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Chelsea vs Newcastle: Frank Lampard's dedicated faith in youth sees Chelsea gather more momentum

Chelsea continue to gather momentum off the back of Frank Lampard's dedicated faith in his young side, though an older head in Marcos Alonso proved decisive to deny a stubborn Newcastle side in a victory that lifts the Blues into the top four.

After being nullified for large spells, Lampard turned to one of the forgotten men in the premature stages of his Blue revolution. Christian Pulisic was summoned from the bench and able to reward his manager for the opportunity with regular involvement in a late surge to extract three precious points.   

Frank Lampard’s side immediately began prioritising width following a pre-game downpour and Newcastle’s compact quartet shielding the central trio of a back five. After probing patiently through Jorginho, Callum Hudson-Odoi was handed the initiative. The 18-year-old’s quick feet worked enough room to tease a ball to Willian at the back post, but the Brazilian headed narrowly wide. Hudson-Odoi then clipped the ball towards Mason Mount, who swivelled inside the area and forced Martin Dubravka to punch clear.

Tottenham vs Watford LIVE: Stream, latest score, goal updates, team news, prediction and more

Dele Alli‘s late goal rescued a point for Tottenham in a 1-1 draw with winless Watford, but it does not mask another dismal afternoon for Mauricio Pochettino‘s men.

Spurs were on course for a 15th defeat in their last 30 games in all competitions until Alli scored for the first time since January in the 86th minute, despite a faux pas by VAR officials, who originally showed a message of ‘no goal’.

Tottenham had lost 7-2 to Bayern Munich and 3-0 to Brighton before the international break, but this was every inch as bad as they fell behind to an early goal by Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Match report: Arsenal U-18s 2-2 Tottenham

Our unbeaten run in the league came to an end as goals from Charlie Brown and Clinton Mola cancelled out Ben Cottrell’s strike.

WHAT HAPPENED 

Folarin Balogun came close in the opening exchanges but after good work to gain space, his shot was well saved. 

The hosts almost took the lead when Dynel Simeu fired at goal from the edge of the box but Zak Swanson’s header diverted the danger away for a corner. 

Chelsea’s pressure payed off minutes later when Brown raced behind our defence and slotted past Karl Hein. 

We responded well to going behind as Swanson saw his deflected cross bounce the wrong side of the goal line before Nathan Tormey fired a half volley into the side netting from inside the box. 

The Blues grabbed a second, somewhat against the run of play, when Clinton Mola’s strike following a corner took a deflection, wrong footed Hein and hit the back of the net. 

On the stroke of half-time, Balogun saw a shot saved from inside the box but Cottrell brought us back into the game when he fired home the rebound from inside the six-yard area.

We came close to an equaliser minutes into the second-half when Balogun slotted Trae Coyle into the box, but our forward saw his effort saved from close range.

Balogun thought he should have been awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute when he went down under a challenge from Jamie Cumming, but the referee was quick to wave away the protests. 

Chelsea’s two-goal advantage was restored shortly after when Brown headed Billy Gilmour’s cross past Hein from close range. 

Coyle was denied by Cumming once again after our forward struck a goal-bound effort towards the top corner but the fingertips of the Chelsea ‘keeper kept it out. 

Minutes before full-time, Mola weaved through our defence and shot from inside the area, but Hein made a great save to divert his effort wide. 

WHAT IT MEANS 

We remain fourth in the Premier League 2 table behind Chelsea, Derby County and Everton.


WHAT’S NEXT 

Steve Bould’s side next face Manchester City away from home on Saturday, October 26 at 4.30pm (UK Time)

By Sam Cox

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Match report: Arsenal U-18s 2-2 Tottenham

Our unbeaten run in the league came to an end as goals from Charlie Brown and Clinton Mola cancelled out Ben Cottrell’s strike.

WHAT HAPPENED 

Folarin Balogun came close in the opening exchanges but after good work to gain space, his shot was well saved. 

The hosts almost took the lead when Dynel Simeu fired at goal from the edge of the box but Zak Swanson’s header diverted the danger away for a corner. 

Chelsea’s pressure payed off minutes later when Brown raced behind our defence and slotted past Karl Hein. 

We responded well to going behind as Swanson saw his deflected cross bounce the wrong side of the goal line before Nathan Tormey fired a half volley into the side netting from inside the box. 

The Blues grabbed a second, somewhat against the run of play, when Clinton Mola’s strike following a corner took a deflection, wrong footed Hein and hit the back of the net. 

On the stroke of half-time, Balogun saw a shot saved from inside the box but Cottrell brought us back into the game when he fired home the rebound from inside the six-yard area.

We came close to an equaliser minutes into the second-half when Balogun slotted Trae Coyle into the box, but our forward saw his effort saved from close range.

Balogun thought he should have been awarded a penalty in the 52nd minute when he went down under a challenge from Jamie Cumming, but the referee was quick to wave away the protests. 

Chelsea’s two-goal advantage was restored shortly after when Brown headed Billy Gilmour’s cross past Hein from close range. 

Coyle was denied by Cumming once again after our forward struck a goal-bound effort towards the top corner but the fingertips of the Chelsea ‘keeper kept it out. 

Minutes before full-time, Mola weaved through our defence and shot from inside the area, but Hein made a great save to divert his effort wide. 

WHAT IT MEANS 

We remain fourth in the Premier League 2 table behind Chelsea, Derby County and Everton.


WHAT’S NEXT 

Steve Bould’s side next face Manchester City away from home on Saturday, October 26 at 4.30pm (UK Time)

By Sam Cox

Copyright 2019 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

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Super sub Bacuna rescues Huddersfield

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash at Ewood Park

Last Updated: 19/10/19 2:45pm

2:25 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn and Huddersfield

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn and Huddersfield

Juninho Bacuna scored for the third league game in succession to secure Huddersfield a 2-2 draw with Blackburn in the Sky Bet Championship.

Karlan Grant's penalty gave the Terriers the lead (12), but ex-Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby scored on his full debut for the hosts to level the scores within minutes (20).

Bradley Dack put Rovers in front for the first time when he added a slick second from 20 yards (33), but second-half substitute Bacuna muscled his way through a crowd of players to fire a timely equaliser past home 'keeper Christian Walton.

The draw extends the unbeaten run for Danny Cowley's Huddersfield to four, moving them clear of the Championship relegation zone, while Rovers stay 14th and are without a win since September 21.

How Huddersfield's resurgence continued in Lancashire

Tony Mowbray was forced to field a makeshift back four as injuries took their toll ahead of the visit of Huddersfield and, despite their bright attacking start, Rovers found themselves behind early on.

After temporary left-back Elliott Bennett's clumsy trip on Adama Diakhaby, referee Darren Bond pointed to the spot, with Grant clinically finding the bottom left corner.

From there, Blackburn moved through the gears with relative ease and they pegged back the visitors when Tommy Elphick was caught playing out from the back. His careless pass allowed Adam Armstrong to feed Dack, who squared for Holtby to tap home.

While Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley stuck with the same starting 11 that beat Hull before the international break, his counterpart Tony Mowbray made five changes, with Tosin Adarabioyo, Ryan Nyambe, Bradley Johnson, Lewis Travis and Lewis Holtby included.

The German - who also played for Fulham in 2014 - was involved again when Dack added a second inside 15 minutes, teeing his team-mate up to curl a lovely low effort beyond Kamil Grabara just outside the penalty area.

While Rovers' attacking play lacked coherence after the break, Cowley's side possessed a renewed grit and vigour and they deservedly found their way back into the game through Bacuna, who rode a number of challenges to power into the area and tuck the equaliser beyond the reach of Walton.

What's next?

Blackburn travel to St Andrew's to face Birmingham on Tuesday night, in a game live on Sky Sports Football Red Button, while Huddersfield host Middlesbrough on Wednesday, in a game live on Sky Sports Football. Both games get underway at 7.45pm.

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