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Apr 22

West Ham frustrate Everton’s hopes of a top-four finish in incident-free draw

A match almost entirely lacking in incident stymied Everton’s chances of catching the Premier League elite and proved Slaven Bilic is capable of some sly expectations management, as his scratch West Ham United team comfortably held the Merseysiders to a goalless draw.

With the sun shining across the open spaces of the London Stadium it was possible to detect a hint of optimism in the air before this much. Granted, that would have been as much to do with the not-so-distant approach of summer as anything else, but Bilic embraced the theme of change himself, dropping his first-choice keeper, filling his first team with irregulars, his bench with kids and, finally, switching to an unfamiliar three at the back.

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Apr 22

Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough, West Ham 0-0 Everton and more – as it happened

Ten-man Middlesbrough surrendered at Bournemouth and look doomed, while 10-man Hull beat Watford anyway and don’t

5.19pm BST

And with that I bid you adieu. It’s been dramatic. Except at West Ham. Bye!

5.19pm BST

And a couple more match reports to round off this Clocko:

Related: Joshua King strike sets the tone as Bournemouth batter Middlesbrough

Related: Stefan Johansen’s double caps stunning Fulham win at Huddersfield

5.18pm BST

When Oumar Niasse was controversially sent off with well over an hour still to play, Marco Silva’s impeccable home record seemed in severe jeopardy. Reminding everyone that appearances can be desperately deceptive things, his Hull City side responded by defying all available odds to register yet another win in their fight against relegation.

Read this, and more, here:

Related: Ten-man Hull’s Sam Clucas seals win over Watford to boost survival bid

5.16pm BST

Read about this game now so you don’t have to stay up until the very end of Match of the Day:

Related: West Ham frustrate Everton’s hopes of a top-four finish in incident-free draw

5.10pm BST

And meanwhile Scott Murray is all over today’s first FA Cup semi-final here:

Related: Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup semi-final – live!

5.09pm BST

Our match reports are starting to roll in:

Related: Fernando Llorente and Tom Carroll seal Swansea’s vital win over Stoke

5.07pm BST

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde tonk Boston United 3-0 and are champions of the National League north.

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS pic.twitter.com/8zmGo4AXWG

5.05pm BST

As a result of today’s results, Newcastle will be promoted from the Championship if they don’t lose at home to Preston on Monday night, while Wigan will be relegated if Birmingham City don’t lose at Aston Villa tomorrow afternoon.

5.02pm BST

In other news, Bradford beat Wimbledon 3-0 and will be in the League One play-offs, while Luton beat Notts County 2-1, and will be in the League Two play-offs.

4.59pm BST

Burton Albion have beaten Leeds 2-1 and are safe from relegation. Elsewhere in the Championship relegation scrap, Wigan and Blackburn are both held to goalless draws, and Nottingham Forest cling on to beat Reading 3-2.

4.56pm BST

A 2-1 home defeat to Scunthorpe is enough to seal Swindon’s fate.

4.55pm BST

The final whistle blows at the end of a 3-0 defeat at Crewe, and Orient are down.

4.54pm BST

A game in which, so far as I can tell, very little happened.

Awful effort that. Worst game in a long time for any of our players in an attacking sense. #EFC

4.52pm BST

And with Bournemouth winning in style it looks like Swansea and Hull are battling it out for the final relegation spot. The Swans, sadly, have the grimmest run-in.

4.50pm BST

A game that started badly for Boro, and got worse from there.

4.48pm BST

Into stoppage time. There will be four minutes at both Hull and Swansea, but both are banking three points today.

4.47pm BST

Chance for Stoke! They win a corner on the left, take it short, and in the end Allen lays it across the area and Martins Indi, well placed and in space 15 yards out, spears wide.

4.42pm BST

… and now Bartley has pulled one back – Burton 2-1 Leeds, all three goals coming inside five minutes.

4.38pm BST

In the Championship, Burton have scored twice in a few minutes to take a 2-0 lead over Leeds. With Fulham winning that could be a massive result at both ends of the table.

4.37pm BST

Ki Sung-yueng misses a great chance to put Swansea three up against Stoke, blazing wide on the half-volley from 10 yards or so.

4.35pm BST

Port Vale v Bolton has been suspended because of fighting in the crowd, which has spilled onto the pitch.

4.34pm BST

A quarter of an hour ago Hull had had two shots, and Watford eight. Now it’s 7-9. This will be a remarkable result.

4.30pm BST

This is getting ugly. A free-kick is tapped to Daniels, who goes past one flimsy challenge with ease before shooting low and hard inside the near post!

4.29pm BST

How Watford are two goals down here I do not know, but that is an absolute beauty from Clucas, who chests down and volleys into the far corner from 25 yards after a corner was cleared to him.

4.28pm BST

And moments later Tom Carroll’s slightly deflected shot from miles out loops into the net and Swansea go two up!

4.27pm BST

The penalty came when Shaqiri was clipped from behind, but Arnautovic blasts high!

4.25pm BST

Five minutes ago Swansea were winning, Hull were down to 10 men and under the cosh, and the Swans were out of the bottom three. How swiftly things change.

4.25pm BST

Boro make a mess of passing the ball out of defence again. This time they get halfway to the halfway line before Bournemouth win it back, play it immediately to Pugh on the left, and he cuts onto his right foot and curls the ball into the far corner from the edge of the area!

4.22pm BST

Turns out the header didn’t cross the line, so it’s just as well Markovic wasn’t too busy appealing to the referee to bash in the rebound.

4.20pm BST

Watford got so caught up in their incessant dominance they were entirely unprepared for it briefly ceasing. Watford win a free kick, from which Holebas’s shot from the edge of the area hits a Hull defender, and suddenly the home side scamper down the right, the cross picks out Markovic and his header hits the bar, comes down over the line, bounces clear and is bashed in by Markovic, just to make sure.

4.18pm BST

Another impossible miss for Watford! This time a long throw from the left bounces through to Capoue, who spins and from the edge of the six-yard box hits the ball along the ground into Jakupovic’s foot. Anywhere else (other than wide, or into the other foot, obviously) and the away side would have led.

4.17pm BST

They are on the bench, along with Cesc Fabregas.

Today’s subs are Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Chalobah, Fabregas, Hazard and Diego Costa. #CHETOT

4.16pm BST

Now it’s Forest 3-0 Reading, and Chelsea’s starting XI has been confirmed, with no Hazard or Costa.

Our starting team today is Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Ake; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro. #CHETOT

4.11pm BST

Meanwhile at West Ham, the home side have had six shots, the away side have not, officially, had any.

4.10pm BST

Middlesbrough have made 32 passes in the attacking third today against Bournemouth. The Cherries have made 121. A comeback does not look likely.

4.06pm BST

Britt Assombalonga grabs a second goal, Nottingham Forest lead Reading 2-0 and this is all terrible news for Blackburn, who are drawing 0-0 at Wolves.

4.05pm BST

Tony Rutt in Oregon tweets to support the referee at Hull – “looked like a good red card, intent,” he says. Also notable about that incident was the fact that only a diving defensive interception had stopped Hull creating a wonderful goalscoring chance about a third of a second earlier. Small margins, etc.

4.02pm BST

Players are on their way back out. Forty-five further minutes of madcap fun to follow.

3.58pm BST

Meanwhile there are 12 games in League One and just two stalemates. In League Two – and this is I’ve-started-so-I’ll-finish territory – it’s four of 12.

3.55pm BST

Conte was asked about Costa’s goalscoring form at his press conference yesterday. “I think he is keeping the goals for the finale of the season,” he said. “It is the right moment for him to score.”

@Simon_Burnton Costa has been resting for weeks.

3.54pm BST

In the Championship, five of the nine games are goalless at the break and three of the other four are 1-0. Fulham are the outliers here.

3.52pm BST

Today in the Premier League so far: four games, three goals.

3.49pm BST

Excellent screen-grabbage.

When you expect yellow and get red pic.twitter.com/4B0X0bX1Oy

3.49pm BST

Crewe score a third in stoppage time, and Leyton Orient are 3-0 down, and out.

3.47pm BST

Huddersfield 1-4 Fulham. Remarkable.

3.45pm BST

In the 44th minute of their game, Bournemouth put a picture of Ugo Ehiogu on the big screens and the fans rise to applaud the big man.

3.43pm BST

There’s not been much to tell you about at West Ham, but there was just an almighty messy scramble inside the penalty area in which pretty much anything could have happened, but ended with a goal kick.

3.39pm BST

It’s now Huddersfield 1-3 Fulham. Meanwhile in League Two, Crewe lead surely relegation-bound Leyton Orient 2-0.

3.38pm BST

Impossible miss! Britos is found unmarked at the back post from Watford’s corner, but he inexplicably heads wide!

3.37pm BST

It’s now one-way traffic at Hull, with Amrabat’s 20-yarder deflecting wide for aother Watford corner.

3.37pm BST

@Simon_Burnton The Niasse red looks correct to me. Reckless, knee-high and late. No damage being done to the other player is irrelevant.

Niasse did approach the challenge studs first, which is asking for trouble, but was so far from the meat of Niang’s leg that I thought he should get away with it.

3.35pm BST

In the Championship, Nottingham Forest have gone a goal up against Reading, Britt Assombalonga with it. A goal with potentially massive ramifications on the relegation squabble.

3.33pm BST

A let-off for Hull: from the second corner the ball bounces to Janmaat, whose shot was heading into the corner of the goal, with Jakupovic this time helpless, until it hit Deeney and bounced out for a goal kick instead.

3.32pm BST

Super save! Watford win a corner on the right, Holebas curls it in and Prödl’s header was heading high into the net until Jakupovic flings up a hand and touches it over the bar!

3.31pm BST

Gary Lineker is at Wembley for today’s FA Cup semi-final with his ear to the ground, and this is what he’s been picking up:

Rumour has it that Chelsea are resting Hazard and Costa.

3.31pm BST

“I’m watching both the game at Swansea and the one at Bournemouth,” boasts JR in Illinois. “Boro and Stoke are putting in the kind of performances where you wouldn’t be surprised to see teammates square up to one another, a la Bowyer v Dyer. It’s rather exciting. And now Ramirez is off!! Oh man, the Cherries already looked like they could score any number they wanted. This is crazy.” Well, indeed.

3.29pm BST

@Simon_Burnton what an absolutely absurd red card at Hull. Not even a yellow. Going for ball and barely makes contact. Useless referee.

Terrible decision, particularly given it came so early in a match of such importance to Hull. Niang made a three-course dinner of what contact there was, which didn’t help, but that doesn’t excuse Bobby Madley’s rush for red.

3.26pm BST

Niasse’s challenge on Niang is poor – studs up, shin high – but I didn’t see a lot of contact or violent intent. Perhaps a slight glancing blow.

3.25pm BST

In other news today, Bayern Munich are 2-1 down at home to Mainz and have conceded a penalty for the first time in the league this season. This means that the only team in Europe’s top five leagues not to concede a penalty this season is Barcelona.

3.23pm BST

Championship goal! And Fulham have turned the game around at Huddersfield, leading as they now do 2-1, Tom Cairney netting from the spot.

3.21pm BST

Ramirez gets a second yellow card, closing down defenders deep in the right corner of the pitch an eventually flying in late on one of them, and with 20 minutes played Boro are surely beaten.

3.19pm BST

Now Bournemouth have a great chance for a third! King is released by Pugh’s backheel, and from a really very promising position he blazes wide of the near post!

3.18pm BST

Another low cross from Pugh on the left, and this one is kind-of-cleared to the edge of the area, which is when it really goes wrong. Boro try to ping a few passes around their backline, Clayton is robbed and the ball rebounds straight to Afobe, 15 yards from goal, in the middle of the penalty area and quite unmarked, and he passes into the net. 18 minutes played, and they’ve been bad, bad minutes for Boro.

3.15pm BST

Swansea win another set piece – a free-kick this time – and Butland runs out to catch, fumbles, and is grateful to hear the referee’s whistle, Leroy Fer having jumped into him at the crucial moment.

3.14pm BST

Middlesbrough ask for a penalty as Ramirez goes down in the penalty area, and stays down for a good while in apparent pain. Perhaps this is because when he looks up he can see the referee, poised with yellow card in hand. It was, to be fair, a pretty ludicrous dive.

3.11pm BST

Full marks for honesty here from Stoke’s own Twitter feed.

Poor goal to concede from a set-piece, Stoke just haven’t got out the blocks. Swansea are winning every ball #Swans 1-0 #SCFC

3.10pm BST

Fernando Llorente gives Swansea the lead they so desperately needed, heading a corner from the right into the turf and thence and into the far corner!

3.07pm BST

In today’s toppermost Championship match, Huddersfield have won, and indeed scored, a penalty to put themselves 1-0 up against Fulham.

3.03pm BST

A grim start for Boro, already a goal down with two minutes on the clock. The ball is worked about the left flank, Pugh brings it into the area, crosses low and Josh King meets it at the near post and sidefoots it in!

3.00pm BST

Dong! It’s three o’clock!

2.57pm BST

The players are coming out of their tunnels. Action but a couple of minutes away.

2.44pm BST

Unexpectedly bad head-to-head alert: it is exactly 10 years and a day since West Ham last beat Everton at home. Since then they have won once at Goodison Park, lost 11 times and drawn seven.

2.29pm BST

This is good and bad. It’s an impressive conversion rate, for sure, but clearly Deeney isn’t having enough shots. For a start – as Hull will remember (video below) – he used to score regularly from outside the penalty area. Now he doesn’t shoot from further than 12 yards.

7 – Troy Deeney has scored with seven of his last 11 shots on target in the Premier League for @WatfordFC. Sting. pic.twitter.com/jKO76l3DgF

2.18pm BST

Here’s our story about Lincoln’s promotion:

Related: Lincoln City return to Football League with victory against Macclesfield

2.12pm BST

It’s all over, Lincoln win 2-1 and there’s a delirious pitch invasion in progress and Sincil Bank.

2.12pm BST

Elsewhere among the relegation-threatened sides, Hull and Middlesbrough make two changes each. Hull bring in Evandro and Elmohamady and leave out Huddlestone and Dawson, who are both on the bench. Boro bring in Chambers and Friend, with Fabio dropped to the bench and Leadbitter out with hamstring twang.

2.08pm BST

Interesting team news: Leon Britton, whose last minute of first-team football came on New Year’s Eve, three days before Paul Clement’s appointment, starts for Swansea.

2.04pm BST

Get yer top-flight teams here!

Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Bournemouth: Boruc, Adam Smith, Francis, Steve Cook, Daniels, Fraser, Arter, Gosling, Pugh, King, Afobe. Subs: Gradel, Lewis Cook, Stanislas, Allsop, Mings, Mousset, Cargill.
Middlesbrough: Guzan, Barragan, Ayala, Chambers, Gibson, Friend, Ramirez, de Roon, Clayton, Downing, Negredo. Subs: Konstantopoulos, Da Silva, Bernardo, Stuani, Gestede, Forshaw, Traore.
Referee: Graham Scott.

1.54pm BST

It’s now Lincoln 2-1 Macclesfield, and promotion is but 11 minutes away.

1.02pm BST

So another fabulous afternoon of league-based footballing action awaits, an afternoon in which the following could happen:

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2017/apr/22/clockwatch-west-ham-v-everton-swansea-v-stoke-and-more-live

Apr 21

Gianfranco Zola’s Birmingham blues show creative gifts can get lost in dugout | Richard Williams

The story of Italian’s past decade provides an illustration of the difficulties experienced by so many creative players who set out to translate their talents to the manager’s role

Gianfranco Zola left the manager’s job at Birmingham City on Easter Monday, the local paper said “with dignity”. His decision acknowledged the implications of supervising only two victories in 24 matches and he was praised for turning up to explain himself rather than slinking out of the back entrance. The manner of his going was consistent with the class he had shown during a 20-year playing career that took him from an amateur team in his native Sardinia to glory with Napoli, Parma and Chelsea, and to 35 senior international appearances for Italy.

In his playing days everybody loved Zola for moments like that unforgettably impudent backheeled volley against Norwich in an FA Cup tie in 2002, and for gestures such as his return to Sardinia for two valedictory seasons with Cagliari, leading them back into Serie A before signing off in his very last match with a pair of goals against Juventus.

Related: Premier League, FA Cup and more: 10 things to look out for this weekend

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/21/gianfranco-zola-birmingham-blues-creative-gifts-lost-dugout

Apr 15

‘Moyes out’ – Sunderland fans round on manager during West Ham draw

• Significant supporter unrest at Sunderland for first time this season
• ‘They were to be expected. You have to take it’

David Moyes felt the heat of significant supporter unrest for the first time this season as the Sunderland stands echoed with chants demanding the manager’s sacking during the 2-2 draw with West Ham.

The anger directed at Moyes was all the more alarming as his rock bottom side turned in one of their better performances of the campaign. But the Wearsiders remain adrift at the foot of the Premier League, nine points behind 17th-placed Hull, with relegation seemingly inevitable.

Related: Late Fabio Borini goal earns Sunderland draw with West Ham

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/15/david-moyes-out-sunderland-fans-manager-chants-west-ham

Apr 14

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham United

Sunderland earn a late draw against West Ham at the Stadium of Light, but remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

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Apr 13

West Ham talks with Michail Antonio stall while winger ruled out for season

• Top scorer holding out for new contract worth £70,000 a week
• Slaven Bilic confirms Antonio has ‘significant’ hamstring injury

West Ham’s talks with Michail Antonio over a contract have stalled, with the winger’s representatives holding out for a salary of £70,000 a week for the club’s top scorer.

Slaven Bilic confirmed on Thursday Antonio will not play again this season after suffering a “significant” hamstring injury in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Swansea – an injury that could threaten his participation in England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland on 10 June.

Related: Michail Antonio morphs from so-called invisible man to shining light

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/13/west-ham-michail-antonio-talks-stall

Apr 09

Slaven Bilic refuses to relax and takes positives from West Ham’s tough season

The Hammers’ 1-0 win over Swansea means they will probably avoid relegation, with their manager insisting the experience can make his team stronger

Slaven Bilic once said he prefers to live life “on the front line”. He is not a man who believes sitting back and relaxing, having a pleasant time, is the way to get the most of the world. Given the season that West Ham are enduring, that might be just as well.

Saturday’s game against Swansea City was a sliding-doors moment for West Ham and their manager. Lose and not only would they be in serious peril of relegation but the board would have been left with a ticklish decision to make over Bilic’s future. Win and they would realistically be safe from the drop and the prospect of playing Championship games in the echoey surroundings of the London Stadium.

Related: Cheikhou Kouyaté hits only goal as West Ham United sink Swansea City

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/09/slaven-bilic-west-ham-united-swansea-city-relax-relegation

Apr 08

Cheikhou Kouyaté hits only goal as West Ham United sink Swansea City

This week Slaven Bilic told his players that they must leave their egos in their beds if West Ham were to survive in the Premier League. Whether that was the decisive factor in the 1-0 win over Swansea that now leaves an eight-point gap between them and the bottom three is unclear, but the sighs of relief around the London Stadium at full-time could have knocked over the Orbit sculpture just outside.

A Cheikhou Kouyaté goal just before half-time was enough for West Ham to snag this most vital of three points in a game that virtually nobody could have enjoyed. Not the home team, who had to suffer horrific tension, not the away team, who lost, and not neutrals, who were not exactly provided with an afternoon of rip-roaring entertainment. Not that Bilic, now a little more secure in his post, should or will care.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/08/west-ham-swansea-city-premier-league-match-report

Apr 07

Slaven Bilic calls on leaky West Ham side to arrest slide against Swansea

• Hammers are winless in seven and host 18th-placed side on Saturday
• Bilic: ‘We either get a clean sheet or we concede more than two’

For the second season in succession West Ham United host Swansea City on a Saturday afternoon in spring but while some things stay the same others most definitely change. On that May day last year, Slaven Bilic’s men welcomed their opponents to Upton Park with realistic hopes of qualifying for the Champions League – now they face them at the London Stadium desperately hoping to halt a slide towards the Championship.

Related: West Ham United v Swansea City: match preview

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/07/slaven-bilic-leaky-west-ham-swansea-city

Apr 07

West Ham United v Swansea City: match preview

If West Ham lose at home on Saturday Swansea will be only two points behind them and the fear of a humiliating relegation a few months after moving to the London Stadium could well force the club to dispense with the services of Slaven Bilic. But Swans…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/07/west-ham-united-swansea-city-match-preview

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