Premier League round-up: Pressure on Steve McClaren as Newcastle lose again

first_img Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren 1 By Andy Lloyd-WilliamsStruggling Newcastle slipped to their fourth defeat of the season to pile the pressure on Steve McClaren as they lost 2-1 to Watford.Although the home side had the lion’?s share of possession, the Hornets always looked like hurting them on the break. Odion Ighalo put the men in yellow ahead when he punished Massadio Haidara’?s defensive slip with a crisp finish. He put the Hornets two up inside 20 minutes when Troy Deeney held off the challenge of Fabricio Coloccini, allowing Ighalo to round Tim Krul and stroke into the net.Daryl Janmaat did pull one back after playing a nice one-two with Moussa Sissoko, but there weren’?t too many uncomfortable moments for Quique Sanchez Flores’? men, who held out for a welcome second Premier League win on the bounce.The only team keeping Newcastle off the bottom of the table is arch rivals Sunderland. 300 miles south, down in Dorset, Eddie Howe’?s Bournemouth recorded their first home win in the top flight thanks to two wonder goals in the opening ten minutes, and sent the Black Cats bottom of the table on goal difference.The Cherries got their afternoon off to the perfect start when Callum Wilson showed great strength to hold off Younes Kaboul and thump low into the net, before Matt Ritchie crashed home an early contender for goal of the season. The much-hyped Scotland midfielder chested down a loose ball and hit a left-footed volley which peeled away right into the corner of the net.Jermain Defoe was unable to make an impact against the club where he?d made his name as a youngste,r by scoring a record ten league games in a row, and Kaboul was shown a late second yellow card on a miserable afternoon for Dick Advocaat’s men.Claudio Ranieri had joked about giving his Leicester players pizza if they kept a clean sheet at Stoke, but that was already off the menu inside the first quarter of an hour when Bojan found the net with relative ease.Jon Walters doubled the lead shortly afterwards, but the Italian must have had some inspiring words to share at half time, and they quickly pulled a goal back after the break when Danny Drinkwater was felled in the box to allow Riyad Mahrez to score from the spot. With the Foxes’ tails up, England forward Jamie Vardy finished off a flowing move with an emphatic equaliser to grab a 2-2 draw.All eyes were on Saido Berahino ahead of West Brom’s derby game at Aston Villa. Making his first start since claiming he would never again play for Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace after seeing his proposed transfer deadline day move to Tottenham Hotspur turned down, it was clear Berahino had a point to prove. The England Under-21 man stepped up to the mark by scoring the winner: not the greatest-looking goal, but he made a real statement with a toe-poked effort to give the Baggies the local bragging rights.Defences remained firmly on top on Roberto Martinez’s return to South Wales, which petered out to a goalless draw. Kevin Mirallas was needlessly sent-off for a studs-up challenge at the death, just 90 seconds after coming onto the field of play, while the man top of Jose Mourinho’s shopping list, John Stones, needed treatment for a clattering late Jack Cork challenge, but was able to continue playing.Premier League results:Aston Villa 0-1 West BromBournemouth 2-0 SunderlandNewcastle 1-2 WatfordStoke 2-2 Leicester CitySwansea 0-0 Evertonlast_img read more

Louis van Gaal: Wayne Rooney needed to score against Everton, says Manchester United boss

first_imgManchester United cruised to a 3-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park, with Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney scoring the goals. Louis van Gaal felt Rooney had answered his critics with his second league goal of the season and backed the forward to carry on finding the net for the rest of the campaign.“You are always doubting him,” the United manager said in his post-match press conference.“He scored now. I am very happy for him. For me it is not important if he scores or not scores.“He has to be an attacking point and do his job in the defensive organisation.“I am also happy when Herrera is scoring and (Anthony) Martial is scoring. Maybe it is the start for many goals because he needs this goal, I think.”When pushed to pick out one player for praise, Van Gaal singled out Herrera, who scored the second and had a hand in the other two goals.The Dutchman said: “I have seen a lot of individual players today who are playing very good but that is also because the result is very good.“When I have to mention one name, I have to mention Ander Herrera. He played very well and had a great contribution with the goals.”Van Gaal also discussed the importance of the win following their dismal 3-0 defeat to Arsenal before the international break.“It is more than a response. That is an understatement but I cannot find another word,” he said.“It was very difficult to prepare this match because we have lost against Arsenal in a horrible way.“I have a lot of meetings, individual and team meetings, 10 or 15 between Wednesday and this match and then you have to decide who is playing because of the opponent and the state of your players.” 1last_img read more