Wolves 1 Southampton 1 & Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 0 Match Reports Updated for 2023
Updated: 9 December
English Premier League match report: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton – Monday, 23 December, 2020
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Southampton 1 – Molineux stadium
Neto goal salvages draw for Wolves; Walcott gets first goal after 15-year return
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Pedro Neto came off the bench to salvage a 1-1 draw after they went behind to a Theo Walcott strike in the 58th minute at the Molineux stadium on Monday night.
There was not much to tell about the first half as Nelson Semedo and Leander Dendoncker both tested Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy in quick succession and Walcott fired one straight at Rui Patricio from a tight angle.
With top scorer Danny Ings absent with a knee injury, the burden of finding goals for the Saints fell upon Che Adams and Walcott- which the latter did. Walcott, whose professional debut at Southampton came against Wolves in August 2005, returned to Saints on a season-long loan from Everton in October after leaving the club for Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2006.
On Monday night, Walcott got his first goal post his return to his old club when he turned in a Che Adams square pass in the 58th minute to give Southampton the lead. The 31-year old forward fluffed a great chance to double the tally when he shot his effort wide with only keeper Patricio to beat.
It was to prove costly as Wolves fought back with Joao Moutinho relaying a ball after some fantastic work on the left to Raul Jimenez who struck the post. Pedro Neto was quick to react to the rebound and slammed the ball in to draw level in the 75th minute.
The hosts were looking for a winner by now as Daniel Podence's glancing header from a free-kick forced McCarthy into tipping the ball away but both sides ultimately settled for a draw.
The draw means that the Saints were unable to break into the Top 4 – finishing in the 5th with 17 points, just one behind 4th placed Leicester City's 18. Nuno Espirito's Wolves barely managed to remain in the top half after Monday night's home draw, finishing on the 9th place with 14 points.
Wolves starting XI:
Patricio (goal), Semedo, Boly, Kilman, Ait-Nouri, Moutinho, Neves, Dendoncker, Traore, Podence, Jimenez.
Subs: Neto, Vitinha.
Southampton starting XI:
McCarthy (goal), Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Walcott, Djenepo, Adams.
Subs: Long, Diallo.
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English Premier League match report: Burnley v Crystal Palace – Monday, 23 December, 2020
Burnley 1, Crystal Palace 0 – Turf Moor
Early Chris Wood strike gives Burnley their first win
Sean Dyche's Burnley secured their first Premier League win of the 2020-21 season when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Turf Moor on Monday night. The visiting Eagles suffered a major blow when their key playmaker Wilfried Zaha was ruled out after testing positive.
Burnley striker Chris Wood gave the hosts the start they needed when he finished emphatically past Palace keeper Vicente Guaita to make it 1-0 in the 8th minute. Johann Berg Gudmundsson could have put the game beyond the visitors' reach a little into the second half but his shot after being played through wonderfully by Dwight McNeil, crashed against the crossbar.
The miss almost proved costly for Burnley towards the end when Nick Pope was forced into a fantastic save from a Christian Benteke effort on goal.
After a run of 8 winless games, Monday night's win gave Sean Dyche's men the much-needed three points that helped them extricate themselves from the relegation zone to the 17th spot with 5 points. Brendan Rodgers' Palace, who couldn't capitalize on the considerable possession they enjoyed in the first half, have slipped out of the top half after the Turf Moor loss and finished on the 11 spot with 13 points.
Burnley starting XI:
Pope (goal), Lawton, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil, Rodriguez, Wood.
Subs: Brady, Pieters.
Crystal Palace starting XI:
Guaita (goal), Clyne, Dann, Kouyate, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Riedewald, Townsend, Batshuayi, Ayew, Eze.
Subs: Schlupp, Benteke.
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