Premier League RECAP: West Ham and Spurs draw 1-1 after Kurt Zouma cancelled out Brennan Johnson opener... while Everton earn a late point at Newcastle

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By Harry Bamforth

Published: 18:00 BST, 2 April 2024 | Updated: 23:03 BST, 2 April 2024

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Thank you and goodnight!

The Premier League delivers twists and turns once again.

Tonight proved why you can never predict this league, it always throws in results you weren't expecting.

Nottingham Forest dominated Fulham and boosted their hopes of survival while Newcastle threw away two points minutes from the end.

West Ham dented Spurs top-four hopes, while Burnley look like relegation will get them sooner rather than later.

Also, Bournemouth are just brilliant, aren't they? The Cherries are now above Chelsea.

It was a strong showing for the first night of midweek fixtures, but we have more to come tomorrow and Thursday.

So until then, it's time for me to say goodbye - thank you for putting up with me for another day.

Tara!

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Ange Postecoglou: 'Both teams left it all out there'

Ange Postecoglou, Spurs manager, speaking to TNT Sports:

[It was] Tough. They're a strong team. We controlled the game pretty well. They're always going to be a threat from set-pieces. We got into some good areas but our final deicision making wasn't the best.
Both teams left it all out there. For the mot part it was ok, the effort was there, we need to be more clinical.

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Eddie Howe: 'An opportunity missed'

Eddie Howe, Newcastle manager, speaking to TNT Sports:

I think it was [an opportunity missed]. I thought the players were flat out, we gave it everything. VAR played a part and of course with the penalty.
I think it's both players grappling each other. The arm being quite high around [Ashley] Young probably made the difference but it could have gone either way.
We were unable to make the changes that would make our performance better today.

Burnley's 'great escape' OFF?

Is this the look of a team who think their time may be up?

Burnley still have eight games left, so there is still plenty of time to pick up results, but you feel that a win would have really kept them in the race for survival.

With Nottingham Forest pulling away, they have to pick up wins. Draws won't be enough.

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Bournemouth on a roll

Bournemouth are flying at the moment.

Justin Kuivert's late strike meant it was three wins on the bounce, and four from their last five.

The Cherries have picked up 13 points in their last five games, one more than they accrued in the 10 before that. Impressive stuff.

How many points will they finish on?

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Brennan Johnson: 'We lacked cutting edge'

Brennan Johnson, Spurs goalscorer, speaking to TNT Sports:

We're disappointed, for large parts of the game we dominated, we lacked that bit of cutting edge. With the performance [though], [I'm] reasonably happy.
Every week is just more and more learning. Every week I feel more confident. In my first couple of months I wasn't in those positions.
The style of play is unbelievable, there's some errors we need to cut out. Conceding from a set-piece like that isn't acceptable.
We just need more time to gel and we want to finish as strong as we can.

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Forest make up four point penalty in two games

Before they kicked off against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Nottingham Forest sat 18th after a four-point deduction left them on 21 points.

Well, they are already back on 25 after a point on Saturday and a valuable three today.

If Forest play like they did today every week, they will be just fine.

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Pickford has the last laugh

While Newcastle should have won the game, take no credit away from Jordan Pickford.

The former Sunderland man was jeered everytime he got on the ball, but responded with a number of quality saves.

He wanted to have his say against an old rival, and did so brilliantly.

'Newcastle's bench cost them two points'

Craig Hope, Mail Sport, at St James' Park:

Newcastle's bench won them the game on Saturday, it has cost them two points here. Not just Dummett foul, but inability to change much else. They'd played well & had chances. Everton finished stronger, though.

Newcastle pay the price for missed chances

Newcastle should have won that game.

They had the chances, plus a disallowed goal, to secure all three points.

They were all over everton in that first half, but following Burn's strike that was rules out, they let the Toffees back into the game.

They ultimately paid the price.

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Two points lost or one gained for Spurs?

The Spurs players looked gutted at full-time.

Well, it was either disappointment, or they were just knackered from the relentless pace of that game.

Ange Postecoglou's side would have wanted to come here and put the pressure on Aston Villa with a win tonight.

However, they now sit two points behind Villa on the same number of games played.

Villa do have to play City tomorrow without Ollie Watkins, but I still feel that Spurs will think that is two points lost, not gained.

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A hectic finish

The end to that game was how I would say 'mental'.

Both sides decided to forget the art of defending and just go for it, which made for fantastic end-to-end football.

It would have been brilliant if there was a goal to win it, but either way, it was a frantic, but brilliant, end to the game.

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FULL-TIME: West Ham 1-1 Spurs

What a chaotic end to the game.

That last minute there all defensive structure out the window. Both sides went hammer and tong in stoppage time to find a winner, but neither could.

A fair result in the end. West Ham came back though Kurt Zouma after an appalling start when Brennan Johnson fired the visitors into the lead.

Both sides will see it as a valuable point in their hunt for European football, but will wish they came away with more.

Spurs will be hoping Man City can do them a job tomorrow!

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BIG CHANCE! West Ham 1-1 Spurs

That was the moment for Spurs.

Destiny Udogie has the chance to win it and fires straight at Fabianski from inside the area.

He just had to put it into the corner, but he didn't.

West Ham 1-1 Spurs

Spurs are surviving these corners.

Everytime the ball is whipped in off the boot of James Ward-Prowse, chaos ensues, but everytime the away side somehow keep it out.

FOUR added minutes

Four minutes to find a winner, which team will it be? If either.

YELLOW CARD: West Ham 1-1 Spurs (Romero)

What a double save by Vicario, although he didn't even need to make them.

Christian Romero is booked for taking out James Ward-Prowse and West Ham try to take the free-kick quickly.

Jarrod Bowen forces a save one-on-one then Mohammed Kudus comes steaming into to force him into another brilliant save.

John Brooks the referee blows and asks what they are doing, he was in the other half.

CHANCE! West Ham 1-1 Spurs

What a wonderful corner that is from james Ward-Prowse.

It is elegantly whipped to the back post where Tomas Soucek dives at it, but heads wide.

That delivery deserved a goal it was that good.

SUBSTITUTION: West Ham 1-1 Spurs

Well, that was Timo Werner's last involvement, he comes off for Richarlison.

Yves Bissouma also makes way for Pierre-Emile Hojberg.

Spurs are going for that winner, but I must admit, the chances are coming with regularity as they were earlier.

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West Ham 1-1 Spurs

It's suddenly got a bit cagey.

Spurs a biding their time before Pedro Porro whips one into the back post, but Timo Werner then heads it the wrong way...

Luckily for him, the flag goes up for offside.

YELLOW CARD: West Ham 1-1 Spurs (Johnson)

While Spurs are on thye front foot, West Ham can still pack a punch on the counter attack.

Brennan Johnson gets yellow card fro taking out Mohammed Kudus as he breaks free.

Spurs need to be careful.

West Ham 1-1 Spurs

Tottenham look more likely to get the winner.

They are pushing forward relentlessly and Timo Werner has just had an effort deflected for a corner.

Kurt Zouma gets it away, but here come Spurs again.

FULL-TIME: Burnley 1-1 Wolves

Burnley's unbeaten run continues.

Rayan Ait-Nouri's equaliser before hal-time was enough for a point, but Burnley will feel agrieved not to have taken the three points.

You feel that maybe they are getting cut too far adrift now.

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FULL-TIME: Bournemouth 1-0 Crystal Palace

Justin Kuivert's goal is enough for the three points.

That's three Premier League wins in a row for Bournemouth and they are now on 41 points. I didn't expect that after the first 10 games.

Crystal Palace are still not out of the woods yet, especially with the way results have gone tonight.

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West Ham 1-1 Spurs

Brilliant tackle by Emerson.

Brennan Johnson is flying forward into the area and emerson had to pinch it off him, and he did so.

Heung-Min Son then fires just wide following Spurs recycling the ball.

This match is being played at a rapid pace, I feel a goal is going to come from somewhere.

I just don't know who from yet!

West Ham 1-1 Spurs

Oh Michail Antonio, you have to score.

Antonio races through, he is one on one, the stadium is expecting him to score, but he fires it straight at Vicario.

He has to do so much better, it's almost like he had too much time to think about it.

West Ham 1-1 Spurs

Yves Bissouma smashes one wide from distance.

Spurs are launching the efforts in now in such of the lead. they are looking brighter after a strong start to the second period from the Hammers.

I must say, this atmosphere is brilliant. West Ham fans are willing their side on.

FULL-TIME: Newcastle 1-1 Everton

St James Park moans and you can tell how much that one hurt them.

Newcastle controlled the majority of the 90 minutes, taking the lead after 15 minutes through Alexander isak before Dan Burn saw a goal disallowed.

They didn't take their chances though, and Everton made them pay from the penalty spot.

Dominic Calvet-Lewin salvaged a point with his first goal in 24 matches, a huge one for him.

A big blow for Newcastle's European hopes.

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FULL-TIME: Nottingham Forest 3-1 Fulham

Big, big win for Nottingham Forest.

The home side's incredible first half performance is enough to get them the three points despite Fulham's strong second half display.

Tosin Adarabioyo did pull one back for the visitors but it wasn't enough, their wretched away form continues.

It's another step in the right direction for Forest in their fight for survival.

GOAL!!! Bournemouth 1-0 Crystal Palace (Kluivert 79')

Oh it's another belter.

Justin Kluivert blasts home Antoine Semenyo's cross after the latter does really well to nick the ball off a Palace defender.

They are closing in on the all-important 40 points.

 Justin Kluivert of AFC Bournemouth scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace at the Vitality Stadium on April 02, 2024 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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West Ham 1-1 Spurs

Goalll.. oh wait, not its not, it's a free-kick.

West Ham cause problems again from a corner and Mavropanos fires it towards Vicario and it looks like its gone over the line despite the keeper getting it away.

The referee blows his whistle and the crowd goes bonkers, but they quickly realise he's blown for a free-kick.

Michail Antonio is offside blocking Vicario ad the ball comes in, plus it didn't go over the line anyway.

We love the drama.

West Ham 1-1 Spurs

It's West Ham that have start this second half on the front foot.

Michail Antonio stings the palms of Vicario after Rodrigo Bentancur gives the ball away.

Thats why they wear gloves, that would have hurt!

SECOND HALF: West Ham 1-1 Spurs

Right, we are back to the action at the London Stadium.

Will Spurs start rapidly again, or can West Ham complete a turnaround just like they did in the reverse fixture.

I can't wait to find out!

GOAL!!! Newcastle 1-1 Everton (Calvert-Lewin 88')

The goal drought is over...just.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin levels from the spot to score his first goal in 24 matches.

Martin Dubravka gets a hand to the powerful strike but it bounces up to the roof of the net.

Relief for Calvert-Lewin and Everton are level.

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PENALTY TO EVERTON!

What are you doing Paul Dummett?

Dummet drags down Ashley Young needlessly and VAR awards the penalty. It was clear as day.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin steps up to the spot.

VAR CHECKING PENALTY! Newcastle 1-0 Everton

And again, another brilliant tackle from Dan Burn.

He strides across to tackle Youssef Chermiti and put it out for a throw in.

Everton then put it in the mixer and Ashley Young is bundled down in the area, it was naughty.

VAR is checking...

Newcastle 1-0 Everton

Wonderful tackle from Dan Burn.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is sent through on the left but has no support. He tries to goe alone but Burn slides in perfectly to cannon the ball back off the Everton attacker for a goal kick.

The St James' Park crowd liked that one, as did I - great sliding tackle.

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HALF-TIME: West Ham 1-1 Spurs

West Ham are defending valiantly to keep giving away corners.

I think there have been three in succession now for Tottenham, with the final one ending in Rodrigo Bentencur firing wide.

The whistle is then blown for the break, we're level.

Tottenham started on fire and took the lead through Brennan Johnson, but after west ham grew into the game, Kurt Zouma found a leveller.

It all hangs in the balance.

West Ham 1-1 Spurs

Brennan Johnson is enjoying his time on the right-hand side, but it doesn't look like his teammates are on his wave length.

Moments after he makes a brilliant run, West Ham win it back and then Micky van der Ven is given a harsh yellow card for pushing the ball away.

Burnley 1-1 Wolves

I elluded to it earlier, and we have more information from the stand problems at Turf Moor.

The stadium has annpounvced that the Jimmy McIlroy Stand ...has had 'Block 7 Lowe East of the JM Stand closed for safety reasons'.

According to our reporter at the ground, a piece of metal is hanging down from the underside of the roof, so fans been moved from that section.

I hear that its hard to see from the press box.

GREAT SAVE! West Ham 1-1 Spurs

What a save by Guglielmo Vicario.

James Ward-Prowse standsover a free-kick and then bends it towards the top corner, but Vicario is at full-stretch to deny him.

He is one of the few keepers that has managed that feat, so fair play.

West Ham are biting back after a period of Spurs possession.

SECOND HALF at Vitality Stadium and Turf Moor!

Football is non-stop tonight!

Vitality Stadium and Turf Moor both have their matches back underway for the second 45 minutes.

GOAL DISALLOWED! Newcastle 1-0 Everton

It's been chalked off.

Alexander Isak was offside from the free-kick, Dan Burn is not happy with the referee.

I'm unsure why, VAR came to the right decision.

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GOAL!!! Newcastle 1-0 Everton (Burn 58')

Dan Burn doubles Newcastle's lead.

Newcastle catch everton out with a quick free-kick as Alexander isak is fed before passing it across the area for Burn to tap home.

Oh wait...VAR is checking for offside.

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West Ham 1-1 Spurs

Where are you Timo Werner?

Brennan Johnson dribbles brilliantly into the box and fires a ball across the area, but no one is there.

Werner looked lost, he should have been there right in the middle but got caught ball watching.

Poor.

GOOD CHANCE! West Ham 1-1 Spurs

West Ham are on top now.

Jarrod Bowen has a go first time but it's deflected to make it easier for Guglielmo Vicario.

It doesn't look too easy though as he only just about stops it finding the bottom corner.

GOAL!!! Nottingham Forest 3-1 Fulham (Tosin 50')

HELLO... surely they can't?

Tosin Adarabioyo heads home from a corner to give Fulham hope. You'd think Forest will be ok, but you just never know!

It's just got interesting.

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HALF-TIME: Burnley 1-1 Wolves

Rayan Ait-Nouri cancelled out Jacob Bruun Larsen's volley just before the break.

They haven't been great, but Wolves are level at the break.

HALF-TIME: Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace

So, as the goal has been ruled out the sides go in level.

Not been a bad game, not been a good one. All to play for in the second half.

SECOND HALF at St James' Park and City Ground

Two of our Premier League matches are back underway.

It's all happening!

GOAL!!! West Ham 1-1 Spurs (Zouma 19')

Wset Ham are level through their captain.

Kurt zouma gets his back to a Jarrod Bowen corner and it goes past Vicario in the Spurs net.

Awful defending of the corner from Spurs.

GOAL!!! Burnley 1-1 Wolves (Ait-Nouri 45+3')

They have one now.

Just as I say they haven't had a shot on target Rayan Ait-Nouri levels it just before the break.

Parity restored.

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GOAL DISALLOWED! Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace

Just as I was sending the last post, it's been ruled out for offside.

Back to a stalemate we go...

GOAL!!! Bournemouth 0-1 Crystal Palace (Eze)

Who else?

Just before half-time Eberechi Eze has given the visitors the lead.

Burnley 1-0 Wolves

Things are going well for Burnley, but not so much for Wolves.

As we approach half-time, they still haven't had a shot on target. Yikes.

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West Ham 0-1 Spurs

Spurs are looking good here.

Heung-Min Son comes close with a lovely bending effort that just flies over the bar.

West Ham are all over the place, it looks like they can't get Saturday out of their head.

GOAL!!! Burnley 1-0 Wolves (Bruun-Larsen 36')

A wonderful finish.

Jacob Bruun Larsen fires Burnley in front with a wonderful volley into the far corner.

Their good form continues!

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GOAL!!! West Ham 0-1 Spurs (Johnson 5')

What a start from Spurs.

Brennan Johnson was brilliant against Luton and he has scored after just five minutes in the derby.

It's a very good move from the north London side which leads to Timo Werner firing a low cross across the area for Johnson to tap home.

The away end goes nuts!

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HALF-TIME: Nottingham Forest 3-0 Fulham

Wow.

Nottingham Forest have been brilliant, battering Fulham from the first whistle.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chris Wood and Morgan Gibbs-White have all found the net and they could have even had more.

This is huge in the context of the relegation battle.

HALF-TIME: Newcastle 1-0 Everton

It's been all Newcastle and they lead at half-time.

Elliott Anderson has been excellent, so has Alexander Isak who fired the hosts ahead after 15 minutes.

they should maybe be further ahead as Everton have been poor, but so far, so good for Eddi Howe's side.

GOAL!!! Nottingham Forest 3-0 Fulham (Gibbs-White 45+3')

Gibbs-White gets his goal!

It's a beautiful sweeping move by Forest and Morgan Gibbs White turns from provider to goalscorer with a brilliant first-time finish.

Forest in dreamland.

KICK-OFF: West Ham 0-0 Spurs

The derby is here.

Tottenham get us underway at the London Stadium and the West Ham fans are ready for battle.

Let's see who comes out on top!

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Newcastle 1-0 Everton

Abdoulaye Doucoure has just had Everton's best chance.

It's much better from the away side and Doucoure has just shown they are still in this game by forcing Martin Dubravka into a save.

His effort from outside the area stung the palms of the Newcastle goalkeeper.

HUGE BLOCK! Burnley 0-0 Wolves

Wolves should be ahead... Vitinho is the reason they aren't.

Rayan Ait-Nouri fires towards go from close range, it looks like it's about to make the net ripple, but Vitinha gets in the way to keep the scores level.

Now, Burnley are having roof problems and their supporters are being moved from the Jimmy McIlroy stand.

Interesting stuff at Turf Moor.

Newcastle 1-0 Everton

Oh no...

Lewis Hall is on the ground and doesn't look very happy.

Surely, they have not got another injury.

Nottingham Forest 2-0 Fulham

Joe Bernstein, Mail Sport, at the City Ground:

Among the three Fulham players to be hauled off is Harry Wilson, who had come in for a starting place in one of two changes from the weekend draw at Sheffield United. Wilson’s previous footballing connections weren’t missed by Forest fans who chanted “Derby reject” at the Wales international as he trudged off.

Newcastle 1-0 Everton

Newcastle are cutting through Everton like a knife through butter.

Elliott Anderson sees the ball is coming his way after good build-up play, but he can't sort his feet out and it goes for a corner.

Nothing comes from the set-piece.

Nottingham Forest 2-0 Fulham

Joe Bernstein, Mail Sport, at the City Ground:

Fulham manager Marco Silva has seen enough – he’s preparing three substitutions and the game is only half-an-hour old! Willian, Adama Traore and Tom Cairney standing  in the technical area awaiting a break in play for their entrance.

All three have now come on... very early.

 Tom Cairney, Willian and Adama Traore of Fulham are substituted on in the 33rd minute during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Fulham FC at the City Ground on April 02, 2024 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Newcastle 1-0 Everton

Miles wide from Beto.

That effort just shows Everton's frustration. Beto decides to go for it from outside the box, and it doesn't trouble the target.

At least they are going forward, I guess.

Newcastle 1-0 Everton

Jacob Murphy goes alone and fires it narrowly over the bar.

Murphy runs at the Everton defence without a single Everton player trying to get the ball off him.

This is a very poor performance from the Toffees.

HIT THE POST! Nottingham Forest 2-0 Fulham

It should be three!

Nottingham Forest are cutting open Fulham at will, and Anthony Elanga has just hit the woodwork.

The home side play some brilliant pass-and-go football and Elanga receives it running into the area. But, he fires it against the post and wide.

I thought he was going to score, I think he should have.

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Newcastle 1-0 Everton

Everton are playing out of the back... what is going on?

It's not usual for a Sean Dyche team to do so, and you can see why. They didn't look very comfortable doing it.

Everton have not responded well to going behind.

GOAL!!! Nottingham Forest 2-0 Fulham (Wood 19')

Chris Wood is at it again!!

He just can't stop scoring and he has just doubled Forest's lead from distance via a deflection. Forest are in dreamland.

Fulham just aren't very good away from home, are they?

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Newcastle 1-0 Everton

Craig Hope, Mail Sport, at St James' Park:

If Newcastle are considering an approach for Jarrad Branthwaite this summer, Alexander Isak has just shaved £5m off his asking price by sitting him down for that goal.

KICK-OFF at Vitality Stadium and Turf Moor!

Two more Premier League games are underway.

Can Burnley continue their recent good form? Will Bournemouth get their double over Palace?

We will find out in over 90 minutes.

GOAL!!! Newcastle 1-0 Everton (Isak 15')

Alexander Isak at St James' Park again!

That is Isak at his very best. He gets the ball in the left-hand side, cuts in, and dances around the Everton defenders in the box before bending it home.

Pure brilliance from the Swede, but what were Everton doing defensively? They let him do as he pleased...

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Newcastle 0-0 Everton

A much-need clearance by Ben Godfrey.

The ball is whipped into the back post and Harvey Barnes is lurking, but Godfrey does well to put it out for a corner.

In truth, Barnes never looked like he wanted to head that ball!

GOAL!!! Nottingham Forest 1-0 Fulham (Hudson-Odoi 9')

What a goal from Callum Hudson-Odoi!

It's a great through pass from Morgan Gibbs-White - who else - into the winger and he cuts back slightly, you expect him to pass, but he bends the ball into the bottom right corner.

That is the start Forest would have wanted - the City Ground goes bezerk!

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BIG CHANCE! Newcastle 0-0 Everton

James Tarkowski has to do better.

The ball is swung in from a free-kick to the back post, and the defender to head it into the back of the net from inside the six-yard box, but his effort goes over.

That was a big chance for the Toffees.

Newcastle 0-0 Everton

Fair play to Everton, they are ignoring the crowd.

They make their first foray forward and it ends with Abdelaye Doucoure smashing an effort narrowly over the bar. He struck that with some venom.

Not a bad response from the visitors.

Newcastle 0-0 Everton

Craig Hope, Mail Sport, at St James' Park:

You're always guaranteed a raucous crowd at St James' Park when Jordan Pickford is in opposition... and it's bouncing here.

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BIG SAVE! Newcastle 0-0 Everton

Newcastle have started as they finished on Saturday.

Harvey Barnes nearly answered my question straight away but his effort was saved well by Jordan Pickford.

I can barely hear myself think, St James' Park is so, so loud!

KICK-OFF at St James' Park and City Ground

Strap yourselves in!

We are underway at both St James' Park and the City Ground, both stadiums are rocking.

The stakes are at their highest at this time of season!

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'City Ground bouncing at the moment'

Joe Bernstein, Mail Sport, at the City Ground:

The City Ground’s reputation as having the best atmosphere in the Premier League is going to be put to the test. It’s bouncing at the moment a few minutes before kick-off but nerves are also going to kick in. - Forest simply need a result to get away from pesky Luton in the relegation battle.
Fulham are playing with the freedom of an in-form mid-table team and interesting that Harry Wilson has been recalled to do some damage on the right flank.

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St James' Park rocking

Wow, St James' Park is very loud.

They must be bouncing after Saturday, and it's clear to see they want to push their side to another three points tonight.

Night matches always bring incredible atmospheres - I love them.

Barnes to impress once again

We aren't far from kick-off at St James' Park.

I'm interested to see how Harvey Barnes fares for Newcastle from the start tonight, all four of his goals for the Magpies have come from the bench.

he hasn't had the easiest of times at Newcastle. If he can impress once again tonight, he will fo his chances of a run in the team a lot of good.

Will he score tonight?

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Spurs Starting XI - Johnson comes IN

Ange Postecoglu has decided to make three changes.

Brennan Johnson comes in from the start after his fantastic performance off the bench against Luton.

Micky Van de Ven and Rodrigo Bentancur also come in.

West Ham Team News - Fabianski STARTS

David Moyes has named his side for the derby.

The Hammers boss has made just the one change, and it's enforced, as Lukasz Fabianski comes in for the injured Alphonse Areola who went off in the 4-3 loss to Newcastle.

Kalvin Phillips is involved, he makes the bench.

Can Kalvin Phillips turn Hammers' nightmare around?

It's not been a good two months for Kalvin Phillips at West Ham.

On Saturday his nightmare stint in east London hit a new low. The English midfielder gave away a penalty and looked poor at St James Park.

Following the match, the 28-year-old was seen apparently giving a middle-finger gesture in the direction of fans who had given him stick.

He needs to find a way of turning his career around sometime soon, but how many minutes will he get to do that.

Will he get on the pitch tonight?

Burnley to make a great escape?

I know it's unlikely, but could Burnley stay up?

They looked like they had no chance just a month ago, but after their win against Brentford and draw with Chelsea, they are only four points away from Nottingham Forest in 17th.

If they go on a good run, anything could happen!

Wolves Starting XI - Doherty Starts

Gary O'Neil also makes two changes.

Matt Doherty and Hugo Bueno both come into the side, but the news that Matheus Cunha has been named on the bench will please Wolves fans the most.

The forward had been out since mid-February due to a hamstring problem.

Burnley Team News - TWO changes

If he could have, Vincent Kompany would have probably only made the one change, David Fofana, who missed the Chelsea game due to ineligibility against his parent side.

However, he has had to make two due to Lorenz Assignon being sent off at Stamford Bridge. Charlie Taylor comes into the defence.

Crystal Palace Starting XI - Hughes IN

Will Hughes is the only person to come in for Crystal Palace.

Odsonne Edouard is back on the bench after a knee injury and former Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma starts against his old club.

Bournemouth Team News - FIVE changes

You can tell that Bournemouth are nearly safe, they have made five changes.

Squad rotation will increase from now until the end of the season, and Lloyd Kelly, Ryan Christie, Dango Ouattara, Alex Scott and Philip Billing all come into the side.

It shows the strength of the squad at Andoni Iraola's disposal.

Eddie Howe: 'Barnes looked sharp against West Ham'

Eddie Howe, Newcastle manager, speaking on TNT Sports:

He [Harvery barnes] looked really sharp when he came on [against West Ham]. He's a goalscorer.
We've tried not to focus on who's missing. That would be a negative.
Since January, our form has been pretty good. I'd love to think we can really grow until the end of the season and have a positive end to what has been a challenging campaign. If we can come out the other side we could see the benefits next season.

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'Kieran Trippier will be facing another THREE weeks out'

Craig Hope, Mail Sport, at St James' Park:

Some big injury news from here at St James’ Park - Kieran Trippier will be facing another THREE weeks out with a calf problem, while Miguel Almiron (knee) and Tino Livramento (ankle) will miss all of April.
Also, not only have Newcastle named two goalkeepers on the bench tonight, they’ve also included a player in Amadou Diallo who has been told he’s leaving the club at the end of the season.

Redemption time for Spurs

Spurs will have been wanting to redeem themselves since their 2-1 loss to West Ham at home back in December.

The loss came in a run of five games without a win, including four losses, a period for the team.

Jarrod Bowen and James Ward-Prowse turned the game around for the Hammers after Christian Romero gave Spurs a first-half lead.

Today is a chance for Ange Postecoglou's side to put things right, they will need to in their fight for a top-four spot.

Can they grab three points at the London Stadium?

Update on Livramento and Almiron

Not good news Newcastle fans...

Craig Hope, Mail Sport, has revealed both Tino Livramento and Miguel Almiron could be missing for most of April due to injury.

Not what Newcastle needed in their push for European football.

Hammers have point to prove

What better way would there be to comeback from Saturday’s loss to Newcastle with a win over Spurs.

David Moyes and his side will feel they have to bounce back from that 4-3 defeat with immediate effect tonight. It would banish the memories of that day very quickly.

For large parts of the game at St. James’ Park, the Irons looked a good side. When they went 3-1 ahead, I couldn’t see the Magpies coming back due to their inconsistency this season.

However, The Hammers just simply fell apart. There is no other way to put it.

Win tonight though, and all will be forgiven.

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Magpies find Toffees easy to chew

Newcastle love it when Everton come up north.

The Magpies have won three successive home league matches against the Toffees and five of the last seven including away fixtures.

However, they didn't enjoy their outing at Goodison Park in December, they came out on the wrong side of a 3-0 scoreline.

They will be hoping normal service resumes tonight, though.

Fulham Line-Up - TWO Changes

Marco Silva has made some changes, unlike him.

Harry Wilson and Kenny Tete start for Fulham as they look to return to winning ways.

Rodrigo Muniz starts again, there was never any inclination that he wouldn't.

Nottingham Forest Team news - Elanga back IN

Anthony Elanga returns to the starting 11 as one of three changes.

Andrew Omobamidele and Danilo also come in.

Taiwo Awoniyi remains on the sidelines, but their top scorer Chris Wood remains up top.

Everton Starting XI - Calvert-Lewin BENCHED

Sean Dyche has rung the changes.

the most noticeable of the four changes he has made to his side that lost at Bournemouth is the inclusion of Beto, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin dropping to the bench.

The Toffees summer signing did score at the weekend, something Calvert-Lewin hasn't managed for 23 matches...

Newcastle Team News - Barnes STARTS

There he is, Harvery Barnes does indeed start for Newcastle.

Eddie Howe has made our changes to the side that beat West Ham in that dramatic comeback, with Emil Krafth, Lewis Hall, Elliott Anderson and Barnes all coming in.

You can see in the line-up how many players the Magpies are missing.

Livramento & Almiron missing from NUFC squad

Some early team news from St James Park.

The injury crisis at Newcastle United is never-ending, and two more key names will be missing from tonight's match.

Who will actually make the squad?

No Everton reunion for Gordon

Newcastle always seem to have a bunch of players out, and tonight you can add Anthony Gordon to that list due to his red card against West Ham.

You imagine Gordon would have been eager to show his old side what they are missing tonight, however, the second yellow card he got for kicking the ball away in added time against the Hammers scuppered that opportunity.

After netting two goals off the bench to turn Saturday’s game on its head, Harvey Barnes would be the perfect person to come in for Gordon.

We will find out what Eddie Howe's solution is in five minutes!

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Bournemouth searching for first double over Eagles in 35 years

Compared to the other games tonight, this one has slightly less on it.

Both Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are sitting rather comfortably in 13th and 14th and are not far from sliding on their flip-flops and heading for the beach.

We are not at that stage quite yet, but Bournemouth are just two points away from the 40-point mark though, so a win tonight basically guarantees their safety.

The Cherries have historically struggled against Crystal Palace, but their 2-0 win over them ended a run of five consecutive League defeats to the Londoners and means they can complete a first league double over Palace for the first time since 1988-89.

Although I said there isn’t too much on this game, Palace may want to separate themselves from the relegation conversation a bit more with a win tonight.

This game will be a tight affair, I feel.

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Burnley keen to close gap on relegation rivals

If you asked me a month ago if Burnley had any chance of staying up, I’d have said a resounding 'no'.

However, after four points from their last two games, which includes a brilliant point away at Chelsea with 10 men, the relegation fight is not over just yet.

The Clarets are four points from safety and if they grab a win tonight against Wolves, it will be fair to say the fight is well and truly ON!

That’s easier said than done though. Wolves under Gary O’Neil have been brilliant this season, one of the surprise packages in the division – they will make life hard for Burnley.

Tonight is another must-win game for the 19th-placed Clarets.

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Four in a row for Fulham against Forest?

Fulham were another side involved in a Premier League epic at the weekend.

Marco Silva’s side came from 3-1 down to snatch a point against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane thanks to a Rodrigo Muniz wonder strike.

Tonight, they face another relegation-threatened side, but one that has more of a sniff of survival, in Nottingham Forest.

The west London side love a clash against Forest, they have won all three of their Premier League games against them by an aggregate score of 10-2.

However, they have never beaten any side in the competition four times in a row. Could they manage that feat today?

Remember, Fulham have only secured two wins on the road this season, so Forest will feel they could stop their rut against them with a valuable victory tonight. The hosts are in need of a win in their hunt for survival.

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

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Will Newcastle kick on from incredible West Ham comeback?

Newcastle fans will barely have recovered from their sensational comeback win over West Ham, but they will be back tonight in full force at St James’ Park as Everton make the trip up north.

The Geordies will be hoping tonight can be much more straightforward than Saturday lunchtime – although we love the drama – and the players can use the win over the Hammers as a springboard for the rest of the season.

It’s been a topsy-turvy season for the Magpies, with injuries and inconsistent performances slowing down their progress following last season’s top-four success.

However, Eddie Howe’s side still sit eighth and are in the hunt for both the Europa Conference League and Europa League spots.

Everton have their own fight on their hands though, they sit just three points above the drop zone and are winless in 12 league games – a club record – so they will be desperate for a win tonight.

Both teams have a lot to lose.

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Fierce London rivals reunite

Both West Ham and Spurs fans search for this match when the fixtures are released before the season commences – the game is huge for both sets of fans.

Nobody ever likes losing to a rival, and with both the Hammers and Spurs fighting for European football, three points is a must.

West Ham will be forced to pick themselves up off the floor after Saturday’s dramatic loss to Newcastle, while Spurs’ comeback against Luton has kept them on the heels of fourth-place Aston Villa.

With so much at stake for both sides and their dislike towards one another, it’s set up to be a cracker in east London.

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Non-stop Premier League action

All Premier League teams are in action this week, but tonight is the busiest with 10 sides facing off in a monumental set of midweek fixtures.

It’s set to be another good night of football, so let’s have a look at what we have in store:

Newcastle vs Everton 19:30 BSTNottingham Forest vs Fulham 19:30 BSTBurnley vs Wolves 19:45 BSTBournemouth vs Crystal Palace 19:45 BSTWest Ham vs Tottenham 20:15 BST

Back so soon?

This time of year is footballing heaven.

The run-in to the end of the Premier League season is well and truly underway and if we are treated to anything like we saw on the weekend just gone, we are set for one hell of a ride.

We have only had to wait two days since the whistle was blown on the chess battle between Manchester City and Arsenal – that is the polite way to put it – for league action to return and tonight we have five top-flight fixtures for you to tuck into.

London rivals meet again, the battle for European football continues, and struggling sides continue their fight for survival. It’s all happening at the moment.

I hope you have all recovered from your chocolate comas – I am just about recuperating – and are ready for another dramatic night of top-tier footie.

Let’s get stuck in!

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Key Updates

FULL-TIME: West Ham 1-1 Spurs

FULL-TIME: Burnley 1-1 Wolves

FULL-TIME: Bournemouth 1-0 Crystal Palace

FULL-TIME: Newcastle 1-1 Everton

FULL-TIME: Nottingham Forest 3-1 Fulham

GOAL!!! Bournemouth 1-0 Crystal Palace (Kluivert 79')

SECOND HALF: West Ham 1-1 Spurs

GOAL!!! Newcastle 1-1 Everton (Calvert-Lewin 88')

HALF-TIME: West Ham 1-1 Spurs

SECOND HALF at Vitality Stadium and Turf Moor!

GOAL!!! Nottingham Forest 3-1 Fulham (Tosin 50')

HALF-TIME: Burnley 1-1 Wolves

HALF-TIME: Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace

SECOND HALF at St James' Park and City Ground

GOAL!!! West Ham 1-1 Spurs (Zouma 19')

GOAL!!! Burnley 1-1 Wolves (Ait-Nouri 45+3')

GOAL!!! Burnley 1-0 Wolves (Bruun-Larsen 36')

GOAL!!! West Ham 0-1 Spurs (Johnson 5')

HALF-TIME: Nottingham Forest 3-0 Fulham

HALF-TIME: Newcastle 1-0 Everton

GOAL!!! Nottingham Forest 3-0 Fulham (Gibbs-White 45+3')

KICK-OFF: West Ham 0-0 Spurs

GOAL!!! Nottingham Forest 2-0 Fulham (Wood 19')

KICK-OFF at Vitality Stadium and Turf Moor!

GOAL!!! Newcastle 1-0 Everton (Isak 15')

GOAL!!! Nottingham Forest 1-0 Fulham (Hudson-Odoi 9')

KICK-OFF at St James' Park and City Ground

Non-stop Premier League action

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