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Marc Higginson

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  1. Night!

    That was a good Match of the Day, wasn't it?

    While Gary, Tim and Ian say goodbye on screen, we'll do the same online.

    Thanks for your company - and remember... be like Jurgen!


  2. Manager reaction - Garde

    West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa manager Remi Garde

    Aston Villa manager Remi Garde: "I'm a little bit disappointed because we wanted three points. In another situation we might be happy with a point but we need more points than that. We tried, we did our best, especially in the second half, but they defended well.

    "Should Jordan Ayew have been awarded a first-half penalty? Maybe.

    "I talked with the referee and he told me he didn't see it like that. Even without a penalty we created many chances and with more accuracy could have scored."

  3. 'It wasn't a penalty'

    West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

    West Brom manager Tony Pulis

    West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis: "We had to grind it out, it was a typical derby game, very ferocious, with effort and commitment. We've had eight games in four weeks and although people might be disappointed, the effort and commitment put in was first class.

    "We need every point to maintain our Premier League status - and that's what we've done.

    "I don't think Villa should have been given a penalty. Jonas Olsson might have touched him, but the ball is rolling out and the lad's gone down too easily."

  4. Man of the match

    West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

    Slim pickings here. With no obvious candidates leaping out, our man Jonathan Jurejko plumped for Aston Villa forward Jordan Ayew.

    Why? Because he looked the likeliest player to break the deadlock, worrying Albion's defence with his pace and movement.

    Aston Villa
  5. Couldn't hit a barn door...

    West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

    Usually these graphics illustrating a team's shots in a game have green arrows (indicating shots on target) flashing across them. Not if you're looking at West Brom's. 

    Albion failed to stick a single shot on target against Villa - three efforts missing the Villa net and one being blocked.

    West Brom v Aston Villa

    It means the Baggies have failed to have a shot on target in four Premier League games this season - more than any other team.

  6. Stick with us!

    West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

    Helllllooooo?! Is anyone still awake? That sleepy first half might have made some of you drop off.

    As our graphic below shows, neither side managed a single touch of the ball in the opposing six-yard box. Albion only managed two touches inside the entire Villa penalty area.

  7. That moment when...

    West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa're blowing up an Aston Villa balloon and the lady next to you braces herself for a loud 'pop'.

  8. Team news

    West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa

    Remember Ben Foster? He's back! 

    The Albion keeper has played a couple of FA Cup matches since returning from a long-term knee injury - but tonight he is back on Match of the Day.

    That's exactly what the England man, who makes his first Premier League appearance since March, will have been focusing on during his rehab...

    West Brom

    There has been some debate about Micah Richards' role in the Villa team. The skipper returns after being left on the bench for the draw at Leicester, lining up at right-back.

    Aston Villa
  9. Manager reaction

    Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "We dominated the early stages, we were in total control. Today was a real number nine's goal from Benik Afobe and he was a real handful.

    "We just lost our grip. We craved the second goal, we were so on top, and the second goal eluded us.

    "The pleasing thing is the resilience we showed in the second half. There are positives to take - we've only lost two games in 11 now. But today we were the dominant team and that's the disappointment."

  10. Manager reaction

    Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth

    Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce: "After their goal went in, there were 20 minutes where we hung on, but we stopped them scoring, which we haven't done recently. 

    "We've gained a result from going a goal behind, and that shows a bit of character from the players. They overcame their fears and came back strongly.

    "It's a precious point. We've showed a lot of nerve to come through our bad spell and if we continue like that we're going to be fine."

    Sam Allardyce
  11. Running out of time?

    Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth

    For those who say ‘Sunderland will get out of it… they always do’, this is the fewest points Sunderland have had at this stage since being promoted in 2007.

    Just saying.

  12. Man of the match - Patrick van Aanholt

    Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth

    BBC Sport's James Gheerbrant chose Patrick van Aanholt as man of the match in his report after he grabbed his second goal in successive games.

    Do you agree? Get involved via #MOTD or post on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

    You can also text on 81111 in the UK only.

    Patrick van Aanholt
  13. 'Disappointed'

    Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth

    Bournemouth forward Glenn Murray..

  14. The Cherry on top

    Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth

    There were 14 passes in the build-up to Benik Afobe's goal for the Cherries.

  15. Post update

    Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth

    Benik Afobe
  16. LINE-UPS

    Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth

  17. Post update

    Watford 2-1 Newcastle

    Tim Sherwood

    Former Tottenham and Aston Villa manager on Match of the Day

    "Newcastle will have funds to spend. Jonjo Shelvey is a good signing, they are tracking Andros Townsend and he is good enough to win them some games."

  18. Get Involved


    AJ Morley: Is Quique Sanchez Flores going to look more and more like House every week?

  19. Post update

    Watford 2-1 Newcastle

    Quique Sanchez Flores is cool. Well cool.

  20. Manager reaction

    Watford 2-1 Newcastle

    Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores: "We played very well - it was an energetic team. It was difficult against Newcastle.

    "It was a crucial match during the season - Newcastle are trying to avoid the same position as us [relegation]. We have got more of a gap to Newcastle now.

    "Half time today is the period where we tried to correct things. It was important to score quick and then score the second goal.

    "Deeney and Ighalo always play well. Today it was important to play Deeney, Ighalo and Jose Manuel Jurado together."

    Quique Sanchez Flores