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  1. Liverpool held to 2-2 draw at Sunderland
  2. Two Defoe penalties earn point for Sunderland
  3. Ten-man Man City hold on to win 2-1 v Burnley
  4. West Brom come from behind to beat Hull 3-1
  5. Everton win 3-0 against Southampton

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston and Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Right, I think we've pretty much covered all the reaction from today's games. We're shutting things down here but pop along here to join my colleague Shamoon Hafez to take you through West Ham versus Manchester United.


Lowery wins Goal of the Month


Five-year-old Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery, who is seriously ill with neuroblastoma, has been named joint-winner of Match of the Day's Goal of the Month award after his penalty against Chelsea in December.

He received more than 250,000 Christmas cards from the general public. What an inspirational little lad he is.

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool: David Moyes delighted with 'deserved' draw
Sunderland boss David Moyes is "really pleased" after this struggling side twice came from behind to draw with Liverpool.

'Didn't do the basics'

West Brom 3-1 Hull City

Hull City

Hull City manager Mike Phelan: "We didn't carry out the basics of marking at set pieces. Everyone has a man and marker. If you switch of you get punished when you're in a dominant situation. We played an excellent first half but within five minutes the game was changed. 

"It shouldn't happen. We should be a lot more disciplined and focused. You have to do the dirty bits at times. Taking responsibility, marking your men and seeing it through. If you are not going to do that you are going to suffer."

Davies catches the eye

Everton 3-0 Southampton

One to watch - Tom Davies impressed for Everton against Southampton today. The 18-year-old provided the assist for Everton's third.

Tom Davies 👌👌👌 congratulations to enner on first of many to come ✌🏾🔵

'New signings to lift us again'

West Brom 3-1 Hull City

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "We changed things around 30 minutes into the first half. Their shape was more potent than ours. As soon as we did that we got into the game more. After that they didn't create a lot and it's another great three points for us. 

"We are delighted to be on 29 points, it's been a good year for us. Now we need to bring a couple in to improve the group and give everyone am lift again."

'You're the journalist'

Man City 2-1 Burnley

Man City 2-1 Burnley: Pep Guardiola's awkward post-match interview

Here's the exchange between Pep Guardiola and the BBC's Damian Johnson after Manchester City's win today. It's awkward stuff. 

Damian Johnson: "What was your view of the red card for Fernandinho?"

Pep Guardiola: "You are the journalist. Not me."

DJ: "You're the manager. I'm sure the fans would like to know."

PG: "Ask the referee - not me."

DJ: "Are you concerned that's his third red card this season. Is there a discipline problem with him?"

PG: "We will accept. Like I said before, the team with more ball possession we have always sending off. I have to understand the rules here in England. I know you are specialist but I have to understand it."

DJ: "So the interpretation is perhaps different in England?"

PG: "Of course yes. Around the world our keeper in the box is fouled, not here. I have to understand that. Claudio Bravo is fouled."

DJ: "It's his fault?"

PG: "He is fouled. Here not - that's OK but I have to understand that."

DJ: "You don't seem that happy that you've won."

PG: "More than you would believe. More than you would believe I am happy."

DJ: "You're not showing it."

PG: "I'm so happy believe me. I'm so happy. Happy new year."

DJ: "Are Manchester City in the title race?"

PG: "Yesterday no. Why today are we in the title race?"

DJ: "Thanks Pep."

PG: "My pleasure."

'Unfair' result

Everton 3-0 Southampton

Southampton boss Claude Puel, speaking to BBC Sport: "It is unfair. It was a balanced game but the first goal was difficult to accept. Players were tired. They played two days ago and it was difficult to finish this game but the spirit and the attitude of the team was good. 

"I am sorry for the players because they did good work and it is a shame to concede three goals in this game. For the moment we are unlucky."

Enner impresses Koeman

Everton 3-0 Southampton

Everton boss Ronald Koeman, speaking to BBC Sport: "The tempo was higher in the second half, we created opportunities to score and you see the final result.

"When Enner Valencia came in it was not just about his goal, it was his whole performance - we needed that pace in the second half. 

"Keeping a clean sheet is always important. We did well defensively. 

"I am busy with all the fixtures we have and maybe the board will be busy to bring the players in."


This is how it looks at the bottom of the table with Sunderland a point from safety after that draw with Liverpool, although Crystal Palace are in action tomorrow when they host Swansea. Hull City remain on 13 points after losing at West Brom.

'Honestly, it hit my hand'

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool


Liverpool goalscorer Sadio Mane, who also conceded a penalty: “Honestly, I thought the ball hit my hand. The guy pushed me, I lost my control and the ball hit my hand. 

"Yes, I would say (it was a penalty).

“We have to look forward to the next game. We can accept this one point.”

'It was a big mistake'

Manchester City 2-1 Burnley

Manchester City

A slightly tetchy interview from Pep Guardiola with Match of the Day.

He has been asked if it was a mistake not to start with Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

"Sure it was a big mistake, you are right."

But you made the change...

"Yes. I am intelligent."

The latter possibly said with a touch of irony.

West Ham v Man Utd under way

The final Premier League game of the day is under way as West Ham host Manchester United.

You can follow dedicated coverage of that game here while on this page we will continue to dig through the reaction from the 15:00 GMT games.

Well this is awkward...

Manchester City 2-1 Burnley

Pep Guardiola may have overseen a win for Manchester City today, but he was a bit tetchy in his post-match interview...

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'We need to pick up results'

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool


Sunderland manager David Moyes: “I expect them to get results, but I’m really pleased after the few days we’ve had. That’s their job. We didn’t play well (against Burnley) and what they have done is show how well they can do.

“I thought we did quite well, matched Liverpool’s energy for long periods of the game and deserved a draw. We had big chances as well.

“I never thought we were out of it, the important thing was to not concede a third goal. In the end we got a deserved penalty kick.

“Towards the end of the season we are going to have to pick up a lot of results, today was a tough draw and we have to make sure we win at home – that’s key.”

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Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Massive character shown by the boys today to come back twice against a very good side! @IAmJermainDefoe at it again. 🔥🔥#SAFC

'I am not able to explain today'

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to BBC Sport: “I am not able to explain it because I don’t know exactly what I saw, my team were fighting but I wasn’t sure if they could do it.

“We can play better football but I’m not sure if you can play better with that break. I don’t know how it feels when you have to do the things you have to do today.

“I told the players if nobody wanted to play I would never speak about and not tell anyone, but nobody came and that was a good thing. About the football we played, I actually have no idea how to speak about it.”

On Sunderland’s second penalty: “There was no foul before the free kick for the second penalty. You need a little bit of luck, but Sunderland worked hard too and maybe they deserved it.”


Here's how it looks at the top of the Premier League. Liverpool can only reduce the gap on leaders Chelsea to five points after that draw with Sunderland, while Manchester City make up ground on the top two by beating Burnley.

'We pick ourselves up and go again'

Everton 3-0 Southampton

Souhampton debutant Jack Stephens: "These things happen. It is a bad result for us and we just pick ourselves up and move on.

"It's not easy but I don't think we can use that as an excuse. We just pick ourselves up and go again. 

"I thought the game was quite even, not many chances, but the first goal was important because as soon as that went in we had to take more risks. Second one was late on and game over and the third one was a kick in the teeth."

Doncaster are new League Two leaders

Doncaster are the new leaders of League Two, beating Stevenage 1-0 and going a point ahead of Plymouth, who lost by the same scoreline at Barnet.

Carlisle could have gone top, but they suffered a 3-1 reverse at Grimsby.

There wee big wins for Cambridge United and Exeter City who knocked off Notts County and Leyton Orient respectively with 4-0 scorelines.

Blades pulling away

Sheffield United have extended their lead at the top of League One to three points with a 3-1 win at Bury.

Second-placed Bolton were held 2-2 at strugglers Coventry, but third-placed Scunthorpe failed to take advantage as they were held 1-1 at home to Peterborough.

Kieron Freeman celebrates
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'The spirit was brilliant'

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, who scored two penalties: "We worked hard and knew it was going to be difficult against a top team who would press us. We were compact and at times had to do two jobs.

“The spirit today was brilliant and definitely the reaction the manager wanted after the Burnley game. To show that character, we’re happy with the point.” 

Jermain Defoe celebrates

Seagulls soaring

Brighton are the new Championship leaders as they come from a goal down to win 2-1 at Fulham.

Newcastle lose 1-0 at Blackburn and drop to second.

Norwich boss Alex Neil will live to fight another day as a Nelson Oliveira hat-trick gave them a first win in three at Derby's expense.

And there were loads of late goals before the final whistles went around the country.

QPR completed a comeback win against Ipswich, Pawel Wszolek with the winner to lift the Rs to 17th.

Bristol City were leading 2-1 in the final five minutes against Reading - but were stunned by two Yann Kermorgant goals and have now lost six on the bounce.

Nottingham Forest are now periliously close to the drop zone as Conor Houriane sealed a late 1-0 win for Barnsley. It's now one point from a possible 45 for Forest.

'Spot on'

Man City 2-1 Burnley

Manchester City goalscorer Gael Clichy: "It is always a difficult game anyway but when you are a man down it is even more difficult. 

"I think it is a well deserved three points. The performance and the character of the team today was spot on."

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Frustration from Jurgen Klopp. The Liverpool manager marches on to the pitch to have words with Anthony Taylor. It's safe to say he wasn't wishing the referee a happy New Year.

Team news

West Ham v Man Utd (17:15 GMT)

West Ham XI:

West Ham make three changes to the side that lost to Leicester at the weekend. Out go captain Mark Noble, Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll, as Pedro Obiang, Manuel Lanzini and Sofiane Feghouli come in.

West Ham XI: Randolph, Nortveidt, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Kouyate, Antonio, Lanzini, Payet, Feghouli.

Man Utd XI

Manchester United make five changes to the side that beat Middlesbrough. The centre-back partnership of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo is restored, while Matteo Darmian, Michael Carrick and Jesse Lingard also make the team. Out go Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial.

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick, Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Ibrahimovic

FULL-TIME - Everton 3-0 Southampton

FULL-TIME - Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Not a good day at the office for Jurgen Klopp. His Liverpool side drop points and Daniel Sturridge picks up another injury.

David Moyes and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

FULL-TIME - Man City 2-1 Burnley

FULL-TIME - West Brom 3-1 Hull

Man City 2-1 Burnley

Into the final two minutes and the ball is being headed back and forth before Manchester City win a free-kick. They are edging towards the three points.

Pep Guardiola

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Fabio Borini concedes a free-kick just outside the Sunderland area. Another test for the home defence but they survive before Adam Lallana forces a save from outside the area. The Reds are throwing the kitchen sink at this.

'Puel out of his depth'


Sophie Gayter: If neither Mignolet nor Karius work out give Mane a go in goal! Terrific save!

Joshua Jerrard: Claude Puel should be sacked! He is way out of his depth and is undoing everything Southampton have worked for! 

Mathew George: I don't get Liverpool. Beat City, Arsenal and Chelsea. Lose points at Bournemouth, Burnley and Sunderland. No titles this way.  

GOAL - Everton 3-0 Southampton

Romelu Lukaku (89 mins)

All over as Romelu Lukaku adds a third for Everton. The Saints are caught napping at the back and Lukaku takes full advantage, smashing home from 12 yards.

Romelu Lukaku

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

There's going to be a late finish at the Stadium of Light. Papy Djilobodji is down and receiving lengthy treatment.

Five minutes of additional time on the board.


Man City 2-1 Burnley

Fourth official holds up his board, there will be FIVE minutes of additional time. 

There's a roar from the away end as Burnley come forward again, Michael Keane's downward strike tipped over by Claudio Bravo.

Championship goals

Norwich boss Alex Neil is easing the pressure he's feeling at the moment as Nelson Oliveira bags a quick brace to put the Canaries 3-0 up over Derby, who have had Jacob Butterfield sent off. That's a hat-trick for the Portuguese.

Gianfranco Zola's wait for a first win as Birmingham City boss looks set to continue as Brentford recover from going a goal down to lead 2-1 after a David Davis own goal.

Chris Wood has given Leeds a 3-0 lead over Rotherham - but they probably won't nick third place today as Huddersfield have gone in front at Wigan through Nahki Wells.

Baggies in the Europa League?


Graham Green: Southampton can't seem to buy a goal these days so surely they need to buy a striker in the January window.  

Mini Rahman: This new West Brom team is crazyyy coming back from behind to win matches, would be good to see them in Europa League.   

Chad Smith: I'm a Baggies fan but no way did I predict we'd be where we are at this stage of the season. But I ain't complaining!  

West Brom keeper Ben Foster
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Man City 2-1 Burnley

How times change. Manchester City are now shoring things up to try and keep Burnley at bay, on comes John Stones for Raheem Sterling.

Two minutes to go.

Sunderland 2-2 Liverpool

Three minutes plus stoppage time for Liverpool to find a third goal. Credit to Sunderland. They have given this absolutely everything.