Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield, Man Utd 4-1 Fulham and more: clockwatch – as it happened – The Guardian

Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield, Man Utd 4-1 Fulham and more: clockwatch – as it happened – The Guardian

And with that, I’m going to take a breather. I’ll be back in a bit for Leicester v Tottenham. Bye for now!

Jacob Steinberg reports from the London Stadium:

West Ham climbed into the top half after a brilliant comeback saw them secure three consecutive victories in the Premier League for the first time since December 2016. Wonderful strikes from Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass, combined with a vintage piece of poaching from Javier Hernández, were enough for them to win from a goal down for the first time under Manuel Pellegrini.

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Ben Fisher has filed his report from Cardiff:

Ralph Hasenhüttl accepted the Southampton job after six months recharging the batteries in the Austrian Alps but defeat here offered a jarring reminder of the mountain his new team must climb if they are to avoid relegation. A costly defensive error by Jannik Vestergaard gift-wrapped Cardiff a deserved victory, with Callum Paterson on hand to apply a composed finish 16 minutes from time. Southampton are now winless in 14 matches, having won four of their past 41 matches and they remain off the foot of the table only goal difference.

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Barry Glendenning is on Chelsea v Manchester City duty. You can follow it here:

I was at that Watford game, and it was absolutely dreadful.


2 – Arsenal vs Huddersfield saw fewer shots on target (2) than any Premier League game since October 28th 2017 (Watford v Stoke – also 2). Hypnagogic.

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Here’s Paul Wilson’s match report on Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Fulham:

If only Manchester United could play Fulham every week people might begin to take them more seriously. The joke before kick-off at Old Trafford was that Liverpool had done United a favour by winning so handsomely at Bournemouth, because goal difference might be important in the battle for eighth place. Enter the Premier League’s bottom club, with a performance to prove that the table does not lie, and suddenly United are not just above Bournemouth but up to sixth.

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Final score: Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield

Torreira’s goal has proved enough to give Arsenal victory over Huddersfield!

On a similar theme, Walsall scored twice in stoppage time to beat Coventry 2-1!

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FT: #Saddlers 🔴⚪️ 2-1 Coventry!


Two goals from Luke Leahy is three minutes give us all three points!!

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There were also seven minutes of stoppage time at Yeovil. The home side were 1-0 (and a man) up when it started, and 2-1 down when it stopped.

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FULL TIME | What a turnaround from the 10 men of Forest Green Rovers as Reuben Reid and George Williams both score in stoppage time to claimt he three points.#WeAreFGR

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Final score: Burnley 1-0 Brighton

Burnley survive some extreme late pressure to clinch three points!

Final score: West Ham 3-2 Crystal Palace

No wins in 11 for Palace, three wins on the spin for the Hammers!

Final score: Cardiff 1-0 Southampton

The size of Ralph Hhasenhüttl’s task is laid bare, as Southampton fall to defeat at in-form Cardiff!

Final score: Manchester United 4-1 Fulham

Well that was emphatic.

They have started seven minutes of stoppage time at Arsenal. Seven!

At Arsenal, Sokratis is furious with Depoitre after the Huddersfield striker went down in the penalty area. He did seem to be pushed, to be fair.

Here are the teams for the 5.30pm game. No space for Morata in Chelsea’s squad:

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard, Willian. Subs: Fabregas, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Caballero, Giroud, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri.

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Delph, Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Silva, Mahrez, Sterling, Sane. Subs: Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Foden, Muric.

Referee: Michael Oliver.

David Silva arrives at Stanford Bridge.

David Silva arrives at Stanford Bridge. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA


GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield (Torreira, 83 mins)

Finally they get their goal! It comes from Guendouzi’s cross, which Aubameyang does excellently to control before chipping into the middle, where Torreira scores with an overhead kick!


Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images


Actually, Guendouzi is the third Arsenal player to be booked for diving.

GOAL! Man Utd 4-1 Fulham (Rashford, 83 mins)

You’ve got to look at the keeper there. Rashford creeps in from the left and, from the corner of the area, shoots past Sergio Rico at the near post!

A second Arsenal player is booked for diving, this time Guendouzi. That’s a bit embarrassing, no?

GOAL! West Ham 3-2 Crystal Palace (Schlupp, 74 mins)

Meyer’s cross, Schlupp’s header and it’s game on!

GOAL! Cardiff 1-0 Southampton (Paterson, 74 mins)

Of all ways to concede, the intercepted back-pass must be among the most depressing. But that has been Southampton’s fate, Paterson taking advantage!

Paterson puts Cardiff ahead.

Paterson puts Cardiff ahead. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images


Another abandonment to report:

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Referee Oliver Langford blows his whistle and directs the players off the pitch here at the Wham Stadium. A chorus of boos is replaced by a wave of applause as both sets of players head over to their supporters.

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Looks fine to us. Play on!

Looks fine to us. Play on! Photograph: Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images


GOAL! West Ham 3-1 Crystal Palace (Felipe Anderson, 66 mins)

Another cracker for West Ham, who look victory-bound now!

Anderson scores their third goal.

Anderson scores their third goal. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters


Now Fulham go down to 10 men!

That’s a second booking for Anguissa, for fouling Rashford.

GOAL! Man Utd 3-1 Fulham (Kamara, 66 mins)

Herrera did get ball before man, and not a lot of man, but the referee points to the spot and Kamara sends De Gea the wrong way and strokes in nicely.


Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters


Fulham have a penalty!

Kamara, the half-time substitute, is brought down and Fulham have a chance to get one back!

GOAL! West Ham 2-1 Crystal Palace (Hernandez, 62 mins)

Felipe Anderson’s 22-yard free-kick is saved but the ball comes out to Chicharito, entirely on his own, who lashes it into the net with his left foot!


Photograph: David Klein/Reuters


Fulham have a reasonable chance of their own, but Schurrle’s shot is dragged well wide.

Oooof! What a chance for United! It all came from a terrible clearance from Sergio Rico, and a few quick passes later Ander Herrera shoots across goal and, with the goalkeeper beaten, just wide!

Meanwhile in Germany, Jadon Sancho has scored for Borussia Dortmund, putting them 2-1 up at Schalke.

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1-2 At the age of 18, Jadon Sancho has become the youngest goalscorer for BVB in a #Bundesliga Revierderby. Lars Ricken held that record as he was 19 years and 110 days old when he scored in BVB’s 2-1 away win on 28 October 1995.

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GOAL! West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace (Snodgrass, 48 mins)

Snodgrass gets one back for West Ham.

Snodgrass gets one back for West Ham. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters

Adam Kline-Schoder has an update from Cardiff: “The quality is exactly what you’d expect, i.e. so low it is almost entertaining in itself. Saints should probably be a man down, and Cardiff should be at least 2 ahead, but here we are and it’s 0-0. I believe commentators call this “an intriguing tactical battle.” Gripping stuff.”

Fulham have also made a double change, bringing on Vietto and Kamara while taking off Cairney and Mitrovic.


Peeep! Second halves are under way. In notable substitutional news Arsenal are bringing on Iwobi and Mkhitaryan, but only after extensive tactical instruction.

Sol Campbell, manager of Macclesfield Town

Sol Campbell, manager of Macclesfield Town calls instruction from the touchline during the League Two match against Colchester United. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield are 1-0 down at half-time.

It’s now half time in all the Premier League matches. Have yourself a breather.

Another booking at Arsenal, Mustafi getting cautioned for diving. There was, at best, very minimal contact and the collapse was extremely theatrical. I think that’s the eighth yellow card of the game.

Torreira spanks a lovely long-range shot towards the Huddersfield goal, but Lossl makes a super save!

Celtic are 4-0 up at home to Kilmarnock before the half-time whistle, Ryan Christie scoring the latest.

GOAL DISALLOWED! Lacazette intercepts a back-pass and pokes into the net, but he was just offside a few moments earlier when the ball was headed on so the flag goes up. That one might be controversial.


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