LiveRelive Wednesday's football action

Summary

  1. Young scores late Man Utd winner
  2. Henderson and Sturridge give Liverpool victory
  3. Hazard header gives Chelsea three points
  4. Silva & Milner give Man City win over Leicester
  5. Giroud & Sanchez on target in Arsenal victory
  6. Spurs edge Swansea 3-2

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By Mike Henson and Tom Rostance

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Match of the Day

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This is where our ways part.

But the Match of the Day crew have worked double quick to cut and shut the best bits of tonight's and Tuesday's action into an hour and half programme.

West Ham v Chelsea are up first with Southampton v Palace in the wooden spoon slot.

Tune in to tonight at 22:45 GMT on BBC One, 23:10 on BBC One Wales, 23:40 GMT on BBC One & 23:45 GMT BBC One NI. Or online right now!

Bye for now.

Only one Premier League match this weekend - with Tottenham catching up their game in hand by travelling to QPR as most of the rest focus on FA Cup matters.

But the top flight is back with a bang on the weekend starting Saturday 14 March.

Among the games to look forward to are Manchester United v Tottenham, Chelsea v Southampton and Arsenal v West Ham.

Get yer' full top-flight fixture list over here.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Nemanja Matic, who was suspended for the match, injured his ankle celebrating their Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Matic followed captain John Terry's lead in donning full kit for the larking about and champagne spraying.

"He put his shinpad on, but not the ankle tape," said Mourinho, adding he will be alright for the Champions League last 16 second leg against Paris St-Germain next week.

Stoke 2-0 Everton

Former Tottenham and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas

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"Who is playing well in that Everton side? The manager is playing the same system from last season, when they did play well. There are issues all over the pitch, which accumulate and result in some bad, bad performances. You can put this all at the door of Roberto Martinez but the players need to take some responsibility too."

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Rian Hoskins: We forget how far Stoke have come under Hughes. They are slow starters but play flowing football and are still tough to beat.

Dominic Halton: I am convinced Liverpool will beat Man United and claim fourth spot, just based on the way Liverpool are playing.

Girish Santhosh: Credit to Rodgers for this brilliant turnaround. Henderson looks at home in his new role as captain.

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QPR 1-2 Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on 5 live Football Social: "We were not only patient but resilient. The race for Champions League places is tough and tight, and everyone won tonight.

"We have 10 games to go, six at home and four away. We have to focus on our performances and not focus on anyone else."

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

Former West Brom, Sunderland and Everton winger Kevin Kilbane

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"Off the back of the League Cup final, look at Chelsea's performance. West Ham played very well and so that was a huge win for Chelsea."

Player reaction

Tottenham 3-2 Swansea

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris on Bafetimbi Gomis - a former team-mate at Lyon: - "It's not the first time but it's always a big moment of worry for all the stadium all the players. Everyone was scared but the most thing is Bafe is much better now and I hope he will recover well and be involved for the next game."

'We can enjoy this stage of the season'

Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

BBC Radio 5 live

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Brendan Rodgers on 5 live Football Social: "It was a good performance tonight. These can be difficult games because you're expected to win. Burnley are a tough team to beat, but tonight we were very, very good in our defensive organisation and we looked very exciting going forward.

"Daniel Sturridge started tonight and he contributed, he got his goal.

"It's all about the levels of our performances - we are focused, we are playing the game at our level and we're entering a stage of the season which we can enjoy. We just have to maintain this momentum."

"I am genuinely sick"

QPR 1-2 Arsenal

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Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey, speaking to BBC Sport: "We played very well but you cannot keep being unlucky and sorry that you lost the game. Detail has cost us and I am genuinely sick for the players, I thought they gave everything but at this level it is the detail that matters. We can't keep relying on Charlie Austin.

"It is fantastic that he had a few shots, and he worked tirelessly for the team but we need to start creating opportunities for a few other people. Overall the performance was good and I am sick we could not at least get something out of the game."

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on Jordan Henderson: "It was great - the strike for his goal and the feed into Daniel Sturridge for the second. He is up there with the top assist makers in the league, he has very good technique. He is developing well as a player, he still has work to go but he knows that. It's great to see."

Henderson has seven assists in the Premier League this season, matching his best total from any previous top-flight campaign.

Manager reaction

Stoke 2-0 Everton

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We were very good. We had the setback of losing Philipp Wollscheid so we had to make a change early on a regroup.

"But it was typical performance of not allowing anything to sway us from what we want to achieve this season.

"It's a fantastic header from Victor Moses and then we are in a position to soak up pressure and hit on the break.

"It was arguably Moses's best performance for Stoke City.

"It's a fantastic period at the moment, 42 points and we are eighth. We're very happy but we still have work to do.

"People were talking about Europe at the press conference but we have never talked about Europe this year, it was all about achieving a points total that was greater than last year.

"I'm not sure Europe is achievable but we will have a go."

Manager reaction

QPR 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to BBC Sport: "We had the chances to score three or four. QPR gave everything and we needed to be patient and resilient because in the first 25 minutes they stopped us from playing.

"But in the second half it was all us. At 2-1 you become edgy, we could not score the third goal and you never know, with Charlie Austin up front who can score a goal from anywhere. He must have one of the strongest strikes in the league. But overall we controlled the game well."

Manager reaction

Newcastle 0-1 Man Utd

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal on alleged spitting from Jonny Evans at Papiss Cisse: "I didn't see it.

"I don't think Jonny Evans is a spitter. Maybe spitting on the floor but we are on the bench and you cannot see from there."

Player reaction

Newcastle 0-1 Man Utd

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Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez on his return to playing after battling testicular cancer: "I will remember for the rest of my life the reception. I'm really happy with the reception and the support the fans gave me and the support through the illness.

"The support I have had from clubs all around the world, they don't matter about the shirt, it has helped me keep fighting. For people having the trouble I have been through, you have to be positive. If you believe in the heart you can beat the problems, you can."

'Spitting is one of the worst things in football'

Newcastle 0-1 Man Utd

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Newcastle United manager John Carver speaking to BBC match of the Day: "I'm devastated, I'm annoyed. I needed five to 10 minutes to calm down. Our guys gave every inch. But when you play Man Utd you have to concentrate for every minute and we didn't.

"I think we had the best chances and you have to put one of those away. You just wonder if they will hit you on the sucker punch and they did.

"I'm devastated for our guys. The goal at the end the way it came, young Abeid has learned a harsh lesson, he is learning the game.

On Newcastle's first-half penalty shout: "It was a penalty. Mr Taylor has a decision to make. At the time I thought it was and usually your gut instinct is right."

On alleged spitting between Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans: "I haven't seen it."

If it has happened is that something you will act on? "You can't do it can you, it's one of the worst things in football. I can't comment on it, I just know there was a fracas on the halfway line."

Manager reaction

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "The way they play, nobody is better than them. They are the best at the way they play. It is not just to play football, the pressure, the tension and the emotion, my players were fantastic. We couldn't kill the game and these three points are massive for us.

"I told the referee is it very difficult to be a ref here, because of the style of their game. Lots of long balls. West Ham had lots of balls in the box, very difficult, very intense and really difficult for the referee.

"They complain for everything, the crowd is behind them and it is really, really difficult.

"Eden Hazard is fantastic. He is punished by opponents in a very hard way. Today, not in a violent way, just an aggressive football way because they tried to stop him but the kid is playing, scoring and defending. My team were brothers on the pitch and that is important if you are to win the most difficult league in the world.

"I want to sleep tomorrow until midday. Today easily you lose two points."

Player reaction

Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

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Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson: "We knew that we needed to back up beating a side like Manchester City, we knew Burnley would make it difficult so it was a big three points.

"It's another good performance, but we need to keep building on it. I want to keep doing what I've been doing [as captain]. When Steven Gerrard is not there, I try to lead by example, but hopefully we can get him back because he's a massive player for us."

TONIGHT'S RUNNING ORDER

Match of the Day

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West Ham v Chelsea up first, Southampton v Palace in the wooden spoon slot.

Tune in to tonight's Match of the Day, 22:45-00:15, BBC One, 23:10-00:40 BBC One Wales, 23:40-01:10 GMT BBC One Scotland & 23:45-01:15 GMT BBC One NI

Manager reaction

Tottenham 3-2 Swansea

Tottenham

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Tottenham manager: Mauricio Pochettino: "I am happy but the feeling is a bit strange because in the last minutes they had chances.

"It was a great save in the last minute. He (Hugo Lloris) is one of the best in the world and we are lucky we have him with us.

"The three points and victory were very important - to feel like a winner again after the game. It was difficult after the final to lift the players and supporters but we showed big character today and played well. It was a great performance."

Manager Reaction

Stoke 2-0 Everton

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "It's disappointing as it has been a really tough two weeks. We showed that lack of cutting edge. Overall it was a pretty even game and I'm disappointed how we conceded the first goal as it is free header in the 18-yard box.

"I did feel that as a team we showed we had played a number of matches in a short period of time.

"The Europa League campaign is a bit obvious at the moment as it is a lot of games to play in a short period but as a club that is what we want, to play in Europe.

"The concern is a huge moment in the season, we have 10 games and we will treat them as finals. We are in this situation for many reasons but we are looking forward and up to get as high up in the table as we can.

"The desire and wanting for the result was there but the legs couldn't get there. We are ready to face the challenge straight on. We haven't got the results that our performances deserve.

"Everyone at the club, it's the moment to get together and make sure we finish the season strongly. We need bit of luck and momentum but it's not been that type of season."

Manager reaction

Tottenham 3-2 Swansea

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Swansea manager Garry Monk: "Bafetimbi Gomis is fine. He went to hospital as a precaution but he is fine. That's the main thing.

"He just needed a minute but he was talking when he came off the pitch.

"We understand his history. He has had all the tests but it's just part of life for him."

Stoke 2-0 Everton

Former West Brom, Sunderland and Everton winger Kevin Kilbane

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"Everton will be safe, but is that good enough for Evertonians? The big distraction has been Europe, getting results, but that has the knock-on effect in the league. Recent league performances have been really poor, and Romelu Lukaku is out of form."

Manager reaction

Newcastle 0-1 Man Utd

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: "I think we have dominated for 90 minutes, maybe our best match of the season, especially in an away match we deserved the victory.

"We didn't reward ourselves in the first half. It was a narrow escape because our rivals have won also so it's a rat race.

"We have created a lot of chances and could have scored much earlier. They also made two big chances and I think David de Gea rescued us at that time.

"It was a crazy run from Wayne Rooney, a lost ball, that shows the fighting spirit in this team. We want to win. All my changes were to win, not to hold the result."

Manager's reaction

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

West Ham

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: "I believe the performance was magnificent. Their goalkeeper's performance made some fantastic saves. I think the goal is offside by a hair's breadth.

"These decisions need to go for you not against you. In saying all that we shouldn't have lost it in the chances we missed.

"We started the second half brilliantly, the keeper made some great saves, and it is a shame these are happening on a regular occurrence with no wins. We can only hope it turns in our favour quickly.

"The LMA is a fantastic professional body, with people who don't get listened to. We have fantastic ideas on how to improve the game but it is not going to happen. The authorities won't take us under their wing to help them change the game. We can keep pressing for more of an influence and can't give up."

AT THE TOP

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The top seven have all won this midweek. As you were ladies and gentlemen.

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Josh-Carefree-Bilham: The Chelsea juggernaut keeps on rolling!

Rian Hoskins: On performances Man Utd haven't progressed much from last year, but Van Gaal has reignited the mentality which made them great.

Number 23: The only thing United bought last summer is luck. For a hundred and fifty million pounds...

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Peter Collins: If Liverpool could start a season as well as they seem to start a year, they'd be world beaters!

Javel Bleach: All Liverpool won tonight was a +1 goal difference advantage on Arsenal, Man Utd and Spurs, against the team in 19th position. There's a long way to go.

Simon Parry: Despite lucky late winners and inevitable celebrations, best part of the night is Jonas Guiterrez returning to football.

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Manager reaction

Man City 2-0 Leicester

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson to BBC Sport on his side being denied at least one penalty: "They are always big calls. But three in one night is a bit surprising, isn't it? I don't need to talk about those decisions because the fact you are interested in them means you have seen them and know the rules. I know what I think and I'm keeping it to myself.

"We played well, it was a disciplined performance. We have to make sure we take the positives from tonight's game - and there were plenty of those. I thought we could have played better at times but we were in the game all night."

Manager reaction

QPR 1-2 Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We needed to be strong and get the ball down more, to get back to our game, and we did that better in the second half, I felt it was all us.

"We scored two but we could have scored more, we played very well in the second half, and our collective game as a group was good, the chances we created were good and we played with a lot of desire and belief, overall it was a very positive game."

Player reaction

Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson: "It is another massive three points from us and keeps the momentum going. I thought that Daniel Sturridge's movement and holding up of the the ball was excellent. We are getting back to what we were doing well last season with high-tempo pressing high up and pitch and then playing in between the lines."

Daniel Sturridge: "I feel good, I have felt good since I came back and am ready to play. I don't want to be eased back in, but that is was the manager wants."

Man City 2-0 Leicester

Steve Bruce said last night that grown men were behaving like children, and Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is doing his best teenager impression now.

When asked to elaborate on his monosyllabic answers about a penalty appeal he just shrugs and says: "What's the point? What's the point."

Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

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Won seven, drawn two, and lost none.

Liverpool, version 2015, is a distinct upgrade on the previous edition.

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Stoke 2-0 Everton

Mark, an infuriated Everton fan: After seeing that dross I am genuinely worried. Poor tactics, poor substitutions. Martinez out.

Dave in Newcastle: How can a team with so many talented players be so desperate? Time for Martinez to walk.

Ed from Exeter: Please please please sack Martinez. He's had long enough now.

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Man City 2-0 Leicester

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Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is fuming. Seething. Glowering. Not a happy man. Morose. Distraught. Angry.

Livid.

Let's just say he thinks they should have had a penalty or two. Full quotes to come.

Manager reaction

Man City 2-0 Leicester

Manchester City manage Manuel Pellegrini: "It's been a difficult week but from the beginning we tried to dominate. It was very important to score our first goal when we did but we had more chances in second half and we improved.

"At 1-0 you are one ball away from drawing the game. It's very important to play well but the most important thing is to win."

Man City 2-0 Leicester

Former Man City and England full-back Danny Mills

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"Leicester had two really good penalty appeals. Jeffrey Sclupp was first pushed over by Wilfried Bony, then a player was fouled on the line of the City area. City didn't have it all their own way, they didn't play well, they were lethargic and lacklustre but they got the result and they're still in the title hunt."

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

Rickie Lambert comes on to replace the enterprising Raheem Sterling for a couple of minutes worth of cameo.

Danny Ings has picked up a dead leg and will be replaced by Lukas Jutkiewicz for Burnley.

Three minutes of injury time to go.

Player reaction

Newcastle 0-1 Man Utd

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Manchester United match-winner Ashley Young talking to BT Sport: "David De Gea was magnificent again tonight. It was a hard fought win. We knew we needed three points and got our just rewards.

"We heard of results, others winning around us so it was vitally important to get a win here. It was great work by Wazza (Wayne Rooney), the ball fell to my feet and I put it away.

"People are always going to question the biggest club in the world. We concentrate on ourselves, listen to the manager and coaching staff and don't listen to anyone else."

Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

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Still playing at Anfield. Five minutes left and Liverpool have cruise control fully engaged.

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

A defensive love-in at the final whistle as John Terry, Gary Cahill, Thibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic share a group hug.

They earned that.

FULL-TIME

Football League round-up

David Sharpe could be forgiven for thinking this football chairmanship lark is easy. The 23-year-old is the replacement at Wigan for his grandfather, Dave Whelan, who stepped down on Tuesday - and starts with a 1-0 win at Norwich.

Kim Bo-Kyung's first-half goal ends the Canaries' six-match winning streak, and gives Wigan hope that they could yet avoid relegation - although they are still six points adrift of safety.

Bottom club Blackpool, who are surely doomed, lose 1-0 at Birmingham, while Lancashire neighbours Blackburn warm up for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final at Liverpool with a 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday, courtesy of first-half goals from Jordan Rhodes and Adam Henley.

Ipswich miss the chance to move back into the play-off places, losing 2-1 at Leeds, for whom Billy Sharp volleys a winner.

Tottenham 3-2 Swansea

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Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "Swansea posed an attacking threat and Tottenham looked vulnerable defensively. But this is a big three points for Spurs, and this sets up that all-important London derby with QPR at the weekend."

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois drops on the ball to waste another few seconds. That might be enough...

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

Jose Mourinho taps his watch. We are deep into six minutes of injury time...

GREAT SAVE!

Tottenham 3-2 Swansea

Hugo Lloris claws away a header! It was sneaking in at the far post...

Newcastle 0-1 Man Utd

The cameras pick out a lone Newcastle fan stranded in his seat, the whole stand emptying around him. He can't believe it. Sport hurts.

Tottenham 3-2 Swansea

Lukasz Fabianski is up from the back for Swansea, Tottenhanm scrape a corner away as he causes all sorts of bother...

CLOSE!

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

What a final few minutes! Willian sees a shot cleared off the line by a last-ditch sliding challenge... On we go.

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

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West Ham are knocking on the door. Nene, off the bench, twice comes close with Chelsea manning battle stations.

FULL-TIME

QPR 1-2 Arsenal

Charlie Austin is all smiles, he couldn't have done any more. But QPR are running out of games.

Tottenham 3-2 Swansea

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Former QPR striker Bradley Allen: "Typical Tottenham, isn't it? Really good wing play from Jefferson Montero and he chipped in a lovely cross for former Spurs player Sigurdsson."

INJURY TIME

Tottenham 3-2 Swansea

Three minutes of injury time at White Hart Lane.

The late, late show from Manchester again. Groans around the press boxes as the two clubs beat the deadline again.

INJURY TIME

West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

Six minutes extra added on at Upton Park.