English Premier League match reports for Sunday 01st December 2020 Updated for 2023
Updated: 6 December
2020-21 English Premier League match report – Aston Villa v Southampton – Villa Park – Sunday, December 1, 2020
Aston Villa 3 Southampton 4
Ward-Prowse double strike wins it for the Saints as Villa leave it too late
Aston Villa almost staged a late comeback when they went down 3-4 to Southampton at Villa Park on Sunday.
The Saints were dominant from the very outset and thought they had gone ahead when Aston Villa central defender Ezri Konsa inadvertently headed into his own net, but VAR found Che Adams marginally offside.
But the visitors did not have to wait long for their opener as James Ward-Prowse provided the assist for Jannik Vestergaard to powerfully head in.
0-1 to the visitors in the 20th minute. The Saints doubled their advantage in the 33rd minute when winger Theo Walcott was fouled at the edge of the area by Douglas Luiz.
Ward-Prowse stepped up to take the resulting free-kick, whipping his shot past a hapless Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez to make it 0-2 in the 33rd minute.
Walcott again created the base for the third goal as he caused Matthew Cash to handle the ball about a yard outside the box.
Ward-Prowse was again up to the task as he hammered in his second free-kick to make it 0-3 at the stroke of half-time.
The period after half-time saw Kyle Walker-Peters, Ward-Prowse and Stuart Armstrong involved in some fine passing moves that culminated into Danny Ings to finish with a stunning 25-yard curler into the top right-hand corner of the net. At 0-4 in the 58th minute it looked game over for the hosts.
A fightback seemed on the cards as Tyrone Mings headed in from a Jack Grealish's cross to reduce the deficit in the 62nd minute.
But the hosts could not build on the goal until it was a bit too late. Ollie Watkins fired a penalty from the spot in the third minute of stoppage time and Jack Grealish struck home from outside the area seconds before the final whistle in the 97th.
Villa are now out of the Top 4, dropping to the 7th while Southampton move to the 4th spot and on equal points with 3rd placed Everton's 13.
2020-21 English Premier League match report – Newcastle v Everton – St. James' Park – Sunday, December 1, 2020
Newcastle 2 Everton 1
Callum Wilson brace consigns Everton to a second consecutive defeat
Carlo Ancelotti's Everton failed to move to the top of the Premier League table as they succumbed to two Callum Wilson goals at St.James Park.
Steve Bruce's Newcastle exploited a somewhat below-strength Everton side with folks like goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Richarlison, James Rodriguez Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman not around.
Wilson opened the scoring for the hosts in the 56th minute, converting a penalty he had won after he was fouled by Andre Gomes inside the area.
The Magpies could have added to their tally but Sean Longstaff's powerful close-range effort was brilliantly saved by Robin Olsen who filled in for the sidelined Pickford between the posts.
Everton pressed for an equalizer as Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick was met by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the star forward's back header went straight at keeper Karl Darlow.
The Toffees' other attempt came when Michael Keane's header sailed over. Newcastle wrapped up the match 6 minutes from time when substitute Fraser barged in from the left, his deflected cross turned in by Wilson for his second of the night.
Calvert-Lewin's late goal and his 12th of the season was not enough to prevent Ancelotti's side from losing a second consecutive Premier League game.
Everton began the EPL season with their best ever start, winning four consecutive games but three back-to-back winless outings have push them to the 3rd spot.
The big news for Everton was that No.1 goalkeeper was left out after 120 consecutive Premier League appearances as he has come under censure for several match-defining errors.
2020-21 English Premier League match report – Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove – Tottenham Hotspur stadium – Sunday, December 1, 2020
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Brighton & Hove 1
Gareth Bale gets his first goal on return to Spurs as Mourinho's men waltz to second place.
Ex-Real Madrid star Gareth Bale's first goal since his return helped Tottenham beat Brighton & Hove and move smartly up to the second spot in the Premier League table.
In an eventful game, Harry Kane put Spurs ahead in the 13th minute from the penalty spot after VAR found Adam Lallana to have fouled the English striker as he climbed for a header.
Brighton responded well to the goal by taking control of the possession and were rewarded with the equalizer in the 56th minute when 20-year old Tariq Lamptey swept the ball into the far bottom corner.
There were murmurs of protest from the Spurs camp as Brighton left-back Solly March appeared to have fouled Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the build-up to the goal.
Tottenham, in search of a winner then struck the post twice, firstly a drive from the edge of the box from Erik Lamela and then a close-range effort from a tight angle by Kane.
Gareth Bale coming in to replace Eric Lamela in the 70th minute, had the final say as he powered home a cross by Sergio Reguilon past debutant Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez.
With Sunday evening's win, Spurs moved into second place on 14 points and two behind leaders Liverpool.
But Mourinho cautioned that being second in the standings means little for the moment.
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