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  1. Chelsea beat Stoke 4-2 to earn 13th straight league win
  2. Man Utd score late double to beat Boro 2-1
  3. Gray hat-trick as Burnley win 4-1 v Sunderland
  4. Bottom club Swansea lose 3-0 to Bournemouth
  5. Leicester edge past West Ham 1-0 (Slimani)
  6. West Brom come from behind to beat Southampton 2-1
  7. Liverpool v Man City at 17:30 GMT

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By Mike Henson, Chris Osborne and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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Our new year's ball has dropped


And that, my friends, is all we have time for when it comes to pouring over every word of our beloved/loathed Premier League managers.

Here's hoping you have a banging new year.

But before you go too hard on the shandies, head over here to join Gary Rose for coverage of Liverpool v Man City.

The Reds lead 1-0 at half-time.

'We made a clean sheet - finally'

Leicester 1-0 West Ham

Leicester City


Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri will be a little more light-hearted during his new year celebrations after today's three points.

“I am very proud because we made a clean sheet - finally,” he said.

“Today’s result is very good for everybody here in Leicester, and of course it is very good for the team. We made a very good performance for the team, they had a few good chances, but we closed the space very well.

“We needed the crowd’s support today, and when I called them they were together with us. The support of our fans is very important.”

'It's a difficult moment for the squad'

Southampton 1-2 West Brom


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Southampton manager Claude Puel: "It's difficult for myself because in these last two games you have the same scenario.

"We started well with possession and quality and then the first chance for the opponent they score. It's a difficult moment for the squad. We have to concentrate more in defence."

'Good day for the Cherries'

Swansea 0-3 Bournemouth



Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is understandably delighted with his side's confident performance at Swansea:

"It’s been a good day, I thought we were excellent from start to finish, we controlled the game and took the chances when we got them.

"We scored at key times, the goal before half-time was a massive one for us. The quality of that one was the pleasing thing, with what the players did around the box. It was a tough game, and the players stood up to that challenge.

"We have no chance to enjoy it, it’s straight on to Arsenal and we hope to do well against them."

'Happy 45th birthday Sir Alex'

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

Manchester United

Sir Alex
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Manchester United's late comeback drew comparisons to the Sir Alex Ferguson days at Old Trafford - the legendary manager turned 75 today.

Boss Jose Mourinho told BBC Sport: "I’m happy for him – I congratulated him already. I joked 'happy 45th birthday'.

"He's enjoying his life and I'm happy we gave him happiness today and that people remember his time with the way we played in the last minutes."

In his interview with Sky Sports, Mourinho jokes that the result would have been 3-1 under Sir Alex - perhaps suggesting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal would not have been disallowed in the Ferguson era.

Long wait for an Englishman

Chelsea 4-2 Stoke


Cheeky little Stoke/Peter Crouch stat for you.

The Potters had gone a whopping 56 Premier League games without an English goalscorer until Crouchy netted today.

Crouch was the last Englishman to score in the league for Stoke - an 86th-minute goal in a 6-1 thumping of Liverpool on 24 May 2015.

'Chelsea are fantastic'

Chelsea 4-2 Stoke City

Stoke City

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch: "In the first half we gave a good account of ourselves, but a few errors have cost us.

"Chelsea are fantastic. They look strong in all areas. Having said that, we were in the game and are disappointed not to come away with anything.

"We always felt we were a threat going forward and thought we could get more goals.

"Our season won't be defined by Liverpool or Chelsea away, the next game, Watford at home, is very important for us."

Did cancelled flight affect West Brom?

Southampton 1-2 West Brom

West Bromwich Albion


West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "In the first half we were shocking really, way off the pace of the game. But in the second half we got going and we played with a lot more purpose.

"The first half, I don't know if it was the fact we had a fligth cancelled last night and had to come on the bus. Maybe it was still in their legs I don't know.

"Robson-Kanu has been very good at the club. When he's come on he's been excellent. We felt it was the right time to give Salomon Rondon a rest, he was a little bit down in training this week. Now I have a problem Monday, who do I pick?

Will he bring players in during the January window? "I hope so. But they have to improve the first XI and that's not easy."

'New boss needed imminently'

Swansea 0-3 Bournemouth

Swansea City

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Swansea caretaker boss Alan Curtis can find little cheer from his side's defeat at home today:

"It just drained the confidence out of us, as soon as that first goal went in we found it very difficult to recover. At 1-0 we could have regrouped a bit, but Bournemouth were excellent and deserved it. We showed a little character in the second half, bit it was not enough.

"A new manager is needed imminently, we need fresh eyes to look at it. I will speak to the chairman hopefully later today, the window opens tomorrow and it is evident we need one or two new ones in."

'I knew these goals were coming'

Burnley 4-1 Sunderland


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Burnley's hat-trick hero Andre Gray: "It's been a massive week, two big wins against the teams around us. 

"I thought we played well until we got the first goal, and then we stepped it up in the second half. We knew we could hurt them. 

"It's massive for me to score a hat-trick - four years ago I never thought I'd be playing in the Premier League, never mind scoring three in one game. I have had to work hard, do the right things and hope that it'll pay off. Today, obviously it has. 

"I knew these goals were coming - I’ve always had that belief and just needed that little bit of luck.

"Ashley Barnes was massive for me today, and we know what we're doing as two up front. We managed to isolate the back two of Sunderland and have some success. 

"We are only halfway through the season though - a lot can change. We need to dig in and stay up."

'I hope they win the league'

Man United 2-1 Middlesbrough


Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka tells BBC Sport: "When you lose it is difficult. We have to take the good things.

"When you come here and play against Man United and you are winning 1-0, every team has to play at their best to beat us.

"I thought we could at least have a point. The performance from everybody was amazing. We couldn’t do any more and showed we can compete against every team. I’ve told the players to recover and know we are a good team."

On his friendship with United boss Jose Mourinho: "It was difficult for both of us because we have an amazing relationship. We both wanted to win.

"I hope they are at the top of the table at the end of the season and we stay in the league."

'That was dire'

Burnley 4-1 Sunderland


David Moyes, Sunderland boss

A disgruntled David Moyes, Sunderland boss: "We were dire today, really really bad. It was a poor performance, and defensively especially we were all over the place. You have to do the old-fashioned defensive things well and we didn't. 

"My players were well-briefed on the opposition and you just have to hope they take that into the game. We made the same mistakes time and time again; missed headers, missed bouncing balls, the same stuff. 

"The players have to take responsibility as well as me, and that was dire, as bad as anything I have been involved in here. I can’t walk into the dressing room and say "Yeah, that was great lads." It wasn't. 

"We have to stick in together, but today defensively we were poor. We threatened at times going forward but we couldn't defend. 

"You can ask me questions about myself and my future, that's fine. We're in the bottom three, I know that."

'Is that Usian Bolt?'

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

Usain Bolt - you might have heard of him - has called into MUTV's post-match programme to express his delight at Manchester United's victory.

It's quite an understated interview with the world's fastest man.

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'I'm sad because my brother is sad'

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

Manchester United

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, speaking to BBC Sport, talks about his friendship with Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka.

"It’s a very good feeling, as I was expecting I don’t feel the same happiness because my brother is on the other side.

"Aitor Karanka did his job amazing away but my brother is sad so I'm sad.

"My players were phenomenal. We managed to do something I love – bring the fans to the pitch. The last 15 mins were 70,000 on the pitch against 11."

On why Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal was disallowed: "(Referee) Mr Mason is the one that knows that but he knows he made a mistake. I think it's sad because referees are sad when they make mistakes."

'We showed that we can adapt'

Chelsea 4-2 Stoke City


Diego Costa
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told BBC Sport: "Congratulations go to my players. To win 13 games in a row in this league is very difficult.

"Stoke played very well. They hit long balls to Crouch and fought for the second ball. My players showed they can adapt to the different kinds of game we face. They showed great commitment, work-rate and will to win. I'm delighted for them.

"Now, it's important to celebrate the arrival of the new year, then to think of the next game against Tottenham.

"Numbers are not important if you do not win the title. Now, they are fantastic and we are proud, but we must concentrate on the second part of the season."

FA Cup Final fun


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Alan Pardew

Highlights of the 2016 FA Cup Final begin now on the BBC Red Button. Relive that Alan Pardew touchline dance, the red card and the late winner from that extra special day at Wembley.

'It is a shame and a frustration'

Leicester 1-0 West Ham

West Ham United

Slaven Bilic

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says his side are "down and disappointed" after today's loss, but is happy with their performance.

"Very, very frustrating to lose the game like this," he said.

"They started better and deserved to score but after that we were really good. We were just missing that final touch. 

"We gave everything so it is a shame and a frustration, but we played good today."

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Kieran Bryant: All it will take is one loss for Chelsea to come unstuck and Liverpool will win the league, and Arsenal to win the Champions League and Plymouth Argyle to win the FA Cup! Also Southampton to get relegated.

This would make quite an accumulator Kieran...

'The end of a good calendar year'

Burnley 4-1 Sunderland


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Burnley boss Sean Dyche, happy with a big win: "This has been a good week for sure, the end of a good calendar year for us at Burnley. 

"Andre Gray got his hat-trick today, great for both himself and the team. 

"We'd like to think we are a persistent team, though the Premier League is a tough division and whoever you play won’t make it easy. But we have to do what we can, be effective, and I think we were today."

'We keep on making mistakes'

Chelsea 4-2 Stoke City

Stoke City

Mark Hughes
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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes told BBC Sport: "It's a similar story to our efforts at Liverpool. We got back level, but then conceded poor goals. We've made mistakes and good teams punish you.

"I thought we did really well, showing courage to get back in the game. I thought we were good value to get a draw, but we can't keep on making the mistakes we are at the moment because it's hurting us.

"We were positive, got back level and it was up for grabs. For their third goal, the ball went through about four of our players. We can't keep defending as we are in key moments. If we take that out of our game, we will be fine.

"Mistakes happen, the opposition can affect what you do. You have to understand the time, the moments of the game."

'Nowhere near good enough'

Burnley 4-1 Sunderland


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Sunderland captain John O'Shea: "Unacceptable today, not good enough. Away from home you have to be resilient together, but the goals we conceded were not acceptable and the players have to take responsibility. 

"Nowhere near good enough, and we will have to rectify this quickly. There is no excuse for what went on, and it's something we will have to look at collectively and individually and dust ourselves down very quickly. 

"The dressing room is not a good place at the minute but we know we can quickly turn this around. We have to have the attitude that we fight together. 

"We want to give ourselves a chance and make teams earn their goals, not gift them like we did today. Burnley took their chances well but we helped them a lot along the way."

'We need to find that consistency'

Leicester 1-0 West Ham

Leicester City

Another happy face from the Leicester camp is Demarai Gray, and he has reiterated the point that the defending champions need to find some consistency in the new year.

“We ended the year on a positive note and our performance today was better than it has been over the last few weeks. Hopefully now we can get back some of that consistency,” he said.

“Today we just said we should go out and do what we do best, and that’s what we’ve done.

“I’ve always believed that if we pick up momentum and start winning games then we’ll go back to being a hard team to play against, and that’s what we need to do now.”

'We have to learn'

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough


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Middlesbrough goalscorer Grant Leadbitter tells Sky Sports: "We're really disappointed in there. We have to hold those games out.

"We don't want those points to come back and bite us at the end of the season.

"We have to learn - when you're on level terms you have to see the game out rather than conceding straight away."

'We don't think we will get beaten'

Chelsea 4-2 Stoke City


Gary Cahill

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill told BBC Sport: "We had to dig deep and work hard at times. We were disappointed over their first goal, I thought it was offside.

"Nevertheless, we showed good character. We never felt like we were beaten, but it was a tough game, as we expected.

"We have to keep grounded and focused on what we are doing. This was difficult. We have a feeling at the minute that we don't think we will get beaten, but that is because we're working hard."

'We need to build on this in the new year'

Leicester 1-0 West Ham

Leicester City

Marc Albrighton has been speaking after he set up Islam Slimani's winning goal in a crucial win for Premier League champions Leicester.

"It’s always nice to end the year on a high note and I think that game sums up our year," he said.

"Grit, determination, everything – we showed it in abundance today and we need to build on this result in the new year.

"It’s no secret that we’re not in a place that we want to be at the moment, but the performance today was tremendous."

'It's why we love football'

Man Utd 2-1 Middlesbrough

Manchester United

Manchester United match winner Paul Pogba on his side's late comeback: "It's beautiful - it's why we love football. The win as very important.

"We had a lot of chances and we could have won the game easier, but we are very happy with the three points."

'Something I have dreamed of'

Burnley 4-1 Sunderland


Andre Gray
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Burnley striker Andre Gray, who scored a hat-trick in his side's 4-1 win over Sunderland, says: "It has been a stop-start season for me, luckily I have managed to get a run of games and score some goals.

"Not many teams play with two up front, we do it and did it quite well. It was a big game, but nothing is over with.

"My first Premier League hat-trick is something I have dreamed of."

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Eamonn McGurk: Costa is Drogba-esque! 

Chelsea Warrior: By God, that Diego Costa is a beast of a player 

From one Chelsea warrior to another?

Wake me up when September ends

Chelsea 4-2 Stoke

Chelsea PL win percentage this season August: 100% September: 0% October: 100% November: 100% December: 100%

'Chelsea cruise along'

Chelsea 3-2 Stoke

Pat Nevin

Ex-Chelsea winger at Stamford Bridge for 5 live Sport

Chelsea players celebrate
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Chelsea are a team that seems to have nothing at all wrong with it. Do they even need to buy anyone in January? It might just disrupt their rhythm, and they may we just prefer to cruise along. 

Today, I was really impressed by Stoke. But if you are going to take Chelsea on then you will have to play at 100% for the full 90 minutes. 

In the last quarter of an hour of the game the visitors were running on empty and in the end the Blues destroyed them.


Burnley 4-1 Sunderland

Burnley bouncing, Sunderland sunk. Andre Gray bags three to send the Clarets nine points clear of the drop zone. Sunderland are two from safety.


Leicester City 1-0 West Ham

West Ham pile on the pressure, but Leicester hold firm for a crucial three points.

Pop goes the Hammers' three-game winning run.


Southampton 1-2 West Brom

A classic rearguard action carries off all three points for the Baggies.


Swansea 0-3 Bournemouth

Such a rubbish time to be a Swansea fan. But Bournemouth were excellent today.

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Dennis Ethan: Birthday boy Sir Alex Ferguson surely deserved a United victory today, C'mon!

Callum Anderson: My word. That comeback is for Sir Alex!


Manchester United 2-1 Middlesbrough

The end of a very, very good game at Old Trafford. The win is nothing more than Manchester United deserve, but you can't help but feel for Boro. Thankfully, that Zlatan 'goal' did not prove crucial. 

Paul Pogba

Leicester City 1-0 West Ham

Angelo Ogbonna has a free header in the Leicester area from a corner and it's goalboud - only for Danny Simpson to block.


Chelsea 4-2 Stoke

The Blues go nine points clear at the top and match Arsenal's 2001-02 record of 13 straight wins in a single season into the bargain.

Antonio Conte's smile is set at 1000 watts as he greets his players on the pitch.

Swansea 0-3 Bournemouth

We've got a few late finishes this afternoon, with five minutes added on at the Liberty.


Leicester City 1-0 West Ham

Leicester are dragging themselves over the finish line - but almost grab a second.

Ben Chilwell's low shot is well saved by Darren Randolph and Shinji Okazaki heads over the rebound.

There'll be six minutes of injury time - how are your fingernails Foxes fans?