the same post after an attempt from the edge of the box. Grabban was convinced Forest should have received a handball penalty, but referee Thomas Bramall was not convinced by his appeals or those of the fans behind the goal. The City Ground held their breath as Ojeda chest down on the edge of the box - but the Paraguayan's shot went just wide. After a good job by Ojeda and Brennan Johnson, who shot a brilliant flat cross into the center, Forest finally made the breakthrough in the 72nd minute. Grabban couldn't get the ball out of his feet when he seemed certain to score, but Garner lunged to convert from close range. Forest held three points tighter when Garner whipped a corner in the 84th minute and Yates managed to steer the ball into the net, the last ball appearing to come off his chest. Nottingham Forest's Steve Cooper: "It's great that we won because we needed it after three straight draws. We didn't play well enough in the first half to win the game; the principles of our game weren't exactly right . We didn't go to the ball and make enough passes. Without possession we didn't get to Peterborough. There were some tactical adjustments that we had to make and in the second half we were really good. The game was played in Peterborough's half. We were the team that would get the right chances - and luckily they did. We came in through the sides and scored because the players came into the six yard area and I challenged the players to make more of it It was a personal challenge for Jimmy (Garner) to assert himself in those areas - and he did. You have to be there to score goals and he was it. The second goal was a bit of luck, but it was a great performance and the goal is chaos through good positioning, good move and good delivery - that's what happened. "Peterborough's Darren Ferguson:" It was the same old story. We had two very good chances at 0-0 and we have to use one. We have to take our chances. We were dominant in the first half but when you have those spells, "you have to make them count, you have to move forward - you have to get something from them. But right now we just can't find the last bit we need to score." There were 28,000 fans here and they booed them off at halftime. When you see that, you know you did your job - in every way except scoring a goal. "


Lewis Hamilton takes Saudi Arabia dramatic GP victory in preparation for a thrilling F1 final

After another exciting and bitter Grand Prix in the Middle East, the two leading drivers are neck and neck in the F1 title race (Author: Gardener)

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton took a dramatic victory in the first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix to catch up with bitter rival Max Verstappen in the F1 title race with just one race to go. In a chaotic race on the narrow streets of Jeddah there were three standing starts, two red flags, five virtual safety cars, numerous driver failures and endless arguments over team radio. The two leading drivers even came into contact twice, with the stewards investigating the second incident afterwards and both teams blaming each other when their rivalry threatened to spill over. Verstappen stormed off the podium after the race and couldn't congratulate the victorious Hamilton, who had previously described the younger man as "damn crazy" after another show of uncompromising racing. Another piece of good news for Mercedes is that Valtteri Bottas took third place and other important points in the constructors' race, narrowly ousting Alpines Esteban Ocon at the finish line, while Verstappen's team-mate Sergio Perez was one of five drivers who retired. The focus is now on the final race of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in which Hamilton is aiming for the eighth driver's title and Verstappen his first driver's title. The Dutchman took victory in this race last year and has a slight advantage as he has won more Grand Prix this season, but Hamilton has momentum on his side after winning the last three races. For the first time since 1974, the two front-runners will go into the final race of the F1 season on points. Hamilton started the race from pole position with Verstappen's dramatic fall in qualifying on Saturday, which gave Bottas second place. It was a clean start for the two Mercedes, but more dramatic for Red Bull when Sergio Perez almost came into contact with his team-mate after Verstappen got stuck in the first corner. The two Mercedes seemed to be driving their lead home until Mick Schumacher's fall on lap 10 changed the race. Hamilton and Bottas both pitted to change tires, while Verstappen fell by the wayside. That decision seemed to pay off immediately for Red Bull. While the stewards were still struggling to clean up the rubble of Schumacher's Haas, the red flags were hoisted, giving Verstappen a free pit stop and the lead. Hamilton was enraged and asked his team radio, “Why is this being marked with the red flag? The cars then returned to the grid for a second standing start of the evening, which was far more dramatic than the first. Hamilton got off to a flying start and had the lead before corner one, but Verstappen crossed corner two, sending his championship rivals far away and allowing Ocon to take second place. Nikita Mazepin was the second Haas to drop out, and George Russell's Williams and Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Perez joined him. Race director Michael Masi stepped in to negotiate the formation for the third start, with Red Bull agreeing that Verstappen would drop to third behind Hamilton and surprise new leader Ocon. Red Bull also asked Masi to take a "good look" at Hamilton, who allegedly had fallen too far behind on the warm-up lap before this second start, and Bottas, who put Verstappen back before the first pit stop, although the race director was disinterested. Then it was Verstappen's turn to make a breathtaking restart, who nailed Hamilton on the first corner and shortly afterwards Ocon to assert himself with two places ahead of his title rival. Hamilton's front wing made contact with Ocon's bike on that first turn, but appeared to be undamaged, and he soon found his superior speed on the straight as he whizzed past the Alps and cut Verstappen's lead to one place. With 14 laps to go, Hamilton was finally close enough to use DRS on the straight, but couldn't quite get past the first corner. With the two cars making easy contact, Red Bull ordered Verstappen to give Hamilton the place back just so the two cars came into much stronger contact as the younger driver slowed dramatically on the straight to let his rival pass. Hamilton was furious and his front wing appeared to be damaged while Toto Wolff smashed his headset in the Mercedes garage when the commissioners announced they were investigating. This time, Race Director Masi Verstappen ordered the place back, which he did for about a second before whizzing back inside Hamilton and regaining the lead. Almost at the same time, the commissioners imposed a five-second penalty on Verstappen, then Hamilton took the lead again six laps before the end. Even though parts of his car flew away, Hamilton maintained his lead and took the bonus point for the fastest lap when Verstappen's tires finally gave way. Beyond the result, there could be more bad news for Verstappen, as the incident in which the two title protagonists collided was investigated by the stewards after the race. Neither driver seemed happy after the race, both with the other and with the commissioners. “A lot of things happen that I don't quite agree with, but the way it is, I've tried to give it my all. “I've been racing for a long time, but that was incredibly tough,” said Hamilton afterwards. “I tried to be as sensible and tough as possible with all of my racing experience, to keep the car on the track and to stay clear, and that was difficult. Hamilton's opinion on meeting Verstappen differed from his rival, with the Brit adding, "I didn't quite understand why he suddenly hit the brakes really hard and then I slid into the back of him and then he" continued and I got a message after that that he was going to let me pass so it was a bit confusing.


Britney Spears beats up her therapists in a bizarre, vulgar sketch

Britney Spears continued to refer to her mental health on Thursday when she called therapists she'd seen in a video posted on her Instagram account over the years. (Author: Gardener)

Britney SpearsBritney Spears was delighted with the end of her Conservatory-exposed therapy Thursday when she made fun of her former therapists in a new video. The pop singer posted a skit she filmed to parody the psychiatrists who worked with her “10 hours a day, 7 days a week” thanks to her recently quit conservatory. Her video was posted the day after she flew to Mexico with her fiancé Sam Asghari to celebrate her 40th birthday. The Toxic singer took on a deeper, authoritative voice when she spoke to the camera while representing for one of her therapists. Britney tried to be disarming by casually introducing herself as “your therapist today” and saying, “I'm not here to bother you, I just want you to be completely relaxed. I'm here to help, ”as he shows a gloomy smile. Britney - in her capacity as her therapist - kept stressing that she would only ask "a few questions" as if the marathon sessions were just minor inconveniences. As she threw her hands in the air, she said, "The psychosis of what's going on in your head goes on in mine too, so we just have to ......" Then the video was cut to a different angle and shows Britney lying on her couch in a plaid shirt. "Yes, I'm fine," she said in a reserved tone. I'm having great days, ”she added before the video hovered over the picture. But the therapist returned and went on as if Britney's reassuring statement was indeed an indication that something was wrong. But then there was a harrowing cut and Britney seemed to return in her higher voice with a surprising dose of profanity. Then she repeated some of the curses before the video was cut off. In her caption, Britney called out the therapy she allegedly had to do under the control of her conservatory without her consent. She wrote, "As much therapy as I had to do against my will ... to be forced to pay and listen to women telling me how they will help my success ... it was a joy ..." No really ... 10 hours a day " , 7 days a week ... no lie ... in this beautiful nation it would only be fair of me to dedicate my life to the sketches of the wonderful therapist !!!! ' . 'I sincerely thank you dear heart for your efforts !!! In the end I will celebrate ... it's definitely OVER, because my medication works' Murica !!!! On Monday, Britney claimed in another Instagram post that she was now taking "the right medication without a doctor or conservatory staff," despite not making it clear whether she was taking psychiatric or other medications. She also wrote about her fasting to lose weight, claiming she could "experience the most amazing high" by restricting her intake. The Stronger singer claimed her longest fast was four days, despite having consumed some snacks during that time. Britney felt hot as she flaunted some of her favorite dresses on Instagram in front of her Christmas tree during her ongoing 40th celebrations, the pop superstar while targeting her former conservatory and restrictive Las Vegas residence. She directed her critics to "kiss my beautiful white a **" in the salty caption as she vowed to live her life the way she wanted it now. Britney had previously shared a bevy of her favorite dress in front of her Christmas tree on Wednesday, but they liked her so much that she returned for seconds. "I'm not turning 40 ... I'm turning 4 and if either of you haven't heard," Britney began her caption before complaining about how little free time she had while in Vegas. “I did nearly 250 shows in Las Vegas for 4 years and went out twice [deep in thought emojis] !!!! With that being said ... I think I'll have to put on my hot little clothes every night for the rest of my life to make up for my pension because I've been working for my family all my life, only old songs being allowed !!! ' She continued. "More classic fashion clothes will follow soon on my Instagram ... by me ... worn by me," she promised and added: "And in the meantime, kiss my beautiful white a ** 'Murica !!!!!!' Britney's Pieces Of Me residency, held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, began in December 2013 and was originally scheduled to run through 2015, but her performances have been extended to 2017 thanks to audience popularity. The singer has previously complained that her conservatory government has reportedly not allowed her to perform some of her newer pieces in concert series, and some of her older tunes were performed as remixes rather than in the original arrangements of her studio albums. Britney, meanwhile, seemed to still be living on her 40th birthday after boarding a private jet with her fiancé Sam Asghari on Wednesday. Although she didn't specify exactly where they were going, she shared a short clip Thursday with a mariachi band serenading her. A balloon display in an open doorway leading to a pool also suggested she was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas when Kourtney Kardashian shared a photo of an almost identical door with a similar arrangement of balloons as she celebrated her fiancé's birthday Travis Barker in Mexico celebrated Tourist City earlier this month. Tears of joy today, ”Britney captioned the birthday clip. 'Thanks for all the birthday wishes !!!! The night before, Sam shared the highlights of a fireworks show he put on in honor of the pop star before her birthday. In a series of clips he shared on Instagram Stories, Asghari filmed a series of fireworks remotely to commemorate the special occasion after kidnapping the singer on a private jet. Sam raved about the Grammy-winning artist's "first birthday" after quitting 13 years at the conservatory. Earlier on Wednesday, the pop superstar and the 27-year-old aspiring actor shared cute photos of them kissing aboard a private jet that they each posted on Instagram. Britney seemed overjoyed with the videos Sam shared with his Insta Stories as he gave her a B-shaped cake to celebrate her milestone birthday - which he said was her “1st birthday”. Both Sam and Britney shared their moment of passion on board the plane. They hugged and closed their lips in one cute photo while another showed them both beaming ear to ear for the camera. The Toxic singer highlighted her perky bum in super-cropped acid wash jeans, which she combined with a white long-sleeved shirt, stylish red suede boots and aviator glasses. Sam looked relaxed in a gray t-shirt, a blue and white checked shirt that he left unbuttoned, and gray blue jeans with black boots. Notably, the Black Monday star referred to Britney as his "wife" in his Instagram caption before ruling out speculation the couple has already married by noting in the comments: "I've been calling her wife since day 1 too at". "I call you lioness because I admire your relentless strength, I am inspired by your beautiful heart, I celebrate your smile that illuminates my world ❤️" he wrote. Britney sounded overjoyed with her version of the photos, even though she felt the need to highlight her slim figure in her caption. Me and my fiance are so excited to be leaving .... As you can see, I don't weigh 800 pounds like dads have me in pictures, ”she wrote along with a camera emoji and a crying face. It is possible that the singer was referring to the restrictive conditions of her conservatory in her last sentence, as the arrangement, which has now been dissolved, had previously placed limits on her ability to travel. 'Thank god you can leave the country !!!! I'm blessed !!!!' She wrote. Sam felt a little naughty in a follow-up video of the same hug. He grinned at the camera before taking a moment to squeeze his lover's bum. Among those commenting on Sam's post was director and producer Randall Emmett, who split up with his fiancée Lala Kent in October amid rumors of fraud. "Yes, mate, see you soon, happy birthday to your queen," wrote Randall. Later on Wednesday, Sam posted a video of himself aboard the jet handing Britney a cake shaped after her initial, adorned with pink macarons in layers of pink and purple roses. The layers of the cake were supported by teardrop shaped white meringue pieces. 'Oh my God!' Britney gasped as her fiance spread the cake in front of her while she sang Happy Birthday. "Everyone covers their ears," Sam joked before his trembling voice tried the high note. "It's not mine," he clarified as he pointed at the cake before putting down a vase of red roses, "but I'll acknowledge it." Britney made a close-up video of the cake, which Sam later published and showed that the flowers and macarons were decorated with gold leaf and gold glitter. "First of many cakes," was the caption on the video.


Player ratings, analysis and reactions as Hammers ensure rare performance over Tuchel's team

Chelsea conceded more than once for the third time in 53 games under head coach Thomas Tuchel (Author: Gardener)

TuchelLONDON STADIUM - Chelsea were beaten 3-2 by West Ham in their Saturday afternoon derby, a loss that eventually saw Manchester City and Liverpool overtake Thomas Tuchel's side in the Premier League table. West Ham copied Chelsea's line-up at the London Stadium and matched its quality and intensity for much of the game, although they were behind in the first half when Thiago Silva put the guests 1-0 ahead after 28 minutes. Edouard Mendy then gave West Ham a way back into the game after fouling Jarrod Bowen, but after Manuel Lanzini in the 40th Season in the Premier League conceded twice in one game. It was also only the third time in 53 games that Chelsea conceded more than once under Tuchel. Bowen almost scored again for the hosts, but home fans soon fell in love when Arthur Masuaku's cross defeated Mendy at his narrow post for the winner. The defeat left Chelsea on top and Liverpool then went first with a late win at Wolves before Manchester City beat Watford on Saturday night to take them to the top themselves. West Ham are fourth and the dramatic late win means they can't be overtaken by either Arsenal or Tottenham. West Ham: Lukasz Fabianski 7 - Fabianski made four saves in a busy first half but he may be disappointed to have let in Silva's header and mounts volley, the latter squeezing past him in the near post. Craig Dawson 7 - A couple of vital challenges on an afternoon of small respite for West Ham's defense. Kurt Zouma 7 - Taunted early on by fans of his former team, Zouma was called into action in the first half, making six and two after the break before limping away injured. Issa Diop 6 - Looked good when West Ham changed formation alongside Dawson and Zouma. David Moyes predicted that he would increase his team's chances of scoring at least one point against Chelsea. Ben Johnson 6 - Chelsea aimed primarily at West Ham's left side and Johnson held out a difficult 45 minutes before leaving the field injured at the end of the first half. That's what we can expect from Rice, who delivered yet another tireless performance for West Ham - while Chelsea supporters urged their former academy star to take a "big step" across London with a chant that came moments before West make Ham's second goal. Tomas Soucek 7 - It started out as a quiet game for Soucek compared to Rice, but he was just as busy in the second half as his midfield partner when West Ham secured a valuable win. Manuel Lanzini 7 - Until then, he kept a cool head despite the calm game. Mikhail Antonio 7 - Struggled getting into the game at times but that was mainly due to Chelsea's dominance of possession. A couple of shots missed the target in the first half and after the break he almost prepared Bowen for his third goal as he slightly blocked Callum Hudson-Odoi before sending a cross. Jarrod Bowen 8 - Rewarded for pursuing Mendy and beating West Ham a penalty in the first half, and despite limited chances, he equalized brilliantly in the second half. Bowen was then inches from goal in the 75th minute when he stretched to meet Antonio's flank. Subs: Arthur Masuaku 7 - Came on for Johnson just before half-time and had his unforgettable moment in the 87th minute when his cross beat Mendy. He played his part on a good team move that Bowen almost scored his second goal on. Chelsea: Edouard Mendy 4 - Sold a little narrowly by Jorginho's back pass, Mendy struggled to try to shield the ball and eventually ended up fouling Bowen to help West Ham get back into the game. Lanzini's penalty kick was perfect, and the next time the ball returned to Mendy, he shot it out for a throw-in from West Ham, obviously shaken by what had happened minutes earlier. A weak performance got worse when Mendy could only parry Masuakus's flank into his own goal. Andreas Christensen 6 - Mainly tasked with tagging Antonio, he kept West Ham's number 9 relatively calm the entire time, but not enough to prevent defeat. Moments after giving Chelsea the lead from a corner, Coufal refused his clearance on goal after Mendy was well beaten. However, that contribution was not enough to help Chelsea. Antonio Rüdiger 6 - Decent portrayal to the left of Silva, but had few notable moments. Defensively, he was able to follow Rice well and after the break prevented a counterattack by West Ham. Marcos Alonso 5 - Chelsea's penchant for attacking on the right meant Alonso had a few key moments before leaving for Christian Pulisic. Mason Mount 7 - One goal, a template for Mount, who was delighted to celebrate his beautiful volley in front of West Ham fans. Kai Havertz 5 - Had two chances in the first half but felt the effects of a final challenge from Zouma that was canceled at half time. Hakim Ziyech 5 - Had Chelsea's first half chance but failed to fully catch James ‘deflected cross. Had a chance to restore Chelsea's lead immediately and shot one more try over the bar in the second half. Substitute: Romelu Lukaku 6 - Replaces Havertz in the second half, but had no chance. Callum Hudson-Odoi 5 - Came for Ziyech in the 64th minute. Slightly blocked by Antonio when West Hams # 9 gave Bowen a chance - not good enough. Christian Pulisic 6 - Replaced Alonso and only had one chance late. A game that West Ham and Moyes deserve every bit of praise for pushing Chelsea back twice before scoring a late winner. It's hard, however, to overlook the fact that Chelsea threw this one away. They dominated possession - 64-36 percent - with 19 shots at West Ham's 11. Impairments of concentration proved their downfall and after looking disappointing in the 2-1 win at Watford they were punished on Saturday afternoon. Mendy in particular is going to want to forget about this game so quickly, but West Ham fans won't - after losing to Wolves and Manchester City, then drawing against Brighton, their top four offer is back on track. Tuchel regretted Chelsea's "individual mistakes" in losing at West Ham. He told BT Sport: “I don't think we played a bad game, it was okay, we can win with this performance. “It's hard to play here, we've made too many individual mistakes, we've already made it against Manchester United and Watford and have been penalized - if you want a result at this level, you have to minimize mistakes. He added: “I didn't see our performance decline at United, or today it was enough to win the game. We gave away easy goals, that's unusual - big mistakes that lead to great chances and easy goals. We did that against United, Watford and today. “We're not good enough at the moment when it comes to details. Without making big mistakes, there is a good chance we will win this game. When asked how much Chelsea misses N’Golo Kante, he added: “I have no idea when he will be back. Moyes was a little surprised by the end result and told BT Sport: “To be honest, I didn't think we played that well today. But we scored the goals and in other games I don't think we played worse or better, but we didn't score. Today we have the right goals and to achieve them against a team that haven't conceded many goals is a great honor for the boys. “We were much better [in the second half.].


Real Madrid v Real Sociedad player ratings

Eder Militao, Luka Jovic and Vinicius Junior stole the show when Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 2-0 at the Reale Arena in La Liga on Saturday night. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridReal Madrid got off to a bumpy start when Real Sociedad pressed the opening goal early on. Alexander Isak cleared Eder Militao with a head while Adnan Januzaj shot a shot over the crossbar. At the other end, Los Blancos suffered a blow when Karim Benzema left the field injured despite Vinicius Junior stepping up and taking the game to the hosts with one shot. Real Madrid began to grow into the game when Rodrygo and Luka Modric forced Alex Remiro to save while Sociedad came close again just before half-time but Alexander Sorloth, Isak and Mikel Oyarzabal failed to make the most of a scramble in goal close. T Merengues increased the pressure after the break when substitute Luka Jovic created a chance for Rodrygo, who was denied right after the restart. Two minutes later, Carlo Ancelotti's men took the lead with another fine job from Jovic who did well to fend off Sociedad defenders and play the ball in Vinicius, which found the back of the net. Ten minutes later, Real Madrid were 2-0 ahead with Jovic shooting home from close range to end the game as well as possible. Real Sociedad hardly threatened after the second goal, while the guests were denied a third late, Remiro stopped Vinicius' attack. Real Madrid finished the game confidently with a 2-0 win that extended their lead at the top of La Liga to eight points. The Belgian didn't have a single save that evening as Real Sociedad didn't take up any scoring chances. However, he was vigilant to make some crucial claims from flanks and long passes. Back in the starting line-up, the Real Madrid right-back put in an extremely solid performance that largely undermined the threat posed by Mikel Oyarzabal. Carvajal kept things on his side and won the duels he had contested while his passing game was also sharp. The Brazilian was there to keep Real Sociedad from looking at goal every step of the way, winning air duels with absolute dominance and consistently achieving decisive tackles and interceptions. Militao made an incredible ten clearances that night, along with five tackles, two blocks, and interceptions. His pass was also on the radar the whole time, with the highlight of the evening being the chance he earned Vinicius late with a breathtaking through pass. He has proven himself this season and looks like the defender Real Madrid spent € 50m on in every way. The summer signing was solid and solid alongside the dominant Militao. Alaba kept things organized in the background, winning its fair share of duels to keep Isak and Sorloth at bay. At the same time, he is not afraid to step up the pitch, especially in the second half, and help his team to increase the pressure. 36-year-old Luka Modric started another game and showed another action display in the middle of the park that showed no sign of slowing down. The veteran midfielder drove forward on the ball, played great passes and also helped defensively - an asset. The Brazilian had to be careful that evening as a booking would have meant he would be suspended for the crucial clash against Atletico Madrid next week. As always solid in the middle of the park, even if Casemiro was a bit sloppy in possession at times. It was withdrawn after an hour to avoid any chance of booking. Like Modric, Kroos also showed a good all-round game against Real Sociedad, in which he ticked well with a precise passing game while he was not afraid to play the tough meters away from the ball. Although he had saved a few shots, he generally lacked the edge to cut out openings. The Real Madrid superstar lasted less than twenty minutes that night as he was eliminated due to injury. The 21-year-old has really stepped up his game this season. Vinicius looked almost unplayable, as he has on so many occasions this season as Real Sociedad struggled to cope with his raw pace, move and cunning and resorted to messing him up. He forced Remiro to parry in the first half, bonded well with Rodrygo and Jovic and then opened the goal with a relaxed finish after the break. Vinicius could have played a late one in the fight but was blocked by the hosts' goalkeeper. He also took off his socks to help the team on the defensive. He ended with four shots on goal, a key pass and five completed dribbles. The Serb got his chance early in the game due to Benzema's injury and took it. Jovic looked sharp in his movements, drifting far to make room for others, or making runs off the shoulders of the defenders. He was intelligent in his connection game as he gave Rodrygo a chance before assisting Vinicius in the opener. Jovic finished with a joint game high of three key passes. This should serve as a huge confidence boost for the striker who has fought endlessly during his time in Madrid. He set up Real Madrid's first goal and scored the second after coming off the bench for the injured Karim Benzema 🔑 The summer signing came for Casemiro in the 64th minute and made for a solid Shift. Camavinga made a tough tackle late to keep Sociedad from scoring. On for Rodrygo in the 81st minute.


Sam Kerr's brilliance inspires the dominant Chelsea behind Arsenal to the women's FA Cup glory

Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea: Fran Kirby sets the tone in a one-sided first half before Kerr's double takes a comfortable win for Emma Hayes' side at Wembley in the second half (Author: Gardener)

Sam Kerr'sChelsea's Sam Kerr celebrates her second goal on multiple fronts at Wembley on the Sunday Historic, with Emma Hayes' Chelsea triumphing over London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Sunday afternoon. Perhaps there was no better way for this final than for Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr to decide. The duo received the nickname "Kerrby" after their partnership in the Blues Crusade last season, but could not inspire the fans personally due to the pandemic - this time they did it to more than 40,000. This finale had great personal significance for the blues boss. She stood next to her team before the game and waited to sing the national anthem, looked in the stands and waved to her son Harry with a beaming smile. The importance of this game wasn't just for Hayes personally, it was an important milestone for women's football. The final marked 100 years since the FA effectively banned women from playing in England and 50 years since the trophy was first played. The game was also an important milestone for Chelsea. They claim the 2020-21 title after last year's competition was carried over to this campaign and now hold the domestic triple of the FA Cup, League Cup and Women's Super League. In games like these, getting ahead early is key - it sets the tone for the game - and so Chelsea believers couldn't have been happier than they did. Kirby took advantage of a Gunners mistake in which Frida Maanum spilled the ball, ran towards it and struck past Manuela Zinsberger before the clock had reached three minutes. Jonas Eidevall ran back and forth between his dugout and the bench, visibly unsettled about the course of the game. His defense was haphazard at best and it was thanks to Kerr that he directed two attempts from close range directly at Zinsberger. Chelsea stayed in the lead through the first 45 but they weren't single-minded enough in front of goal and Kerr, striking the bar from a relatively slight angle, was a symbol of their indecisive finish. Fran Kirby celebrates with his teammates after scoring (Getty) Almost immediately, they were dismayed when referee Helen Consley failed to see Erin Cuthbert stop Beth Mead's cross with her arm, although the decision may have offset a rejected penalty appeal for Chelsea beforehand was involved when Kerr was knocked down after a cross. Halftime gave the Gunners much-needed respite and they came out seemingly revitalized. Their passing game became sharper and their wingers found more and more space behind the Chelsea defense. Sam Kerr celebrates with Chelsea teammates (Getty) But that should all be in vain as Kerr - the woman who was way off in the first half - doubled Chelsea's lead. Arsenal had repeatedly left their line of defense wide open and she was able to walk through them before cutting inward to get a shot off. It was neither beautiful nor special, but Zinsberger did not get to the ground in time and the ball rolled past her at the short post. In the first half she would have probably wasted her chances, but in the second half she appeared to be a different player. After the 2-0, she was the go-to pick when she noticed that Zinsberger was far enough from her line to send a clever chip over the goalkeeper's head. When these teams met at the start of the season, Arsenal rightly won in the Emirates - but today's game couldn't have been further away. If you had told an audience in 1971 that a woman would be one of the best tacticians in the country and lead a women's team that could bring crowds of over 40,000 to the best stadium in the country, many would have laughed. Elsie Cook and Lesley Lloyd, the captains of that final 50 years ago, looked visibly emotional when they took out the trophy before the game because something they probably hadn't even dared to dream about had come true.


7/10 for Mbappe, Messi; Navas gets ...

Former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum leveled late when PSG took a point against RC Lens. (Author: Gardener)

MbappeParis Saint-Germain's poor form continued when they drew 1-1 with RC Lens on Saturday. As the result suggests, it was a disappointing performance by PSG, with Lens dominated for most of the game. The home side created the most scoring opportunities and even terrorized players like Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe during the game. But their lack of end product resulted in the game ending goalless at halftime. The second half was a little more entertaining, although it was PSG that switched gears and created some chances. However, it was Seko Fofana who opened the gate for victory following a controversial VAR decision that prevented Lionel Messi from fouling in the build-up game. The goal forced PSG to chase the gap for the final thirty minutes. Although Lens continued to create golden opportunities, they did not take full advantage, which in the end turned out to be costly. Georginio Wijnaldum equalized at the last minute and secured the point for the guests. Here at The Hard Tackle, we're going to be judging the PSG players in their disappointing draw against Lens this weekend. Keylor Navas started ahead of Gianluigi Donnarumma and was solid between the sticks for most of the first half as he made multiple saves. However, as the game progressed, he looked shaky and made a massive fumble as he tried to save Fofana's efforts from a distance, which eventually rolled into the net. The defender just couldn't withstand the pressure at times, but got better and better as the game progressed and prevented the opponents from doubling their lead. Presnel Kimpembe looked even more excited by the pressure from the Lens attackers, especially in the first half. But he made a good defensive shift after the restart and especially made a goal-saving block late in the game. Juan Bernat was the weak link in the PSG backline. The former Bayern left-back struggled with form and fitness and seemed uncomfortable with the threat from Jonathan Clauss and Gael Kakuta. Leandro Paredes has positioned himself well in midfield in defense and duels. But the Argentine looked clueless in possession, lacked creativity at the table and struggled with the Lens press. Bernat are trying to do what Messi did with Alba Danilo Pereira was arguably the worst performing midfielder for PSG in that game. After a reasonably decent game against Nice, the Portugal international failed to withstand heavy pressure from Lens and was mostly slow to deal with the opposition. Marco Verratti was the only spark in an otherwise terrible performance from PSG midfield. Although he didn't do much defensively, his ability to dodge the Lens press in tight situations sometimes helped him. His combination game was also promising, but the Italian definitely needs to improve. Lionel Messi was by far the number one choice among PSG players with his passing game, opportunity and sheer ability to easily dribble past opposing defenders. But the Lens defender did not give him too much freedom and perhaps had the bad luck that the referee did not get a foul shortly before the start. Lionel Messi and PSG don't see through the lens. Mauro Icardi was just terrible in the last third. At the head of the line in the absence of the injured Neymar, the Argentine looked clueless and didn't offer much to the table. He also looked wasteful in front of goal, in particular he missed a big chance from Messi in the first half, although the goal would have been excluded due to offside. Angel Di Maria was another PSG attacker who struggled to get something to work in the final third. The winger just didn't look like he was starting on the left, which resulted in another overwhelming performance. Wijnaldum scored the important late equalizer to give PSG a point. The Dutchman is hoping the goal will secure him a place in the midweek game against Club Bruges. Idrissa Gueye provided more energy and dynamism in the PSG midfield in the last twenty minutes. A late replacement for Bernat.