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Small double when Arsenal beat Hammers

Kim Little scores twice against West Ham while Arsenal restore their three-point lead at the top of the table. (Author: Gardener)

Kim LittleLast updated on. From Women's Football category Kim Little scored two goals against West Ham as Arsenal got off to a perfect start to the Women's Super League season and restored a three-point lead at the top. Little found the bottom corner for the opener before rolling her career record from WSL goals to 50 with an excellent finish in the second half. A Grace Fisk own goal rounded off a difficult day for the Hammers.

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Smith Rowe scores again, leading Arsenal to defeat Watford

LONDON (dpa) - Arsenal go into the international break as fifth in the Premier League after Emile Smith Rowe scored a 1-0 win over Watford on Sunday. After starting the season with three losses, Mikel Arteta's side are now unbeaten in 10 games, with Smith Rowe scoring in his last three league games. (Author: Gardener)

WatfordLONDON (dpa) - Arsenal go into the international break as fifth in the Premier League after Emile Smith Rowe scored a 1-0 win over Watford on Sunday. After starting the season with three losses, Mikel Arteta's side are now unbeaten in 10 games, with Smith Rowe scoring in his last three league games. Benjamin White rode a number of challenges before tackling, with the ball breaking into Smith Rowe's path to the net in the 56th minute.

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Mikel Arteta defends Arsenal player on Claudio Ranieri allegation

Smith Rowe beat the 10-man Hornets 1-0 in the second half. (Author: Gardener)

Mikel Arteta defended his Arsenal players after Watford coach Claudio Ranieri accused them of disrespect leading up to Emile Smith Rowe's winning goal. Smith Rowe scored in the second half for a 1-0 win over the 10-man Hornets, whom Juraj Kucka had sent off late. The result puts Arsenal in fifth place in the Premier League on the international break, with the result a fight after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saved a penalty in the first half. But it was Smith Rowe's winner - his fifth goal in eight games - that caused controversy after Danny Rose threw the ball out for treatment for teammate Ozan Tufan. The Turkish midfielder was quick on his feet as Arsenal resumed and Smith Rowe battled Isamaila Sarr after a challenge between Ainsley Maitland and Niles that was also on the ground. "I told him there was no respect for this action," Ranieri revealed after television cameras caught him arguing with Arteta full-time. “We threw the ball out and everyone expected the Arsenal player to give it back ... to give it back to us. “We threw the ball out because a player was injured, but after that it was very strange. However, Arteta disagreed with Ranier's view of the incident and suggested that his team are sometimes too honest for their own good. "I have to defend my players, my team and my club," he said. “I would say we are the most honest team and in some phases we can even get naive. When asked if there was a misunderstanding, Arteta added, “I don't know, but I focus on the performance and how we win, not distracting it. This was Arteta's 100th game in charge of Arsenal and he was able to toast a victory that extends his unbeaten streak to 10 games in all competitions. Aubameyang took a day off and missed his second straight penalty, but Arteta said the Gunners captain will stay on penalties for as long as he likes. "He will stay on penalties if he agrees," he added. Ranieri has now lost three of his first four games as a Watford manager but has been pleased with the response of his squad since his appointment. "I know we lost too many games, but I have no doubts we can lay our foundations," he said. I am very satisfied with our performance - the players worked together a lot. "

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Smith Rowe seals the win for Arsenal

Emile Smith Rowe scores for the third straight league game when Arsenal defeated Watford in coach Mikel Arteta's 100th game. (Author: Gardener)

Emile Smith Rowe scored in a third straight Premier League game when Arsenal beat Watford in coach Mikel Arteta's 100th game. Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had saved a penalty in the first half from Ben Foster after a weak duel by Danny Rose against Alexandre Lacazette - and the Hornets goalkeeper held another fine stop just before the break to save Gabriel's header. Watford was fired early when Bukayo Saka was disqualified for offside in the eighth minute at the Emirates Stadium. The Hornets' first attempt came in the 40th minute, but Joshua King missed a late point chance and shot into the side-netting after throwing himself into a mix-up between Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White. The guests' afternoon turned from bad to worse when Juraj Kucka was sent off late and Claudio Ranieri's side finished 17th, two points ahead of the relegation spots. It is the sixth win in eight Premier League games for Arsenal, which moves up to fifth place - level on points with fourth-placed West Ham. At the end of a week in which three Premier League bosses have lost their jobs, Arsenal appears to be reaping the rewards for standing by Arteta after a disappointing start to the campaign. Eighth place last season was followed by three straight defeats earlier this season, but the Gunners, unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions, are on their way to the international break. Aubameyang had a frustrating afternoon and should have lost his first chance in front of Saka's unrecognized goal before saving his penalty after Rose unnecessarily obliterated Lacazette. Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his start to the season in the second division in the absence of the injured Thomas Partey, effectively commanding midfield alongside Albert Sambi Lokonga while Saka tormented left-back Rose the whole time. But it took a moment of Smith Rowe's quality to end Watford's opposition and the England U21 international, missing from Gareth Southgate's newest roster, has now scored five goals in his last eight games in all competitions. Aubameyang was sidelined to fend off Martin Odegaard's shot on goal as the Gunners couldn't extend their lead, but the hosts rarely had problems behind. Kucka's long-range shot after 85 minutes was Watford's only attempt to score - although Ranieri's side was annoyed by the eventual winner from Smith Rowe, who came after the Hornets knocked the ball out of play due to an injury.

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Arsenal players lacked respect

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri says Arsenal players lack respect as Emile Smith Rowe seals Mikel Arteta's 100th game win. (Author: Gardener)

WatfordWatford manager Claudio Ranieri accused Arsenal's players of disrespect when the Gunners took a narrow win in coach Mikel Arteta's 100th game. "If we volunteer to kick the ball out, everyone expects [the opponent] to give you the ball back, but the respect of the Arsenal players was not there," Ranieri told BBC Sport. Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had saved a penalty in the first half from Ben Foster after a weak duel by Danny Rose against Alexandre Lacazette - and the Watford goalkeeper held another fine stop just before the break to save Gabriel's header. The guests received an early warning when Bukayo Saka was excluded in the eighth minute for offside at the Emirates Stadium. Watford's first attempt came in the 40th minute, but Joshua King missed a late point chance and shot into the side-netting after throwing himself into a mix-up between Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White. Ranieri's afternoon was made worse by Juraj Kucka's late dismissal for a second yellow card. At the end of a week in which three Premier League bosses have lost their jobs, Arsenal appears to be reaping the rewards for standing by Arteta after a disappointing start to the campaign. Eighth place last season was followed by three straight defeats earlier this season, but the Gunners, unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions, are on their way to the international break. Aubameyang had a frustrating afternoon and should have lost his first chance in front of Saka's unrecognized goal before saving his penalty after Rose unnecessarily obliterated Lacazette. The Gabon international was also sidelined when he missed Martin Odegaard's shot on goal as Arsenal were unable to extend their lead, but the hosts rarely had problems. Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his start to the season in the second division in the absence of the injured Thomas Partey, effectively commanding midfield alongside Albert Sambi Lokonga while Saka tormented left-back Rose the whole time. But it took a moment of Smith Rowe's quality to end Watford's opposition and the England U21 international, missing from Gareth Southgate's newest roster, has now scored five goals in his last eight games in all competitions. Kucka's long-range shot after 85 minutes was Watford's only shot on goal, and it doesn't get any easier for the Italian's ailing side with games against Manchester United, Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester City after the international break. * Our coverage of your Premier League club is bigger and better than ever - everything you need to know is here to make sure you don't miss a moment

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Emile Smith Rowe tried hard enough when Arsenal beat 10-man Watford

Smith Rowe has scored three in his last three league games. (Author: Gardener)

Arsenal take their international break fifth in the Premier League after Emile Smith Rowe scored the only goal of the game to beat 10-man Watford. Smith Rowe has scored three goals in his last three league games and scored five out of eight in all competitions. His goal in the second half was enough here to claim a 1-0 win at the Emirates Stadium, with Juraj Kucka being sent in late for the visitors. Smith Rowe's form wasn't enough to earn him a first call-up to England's senior team, but Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be delighted that his strike was enough to win his 100th. Watford fought valiantly with Claudio Ranieri who made five changes after losing to Southampton at home - but thanks to Ben Foster in goal they have been kept at that level for so long. The veteran stopper saved his ninth Premier League penalty since 2010, with Aubameyang now missing his final two penalties. Arsenal thought they hit the front early, Watford passed the ball on the edge of their own box before Bukayo Saka would eventually go home - only to get the English sidelined after a VAR check. had an even more frustrating day in the office when he was blocked from a penalty and an offside goal was disqualified. The game turned rough, with both teams receiving a few warnings before Arsenal received a penalty shortly after half an hour. Referee Kevin Friend pointed to the point, but Aubameyang's penalty was brilliantly saved by Foster. The incident seemed to spur Watford on, as Kucka blocked a shot from behind and Rose failed a shot from the resulting corner. Arsenal created their own chances, Foster was again in good shape to fend off a Gabriel Magalhaes header just before the break. That was until Smith Rowe continued his good form by scoring the goal after 56 minutes. Benjamin White rode a number of challenges before tackling, with the ball breaking in the path of Smith Rowe, who increased his goals against Aston Villa and Leicester with a good finish. Watford had a glorious chance to equalize when White and Aaron Ramsdale gave each other some space and Joshua King punched himself in but opted to shoot from an acute angle and hit the side net of Arsenal's empty goal. Albert Sambi Lokonga stabbed Foster in the hand as Arsenal tried to pause play in added time and use the extra six minutes to score another three points.

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Emile Smith Rowe leads Arsenal's revival by defeating Watford

Emile Smith Rowe scored in Arsenal's 1-0 Premier League win over Watford despite Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first-half penalty saved by Ben Foster (Author: Gardener)

They have taken 20 points from the last eight games and sit on the shoulders of the top four after that scratchy win against a rudimentary Watford; This wasn't exactly an afternoon work that screamed for Champions League quality, but it did suggest that in the face of awkward and disruptive opponents, they now have the initiative and determination to get through. That is very encouraging for Arteta, as is the form of Emile Smith Rowe, whose third goal in as many premier league games meant the coach could enjoy his milestone if he wanted to. The decision to postpone Smith Rowe's drafting into the English roster seems conservative at best; a similar comment could be applied to Ben White, given his influence in creating the opportunity. Their contributions meant that a missed penalty by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, which was kept well by Ben Foster, was negligible and reinforced the impression of a turnaround at these points. Against opponents who liked to expose themselves, there was no press to break and little ground to eat up; this time Arsenal had to find a way and the first half quickly became a test of patience. Nevertheless, they should have taken the lead and Watford was lucky that Danny Rose did not have to regret an extraordinary rash in the 35th minute. Arsenal had barely gained momentum but a half-cleared free kick missed Nuno Tavares high in the air. It went to the right of the gate, where Alexandre Lacazette was preparing to take control, only Rose knocked him out with a desperately clumsy arm blow. There had been little immediate danger, but Rose, looking three feet off the pace the entire time, presented Arsenal with a present. Foster fought off with a hand and trailing leg combination before throwing himself at the loose ball; Aubameyang had converted his own penalty rebound in Arsenal's previous home game against Villa, but this time his luck fell by the wayside. Arsenal's performance might have been less meandering if a seventh-minute Bukayo Saka goal that tipped a Lacazette chip away after Foster hadn't been ruled offside. Aubameyang had passed the goalkeeper when he touched the ball forward after Foster's intervention, leaving only one defender between Saka and the post. This set the stage for half a niggle, Foster just made another save when he blocked Gabriel's header down just before the whistle. Watford's quality of attack was minimal, although Juraj Kucka caused flutter when White deflected his shot far. Saka had consistently left Rose dead on Arsenal's right and repeated the trick right after the break, with Foster holding up Albert Sambi Lokonga's eventual shot. But pressure rarely resulted in clear chances, and Smith Rowe's goal came just as Arteta, consistently firm and energetic, might have considered turning to his substitutes. Watford appeared to have survived a Saka-led push, but White, stepping forward to catch Joshua King on his heels, recovered the ball 40 yards further. He dodged past Kucka, and although Moussa made Sissoko half a challenge, the ball fell in the way of Smith Rowe. An offside Aubameyang deflected Martin Ødegaard's apparent shot across the line and denied Arsenal a second, but Watford's threat was close. Their only real chance came late when a misunderstanding between White and Aaron Ramsdale King brought into play. From an acute angle, but with the gate open, he could only find the side net; Moments later, Kucka was sent off for a foul on Tavares and Arsenal felt safe.

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Current results, goals and updates of the Premier League from today's matchday

Follow the latest updates from the London Stadium as Jurgen Klopp's side try to close the gap on leaders Chelsea (Author: Gardener)

Liverpool face West Ham United today to continue the impressive away form that has underpinned their season so far against a Hammers team that flies themselves at home and abroad.

The Reds have scored at least three goals in all five away games so far this season, including five each in their last two wins against Watford at Vicarage Road and Manchester United at Old Trafford. With 29 goals in 10 games so far, Jürgen Klopp's men are the top scorer in the league.

The Irons have since won four of their last five league games and are doing well in Europe too. However, their two league defeats this season were at home against Brentford and Manchester United. Keep up to date with the latest updates from the London Stadium below.

West Ham has earned its place in the Premier League table, claims David Moyes

8 minutes: Salah gets his first touch when he pulls Cresswell up on the right wing - Salah then gives it back to Henderson, who is rattled by Cresswell. He caught Henderson below the knee with his follow-through - but VAR says there was no serious foul. Klopp can't understand.

6 mins: That was West Ham's first attack after Liverpool made progress on the left early on. West Ham hits again after a set piece and the London Stadium jumps.

West Ham takes an early lead straight out of a corner! It was won after Antonio was released after a ball over the spike on the left before Van Dijk came over to get him behind.

But it's a nightmare for Alisson. Fornals swings a ball over his head, which goes through his gloves under pressure from Ogbonna.

Liverpool demands a foul on the goalkeeper - but the goal is given!

2 minutes: Mane lets returning Robertson run outside but the left-back's cut-back is behind the Liverpool attackers who were waiting in the box.

Robertson's second delivery, this time from the depths, is picked up by Fabianski.

1 minute: Van Dijk wins his first header of the day as Ogbonna goes far from kick-off. He will expect to score a lot more in set pieces given West Ham's strength.

The players have appeared on the pitch and we will observe a minute's silence before the game on Memorial Day.

It's a big game here - West Ham can overtake Liverpool if they win today but if the Reds get the three points they can go back to one point with Chelsea at the top of the table.

In the middle of the week, West Ham drew on Thursday while Liverpool won the Champions League on Wednesday.

We are quickly approaching the referee's whistle to get things going at the London stadium.

The Hammers come into this game after winning five of the last six - the other a midweek draw in the Europa League - and David Moyes has just played his 1,000th game as a coach. The work he did was just extraordinary, but given the massive hurdles it faced and a whole load of new ones that will appear quickly in 2022, it has to go all-in this season to be successful this season to be? Is it this year or is it not for the Hammers? Karl Matchett studies the improvement and whether it can be permanent.

West Ham's big chance to end the long wait for trophies - but is it all or nothing this year?

“Conte had won all three of his first league tests in charge of Juventus, Chelsea and Inter with an aggregate score of 10-2, but Spurs couldn't even get a shot on goal.

"The showdown played off the tactical mind of a manager who was adored even before he had the chance to warm up, against one who was not wanted by a sea of ​​fans and was increasingly under pressure after three defeats in a row, especially since it's the season to be fired. "

Melissa Reddy was on the spot to see Everton 0-0 Spurs.

Antonio Conte showed the size of the Tottenham task with an overwhelming draw at Everton

An enlightening first game in the Premier League for the new boss of Spurs as they play a second league game in a row without a shot on goal in the game.

Five things we learned when Conte's first league game ended with the Spurs draw at Everton

The Reds only show a midweek change, with Kostas Tsimikas being replaced as left-back by Andy Robertson. That means Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will keep his place in midfield and Joel Matip will be selected in defense before Ibrahima Konate. Captain Henderson is making his 300th league game for Liverpool.

No surprises for West Ham as they stick to the 4-2-3-1 that have served them well this season with a fully fledged team.

Ben Johnson gets the nod as a right-back while Antonio is fit to start up front.

Despite a stormy exit. Yellow card for Skipp to stop a counterattack, Richarlison goes down again in vain, a late corner for the Spurs goes nowhere and the same set piece for Everton at the other end is also wasted.

Conceding a goal in this phase is positive for both teams, but another game without a win worries both of them.

Yes - Holgate is currently shown in red instead. The distance was fine but his leg then stretched out and pushed the Spurs man very up, no question about it, it was really a dangerous game.

Gbamin is on for the home side for the final minutes. Spurs try to grab the three points late with Lo Celso delivering the free kick ... which is cleared well by Gbamin who heads over his own goal.

Yellow card to Mason Holgate for a release that he took right into Hojbjerg's upper leg ... I think he might get in trouble here, the Everton man.

Woodwork! Lo Celso almost wins the game in the last two minutes. A tackle in midfield pushes Spurs forward, playing against Lo Celso, who cuts his left foot and knocks you past Pickford from a distance - but he falls back off the post and the home team survives.

Son is booed by the home fans - a reminder of the incident in which Andre Gomes was injured a few seasons ago.

Is that an indication that Conte will be satisfied with one point in this game? Spurs have hardly challenged all three so far, that's for sure. Ndombele will see that they might be able to carry the ball a little better in the field, but Spurs just can't hold it in the final third.

TOT sub: Ndombele for Son

Son delivers a deep cross but it's right in Pickford's hands. Everton is instantly back on top of the field and a good Richarlison heist game ends with Coleman producing a delivery from the deep too ... but it's aimless and easy to steer away. In the last 10 minutes, the home team seem to have lost some spark, some of their ideas on how to set up - and another flat ball from Digne is typed far from the box by Gray.

Richarlison is almost in goal after a loft pass over the defense, with Doherty five meters lower than the rest of the defense and playing the striker on the side - but a missed first touch leaves the Everton man in the lurch and the chance is over .

At the moment, spurs are mostly reduced to counter attacks from about 60 meters away from goal, in fact for most of the second half.

Exactly no shots on goal from Conte's new side today.

Son runs flawlessly and takes a shot over the goal, but then the offside flag goes up. Only about five meters away.

Double move from Antonio Conte as he tries to change the game of Spurs - could now be more 3-5-2 than the trio at the front. We'll see where Lo Celso lands but the momentum of the game is with the home team right now.

TOT-Sub: Reguilon and Lucas Moura out, Doherty and Lo Celso in.

Chris Kavanagh is currently not a popular man at Goodison Park. Allan rages, the fans boo, but the ball is back in play and the Spurs pick themselves up again.

Everton's players react to the crowd and try to play with more intensity - it's extremely loud in the floor right now! They just need a big chance to get in the way of their front men and the roof could well fall off. Richarlison appeals to handball - never in a million years - Davies fires a shot that is deflected far. Then the Brazilian striker is back downstairs and around 10 players are all crowding around each other.

Bottom line: not much, just a corner and a booking for Richarlison and Romero for their aggressive demeanor. The latter may be lucky that it's just that color.

The referee looks at the monitor on the sidelines and realizes that Lloris has touched the ball after all - NO penalty for Everton!

Penalty Everton! Gordon goes to the ground outside the penalty area, the referee goes on, Richarlison knocks Lloris for the ball and goes down and the referee immediately blows the whistle and points to the point!

Emerson is a little lucky to get a foul after losing the ball in midfield. Delph's return to the starting XI ends after an hour - this was his first Premier League start in 11 months, you will remember. It's been over a year since his last full 90 in this competition. Gordon goes down under a challenge from Ben Davies, but the referee says it's okay. At the other end, Emerson Royal crosses into the area, but again Keane is there to evacuate. We're close to the hour and the game feels a little more marginal now, a little more attacking intent from both sides.

EVE Sub: Tom Davies for Delph

Better play from Spurs to put a little more pressure on the Everton goal but the home side stand firm. A corner is well defended and Townsend tries to counterattack, but Ben Davies is well positioned to come over and tackle.

Townsend then only misses a header as he tries to hit a cross and Lloris saves the shot.

Moura passes Keane into the penalty area and goes to the ground, but the referee waves off his demands for punishment. Also, no teammate was particularly pushing for it.

Gray at the other end finds room for a cross and delivers a ball to Gordon at the far post - but his volley is a bit wild and way off. Faster play in Everton's final third and a first time Gray has been really involved since the early stages of the game.

Second half is running! Everton gets us to the start, no changes during the break.

Let's hope the attacking game changes though as it was largely bad in that regard for the first 45 minutes.

Big chance at the end of half when Kane's cross is hit by Reguilon, but he slams over the bar on the track.

There is not much to pick from the first 45 minutes. Abrasion, sometimes sloppy on the ball and a few decent defensive moments, especially from Keane and Romero.

Last minute of half. Given the recent results, this was arguably an improvement for both teams, but neither seem too capable or worried so far to aim for victory. Better expected of both after the break, considering that the offensive talent can be seen in the game - or if they had the ball and the numbers in the last third anyway.

Richarlison has an injury after what appears to be a tackle with his knee, but he walks away after treatment and should be fine to continue. Rafa Benitez and Antonio Conte have a little half-time puzzle to solve in order to get better attacking positions after the break.

Anthony Gordon finds Townsend on the right and Richarlison escapes his cut-back. Allan picks up the ball from the edge of the box, but instead of shooting, he tries to feed a teammate back into the box ... and there are enough Spurs defenders to clear.

A quick ball forward finds Kane, who hopes to counterattack, but Digne rattles him with a fine slide tack.

More open and faster play from one end to the other, but both teams lacked a high-quality combination in the final third so far.

There was a stalemate in the middle of the park in the final minutes as Everton tried to get the ball to their wingers quickly, but Spurs doubled in with full-backs and wide center-backs. On the other hand, there aren't many counter opportunities for the guests as the full-backs are often so deep.

In a major collision, Digne and Emerson crash into each other after a ball fight - the French full-back wins the ball, but gets off worse. Moments later, Delph rushed Lucas in a slide tackle and received a yellow card - one for each team now after Reguilons earlier.

A little more than the middle of the first half and none of the goalkeepers was called to any meaningful action. Spurs' most commonly seen pass combination so far appears to be center-back to full-back and back again - they need a little more movement from the quartet between center-backs and Kane.

Tired of no one approaching him, Lucas Moura decides to take on three Everton defenders himself. A good run - but one eventually stopped by Michael Keane. Harry Kane then tries twice to line up a shot, but the same defender makes a pair of blocks. A deep cross from the left hits Royal in the air, but the Brazilian heads over.

Romero pings a diagonal or two or Reguilon, but Coleman handles it well. No build-up or pressure from the top three at the moment for Tottenham, who is very deep with the five-man chain. As a result, if they win the ball back, they have no way of getting out and Everton keeps attacking them. Digne fires a decent cross into the box and along the six yard area for the first time, but there's no one to hit her.

Sergio Reguilon is the first man in the book for a rather cynical block push against Townsend, who escaped behind him in the counterattack. No real complaints from the Spaniard and he has to watch his step.

Everton have two chances to play behind Spurs' back line but the pass doesn't come through. The home team is at the top so far without any real opportunities.

Delph floats an angled pass to Keane at the far post after a free kick and the center-back hits the ball - but he cannot steer the ball back over the gate to the onrushing Richarlison. Good idea, not quite implemented.

In midfield, however, Tottenham has not yet been able to build up very much. Son has a complaint about a late footing by Godfrey, but the referee isn't overly personable.

Lots of sloppy passes early from both clubs. No real control from Everton or Spurs just yet - lots of animation on the sidelines as you'd expect.

Son seems to have the freedom to hike for Tottenham in the infield early on - but so does Godfrey, who stepped out from behind twice in the early stages to intercept the passes. The second leads him to hit the goal from a distance, although it is easy for Lloris to rally.

We're in Goodison Park and the crowd is loud as the game starts.

The stadium stands still before Remembrance Day. Then there is applause for Walter Smith, the recently deceased former Everton manager.

The players are now ready for kick-off.

The pressure could now increase in these dressing rooms - both teams need the points for the international break and neither of them wants to look at a league table where they sit anonymously for two weeks. Of course, Conte will have his first long outing on the training ground with some players during this time, but many will leave for the international match - he would like to have an idea of ​​them right away today.

As he recently demonstrated at Chelsea and Inter, he doesn't care what a player's reputation is prior to his arrival or what position and role he was best - he will find those who do the job he wants to see. and play them relentlessly when necessary. This midfield in particular seems to have a position or two when someone is shining on and off the pitch.

The same could be said for Everton in the absence of Doucoure!

Despite a change in leadership and criticism of both key players and the club's leadership hierarchy, not all is doom and gloom for Spurs.

A win today, for example, will set them back from Manchester United, which beat them so extensively just a week ago. Three points would put Spurs in fifth or sixth place if Arsenal score a point or better in their game against Watford. It's not where Spurs want to be in the long run, but it certainly suggests that Conte can lead them back into proper European competition in the next six months.

January transfers are a fascinating option, but before that there is a lot of soccer to play and a lot of points to be won or lost. He will demand that it be much more about the former and close the gap to West Ham in fourth.

It's no secret that Kane misfire in the league this season - just one in nine games. In fact, Son Heung-min is the only Tottenham player to have scored more than once in the Premier League this season! Five for Everton have passed that single-hit mark, with three players out of three - but two of their top four goalscorers are unavailable today.

EVE: Townsend, Gray, Calvert-Lewin (all 3); Doucoure, Richarlison (both 2); Iwobi, Keane, Davies (all 1)

Spurs were the dominant side in that fixture during the Premier League era - they won 27 fixtures against Everton's 9, with another 22 draws between the teams. Last season that game ended 2-2 after a late equalizer by Harry Kane, while Merseyside club won 1-0 at the start of the season at Spurs with Calvert-Lewin net.

For its counterpart, Everton has to meet the minimum standards that Conte and Spurs set at Goodison Park. It's not an ideal time to go up against the north London side, Rafa says, but it doesn't matter: The Toffees must aim every week to be just as aggressive and determined, regardless of the opponent.

"We know we're going to play a very good team so we can't forget that," said Benitez. “Conte is an experienced coach and they have some good players so it will be difficult.

“Yes, maybe it is not the best moment because with a new manager you have additional motivation, but that is the difficulty of this competition. You have to compete against everyone at all times and we have to be ready.

“We have seen against a lot of teams that we are able to react and even in the last game we lost (on Monday at Wolves) the team saw the commitment in the second half that you expect , the reaction you'd expect, so we have "can do it against Tottenham on Sunday."

Tottenham players cannot say that they will be surprised at what is expected of them: Conte's teams are always the same in terms of commitment and demands on and off the pitch.

“Of course we have to work on this aspect in order to improve. It is not easy. It's not easy because you have to work every day and breathe the winning mentality every day and not invent it, the winning mentality. It is impossible to invent.

“It is impossible to pay (for). Because it doesn't cost. No money for a winning mentality. But I think you have to get the right people to bring that to the club. You have to breathe the winning mentality every day. You have to start with this mentality every day.

“You have to think about football for many hours of your life to improve your results in order to win. To think, "OK, I want to win, but I know it means sacrifice, it means suffering".

“It means working very hard. And when you start to think this way, it means you want to become a winner. Otherwise you will stay at your middle level. "

Antonio Conte knows he has to develop a winning mentality at Tottenham

Rafa Benitez and Antonio Conte are in a similar situation. They are top-class coaches who - at least for the time being - look after second-rate clubs. Their teams face Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park today as they are desperate to break the moral defeat in the league.

Conte's arrival has lifted spirits for Spurs, whose humiliating 3-0 loss to Manchester United led to the departure of Nuno Espírito Santo. The Portuguese may have left but Tottenham's problems remain. The new coach has inherited an unsuitable squad, a multitude of underperforming players, an unfortunate Harry Kane and, in Daniel Levy, a chairman whose position would certainly be questioned if he didn't own nearly 30 percent of the club. What Conte did not inherit is money. Spurs' spending on the stadium and the effects of the pandemic have left Spurs tight on cash.

It doesn't look like a recipe for success. Conte has given up his last three club jobs after arguing with his bosses over transfers and budgets, writes Tony Evans.

Antonio Conte will thrive in a no-loss situation to justify Spurs' desire for a quick fix

No doubt we'll be chatting a lot with Conte and Spurs at kick-off, so let's focus on the home team first.

No doucoure, no Calvert-Lewin, no recent wins: Rafa Benitez is truly under a cloud for the first time since the initial turmoil (and in some cases anger) over his actual appointment subsided. These two players are absolutely crucial to the plan and the midfielder in particular was superb earlier this season, but it's an opportunity for Delph instead - his last league start was 11 months ago and his last full 90 in the league was a year and a year Previous week.

With the expectation that Spurs will be much more energetic than this season, stepping in and putting in a tremendous performance is a huge challenge, but that is exactly what the Toffees need to escape their recent slump.

Only every sixth win in all competitions has helped them slide into the bottom half of the table.

As for the Toffees, Rafa Benitez stays at his 4-2-3-1 and will have Richarlison as a center-forward while Dominic Calvert-Lewin remains on sideline.

New England U21 call Anthony Gordon gets another start, with Fabian Delph working with Allan in midfield today.

Antonio Conte stays at 3-4-3 with Emerson Royal on right and Sergio Reguilon his left full-back. Lucas, Son and Kane are back at the top.

The new boss could think of doing an old star key to his plans again. Dele Alli has had a couple of bad seasons at Tottenham but when asked about his future inclusion, Antonio Conte knew he knew the attacking midfielder has the skills to succeed.

“I remember very well when we played Tottenham in the past, especially one game when we lost after 13 straight wins and scored Dele twice.

"But that is past. Now there is a gift and for sure Dele is a player with great potential, physically strong and very good.

"I definitely give him the opportunity to show that he has talent and at the same time I do it when I choose the starting XI because I think they can make the team win, just like if I did during the game Make changes. "

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Jets' Robert Saleh faces a tough QB decision but the right call is Mike White

The Jets are tightly tied to rookie Zach Wilson, but the risk / reward factor suggests White for another week if he can play. (Author: Gardener)

J. - A look at what's going on around the New York Jets: 1. White hot: If Mike White can grab it, let him tear it up. It's a tough quarterback decision with so many levels, but the right reputation for coach Robert Saleh is to start White next Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Make no mistake, the organization is firmly committed to rookie Zach Wilson and his development is # 1 priority in 2021, but the risk / reward factor points to White for another week. Wilson, who was removed two weeks after a second degree PCL sprain in his right knee, is expected to practice this week, but it makes sense to take a conservative approach to such an important part of his future. Are you sure you want to kick him out against the senior NFL defense? Do you want the home audience "We want Mike!" hear singing? if Wilson doesn't manage the offense as skillfully as White and Josh Johnson? Let Wilson chill out a bit more and have him return for the miserable Miami Dolphins the following week. White, who has more touchdown passes in seven quarters (five) than Wilson in 22 (four), did nothing on Thursday night to diminish his newly-created glitz. He just, well, injured himself - a crazy right forearm injury that the Jets said shouldn't stop him from practicing. After a touchdown pass in the first quarter, he lost his ability to grab the ball. This is a slippery slope for Saleh who faces a long-term / short-term puzzle. He knows the best thing for the organization is gaining Wilson experience, but he also sees how the team reacted to White. The same goes for his offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, who has developed into an aggressive and creative playcaller with White in the line-up. Still, jet makers have invested everything in Wilson, including ego and reputation. It was no surprise when General Manager Joe Douglas said last week that Wilson was making “absolute progress” and that “his arrow is pointing straight up”. But he's not her best quarterback right now. Let white play. Given what happened Thursday night, the Jets would welcome this problem. It's a quarterback-driven league, and teams will pay a premium for their potential - even a look at it. One agent said White has already secured "several million" in future earnings. Right now, White earns the minimum salary for a one-year contract - $ 850,000. He should get a nice bump after the season when he becomes a restricted free agent. To keep the right of first refusal, the Jets would have to offer him $ 2.4 million, based on Over the Cap predictions. They would get his draft round (fifth) as compensation if they refuse to match an offer sheet and he goes elsewhere. If the Jets give him the second-round bid, the price will jump to $ 3.9 million. They usually don't like going this high for a backup quarterback, but exceptions can be made. He could get a nice result as an unrestricted free agent in 2023, but that's still a long way to go. Either way, he's fine for a former practice player. White and Johnson each have three touchdown passes in consecutive games. The last time a team had quarterbacks that didn't start throwing in Week 1 for three consecutive touchdowns was the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. Koy Detmer and Donovan McNabb have done it in the last two games. 4th Maye Day: Safety Marcus Maye's ruptured Achilles tendon will have a dramatic impact on his future. The timing stinks for Maye, who is in a contract year aiming to become one of the highest-paying collateral. Chances are, if he's healthy he'll have to get a one-year proof contract in 2022, which may not be until the preseason. It probably won't be with the jets. Before the injury, they were lukewarm to the idea of ​​signing Maye again. Obviously, another franchise day ($ 12.7 million) is out of the question. Maye bet on himself and turned down the Jets' long-term offer last spring. It wasn't a bad decision, but with the injury rate in football there is always a high risk. 5. Defensive changes? As we saw last week with the weird hiring of John Beck as offensive assistant / Wilson trainer, Saleh isn't afraid of making staff adjustments on the fly. I wonder if he is toying with the idea of ​​taking on a bigger role in defense, which is performing on a historically poor level. The jets allow 31 points and 408 yards per game, both of which are the worst in the history of the franchise. They thought it couldn't get any worse than last season when they allowed 457 points in the franchise. Well, they're at a 534 point pace in 17 games. At the beatdown on Thursday evening, Ulbrich tried to use some fronts in the new look and it backfired. He said he adjusted by putting an extra player in the box as the game progressed. The defense was not overwhelmed; it was caught out of position. If a team covers an average of 7.0 meters per rush prior to contact, it means the defense isn't trying or has no idea what they're doing. Either way, it doesn't look good. Ulbrich, who swore it would never happen again after losing 54:13 to the New England Patriots, let it happen again. 6. He said what? Saleh believes this is the best line of defense he's ever had. Perhaps Saleh was caught up in the emotions of the Cincinnati Bengals victory in Week 8 as this is certainly not his best line of defense. To be honest, the line of jets is subpar. In the four games since signing his contract extension, John Franklin-Myers has only four tackles and one sack (garbage time against the Colts). Obviously they miss Carl Lawson, who lost that summer to an Achilles end-of-season injury, but he would not have made any difference in the running game. It's a line designed for speed, not force at the point of application. Her biggest run-stuffing tackle, Folorunso Fatukasi, is slated to become a free agent. 7. Moore production: It took a while but we are starting to see the Elijah Moore who dominated the practice fields in the spring and summer. The rookie wide receiver has 13 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games. Funny how that happened to White and Johnson at the quarterback. 8. The last word: "Of course he will always have things that he needs to improve, but every other day I go to Joe's office and thank him for being very aggressive and for bringing him. AVT is a stallion." Saleh on guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, a first-round pick.

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Even with the MCU's first real love scene, this franchise remains largely genderless

Chloé Zhao's first MCU feature tries some bold moves in the relationships department, but is it too little, too late? (Author: Gardener)

At the heart of Chloé Zhao's “Eternals” there is an epic love story that spans both time (actual millennia) and places (our lovers first meet on a spaceship flying to their new home on earth, sweetly, that could only be happen in the MCU). But it eventually leads to a memorization of romance and yes, sex. Much of the action from "Eternals" - another Marvel entry that's no less threatening than the entire universe; At one point, the stakes were raised so damn high that they seemingly never go down again - supposedly it depends on the broken relationship between Sersi (Gemma Chan) and Ikaris (Richard Madden). In nearly 30 films, the franchise has found the time to tell love stories with Captain America and Peggy Carter, Iron Man and Pepper Potts, Spider-Man and MJ, Thor and Dr. Jane Foster, Star-Lord and Gamora, and (to a lesser extent) Black Widow and The Hulk - though few of them have ever shown physical affection beyond a kiss or a charged look. (And listen, we know these characters have sex: Iron Man and Pepper Potts have a kid, damn it.) As the filmmaker recently told IndieWire, “So we can show two people who love each other, not just emotionally and intellectually, but also physically, and having a sex scene that many people see showing their love, compassion and gentleness - I think that's a really nice thing. "She's not wrong; The scene is beautiful and it helps bind Sersi and Ikaris in ways the MCU has never dared to do before. The sex scene in question may be pretty tame - the film is rated PG-13, of course - but it still stands out in the franchise. After Sersi and Ikaris confess their love for each other, Sersi and Ikaris complete their affection in a love scene set in the desert, in which both actors show topless (although nothing can be seen but bare backs and arms) and each other under a fountain Gently rub against each other - blanket placed. You'd have to screw up your eyes to see a lot of movement, and it's the only time we see the couple doing a lot more than a stray kiss here and there. All of this is emblematic of a longstanding problem within the MCU: a lack of human desire in serving hermetically sealed "characters." As IndieWire's David Ehrlich lamented back in 2017, the franchise is full of superheroes, “so impoverished with desire, so insurmountable that it often feels like they're still sealed in their packaging. A lack of sex is not a problem in itself for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it is symptomatic of a franchise whose need to constantly resell its characters prevents them from getting dirty. ”However, Zhao almost undermines this, even with the limitations of a franchise that a) is rated primarily PG-13 (and while parts of the series are certainly "kids-only" remember that the first MCU movie came out in 2008 and that most of those fans are now very grown-up) and b) constantly worrying about keeping large limits, if only so that they can reassert them in the inevitable continuation. The scene underscores Zhao's tendency to portray the bond between Sersi and Ikaris as rooted in love and respect, not just raw desire. (And while sex is largely absent from this series, in reality we are demanding physical expression of these characters as human beings, even overloaded ones.) While the two physically accomplish their affections, the film takes an effort to substantiate it as an emotional experience as well, with that being Couple exchanges during the act of "I love you". It's hammy and kind of silly and embarrassing, but it's also intimate in a way that the series doesn't always portray. "Eternals" also features the most overt portrayal of gay romance the MCU has ever attempted, and takes care of the charming domestic life that Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) with his husband Ben (Haaz Sleiman) and their very cute son Jack ( Esai Daniel Cross) after becoming disaffected with them by both humanity and the Eternals' mission. The couple get away with just a single kiss, but Zhao's film digs into the suburban bliss that Phastos has embraced, far from the rest of the Eternals and their so-called mission. It's physically limited, but the intimacy is real. Maybe this series has really been missing all along, and we're lucky that Zhao managed to get started on this relatively short piece in the first place. One of the reasons why Marvel has shied away from gay romances in films - despite winking and nodding throughout the series, especially when it comes to Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie, a confirmed bisexual, and the romantic wishes of her "Thor" colleague Tom. goes Hiddleston's Loki - is because they are usually truncated for publication in big money countries, especially China. Hoping this won't be the case with "Eternals," Zhao tells IndieWire that they are "keeping their fingers crossed" that it won't get cut. And Zhao's desire to keep it actually speaks in favor of something bigger than just this one romance: it's about showing the possibility of humanity. This is a lesson that the entire MCU can take to heart. She explained, “The story of Phastos takes place in the film in such a way that he is someone who just sees humanity as a whole and believes that technology will solve the problem. And then he had to stop looking at us as a whole and look at a person he fell in love with and a child in order to regain the face of humanity. ”That’s missing when Marvel is in its sex scenes, love stories and portrayal saves the messy side of human affection. "Eternals" doesn't fix this long-standing problem - the heat is still turned way down here - but it does at least offer the possibility of a world where superheroes fiddle with the kind of human connection that isn't always for easy sale in blockbusters. Size.

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