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How it feels to have made one appearance in the Premier League

Established stars speak about top-flight football the way we talk about office jobs but players with one appearance remember just how surreal and exciting it is By Stephen Tudor for The Set Pieces , part of the Guardian Sport Network When Premier League legends describe what it’s like to play at the highest level they usually reduce it to cliché, like you or I would if we were detailing our work environment on…

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Football transfer rumours: Jermain Defoe back to West Ham?

Today’s fluff is scrounging a lift Home, says the Mill from beneath a pile of crisp packets, nail clippings and loose change in its hovel, is definitely where the heart is. Therefore no one should be remotely surprised that Wayne Rooney has decided 13 years at Manchester United was basically an extended gap year and, before he morphs into the character Tim Key plays in the sort-of funny E4 comedy of that name, he’s shedding…

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Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel plays heroic role in 3-2 victory at West Ham

Not for the first time this week Kasper Schmeichel was the Leicester City hero. Robert Snodgrass’s free-kick had squirmed through the Leicester wall and fallen to Andy Carroll and a dramatic West Ham United equaliser looked inevitable. Carroll drew back his left foot and prepared to land the decisive blow. He made solid contact with the ball. The crowd was poised, ready to lift the roof off the London Stadium. But there he…

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Premier League and FA Cup: talking points from the weekend’s action

Arsène Wenger overcomes resistance to change, Aitor Karanka wants fighters more than Stewart Downing, and José Mourinho has more pressing concerns than getting revenge at Chelsea One of the many criticisms routinely directed at Arsène Wenger concerns his tactical conservatism and it is fair to say that he has seldom deviated from his preferred and predictable 4-2-3-1 in recent years. But on the back of a crucial drop in form Wenger has actually started the last two games with a new plan, playing…

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Bournemouth’s Joshua King hits hat-trick in thriller with West Ham

The jubilation on the touchline said it all, as Eddie Howe was mobbed by Joshua King, who wheeled away after scoring a hat-trick to earn Bournemouth a much-needed first win this year. King and Benik Afobe both missed first-half penalties before the Norway striker scored his ninth, tenth and eleventh goals of the season in a character-building home win against West Ham United, that lifts the …

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Bournemouth v West Ham United: match preview

Form-wise Bournemouth are in trouble. Winless in their past nine matches and conceding goals at a worrying rate. However, Eddie Howe’s side will be feeling good after working tirelessly to draw 1-1 at Old Trafford last time out. Equally, West Ham will be buoyed by Michail Antonio’s return. Slaven Bilic can count on Antonio and Andy Carroll terrorising Bournemouth’s shaky defence. Graham Searles Kick-off Saturday 3pm Continue reading…

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Dimitri Payet: I left West Ham because I was bored with defensive approach

• France international says he was regressing in Premier League • ‘I could have gone to war last summer. August was badly managed’ Dimitri Payet has said he left West Ham United in January because he was bored with playing for Slaven Bilic’s team in the lower half of the Premier League table. The France international joined Marseille for £25m after citing family problems as the reason he wanted to return to his former club and refusing…

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FA Cup, Premier League and more: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Millwall and Lincoln are in the mood for further upsets, José Mourinho has a tactical teaser at Chelsea and Rangers at risk of Old Firm derby embarrassment The FA Cup quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday is a fitting way for Neil Harris to celebrate two years in charge of the club he loves. Regardless of the result, the club have been upwardly mobile under Harris, the club’s all-time record goalscorer. Harris …

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Chelsea have the look of an unstoppable force thanks to N’Golo Kanté | Dominic Fifield

West Ham were outnumbered, ground down and eclipsed by a dynamic team that is leaving the rest of the Premier League far behind This was the kind of result to drain any lingering optimism from the chasing pack. A victory to drum in the reality that, for all Antonio Conte’s protestations to the contrary, Chelsea’s pursuit of the title has taken on the feel of a procession. They weathered some turbulence at times here , their backline heaving …

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Antonio Conte says his Chelsea players will not slip up in title race

• ‘We will fight to stay on top of the league. I trust my players to do this’ • Chelsea beat West Ham 2-1 to restore 10-top lead at top of the table Antonio Conte has insisted he has complete trust in his players not to squander their lead at the top of the Premier League after Chelsea re-established their 10-point advantage at the top with an impressive win at West…

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Chelsea restore 10-point lead at top of Premier League after win at West Ham

In theory, there is still time for Chelsea’s rivals to catch and overhaul them at the top of the Premier League. In reality, though, it is beginning to feel almost inconceivable. Chelsea just look too strong, too experienced and too streetwise. They passed their latest test with distinction and it would have to be something dramatic now to imagine any other scenario than another open-top bus parade along the King’s Road. Another…

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West Ham United v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm GMT London derby Chelsea’s new £500m stadium gets green light And email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg with your thoughts 9.09pm GMT 50 min: A West Ham attack breaks down and Chelsea break, Hazard outrageously back-flicking the ball to a team-mate. They surge up field and Alonso wins a corner on the left. And… 9.08pm GMT 49 min: Kante gives the ball away – we are contractually obliged to call this an “uncharacteristic error” – …

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West Ham confident there will be no repeat of fan trouble against Chelsea

• Club feel five-point plan made since violence marred EFL Cup tie has worked • Slaven Bilic and Karren Brady were ‘talking for hours’ about crowd problems West Ham United are confident the increased security measures they have put in place will ensure their Premier League match against Chelsea at the London Stadium on Monday night will be free of the hooliganism that marred the previous meeting between the clubs. West Ham…

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West Ham turned down Chinese offers for Andy Carroll, says Slaven Bilic

• Bilic says Chinese Super League clubs ‘fell in love with Andy’ • Optimistic striker will be fit to face Chelsea on Monday Slaven Bilic has confirmed that West Ham United dismissed offers from the Chinese Super League for Andy Carroll, claiming manager and player “didn’t talk about it at all”. Reports had linked Carroll, 28, with a move to the far east during their winter window, which closed this week. But Bilic said …

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