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Summary

  1. Result: Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal
  2. Arsenal come from 3-0 down to earn a point
  3. Gunners score three times in final 20 minutes
  4. Bournemouth's Francis sent off late on
  5. Result: Palace 1-2 Swansea - Rangel scores late winner
  6. Result: Stoke 2-0 Watford - Shawcross & Crouch

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By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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Good night

And that is that from us for another action-packed evening.

See you tomorrow for Spurs v Chelsea? Go on then. 

Big Sam will be hitting the phones tomorrow, looking for a flat south of the river and two wingers.

Sam Allardyce also says it is critical that his club get into the transfer market as he is losing Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako to the Africa Cup of Nations. 

'You can see it with your own eyes'

Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce: "It's easily identified, the lack of energy the players had showed massively. We struggled to keep up with Swansea, we hadn't recovered properly.

"I should have made more changes bu I still don't know the squad too well.

"The second half was ours, we saw a wonder goal from Wilfried Zaha that should have got us at least a point. But we switched off and it's massively disappointing.

"You can see it with your own eyes, you don't need to be a football manager. Some people say it's rubbish but it's not, the players were trying 100% but they were not physically able to reach their usual levels. They are shattered.

"It's beyond our control, certain elements. But we can defend better for the two goals and our first-half performance was nothing like I expect to see from my team."

Difference of opinions...

Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney is told that Sam Allardyce blamed the defeat on the fact Swansea had an extra day's recovery:

"It's possible but as a player at this level you should be fit enough."

'It is not a positive period'

Stoke 2-0 Watford

Watford

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri: “We played well, but two episodes, two mistakes, and they managed to score goals. We could have scored before them and we didn’t do it, but we demonstrated we can play against a difficult team like Stoke.

“We have to keep going and give everything for the next match. Nothing is going our way, so it is just a period we are not lucky but we need to change this.

“We have many injuries, so it is not a positive period."

'We surprised people'

Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea

Swansea City

Swansea first-team coach Alan Curtis, who picked the team that beat Crystal Palace 2-1, said: "It is a terrific result for us and a huge three points. The first half performance, we were excellent and we could have gone in with more than the one goal.

"We have been accused of lacking character but we came back and won it and I thought we deserved it. In training you can see the players have the ability, it is just the confidence that has been lacking. We deserved some luck today.

"Any team under Sam Allardyce will come on strongly, they have some terrific players. We had 24 hours more rest compared to them and that may have made a difference."  

On the club's new manager Paul Clement, who joined Curtis in the technical area later in the match, Curtis added: "He came down for some moral support, he made his presence felt at half-time, but there was not too much to say. We would have surprised a lot of people with our performance today."

'It wasn't an even playing field'

Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce: "What went wrong? Not enough recovery time, no doubt about that. the energy of the players just couldn't get us in the faces of Swansea, they had an extra day and that told. You could see that.

"Our lads put so much in against Arsenal and you saw the effects of that. It wasn't an even playing field. 

"It's difficult to take. We have all the science we have, we know the fatigue levels and the high intensity runs the players make and we knew they wouldn't be able to make them tonight. And they couldn't. Perhaps I picked the wrong side, I should have changed four or five.

"Whether you're tired or not you have to play and I told them that at half time. I was baffled with our first-half display, we were lumping the ball to Christian Benteke and who told them to do that? They were confused.

"It was a blatant penalty on Christian Benteke, outrageous that it wasn't given. That would have been a great lift."

Crouch 'playing as well as ever'

Stoke 2-0 Watford

Stoke City

Peter Crouch
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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "We have played better and been beaten in recent weeks, we got goals at good times and then saw the game out quite comfortably.

"We didn't really have to deal with too many moments of anxiety. It's good to get a clean sheet, because we have shipped some poor goals in recent weeks." 

On Peter Crouch being offered a new deal: "Peter has been playing really well and if you put balls in the right areas you know he is going to get on the end of things. 

"He's done very well and has good support. I am sure we will get something done - he is playing as well as he ever has done." 

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Jon Evans: Gary Rowett shouldn't rush into a job. No way Hull is the best career move for him.

Meurig Jones: Given that Chelsea have only lost 8 points so far this season, this game has finished Arsenal. Only Liverpool can catch them.

Antonio: We have the Wenger trifecta:

  • Showed resilience
  • Lack of time between matches
  • Unlucky (!!) with ref decisions

Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea

Caretaker manager Alan Curtis
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Swansea caretaker manager/coach Alan Curtis has nearly lost his voice but he says his side deserved the win tonight.

Full reaction to come. 

Up at the top

It's been a good few weeks for Chelsea hasn't it?

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'It is not a penalty'

Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal

Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking to the BBC: “At the start we suffered from the quality of Bournemouth. One team had over three days to recover and on top of that we suffered at the back. It was a physical test but we came back into the game and mentally it was a test and we showed we are mentally strong. I am happy to play every day but only if our opponent has done the same.

“We want to win the game and we wanted three points but on the other hand some big teams have dropped points here and when you’re 3-0 down you have to acknowledge the qualify of the response of your team. I have mixed feelings but I must recognise my team has shown great mental strength.”

On refereeing decisions (Arsenal conceded a penalty for a foul by Granit Xhaka, while Ryan Fraser’s goal came after he appeared to push Hector Bellerin): “It is no penalty, or if it is then it’s a foul [on Bellerin]. The push from Xhaka was much less strong than the push for the goal.”

The bottom six

What a difference three points make. Swansea are on the move. 

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Hull sack Phelan

Hull City

'An absolute disgrace' says a Hull fan on 5 live reacting to the sacking of Mike Phelan.

It looks very harsh from the outside doesn't it? Although it is a results business. 

Bournemouth reaction

Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal

Bournemouth

Eddie Howe of Bournemouth
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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "Fate conspired against us in several ways. I didn’t think it was a sending off. I thought that was harsh but in the end the quality of their players showed.

"The emotion is one of disappointment but we can’t forget what the players did in the first half of that game.

"Sometimes you get lost because you’re working every day but we have to remember how far we’ve come and what we’re doing and at what level. But we’re here to win which is why this hurts so much."

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Jon Batham: Sacking of Mike Phelan by Hull City a farce. Given resources he's done well to keep in contact. What did Hull owners expect?

Craig Reeves: Can't help but wonder what #HullCity expected of Mike Phelan, as they approach a League Cup semi-final with Man U next week.

Jack: What a improved performance from the Swans. Desire, effort and resilience. Was Bob the problem? Come on the Swans!!!! 

Hull sack Phelan

Hull City need new owners more than a new manager. Phelan had to contend with internal politics, injuries & lack of investment in the squad.

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Ope Mosuro: Chelsea must be loving these new year fixtures, first Liverpool and now Arsenal dropped points in winnable games

Paul Murphy: Get promoted. Don't spend money on quality players. Sack manager. Yep, I can see your logic @HullCity

Vincent Wood: Some people will tell you, "you cannot love & hate the same thing at the same time." Those people have never supported Arsenal

'We refused to lose'

Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal

Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "They started much faster and with 20 minutes to go we were 3-0 down so that’s a mental test. We refused to lose the game.

"Bournemouth deserve a lot of credit but the disadvantage is too big to play against a team with three and a half days recovery. That’s too big a handicap. But they are a good team with quality and they played with pace.

"We had some players at half time who had problems. I changed it early in the second half and I believe we refused to lose. There’s a great resilience in the team and we saw that today.

"We dropped two points but we have to do better in the other games and hope other teams will drop points.

"It was not a result we wanted before the game but at 3-0 down we’d have signed for 3-3.  We were unlucky in some decisions tonight."

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Arsenal reaction

Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal

Arsenal

Olivier Giroud: "I’m pleased to help the team by scoring the equaliser but I’m still disappointed. It’s nice to come back but the way we played at the end, that made me think we should have done better. At least we came back, showed great mental strength and I will take it."

Aaron Ramsey: "It shows we’re prepared to fight until the end. That’s the message we hope to give out but it’s going to be difficult now. There’s a long way to go so hopefully there will be some more twists and turns."

FULL-TIME

Stoke 2-0 Watford

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri looks dejected
Reuters

Four points out of 24 for Watford who looked a bit of a mess tonight. 

Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea

Paul Clement is in the dugout and taking congratulations, matchwinner Angel Rangel, at the club for so long, is very emotional at full time.

Swansea off the bottom. And suddenly they can see a way out. 

FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea

BIG.

Paul Clement and caretaker manager Alan Curtis celebrate
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Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea

Swansea trying to kill the clock now...

FT: Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal

Mark Mitchener

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Arsenal players celebrate at full-time
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A festive six-goal thriller concludes - Arsenal can take heart from a sensational comeback when they looked dead and buried at 3-0 down, but will still feel that, on paper at least, it's two points dropped on Chelsea in the title race.

Bournemouth's frustration was exemplified as Harry Arter received a yellow card for dissent after the final whistle had been blown. But when their fans - particularly those who booed referee Michael Oliver off the field - have calmed down, they might reflect on how far their club has come in Eddie Howe's eight years as manager, when they are disappointed to "only" draw with a club the size of Arsenal.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea

Swansea will be off the bottom and just a point behind Palace if they can see this out now...

GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-2 Swansea

Angel Rangel (88 mins)

Paul Clement celebrates
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What is he doing up there?! Right-back Angel Rangel pops up in the centre-forward position, takes down a lofted pass from Leroy Fer and then hits a low left-footed shot right through Wayne Hennessey!

Paul Clement has been in the dugout since half time. He is close to a massive result now! 

Angel Rangel celebrates
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Crystal Palace 1-1 Swansea

Wilfried Zaha scores
Reuters

Now Swansea have a spell of pressure. That Wilfried Zaha goal is well worth catching up with...

Crystal Palace 1-1 Swansea

Swansea were so good in that first half and a win tonight would be massive for them - but now they are hanging on. 

Still about five minutes left...

GREAT SAVE!

Stoke 2-0 Watford

Tonight's action has kicked into overdrive! What a chance for a third goal for Stoke as Jon Walters is played clean through on goal by Peter Crouch but he can't beat Heurelho Gomes...

GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-1 Swansea

Wilfried Zaha (83 mins)

Wilfried Zaha celebrates
Reuters

Wow! A huge goal and an absolute peach too! This could be massive for Crystal Palace, Wilfried Zaha meets a Martin Kelly cross in midair, almost falling over as he scissor kicks it home from about 15 yards!

That is sensational. 

Crystal Palace 0-1 Swansea

BBC Radio London

Former Charlton defender Steve Brown on Crystal Palace's appeal for a penalty after Angel Rangel looked to have handled the ball.

"It is a cast-iron penalty," said Brown. "Angel Rangel moves his hand towards the ball. There is no excuse for the referee not seeing it. That is a massive moment for Crystal Palace."

FULL-TIME

Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal

And what a game! Applause all around the ground a Arsenal's huge comeback isn't quite enough for a winner. 

BreakingHull sack Mike Phelan

Hull City

A bit of breaking news right on full-time as Mike Phelan leaves Hull.

More to come...

Mike Phelan of Hull
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GREAT SAVE!

Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal

Still three minutes of added time to play, and now Bournemouth go in search of a winner, Harry Arter finds space from a tight angle but his powerful shot is pushed over the top by Petr Cech!

What a game...

PENALTY APPEAL

Crystal Palace 0-1 Swansea

Is that a penalty! Oh I think Swansea have got away with one there as Angel Rangel handles a bouncing ball inside the area...

GOAL - Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal

Olivier Giroud (90 mins)

Olivier Giroud celebrates
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Olivier Giroud scores another big goal for the Arsenal! It's brilliantly improvised too, the cross from Granit Xhaka is above and behind the Frenchman but he is able to twist his body and back-head into the corner. 

A fine comeback. And there's still time...

INJURY TIME

Bournemouth 3-2 Arsenal

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