Burnley 2-0 Swansea City: Clarets stay hot

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  • Cork scores
  • Barnes goal, assist

Ashley Barnes and Jack Cork scored to lead Burnley to a 2-0 win over visiting Swansea City at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Barnes also had an assist as the Clarets kept pace with the Top Four chasers. With 22 points, Burnley is a point back of fourth and seven clear of eighth.

Swansea remains in the drop zone, with eight points.

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Cork’s fine week continued following his England call-up, and he bested his old club to open the scoring, starting a move that Ashley Barnes and Robbie Brady advanced for Cork to head home from six yards. 1-0.

Barnes turned scorer for Burnley’s second, hammering a 19-yard ball past Lukasz Fabianski to make it 2-0.

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Burnley midfielder Cork joins England for Germany, Brazil tests

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What a year it’s been for Jack Cork.

The midfielder has helped new club Burnley to the surprise start of the Premier League season, and now could earn his first England cap against high-profile opponents Brazil or Germany this week.

Cork, 28, represented England at every level from U-15 to U-21,  but hadn’t broken through during since leaving Chelsea for Southampton in 2011.

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The call-up comes as Gareth Southgate is dealing with the departures of injured sextet Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks.

Cork was humble in accepted the honor, from BurnleyFootballClub.com:

“Four or five of the lads in the squad probably could have got in at the same time as me, so I feel lucky that I’ve been given the chance and, hopefully, if we can keep this form up then maybe one or two others can get in as well.”

Cork becomes one of five uncapped players on the England roster, joining Tammy Abraham (Swansea City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Jordan Pickford (Everton), and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace). Abraham and Loftus-Cheek are on loan from Chelsea.

Swansea City 2-4 Manchester City: Toure double downs dangerous Swans as Hart shines late

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Yaya Toure picked up a pair of goals off the fingertips of Swansea goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski, and the latter proved the difference as Swansea fought back from 2-0 down only to fall with 15 minutes to go. Joe Hart showed his counterpart how its done with a pair of brilliant saves in the final 10 minutes to preserve the scoreline.

Swansea began the game clearly the more dangerous side. The in-form Bafetimbi Gomis worked an early chance well in the third minute, taking on Manchester City’s central defending pair, but after a nice bit of ball skills his shot was weak and well held by Joe Hart.

Jefferson Montero was electric down the left, carving up Pablo Zabaleta early on. Nathan Dyer had a glistening chance in the 17th minute after getting by Eliaquim Mangala, but Hart made a great save on his shot to the far post to foreshadow what would come late.

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Suddenly, City were in the lead despite looking second-best through the opening 20 minutes. David Silva worked the ball to Yaya Toure at the top of the box, and the big Ivorian ripped a shot to the near post. The ball took an ever-so-slight deflection off Ashley Williams, and that was enough to leave Lukas Fabianski in a heap, unable to make a full stop. Lampard came close to doubling the lead minutes later but the cross from Aleksandar Kolarov was just out of reach.

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But the visitors weren’t done. With the lead, they became the more cutting-edge team and earned another goal past the half-hour mark. A blistering counter-attack worked the ball to Sergio Aguero on the left side who carved up Jazz Richards before sliding in James Milner. The England international took a touch to the inside and slotted the ball home to the far post with ease for a 2-0 Manchester City lead.

But Swansea would not go quietly. Just before halftime they’d make it a goal again. Gylfi Sigurdsson made it 2-1 with a bending finish, justifying some impressive work from Montero.

That man Montero remained a force in the second half as well as Swansea pushed for an equalizer. Manchester City also had big chances just past the half-hour mark, but Fabianski saved a fantastic chance from Jesus Navas. That miss would prove vital. Seconds later down the other end, Gomis would get his leveler. He timed a run perfectly for a long ball from Richards and rocketed home his fifth goal in his last five matches to make it 2-2.

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Just after, Fabianski made another outstanding save when Milner played in Silva, but the Spaniard couldn’t get a shot off despite being free on goal. But the goalkeeper would see another Toure shot off his fingertips with 15 minutes to go as the difference. The Manchester City captain burst through the midfield past Jack Cork and ripped a shot to the near post, and the Swansea goalkeeper only got a slight touch as it rippled the net.

Joe Hart was still required to keep the visitors on top, as he made a brilliant diving save on a delicious header from Federico Fernandez destined for the top corner with 8 minutes to go. He did it again two minutes later with Gomis through on goal. Former Swansea star Wilfried Bony came on late and got a goal to seal it, with a muted celebration against his former club.

The winners go six clear of Arsenal in second place, and thanks to a vastly superior goal difference have all but clinched that spot. It would be mathematically secure should Arsenal drop points against Manchester United later today. Swansea looked impressive but still remain in eighth place, stuck there now as their final position.

LINEUPS:

Swansea City: Fabianski, Richards, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Shelvey (Britton 78′), Dyer (Barrow 73′), Sigurdsson (Emnes 83′), Montero, Gomis.

Goals: Sigurdsson 45′, Gomis 64′

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho (Kompany 80′), Milner, Toure (Bony 85′), Lampard (Navas 59′), Silva, Aguero.

Goals: Toure 21′, 74′; Milner 36′, Bony 90+1′

Jay Rodriguez signs a new contract with Southampton

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25-year-old winger Jay Rodriguez has signed a new contract with Southampton through the summer of 2019, the club announced  today.

Rodriguez has not played this season thanks to a torn ACL suffered at the end of last Premier League season, one that kept him out of the 2014 World Cup. His old deal was set to expire in the summer of 2016.

“He’s a good player and I think he will be an important player for next season,” Southampton manager Ronald Koeman said last week with speculation that Rodriguez would sign a new deal. “If he stays, I think that is a good signal to the club, to everybody.”

“It’s been a tough year for myself being out, but I’m really delighted to sign the contract,” Rodriguez told Southampton’s official website. “It’s now about looking forward to the future. The medical staff have all worked tirelessly with me, so this is great news. I just want to carry on improving now and to try to get some game time.”

The last time Rodriguez lined up for Southampton was the game he left injured, a 4-1 loss to Manchester City on April 5, 2014. In that game, the starting lineup featured six players no longer with the club: Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Jack Cork, and Calum Chambers.

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There was speculation that Rodriguez could leave this summer, with reported interest from Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, but the expectation was always that he would remain at St. Mary’s.

The Burnley native should be back from injury soon. Rodriguez returned to full training with Southampton in late April, and there’s a chance he could return to action before the season is over. That would be vital for England’s national team, as Roy Hodgson gets the team prepared for a pair of games in early June, including a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia on June 13.

Arsenal 0-1 Swansea City: Gunners’ second-place hopes dashed by Gomis’ late winner (video)

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Arsenal’s chase for the Premier League’s second-place finish took a massive hit on Monday, as the Gunners dropped all three points at home, losing to Swansea City, 1-0, after dominating and controlling the game for 89 of 90 minutes.

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The first half, disjointed as it was, certainly favored the hosts in terms of possession, but at the same time provided plenty of hope to the visitors that in their rare forays forward the Arsenal defense could be toppled.

At halftime, only a pair of Swansea shots — coming from Jonjo Shelvey and Angel Rangel — had been registered as on target. Arsenal’s inability to turn 68 percent of the game’s possession into anything meaningful, unable to break down Swansea’s well-organized defense with Jack Cork sitting just in front of the backline, proved enough to send the two teams into halftime with the score still 0-0.

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Arsenal amped up the pressure considerably in the second half, with Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud each testing goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski twice inside the first 15 minutes, but each time the former Arsenal ‘keeper would either see the ball just wide of the post or turn it round the post himself.

Fabianski made a stunning double save from inside 12 yards, thwarting Sanchez and Theo Walcott three seconds apart. Santi Cazorla was also turned away barely 20 seconds later, as the Spaniard’s side-volley from close range bounced into the waiting arms of Fabianski.

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Arsenal’s onslaught of chances proved futile as Fabianski turned them away time and again, setting up Bafetimbi Gomis to score the game’s only goal in the 85th minute. Gomis headed the ball to David Ospina’s near post, where the Colombian ‘keeper appeared to palm the ball away before it crossed the line, but referee’s watch signaled the whole of the ball had crossed the whole of the line.

With three games to play, Arsenal trail Manchester City by three (nine goals behind on goal difference) with a game in hand.

LINEUPS

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin (Wilshere 67′), Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud (Walcott 69′)

Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel (Richards 60′), Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Ki (Gomis 74′), Shelvey, Cork, Sigurdsson, Montero, Dyer (Barrow 79′)

Goals: Gomis (85′)