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Eduoard the difference as Celtic wins Old Firm Derby

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Celtic toppled Rangers 1-0 in the first Old Firm derby of the season on Sunday at the Ibrox Stadium, Neil Lennon out-foxing Steven Gerrard via Odsonne Eduoard.

In a match with as many fouls as shot attempts, the man Celtic supporters call “French Eddy” make the difference with a goal and a stoppage time assist of Jonny Hayes.

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Rangers’ Jordan Jones was sent off for a reckless sliding foul in the sixth minute of stoppage.

It was Rangers’ first loss of the season, leaving Gerrard’s men three points back of perfect Celtic after four match days.

And for Celtic boss Lennon, it was somehow… vindication? The dominant side of Scottish football clearly had a thorn stuck in its foot despite its consistent run of titles, probably due to a shortened Champions League campaign and the perceived uninspiring hire of Lennon to replace Brendan Rodgers:

“Myself, the board, the players have all been written off so early. But we don’t believe the noise. We don’t believe the hype. We’ve come here and performed an outstanding masterclass of how to play in a derby at Ibrox.”

The 21-year-old Eduoard scored his fifth goal in seven Old Firm Derbies to go with two assists. All of those matches were wins for the Bhoys. It’s safe to say he’s taken the mantle of rival star from Moussa Dembele, now of Lyon.

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor was very good in the second half, giving his men a chance after the hosts’ early second half surge relented and saw Celtic on the front foot.

Gerrard lost a derby at the Ibrox for the first time, entering the day 2-2 with wins at home and losses at Celtic Park.

Swansea City 3-1 Hull City: Gomis scores pair, Meyler sees red (video)

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Bafetimbi Gomis scored a pair of goals and David Meyler saw red for an awful tackle on Kyle Naughton, as Swansea City cruised past 10-man Hull City with a 3-1 win at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Ki Sung-Yeung also scored for Swans, as the eighth place side moves four points clear of West Ham and Stoke City at the moment.

Hull City remains just three points ahead of the drop zone, in 15th place.

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Swansea City went up 1-0 when Allan McGregor made a diving stop on Jonjo Shelvey, only to see the rebound go directly to Ki.

And Swans doubled their advantage when Gomis hammered a floating ball past McGregor with an overhead kick.

Hull pulled one back when McShane tucked a Alex Bruce flick under Fabianski in the 49th minute, but David Meyler put a serious crimp in the comeback plans when he launched into Kyle Naughton’s ankle.

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Gomis put it to bed in stoppage time when he had a 50-yard  breakaway on McGregor and chipped the Hull keeper to make it 3-1.


Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton (Rangel, 56′), Fernandez, Williams (c), Taylor, Cork (Dyer, 65′), Ki, Shelvey (Grimes, 90′), Sigurdsson, Routledge, Gomis

Goal: Ki (18′), Gomis 2 (37′, 90+1′)

Hull City: McGregor, Bruce (Diame, 70′), Meyler, Hernandez (Aluko, 81′), Brady, Livermore, McShane, Dawson, Ramirez (Quinn, 30′), Elmohamady, N’Doye

Goal: McShane (50′)

Hull City 2-3 Chelsea: Remy strike downs bright Hull (video)

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Hull City bothered Chelsea all day up and down the pitch, but a pair of early goals for the Blues and a goalkeeping mistake down the stretch did the Tigers in as Loic Remy’s winner gave the league leaders all three points at the KC Stadium.

Eden Hazard converted a blistering start into an early lead for the Blues as Diego Costa touched to the Belgian before crumbling to the ground, and Hazard did the rest, cutting up the Hull back line and firing past Allan McGregor from outside the box.

Hull nearly responded just four minutes later. Abel Hernandez found himself in on goal one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois, but the Belgian ‘keeper stoned his shot with an impressive save.

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The home side would rue that miss, as Chelsea would double their lead inside 10 minutes and cap a flying start. It looked all too easy for Diego Costa, who sauntered up the left side and cut into the box before chipping an effort into the top corner from a tight angle.

Hull continued to attack as Chelsea looked porous at the back. They’d pull one back in front of the home crowd before the half-hour mark as Andrew Robertson impressively burst down the left edge, splitting defenders on the way. The 21-year-old crossed to Ahmed Elmohamady who powered it home past Courtois, producing an emphatic fist-pump from Steve Bruce.

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They’d storm all the way back level just moments later on a rare mistake from Chelsea’s young goalkeeper.

The home side continued to bomb forward and trouble the league leaders. They held much of the possession the rest of the way through the first half. They remained dangerous in the second half, and while Diego Costa was a threat for Chelsea, they again needed Courtois to come up big. Just past the hour mark, Courtois made a strong triple-save on shots from Elmohamady, Jake Livermore, and Gaston Ramirez before shouting emphatically.

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Chelsea would repay Courtois’s hard work with yet another lead. Substitute Loic Remy, who came on just a minute earlier, got a cross from Willian from point blank range, and while his weak strike was initially stopped by McGregor’s legs on the dive, the ball squirted under his body and into the net.

Hull City remained dangerous and controlled the midfield, as they did all game, but couldn’t find a final product.

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The win for Chelsea restores their six-point lead at the top of the table, while Hull remains just three points above the relegation zone.


Hull City: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Robertson (Aluko 81′), Meyler (Quinn 80′), Livermore, RamĂ­rez (Brady 80′), Hernández, N’Doye.

Goals: Elmohamady 26′, Hernandez 28′

Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Fabregas, Matic; Ramires (Oscar 61′), Willian (Zouma 80′), Hazard; Diego Costa (Remy 75′).

Goals: Hazard 2′, Costa 10′, Remy 77′

VIDEO: Premier League Team of the Week – Stars of Matchweek 15

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Watch the video above to see who made it into the PL Team of the Week for their displays during Week 15.

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Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor saved a penalty by Graham Dorrans to preserve a 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion, marking a three-penalty streak where McGregor has stopped the opposition from collecting.

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Newcastle defenders Daryl Janmaat and Fabricio Coloccini were rewarded for keeping league-leaders Chelsea to just one score, and Magpie striker Papiss Cisse got the nod up front for collecting the double that sent the Blues to their first defeat of the year.

Stoke’s Bojan was recognized for his creative artistry in a 3-2 home win over Arsenal, and West Ham’s Andy Carroll made an appearance by bagging a pair of headed goals – his first around eight months.

Matchday 15 – Premier League Team of the Week (Formation: 3-4-3)

Goalkeeper: Allan McGregor (Hull City)

Defenders: Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle), Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)

Midfielders: James Milner (Manchester City), Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland), Leroy Fer (QPR), Bojan Krkic (Stoke City)

Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Andy Carroll (West Ham), Papiss Cisse (Newcastle)

Hull City’s Allan McGregor out for up to six weeks; Harper to deputize

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Thirty-nine year old Steve Harper will again play a valuable role in a Premier League campaign, as he’s the likely replacement for Hull City’s injured goalkeeper, Allan McGregor.

McGregor has been feeling shoulder pain for a while and, while he won’t need surgery, will miss up to six weeks for the Tigers. Harper has been with Hull since 2013, and the longtime Newcastle United No. 2. also spent time at Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Scotland will also not be able to call upon McGregor in Euro 2016 qualifiers, though David Marshall of Cardiff City has been starting for the Scots.

From the BBC:

“The specialist has said he needs to rest and stop diving on it,” Bruce said. “If you’ve got a sore shoulder and he’s diving on it every day we need to take him out and make sure he recovers.

“Hopefully in four to six weeks he’ll be back to normal. We’re just delighted he doesn’t need an operation. We first thought it might need one.”

Hull faces a tough run over the next six weeks. After this weekend’s hosting of Crystal Palace, the Tigers go to Liverpool and Arsenal before returning home to face Southampton. Hull is 16th in the table with six points through six matches.